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Thisweek Burnsville-Eagan JANUARY 6, 2012

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Eagan creates domestic partnership registry by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Unmarried domestic couples in Eagan will soon be able to have their commitment recognized by the city. The City Council unanimously voted Jan. 3 to establish a voluntary domestic partnership registry for unmarried couples who reside together. This includes heterosex-

ual, homosexual and transgender couples. “It doesn’t make money for the city, but it will offer a service for those who requested it,� Mayor Mike Maguire said. Discussion regarding the topic started in July when a resident asked the City Council to consider the concept. The voluntary registry has been

adopted in 16 Minnesota cities including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. One resident expressed his displeasure with the ordinance at the meeting. “Obviously, it’s a stepping stone to find a way to have samesex marriage,� Tim Lewis said on Tuesday. “I don’t know why Eagan had to start that.�

Phil Duran of the advocacy group OutFront Minnesota described the council’s decision as “a very heartening move.� Such ordinances provide legal documentation that helps unmarried couples obtain some of the benefits bestowed upon married couples, explained Tom Hedges, city administrator for Eagan. For a $25 fee, those who regis-

ter have an easier time obtaining health and life insurance, and accessing their partner’s medical information in an emergency. If a couple decides to dissolve their partnership, they must complete a form notifying the city at a cost of $25. Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com.

Inclusion is a mission for teacher, coach BHS’ Riggs melds mainstream, special education by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

When Mark Riggs became an assistant football coach at Burnsville High School in 1990, head coach Dick Hanson put him in charge of the team managers. “Pretty soon,� Riggs recalled, “I think we were up to six or seven special ed kids who were involved in it by the end of the season.� As a teacher, Riggs has years of experience in both mainstream and special education. As a teacher, coach and student council advisor, he’s worked to lower barriers between the two. His efforts have earned Riggs the first Inclusion Award in BurnsvilleEagan-Savage School District 191. The award, which he received last month, is the brainchild of the district’s Special Education Advisory Committee. “Of course, we always want our kids who have special needs to be included with the regular ed kids,� said committee member Abbie WellsHerzog of Burnsville, who has an autistic daughter at Metcalf Junior High and a gifted and talented daughter at Eagle Ridge Junior Photo by John Gessner High. “Kids being kids, some- Mark Riggs, a special education teacher and coach and times if kids are differ- the student council advisor at Burnsville High School, won District 191’s first Inclusion Award. See Riggs, 5A

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An SUV fell into Eagan’s Fish Lake Jan. 2 after a couple attempted to drive on the thin ice.

SUV falls in ice-covered lake DNR provides tips on how to stay safe this winter by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Although this winter has been unseasonably warm, one couple decided to try their luck driving an SUV on an ice-covered lake in Eagan, only to fall in. No one was injured when the vehicle sank into Fish Lake on Jan. 2. The male passenger immediately jumped out as the SUV began to sink about 10 feet from shore. The female driver meanwhile waited inside the vehicle for Eagan police and fire personnel who were notified shortly after the ice broke. The woman was helped out of the vehicle by emergency personnel, and the vehicle was pulled from the water by a local towing company. Eagan police officials say this is the first incident in the city involving a vehicle falling into lake ice in sev-

eral years. Though it doesn’t happen often, police officials warn that outdoor enthusiasts need to be more cautious when walking and driving on ice-covered lakes. “The lake is not thick enough now to drive on,� said Eagan Police officer Danielle Anselment. The Department of Natural Resources provides several guidelines on its website and recommends an 8- to 12-inch thickness for a car or small pickup to drive on the ice. A medium truck requires a 12 to 15 inches of ice. Several factors affect the general safety of ice, such as temperature, snow cover and currents, according to the DNR. Thickness can be checked by creating a hole with a chisel, auger or drill, and measuring the ice with a tape measure.

BURNSVILLE Scoutmaster’s crimes, apartments, Walmart also made news THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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The late Charlie Crichton, center, appeared at the grand opening of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in 2009 with fellow City Council members Dan Gustafson, left, and Dan Kealey. His death was perhaps Burnsville’s biggest news story of 2011, a year of progress, heartbreak and glimpses of the city’s future.

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The Eagan community experienced many ups and downs in 2011 as it lost a prominent figure, welcomed economic growth and honored some of its heroes. The year began with the long-overdue recognition of Vietnam War veteran Tim Callister. Callister received the Distinguished Flying Cross in January more than 40 years after his service overseas. The award was presented by former Eagan state Sen. Jim Carlson at Callister’s request. The former Army pilot Photo by T.W. Budig was honored for his acts of Former Republican governor Tim Pawlenty made several heroism on Aug. 24, 1970. That day, Callister flew stops in the Twin Cities during his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. See Eagan, 8A

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by John Gessner After 18 years on the Burnsville City Council, Charlie Crichton didn’t need much introduction. To many, he was a oneword personality – just “Charlie,� said Mary Sherry, a fellow council member. Crichton, who made fans and won elections as a strident tax hawk and frequent contrarian, died in March at age 83.

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Crichton’s passing made headlines in 2011

DNR officials also recommend people ask a local bait shop or resort on the lake about ice conditions. Officials recommend that people refrain from driving on lake ice. But if driving is necessary, the department recommends parking SUVs and other vehicles at least 50 feet apart and moving them every two hours to prevent sinking. DNR officials recommend keeping windows down and the seat belts unbuckled when driving on the ice to prepare to leave in a hurry. Officials also recommend wearing a flotation device under winter gear in case the ice breaks. For more tips and information on ice safety, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice.

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Burnsville/from 1A north end of town. A longawaited interchange project was finally approved. City officials prepared for future development while also spending hundreds of enforcement hours at an aging and ill-kept apartment complex. An obsolete shopping center was torn down to make way for senior housing. And a lucky Burnsville couple won the biggest prize of all. Minnesota Lottery photo Here are some 2011 news Thomas and Kathleen Morris of Burnsville met the media Aug. 12 at Minnesota Lottery highlights from the pages of headquarters in Roseville. Jenny Canfield, right, the acting lottery director, introduced the Burnsville-Eagan Thisweek. couple. Minnesota Lottery history. population from 1.4 percent imprisoned Crichton Their $228.9 million to 3.7 percent. Convicted child moCrichton was a former Powerball Jackpot came Burnsville had people council member and mayor lester Peter Stibal, one of courtesy of Tom, a sales 65 or older in 13 percent of in Arden Hills before com- the first Eagle Scouts in the engineer, who bought five households in 2000, coming to Burnsville, where he Burnsville Boy Scout troop tickets on Aug. 10 at the Su- pared with 17 percent toward was first elected in 1992. The in which he later served as perAmerica store at 16161 the end of the decade, Daonly Burnsville election he assistant scoutmaster and Cedar Ave. in Lakeville. He kota County’s Office of Planlost was a 2000 bid to unseat scoutmaster, was sentenced was on his way to a work as- ning and Analysis reported. June 24 to 21 years in prison. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. At both times, Burnsville On May 3 a jury convict- signment in Indiana. In his 18 career votes on The Michigan natives had more households with Burnsville’s annual budget ed Stibal, 46, of two counts have been married for 38 seniors than Apple Valley, and tax levy, Crichton voted each of first- and secondyears. Eagan, Farmington, Lakefor only three. Many of the degree criminal sexual con“I’d like to say, we have ville and Rosemount. votes were 4-1 tallies on tax duct involving one victim, a a lot of nice friends that hikes his council colleagues member of Troop 650. The Apartments crimes occurred from 2003 added that it couldn’t have considered reasonable. happened to a nicer couple,� Burnsville has dealt with He opposed creating the to 2005, when the boy was Kathleen said at an Aug. 12 problem apartment comHeart of the City down- 13 to 15. news conference at Lottery plexes before, but none like On June 24 Stibal pleadtown redevelopment district headquarters in Roseville. Country Village Apartments, and building the $20 million ed guilty to three counts whose chronic problems with of second-degree criminal “That was nice to hear.� arts center. mold, widespread disrepair Always visible in the sexual conduct for abusing Changing city and pests came to city officommunity, Crichton also three other troop members, Burnsville grew older and cials’ attention when the Fire attended many events at ages 11 to 14, from 2003 to far more racially diverse but Department responded to a 2008. the center, where he was barely more populous in the kitchen fire in May. In an interview after the fondly eulogized in a public last 10 years, according to The problems came to a memorial after his March sentencing, the lead detec13 death, which followed a tive on the case lauded the 2010 U.S. Census data re- head on Dec. 20, when the City Council voted 4-1 to four boys who told their leased in March. brief illness. Burnsville has the largapprove the complex’s 2012 “He loved this city with stories to police, particulareverything in him, and he ly the first to come forward. est percentage of nonwhite rental license but give owner “I interviewed many kids residents – 22.5 percent – Lindahl Properties LP a sewas so proud to be a part from the troop,� said Burns- among Dakota County cit- ries of deadlines for fixing of it,� said Crichton’s wife, ville police officer Jeff Pfaff. ies, the 2010 Census found. dozens of fire and property Terry. A rare special election “I think we have other vic- The mature suburb has code violations. The council defeated, was held July 26 to choose tims out there that just were been the slowest-growing among suburbs south of the 3-2, a Dec. 20 motion to Crichton’s replacement. not ready to tell us. But these river, with a gain of just 86 revoke the license, which Most of the candidates guys were. They were ready would have had dwellers of pledged to govern in his to talk. Somebody broke the residents since 2000. Burnsville’s black or the complex’s 101 occupied mold. One of them, Bill ice and they said, ‘Yep, it African-American popula- units needing new homes by happened to me, too.’ � Coughlin, won. tion rose from 4.1 percent Jan. 1. As of Dec. 20, only A number of options are in 2000 to 10 percent. The about 40 of the 138 units Jackpot! now under consideration percentage of Hispanic or met code requirements for establishing a permaJust days after a meeting for licensure, Deputy City Latino residents rose from nent memorial to Crichton with their financial advisor Manager Tom Hansen said. 1.4 percent to 7.9 percent. somewhere in the city’s park left them doubtful about The nonprofit Scott system. pending retirement plans, The Asian population grew from 4.1 percent to 6.5 perCarver Dakota CAP AgenThomas and Kathleen Morcent, and the multiracial cy had been asked by the Scoutmaster ris won the largest prize in

city to help relocate residents in the event of a mass exodus forced by a council decision to revoke. Help is still available, but “most of them want to stay,� said Rebecca Bowers, the agency’s vice president of development. “They want their apartments to be fixed up and they want to stay.� The number of vacancies rose from 21 on Oct. 18, when the council barred Lindahl from accepting new tenants, to 37 on Dec. 20. Occupants of at least two units at Country Village moved to another west Burnsville complex, River Ridge, which had been cited for numerous code violations when it was called Charleswood Apartments. Pine Ridge Capital, a firm specializing in turning around distressed real estate and other assets, bought the property early this year and launched unit-by-unit renovations.

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Community Development Agency, in partnership with Presbyterian Homes, is redeveloping the site at Burnsville Parkway and County Road 5. There will be 140 units on the 13.4-acre property – 80 affordable, independent-living units owned and managed by the CDA, and 60 assisted-living and memory-care units managed by Presbyterian Homes. There’s land left over for possible office and retail development on the east side of the property. Burnsville’s biggest redevelopment opportunity is in the 1,700-acre area west of Interstate 35W and north of Highway 13 known as the Minnesota River Quadrant. In July, city officials unveiled proposed projects to grease redevelopment of the mostly industrial area, which includes a landfill and limestone mine. They include improvements to the I-35W/Cliff Road interchange, at a cost of up to $5.3 million, and $4.9 million in road improvements, utilities and turn lanes on 126th Street and Dupont Avenue. The city is already committed to spending up to $6.4 million on the 5/13 interchange project, which will improve access to the area. CVS Pharmacy won City Council approval in October to build a store on the TCF Bank site, a prime corner in the Heart of the City. Plans also include an outlot for future development – possibly a 5,000-square-foot retail and office building. Property owner Wellington Management Group would keep the outlot and sell 1.6 acres of the 2.45-acre site to CVS.

After years of prodding and persuading, Burnsville officials were able to take a victory lap Dec. 6 with a key vote on the Highway 13/ County Road 5 interchange project. The City Council approved a joint-powers agreement with Dakota County that serves as the official launch of the long-awaited, $44.23 million project. The interchange will replace a traffic-numbing signalized intersection with a section of County Road 5 rebuilt over a stretch of four-lane state highway that will be lowered by 20 feet. “The City Council in Burnsville was the voice in the wilderness here,� City Manager Craig Ebeling Walmart Walmart will make its said. “In the ’90s, no one was talking about this proj- Burnsville debut this fall. In May the City Counect other than you.� cil approved plans for a Redevelopment 155,000-square-foot store Valley Ridge Shopping on the southwest corner of Center, part of which dates River Ridge Boulevard and back to 1963, was demol- Cliff Road. Officials hope the project ished in late summer and fall, making way for senior will spur redevelopment at the city’s northern entrance, housing. The Dakota County See Burnsville, 14A

             

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ECM Publishers acquires Sun Newspaper Group ECM Publishers Inc. has acquired the Sun Newspaper Group from American Community Newspapers II, combining two large Minnesota newspaper groups. Signing the agreement for ECM, Friday, Dec. 30, were Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Julian Andersen, President and Chief Operating Officer Marge Winkelman, and Chief Financial Officer Rod Garbe. ECM is based in Coon Rapids, Minn. American Community Newspapers II is based in Dallas, Texas. The newly acquired newspaper group will be called ECM-Sun Group LLC. The combined company will now include 500 associates and 55 publications, reaching 700,000 homes weekly. “The merger of the Sun Group into ECM Publishers continues the growth of ECM, combining two strong, well-managed Minnesota media organizations,� Andersen said. “This combination creates opportunity and capability to enhance services provided to both readers and advertisers, to be active partners in

an extended group of Minnesota communities, and to provide many associates the chance to step up to bigger responsibilities.� “We are excited about this new opportunity to expand our footprint in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market as ECM-Sun Group, LLC,� Winkelman said. “ECM Publishers Inc. is continuously transforming the way we operate and continues to improve our ability to meet the challenges of the changing newspaper industry. By combining our award-winning publications, strong community websites, and adding digital and social media to the mix, we will be able to communicate to our readers and deliver advertisers’ messages in a timely and effective manner.� “I am very excited about the future of our new company and the opportunities to grow and expand the business,� said Jeffrey Coolman, general manager of the ECM-Sun Group. “Combining the strengths of both companies will create one of the best community newspaper groups in the country. It is the people

who strengthen our ability to succeed.� Both ECM and the Sun Group are comprised of newspapers, shoppers, and websites. ECM publishes 15 newspapers and six shoppers with total weekly circulation of 155,000 and 191,000, respectively. The Sun Group publishes 32 newspapers and two shoppers with total weekly circulation of 357,000 and 38,000, respectively. ECM websites attract 1 million page views a month, and Sun Group websites attract 461,000 page views per month. ECM was created in 1976 by Elmer L. Andersen, who started the newspaper company after a successful career as businessman, state legislator, and governor. The company began when Andersen bought competing weekly newspapers in Princeton and combined them into the Princeton Union-Eagle. Subsequently, ECM added a commercial web printing plant and acquired an independent delivery company that now operates as a division of ECM.

In a sequence of transactions over the past 30 years, ECM acquired additional newspapers. Andersen, son of the late former governor, said ECM believes many Minnesotans agree with investor Warren Buffet who said recently, after acquiring his hometown newspaper — the Omaha World Herald: “There are still a lot of things newspapers can do better than any other media. I’m not comfortable without an honestto-God newspaper in my hand.� Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented American Community Newspapers in the transaction.

    

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Eagan man accused of downloading child porn Police find hundreds of images and videos THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The MBCA’s investigation was aimed at catching distributors of child pornography, and uncovered a total of 403 images and videos of child pornog- Gould raphy in a shared file linked to Gould’s computer. During a police interview at Gould’s place of work, Gould allegedly admitted to searching and downloading hundreds of pornographic images of children and 20 videos of a similar nature.

The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which identified 52 images as containing known victims of child sexual abuse. If convicted, Gould could face up to five years in prison for each count. He is scheduled to appear in court March 27.

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Gambling is not a simple stadium solution Gov. Mark Dayton, legislative leaders and the Minnesota Vikings are working hard to find a deal they can all support to build a new stadium. Their discussions have brought the subject of expanded gambling to the forefront. While gambling proponents will always be there to push new casinos and slot machines as a way to solve the state’s financial issue du jour, this moment of heightened discussion is a good time to point out major problems with their proposals that seem to get very little attention in the media or at the Legislature. It is important to understand that Minnesota’s state constitution prohibits most gambling. The constitution has been amended only twice to allow specific types of gambling: once for pari-mutuel betting at racetracks, and once to establish the state lottery. Tribal casinos exist in Minnesota and throughout the coun-

try because of the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act, which was passed by Congress in 1988 and supersedes state gambling prohibitions. An 18-page opinion issued by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office in March 2005 states that a state-run casino does not fall under the definition of the state lottery as understood and approved by voters and “that the operation of slot machines, roulette wheels or craps by the State would violate Article XIII, Section 5 of the Minnesota Constitution.� The opinion further concludes that in order to pursue creation of any state-run casino, the governor and Legislature should “first seek approval of a constitutional amendment from the voters.� There is another constitutional problem with these proposals. The only possible way for these proposals to be considered legal is to conclude that they are

authorized under the constitutional provision creating the state lottery. This is the opposite of the conclusion in the attorney general’s opinion. But even assuming that the attorney general was wrong and that casinos can be built as part of the state lottery, then according to the constitution “not less than 40 percent of the net proceeds from any state-operated lottery must be credited to the (environment and natural resources) fund.� All of the gambling-based stadium proposals that we have seen fail this constitutional test. The proposals use various gimmicks that will not hold up in court to give money to the state as a gambling tax or fee. They pretend that this money that comes to the state is somehow different and would not be considered as “proceeds� to the state from the lottery. This gimmick is clearly designed to get around the consti-

tution and would not be allowed by a court. The attorney general opinion states that failure to allocate 40 percent of proceeds to the environment and natural resources fund is “clearly unconstitutional.� An attorney, who is working for the racetracks that are attempting to get a law passed to authorize casinos at their tracks, argues that the state’s constitution doesn’t actually prohibit most gambling as we assert. He says the constitution only mentions “lotteries� and, therefore, everything else is permitted. It sounds logical. But the existence of his racing clients and the fact that establishing their pari-mutuel gambling businesses required a constitutional amendment is proof to the contrary. In the 1800s, when Minnesota’s constitution was written, there were no state lotteries as we think of them today. The term lottery was used to describe any

game of chance, from betting on horses to craps. Most important, it has always been interpreted as such by Minnesota courts. Expanded gambling isn’t the simple “solution� that proponents claim. The current proposals are actually risky and unreliable. They are an invitation for extended court battles. The governor, the Legislature, the Vikings and all of us would be better served by focusing on solutions that don’t violate the state’s constitution. The writers are ECM Editorial Board member Gene Merriam of Coon Rapids, a former DFL state senator and former Department of Natural Resources commissioner, and Dennis Ozment of Rosemount, a former Republican state representative and former chair of the Legislative Committee on Minnesota Resources. Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.

Letters Roundabout has benefits To the editor: Regarding the letter from Bob Crawford (Thisweek Dec. 23), I disagree with his evaluation of a roundabout on 140th and Cedar. A change such as this would help with the flow of traffic if the roundabout was properly built, such as in Europe. It needs to be large and well thought out with exits well marked. Anyone who has traveled abroad would agree. People in Minnesota will get used to these eventually and will come to use them more efficiently. If this is not possible, why not just put an overpass on 140th?

ously larger teaching load and the incidence of burnout among my colleagues. While it’s true that with an advanced degree, many teachers can make over $50,000 per year when we get additional work during the summer wherever we can find it, those who think teaching is a gravy train should try it sometime. My experience and knowledge of my colleagues is that they are driven by a desire to serve and to improve the lives of our young people. Their job, and mine, has been made more difficult over the last several years. Police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors in a group called “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids� have recommended increased investment in educating our young people. Yet public education, which is very influential in the development of our economy in the present and future, according to U of M researcher and former chief of research at the Federal Reserve Arthur Rolnick, has been underfunded among

our budgeting priorities over the past three decades or so. Strenuous efforts to preserve sweet tax breaks for the ultra-rich have figured into this misguided frugality. It’s time to consider the effects of inflation in funding education, and to boldly ask Congress to fund its mandate to provide special education for those who need it, even though U.S. House Education chair John Kline, R-Lakeville, says he doesn’t see fit to do anything about that particular priority. If we hope to have an economy that works in our future, if we don’t want our children to suffer an even more severe decline in their standard of living, experts agree we must invest more in public education.

ested people who came to a December workshop on the new features of Medicare, some of which go into effect this new year. The expertise of a lawyer who is now a senior himself made the event very relevant and topical. Among the people who were there to learn all they could, I appreciated the presence of former state

Sen. Jim Carlson and former state Rep. Sandra Masin. These folks are themselves supporters of universal health coverage for citizens of our state, and their knowledge of the workings of Medicare can help those of us in the south metro area who have difficulty maintaining coverage. In an era when a recent

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A positive look ahead for 2012 in Minnesota public schools by Joe Nathan THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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Looking ahead for 2012, I’m optimistic about Minnesota schools, students and educators. Reviewing LARRY KOENCK more than 40 columns and more than Eagan 1,000 email responses in 2011, five issues emerge. • The enormous array of positive accomplishments for young people in schools. To the editor: To the editor: As a teacher, I can attest I very much appreciate Whether it’s award-winning musicals, math to the pressure of a continuthe great turnout of inter- team, history day contests, debate, speech or sports, one thing is clear: Educators all over the state are helping students develop their creativity, talent, skills and interests. In many but not all cases, families have played an important, supportive role. For families looking for opportunities, I want to again recommend the Reach for the     

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Harvard study revealed that over 40,000 Americans die each year needlessly, many in the south metro area, due merely to the lack of health insurance, this kind of gathering and the interest in establishing coverage for all, is lifesaving work in our community.

for schools and the people who work in them. • A willingness to spend more time learning from each other, and less time debating which is better, district or charter public schools. Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius opened the year by urging, that Minnesotans learn from the most effective district and charter public schools. Many district and charter educators found ways to work together. Is there still competition? Absolutely. But K-12 educators are finding, like colleges and universities staff and faculty, that they can do both. Students gain when this happens. A growing interest in, and use of dual (high school/college credit) courses. I’ll say more about this in coming weeks. But clearly, educators are offering more opportunities for young people to earn high school and college credit courses. This has the twin value of helping student be better prepared for some form of higher education, and saving money. Speaking of money, this fifth issue will be a focus for 2012. If Minnesota’s positive economic forecast that was given in late 2011 is affirmed in February 2012, schools by law will receive at least some of the money that legislators promised, but “held backâ€? to balance the state’s budget. Especially in a year like 2012, where we hold elections, the debate over money will be important and intense. Looking ahead, I see more accomplishment, appreciation, and collaboration. I think that means better use of money, and potentially, more of it spent on young people. Joe Nathan, former public school teacher, administrator, PTA president, parent of three public school graduates now directs the Center for School Change at Macalester College. He can be reached at jnathan@ macalester.edu. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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Louis E. Schmitz 'Louie' age 85, of Farmington was born August 21, 1926 in Red Lake Falls Minnesota, son of John & Anna Schmitz. Louie passed away peacefully in his home on December 30th, 2011 due to complications from cancer. Louie served his country in the Navy during WWII. He retired from Dakota Electric in 1989 after 34 years of service and was very active in community organizations such as sports and other charitable activities. His honors and awards include: Don Clark Memorial Hockey Award (2008), Women’s Hockey Association Hall of Fame (2005), Farmington High School Hall of Fame (1992), Farmington Hometown Honoree (2005), Development of Activities for the Youth of Farmington Recognition (1989), Certificate of Appreciation for Valuable Contributions to Farmington Football (2009), Amateur Hockey Association of the U.S. Award for the Advancement of the Youth Hockey Program (1962), Excellence Award for Contributions to the Youth Athletic Programs in Farmington (2008), WCCO Good Neighbor Award, Outstanding Service Award (‘82-‘83), Lifetime VFW Member, Outstanding Citizen of the Year (’89), and the Farmington Ice Arena was dedicated and named after him (Schmitz-Maki Arena -2005). He is preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth (Leonard) Guerard, Joe (Marlys), Sylvester (Helen), Vincent, Leonard, John, Margaret (Ed) Cuno, Clarice (Don) Knott, David Schmitz and brother in Law, Maurice Desotell. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean; 9 children: Sandy (Dan) Pudil, Randy (Nancy), Billy (Sue), Ricky (Chad), Shelly, Tommy (Melissa), Bobby (Michelle), Jody (Bob) Slette, and Lisa Guse, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucille Desotell, Marilyn Newton, and Tony (Crystal) Schmitz, many nieces & nephews, and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Saturday, January 7, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington with Visitation on Friday (1/6) from 3-9 PM and 1 hr prior to Mass, ALL AT CHURCH. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred. Interment will follow at the St. Michael's Church Cemetery. Your thoughtfulness and support are sincerely appreciated at this time. The Schmitz Family

Maggie Jo Elliott (September 14, 1983 - December 26, 2011) Elliott, Maggie Jo age 28 of Eagan passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Maggie is survived by her mother Dawnelle (Dennis) Mueffelman and father Glenn (Natalie) Elliott. Siblings Michael (Jennica) Elliott, Jessica (Scott) Snyder and Elise Elliott. Nephews Finn and Sawyer Elliott and Baby Snyder. Step Family Amy (Eric) Sovis and their children Alexys, Noah and Samuel; Nick Mueffelman. Also by other loving aunts, uncles, relatives and many friends. Memorial Mass 11AM Friday 12/30/11 at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. S. Mpls, MN. Gathering of family and friends was held, Thursday, December 29, 2011, 4pm-9pm at White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave. and also one hour prior to Mass at church. Maggie was a 2002 graduate of Eagan High School and 2006 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maggie had many passions including Volleyball, Youth Ministries and most of all family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001 www.whitefuneralhomnes.com

Was born March 13, 1940, in Starbuck, Minnesota, to Leonard Irvin and Dora Alvina (Hoff) Skarsten. He was baptized in Swift Falls and confirmed in 1955 at Salem English Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He spent his childhood in Swift Falls and the family moved to Minneapolis when he was 12. He graduated from West High School in Minneapolis with the Class of 1958. On August 8, 1959, Darrell was united in marriage to Nancy Finman, lived in Minneapolis and then moved to Burnsville in 1964 where they lived until their divorce in 1989. In 1991 he was united in marriage to Donna Campbell at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. They were divorced in 2002. He earned a drafting degree in 1966 and went to work for Gage Tool and Die, as a draftsman. In 1974, Darrell started his own business called Dana Engineering, where he specialized in sheet metal fabrication. In 1984, he expanded into a new state-of-the-art facility and pioneered computer-optimized sheet metal fabrication. He held multiple patents for innovative design and creation of sheet metal components. Darrell was knowledge hungry and did a lot of reading and was proud of the fact he could play Jeopardy with the best of them. He was able to play several musical instruments including the accordion, guitar, and the organ, and loved working crossword puzzles. Darrell was called from this life on December 26, 2011. He attained the age of 71 years, 9 months and 13 days. Darrell is survived by his children: Kim (Kent) Lehmann of Swatara, Cynthia (Dale) Swanson of Swatara, and Brian (Alicia) Skarsten of Stevens Point, WI; eight grandchildren: Jeremy (Rachael) Lehmann, Joshua (Bobby Jo) Lehmann, Rachel Lehmann, Kristin Swanson, April Swanson, Kyle Swanson, Connor Skarsten, and Kayla Skarsten; seven great grandchildren: Preston, Jeremy Jr., Jade, Raven, Gavin, Justin and Caleb; brother: Allan (Sandy) Skarsten of Burnsville; nieces Lisa Burk and Amy Skarsten of Burnsville, and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death was his first wife Nancy in 1997, and his parents.

Genevieve Anna Deutsch (March 5, 1923 - December 24, 2011) Genevieve A., Deutsch (Mahowald), age 88 of Elko, MN on December 24, 2011. Wonderful, loving mother of 9 children. Preceded in death by husband of 52 years , Clarence George, daughter Mary Georgine, brothers, Aelred and Edward and son-in-law Bernard A. Carlson, Jr. Survived by children Pauline Carlson of West St. Paul, Helen (David) Jandro of Rosemount, Charles (Kay) Deutsch of New Hope, Stephen (Donna) Deutsch of Watkins, John (Sandy) Deutsch of Lakeville, Raymond (Cindy) Deutsch of Elko, Julianne (Jeffrey) Scott of Bloomington, Daniel (Darcy) Deutsch of Lonsdale; 30 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, and brother George Mahowald of Burnsville. She taught us grace, dignity, and character through her love of God, her devotion to Him, love for family by her steadfast guidance, commitment to her church and community through her years as organist and choir member, and as a trusted loyal bank employee. Was ever so gently placed into the arms of God on Christmas Eve. Will be sadly missed by all. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, December 28 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, New Market, MN. Interment St. Nicholas Church cemetery. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Bluegrass Americana Family Night returns to Celts Pub in Rosemount by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Celts Pub & Grill in downtown Rosemount will once again resound with the quick-pickin’, foot-stompin’ sounds of bluegrass music when it plays host to the monthly Bluegrass Americana Family Night series. Co-sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the free-admission event offers a different bluegrass band the second Thursday of each month and runs through April. The down-home sounds kick off next week with a Jan. 12 concert by Switched at Birth, a fixture of the local bluegrass scene whom south-metro audiences will remember from the band’s performance last summer during Rosemount Leprechaun Days. On Feb. 9, the event will feature Sawtooth, a bluegrass quintet that includes three brothers of Rosemount’s Birtzer family – Clint on guitar, Luke on fiddle, and Shane on banjo. The series continues March 8 with American Rootsmusic duo The Ditch Lilies, and concludes April 12 with The Eelpout Stringers. Funded with money from a Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant, the concerts are free

Meet local authors at Galaxie Library

Dakota County Library’s first local author fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Forty adult, teen and children’s authors will be on hand to talk about and sell their books. Keynote speaker David Housewright, a mystery author, will talk about writing and publishing at 1 p.m. The Loft Literary Center will present two workshops: “Tips for Publication� at 2 p.m. and “The Nuts & Bolts of Picture Book Writing� at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and drawings for free books will be held. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/ Photo submitted library, search local author Switched at Birth – including Mark Briere, left, and Rick fair, or call (651) 450-2918. Anderson – are set to perform Jan. 12 at Celts Pub & Grill in downtown Rosemount as the kickoff concert to this year’s Bluegrass Americana Family Night series. The concerts run from 7 to 9 p.m. and admission is free.

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and open to all ages. All the shows run from 7 to 9 p.m. Celts Pub & Grill is located at 14506 S. Robert Trail. More information about the concerts is at www.bluegrassamericanaweekend.com under the “Family Night� link.

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Steeple Center. This year’s theme is “Cabin Fever� and guests are encouraged to dress in their best North Woods attire as they’ll be assisting a county sheriff in tracking down a killer – during dinner, no less – with prizes for the sleuths who solve the whodunit. Tickets for the event, which also includes a silent auction, are $38 and are available at www.rosemountaac.org under “Rosemount Area Arts Council.�

The bluegrass kickoff concert at Celts next week is one of two events the Rosemount Area Arts Council is sponsoring this month. On Jan. 28, the arts council will present its fourth annual Mystery Dinner The- Andrew Miller is at andrew. ater event at Rosemount’s miller@ecm-inc.com.

The 11th annual Winter Jackets reading program for adults runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 29 at all Dakota County libraries. The program encourages adults to take time to enjoy the simple pleasure of wintertime reading, write reviews and attend

author programs. In addition, for every book read and reviewed, participants are entered into a weekly prize drawing. Author programs include: • Peter Geye, “Safe from the Seaâ€? author, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. • Ellen Baker, author of “I Gave My Heart to Know Thisâ€? and “Keeping the House,â€? 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Dr., Lakeville. • William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O’Connor series, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings. • John Reimringer, “Vestmentsâ€? author, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Rd. 42, Burnsville. • Faith Sullivan, author of three novels including “The Cape Ann,â€? 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/ library and search “winter jackets.â€?

Expressions-Lakeville Community Theater will hold auditions for the comedy “Mama Won’t Fly� from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, and Tuesday, Jan. 10, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Characters range in age from 30 to 70. Bring a current photo. Performances will be held April 13-15 and 20-22. For more information, contact Andy Wilkins at (612) 293-0173 or jandrewwilkins@gmail.com.

Allegro Choral Academy auditions The Allegro Choral Academy is currently holding auditions for its second semester. Vivace (grades two to three, in Burnsville/ Rosemount), Prima Voce (grades four to six, in Lakeville/Rosemount) and Bel Canto (grades six to eight, in Lakeville/Rosemount). Contact artisticdirector@ allegroca.org or visit www. allegroca.org for more information.

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Eagan/from 1A a Huey helicopter gunship to provide fire support for a transport chopper as it extracted a long-range reconnaissance patrol. As his helicopter was hit with small arms and automatic weapons fire, he stayed and continued to fire at the enemy so the team could be safely extracted. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross more than 40 years ago, but never received the medal itself. Callister had also been a recipient of a Bronze Star and a handful of other medals, which he did receive back when they were originally awarded. During that same month, Eagan received a bit of national attention as former Republican governor and Eagan resident Tim Pawlenty sought the GOP presidential nomination. Pawlenty – a former Eagan City Council member and state representative – entered the race in January and dropped out a few months later after lagging in the polls. Though there were many joyous occasions in 2011, others were sorrowful events. The community went into mourning last summer after the death of former Eagan Fire Chief Bob Childers. Childers, a charter member of the Eagan Fire Department, died July 4 at the age of 77. He suffered a stroke in May and was hospitalized with complications until his death. Childers was known as a true public servant who donated a great part of his life to making sure others were safe. One of Eagan’s original firefighters, he served as chief from 1977 to 1986, which was a tremendous growth period for Eagan. He oversaw the building of Station No. 3 and the addition of 25 new firefighters, and he laid the foundation for stations No. 4 and No. 5 before he retired. A white fire chief’s helmet was strapped to the side of

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Hundreds of well-wishers gathered at Caponi Art Park in Eagan in May to celebrate founder Anthony Caponi’s 90th birthday, which coincided with the opening of the park for the 2011 season. Jenny, the department’s first in September to 24 months truck, to honor Childers in prison for harboring and during the Funfest parade. concealing illegal aliens. Kim was indicted on Justice served March 28, 2009, and pleadThe past year was also a ed guilty on Aug. 8, 2010. In his plea agreement, time for wrongdoers to reKim admitted to keeping ceive their punishment. A man who stabbed his five Mexican nationals – ex-girlfriend more than 100 who were in the country iltimes and left her body in legally – in his basement. Kim also admitted to a ditch was sentenced in March to life in prison with- having the men work for his siding business. out possibility of parole. Authorities discovered Ryan Stanley Hurd, 23, was found guilty by a Steele the men on March 28, 2009, County jury of all five while responding to a disturcounts against him, includ- bance call at Kim’s home. ing first-degree premeditated murder, in the death of Signs of recovery, 19-year-old Katherine Rose hardship Anderson of Eagan. There were signs of ecoHurd stabbed Anderson 109 times and left her body nomic recovery last year in a ditch near Owatonna as several major businesses on Dec. 3, 2009. Her body, expanded and real estate clothed only in a hooded development progressed in sweatshirt and boxer shorts, Eagan. Discount retailer Big Lots was discovered by a passerwas among the largest retailby early that morning. ers to expand to Eagan when Anderson, a native of Morris, Minn., lived in it opened a 20,000-squareEagan and attended college foot store in October on Town Centre Drive. in Mendota Heights. The company, which opPolice arrested Hurd in erates 1,440 Big Lots stores his hometown of Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 6. Hurd ad- nationwide and 88 Liquidamitted to stabbing Ander- tion World stores in Canada, son during an argument in grew exponentially in 2011 a car in rural Steele County by opening 90 new stores, inand leaving her body at the cluding three in Minnesota. Prime Therapeutics, a scene, investigators said. client-owned company, was Justice was also served to another business to anan Eagan man last year. Joo Ok Kim, 63, was nounce expansion plans this sentenced in federal court year. The pharmacy benefits

manager said in December it plans to add 300 information technology and business analyst jobs as part of a $5 million expansion near its Eagan headquarters. The company already added 300 jobs earlier in the year. The company currently employs 2,100 workers in nine U.S. cities. Most of the jobs are in Eagan and Bloomington. The new employees, who will receive annual salaries of between $73,000 and $83,000, will work in the former Buffet Inc. headquarters at 1460 Buffet Way. The national restaurant chain moved out of the 100,000-square-foot building two to three years ago after filing for bankruptcy. Prime Therapeutics plans to move employees into the building by the first quarter of 2012 after minor renovations are completed. The billion-dollar company, which is owned by 12 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans nationally, is among the 50 fastest-growing businesses in the Twin Cities, according to reports. Although some companies saw major growth last year, several others were crushed by the economy. Eagan Floral and Joe Senser’s Restaurant and Sports Theater were just a few of the numerous businesses to permanently shut their doors in 2011. Eagan Floral had been in the community for 26 years before closing in February. During that time, owner Pat Thomas built a solid reputation and loyal customer following. Thomas’s passion for her business, customers and employees was wellknown. The floral shop was one of the first tenants of Town Centre, built in the mid-’80s. In 2009 Thomas was forced to leave her original location due to the downturn in the economy. She moved her shop to a smaller space at 1340 Duckwood Drive, across from Walmart. Thomas began to struggle as her rent went up and saw her business take a hit eight years ago when an out-of-state company posing as a local florist began to poach customers. Thomas became a driving force in the fight against such companies, and in 2010 the state passed a bill barring such deceptive practices

that take customers away from local businesses. By the fall, another wellknown business, Joe Senser’s, suddenly closed. A spokesperson for the bar and grill cited the tough economy as the reason for the establishment’s closing. Joe Senser’s opened in 1998 and was among four Twin Cities locations owned by former Vikings player Joe Senser. The closure followed recent criminal charges against Senser’s wife. Amy Senser was charged with vehicular homicide in a hit-and-run incident that killed a Roseville man. Delta Airlines also vacated another Eagan site last year. The Atlanta-based airline announced in July it will move its flight training jobs from Eagan to Atlanta, closing its facility at 2600 Lone Oak Point. The company is already trying to unload the former Northwest Airlines headquarters building in Eagan. The training facility nearby was built by Northwest Airlines in the 1980s and has about 279,000 square feet, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns the property. Although the building is technically owned by the MAC, Delta could have bought it for $1 after paying off its outstanding loan to the MAC, but chose to vacate the property instead. Delta sold the building to the MAC in 1992 to secure a loan package while the industry was in a downturn. The deal included stipulations about employment levels in the Twin Cities. Once the loan is paid off, the airline is no longer bound by the employment commitments. Delta plans to pay off the remaining $114.4 million by early 2012. Delta was not the only airline to leave Eagan in 2011. Mesaba Airlines moved its headquarters in October from Eagan to Memphis, Tenn. The headquarters, located at 1000 Blue Cross Gentian Road, was purchased by Pinnacle from Delta for $62 million in 2010. Mesaba, which was founded in 1944 and went public in 1982, moved its headquarters from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to Eagan in 2003. In April 2007, Mesaba

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Economic development progresses While the residential real estate market stayed slumped, construction continued on municipal and commercial projects. A youth home in Cedar Grove was the first community project to be completed this year. The first-of-its-kind housing development, called Lincoln Place, opened in April for young adults in transition. The facility features 24 affordable efficiency apartments for 18-to-25-year-olds who may have nowhere else to go. Lincoln Place aims to help those young adults with some structure, oversight and direction as they plan their next move. After 25 years in the making, Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Fire Safety Center was completed in June. The $8.1 million building replaced two existing fire stations and serves a multitude of purposes for both the fire and police departments. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eco-friendly: The facility is the first fire station in the country to be certified by Green Globes, an internationally recognized certification process aimed at reducing a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall environmental impact. But most important, the facility has improved response times in the area of Eagan that receives the most fire calls. Police also use the facility to conduct tactical training in close quarters. As construction on community projects drew to a close, one Minneapolis developer looked to turn a portion of the Lockheed Martin property into retail. CSM Equities LLC, an affiliate of CSM Corp., purchased the Lockheed Martin property in April and hopes to redevelop the property in the next few years. Although CSM owns the property, Lockheed Martin will continue to occupy the building under a lease agreement until it officially closes its Eagan operation in the spring of 2013. The developer asked city officials in August to amend the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive guide plan to redesignate 41.2 acres of the 51-acre site as retail commercial. The plans also call for several freestanding restaurants and would keep the remaining 6.2 acres as office space. The site is at a prime location â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the intersection of Pilot Knob and Yankee Doodle roads, Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest intersection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and is near major retail centers, Promenade and Town Centre. The project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which CSM calls Central Park Commons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is still in its infancy. Several steps will need to be taken before the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision can come to fruition. The proposal is being considered by the Metropolitan Council and will need final approval by the City Council before development can begin. The property would also need to be rezoned from research and development to retail before plans can be implemented. In addition to retail development plans, there are plans to build a data center in Eagan. See Eagan, 14A  ďż˝ ďż˝     ďż˝ ďż˝  ďż˝      ďż˝    ďż˝     ďż˝            ďż˝        ďż˝! ďż˝    

  

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Sports Standings

Year in Review: South metro filled with superstars

Boys Basketball Team

Conference W Lakeville North 1 Eastview 1 Apple Valley 1 B Jefferson 1 B Kennedy 1 Rosemount 0 Lakeville South 0 Eagan 0 Prior Lake 0 Burnsville 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

Overall W 9 8 7 4 3 6 5 4 4 0

From state champions, to national champions, 2011 was a banner year L 0 0 1 4 5 3 4 4 4 7

Friday, Jan. 6 • Lakeville North at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 • Apple Valley vs. Onalaska Wisc., at the Target Center Timberwolves Shootout, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 • Apple Valley at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 • Lakeville North at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball Team

Conference W B Kennedy 3 Lakeville North 3 Lakeville South 2 Eastview 2 Apple Valley 2 Rosemount 1 Prior Lake 1 B Jefferson 1 Burnsville 0 Eagan 0

Overall L W 0 8 0 7 1 7 1 7 1 5 2 5 2 4 2 3 3 3 3 2

L 2 4 4 4 4 5 7 7 6 8

Friday, Jan. 6 • Eagan at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 • Burnsville at Owatonna, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 • Rosemount at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville North at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Eagan 4 0 0 8 2 0 Burnsville 3 0 0 7 4 0 Lakeville South 3 1 0 6 3 0 Apple Valley 2 1 1 5 4 1 Eastview 1 2 0 7 4 0 Lakeville North 1 2 0 5 5 0 B Jefferson 0 2 1 0 8 2 Prior Lake 0 2 0 5 5 0 Rosemount 0 3 0 3 7 0 B Kennedy 0 1 0 3 8 0 Saturday, Jan. 7 • Prior Lake at Rosemount, 2:30 p.m. • Lakeville North at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • Apple Valley at Burnsville, 5 p.m. • Eagan at Bloomington Kennedy, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 • Edina at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Lakeville North at Wayzata, 7 p.m. • Rochester Century at Lakeville South, 7:30 p.m. • Prior Lake at South St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 • Lakeville South at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Bloomington Kennedy, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 • Lakeville North at Apple Valley, 2:15 p.m. • Eagan at Burnsville, 3 p.m. • Prior Lake at Bloomington Jefferson, 3 p.m. • Apple Valley at Rosemount, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Chaska, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Hockey Team Lakeville North Eagan Lakeville South Eastview Burnsville B Jefferson Apple Valley Rosemount Prior Lake B Kennedy

Conference Overall W L T W L T 7 1 1 11 3 1 6 1 1 12 2 2 6 1 1 11 3 1 4 4 1 6 8 1 2 3 3 5 7 3 3 4 0 7 7 1 3 5 0 9 6 0 2 4 2 5 9 2 0 7 1 2 11 1 0 3 0 4 11 2

Friday, Jan. 6 • Prior Lake at Moose Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 • Prior Lake at Grand Rapids, 2 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Eastview, 2:15 p.m. • Eagan at Bloomington Kennedy, 3 p.m. • Apple Valley at Burnsville, 3 p.m. • Lakeville North at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 • Lakeville South at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 • Prior Lake at Rosemount, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 • Benilde-St. Margaret’s at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South at Breck, 7:30 p.m.

by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Athletes from the communities of Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley and Rosemount gave fans plenty of reason to cheer in 2011. Trophies were hoisted, fans stormed the field, and hearts were broken in 2011. Unless you are a fan of Maple Grove, the game of the year was Burnsville’s win in the Class AAA state baseball final. It was a game that if it were made into a movie, critics would have called it unrealistic and overly dramatic. Burnsville’s fielding issues helped Maple Grove to a 5-0 lead late in the state final at Target Field in Minneapolis in June, and it appeared the Blaze were going to finish as the runner-up for the second-straight season. In the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Burnsville’s Bo Hellquist doubled down the right field line with the bases loaded to walk off with a victory. He started the sixrun rally with a single that gave Burnsville the Class AAA state title. The squad was not the only team in the south metro making headlines in 2011. Apple Valley’s Matt Lundin signed with the Minnesota Wild. The Eastview dance team won its fifth high kick state title. Ashley Murtha from Apple Valley helped Concordia University women’s volleyball win the national championship. Eagan swimmer Mallory Weggemann won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. And no one had a better wrestling team in the country than Apple Valley in 2011. The Eagles earned the No. 1 ranking in the country for the second season in a row in 2011 after winning the Clash in Rochester and the Cheesehead Tournament in Wisconsin as well as the team’s 19th Minnesota state title. Seven individuals went home with a state title, including Jordan Kingsley, Dakota Trom, Mark Hall, Matt Kelliher, Brandon Kingsley, Destin McCauley and Jake Waste. The Eagan boys hockey team achieved new heights in 2011 finishing third in the Class AAA state tournament in March when Nick Kuchera and Will Merchant were named to the all tournament team. The team defeated Apple Valley 1-0 in the Section 3AA final to advance to state where it defeated Edina 5-3 in the third-place game. The team is off to an even better start to the 2011-12 season. Burnsville boys hockey

Photo by Rick Orndorf

The Burnsville baseball team celebrates winning the Class AAA state title in June. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Apple Valley’s Destin McCauley became a five-time state individual wrestling champion in March. almost qualified for state after winning the South Suburban Conference title in 2011. The Blaze lost to Edina by one goal in the Section 2AA final. Only one of its five losses last season was by more than one goal. The Eastview boys basketball team made plenty of headlines in 2011. The Lightning won the South Suburban Conference title with a 15-3 record. Led by Joey King, the team lost just four games, but the season was cut short in the playoffs by Lakeville South. The team heads into 2012 as one of the top teams in Minnesota. Apple Valley boys basketball had plenty to cheer about last season with Tyus Jones and Tom Schalk keeping Eagles fans warm all winter. The Eagles finished tied for third in the South Suburban Conference and went on to play in the Section 3-4A final where they lost to Lakeville South. The buzz continued into the new year with Jones elevating his game to another level. The Rosemount girls hockey team finished second in the South Suburban Conference and won the Section 3AA title in February by beating Eastview 6-2. It was Rosemount’s first trip to state ever. Endurance athletes at Burnsville led the way at the state Nordic meet with Sharmila Ahmed winning the girls state title. In swimming, Rosemount saw its 200-yard medley relay finish second at state and Jake Stern take second in the 100 breaststroke. Come spring, the Burnsville softball team may not have won a state title like it did in 2010, but the girls

had a brilliant 2011 winning the South Suburban Conference. Bloomington Jefferson’s win put an end to the squad’s dreams of a repeat in June during an extra-inning thriller in the Section 3AAA final. The state track and field meet saw the Apple Valley foursome of Quinn Hooks, Steven Wilson, Jalen Stewart and Jordan Crockett combine for a state title in the 4x100-meter relay. Eastview’s Frank Veldman was runner-up in the triple, high and long jump. Rosemount sent a bus load to the state meet after winning the Section 3AA boys track and field title. The Irish also won the state True Team title known for highlighting a track team’s depth. In the state girls track and field meet, Apple Valley finished third thanks to a state title in the 4x100 relay with Megan Maki, Jaryn Pipkins, Jordan Sammons and Taylor Browning. In the fall, Eastview boys soccer was all the rage. Led by Mathew Gweh and Sam Ruelas, the Lightning won the South Suburban Conference, earned the No. 1 ranking in the state and finished runner-up at state. The Burnsville girls soccer team may have had one of the younger teams in 2011 led by sophomore Alyssa Blahnik, but that didn’t stop them from finishing second at the Class AA state tournament losing to Wayzata in a shootout in the final. Burnsville boys cross country team was the runner up at the Class AA boys state meet with some impressive performances from Cole O’Brien, Abdullahi Salan, Faysol Mamoud and Ali Ahmed. There were many other notable entries into the athletic achievement history books in 2011. Here’s a slice of what was good in 2011: • Dakota United was second in the state adapted

floor hockey CI tournament. Dakota United was third in the state adapted PI soccer tournament. • The Burnsville boys Alpine team was fifth in the state meet in February. Apple Valley’s Dane Jensen finished second individually. • Eagan boys basketball team finished second in the South Suburban Conference, but it was Rosemount that made headlines in the postseason upsetting the No. 2 seeded Wildcats in the quarterfinals. • Rosemount boys cross country finished fourth at state and the Eagan girls team was ninth. • With Kathy Gillen back as head coach of the Eagan volleyball team, the Wildcats had one of the best seasons of any team that didn’t play in the state tournament. The girls won the Chaska Tournament and went 8-1 in the South Suburban Conference. • The Eagan football team had one of its best seasons in team history, advancing to the Section 4-5A title where it lost to Cretin-Derham Hall. The Wildcats outscored teams 172-36 during a four-game stretch in October. •  The Eastview football team had a tough 3-5 regular season, but turned things around for the playoffs beating Burnsville and Rosemount to play in the Section 3-5A final where it lost to Prior Lake. • Eastview boys golf was fifth at the Class AAA state meet in June. Max Tylke was third overall. • Eagan’s Julia Wolter flipped her way to ninth all-around at the Class AA state gymnastics meet. • The Burnsville boys lacrosse team finished third at the state tournament in June. • Eagan boys Nordic team was fifth at state in February. Chris Parr finished fourth and Andy Dodds from Apple Valley

was sixth. • The Eastview girls soccer team won the Section 3AA title and qualified for state. •  Apple Valley’s Matt Bettes was the consolation champion at the boys Class AA state singles tennis tournament, and the Eastview boys won the Section 3AA tournament. • Rosemount’s girls tennis team, led by Virginia Norder, finished fourth at state. • Rosemount’s Adam Jackson finished second at the Class AAA state wrestling tournament at 152 pounds. • Danille Anderson from Eagan won the girls South Suburban Conference cross country race. • Tyler Krebs, a longtime assistant with Eastview, took over as the head coach for Burnsville football. • Eagan’s Jameson Parsons was named the MVP of the South All-Star offense in June at the 38th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game. • The Rosemount/Eagan girls lacrosse team was one win away from playing at the state tournament. • Rosemount boys lacrosse won the South Suburban Conference title. • Apple Valley’s Chuck Scanlon and Geri Dirth were named to the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame. • Rosemount’s J.T. Brown and Burnsville’s Jake Hendrickson helped the University of Minnesota-Duluth win the Division I national title on Saturday at the NCAA Frozen Four. • Peter Brichta from Burnsville won the United States Snowboard Association National Championship in the 14- to 15-yearold age group slopestyle event. Andy Rogers is at andy. rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Nordic skiers praying for snow District 196 and Burnsville have high hopes for 2012 by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

It’s no secret snow hasn’t been as abundant this winter as in the past. For most teams, that doesn’t really matter since they are competing in gyms or ice rinks. But for ski teams, it’s been a disaster. Midway through the season, dryland training has turned stale for Nordic teams, which have less than six weeks left of their season. For the District 196 team, a combined effort between Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount, coach Brian Abery tries to find snow at least once a week for the 70-member

squad. “It’s the largest group we’ve ever had,” he said. “One of the reasons is because there was so much snow last year. They brought their friends out and then those people brought their friends out. It’s been great. We have the largest group of middle school skiers ever. All have shown a ton of progress.” But it’s not as much fun skiing when there’s no snow. Practices have been a lot of running, bounding, roller skiing and weight lifting. “We are keeping good shape with the dryland training – we have been able to have a good start to our race season because of that,” Burnsville Nordic head coach Chris Harvey said. “It has been hard to teach technique to our newer skiers but our veterans are able to show up on race day and

have good results. You don’t need snow to be in really good shape.” Elm Creek in Maple Grove has been the site of the first two South Suburban Conference meets. The District 196 boys team won the first meet and finished second, one point out of first, in the next meet behind the strength of Nick Acton, Nick Couillard, David Bumgarner and Josh Podpeskar. Ryan Larson has been a nice surprise. Before this season he spent his time playing soccer and hockey, but wanted to try something new. “He’s been skiing on borrowed skis and finished in the top 20 at the last race,” Abery said. For the section meet next month, District 196 will split into its respective schools. Abery feels that Rosemount and Eagan will fight it out

for the top spot. For the District 196 girls team, Sonja Hedblom leads the way as one of the top skiers in the state. She splits her time skiing in both Junior Olympic and high school races. She’s undefeated in the conference so far. “In the JO meets she’s doing wonderfully,” Abery said. “She’s skiing against college-level skiers and beating them.” Laura Bailly and Roxy Holt have helped make the District 196 team as strong as it’s been in years. All three are from Eagan, so they have high hopes for a strong section finish. “It’s a matter of finding that fourth girl at this point,” Abery said. “It’s been a long time since we had that much strength on our women’s side.” Vivian Hett leads the Burnsville girls team after

earning all-state honors last season. Jordan Horner, Krista Bain, Jane Koch and Tori Felton would like to win the South Suburban Conference title, the section meet and place in the top three at state. Mike Johnson and Matthew Hett are the top Blaze boys. The boys have a goal of getting into the top three in the conference and section. Without much snow so far, training in the classic technique has been the biggest challenge. “Tracks give a sense of comfort,” Abery said. “It’s better than having your kick wax grab grass. This year it’s going to be a struggle to have kids finish the season. It’s those new skiers who we really worry about.” Andy Rogers is at andy. rogers@ecm-inc.com.


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January 6, 2012 THISWEEK

Sports

Burnsville

Blaze go 1-2 at Schwanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup

Eagles win Granite City Classic Details await in Burnsville shooting death Burnsville police and the Dakota County coroner are investigating an early-morning shooting death on Dec. 31. Police responded at 2:44 a.m. to an address on the 12700 block of Nicollet Avenue South, where they found a male dead from a gunshot wound, Sgt. Rory Bochniak said. Another male inside was taken into custody and is being held at the Dakota County Jail. That person reported the shooting as self-inflicted, Bochniak said. The coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report will determine â&#x20AC;&#x153;whether we have a crime or not,â&#x20AC;? he said. Police didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t release the names or ages of either party. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Gessner

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hunter Anderson, No. 21, reacts after one of Eden Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two empty-net goals in the final minutes of a 7-3 Blaze loss to the defending state champions on Dec. 20. The Blaze went on to go 1-2 at the Schwan Cup in the gold division over the holiday break. Burnsville lost 4-2 to No. 1 ranked Duluth East, but turned around to defeat Holy Angels 15-3 the following day. On Dec. 28, the Blaze lost to Hill Murray 4-3 to finish off 2011 with a 7-4 record.

Info session set on long-term care Photo by Rick Orndorf

Augsburg College to play St. Scholastica in Rosemount The Rosemount Boys Hockey Blue Line Club is hosting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collegiate Clashâ&#x20AC;? hockey game between Augsburg College and The

College of St. Scholastica at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Rosemount Ice Arena. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door (ages 5 and

under are free). Tickets are available from players at all RHS boys hockey home games or email teri.frank@ charter.net.

Apple Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tyus Jones, No. 21, goes up for a shot against Chaska on Dec. 20. He had 11 points in the 7951 victory. The Apple Valley boys basketball team won the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud Dec. 28-29 beating Buffalo 69-80 and Rocori 100-74 to stretch its winning streak six games over the holiday break. Jones had 24 points and three steals in the win against Buffalo and Mitch Hechsel had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Deb Newman, founder and president of Newman Long Term Care, will present a free long-term care educational session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the chapel at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, 13820 Community Drive, Burnsville. RSVP online at www. newmanltc.com/workshop or by calling (612) 454-4400.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1073 - Wescott Road/ Glacier Drive Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1073. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated December, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $315,200. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the South 1â &#x201E;2 of Section 15 and the North 1â &#x201E;2 of Section 22, lying South of Duckwood Drive, East of Denmark Avenue, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated: December 20, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2869157 1/6-1/13/12

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1062 - Kings Wood/ Cutters Ridge/ Sherwood Downs Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1062. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated December, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $483,600. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the Northeast 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 21, lying North of Deerwood Drive, West of Pilot Knob Road, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated: December 20, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2869136 1/6-1/13/12

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1057 - Highview Acres Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1057. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated December, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $69,800. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the Southeast 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 4, lying North of Lone Oak Road, West of Pilot Knob Road, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated: December 20, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2869087 1/6-1/13/12

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Notice of Public Sale: SS MNRI, LLC doing business as Simply Self Storage intends to enforce its lien on certain personal property belonging to the following, at the facility. The sale will take place (unless otherwise withdrawn) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 on or after 9:30am at the Simply Self Storage location at 4025 Old Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan, MN 55122 Phone 651-894-5550. This public sale will result in the goods being sold to the highest bidder. Certain terms and conditions apply. L. Debreto #528 - Household Items, TV L. Debreto #530A - Household Items, Plastic Totes, Boxes V. Sandelin # 148 - Luggage, clothing, Childrens Toys D. McRaven #323A - Stereo, Fishing Rods, Car Wheel D. Holtzman #357 - Ladder, Tools, Hardware A. Zgodava #117B - Luggage, Childrens Toys, Plastic Totes 2846673 12/23/11 & 1/6/12

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential CALL FOR BIDS 20-PASSENGER TYPE A SCHOOL BUS Notice is hereby given that BIDS will be received for six (6) 20-passenger Type A School Buses by Independent School District 196 at the District Office, 3455 153rd Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 11 a.m., January 23, 2012, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196.org/District/LegalNotices/ index.cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact Ken Kraft, Chief Mechanic at (651) 423-7688. Art Coulson, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2869677 1/6-1/13/12

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF THE CITY OF EAGAN POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY The City of Eagan is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, services, activities, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or status with regard to public assistance. Auxiliary aids for persons with disabilities will be provided upon advance notice of at least 96 hours. If a notice of less than 96 hours is received, the City of Eagan will attempt to provide such aid. Telephone: (651) 675-5000; TDD: (651) 454-8535. 2869986 1/6-1/13/12

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ISD #194 Lakeville Area Public Schools Request for Proposal for Group Medical Benefit Plan ISD #194 Lakeville Area Public Schools will receive sealed proposals no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, February, 3, 2012 at CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services, Attention: Stephanie Kramer, 222 South Ninth Street, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Specifications may be picked-up on or about January 6, 2012 by contacting CBIZ and Stephanie Kramer at 612-436-4621 or via email at skramer@cbiz.com . Please do not contact Lakeville Schools for proposals Independent School District No. 194 8670 210th Street West Lakeville, Minnesota 55044 Kathy Lewis, Clerk Publish: January 6, 2012 January 13, 2012 2845911 1/6-1/13/12

 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO VACATE PUBLIC DRAINAGE AND UTILITY EASEMENTS CITY OF EAGAN DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the City Hall, 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the vacation of public drainage and utility easements lying over and across the following described property: Proposed Easement Vacation "A" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLANTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 3.00 feet in width, the southerly line of which is described as commencing at the southeasterly corner of said Lot 1; thence North 04° 10' 36" seconds East on an assumed bearing along the east line of said Lot 1, a distance of 488.01 feet to the intersection of the centerline of said drainage and utility easement; thence South 89° 35' 59" West, along said centerline, a distance of 278.76 feet; thence North 00° 24' 01" West, perpendicular to said centerline, a distance of 7.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 89° 35' 59" West, parallel with said centerline, a distance of 11.00 feet, and said line there terminating; Proposed Easement Vacation "B" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLENTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 3.00 feet in width, the southerly line of which is described as commencing at the southeasterly corner of said Lot 1; thence North 04° 10' 36" East, on an assumed bearing along the east line of said Lot 1, a distance of 488.01 feet to the intersection of the centerline of said drainage and utility easement; thence South 89° 35' 59" West, along said drainage and utility easement, a distance of 221.60 feet; thence North 00° 24' 01" West, perpendicular to said centerline, a distance of 7.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 89° 35' 59" West, parallel with said centerline, a distance of 11.00 feet, and said line there terminating. Proposed Easement Vacation "C" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLANTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 6.00 feet in width, the southerly line of which is described as commencing at the northeasterly corner of said Lot 1 which is on the southerly right-of-way line of Silver Bell Road as platted in said plat; thence South 00° 00' 06" West on an assumed bearing along an easterly line of said Lot 1, a distance of 40.00 feet; thence South 89°59'54" East, along a northerly line of said lot, a distance of 115.00 feet; thence South 00° 00' 06" West, along an easterly line of said Lot, a distance of 70.96 feet, to the intersection of the centerline of the said drainage and utility easement; thence North 89° 43' 45" West, along said centerline, a distance of 386.57 feet; thence North 00° 16' 15" West, perpendicular to said centerline, a distance of 4.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence North 89° 43' 45" West, parallel with said centerline, a distance of 11.00 feet, and said line there terminating; Proposed Easement Vacation "D" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLANTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 4.00 feet in width, the southerly line of which is described as commencing at the most northwesterly corner of said Lot 1; thence South 00° 19' 24" East, on an assumed bearing along a westerly line of said Lot 1, a distance of 293.04 feet, to the intersection of the centerline of said drainage and utility easement; thence North 89° 51' 35" East, along said centerline, a distance of 50.38 feet ; t hence No r t h 00° 08' 2 5" W e s t , perpendicular to said centerline, a distance of 6.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence North 89° 51' 35" East, parallel with said centerline, a distance of 38.00 feet, and said line there terminating. Proposed Easement Vacation "E" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLANTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 4.00 feet in width, the northerly line of which is described as commencing at the northwesterly corner of the south line of Silver Bell Road of said Lot 1; thence South 00° 19' 24" East on an assumed bearing along a westerly line of said Lot 1, a distance of 293.04 feet to the i n t e r s e c t i o n o f t h e c e n t e r l i n e o f s a id drainage and utility easement; thence North 89° 51' 35" East, along said centerline, a distance of 249.55 feet; thence North 01° 47' 20" East, along said centerline, a distance of 171.57 feet; thence South 89° 43' 45" East, along said centerline, a distance of 190.26 feet; thence South 00° 16' 15" West, perpendicular to said centerline, a distance of 6.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 89° 43' 45" East, parallel with said centerline, a distance of 38.00 feet, and said line there terminating. Proposed Easement Vacation "F" That part of the drainage and utility easement over Lot 1, Block 1, BALLANTRAE 2nd ADDITION, according to said plat on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota being a strip of land 20.00 feet in width, the centerline of which is described as commencing at the southeast corner of said Lot 1; thence North 04° 10' 36" East on an assumed bearing along an east line of said Lot 1, a distance of 488.01 feet to the intersection of the centerline of said drainage and utility easement; thence South 89° 35' 59" West, along said centerline, a distance of 85.10 feet to another centerline; thence North 00° 00' 00" East, along said centerline, a distance of 20.93 feet; thence South 90° 00' 00" West, along said centerline, a distance of 26.52 feet to another centerline and to the point of beginning; thence continuing South 90° 00' 00" West a distance of 9.00 feet, and said line there terminating. Dated: December 20, 2011 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni Christina M. Scipioni, City Clerk Dakota County, Minnesota 2869071 1/6-1/13/12





NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1058 - Oslund Timberline (Pine Ridge Drive) Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1058. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated December, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $66,400. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the Northeast 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 9, lying South of Lone Oak Road, West of Pilot Knob Road, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated: December 20, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2869113 1/6-1/13/12

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in 2009, the PACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maiden ed guilty to manslaughter. â&#x20AC;˘ A 22-year-old Apple year. Officials in October including the Minnesota projected a $366,000 oper- Valley man was charged River Quadrant west of the ating loss for 2012. with fatally shooting a freeway. friend and former classFreshman legislators mate while both were hanArts center Sen. Dan Hall and Rep. dling firearms July 23 at a In October, Brian Luther Pam Myhra of Burnsville, home in Burnsville. Derrick Wallace Dahl was named executive direc- freshman Republicans who tor of the Burnsville Per- ousted DFLers John Doll was charged July 26 with forming Arts Center. Lu- and Will Morgan, respec- second-degree manslaughther replaced Jon Elbaum, tively, in 2010, took office ter and reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality, who resigned in August to last year. become executive director Hall was noted for spon- both felonies, in the death of the Troy Savings Bank soring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law,â&#x20AC;? of Benjamin Allen Hanson, Music Hall in Troy, N.Y. which requires CPR train- 22, of Welch, Minn. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accused of shooting Luther, of Eagan, re- ing for all teachers and ascently served as general sistant teachers in child care Hanson in the head with a manager at the 10,000-seat centers, and a bill to tough- .45-caliber semiautomatic MetroCentre in Rockford, en penalties for harming a handgun that he thought wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t loaded. Ill. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also worked as an police dog. â&#x20AC;˘ Joel Munt, 35, of Burnsevent manager with MinMyhra was chief House nesota Sports and Enter- author of education-reform ville, was sentenced to life in tainment, which operates measures to boost literacy prison Sept. 26 for shootthe Xcel Energy Center and in the early elementary ing and killing his ex-wife, Roy Wilkins Auditorium. grades, with the goal of 32-year-old Svetlana Munt The center, which relies having all students reading of Mankato, on March 28, mostly on shows that rent by the end of third grade, 2010, in a Mankato park. â&#x20AC;˘ Leah Christina Graeits two performance spaces, and develop an A-F system established an â&#x20AC;&#x153;angel fundâ&#x20AC;? of grading the performance ber, charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a with which to stage its own of individual schools. crash that killed an 11-yearshows. It announced its first performance series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; five Crime and punishment old Burnsville boy in July shows that began with the â&#x20AC;˘ Robert Michael Thom- 2010, was in March found Duluth Festival Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as, 47, of Burnsville, was incompetent to proceed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocahontasâ&#x20AC;? on Oct. 1 and sentenced to four years in with her own defense. Graeber, of Savage, will conclude with a perfor- prison Oct. 27 for fatally mance by Celtic Crossroads shooting James Edward Graeber was driving southon March 29. Koenig, 38, also of Burns- bound on Highway 13 when In October, PAC officials ville, during a Sunday-af- her vehicle crossed the forecast a 2011 year-end ternoon football gathering grassy median and vaulted operating loss of $386,000, at Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; townhouse at into northbound traffic, compared with $368,000 in 14046 Plymouth Ave. S. on striking a van near Wash2010. The loss was $526,000 Jan. 23. Thomas had plead- burn Avenue in Burnsville. The crash killed 11-yearold Joel Michael Balistreri, who was riding in the van with his family. His parents and sister were injured. Burnsville/from 2A

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Most read Burnsville-Eagan stories in 2011 at ThisweekLive.com:

â&#x20AC;˘ Burnsville couple wins the $228.9 million Powerball jackpot â&#x20AC;˘ Unidentified motorcyclist killed in Highway 13 crash â&#x20AC;˘ Lending a helping hand at Frontier â&#x20AC;˘ The Edge replaces old Renegades â&#x20AC;˘ Update: 1 killed, 1 hurt in work zone accident on I-35W â&#x20AC;˘ Cherokee Sirloin Room damaged by fire in Eagan â&#x20AC;˘ Rollerblade founders roll out innovative startup â&#x20AC;˘ Eagan man jailed for weekend assault of child at Lakeville basketball game â&#x20AC;˘ Eagan motorcyclist killed in crash on Pilot Knob â&#x20AC;˘ American pub to replace Chateau Lamothe

Erin Johnson contributed to this report. Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ecm-inc. com.

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School news from 2011 next week Stories with news highlights from 2011 in school districts 191 and 196 will appear in next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition.

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