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Lakeville City Council candidates are Doug Anderson, David Bares and incumbent Kerrin Swecker. There are two open seats, each with four-year terms. Legislature In Senate District 58, incumbent Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, is facing DFLer Andrew Brobston. In House District 58A, incumbent Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, is facing DFLer Colin Lee. In House District 58B, incumbent Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is facing DFLer Jim Arlt. Portions of Lakeville are now included in Senate districts 56 and 57, as well. The Senate District 56 race is between incumbent Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, and DFLer Leon Thurman. In House District 56B, Republican Roz Peterson of Lakeville is facing DFLer Will Morgan, a former state representative from Burnsville. The Senate District 57 race is between DFLer Greg Clausen and Republican Pat Hall. In House District 57A, incumbent Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, is facing DFLer Roberta Gibbons.

Voters Guide is inside Inside this edition is a special section devoted to candidate questionnaire responses for Apple Valley and Rosemount and city council candidates along with those for Senate and House District 57 candidates.

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Man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run Rosemount man will be sentenced in January by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK

A 44-year-old Rosemount man who was driving a vehicle that struck and killed an Apple Valley woman on March 6, 2009, pleaded guilty on Monday to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident

involving a death. retrial on double Eric James Huntjeopardy grounds er was slated to apbut the Court of pear Monday in DaAppeals affirmed kota County District Knutson’s decision. Court for the start of Hunter is slated to a retrial after Judge be sentenced Jan. 8, David Knutson de- Eric Hunter 2013. clared a mistrial in “Not only did Mr. October 2010 when Hunter fail to stop the jury informed him it was at the scene of this accident, deadlocked after three days he failed to notify police of of deliberation. his involvement in this colliThe defendant appealed sion even after learning that the court’s decision for a the person he hit had died

from her injuries,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in news release. In the release, Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of LeVasseur for their great loss. Hunter was charged July 31, 2009, by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office with two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, and

one misdemeanor count of driving after suspension, following the crash shortly after 9 a.m. that killed Joan LeVasseur, 26. LeVasseur was struck by Hunter’s vehicle, a 2003 Ford Focus, while crossing Cedar Avenue and 153rd Street. According to the criminal complaint, LeVasseur, who was deaf, had been See PLEA, 14A

NEWS County candidates Today’s edition includes candidate questionnaire responses for Dakota County commissioner candidates for District 4 – Nancy Schouweiler and Bill Klein – and District 7 – Chris Gerlach and Vicki Swanson. Page 8A


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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemount greets a supporters at a campaign stop in Ham Lake on Friday, Oct. 12.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar stands besides Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash at a recent medal ceremony at the State Capitol.

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‘True family ghost stories’ Annie Wilder will discuss her book “Spirits Out of Time,” which chronicles her family’s paranormal encounters, at the Rosemount library. Page 12A

A veteran Republican legislator and a veteran State Capitol political reporter suggested the same thing – Rep. Kurt Bills, Republican U.S. Senate candidate, may need to keep it simpler. “I don’t know if he wants to be more of a politician – that might not be the right word or right term to use,” Rep. Tom Hackbarth, RCedar, said. “But he could be a little more plain spoken.” The idea that Bills, a Rosemount High School economics teacher, gets too complicated in discussing the federal budget was echoed during a State Capitol press conference Oct. 12 when a television political reporter urged Bills to dumb

it down. Bills was warning of dire consequences from automatic federal budget cuts taking place unless Congress and Democratic President Barrack Obama reach a budget agreement by the end of the year. “This is not a grand compromise, folks,” Bills said of the Budget Control Act, which holds the possibility of automatic cuts. “People are more worried about their posterior than prosperity,” he said of the perceived lack of urgency in Washington. Bills criticized his opponent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, for failing to show leadership See BILLS, 14A


Things seem to be working well for Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Polls shows the former Hennepin County attorney with doubledigit leads over her Republican opponent, state Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemount. The Bills campaign has pocket change – some $68,000 cash in hand, it’s been reported – compared to the Klobuchar war chest of about $4.9 million. Klobuchar trounced Republican 6th District Congressman Mark Kennedy six years ago, taking about 58 percent of the vote, to become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

Just a daughter no more Author, activist speaks for oppressed girls of the world


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Sarita Skagnes remembers being at least 16 before she got her first hug. It wasn’t from the father who abused her, the grandparents she’d waited on back in India or the cousin who raped her. It came from a woman in Oslo, Norway, whose house the teenaged Sarita was paid to clean. Now 43, the native of Punjab was one of India’s unwanted daughters, the third girl born to parents who longed for a son to carry the family name, earn money and look after them when they grew old. Sarita was considered a burden, a dowry-in-waiting to be paid when her parents married her off. Many South Asian girls born into patriarchal social structures don’t get that far. Their problem has generated global headlines and been recognized by the United Nations. “There are still many parents who kill their daughters” in countries including India, China and Pakistan, Sarita said, adding that

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Author Sarita Skagnes and her English-language editor, Sonja Johnston of Burnsville, are promoting the English-language version of Sarita’s “Just a Daughter.” 65 million girls are “missing” in “Just A Daughter” is the name South Asia. of Sarita’s book, about her up“The numbers will say that bringing and her deliverance from most of them are missing in In- family elders who treated her as dia,” she said. “That’s because for property. many, many years, many parents A former best-seller in Norhave killed their daughters or way first published in 2007, “Just aborted their daughters, because they are just daughters.” See BOOK, 10A

With high approval ratings, Klobuchar, 52, has had her named bandied about nationally as a potential presidential candidate.She has repeatedly knocked down speculation. “I love my job,” Klobuchar said at DFL State Party convention this summer. “I love representing Minnesota. And that’s all I’m focused on right now.” DFL State Party Chairman Ken Martin believes having Klobuchar near the top of the ticket helps Minnesota Democrats. “I think there’s tremendous coattails for Senator Klobuchar,” said Martin, who has described the senior senator as a “workhorse.” See KLOBUCHAR, 15A

Rosemount woman dies after two-vehicle crash A Rosemount woman has died from injuries suffered in a car-motorcycle crash on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Le Sueur County. Ann L. Scholz, 53, was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Richard D. Olsen, 64, of Rosemount, that collided with a Ford Taurus on Highway 13 near Montgomery at about 10 p.m. According to the State Patrol, the Ford Taurus driven by 19-year-old Taylor N. Olivo of Montgomery was headed south on Highway 13 when it attempted to turn left in front of the northbound motorcycle, and the two vehicles collided. Both Scholz and Olsen were treated at Hennepin County Medical Center following the broadside crash on the two-lane, undivided roadway. The State Patrol listed Olsen’s injuries as “non-life threatening”; it was not documented if Olivo was injured. Neither Scholz nor Olsen was wearing a helmet, the State Patrol said. The Harley Davidson was totaled, while the Ford Taurus suffered “moderate” damage and was towed from the accident scene. —Andrew Miller

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Irish earn top finish at regional contest Rosemount squad places sixth in finals at St. Louis SUN THISWEEK

Winners of the Apple Valley Rotary Foundation’s car raffle were drawn Oct. 20 by Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland at the Apple Valley Ford Lincoln dealership. Jeff Brown of Apple Valley won the first-prize 2012 Ford Focus. Joyce Hartley of Apple Valley won the second-prize gas grill from Warners’ Stellian. Michele Bourassa of Apple Valley won the third-place $500 cash prize.

Musical at Apple Valley High Apple Valley High School Theatre will perform the musical comedy “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. All seats are reserved; tickets available from the box office, (952) 431-8208, starting Monday, Nov. 5. Photo by Dave Andrews

Rosemount earned the highest placement of any Minnesota or upper Midwest band at the Bands of America Super Regional Band Championships. This is the eighth consecutive year that Rosemount has earned finals status. ness, excitement, tears of and this band program, is pionship medals and huge tus. joy, and the gamut of emo- profoundly empowering of smiles on all of their proud The event featured 58 tions being expressed as the student performers and faces – this was truly price- bands from 14 different they proudly acknowledged deeply appreciated by all of less,” Olsen said. states. BOA operates 12 reFor placing first in Class gional marching band comeach other and what they us,” Olsen said. He said the greeting band 3A, band members were petitions around the counhave accomplished togethmembers received at the ho- awarded medals during an try, and the St. Louis Super er,” Olsen said. He said he was impressed tel after their performance Olympic-style ceremony. Regional event is the largest Rosemount earned the outside of the Grand Nationwith the support the band was especially inspiring. “Seeing the Rosemount highest placement of any als held in late November. received from the number of family members and kids faces as they walked Minnesota or upper Midfriends who made the trip. through the cheering gaunt- west band. This is the eighth Tad Johnson can be reached “The enthusiastic and let of fans to enter their consecutive year that Rose- at classy support of your kids, hotel, wearing their cham- mount has earned finals sta- or

Drug evidence ruling expected in early 2013 Hearing pertaining to St. Paul crime lab ends by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

A ruling is expected early next year in the Dakota County court hearing that shut down the St. Paul drug crime lab this summer. The hearing that began in July and produced 13 witnesses, eight volumes of transcripts and 56 exhibits ended Tuesday. Dakota County Judge Kathryn Messerich will rule on whether evidence in four drug cases remaining in the Frye-Mack hearing is reliable. Public defenders Lauri Traub and Christine Funk have argued evidence handled at the crime lab could have been contaminated, rendering it unreliable for testing, and therefore, inadmissible in court. St. Paul crime lab employees testified there were no standard operating procedures, scientific standards, or adequate employee training. Following publicity regarding the testimony, the

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by Tad Johnson Rosemount High School’s marching band placed sixth at the Bands of America Super Regional Band Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., this weekend. In the preliminary round, the band placed first in the enrollment-based Class 3A and earned caption awards in Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. For placing among the top 14 scoring bands in each of the four classifications, the Marching Irish advanced to the finals Oct. 20. Band Director Steve Olsen said the group presented two high-level performances and its best of the season. “High-level competition pushes everyone to raise the bar and strive for higher levels of performance excellence,” Olsen said. Olsen said there were several outstanding and past BOA-finalist bands that did not qualify for the finals. Rosemount finished behind five schools that have previously been Grand National finalists. Following the finals performance, Olsen said it was a profound and very poignant experience. “Euphoria, pride, outpouring of love and affection for each other (seeing teenagers drenched in perspiration all hugging each other), exuberant happi-


lab was closed in July, its director replaced and an investigation ordered and currently underway. Two cases so far retested by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab were found to be wrong; one Ramsey County case has been dismissed. Dakota County Chief Deputy Attorney Phil Prokopowicz said the BCA has confirmed test results of all four cases included in the hearing. St. Paul police department spokesman Howie Padilla said in an interview the crime lab has stopped all analysis and testing in all cases, including fingerprint and DNA. “What we are doing now is collecting and processing, but no testing of any kind,” he said. Messerich’s ruling will only apply to the cases remaining in the hearing, but could prompt post-conviction appeals and raise questions regarding the lab’s evidence handling in other

drug cases. During the final day of the hearing, BCA criminalist Eric Grunwald’s testimony indicated the St. Paul lab follows some of the same practices performed by analysts at the accredited and respected BCA lab. Among the similarities: Work stations were cleaned multiple times daily, including between tests, but there is not a standard operating procedure for doing so; sealed drug case evidence was left unattended at his desk while he was in another part of the lab; and evidence from two separate cases have been at his work station at the same time. Also like St. Paul crime lab criminalists, Grunwald said he may start working on a new case while another is processing. Differences also were highlighted; Grunwald indicated the BCA drug case evidence is kept in a locked vault that he can access only after sliding his identification card and entering a

code. The card helps establish and maintain a chain of custody for evidence. St. Paul crime lab employees said they entered a code to enter the drug vault, but there was no sign-in sheet or documentation of the purpose for the access. At the hearing, St. Paul crime lab employees testified some evidence was stored in an unsecured hallway in the crime lab, and visitors were sometimes allowed supervised access in the lab. The St. Paul crime lab was and is still overseen by St. Paul police department employees without scientific background or degrees. Its testing equipment frequently clogged, and defense experts had testified contamination could have spread throughout the lab. Equipment technician John Kroska testified Tuesday that there could have been some minute contaminants spread into the air,

but said when clogs occur the instrument shuts down. He said when he had repaired it, “goo” dripped from a line of the machine, exposing chemicals in the lab that had to be disposed of like toxic waste. Prokopowicz said if Messerich rules the evidence is tainted and inadmissible, he will consider filing an appeal, but it would not be an automatic response. Traub said she would like to see law enforcement officials working together and talk about how to ensure evidence is reliable. “Where are the calls to examine all cases from the St. Paul crime lab?” she said. “We should all, in this system, be talking about that because there are people who face mandatory prison sentences (or) who are in prison right now who shouldn’t be.”

Citizens League tax workshop The Citizens League will hold a tax reform workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Bowlathon for Kids ’n Kinship The 13th annual Kids ’n Kinship Bowlathon fundraiser will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Cedarvale Lanes, 883 Cedar Grove Parkway, Eagan. Kids ’n Kinship children and mentors, as well as families on the waiting list, will take part in laser light bowling in the morning. Following the morning session will be a silent auction, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:15 p.m., will be dedicated to company bowling. Individual bowlers are also welcome and will be placed on a team once they arrive. Individual bowlers and company teams may register at kidsnkinshipbowlathon2012event.eventbrite. com. Those wishing to sponsor the event may donate online at givemn.razoo. com/story/Kids-N-Kinship.

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I’m back in the > swim of things. I was speaking to my swim team when an intense pain in my chest spread throughout my entire body. I knew something was wrong—but I never imagined at my age that I could have a life-threatening aortic dissection in my heart. Emergency heart surgery saved my life. I’m so thankful I went to Fairview Ridges Hospital. + Chris, Fairview Ridges Hospital patient and Eagan High School swim coach

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Opinion Klobuchar proven, has more to offer It’s hard not to be impressed by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She’s smart. She’s subtle. She is a careful listener. And almost always, she seems to be right on the mark when it comes to doing what is best for Minnesotans. We heartily endorse the first-term Democrat in her race against Republican challenger Kurt Bills on Nov. 6. In 2008 when the economy was reeling and American automakers were announcing plans to close dealerships, many right here in Minnesota, Klobuchar met with manufacturers and local dealers to preserve as many dealerships as possible, but also to ask them to re-evaluate their plans and in some cases extend the period for closure to give dealerships more time to sell inventory. It may seem insignificant now, but it was critical at the time. Klobuchar played a key role in preserving a Walser dealership in Bloomington. She easily could have sidestepped this issue, but through her involvement she humanized it and forced automakers to truly take a close look at what they were doing. When Stillwater needed political leadership in the Senate to get funding to replace

ECM Editorial the antiquated and aging 80-year-old lift bridge, Klobuchar was there to help garner support on both sides of the aisle – something she has done quite well since being elected in 2006. The bridge issue had been anchored in muck for years as proponents and opponents haggled over what should be done, but neither side offered viable solutions. Her bipartisan legislation will result in a larger, safer bridge that will serve the needs of the St. Croix Valley for the next 100 years. She has supported the effort to reduce an Obamacare-related, $28 billion tax on medical devices, which has been widely viewed by Minnesota medical device companies like Medtronic as critical to their continued success. There are an estimated 400 medical device companies in Minnesota employing some 35,000 people. She has sponsored legislation to make penalties for stalkers more severe, has worked to make access to information

about missing children more available for all investigating agencies, worked tirelessly to provide more help to homeless veterans and has sponsored legislation to simplify international adoptions. After the earthquake in Haiti, she worked with more than two dozen Minnesota families to get children who were in the process of being adopted to their new homes in Minnesota more quickly. That was significant, as living conditions were rapidly deteriorating in those first few months after the earthquake, leaving many children susceptible to illness and disease. Klobuchar’s voice on the Senate agriculture committee, whose Senate-passed farm bill ends direct payments to farmers and agribusinesses and saves $23 billion compared with current law, is vital to Minnesota. Bills, a Rosemount High School economics teacher who is finishing his single term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, brings some intriguing attributes to the race, most notably a keen sense of economics and a laser focus on reducing the national debt. But beyond the national debt, we’ve heard little about what Bills

would do in D.C. to represent Minnesota more effectively than Klobuchar. Bills expresses fondness for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s budget plan, a severely austere vision for the country that garnered little support in the Senate. Bills has a puzzling take on the well-known Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes candidate pledge: Bills signed it but says he doesn’t feel bound by it. Klobuchar has her own credentials on the national debt. She was one of 14 senators who insisted on formation of a debt commission before they would vote two years ago to raise the debt ceiling. She advocates a mixture of hard budget choices and new revenue for pruning the unsustainable national debt. As a senator who has gained the respect of fellow senators on both sides of the aisle, Klobuchar has an opportunity to be an exemplary leader who can make good decisions that will affect our state and nation for years to come. This editorial is a product of the ECM Editorial Board. Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.

Rep. John Kline: Economy is my No. 1 priority by U.S. Rep. John Kline R-2ND DISTRICT

Throughout my time in office I have witnessed a number of changes in Minnesota and the lives of the men and women who call our great state home. The population growth of the 2nd Congressional District has transformed sleepy bedroom suburbs for Twin Cities workers into thriving communities with their own unique identities. Rural communities rich with agricultural history are a vital part of Minnesota’s heritage and economy. Unfortunately, not all the change has been positive. In recent years, too many families and businesses have been forced to make adjustments as they weather the ups and downs of the bumpy economic road our nation has traveled. As I travel around the district, constituents tell me they are concerned about their futures because of the pervasive uncertainty of our economic environment. Business owners are hesitant to invest in their companies or hire new workers be-

cause they don’t know what unexpected costs and regulations may emerge. At a small-business roundtable meeting in Eagan this summer, a Rosemount businesswoman summed up what most are saying – the economic climate is “very scary right now” for families and businesses. This uncertainty is contributing to the painfully slow pace of our economic recovery, which is the most important challenge facing Minnesotans – and Americans – today. And getting our nation back on the right track will remain my No. 1 priority if you give me the honor of serving you for the next two years. I will remain committed to pursuing policies that will provide the certainty our job creators need to put Americans back to work. I will remain committed to earning back taxpayers’ trust by carefully weighing every dollar we spend to ensure limited resources are available for the national priorities. I will remain committed to ending wasteful pork-barrel and re-

storing order to America’s fractured fiscal house. This is a massive undertaking, but during my time in office I have demonstrated my ability to find solutions to the problems that matter most to Minnesota families. In the past two years, I am particularly proud to have ensured our Minnesota Red Bulls received the benefits they earned and advanced legislation to do away with the flawed No Child Left Behind education law. I will apply the same determination to our economic challenges. I came to Congress with an in-depth knowledge of our armed forces and defense policy and strong convictions about how to ensure the United States will thrive on the international stage. But this role has also provided on-the-job training on issues I couldn’t have anticipated. I have learned about cormorants, storage of train cars, and what the federal government can do about Asian carp. Perhaps the greatest education has come from listening to your concerns and

suggestions. I believe you – not the federal government – have the answers to the challenges facing our nation, and I am committed to continuing to carry your views and values to Washington. Representing the men and women of the 2nd Congressional District has been a great honor. I welcome your input and perspectives on the issues facing our state and our nation. Together we have enjoyed important victories, and together we can restore our nation to the shining city on a hill we know it can be. I have enjoyed having you as a partner in governing and humbly request the opportunity to continue to work with you for the next two years. John Kline and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville. He is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. A 25year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Tax-the-rich hurts small business

cessful agenda may make us feel good for a while. If we jump through the approved hoops, we may even reap a few tangible benefits from the money that the state squeezes out of “the other guy.” Perhaps a futuristic sculpture at a mass transit station. Or a new interpretive center. But when we elect folks who intend to implement punitive tax policies, we are the ones who really pay the price. If we punish “the rich” – many of whom are small-business-owners – with higher taxes, they won’t have those dollars available to spend on meals at local restaurants, on purchases at local hardware stores, on charitable contributions, on business expansion, or on employing our kids and our neighbors. Anna Wills grew up in a small business-owning family. She rejects envy-based tax policy, understanding that it is antithetical to building a healthy business climate and long-term prosperity. She deserves my vote – and that of all voters.

To the editor: I’m a lifelong beancounter, working for more than 30 years with the small business-owners of this area. They’re folks I have come to respect and admire. That’s why I was so disappointed to hear state legislative candidate Jeff Wilfahrt explicitly supporting Gov. Mark Dayton’s soak-therich plan during the Apple Valley Chamber Candidate Forum earlier this month. This proposal takes direct aim at my small-business clients, who’ve typically spent three or four decades – risking everything, sacrificing much, and eventually turning a profit that was immediately plowed back into the operation in the form of additional hiring and sometimes even bricks-and-mortar expansion. The “luckiest” of them all, the ones whose businesses eventually clear $250,000 a year, earn their way into the ranks of “the rich,” at which point they become targets of WilDUANE E. fahrt and his ilk. Sending a bunch of Jeff KACZMAREK Wilfahrts to St. Paul to pass Rosemount Dayton’s punish-the-suc-

Gerlach deserves support To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank state Sen. Chris Gerlach for the work he has done with an issue that is important to me as a registered nurse, and that would enhance access to safe, affordable health care for the people of our district, and for the people of Minnesota. Six years ago I came to Gerlach with an “idea.” My request was to have this idea become law. Gerlach saw the idea as an issue that would improve the ability for Minnesota nurses to provide care for Minnesota patients wherever they may be as a win-win situation for nurses, patients and employers. The idea is for Minnesota to join the Nurse Licensure Compact. The compact would allow mutual recognition of nurse licensure in member states. The model is similar to the Drivers License Compact. There are currently 24 member states, including all Minnesota border states. Minnesota would maintain regulatory authority for nurse licen-

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for transportation or for the documentation necessary to obtain the photo ID. I am proud to live in a state with one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country. Our local elections judges make our system work fairly, and I believe it is wrong to make it harder to vote for eligible voters. Second, the proposed amendment is complicated and full of unanswered questions, including how it will affect absentee and mail-in balloting and sameday registration. We should not put something in our constitution that leaves so many questions about what it means to our most basic right as citizens. And third, the proposed amendment would impose new costs on county government, such as setting up a new provisional balloting system. The county should JUDY SANTIAGO not be faced with raising Burnsville property taxes or cutting services such as police and Vote no on voter road maintenance to take on the unfunded mandate. ID amendment For these reasons, I will To the editor: vote no on photo ID on I am writing to explain Nov. 6. why I am voting “no” on the proposed voter photo SHARON LEWIS ID amendment. This proposal is bad for Lakeville Minnesota for a number of reasons. Marriage First, this amendment will make it harder for over amendment is a 215,000 already registered spiritual issue voters to cast their ballot. To the editor: While at first glance, the The Nativity Episcopal requirement to present a Church is a Christian comphoto ID seems like com- munity serving the south of mon sense because most the river suburbs. In spring people have a driver’s li- of 2012, a series of meetcense, many eligible voters ings was held to discuss the do not have one and can’t proposed marriage amendafford the time off from ment to the Minnesota work or the money to pay Constitution and Nativity’s sure and practice. Over the past six years the NLC has been discussed in state House and Senate committee hearings, and has garnered bipartisan support. Professional nursing organizations both in Minnesota and nationally have recognized the advancements made and support the initiative. Health care delivery systems across the state support the initiative. This would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment and advocacy that Gerlach has given to this effort. I thank Gerlach for his advocacy for this issue, and for the advocacy he has given to the citizens of this district over the years. Please join me in supporting Gerlach for Dakota County commissioner.

beliefs regarding marriage. Many voices, opinions and concerns were engaged in this process. The following edited statement resulted and was signed by 160-plus members who offer it to the community as our consideration of marriage and its Constitutional definition. Nativity Church: Our Voice Many members of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity believe the proposed Constitutional Amendment calls for our holy response. Marriage is first and foremost a spiritual matter, giving us both the right and the responsibility to speak. The world needs to hear our voice of inclusive affirmation, spoken through and for the body of Christ. We conclude that: 1) The sacrament of marriage should not be withheld based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 2) We believe the Minnesota state constitution should not be used to enshrine discrimination, deny or abrogate rights, or leave persons vulnerable. 3) We join the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota in opposing the proposed amendment. Accordingly, we make the following affirmations: • God is big and diverse and made us all in God’s image, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. • Marriage is, first of all, a sacrament. In marriage, couples receive strength from the Holy Spirit to sustain a loving and committed relationship through which God graces the world with See LETTERS, 5A

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supporting legislation that helped stimulate job growth overflowing spiritual gifts. and economic development • In our Baptismal Cov- in our state and he will conenant, we promise to seek tinue those efforts on the and serve Christ in all peo- Dakota County Board. ple; to love our neighbors as ourselves; to strive for STEVE BECHER justice and peace among all Apple Valley people; and to respect the dignity of every human be- Vote for Joe ing. These promises call us to action to oppose injustice Kurle and discrimination. To the editor: • Nativity seeks to reI am writing to recommove barriers to Jesus mend  Joe Kurle for RoseChrist and to include all mount City Council. I people in community. have known Joe for over 15 We acknowledge that years. He is the most upbeat there are differing views and  positive man I know. among Christians on these He always has a smile and issues, but the word that no person is a stranger to Christ has placed upon our him. He is  friendly,  easy hearts is love. God’s love for to talk to and will always all, prevailing. take the time to chat with anyone. His favorite topic THOMAS to discuss is politics. Since KNOBEL-PIEHL I have know him he reads On behalf of Nativity’s and  watches any political Bishop’s Committee information he can get his hands on and is always up to date on new laws and Gerlach things happening with our government. He can take a supports small complicated political issue business and  simplify it,  making it To the editor: understandable to everyone. Chris Gerlach, candidate His three young girls are for Dakota County Com- in School District 196 and missioner, deserves to be the small business he owns is elected. He has proven to located in Rosemount; thus, be a sound and active sup- the  future of the town is porter of small business and very important to him.  His job development in Minne- passion and knowledge sota. would make him a great City As current chair of the Council member. I hope he state leadership council of gets the chance to show evthe National Federation of eryone how much he loves Independent Business, I am Rosemount and how he honored to announce that can make it even better. He Chris will again receive the dreams big dreams and has Guardian of Small Business great ideas. If he is elected, award this year. He has been people will see what I mean. presented this award every term that he has served in LORA GILB office. Plymouth Small businesses are the job growth engine of this state and Chris, a small Tax ideas business owner himself, has To the editor: supported legislation that I know that T.W. Budig’s has helped make the Minne- Oct. 12 story on Minnesota sota business environment Revenue Commissioner more small business friend- Myron Frans drew more ly. As chair of the Senate’s than one rebuttal, includCommerce Committee, he ing my own, but I am glad has been instrumental in

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that Kevin Schleppenbach’s (“Use a saw to fix the stool,” Sun Thisweek Oct. 19) got through. For too long, political surrogates like Frans have been allowed to mislead people on local, state and federal taxes, who pays what and the fairness routine. Locally in the worst areas the taxes we collect don’t even cover the basic services much less pay for the education of students who are willing to learn. For those who are not or have other problems the price escalates far beyond $10,000 per pupil. Who picks up the tab? Not the $41,000 to $53,000 householder. At the state level these same folks are eligible for refunds under certain conditions. No money there. Advancing to the federal level nearly 50 percent of those others pay no federal income tax so there’s no money to help out state and local people unless we go further in debt which we have, to more than $16 trillion which U.S. Rep. John Kline happens to point out, is very close to impossible to ever liquidate. It’s way past time that the “It’s not fair” people pay at least something toward our total responsibilities. I have ideas that are workable. FRANKLIN WICKER Lakeville

Clausen has earned trust, respect To the editor: I am a teacher at Rosemount High School and have lived in this community for over 30 years – and I highly encourage people to vote for Greg Clausen for Minnesota Senate District 57, representing Apple Valley, Rosemount, Lakeville and Coates. Having known Clausen for 15 years, I know that he is a strong advocate for the middle class, public schools,

local businesses and families in our community. Clausen is a proven leader in our community with a record of great success after serving for over 35 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal of Rosemount High School. Clausen is a compassionate leader who has earned my trust and respect for his tireless leadership and perseverance in working to build a better tomorrow for future generations of people in our community. Clausen is not a career politician, but a thoughtful, smart, personable and dedicated caring person who I believe will best represent the issues and interests of all people in our communities. I enthusiastically urge you to vote for Greg Clausen for Minnesota Senate District 57.

notifications, he joined and is currently a volunteer with the Police and Fire Chaplain Corps with the city of Burnsville. As a successful salesman, business owner and a former bank vice president, Hall has the training, education, experience, and leadership to successfully represent us. Hall has substitute taught in School District 196. He uses his successful high school and college coaching style, along with his outgoing personality, high energy and positive attitude to inspire and motivate people to work together as a team. Hall is a man of integrity. He is an honest man with a strong character. His consensus building leadership style assures open conversations and allows for shared credit and successful achievements. STEVE OLSEN I am honored to endorse Apple Valley Pat Hall as our next MinRosemount High School nesota senator from Senband director ate District 57, for Apple Valley, Rosemount and the Hall is the man town of Coates.

for the job To the editor: As a doctor of chiropractic care, I have served the Apple Valley and Rosemount area for nearly 25 years. I have known Pat and Deb Hall for most of that time. Hall was also my pastor for nearly 10 years. He holds a doctor in ministry degree and is not your typical conservative Lutheran pastor. As a college professor, Hall trains and equips our future clergy to listen to and communicate with senior citizens while building trust and caring for their issues. He explains, simplifies and teaches many difficult philosophical and theological concepts as well as pastoral bedside manner. After founding the Rosemount Police chaplaincy, which allowed him to care for our police officers and to help our officers with death


Justice deserves voter support To the editor: Incumbent Justice Barry Anderson deserves voter support in his bid for reelection to the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has great personal integrity and has earned the endorsement of leaders across the political spectrum precisely because he understands the importance of upholding the law in a fair, impartial, and nonpartisan manner. Minnesotans have been well-served by Anderson and we urge you to join us in casting your vote to retain him on our Supreme Court. DAN AND DEB LINGEN Apple Valley

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News Brief Mobile Pantry open house in Apple Valley The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers will host an open house and ribbon cutting at their first Mobile Pantry site in Apple Valley. The open house will be 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the host site, Restoration Covenant Ministry Center, 7707 147th St. W., Apple Valley. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend. Complimentary harvest desserts and apple cider will be provided. Guests can take a tour of the Mobile Pantry bus and host site, meet staff and volunteers, and take photos with veggie cutouts. The Mobile Pantry provides individuals and families in need of food support with healthy, wholesome food. The bus travels to Apple Valley on Mondays to serve clients that have prearranged appointments. Clients check in and then walk through the bus to “shop,” selecting the foods they need. Like the Pantries in Eagan and Lakeville, 70 percent of the food offered is fresh and perishable. To make an appointment at the Mobile Pantry, call (651) 686-0787. To get involved with volunteering with the Mobile Pantry, call (651) 688-3189. To learn more about the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers go to www.

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Republican 2nd District U.S. Rep. John Kline, Lakeville, speaks to a voter at a recent open Democratic 2nd District Congressional challenger Mike Obermueller addresses a crowd of DFL volunteers at a recent gathering in Eagan. house at a fire station in Farmington.

Kline, Obermueller square off in 2nd District Redistricting adds wrinkle to Congressional race by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK

Pat Murphy sat eating breakfast over a newspaper in the window of the Sunlight Restaurant in South St. Paul one recent drizzly morning. “It is pretty Democratic,” the retired bus dispatcher said of the city redistricting has placed in the new 2nd Congressional District. One block over, a few down, Ted Thompson, a retired 3M materials manager and military veteran, was enjoying breakfast with others at a table in the back of T & T Galley. Thompson doesn’t give a hoot about political parties

– he votes for the candidate. “And I don’t believe half of the (campaign) ads, because they dig up stuff that happened 20 years ago,” Thompson said. “He was a Marine,” one of Thompson’s breakfast mates offered when the name of 2nd District U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville, was mentioned. In the front of T & T, seated at an arcing counter, state Sen. James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, was doing his part to keep the conversation lively. “Is it possible? Yes,” Metzen said of a Republican doing well in South St. Paul, where a relative

of former Republican governor and native son Tim Pawlenty lives a short distance from the cafe. “No, they don’t know Kline,” Metzen said of the local voters. “I don’t think they know Obermueller, yet either,” he said of Democratic congressional challenger Mike Obermueller of Eagan. But Obermueller and Kline are mindful of them. In addition to South St. Paul, two other cities, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, have joined the 2nd District. Parts of the southern district, seen as Republican, have been carved away.

“My old district was a swing district that leaned Republican,” said Kline, speaking at a fire station open house in Farmington. “This is a swing district that leans Republican. Arguably, not as Republican,” he said. “But it’s a district I’m very, very comfortable in. So I’m a happy guy.” Kline, 65. a former Marine Corps colonel who chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee, is seeking a sixth term in the U.S. House. Obermueller, 39, an attorney who defeated a Minnesota House Republican in 2008 only to be defeated by the Republican’s son two

years later, also views redistricting as important. “It’s a significant issue for us – roughly 60,000 voters picked up in the process,” Obermueller said. “That gives us the opportunity to talk with some good, quality folks up there. “The district changes have leveled out the numbers a bit more and really makes this race about who’s the better choice about leading the district forward,” Obermueller said. “Obviously, we think it’s us.” Exactly how redistricting will register in the vote count is a matter of speculation. “We think Kline has

an edge,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, strongly backing Obermueller. Republican 2nd District Chairman Mark Westpfahl expects redistricting to bite into Kline’s vote tally. “I don’t see that happening this time,” Westpfahl said of the congressman’s share of the vote continuing to trend upward. Kline has been enjoying romping wins, in 2010 claiming 63 percent of the vote. Westpfahl, in discussing South St. Paul and the new northern parts of the See 2ND, 7A


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mueller to launch narrowly focused campaign ads. For Obermueller, it wasn’t the happy effect of redistricting that prompted him to challenge Kline but the congressman’s voting record, he said. “He should know better than to think we’re going to turn Medicare into a risky voucher scheme,” Obermueller said of Kline’s support for the Paul Ryan budget plan. Obermueller depicts himself as the alternative to Washington status quo. He faults both Republicans and Democrats for bickering too much, achieving too little. While unwilling to raise taxes on the middle class at this point, Obermueller, in discussing the Bush tax cuts set to expire at year’s end, indicated he could support increasing taxes on the wealthy. “I think millionaires can afford to help a little bit,” he said. His first bill as congressman, Obermueller said, would be a repeal of No Child Left Behind. He faults Kline, the education committee chairman, for a lack of decisive action on No Child Left Behind. Voters are eager for a shake up in Washington, Obermueller argues. “People are finally having the chance to have a real choice down here,” Obermueller said of the contrast between Kline and himself. “It would be the biggest affront to me to hear people say, ‘He’s just one of those Washington guys.’ ” Kline said while he loves chairing the education committee it can be frustrating.

“Part of that is for months now, we’ve been locked up in this election,” Kline said. “The Senate – it’s hard for them to get anything done – they’ve been really frozen up. “I’m always a little disappointed when I’m able to get something through the committee, and then through the House floor, and then it dies,” he said. Kline insists Republicans are out to save Medicare, not kill it. He argues that for older Americans, the Ryan budget plan envisions no change to Medicare for them at all. Supporting the idea of lowering tax rates and closing tax loopholes as a means of increasing tax revenue, Kline rejects the idea of raising tax rates. “Particularly when you have an economy that is still terribly, terrible, struggling,” Kline said. Kline believes Republicans will keep control of the House. “I’m feeling very confident it will be (House Speaker John) Boehner when we start the next Congress. But nobody is taking it for granted,” he said. “I feel very confident in my own race. I’m not taking for it granted. I’m campaigning. I’m raising money. I’m talking to voters,” Kline said. “I’m sure he’s a nice guy,” Kline said of Obermueller. But he’s a tax-and-spend guy, Kline insisted. “The voters can decide,” he said.

district, said there are areas where it will be a challenge for Kline to break the 50 percent vote threshold. Westpfahl expects Kline to ultimately win the election by taking about 55 percent of the vote. “Do I still think he’ll have a comfortable victory? Yes,” he said. DFL 2nd District Chairwoman Lori Sellner said redistricting has energized Democrats because it offers a better chance of winning. Sellner views the number of Republicans and Democrats in the retooled district more or less equal. “It makes the voters in the middle a very dynamic voting group,” Sellner said. She believes Obermueller, whom she portrays as personable, approachable, possessing common sense, will have greater appeal to the middle than Kline whose staunch conservatism is masked by the congressman’s ability to fly under the radar, Sellner argues. Sellner views health care and the economy as key issues in the race. “We embrace the term ‘Obamacare,’ because it’s really about caring,” Sellner said. Sellner views the economy as stabilizing. For his part, Westpfahl, while saying the economy is the stock answer to the question of what’s the most important issue, believes under the veneer voters are picky about a lot of other things. Westpfahl argues the perceived morass of issues is making it tough for Ober-

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SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount October 26, 2012 7A dren, Amy Rosenbaum, Valerie Brennan, Harley Kukowski, Layla Julien and Georgie Julien Age 52, of Rosemount, passed A Memorial Mass took place away on October 19, 2012. Lisa Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12 was a graduate of Burnsville High N o o n a t A l l S a i n t s C a t h o l i c School special needs program. Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave. She was very outgoing and was Lakeville with a gathering of inspirational to other developfamily and friends from 10-12 PM mentally disabled people. She at the church. loved working at Wal-Mart and White Funeral Home always remembered everyone’s Lakeville (952) 469-2723 birthday. Lisa is preceded in death by her father, Arthur

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October 3, 1990 - October 21, 2012. Chuck , Cindy and Andrew Beske mourn the death of their beautiful daughter and sister, Kaitlin Marie Augusta Beske, 22. Kaitlin died at home on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Kaitlin was baptized on Oct. 28, 1990 in the Rosemount United Methodist Church. Her faith was the foundation upon which she lived her life. She will be remembered by all for her vibrant and caring personality. She especially enjoyed her friendships and her family. All that knew her will miss her smile, her giving spirit and her unconditional love. A 2009 graduate of Lakeville South High School where she was involved with the dance team and DECA. Senior at Bethel University where she was studying psychology and aspired to be a counselor. She enjoyed her internship at Roseville HS and also spent time with the women at Minnesota Teen Challenge. She is survived by parents, Chuck and Cindy Beske (Lakeville), brother, Andrew Beske (Minneapolis), grandparents, Andy and Lola Baud (Owatonna) and Alice Beske (Hector); Uncles & Aunts, Lee & Sara Beske (Mankato), Rick & Kris Estenson (Northfield), Randy & Brenda Baud (Burnsville) and Jeff Baud (Denver); Cousins, Phillip Beske (Bel Aire, MD), Alisa Beske (Haines, AK), Sam and Maria Estenson (Northfield), Abby & Jeff Weber (Lakeville), Kirsten & David Cegla (Rosemount) and many, many friends. She is proceded in death by her grandpa, Howard Beske. God Bless the memory of this beautiful gift that has been shared with us. Funeral Service was held 11 AM Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Hosanna Church, 9600 163rd St., Lakeville, with visitation on Wednesday (10/24) from 3-8 PM at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr. (Co Rd 50) Lakeville (952-469-2723) also 1 hr prior to service at church.

Nancy Malecha November 21, 1940 - October 20, 2012. Age 72, of Lakeville, passed away unexpectedly at her home on October 20, 2012. She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck; children; Troy (Sally) Malecha, Robin (Terry) Brennan, Laura (Robbin) Julien and Lisa (Nathan) Kukowski; grandchilB



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Louise M. Squires ‘Tootie’ Age 76, of Lakeville, passed away on October 20, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Floyd; parents, Rosie and Phillip Becker; brother, John Becker and brother-in-law, Pete Kiihbauch; Louise is survived by her loving children, Ron, Delia (Tony) Juaire, Mike (Malea) and Tim Squires; grandchildren, Josh and Abby Juaire and Tammy Squires; also by siblings, Ruth Kiihbauch, Paul (Peggy) Becker and Betty (James) Moore; sister-in-law, Judy Becker; many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial, was held 11 AM Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville with visitation Tuesday (10/23), from 4-8 PM at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail (Co. Rd 50) and one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, Hastings, MN. On line condolences at:

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Breecher. Survived by her mother, Caryl Breecher; brothers Philip and David (Lori) Breecher, nephews and nieces, Nyles, Brandon, Haley, Emily and Jaden; special aunts, Vonnie Richlen and Charlene Kersten and also by other relatives and all her special friends. A heartfelt thank you to Lifeworks, Thomas Allen Inc., Dakota Conservators and Howry Residential for all your care. A Funeral Service was held 11 AM Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr. Burnsville with a gathering of family and friends after the service. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to the Lifeworks and Prince of Peace Church. Interment, Pleasant View Memorial Gardens, Burnsville. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952 894 5080 On line condolences at:

Kenneth E. ‘Ken’ Swanson Age 83, a lifelong resident of Burnsville, passed away October 17, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Ken retired from Dakota Electric as a mechanic after 18 years. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Keith Swanson; parents, Earl and Lena Swanson; half-sisters, Pearl Findley, Florence Lattery. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lois (nee: Vasicek) Swanson; children, Kevin (Roberta) Swanson, Melanie (Tim) Clifford; grandchildren, Madeline and Noah Swanson, Melissa Clifford and Tasha (Erik) Bredson; great grandchildren, Taytum and Makyla Bredson; also by other loving relat ives and f riends. Funeral Service was held at 2 PM Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the W hit e Funeral H om e, 14560 Pennock Ave. Apple Valley (952 432 2001) with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment, Pleasant View Memorial Gardens, Burnsville. In Lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to G. H. M. Global health Ministries. Online condolences at

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Election 2012 Dakota County Commissioner - District 7 Introduction Chris Gerlach and Victoria “Vicki” Swanson both of Apple Valley are vying for Dakota County commissioner in District 7. The seat, which is a fouryear term, was vacated by Willis Branning. District 7 covers all of Apple Valley and Precincts 3 and 5 in Rosemount

Chris Gerlach Age: 47 Address: 173 County Road 42, Apple Valley Occupation: Owner of direct marketing company and state senaChris tor Family: Mar- Gerlach ried, two children Qualifications: I’ve represented Apple Valley, Rosemount and Burnsville in the Minnesota Legislature over the past 14 years with a proven record favoring taxpaying citizens over growing government programs. So much of the county business is wrapped up in state policy that having this background will be very helpful to the board. I am a lifelong resident of Apple Valley, and belong to many civic organizations such as the American Legion, Civil Air Patrol, chamber of commerce and am a Cub Scout parent leader. I have earned a masters in business administration and served on active duty as an Air Force captain. 1) Why are you running for office and why should people vote for you? My family and our future are important to me. Our county needs to be great place for us to live and work. I own and operate a business in Eagan which creates jobs. I will promote private sector economic growth and limit government action to only what is necessary. I strongly believe I can be of more service to my community. The people elected to govern

us ought to have a wide range of personal and professional knowledge and experience and I believe that I can provide the kind of direction most of us would prefer: reasonable, balanced and fair. 2) Dakota County is undergoing a population transformation. By 2030, 130,000 people will be over age 60, triple the number of people in that age group 2005. Considering there will likely be greater needs and fewer resources, what are ways you would propose to address the needs of an aging population? Housing and transportation are the two factors that county government can have the greatest impact on. I would support many of the innovative housing programs our Community Development Agency has built up over the years. A clean efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along 35W, Cedar Avenue and Robert Street will also help. Since health care policy is set primarily at the state and federal level, we will have to work to find the best ways to implement those mandates to serve as many people as possible. 3) In your opinion, what are the top four core responsibilities of government at the county level? Please rank the responsibilities in order of importance and include your reasons for the ranking. County government is the administrative arm of the state. Core local responsibilities include ensuring public safety through funding of the county sheriff and county attorney’s offices; promoting economic growth through building and maintaining our roads and bridges; operating other infrastructure such as our parks and libraries; and always seeking better ways to deliver the range of social services required by state and federal law while keeping property taxes as low as possible. 4) Dakota County implemented a transit tax and spent millions to implement bus rapid transit for Cedar Avenue, and will continue to subsidize its maintenance and operations in the future. The county

also plans a transit corridor on Robert Trail. Please explain your opinion of bus rapid transit, light rail and other transit. Large transit projects require a combination of federal, state and local funding. For the past decade, I have chief authored numerous bills for the state’s portion of the Cedar Avenue BRT project. I believe transit has a place in our overall transportation system, but it must be the right type in the right place. Light rail is four times the cost and demands enormous subsidies, which is why I do not support LRT in Dakota County for the foreseeable future. BRT, once completed, will give us greater capacity along our existing highways and is a much more cost effective alternative.

Vicki Swanson Age: 53 Address: 12135 Gantry Lane, Apple Valley Occupation: Educational assessor/ teacher Family: Son, Vicki college student Swanson Qualifications: In my professional career I’ve been an environmental safety trainer and auditor for Northwest Airlines, project coordinator in both the private and government sectors. Qualifications include public speaking and project management. I’ve worked on several committees, both as team lead and participant, working with people from all walks of life. I’m an active participant at my church in Apple Valley where I sing and play piano on the worship team and with children’s ministry. I’m a member and volunteer of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, member of Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) and have volunteered at District 196 schools. 1) Why are you running for office and why should people vote for you?

I want to give back to the community in which I’ve lived, worked, shopped, banked and worshiped in for 26 years. The commissioner position will grant the opportunity to serve as a public servant maintaining and improving the quality of life in Dakota County. People should vote for me because of my integrity, strong ethics and being a non-partisan, hard-working team player. My combined work experience of working in the private sector as well as government gives me insight to effectively address county issues. My project management experience allows me to use my skill set to be an effective commissioner. 2) Dakota County is undergoing a population transformation. By 2030, 130,000 people will be over age 60, triple the number of people in that age group 2005. Considering there will likely be greater needs and fewer resources, what are ways you would propose to address the needs of an aging population?    We need strong transportation options for seniors to travel within and out of the county for shopping, library and restaurants. Safe-certified road and trail connections, using the Complete Streets standards allow wheel ability for those using the trail system allowing walkers, bikes and scooters to utilize the parks and trails. This strong connectivity makes it safe and usable for all people including our neighbors that use scooters and walkers. As an avid supporter of county parks, I know parks are a great way to stay active and provide wonderful entertainment at a very economical value. 3) In your opinion, what are the top four core responsibilities of government at the county level? Please rank the responsibilities in order of importance and include your reasons for the ranking. Community services, housing, transportation, and most importantly, laying a foundation for financial stability in Dakota County. The primary responsibil-

ity of a Dakota County commissioner is to help the county create a long-range plan that serves the needs of its citizens now and in the future. Our rapidly changing demographics, the demands of aging baby boomers and our continued rapid growth will require us to be nimble and strategic in our planning, and forthright in the way we communicate with citizens. The same old way of doing things simply won’t suffice in the 21st century if we are serious about maintaining the high quality of life and services that are hallmarks of Dakota County without placing unsustainable burdens on our taxpayers. Economic development promotes and creates jobs for the citizens of Dakota County. Laying a foundation for financial stability helps us support community services, transportation and housing needs in Dakota County. 4) Dakota County implemented a transit tax and spent millions to implement bus rapid transit for Cedar Avenue, and will continue to subsidize its maintenance and operations in the future. The county also plans a transit corridor on Robert Trail. Please explain your opinion of bus rapid transit, light rail and other transit. Decisions about transportation should be based on viable studies of current and future needs. Additionally, plans need to be developed for east/west corridors. This will improve the accessibility to Dakota County citizens to get to shopping, medical, educational and business centers. All options should be explored for Robert Trail. Developing rail or BRT to connect with St. Paul would expand several business opportunities and job prospects for the citizens of Rosemount and the surrounding communities. With population growth, transportation options need to be explored and improvements made on a continual basis and are forwardfocused using long range solutions.

Dakota County Commissioner - District 4 Introduction Incumbent Nancy Schouweiler and Bill Klein both of Inver Grove Heights are vying for Dakota County commissioner in District 4. The seat, which is a four-year term, serves nearly all of Rosemount except for Precincts 3 and 5, a southern portion of Inver Grove Heights and a southeast portion of Eagan.

Bill Klein Age: 64 Address: 8103 Cleadis Avenue, Inver Grove Heights Occupation: Retired education administrator Family: Mar- Bill Klein ried, three children, two grandchildren Qualifications: Masters from University of St. Thomas, school administration. Having been elected to five terms on the Inver Grove Heights City Council and serving 20 years, I am well aware of many of the problems of the cities I will represent at the county level. I have been very visible in Inver Grove Heights, having been the chair of our community’s “Holiday on Main Street” celebration, which is our Christmas party for families in December. I have been an active member of the chamber of commerce, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Scouting as a Cubmaster, coaching youth sports and an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 1) Why are you running for office and why should people vote for you? I believe that government should be open and transparent. If the cost to provide the services required and requested by residents is set to exceed the projected income, then the county governing board should level with the citizens. Don’t advertise the lowest per-capita tax and the lowest per-capita employee-to-citizen

ratio and rail against a levy increase and then increase the fees for every license, permit and form. Don’t dump onto the cities your responsibility for roads, traffic signals and other county projects and force them to pay for what has always been a county responsibility. “Be honest!” 2) Dakota County is undergoing a population transformation. By 2030, 130,000 people will be over age 60, triple the number of people in that age group in 2005. Considering there will likely be greater needs and fewer resources, what are ways you would propose to address the needs of an aging population? Encouraging developments that are transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly developments with local services. Encourage citizens 60 years and more to be active in planning such developments. Work with local businesses, chambers of commerce, schools and faith communities to identify and coordinate services and activities to keep aging populations healthy and productive to reduce the strain on scarce resources. Seek the participation of the aging population in the delivery of services to other age groups. Finally, I would ask staff to review park and trail plans with an eye to serving this population. 3) In your opinion, what are the top four core responsibilities of government at the county level? Please rank the responsibilities in order of importance and include your reasons for the ranking. What, if any, reforms do you support?    Jail the crooks: Keeping our cities and rural areas safe for all of us! Transportation: Provide quality roads and bridges all seasons of the year. Tax collection: Be sure everyone pays their fair share, collect the revenue and pay for the services. Health and Welfare: Ensure public health through disease prevention and good environmental standards. Monitor and fund programs that care for the elderly, poor, young and disabled to ensure services are provided to those truly in need and that those services are cost-effective.

4) Dakota County implemented a transit tax and spent millions to implement bus rapid transit for Cedar Avenue and will continue to subsidize its maintenance and operations in the future. The County also plans a transit corridor on Robert Trail. Please explain your opinion of bus rapid transit, light rail and other transit. Transit is an important, longterm solution to needed infrastructure for the transportation of people and freeing up capacity for goods and service delivery. If Dakota county continues the transit tax (quarter-cent sales tax) know that plenty of that money has gone to St. Paul and Minneapolis for their light rail. Light rail is costly and will be very difficult to bring down Highway 52 or Robert Street. I support buses, but not light rail in Dakota County. You can move a bus line, you cannot move light rail. Let’s stay out of urbanizing our suburbs and rural areas!

Nancy Schouweiler, incumbent Age: 55 Address: 4000 90th St. E., Inver Grove Heights Occupation: Dakota County commissioner Family: Mar- Nancy ried, two children, Schouweiler two grandchildren Qualifications: I have 14 years experience serving on the County Board and 10 years experience on the ISD 199 Board of Education. I was the first woman elected to serve as Dakota County Board chair in 2004, a leadership position I held again in 2008 and 2012. I am a past president of the Association of Minnesota Counties. I serve on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors and chair the Justice and Public Safety Committee. I have a masters degree in public administration and policy, therefore I know the importance of data and research in making good policy decisions.

1) Why are you running for office and why should people vote for you? I understand what the people of Dakota County value, need and want from county government: a good quality of life, good services and low taxes. I have proven my ability to meet those goals. During my tenure on the County Board, we have consistently had the lowest property tax rate in the metro area, while earning and maintaining AAA bond rating. According to our 2011 residential survey, 91 percent say their quality of life is good or excellent, 90 percent approve the job done by the board and 90 percent rated the overall quality of services as good or better. 2) Dakota County is undergoing a population transformation. By 2030, 130,000 people will be over age 60, triple the number of people in that age group in 2005. Considering there will likely be greater needs and fewer resources, what are ways you would propose to address the needs of an aging population? In 2007, Dakota County released, “Dakota County Aging Initiative: Navigating the Age Wave,” a report that launched Living Longer and Stronger. Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime is creating a network of vital accessible communities addressing the needs and utilizing the assets of an aging population. Residents, local businesses, cities, service providers, faith communities and county staff work to promote adequate housing and transportation options for the life cycle needs of residents. They also assist residents’ ability to plan their financial futures and promote quality, accessible services that support older adults and protect their independence in their homes and community. 3) In your opinion, what are the top four core responsibilities of government at the county level? Please rank the responsibilities in order of importance and include your reasons for the rank-

ing. What, if any, reforms do you support?    Public Safety, including the jail, child protection, probation, prosecution and the Sheriff ’s Department responsibilities are number one because of the important role law and order plays in our society and its value to our quality of life. Public Health, because of its role in emergency preparedness, disaster recovery and disease prevention, is second. Counties provide these critical services on behalf of the state. Ranking third is transportation and transit that enables the movement of people and goods and therefore is critical to commerce and economic development. Lastly are services for our vulnerable populations, the mentally ill and the disabled. The ability to improve the quality of life for these individuals and their families is very rewarding, but more importantly offers many of them the chance to be contributing members of society. 4) Dakota County implemented a transit tax and spent millions to implement bus rapid transit for Cedar Ave., and will continue to subsidize its maintenance and operations in the future. The County also plans a transit corridor on Robert Trail. Please explain your opinion of bus rapid transit, light rail and other transit. The Robert Street corridor (that includes Highway 52 and the Lafayette Bridge) and Cedar Avenue are the lifelines between Dakota County and the two downtowns. Our ability to meet congestion demands and projected growth is hindered by river crossings. We can’t keep making bridges bigger and wider. Transit is needed to transport people and goods to market. It is an important tool to reduce congestion. Different types of transit meet different types of needs. BRT works well for moving people greater distances quickly with limited stops. Light Rail works best when you need more stops to pick up riders.

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ISD 196 parent education program District 196 Community Education will offer a free Parent Education Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Eastview High School, 6200 140th St. W., Apple Valley. Speakers will include Katy Smith, 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Attendees can choose two breakout workshops from more than 25 on specific topics of interest to District 196 parents. Child care for children ages 2 and older will be available at $10 per family. Representatives from area organizations will be at the resource fair as well. CEUs available. Register at

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Apple Valley native James Trevathan, a physics major at Gustavus Adolphus College, will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Minnesota High Tech Foundation during the annual Tekne Awards to be held Nov. 1 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg, Iowa, summer 2012 graduate, Edwin Moranga of Rosemount, diploma, practical nursing. Emily Davis of Rosemount is the recipient of an Local student Agriculture General Scholselected for arship from Iowa State University College of Agelite ensemble Eastview High School riculture and Life Sciences, senior Emily Jewell of Ames, Iowa. Lakeville has been selected

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The Rosemount United Methodist Women’s annual Holiday Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, 14770 Canada Ave., Rosemount, (651) 423-2475. Hand-tied quilts, gift baskets, homemade treats in the bake shop and other gifts will be featured. Independent vendors will also have items for sale, including one vendor who will be taking family Christmas photos. Homemade soup and pie will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds are for missions that support women, children and youth.

Rosemount United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave., will host a seminar titled “Critical Conversations” from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The seminar will address how to have a dialogue with the whole family and with elders about driving, health, independence and dying. The program will be presented by Lynn Cibuzar, a licensed social worker and professional service coordinator at DARTS. There is no charge; refreshments will be served.

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Rosemount woman charged after niece’s student loan checks go missing A Rosemount woman is facing felony charges in connection with her niece’s missing student loan checks. According to the criminal complaint, 42-year-old Lisa Marie Paz intercepted the student loan checks, forged her niece’s signature and deposited the checks into a joint account. Paz then withdrew money from the account at casinos. Paz was charged in district court Oct. 15 with three counts of offering a forged check. Paz’s niece contacted Rosemount police in January to report the missing funds. After it appeared the checks had failed to arrive in the mail, the niece explained, she contacted the agencies which had issued the checks and learned they’d already been deposited into a joint account she shares with her aunt at an Apple Valley bank.

Three student loan checks totaling nearly $7,700 were deposited between July 2011 and January of this year, the complaint said. Paz’s niece told police that her aunt did not have permission to sign her name to the checks or deposit them. Paz withdrew $12,613 from the joint account at Mystic Lake Casino and Treasure Island Casino over an eight-month period, the complaint said. She told police she believed she was entitled to withdraw the money because she had deposited $6,000 of her own money into the account and her niece owed her $1,000. If convicted, Paz faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each of the three felony counts. —Andrew Miller

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Rosemount High School’s marching band placed sixth at the Bands of America Super Regional Band Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., this weekend. In the preliminary round, the band placed first in the enrollment-based Class 3A and earned caption awards in Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. For placing among the top 14 scoring bands in each of the four classifications, the Marching Irish advanced to the finals Oct. 20. More photos are at SunThisweek. com.

Rosemount The following activities are sponsored by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department and the Rosemount Area Seniors. For more information, call the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 322-6000. Monday, Oct. 29 – Bridge, 9 a.m., Do Drop Inn; 500, 1 p.m., DDI. Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Coffee, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rosemount Cub; Bid Euchre, 9 a.m., DDI. Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Water Color Painting, 9 a.m., DDI; Velvet Tones, 10 a.m., Apple Valley Senior Center. Thursday, Nov. 1 – Bingo, 1 p.m., DDI. Friday, Nov. 2 – Euchre, 9

a.m., DDI; Bowling, 1 p.m., Apple Place in Apple Valley. Metro Dining Cards – The Rosemount Area Seniors are offering DMC cards again this year for $22 (cash or check payment only). The cards offer the opportunity for a year of two for one dining at 166 area restaurants. The cards can be purchased at the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Office during regular business hours. The Rosemount Area Seniors “Do Drop Inn” is open to senior citizens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The room is located in the Rosemount Community Center and allows seniors a place to stop by and socialize during the week.

Haunted Woods Trail is Saturday in Rosemount’s Central Park The Rosemount Haunted Woods Trail will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and will start at the parkand-ride lot across South Robert Trail/Highway 3 from the Steeple Center through Central Park. New this year will be a photo opportunity for children, and organizer Mike

Bouchard assures there will be a special surprise for attendees to mark the event’s 30th year. “We provide a safe and family-friendly environment for families to enjoy the Halloween season,” Bouchard said. The Haunted Woods Trail decorations don’t

magically appear overnight in Central Park. The setup takes many volunteers to complete. “We have a great group of dedicated volunteers who help and plan this event,” Bouchard said. People are needed to help set up props, carve pumpkins and take down

the props when it’s all over. At the start of the trail, the Halloween Committee collects nonperishable food items to donate to Second Harvest Food Shelf. Although there is no admission fee to enter, freewill donations will be accepted. More information is at or by calling Mike Bouchard at (612) 840-9016. Event attendance dwindled from 1991 to 1996 after the great Halloween snowstorm in 1991. In 1997, it was held inside the Rosemount Community Center,

but Bouchard said it wasn’t the same. In 2001, a new batch of volunteers reinvigorated the Halloween event by moving it outdoors to Central Park. Since then the event has grown to attract more than 3,000 people and includes several local businesses and service groups.

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Thisweekend Research into family history turns up paranormal phenomena by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK

Ghosts gather around Annie Wilder’s family tree. In researching her family history a few years back, the Hastings-based writer uncovered accounts of psychic phenomena, spirit beings and run-ins with the paranormal. There was her German great-great-grandmother, who saw a falling star each time one of her children died. There was another relative who had a dream involving an acquaintance dying in a plane crash, learning a short time later that this person had in fact died in such an accident. And there was the “faceless ghost girl” who Wilder’s mother claimed had been following her around for decades. The girl “was even seen by my brother, who didn’t believe in ghosts at the time,” said Wilder. “My mom finally met the little ghost girl a few years back. … The girl climbed into her lap and disappeared.” Using old letters, genealogy books and tales she’d

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Using old letters, genealogy books and tales she’d heard around the dinner table as a child, Wilder has compiled several generations’ worth of family ghost stories in her book “Spirits Out of Time.” heard around the dinner table as a child, Wilder has compiled several generations’ worth of family ghost stories in her book “Spirits Out of Time.” She’ll be discussing the book on Nov. 8 at Rosemount’s Robert Trail Library as part of the “Meet

the Author” series sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. “Spirits Out of Time” is the follow-up to Wilder’s 2005 debut, “House of Spirits and Whispers,” an account of her family’s experiences with paranormal phenomena in their 1800s-

era Victorian-style home in Hastings. Wilder and others in the house have reported hearing whispers, smelling phantom odors such as tobacco and perfume, and having encounters with an array of shadowy spirit entities.

Wilder is so at ease with the eldritch elements at her residence that she regularly hosts

Wilder and her family, she tends to think these phenomena may be something that affect everyone; it’s just that some are more receptive to these types of otherworldly experiences than others. “I think my family is predisposed to recognizing it, and writing about it,” she said. The “Meet the Author” event is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Robert Trail Library located at 14395 South Robert Trail in Rosemount. Admission is free. M o r e about Wilder’s research and writing “haunted tea is at www.anniewilparties” there, and has dis- cussed her experiences in several TV and newspaper Andrew Miller can be reached stories. at As to why spirit phenom- or ena seem to accrue around

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Concerts/music Jeremy Messersmith, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Part of the Minnesota Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Acoustic Concert Series in the Target Learning Center. Tickets: $25. Information: LiveOnStage.asp. Eagan Has Talent, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Eagan High School theater. Ticket information is at under the News & Events section. Proceeds will support the Eagan Foundation and Eagan High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muse Literary Arts program. No cash prizes will be awarded; this is an exhibition event only. Exhibits/art shows Harvest of Art Community Art Exhibit runs through Nov. 2 at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S., and other Eagan locations. Information: (651) 675-5521 or Art Madness by the Eastview Community Foundation, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Barn, Spirit of Brandtjen Farms, 16972 Brandtjen Farm Drive, Lakeville. Tickets are $35 in advance at or $40 at the door. Seasonal events HallZOOween, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27-28, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. Information: mnzoo. org. Minnesota Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scarecrow Alley, Oct. 6-31, Apple Valley. Information: Frightmares at Buck Hill in Burnsville, Oct. 25-28. Information: ValleySCARE Halloween Haunt, Oct. 6-31, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays, Shakopee. Information: Planet Spooky at Valleyfair, daytime hours Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28, Shakopee. Information: valleyfair. com. Theater Giant Step Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission to Frostbite Mountainâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $7 at Lakeville Area Community Education, 8755 Upper 208th St., (952) 232-2150, and at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for $9. The Prior Lake Players will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Nov. 2-3 and 9-10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10 at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake. Tickets are available online at www. or at the door. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors age 65 and older and students; and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Troupe America will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracle on 34th Street: The Musicalâ&#x20AC;? at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $34 and $39 and can be purchased at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster. com.

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Don Shelby and Boyd Huppert, two well-known local news reporters will be at Dakota County Library in November as part of the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minnesota Mosaic series. Award-winning news anchor and former I-Team investigative reporter Don Shelby, known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walter Cronkite of the Midwest,â&#x20AC;? will be at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3. He will discuss his news career and his current projects, including his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Season Never Ends: Wins, Losses, and the Wisdom of the Court.â&#x20AC;? Boyd Huppert, KARE11â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning journalist, is known for his feature reporting and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land of 10,000 Storiesâ&#x20AC;? series. Huppert will talk about

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Workshops/classes Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Seuss and Meâ&#x20AC;? from 3:50 to 5:10 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 7 through Dec. 19, at Rosemount Elementary School for first- through thirdgraders. Information/registration: District 196 Community Education, (651) 423-7920. Sampler Saturday, oil painting, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $20. Registration required: or (651) 6755521. Holiday Cards in Watercolor, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 9, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $45. Registration required: www.

Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: (651) 675-5500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www. or (952) 895-0375. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages,, (952) 985-4640.

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Books Local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Mary Bleckwehl will celebrate the release of her second picture book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Hungry Again!â&#x20AC;? from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at ABC & Toy Zone, 14003 Grand Ave., Burnsville. Includes book reading and signing, refreshments and prizes. Information: (952) 892-7666.

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Auditions MacPhail Center for Music will hold auditions for the MacPhail Brass Quintet from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 in room 613 at MacPhailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minneapolis location, 501 South Second St. Information: (612) 321-0100. or (651) 6755521. Teen artist gatherings at the Eagan Art House from 3:30 to 5:30 Thursdays, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6; and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Cost: $3. Information: (651) 675-5521. Jewelry Club, 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $15 per class. Registration required: or (651) 675-5521. Adult painting open studio from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Fridays of the month at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: (651) 675-5521. Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: or (651) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. For a complete listing go to www. or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters,, (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 7363644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville (Colonial Shopping Center), (952) 736-3644.


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BILLS, from 1A – for sticking to talking points while the country teetered on the brink. State Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, one of about 35 supporters who greeted the Bills campaign bus recently at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake, suggested that talking about budgetary issues is indeed challenging. “It’s not as easy as promising to spend more money,” Benson said. Speaking on the campaign bus before leaving for a stop in Cambridge, Bills suggested that meaningfully discussing the federal budget was challenging not only for candidates but the media. “I’m just trying to be that guy to provide the catalyst to write those good (budget) stories,” Bills said. Bills, wearing a dark dress coat and scarf against the morning chill, mingled with supporters at Ham Lake, shook hands, made small talk. “Only a few days left here. It’s down to hours,” Bills said of time remaining to Election

Day. Standing on an embankment beneath a stark autumn tree, Bills urged supporters to relentlessly campaign in the remaining days of the election. “Don’t ever be afraid of getting egg yolk on your shirt,” Bills said of taking the Republican message into unfamiliar areas. “All you need to do now is pour it on. Make this your only hobby until November 6th.” On the bus, Bills indicated satisfaction with his campaign. “It’s going well. We’re connecting with people,” he said. “It’s tough without all the money.” But donations are coming in, he said. The campaign has reserved ad spots with television networks. “We’re going to go up on the air,” Bills said. Bills depicted his campaign as providing a wonderful platform. “I get to say the things I’ve been waiting to say for 15 years,” he said. Though suggesting Bills could speak more plainly, he has exactly the right message,

Hackbarth said. Voters ask about the former Rosemount City Council member for two years and state representative in the old 37B – a position he holds until the end of the year when his first term expires. “A lot of people haven’t heard about Kurt Bills,” Hackbarth said. One strength of the Bills campaign comes from having Republican candidates talk about him when out doorknocking, Hackbarth said. Hackbarth expects the Republican ticket to have overwhelming support in his district in northern Anoka County. Should Bills lose to Klobuchar – polls show Klobuchar with a big lead – it might not be the end of the road for Bills, Hackbarth suggested. “I think Kurt would be a good candidate to go after (Democratic U.S. Sen. Al) Franken if it doesn’t work out for him against Amy,” Hackbarth said. “I think he’s learned a lot from this campaign.” Republicans would not fault Bills for losing, assum-

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ing that happens, Hackbarth explained. “Oh, absolutely not,” he said. “I think a lot of people like Kurt Bills,” said Hackbarth, saying some House Republican members encouraged Bills to step forward as a caucus leader. “Maybe this a kind of training ground for his next election — I hope so,” Hackbarth said. Klobuchar was in Wisconsin on Friday campaigning for Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin. Klobuchar’s campaign issued a statement concerning Bills’ comments about the Budget Control Act. “The senator’s goal is to negotiate how those cuts will be made over the next 10 years instead of having them made automatically. She believes that we should stay and negotiate as long as it takes to come up with a solution that is best for the economy,” the statement read.

running in a crosswalk, against a red light, when she was struck. Witnesses called Apple Valley Police, who found LeVasseur bleeding heavily in the northbound crosswalk of Cedar Avenue. LeVasseur was transported by ambulance to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she died a week later from her injuries. An accident reconstruction revealed that the vehicle was traveling northbound between 39 and 46 mph on Cedar Avenue in a 45 mph zone when it struck LeVasseur. The report noted that LeVasseur failed to obey the crosswalk signal, which was “one of the main contributing factors to the crash,” the complaint said. An investigation led police to Hunter’s home in Rosemount, where they discovered his Ford Focus had damage to the right front panels and hood. The right portion of the windshield was damaged extensively and taped over. Police seized the vehicle after obtaining a warrant. An examination found LeVasseur’s blood on the windshield. According to the complaint, police interviewed several of Hunter’s co-workers, who said he confessed to being involved in the incident. Hunter’s driver’s license was suspended in October 2008 and remained suspended at the time of the incident, according to the complaint.

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KLOBUCHAR, from 1A Klobuchar depicts herself as a get-it-done, Minnesota-first, bipartisan kind of senator. She heralded reaching across the aisle to work with Republican 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to find a solution for the vexing Stillwater bridge. “Stalled out for 30 years,” Klobuchar told the ECM Editorial Board. Klobuchar routinely drops bills with bipartisan support in the legislative hopper. Two-thirds of her legislation has had Republican cosponsors, according to the Klobuchar campaign. Klobuchar cites her work on behalf of veterans – she was at the State Capitol earlier this fall to witness the awarding of a Purple Heart to a Monticello soldier that her office helped facilitate – synthetic drug legislation, swimming pool safety legislation, efforts at preserving jobs placed at risk by auto companies threatening to close local car dealerships, as accomplishments of her first term. “I don’t create them (jobs), they do,” she said of the private sector.

Klobuchar visits all 87 Minnesota counties every year. Ideas for some of her bills come from listening to the residents she meets in her travels, she has explained. Larry Jacobs, a University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute political science professor, believes Klobuchar has “perfected the art” of constituency service – obtaining passports, arranging overseas adoptions, things lending themselves to a get-the-job-done persona, he explained this summer. Klobuchar is a loyal Democrat, he noted. But her non-ideological approach tends to lessen her political side, Jacobs explained. Klobuchar herself harkens to her former role as Hennepin County attorney as training for keeping partisanship in check. You simply cannot be partisan and succeed at that job, she explained. Klobuchar has lined up with Republicans such as Bachmann and Republican 3rd District U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in opposing a tax on medical device manufactures, such as Medtronic, included in the federal Af-

fordable Care Act, according to media reports. Klobuchar, who voted for the act, views so-called Obamacare as a work in progress. “After we get out of this radioactive election time, there’s good reasons and ways to make things better and reform things,” Klobuchar said. “This law is a beginning, not an end, and I believe that improvements still need to be made,” she said. Although Klobuchar hails the Affordable Care Act as addressing such issues as denial of coverage for preexisting conditions and solving other health care problems, some long engaged in the health care debate have expressed surprise over the perceived flabbiness of Klobuchar’s defense of the landmark legislation. Former Republican U.S. Senator David Durenberger, founder and current chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas, views Democrats from President Barack Obama to Klobuchar to U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the past as “totally” failing to defend the legislation.

He’s been astounded by the silence of the Democrats, Durenberger explained earlier this year. Klobuchar, in speaking with the editorial board, described the law as complicated and difficult to explain. At the U.S. Senate State Fair debate in August, Bills repeatedly cited the number of days the Senate has gone without passing a budget as evidence of gridlock and Klobuchar’s perceived lack of leadership. Klobuchar argues the bipartisan Budget Control Act provides a framework for future budget negotiations. In voting for the act, she has voted for trillions in spending cuts, Klobuchar said of the act that could kick-in automatic spending cuts on Jan. 1 unless the president and lawmakers craft a budget agreement. Klobuchar insists lawmakers are serious in addressing the federal budget deficits. She speaks of a group of 45 Republican and Democratic senators who meet every month to examine ways of addressing the deficit. “I cannot tell you how devoted they are to getting something done,” Klobu-

char said. Klobuchar looks for a “balanced way” to address the massive budget deficits. For instance, she supports continuing the Bush tax cuts for middle class taxpayers but allowing them to elapse for those earning over $250,000 and return to the tax rates in effect during the Clinton Administration. Configuring the Bush tax cuts in this manner will capture about $700 billion over 10 years, Klobuchar said. A tax-cut deal should include comprehensive tax reform, she argues. Specifically, Klobuchar looks to closing tax loopholes as part of a reform package. Klobuchar cites the Simpson-Bowles report as containing useful ideas, some she likes, others not, on addressing the federal budget. Simpson-Bowles calls for a blend of spending cuts and tax hikes, such as federal gas tax increase, in addressing the federal budget. The daughter of former Star Tribune columnist Jim Klobuchar – Klobuchar’s mother Rose Klobuchar died a few years ago – Klobuchar is known for a sense of humor, sometimes


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Sports Football reaches win-or-go-home stage Playoffs for local teams start this weekend by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

The Minnesota high school football playoffs started Tuesday night, but every team from the Sun Thisweek coverage area sat out the opening round thanks to byes or a revamped schedule. Teams in the newly created Class 6A – for 32 of the state’s largest programs – have one fewer playoff round to go through. That means Burnsville, Eastview, Eagan, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Rosemount won’t have their first playoff games until Friday. Apple Valley and Farmington drew byes in the first round of the Section 3-5A playoffs and are off until Saturday. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy Here’s a look a the opening-round matchups for lo- Rosemount’s Trent Woodcock carries the ball during an Oct. 17 football game at Lakeville North. Rosemount plays host to Lakeville South in its playoff opener at 7 p.m. Friday. cal teams:

Lakeville North vs. Eagan What, when, where: Section 3-6A quarterfinal, 7 p.m. Friday, Lakeville North High School. Records: Lakeville North 7-1 (7-1 South Suburban Conference), Eagan 1-7 (1-6 SSC). Previously: Lakeville North defeated Eagan 49-0 on Oct. 12. Outlook: Since losing its homecoming game 10-6 to Prior Lake on Sept. 28, South Suburban co-champion North has won three in a row and outscored opponents 112-7. Tailback Jamiah Newell and quarterback Zach Creighton lead a rushing offense that has averaged almost 280 yards a game. Creighton also has passed for 1,007 yards. Seniors such as Karl Finkel, Mitch Johnson and Alex Wood lead a mobile defense that hasn’t allowed more than one touchdown in a game since the second week of the season. Eagan’s only victory was against winless Bloomington Jefferson, but the Wildcats weren’t that far from a 4-4 regular season. They lost to Eastview and Rosemount on field goals in the final minute and fell 7-0 to Burnsville in the second week of the season. Quarterback Mitch Seidel led the Wildcats in rushing despite missing several games because of an injury. Seniors Cole Peterson and Pete Economou are Seidel’s chief passing targets.

Eastview vs. Burnsville What, where, when: Section 3-6A quarterfinal, 7 p.m. Friday, Eastview High School. Records: Eastview 5-3 (5-2 SSC), Burnsville 3-5 (3-5 SSC). Previously: Eastview de-

Lightning looking to make it to dome Eastview’s Kellie McGahn tries to elude two Park of Cottage Grove players during the Section 3AA girls soccer championship game last week. The Eastview boys and girls teams played in state Class AA quarterfinal games this week that took place after this edition of Sun Thisweek went to press. For reports about those games, visit www.sunthisweek. com. The ultimate goal is the Metrodome and the state championship games scheduled for Nov. 1. Photo by Rick Orndorf

feated Burnsville 22-7 on Aug. 30. Outlook: Few sophomores become impact players in the South Suburban Conference, but Eastview’s Will Rains is one of them. The 6-foot, 215-pound running back gained 186 yards in 37 carries in a comefrom-behind victory over Apple Valley and 149 in the Lightning’s season-opening victory over Burnsville. Henry McIsaac is a dangerous receiver capable of picking up a lot of yards after the catch. Lineman Ben Oberfeld and linebacker Chris Granat are leaders on defense. Burnsville faded after a 3-1 start, losing its final four regular-season games. It’s worth noting that the Blaze’s last three opponents – Lakeville North, Apple Valley and Prior Lake – were ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A or 6A. Junior Will Reger passed for more than 1,000 yards and senior Andrew Herkenhoff led Burnsville in receiving yardage. Brett Shepley, Josh Bernardy and Jaron Holt were the tackle leaders on defense.

Rosemount vs. Lakeville South What, where, when: Section 3-6A quarterfinal, 7 p.m. Friday, Rosemount High School. Records: Rosemount 4-4 (4-3 SSC), Lakeville South 4-4 (4-3 SSC). Previously: Rosemount defeated Lakeville South 12-0 on Oct. 5. Outlook: Rosemount earned home field for this game because of its regular-season victory over South. The Irish started 1-3, then won three in a row before losing 35-0 at Lakeville South last week. Rosemount made a quarterback change after five games, going with sopho-

more Jackson Erdmann and returning senior Sean Kalinowski to wide receiver. The team is 2-1 since the switch. Sophomore Dimitri Williams, junior Trent Woodcock and senior Ali Al-Khatib have shared time at running back. For Lakeville South, the question is which Cougars team will show up – the one that clobbered Prior Lake 49-14 on Sept. 7 or the one that was shut out by Edina and Rosemount? Turnovers have been a huge problem for the Cougars, who had four in their Oct. 5 homefield loss to Rosemount. South is a minus-7 in turnovers for the season. When South holds onto the ball, it can move it on the ground. Jordan Johnson and Austin Britnell both have more than 100 carries this season and average more than 6.5 yards per rush.

Apple Valley vs. St. Louis Park What, where, when: Section 3-5A semifinal, 7 p.m. Saturday, Apple Valley High School. Records: Apple Valley 6-2 (6-2 SSC), St. Louis Park 2-7 (0-7 North Suburban Conference). Previously: Apple Valley did not play St. Louis Park in the regular season. Outlook: Apple Valley welcomed a first-round playoff bye after finishing third in the South Suburban Conference. Several of the Eagles’ key players were banged up, most notably senior running back/ linebacker/punter Dom McDew-Stauffer, whose workload increased as the season progressed. Running back Quinn Hooks and offensive lineman Tyler See, both seniors, have missed several games because of injuries and are questionable for Saturday. Apple Valley will have

tackler. home field for the Nov. p.m. Saturday, Farmington second-leading Photo by Rick Orndorf Eagan defensive lineman Jack Schaefer pursues Eastview running back Amari Kennedy during a South Suburban Conference regular-season football game. Both teams will have playoff games Friday at 7 p.m. Eagan travels to Lakeville North while Eastview is home against Burnsville. High School. Records: Farmington 6-2 (5-2 Missota Conference), Minneapolis Southwest 8-1 (5-1 Minneapolis City Conference). Previously: Farmington did not play Southwest during the regular season. Outlook: The Tigers had been ranked as high as fourth in Class 5A but dropped out of the top 10 after losing two of their final three regular-season games. Tigers quarterback Darren Beenken completed 62.5 percent of his passes Farmington for more than 1,200 yards. Mason Auge was all over vs. Southwest What, where, when: Sec- the field on defense, making 101 tackles, more than tion 3-5A semifinals, 7 twice as many as the Tigers’ 2 section championship game if it wins Saturday night. St. Louis Park defeated Bloomington Kennedy 42-29 in a first-round section playoff game Tuesday night. It ended a sevengame losing streak for the Orioles. “They’re a bigplay offense,” Apple Valley coach Mike Fritze said. “They have a running back who’s broken a lot of big runs and a quarterbackreceiver combination they use to throw deep.”

Schedule strength was an issue for Minneapolis Southwest, which had the best record of any team in its section but received the No. 3 seed. All of Southwest’s regular-season games were against teams from the Minneapolis and St. Paul city conferences. The Lakers’ only loss was by one point to Minneapolis Washburn. They defeated Bloomington Jefferson 20-16 in a first-round section game Tuesday night. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike.shaughnessy@ecm-inc. com or

Players named All-State Several players from the Sun Thisweek coverage area were on the Minnesota State Coaches Association All-State boys and girls soccer teams that were announced last weekend. Senior midfielder Jacob Opheim of state tournament qualifier Eastview was on the Class AA All-State boys team, as was Apple Valley senior defender Jordan Charles. Receiving honorable mention were Apple Valley senior midfielder Mitchell Dawson, Lakeville North senior forward Joseph Decklever, Eastview senior defender Jonathon Lenz, Eagan senior defender Kyle Mayne and Burnsville senior midfielder Mauricio Mendoza. Local players named Class AA girls All-State were Lakeville North junior defender Lauren

Brownrigg, Farmington junior defender Isabelle Ferm, Lakeville North senior forward Simone Kolander, Eastview junior forward Kellie McGahn and Burnsville senior defender Natalie Muench. Receiving honorable mention were Farmington sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Becker, Burnsville junior midfielder Hannah Keirstead, Eastview junior defender Brianna Lindstrom and Lakeville North senior forward Alexa Trakalo. Trinity senior forward Joseph Kieffer was named to the Class A All-State boys team. The coaches association honored three players from the Trinity girls team: senior goalkeeper Molly Andersen and senior forward Julia Zyla were named Class A All-State and senior forward Annie Brickweg received honorable mention.

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Notebook: Zenner maintains national rushing lead Eagan graduate averaging almost 200 yards per game at South Dakota State by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

Zach Zenner maintains a torrid rushing pace for the South Dakota State University football team. The 2010 Eagan High School graduate has 1,360 yards in the Jackrabbits’ first seven games and is on pace for a 2,000yard season. He continues to lead all Football Championship Subdivision and Football Bowl Subdivision running backs in yards gained despite being “held” to 112 yards on 20 carries in the Jackrabbits’ 27-6 loss to Northern Iowa last Saturday. SDSU (5-2 overall) went into the game leading the Missouri Valley Conference and ranked 20th in the FCS. Zenner, a 6-foot, 215-pound sophomore, started the season with 183 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against Kansas. The touchdown was on a 99-yard run, one of three rushes of more than 80 yards he has had this season. In the second week of the season, he had a season-high 278 yards against Southeastern Louisiana. Zenner redshirted in 2010 and was named to the Missouri Valley All-Newcomer team last year after gaining 1,354 all-purpose yards. As an Eagan High senior in 2009, Zenner rushed for 1,181 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also played several games at quarterback when starter Jameson Parsons was injured and completed 51 of 100 passes for 465 yards. Eagan went 5-5 that season but pushed eventual state Class 5A champion Cretin-Derham Hall to the limit before losing 21-20 in the Section 4 semifinals. Fans might be curious as to whether they will see Zenner at TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota’s home field. SDSU is scheduled to play at Minnesota in 2015, but barring unusual circumstances Zenner will have completed his football eligibility by then.

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and Clint Lewis are on the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team that is coming to the Twin Cities for two games this weekend. The Under-18 national team will play at the University of Minnesota at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, it will take on the University of St. Thomas at the St. Thomas Academy rink in Mendota Heights at 7:30 p.m. Fasching, a forward, is tied for second in scoring on the Under-18 team with seven points (three goals, four assists) through 11 games. Lewis, a defenseman, has two assists. Fasching helped Apple Valley get to the 2010 state Class AA boys hockey tournament. This is his second season with the NTDP program in Ann Arbor, Mich.; last year he played for the Under-17 team. He has verbally committed to play for the University of Minnesota. Lewis has lived in Brainerd and Lakeville and played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s before joining the NTDP. He has not made a college commitment. NTDP Under-18 players practice and attend school in Ann Arbor. Their schedule is a mixture of college and junior teams.

Cycling league finale The final races of the inaugural Minnesota High School Cycling League season are Sunday at Buck Hill in Burnsville. Three races have been held so far this season and the Roseville Area Composite is first in the overall team standings with 6,181 points, 66 ahead of Burnsville/ Lakeville Composite. Eagan is fifth and Eastview 10th in the team standings. Jordan Horner of the Burnsville/Lakeville co-op and Sonja Hedblom of Eagan are first and second in the girls varsity individual team standings. Mike Shaughnessy is at or

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LAKEVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL Brianna Alexander led the Cougar Swimming & Diving Team at the Section 2AA True Team Meet with four outstanding season best swims! Brianna finished in first place in her two individual events; with times of 2:11.20 in the 200 Individual Medley, and 1:08.68 in the 100 Breaststroke. Both times currently rank in the top 10 times in the state! In addition, Brianna swam very fast on the breaststroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Freestyle Relay pacing the Cougar to third and second place finishes respectively. Brianna is a big meet swimmer and always swims her best when it means the most to the team!

Junior Midfielder Jack Teske was called in to action for extended minutes against crosstown rival Apple Valley in the section 3AA final due to the season ending injury of Devin Miller 12 minutes into the game. Jack played his best game of the season, as he neutralized Apple Valley’s wide attack on the right side of midfield, while still finding the energy to get forward and contribute to the attack. It was one of these forays forward that put Jack at the top of Apple Valley’s 18 with just under 6 minutes to go, to one-time a Joe Schlosser (12) cross into the top right corner ; netting the game winner and sending the Lightning into the State Tournament for the second year in a row. Awards or Accomplishments: All Conference Honorable Mention

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Above All Hardwood Floors Installation•Sanding•Finishing “We Now Install Carpet, Tile & Vinyl.” Call 952-440-WOOD (9663)

Escobar Hardwood Floors Carpet & Ceramic Tile We offer professional services for your wood floors! Installs/Repair Sand/Refinish Free Ests Ins'd Mbr: BBB Professional w/12 yrs exp.


SANDING – REFINISHING Roy's Sanding Service Since 1951 CALL 952-888-9070

2260 952.835.0393 Free Estimates

Garage Door


Chimney & FP Cleaning



Full Time • Professional Ser. Certified Registered / Insured 29 Yrs Exp. Mike 651-699-3373


2170 35 yrs taping, ceiling repair, remodel 952-200-6303 PINNACLE DRYWALL *Hang *Tape *Texture*Sand Quality Guar. Ins. 612-644-1879

Electric Repairs

Bonded Insured Free Ests Resid, Comm & Service. Old/New Const, Remodels Serv Upgrades. Lic#CA06197 Lew Electric: Resid & Comm. Service, Service Upgrades, Remodels. Old or New Constr. Free Ests. Bonded/Insured Lic#CA05011 612-801-5364


Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing


Concrete & Waterproofing, Inc. • Buckling Walls • Foundation Repair • Wet Basement Repair The Origina • Wall Resurfacing • Garage/Basement Floors (MN# BC215366) •



Brick, Concrete, Glass Block, Tile & Misc. Home Remedy. 30yrs. Exp “No Job Too Small”


Steve 612-532-3978 Ins'd

Bsmt finish, bath remodel paint, tape, tile sheetrock maint repair, almost anything! 952-447-3587 Dakota Home Improvement Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Decks, Tile & Flooring CC's accept'd 952-270-1895 Gary's Trim Carpentry Home Repair, LLC Free Estimates, Insured. All Jobs Welcome 612-644-1153



ASG Seamless Gutters Leaf Solution - Run-off Svc 952-895-9913 or 952-292-4644


AACE Services - Hauling

Rubbish Removal/Clean-Up Containers for Rent 5-18cu/yds Since 1979 952-894-7470


Status Contracting, Inc.

Kitchens & Baths, Lower Level Remodels. Decks.

Jack of All Trades Handyman

Specializing in residential & commercial repairs & maintenance. Fully insured. Lic#20639540


Locally owned & operated

• Decks • Basements • Kitchen/Bath Remod • Roofing & Siding • All Types of Tile



Anderson Bobcat Srv. Bobcat/Mini-X, Trucking, Retaining walls, grading, holes, etc. 952-292-7600

E-Z Landscape

Retaining/Boulder Walls, Paver Patios, Bobcat Work, Sod, Mulch & Rock. Decks & Fences

•Ben's Painting•

Will meet or beat prices! Int/Ext, Drywall Repair

Paint/Stain/Ceilings. We accept Visa/MC/Discvr.

952-432-2605 DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC 952-469-6800 Engelking Coatings, LLC Painting, Staining, Coatings 20 yrs exp. Int/Ext. Ins'd www.engelking Mark 612-481-4848

Call 952-334-9840

RETAINING WALLS Water Features & Pavers.

30+ Yrs Exp /Owner Operator

763-420-3036 952-240-5533 Offering Complete Landscape Services


Full Interior & Exterior



Lawn & Garden


Call Ray 952-484-3337

MDH Lead Supervisor

Dale 952-941-8896 office 612-554-2112 cell “Soon To Be Your Favorite Contractor!”

JMR Home Services LLC Home Remodeling & Repair.





A Happy Yard 20% off–New Customers

Fall Clean-Up, Snow Plow & Gutter Cleaning 612-990-0945

Aeration/Fall Clean-Ups Reasonable Rates Neighborhood Discount

952-393-1168 / 952-270-8935

Fall Clean-ups

Aeration & Dethatching Silver Fox Services

952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB

Fall Cleanups & Winter Snow Plowing. Tom's Lawn Service Call 952-882-9029


“Superior Painting” Int/Ext. $ Lowest Prices $ 612-516-7633 '

Jack's Twin City Painting

*10% off 1 st Cleaning* BEST CLEANING WE CLEAN YOU GLEAM

Prof House & Office Cleaner High Quality, Comm/Res Ref/Ins/Bond. Call Lola 612-644-8432 or 763-416-4611



• Irrigation Blowouts starting at $50 • Aeration $55


Free Quotes & Ideas

Wall/Ceiling Repair/Texture Tile, Carpentry, Carpet, Painting & Flooring


Carpentry, Remodeling, Repair & Painting Services. I love to do it all! 612-220-1565

R&J Construction

0 Stress! 110% Satisfaction!


Housecleaning Maid Simple, detail oriented, reliable, 20+ yrs exp. Exc. Refs, free ests. Jane 651-252-7224




Fix It • Replace It • Upgrade It Any Size Project Over 40 yrs experience Ron 612-221-9480 Licensed • Insured

6-10-15 Yard Dumpsters Bobcat Work & Black Dirt Don't Want It - We Haul It! Call Scott 952-890-9461


Exp'd Home/Office cleaner Reliable & Trustworthy Lynette 952-435-0739


Home Tune Up

GUTTER- CLEANING WINDOW CLEANING 763-JIM-PANE 763-546-7263 Insured * Since 1990



or Call 612-850-9258


FREE Estimates

Interior or Exterior - “We Do It All, at a Great Price!” A+ BBB rating 612-501-6449 or email

l Interior / Exterior Painting l Texturing l Drywall l Deck Staining l Epoxy Resin Garage Floors l Fine Finishing & Enameling Fully Insured Free Estimates



A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 060881-PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495 SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Re-Roofing & Roof Repairs 30 Yrs Exp Insured - Lic#20126880 John Haley #1 Roofer, LLC. Call 952-925-6156

* Roofing * Siding

Gutters * Soffit/Fascia

TOPSIDE, INC. 612-869-1177 Licensed * Bonded * Insured 32 Yrs Exp. A+ Rating BBB



32 Years Experience A+ BBB, Kelly O'Brien (612)721-1239 Lic BC596583

3 Interior Rooms/$250 Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repair. Cabinet Enameling and Staining. 30 yrs exp. Steve 763-545-0506

A Family Operated Business

Int./Ext Painting/Staining & texturing. Free Est. 952-474-6258 Ins/Bond Major Credit Cards Accepted

Bonded • Insured


612-824-2769 952-929-3224 Free Estimates


Residential & Commercial


CONCRETE: Driveway, Walks, Steps, Patios


Foundation Repair Licensed • Bonded • Insured

35 Years Experience



Design, Retaining Walls, Boulders, Rock, Mulch & More.

Concrete & Waterproofing Inc.

Since 1986 6 miles S. of Shakopee on 169 Call for hours.


• Pulverized Dirt - $12.75 yd • Black Dirt - $11.25 yd • Decorative Rock • Colored Mulch - $27.00 yd • Bagged Mulch - $3.00/bag • Mulches • Boulders • Retaining Wall Block • Pavers (starting @ $2.10/sq ft) • Edging • Poly • Fabrics

Building or Remodeling?


Quality Residential

Painting & Drywall Ceiling & Wall Textures

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair


Roofing/Tear-offs New Construction

BBB Free Est. MC/Visa

No Subcontractors Used.

Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586



A Fresh Look, Inc. Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

Lic. #BC626700 Credit Cards Accepted

- We Deliver - 612-812-0773








Lic. BC609967

Commercial and residential pressure washing Decks strip & seal, roof washing, house washing, concrete cleaning and staining. Full exterior washing.

Roofing • Siding • Windows

Concrete Dumpster Service Carpentry Baths & Tile Fencing Windows Gutters Water/Fire Damage Doors Lic•Bond•Ins Visa Accepted

We Make & Repair

Call Joe @ 952-693-1536


• Sophisticated Home Additions • Elegant Kitchens 35 Years Exp. • Lower Level Expansions Financing Avail. • Porches • Baths • Etc. Excellent Refs. Design & Build Services Lic BC171024 Insured Unmatched Quality Guarantee



R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION Any & All Home Repairs

Doors, Cabinets, Mantles, Laminate Countertops, Weatherstripping & Other Projects. Please Visit Us At:

Repair /Replace /Reasonable Lifetime Warranty on All Spring Changes

No job too small. Lic# 20636754

We Specialize In:

Family Owned & Operated

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Guy's Custom Woodwork



JNH Electric 612-743-7922

Ins/Bond 952-898-2987

TEAM ELECTRIC Lic/ins/bonded Res/Com All Jobs...All Sizes Free Est 952-758-7585 10% Off w/ad






Don't Replace it Raise it!

Electric Repairs

5% Discount With Ad


0%Hassles 100%Satisfaction All Carpet & Vinyl Services Restretch Repair Replace


Specializing in drives, patios & imprinted colored & stained concrete. Interior acid stained floors and counter tops.

Cabinetry & Counters


35 yrs exp. Free ests. Ins'd. Colored & Stamped, Driveways & Steps, Sidewalks, Patios, Blocks, & Flrs. New or replacement. Tear out & removal. Will meet or beat almost any quote!


Since 1971

St. Christopher Decorating

•Saturdays 10am

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

Dave's Concrete & Masonry

Radloff & Weber




FREE Estimates



Alcoholics Anonymous

St. Paul: 651-227-5502

Blacktop & Sealcoating


It could be yours. Call for details. 952-392-6862

Our job is to make you look good! (952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834

Find a quality builder in Class 2050




October 26, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

Tree Service


Call for Fall Discounts


Regal Enterprises Inc Roofing, Siding, Windows Gutters. Insurance Work. Since 1980. Lic. BC 51571.


Why Wait Roofing LLC Tear-offs & New Construction Siding & Gutters Over 17 yrs exp. Free est. Rodney Oldenburg

612-210-5267 952-443-9957

AJ's Tree Service

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured 952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB Tree Removal Silver Fox Services A Good Job!!

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

Immaculate Clean-up! Tree Removal/Trimming Lot Clearing & Stump Removal Free Estimates 952-440-6104 TREE REMOVAL/TRIMMING Shrub Pruning Free Ests Lic'd / Ins'd / 20 Yrs Exp. 651-455-7704


Lic #BC156835 • Insured

Window Cleaning

Rich's Window Cleaning Quality Service. Affordable rates. 952-435-7871

We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty


Collectibles & Art


Piano stools (13); Cranberry china set; hand-painted décor. plates; Shirley Temple pict.; creamer/sugar sets; other misc items. Please call for more info 952-895-6087


Estate Sales


Thursday, Oct. 25 (9-4) Friday, Oct. 26 (10-5) Saturday, Oct. 27 (9-12))

Go to: for photos & details

To Place Your Sale Ad

Contact Jeanne at


Deadline: Mondays at 3pm


Fireplace & Firewood

2 Years Dried

Oak & Birch - $135 4' x 8' - Delivered.

Quantity discounts.

$300* For The Season

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000

BH Property Mgmt.

Prof. Plowing & Removal

Resid/Comm Free Ests

Group Discounts. Pay Per Push, Per Month or Season. Newer equip & reliable staff 612-532-0107 952-564-0250

Pat's Snow Plowing Comm/Res. Sr. Discounts 612-382-5211

Snow Plowing

Comm./Res. Insured, Senior Discount

Forest Lake, MN. Oct. 27th, 9:00am-3:30pm, 24th Annual Craft and Bake Sale. St Peter's Church, 1250 S. Shore Drive.

16880 Cedar Ave, So., Rsmnt


Narrow Access or Backyards. Insured Jeff 612-578-5299

NOVAK STUMP REMOVAL Free Est Lic/Ins 952-888-5123

Absolute Tree Service Exper. prof., lic., Ins. Reas. rates.

PAUL BUNYAN TREE SERVICE, INC. Tree Trimming & Removal Insured 952-445-1812 Now Scheduling Winter Oak Trimming!!

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Affordable Firewood OAK & BIRCH, 2 YRS DRIED

4 x 8 x 16. Free delivery & stack. 612-867-6813

Oak Firewood, dried 2 yrs., full cord 4'x4'x8' $300 delivered, call Dan 952-2974458

Sporting Goods & Misc


Agriculture/ Animals/Pets


New In Plastic!! $150 MUST SELL!! 763-360-3829

12 wk old, white male AKC, vet ck & shots, fam raised house breaking & training in progress. Ready for new home. $400



Bloomington Cemetery 2 plots priced at $1200 each Call 952-884-0868

Free 50” color projection screen TV in working condition. 651-423-2631

For Sale: 4 Lots Glenhaven Good Samaritan Garden $6,500/BO. 320-243-3165

Fgtn/Hampton area near Hwy 52. 20 yrs exp. Sm group 651-463-4065

King Sleigh BR Set: Lic'd Daycare Opngs. All

Pleasant View Memorial Gardens Burnsville: Gethsemane Garden, Sect 12-D, Lot 1 & 2 (2 spaces, 2 vaults & 1 memorial) $1,400/BO.

605-880-5966 605-886-4884


Collectibles & Art

Buying Coin Collections Free Appraisal, Will Travel.

Call Randy 952-898-4827 Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

Leather hdbrd, nitestands, drssr, $1600. 612-751-0129

Oak Round Kitchen Tble & 4 Chairs, Colored 32” TV, Best Offer 952-322-1352


Misc. For Sale

Qu Hideabed lk new, Dk Cherry dining set, coffee tbl, w/end tbls – ceramic. Oak wardrober. Rocker, W/D. 651-344-8622


Misc. Wanted

Buying Old Trains & Toys


Musical Instuments

Baby Grand Piano: Ivers & Pond. Last tuned 7/14. $700. Call 952-946-9861

Family Owned/Operated — 30 Years Experience 952-469-5221 | MN License # BC 639318 | Lakeville, MN 55044

Garage Sales this week



Apple Valley

AppleValley Sat, Oct 27 8 AM-3 PM 13330 Granada Ave. Mens Clothes, Sleigh bed, dining set, HH.

General Contractors Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600 3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793


Tree Service



Estate Sale 10/25-27 (9-5) Antiqs, collectibles, HH, furn. 10029 Beard Ave S. Moving Sale 10/25-27 (9-3)

2 Drexel leather hi-back chrs, Walnut DR set, much misc 8046 Pennsylvania Rd

Oct 25-27, 9am. 9349 Penn Ave S Office supplies & furn, copy paper, toner & free stuff. Everything must go!



1 Day Sale!

Senior Discounts

Great Service Affordable Prices 3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

32nd Annual


Nov. 1 - 4 Nov. 8 - 11 Nov. 15 - 18 Thursdays & Fridays 10am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm Last Sunday closes at 4pm

The Crossing Shopping Center 1964 Rahn Cliff Court, Eagan, MN Located in the southwest quadrant of Cliff Road and 35E, directly behind the Cliff Road Burger King. Featuring New Artisans plus Returning Favorites! We will be collecting food shelf donations for the Eagan Resource Center. Please bring a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item to donate at the door!

Offering you handcrafted and carefully selected items for your home and gift giving. No strollers please. The Holly House ... THE ULTIMATE BOUTIQUE!

22 Annual

Oct 27th 9-5pm 12805 Woodview Ct. Wood shop liquidation sale! Radial Arm Saw, Planer, Scroll Saw, Disc & Belt Sander, Router & Table. Many air & elec. Powered hand tools. If U R are handyman, do not miss this sale! Moving Sale! 10/26-27 (8-4), Furn, Camping, HH, Rugs, appl., lamps & freebies 50 Garden Drive



MOVING SALE Designer transitional style/soft contemporary furn., accessories & art. 10/25 (12-3); 10/26-27 (9-3). Cottagewood N'brhd - 4200 North Lane



Child Care

LV: LL Daycare Design Lic/Exp, Inf – K, Ex. rate, Curric. 952-432-8885


Rentals Townhouse For Rent

Burnsville, 3BR,2BA, 1400 sq. ft. Remodeled, W/D, garage $1250. 952-994-4540 3 Bdrm 1 ½ Ba townhome 2 car attch. Gar. W/D,new carpet, Central Air, No Pets $1150 952-469-1158 AV Renovated TH! Conv. loc! Walking trls, school Sr. Ctr, 2BR/ 1.5 BA, Fplc., W/D, lg. Kitch, $1200+utils. 651-437-8627 Fgtn: 2 BR +loft, 2 BA, 2 car gar. Avl now! Newer $1250 Matt 612-237-6725 Newer Lakeville Towh 4 BR, 4 BA Avl Nov 1. Call 612-865-7124

5300 th

Family Care

ages. Near Riverview Elem. Fgtn. 651-460-6460


Loss Weight Set w/bench $85 New! 952431-1192

Duplexes/Dbl Bungalows For Rent

Fgtn: 4/5 BR, 2 BA, 2000sf + w/o bsmnt. All new: hdwd floors, stainless appls. & more! Lg yd, $1295/mo + utils 507-2711170


Rental Information

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women; and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.



Wanted to Rent (nr Richfield/Blmgtn area) single garage stall for winter season. Call Dick 612-866-5507 Winter Storage: 1 stall

Huge Moving/Downsizing

Fri-Sat, Oct 26-27 (9-3) All yard/garden, 22 cf composter, 8HP chipper, outdoor furn., firepit, storage shelving& org, tools, dehumidifier, folding tbls&chrs, file cab,youth bike, Harley misc., Holiday (10-31 & 12/25) misc HH. 5605 Code Ave.

available in my resid. garage West metro. 952-474-1956


Roommates Wanted

Home by north Prior Lake Prvt, Furn LL w/BA 2 car gar. $550/mo+½ util. prefer mature prof. w/healthy lifestyle 612-270-7859

Having a Check us out Garage Sale? online at Advertise your sale with us

952-846-2000 3970

Pets 3970



November 3rd 9am-4pm • Over 25 crafters and artisans • Coffee & warm rolls in the AM • Bake Sale • Delicious lunch • Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy

Bruno Has Papers!

Bruno is a 6 yr old purebred lab ( we have papers too) but he is neutered. Good with kids and other dogs and even cats. Loves the ball. Got to see! Call the foster Janet 952892-3968 or see him and other dogs and cats at the Apple Valley Petco on Saturday 11-3pm. Check out our website at

Lutheran Church of the Ascension 1801 East Cliff Road Burnsville, MN 952-890-3412 Sponsored by Ascension Women’s Guild


Real Estate


Townhomes for Sale

TH/Northfield 3 BR, 2 BA, 1400sf, new remod. $76,000 612-298-7282


Manufactured Homes

Lakeville/Apple ValleyBorder: 2 BR, 1 BA all appliances, C/A, Pets OK. $16,200 Financing 612-581-3833



Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747

Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad.

9100 Min Schnauzer Puppy


Apartments & Condos For Rent

RENTS START AT 1 BR $690 – 2BR $790 $150 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT Rosewood Manor 14599 Cimarron Ave. Rosemount 651-423-2299


Peeka & Boo, 2 sweet & beautiful, bro & sis, orange tabby cats, together only to a special loving home. All tests/shots/spay/neut. $75 for both. Vet. refs. req'd. Call Jerry 952-888-9524

Call 612-486-2674




DR Set: 40x60 Drk wd table, 3 - 12” lvs, & 6 uphols. chrs. Like new! $450 612-868-4593

t iv e D e f e c le S h in g s t s li S p e c ia

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts



Mixed Hardwood - 2 yrs dried. 4'x8'x16” for $120; or 2/$220. Delivered & stacked




3 Lots in Dawn Valley Memorial Park $1,200, or best offer. Call 952-928-8943


Tree Service

3700 Alabama Ave. So. Pre-Sale 10/24,Wed 12-6pm Admission $3; Sale 10/25-26 Th-Fri 9-6pm; Bag Sale, 10/27 Sat 8-12pm




St Louis Park Union Church



Cemetery Lots

Glen Haven: 2 lots, 2 vaults, 1 headstone, $3000 952-451-2741 952-929-1296


St. Louis Park

Couch, loveseat, chair Tan/gold microfiber. Exc cond! $599/BO 952-843-8138

Tree Service


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Sat, November 3 (9am-3pm) Faith Lutheran Church

Stump Removal

Al & Rich's Low Cost Stump Removal, Portable Mach. Professional tree trimming & removal. ◆ ◆ 952-469-2634 ◆ ◆




Craft & Bake Sale







Driveway Plowing and Small Parkinglots. *Most Drives 651-592-5748

Lakeville, Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday Oct. 27, 9-5 19001 Orchard Trail. Some things old, somethings new 8th annual garage sale. A little something for everyone. Worth venturing out in the cold for!

Treadmill Exerciser, gently used $200 or BO. Call 952-884-0405


Snow Removal



Help Wanted/ Full Time

Machinist, Burnsville. Looking for company to help you increase your skills and earning potential? Hydra-Flex Inc. has a rare opportunity for someone who is passionate about being a machinist and wants to learn to become a programmer in 1-3 years. Minimum qualifications are graduation from the Right Skills Now program or 2 yr. machinist degree. As a programmer, you have the opportunity to earn $20-28/hr. If interested send resume to with a requested salary requirement. ACCOUNTANT Experienced. A/P, A/R, & AIA Construction Billing. Prior Lake Office. Good Pay & Benefits. Email Resume to: jason@ Biz-2-Biz Interviewing Home Based Business interviewing or non-retail sales exp. No home calling. 15+hrs/wk avail from your home. College degree with report writing exp preferred. M-F days. $14-$18/hr. Call 952-252-6000 Turn your unneeded items in to

$$$$$$$$ Sell your items in Sun•Thisweek Classifieds



Commercial Properties Space

Help Wanted/ Full Time



Large Pickup, Cargo Van Or Dock Truck Locally owned transportation company needs contractors for metro deliveries. Need 2002 or newer vehicle, good driving record, DOT physical, solid English and customer relations skills. Great commission rates! Whether you have a lot of experience or just a little, call Jim at Elite Transportation 763785-0124 weekdays for more info. Or go to

www.elitetran and click on OPPORTUNITIES

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Office Employment Our highly successful Dodge-Ram Dealership is looking for an individual to join our office team. This full time position will be responsible for account receivable, payables, payroll, human resources and other office functions. Send resume to: ccarlson@ or stop in to complete an application. Dodge of Burnsville 12101 Hwy. 35W South Burnsville, MN 55337

Finish Carpenters

Schwieters Companies is hiring entry level to experienced finish carpenters. Please call 612-328-3140 to schedule an interview. Top Benefits & Pay: tools/medical/dental/401k


Quick Lube Technician Dealership Service Dept. needs a highly motivated team player to inspect vehicles, change oil and rotate items on our Express Oil Change lane. Excellent pay & Benefits Dodge of Burnsville 12101 Hwy. 35W South Burnsville, MN 55337 Apply in person

Leaps and Bounds Child Care Center Hiring a Full Time Assistant Teacher. Previous child care experience preferred. Application available at www.Leapsandbound Or apply in person at 3438 151st St W Rosemount

651-423-9580 Now Hiring!

Warehouse/Packaging/ Assembly All shifts. Entry level to skilled positions available. Email resume to: or call (952)924-9000 for more info. Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc. Program Manger Burnsville

Hours: 37 hours/week, Flexible, Benefit Eligible Responsibilities: Overall management of a home serving 4 women with DD, writing and revising programs, assist in overseeing medical needs, monitor meds, hire, train, and supervise staff. Qualifications: Must be a DC with 2 years experience working with DD or a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional with 1 year experience with persons with DD, Exp w/ behaviors & psych meds pref'd, DL., Clean record, & insurance. Contact: Katya@ Visit us at


Commercial Properties Space

Commercial Space for Rent AVAILABLE NOW


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Automotive Come join our family

Service Advisor Dodge of Burnsville’s highly rated Service Department is looking for a Full-time service salesperson for a current opening on our service team. For a confidential interview call Greg Adamich @ 952-767-2730


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Fantasy Gifts Salesclerk


Full-time OTR, Van/ Reefer. Minimum 2 yrs required. Late Model equipment. Regional/ Long haul. Weekend Home time. .38 cents/mile starting wage. Call Nik: 651-325-0307

$3500.00 per month plus utilities

Burnsville location 2125 Highway 13 Evenings and weekends. Part time, set schedule. Applications at store or Send resume to: Helpwanted@ JANITORIAL Up to


Apply today... Work tonight! 763-712-9210 Newspaper Delivery, Apple Valley /Eagan /Inver Grove, Weekend & Weekday Routes Available. Make $400-$2000 Monthly. Call 651-968-6039


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Be a Program Supervisor Be a Leader. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have the desire to lead people and work with adults with developmental disabilities or mental illness. Opal Services has two Program Supervisor positions available in Rosemount. A PS is responsible for the overall management of the group home. Job duties include but are not limited to: hiring, training and scheduling staff; implementing performance management; being responsible for the organization of the home; assisting with development of consumer programming; managing consumer and household finances; preparing reports; coordinating medical care for consumers.

Be Appreciated.

Opal provides: competitive salary starting at $29,600 and a benefits package, including; Medical and Dental insurance, paid vacation and profit sharing. Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a HS diploma or GED. Qualified candidates will have two years of work experience with adults with DD or a related field on a professional level; or a degree in a human services field. Supervisory experience preferred. Candidates are required to have a valid driver’s license; a reliable, insured vehicle; and good driving record.

Interested? Email your resume and cover letter to All applicants will be asked to fill out an application packet which can be obtained on our website or by stopping by to complete an application at 4635 Nicols Road, Suite 100, Eagan, MN 55122; see our complete list of open positions and/or download an application packet online at; or call 651-454-8501 for more information. EOE.

Be a Program Director

Be a Role Model

Located at: 14345 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount, MN

Be a leader.

Includes 500 sq. ft. of Office Space, 4500 sq. ft. of Shop Space, 7500+ sq. ft. of Outdoor Storage (screened and fenced), and approximately 4500 sq. ft. of parking area.

Please call 612-309-1566



Help Wanted/ Full Time


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Immediate Openings: Production Due to continued growth, our busy client company located in Shakopee is seeking production candidates. Current needs are on 2nd & 3rd shifts. Fast-paced position & must be able to stand entire shift. For immediate consideration, please call our Chaska office at

(952) 368-4898 1580 White Oak, Ste. 150, Chaska

Do you have a desire to lead people and work with adults with developmental disabilities and/ or a mental illness diagnosis? Opal Services has a Program Director position available overseeing the management of 4 residential group homes located in Dakota County. This individual will office in Eagan.

Be appreciated. Opal provides: competitive salary ranging from $40,000 to $47,000 based on experience plus an excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates must have either: 4yr degree in a related field, 2yrs ft work exp. w/ like clients & 1yr supervisor exp. in a group home setting; or 2 yr degree in a related field, 3yrs ft work exp. w/ like clients & I yr supervisor exp. in a group home setting; or a diploma in community-based DD services, 3 yrs ft work exp. w/ like clients & 1yr supervisor exp. in a group home setting. Interested? Email your resume and cover letter to All applicants will be asked to fill out an application packet which can be obtained on our website or by stopping by to complete an application at 4635 Nicols Road, Suite 100, Eagan, MN 55122; 651-454-8501 EOE

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Eagan doctor develops new device for pain


Invention mimics trigger-point massage by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK

For much of his career, Eagan physical therapist Jon Reynolds has recommended various products for his patients to relax tight muscles but has often been disappointed by their results. Frustrated by the lack of options on the market, Reynolds developed a new product called TOLA Point System, which mimics trigger-point pressure created by human fingers, allows patients to relax tight muscles and relieve pain from home. “This system allows a good range of motion compared to other products,” he said. TOLA comes with three nipple-shaped cups called points, round wedgeshaped bases and a second base with a rounded bottom to allow for a rocking motion. Patients lay on top of the points while positioning them against specific muscles. Their body weight provides the proper

pressure while the shape of point and wedge target the muscle, Reynolds said. The rocking bottom enables patients to massage the point into their muscles. A strap is sold separately to apply pressure while the patient is sitting or standing. “The design was inspired by my work on patients and trying to replicate that,” said Reynolds, who provides manual physical therapy. Although the system enables patients to receive treatment at home, it is intended to be used in conjunction with physical therapy, Reynolds said. Each component appears simplistic, but the system was a six-year endeavor that required constant testing to ensure the angles and materials were just right to provide maximum relief, Reynolds said. The product has been a hit since its release in January. To date, Reynolds has sold 1,800 systems to other physical therapists through Plymouth-based distribu-

tor OPTP. He has also sold it directly to patients at his clinics in Eagan and Minneapolis and at his website www.tolapoint. com. Each system, which includes three points of varying sizes, two angles of varying degrees and two rounded bases, costs $39.95. An expanded system that includes the strap costs $49.95. Between 40 and 45 patients tested the system prior to its release and reported feeling immediate results. Several patients who spoke with Sun Thisweek said they noticed their recovery lasted longer in between sessions. One patient described the system as feeling like receiving a trigger-point massage. “The TOLA system is for anyone with pain who wants to relieve it without medicine,” Reynolds said. “The product helps speed up their return to the foundation they want.” Reynolds has been practicing physical therapy for 25 years and has a bache-

lor’s and a master’s in physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and a Ph.D. in rehab science from the University of Minnesota. He opened his first private practice five years ago called Reynolds Rehab Physical Therapy in Minneapolis. Reynolds expanded his clinic to Eagan in 2007. Both offer physical therapy for injuries, chronic medical conditions and sports-related issues. Reynolds said his practice differs from others in the area by using his hands to provide therapy rather than machines. In addition to running his own clinics, Reynolds is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Shoulder Group. For more information on Reynolds’ practices, Photo by Jessica Harper visit or www.reynoldsrehabpt. Eagan physical therapist Jon Reynolds developed a new trigger-point system to target muscle tightness and pain. To com. date, he has sold 1,800 to other therapists through a local Jessica Harper is at jessica. distributor as well as at his private practices in Minneapolis and Eagan and online.

Auditor gives ISD 196 clean bill of health Chick-fil-A plans by Jessica Harper In fiscal 2012, District 196 Lauer also recommend- up for the losses in earlier Apple Valley location spent $11.9 million from its ed the district close two years,” he said referring SUN THISWEEK

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District received a clean bill of health this month during its annual audit. During his Oct. 22 presentation, auditor Bill Lauer of Malloy Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich and Co. commended the district for its sound financial controls. “It’s a very clean audit report,” Lauer said. “Your general fund remains in sound financial condition.” Lauer noted that District 196 continues to remain under budget and spend less than other school districts on average.

general fund — money that is not reserved for specific services. By comparison, school districts statewide spent $12.3 million on average, while those in the metro alone spent $12.9 million. Lauer did note a few areas in which District 196 could improve. The district struggled a bit last year to ensure internal controls were in place when collecting cash outside the business office. The board took action earlier this fall to remedy the issue by paying for a service that will enable parents to pay fees online.

inactive student activity accounts. The district’s fund balance was another issue noted by Lauer. Its fund balance by June 30, 2012, was $39 million, which is 14.6 percent of the district’s general fund. This is a smaller percentage of the general fund than the state average of 20.8 percent. Lauer noted that the district has struggled since 2011 to have adequate cash flow and investments due to delayed state aid payments and declining property taxes. “Recent increases in state aid can help make

to the per pupil funding formula increase recently passed by the Legislature. District 196 has a history of sound financial reporting. For nearly a decade, it has every year received the Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Association of School Business Officials International for its clean audit reports. Clean reports enable the district to achieve a better credit rating and lower interest rates on loans.

Chick-fil-A could be coming to Apple Valley’s Cedar Avenue corridor. The Georgia-based restaurant chain that specializes in breaded chicken sandwiches has submitted a plan to the city for a drive-through restaurant at Cedar Avenue and 153rd Street. Last week the city’s Planning Commission reviewed the restaurant’s proposal for a 4,585-square-foot building at the southeast corner of the Cedar and 153rd intersection. The Jessica Harper is at jes- proposed restaurant or cludes seating for about 100 people, a drive-through

and a 38-space parking lot. Pending city approval of the development plans, Chick-fil-A is looking to begin construction as early as next spring. Chick-fil-A has about 1,700 restaurants in the United States, with Minnesota locations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis and Minnesota State University-Mankato. In the Twin Cities, Chick-fil-A is also looking to build restaurants in Coon Rapids and Maple Grove. —Andrew Miller

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