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Civilian job market proves tough to crack as clock ticks for Apple Valley couple

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Burnsville head coach Pat Feely high-fived one of his players during the 2004 state championship game against North St. Paul.

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Sam Root’s service in the U.S. Army — the Guard, the Reserve and active duty — has spanned 21 years. Now the gig is up. Sam has been without a military paycheck since last October, and he’s retiring in August, when his last sixyear enlistment expires. “I figured 21 years was a pretty good run,” said the 38-year-old Apple Valley resident, who can’t imagine continuing in the military after a hernia operation and surgery on his left shoulder and left knee. Sam and his wife, Mindy, 33 — a fellow Guard veteran he met while both were training for deployment to Iraq — aren’t completely unprepared for this fallow period, when both lack full-time work and the couple’s second child is on the way. But the clock is ticking on the full-time job that the Roots say at least one of them needs to land. Sam said he’s applied for nearly 50 jobs and landed only two interviews, one for a janitor position. And the $197-a-month military insurance that covers Sam, Mindy, their son, Alton, nearly 2, and Sam’s two children from a previous marriage will expire in August, he said. “Fortunately, we’ve got money to last probably until about July or August to pay the bills,” Sam said. “We wisely were stashing cash for that. If worse comes to worst, I can probably get a contracting job in Afghanistan really easy. That’s kind of our worstcase scenario.”

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Sam and Mindy Root of Apple Valley, pictured with their son, Alton, are both veterans re-entering the civilian job market at the same time. Mindy is expecting their second child.

Employment Resource Team deploys to Kuwait to help Rosemountbased Red Bulls by Tad Johnson Sun Thisweek

returned to the United States in November 2010 from a tour in Iraq to find a fork in the road: Stay in active duty and be sent to North Carolina or transition to civilian life and be a part of his young daughters’ lives on a daily basis. He chose the latter. It took another year to transition from

The last thing on the minds of U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan should be whether they have a job waiting for them when they return home. But for many returning veterans the inability to find work is a pervasive problem. It is estimated that the Minnesota unemployment rate is 6.4 to 7.4 percent higher among post Sept. 11, 2001, veterans, which prompted a first-of-its kind Employment Resource Team to deploy this month to Kuwait, where the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division is outfitted. Jim Finley, veterans employment services director for the Minnesota

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Bruce Jensen of Lakeville (right) has been looking for a job for three months. He is pictured here with General Raymond Odierno, who was head of the United States’ Iraq War operation and is currently the Army Chief of Staff.

A veteran’s search for a job: Local organizations available to help by Aaron Vehling Sun Thisweek

In the three months he has been unemployed, Lt. Col. Bruce Jensen, 44, of Lakeville, has sent out more than 50 applications, has had five phone interviews and has been invited for two in-person interviews. Jensen has been in the military for 20 years, half of that on active duty. He

Eagan plans to acquire, protect art park by Jessica Harper

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A plan to protect Eagan’s art park may add the sculpture-dotted woodland to Eagan’s list of cityowned parks. Local officials and directors of the Caponi Art Park and Learning Center hope to obtain $1 million in public grants for the city to purchase the private portion of the park on Diffley Road. That portion is currently owned by a nonprofit, which operates the park. “This will ensure the property is retained as open space,” said Craig Harris, president of Caponi Art Park Board of Directors. Supporters of Caponi Art Park have worried for See Caponi, XA

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The spring of 1994 was crazy for Burnsville High School and its softball team. On April 25 an arsonist torched the school, causing more than $15 million in damage, forcing relocation of classes and incinerating the softballers’ gear. Playing with uniforms and equipment borrowed from other Lake Conference teams, the Pat Feelycoached squad reached the state tournament. Its first game was on graduation night. After hustling six seniors through the ceremony, the team raced to Mankato, where tournament officials had postponed Burnsville’s game until 9 p.m. “Believe it or not, it was a hell of a distraction,” Feely says now. “We lost 5-2 to Rochester Mayo, and they were a good team. I take nothing away from them.” Burnsville took the consolation championSee Feely, 6A

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If the plan moves forward, the city of Eagan would purchase the privately owned portion of Caponi Art Park in Eagan. That portion of the property contains the bulk of the park’s sculptures, amphitheater, and the Caponi family home and studio. The city currently owns 30 acres of the property.

For mer state Sen. Jim Carlson took the Demo- Jim Carlson cratic endorsement at the DFL Senate District 51 convention Saturday, March 24. Carlson, who was unseated in 2010 by Republican Sen. Ted Daley, contended with Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire for the endorsement in a high-profile campaign. “It feels good that we got that kind of support from fellow DFLers,” Carlson said. Carlson took 200 delegate votes, or 60 percent of the ballots, while Maguire received 133 delegate See DFL, 16A


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District 196 residents are invited to apply for membership on the District 196 Budget Advisory Council (BAC). The district is accepting applications through April 30 for four resident/parent positions. The terms of all four positions are for three years beginning July 1. The BAC includes nine resident/parent members, three district employees and District Office staff. The BAC meets four to six times during the school year at the District Office in Rosemount, usually from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The application is available at www.District196. org or by calling (651) 4237715.

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Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger visited Woodland Elementary in Eagan on “local lunch day.” His visit March 22 highlighted efforts to improve nutrition and fight childhood obesity. Woodland is one of the many schools partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to improve the local economy and Students from Apple school lunches by using lo- Valley, Eastview and Lakevcally grown foods. ille South high schools are nominees for the 2012 Student Television Awards for Excellence. The awards, given out by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest chapter, recognize superiority in Dakota County Tech- high school and post-secnical College’s Founda- ondary media production. tion will host its inaugural Students from Apple True Blue Gala on Thurs- Valley High School reday, April 19, at Brackett’s ceived seven nominations. Crossing County Club in Eastview students received nine and Lakeville South Lakeville. students garnered six. A Community members and college supporters are complete list of entries can invited to attend the event, be found at midwestemmys. which was established to org. raise scholarship funds for The award ceremony is scheduled for noon April 1 students in need. The evening will begin at at The Theaters at the Mall 5:30 p.m. with a social hour of America. and silent auction followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an

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Residents gather for summer entertainment at one of Lakeville’s many parks. The City Council is looking at lowering fees it charges to developers to help pay for parks.

Lakeville looks to temper developer’s park fees Money, land used to build outdoor amenities Thisweek Newspapers

The city of Lakeville has some of the most enviable park and recreation facilities in the state. Many of its 59 parks, 18 conservation areas and six greenways and seven nature trails are due to park dedication fees charged to developers (or land “donated” by developers), a common practice in most cities that state statute supports. In November, the City Council approved a study to help it determine how to adapt park dedication fees to the new reality of the housing market. The preliminary study, conducted by consultant Daniel Licht and presented at a recent council work session, indicated that Lakeville’s fees are in the middle when compared to similar cities across the region, such as Plymouth, Eden Prairie, and Maple Grove. The fees are higher than Woodbury and Blaine. The study proposes a new formula for determining more reasonable fees that stay within or are lower than the 10 percent maximum required by statute. Park dedication dollars can come in two forms: donated land or fees. The city currently charges developers: • $4,747 per lot for singlefamily units; • $4,153 per each multiplefamily unit; • $7,693 per net acre for commercial developments; and • $4,558 per net acre for industrial developments. The formula proposal is not set in stone, but Parks and Recreation Director Steve Michaud said it would be tied to “acreage and people’s needs.” City Council Member Colleen LaBeau asked why neighboring cities were not included in the fee comparison. She said Plymouth and Eden Prairie’s “land prices are substantially higher.” LaBeau also wondered why the city is paying money for studies. “It’s bogus,” she said. “I go by a lot of those parks and they are seldom used. People have their Rainbow playgrounds in their yards.” LaBeau, who works in the real estate industry, conceded that families in search of a new home do ask about parks, but argues that Lakeville should “great creative.” “We need to have our vision – figure out what the community really wants,” she said. Council Member Ker-

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rin Swecker raised questions about LaBeau’s comments because LaBeau’s father, Jim Stanton, is the developer whose protest about park dedication fees triggered the study. “I’ve got a number of calls today and two emails,” Swecker said. “They are concerned about you having a comment on this because of your father. There is a very large perception, with your dad having 37 lots currently in process and another 111 coming, that if we lower the rate 5 percent it could affect him up to $40,000.” LaBeau said she spoke with City Attorney Roger Knutson, who said there was no conflict of interest. “I wish it wasn’t him because this started long before he came,” LaBeau said.

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dedication fees (land and cash) totalled about $477,000. About $393,000 of that was cash, with Stanton’s share held in escrow pending the outcome of the study. In a phone interview with Thisweek, LaBeau said that the problem with the fees being high is that they are passed on to consumers. “Percentage-wise,” she said of the relationship of fees to the overall cost to develop land, “the cost of land value is not in line anymore because of the plummeting factors.”

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Though Stanton’s protest is the first in Michaud’s decades with the city, Michaud said it is not the first time the economy has led to concerns about park-dedication fees and lawsuit threats from builders. Bob Erickson, who was city administrator of Lakeville in the late 1980s through the early 2000s, said he ran into controversy over fees charged to commercial and industrial developments. The appropriateness of the fees on such developments “was a very contentious issue at the time,” Erickson said. It was based on to what extent those businesses place a demand on the open space system, he said. “That was evaluated and we determined that they contribute to organized softball leagues. … The employees certainly make use of trails, if not to the same degree and extent of residential properties,” Erickson said. Erickson is now on the developer’s side of things; he works for Welsh Companies. He said the city has amended its fees in recent years to accommodate senior housing, with the consideration that residents of some assisted-living facilities might not use the park systems. As for the need to address fees in light of new economic norms, Erickson said it is necessary or else land development can become prohibitively expensive. There will be more discussion on this topic, with a possible vote at the March 19 City Council meeting.

During boom times, park dedication fees provided Lakeville with the means for building and maintaining a variety of parks. In 2005 the city brought in $2.2 million in fees and land in lieu of fees, according to a table provided by Dennis Feller, Lakeville’s finance director. As the economic downturn became fully realized – and development slowed on the heels of reduced demand – the city’s park dedication fees and land revenue dropped to about $108,000. Since then, land values have declined while park dedication fees have either stayed the same or increased. After Stanton’s protest last fall of the current fees, the city was legally obligated to re-assess its fee structure. Stanton wrote a letter to a city at that time asking that the $176,000 in park dedication fees from his most recent Crescent Ridge project be put into an escrow fund until the city reviews its park dedication rates. “I think we are very aware that land prices have plummeted and development has substantially slowed,” Stanton wrote. He added that the current fee of $4,747 per lot would amount to about 33 percent of the land cost for him. State law and city code govern fee rates, suggesting 10 percent as a reasonable fee percent- Aaron Vehling is at aaron.veage. hling@ecm-inc.com or www. In 2011, the city’s park facebook.com/thisweeklive.

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You can live without Sun Thisweek, but why should you? by Tad Johnson Sun Thisweek

Is there someone in your life who is always there when you need him or her? It’s the person who listens to your concerns, offers good advice, and has the answers to tough questions. I like to think of this newspaper as that mom, dad, sister, brother, friend or neighbor you can call on for nearly any reason. Today your sounding board, counseling office and information desk just got a whole lot better. This first edition of Sun Thisweek has merged the resources, knowledge and talents of both ECM Publishers and Sun Media Group to roll out a new look, expanded coverage and a strong commitment to be there when you need us – in print or online. Loyal readers view the best media as essential in their lives; something they can’t live without. We listen to readers concerns through letters to the editor and online comments attached to our stories and on our Facebook page. We offer advice – with attribution – from the experts in our communities. We print lots of answers to questions, ranging from softball (even the sporting kind) to hardball. Whether the answers are the right ones depends on your per-

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spective. And if you disagree with those answers, remember we are your proverbial soapbox, too. If you haven’t ever considered how our newspaper and website can be essential, think of the information we disseminate about the things in your life – food, water, air, a place to live, a car to drive, clothes to wear, family, friends and community. We write stories about healthy eating, water quality, pollution, new roads and housing developments, in addition to carrying ads for restaurants, car dealers and places to shop. While we carry plenty of information about those “essentials,” we specialize in the “people” part of that list. It’s the part of our work that can best differentiate ourselves in a highly competitive media market and it’s the most satisfying for us and our readers. For the past combined 198 years, Sun, Thisweek and our sister publication, the Dakota County Tribune, have told the sto-

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to tell more of these kinds of stories. In the coming weeks, we plan to take a look at the problem of and solutions to teen drug abuse, the high cost of youth sports participation, commuting gridlock and much more. While you are enjoying the new look of Sun Thisweek newspaper, I hope you will notice the increased news, sports and arts coverage. And as you are sitting at your computer, cruise on over to the new SunThisweek. com and check out the reorganized menu of choices. We hope you like our additions of Must-Read and featured stories and that you browse the site a bit using are new related-content widget. Remember all of that content you are reading and viewing comes from an editorial staff with over 100 years of combined experience covering Dakota County. We wouldn’t have been here this long and invested so much in merging Sun Thisweek if we didn’t think the people of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount deserved to have their stories told. We hope you feel the same way. Tad Johnson is managing editor of Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune. He can be reached at tad.johnson@ecminc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

ECM’s tradition of giving grows stronger This newspaper’s parent company, ECM Publishers Inc., is dedicated not only to publishing news about your community, but to giving thousands of dollars to make your community better. The company’s Community Affairs Council, and its nine local area councils comprised of ECM associates, have during the past 20 years given to community organizations and scholars a grand total of $1,565,400. Of that amount, the ECM board of directors has allocated $1,423,500, while local area councils have raised $141,940. The late Elmer L. Andersen founded the company based on four basic tenets: service to our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.

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State leaders still uncomfortable in new roles by Tom West Sun Thisweek

If you think Minnesota’s state government may be somewhat dysfunctional, I may have stumbled upon a contributing factor. On March 16, I joined 10 other members of the ECM Publishers Editorial Board for a day at the Capitol. We spent 45 minutes of quality time each with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk individually, and Republican Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers and House Majority Leader Matt Dean together. The only leader we missed was House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. Dayton mentioned that it may be unprecedented that, after the 2010 election, the governor and all of the top legislative leadership positions changed personnel simultaneously. In a stunning change of direction, the governor’s seat went from Republican to DFL, and both houses of the Legislature went from DFL to Republican. After the governor said that may never have happened before, I did some digging, and I think he may be right. The Legislature’s website has complete records on the top positions only back to 1933, but those revealed that no matter which party was in charge, not all of the seats changed hands simultaneously. Much of that has to do with the state

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Senate. The Senate has had only 11 majority leaders in all that time. The Legislature was ostensibly non-partisan until 1972. From 1933 to 1972, the Conservatives held the majority, but only four different senators served as majority leader: Sens. Charles Orr, Archie Miller, John Zwach and Stanley Holmquist. The DFL then took control with the 1972 election, but only two senators, Nick Coleman and Roger Moe, served as majority leader from 1973 to 2003. Since then, five people have held the post, a sign of the growing political instability in the state: DFLers John Hottinger, Dean Johnson and Lawrence Pogemiller and Republicans Amy Koch and Senjem. Bakk thought the Republicans were surprised when they gained the Senate majority for the first time in any of its caucus members’ careers. He said, “In 38 years, they never had a majority and didn’t have a clue what to do.” Asked what he considered his biggest surprise since becoming minority leader, Bakk said, “The degree of their ineptness.”

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Strong words. Dayton used only slightly less so. Asked what has surprised him the most since becoming governor, he said, “The intransigence of the Legislature. I have never before seen the inability to compromise.” The Republicans, of course, see things differently. Dean said when he first came to the Legislature he was told to vote his conscience first, to vote his constituents’ wishes second and to vote his caucus’ position third. “You pull closest together when you’re getting shot at,” he said, “which we’ve been getting a lot of.” Senjem noted that of the 37 senators of the Republican caucus, 21 are freshmen. He served as minority leader from 2007-2010, and stepped aside when the party gained the majority. However, Koch then resigned after having an affair with a Senate staffer, and the GOP again turned to Senjem. He said his biggest surprise has been, “How important people think this position (majority leader) is. All of a sudden, people seemed to care what I said and what I thought. … I came out of the fabric of (the Mayo Clinic) where one leader doesn’t decide everything.” Zellers said his biggest surprise as speaker has been “the ebbs and flows of every day.” When the GOP took control, it had a $5 billion budget deficit to fix. Today, the state’s financial analysts say Minnesota has a $1.3 billion budget surplus. Zellers said they have a good record to run on because they closed the gap without increasing state taxes. DFLers have charged that local property taxes have gone up significantly, at least in outstate Minnesota, because the Republicans changed the formula regarding the homestead credit. Dean countered that, saying, “(The

DFL’s) only response is to raise taxes and grow government.” “It isn’t about us,” Zellers said. “It’s about small business owners.” Bakk said that he has never seen a caucus vote with more unity than the Republicans do now. While acknowledging, “they (the Republicans) are very principled,” Bakk characterized the GOP position as “this is what we promised on the campaign trail, and we aren’t going to change, even if we learned something down here.” Zellers said he was proud of progress made by the 33 freshmen GOP legislators. “If you’re not careful, you can learn a heck of a lot down here every day,” he said. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years covering politicians is that when you get to speak with them face-to-face, generally you will find most of them are decent people trying to do the job for which they were elected. With every one of the legislative leaders and the governor in new positions last year, it is less surprising that they all miscalculated about what it would take to pass a budget, thus leading to the summer shutdown last year. You can decide for yourself from the statements above who is being most partisan, but I came away thinking neither side is comfortable in their new roles. Nor should they be. The voters have them on a short leash, and that won’t change any time soon. Tom West is the editor and general manager of the Morrison County Record, which is part of ECM Publishers Inc. He may be reached at (320) 632-2345 or by e-mail at tom.west@mcrecord.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Business tax cuts are same old malarkey To the editor: Republican legislators are proposing a further series of business tax cuts with an implied promise of job creation. Historically, tax cuts make the state’s budgetbalancing problems worse, not better, as we try to dig out from under all the school, local government and human service “shifts” the Legislature has made. Moreover, after 20 years of business tax cuts, we have seen job creation nearly static, and our manufac-

turing sector gutted by outsourcing to China and Mexico. There is no visible connection between tax cuts and actual job creation or balanced state budgets. What the Republicans are proposing is the same old malarkey that got us into our current mess. WILLIAM J. GRAHAM Burnsville

Jim Carlson thanks DFLers To the editor: I want to extend my deepest thank you to all the residents of Senate District

51 in Burnsville and Eagan who attended and participated in the DFL Senate District Convention on March 24. I am honored to have your DFL endorsement and I look forward to working tirelessly to bring fiscal responsibility and productivity back to the Legislature. Thank you to Mayor Mike Maguire for a well-fought campaign and for his strong dedication to our city and our district. Jim Carlson Eagan


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A different kind of school We need forward thinking to

increase energy independence

by Hunter PaulsonSmith Sun Thisweek

There is a very special place located next to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. It is a place where students are prepared with real world skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum. It is a place where teachers encourage students to get involved in their communities. It is a place where I never know what to expect. It is a place called the School of Environmental Studies, and over the past two years of attendance, I have come to consider it my second home. SES is an optional high school connected with the Minnesota Zoo offered to School District 196 students during their junior and senior years. SES has prepared me with real world skills such as public speaking and teamwork. Particularly during senior year at SES, a significant portion of the curriculum is dedicated to exposing students to public speaking.

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Cindy is a single mom living in the suburbs. Like most Minnesotans, she drives to work. “With the low income I receive and the tremendous increase in gas prices, I am questioning whether or not I can stay in this job,” she told me. “Since jobs are difficult to find, I might not have a choice, (but) the results are devastating and affect me as a consumer in so many ways.” Cindy’s account is representative of the frustration Minnesotans are experiencing day to day, week to week, paycheck to paycheck, and gas pump

Hunter Paulson-Smith

A few months ago, as a part of the population unit, we were assigned a project in which we had to present a world issue relating to population. We could choose to complete one out of a few presentation styles, including a poster board exhibit, a featured speaker and a 15-minute speech in the school auditorium. I was selected to be a featured speaker, and I gave my speech on world hunger and unequal distribution of food. In the process of preparing and giving my speech, I gained much confidence in myself as a researcher and speaker that I couldn’t have gained from a textbook. At SES, we are not taught by example. Rather, we are taught through our own experiences.

A lot of the work assigned at SES is group work. As in real professions, working in groups helps students learn communication and balance between not participating and taking over the entire project. One of the first projects students do as juniors at SES is called Pond Profile. In this project, groups travel to a local pond and collect data regarding water quality, aquatic animal species and vegetation in and around the pond. Each person has roles and responsibilities to fulfill regarding the final product, which is a lengthy technical paper about the health of the group’s pond. This project, along with many other assignments in the SES curricSee Paulson, 7A

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to gas pump. “With gas prices increasing, food prices increase, clothing prices increase, etc,” she said. “It is a snowball effect, affecting consumers in all areas of their lives … making it nearly impossible to make ends meet financially. Something has to give.” Last month, the president told leaders in Congress he would join us in working to develop “an

all of the above” energy strategy. For years, I have been championing a comprehensive approach that would reduce our dependence on hostile regions of the world and increase all forms of American energy. My plan is based around stopping government policies that are driving up energy prices and expanding American energy proSee Kline, 7A

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Feely/from 1A ship, though, announcing a new era under a coach who would lead the Blaze to consecutive state titles in 2004 and 2005. Feely left the softball program after the 2010 season, but his imprint will remain. The District 191 School Board voted March 22 to name the varsity softball field Pat Feely Field. It joins BHS facilities the Thomas B. Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, Pates Stadium and Hansen Field, and Rahn Elementary’s Jerry Kivi Library, as District 191 sites named for people.

The son of legendary St. Thomas College basketball and baseball coach Tom Feely, Pat played both sports for his father. He taught social studies at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for 14 years, beginning in 1967. Feely later served eight years as principal of Minneapolis’ Franklin Junior High and eight years as principal of Minneapolis North High. “They wouldn’t let you coach and be a principal, so I started coaching out in Burnsville, where I’ve lived for 40 years,” said Feely, whose daughter, Crista, pitched for the 1994 state tournament team. “I started coaching basically my own children’s teams and traveling teams and AAU teams. And then I began coaching for the high school. Vic Berra was the athletic director at the time. In ’93 Vic asked me to take over the softball program. I did do that.” Youth coach Brian Wester of Eagan had two daughters go through Burnsville Athletic Club and Burnsville High School softball: Erin, who graduated in 2000, and Lauren, a fouryear starter at third base who was on the back-toback championship teams. “(Feely) has what I would call an unbelievable knack to connect with younger athletes,” Wester said. “It’s just a respect thing. And it’s him laying down kind of what the expectations are of a team and what’s expected

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ished. He coached District 191’s junior high softball program to an 87-5 record before leaving the program in 2010. “I always kind of wondered how a middle-aged, ex-varsity coach would work with junior high kids,” said Wester, who was Feely’s assistant coach for three of those seasons. “I was absolutely amazed at his ability to get their focus and get the most out of those kids.” Feely, whose coaching career spans 46 years, still isn’t finished. “This winter I started up again with the girls’ basketball program” in District 191. “They had me working with the ninth-grade team,” said Feely, who has coached football and tennis as well as softball and basketball. “I’ll probably continue to do that. My goal is to coach 50 years.” Feely remains a Blaze softball booster and mentor, known for the time he spends on field maintenance at the school’s two-diamond softball complex. “I like to drag the fields for practices so a bad hop doesn’t come up and hit them in the face because the field’s too rough,” Feely said. “I do a little mowing and a little of this and a little of that so that everything looks real nice.”

of the players, and everybody being on the same page. And then holding the players accountable. “To someone else looking in, it would look like he was kind of rigid. But the fact is, that’s exactly what young athletes need – a predictable, regimented routine. That formula worked very well for him. The players and the parents respected that.” In 2002 Feely started seven freshmen on his varsity team. The move was controversial, but Feely was always determined to start the strongest players, Wester said. “Sometimes pipelines of players ebb and flow,” Wester said. “And he made a decision to go on a youth movement” with a group of players who’d had success in traveling softball. “When they were freshmen, we went 10-0 before we got beat,” Feely recalled. “We took third in the section that year.” The next year brought “a little sophomore slump,” when the girls “weren’t surprising anybody.” Then came 2004 and 2005 to seal the Feely legend, which also included six Lake Conference championships and three section titles. After 2005 he handed the program off to his assistant, Hillary Hansen, a former Blaze player who remains the head coach. But Feely wasn’t fin-

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Paulson/from 5A ulum, helps students excel in communication and leadership skills. Another large part of the school’s mission statement includes involvement in the community. After teachers prepare us with practical skills, we are encouraged to “take to the streets,” if you will, and put what we’ve learned into action. All seniors complete a senior project toward the end of the year that requires them to get out in the community and attempt to make a difference in a big way. In 2007, a 175-foot wind turbine was built at SES as a senior project. The turbine provides electricity for the city grid, giving back to the community, as well as leading by example in alternative energy sources. Other students from SES at-

tended the Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009 and then Cancun, Mexico, in 2010. The SES teachers and curriculum allow and encourage students to get involved beyond the walls of the school. Although SES is not a school for everyone, if you’re interested in the environment, want a more hands-on approach to learning, or value community involvement as a part of academic learning, you should consider this alternative school. Attending SES for the past two years has helped me grow as a student and leader as well as prepared me for college and beyond. Hunter Paulson-Smith is a Sun Thisweek intern who attends the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley.

Kline/from 5A duction to lower costs and create more jobs. In January 2009, the average price of gas nationwide was approximately $1.80 per gallon. Three years later, it has more than doubled, and recent news reports suggest we will be seeing $4 per gallon gas in Minnesota soon. Not long after his inauguration, the president introduced his first major energy initiative: a national energy tax that, according to him, would cause rates to skyrocket. Shortly thereafter, he plugged stimulus dollars into the nowdefunct Solyndra, which has cost American taxpayers nearly a half billion dollars. Meanwhile, in the U.S. House of Representatives, my colleagues and I have passed at least seven bi-

partisan job-creating energy bills that currently await a vote in the U.S. Senate. These policies – available for review on my website at http://kline.house.gov – allow us to harness our abundant supply of natural resources in America, develop new sources of energy, and create jobs here at home. Washington is all too willing to play the blame game with high gas prices. But Minnesotans don’t want to hear it, and I don’t want to play it. Rather than focus on political winners and losers in the energy debate, we need to remember people like Cindy, a single young mother in the suburbs doing what she can to provide for her family. Rising prices at the pump shouldn’t compel Cindy and others like her to ponder whether or not she should keep her job or choose between gas and groceries.

Rising gas prices hurt families, commuters, job seekers, and small business owners. We need to work together to pass reforms and remove roadblocks to provide relief at the pump and create jobs, including a forward-thinking solution that includes oil, natural gas, nuclear, and clean renewable energies. As one constituent told me last week, “We need to start being part of the process.” The time for unlocking America’s abundant energy resources is overdue. The clock is ticking. Cindy can’t wait. Minnesotans can’t wait. America can’t wait. John Kline, R-Lakeville, represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Lakeville. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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Maxine Mackey

U of M Extension program aims to illustrate dangers of drugs, alcohol by Aaron Vehling Sun Thisweek

Lakeville North senior Alexa Kloncz held a jar up for all the class to see. The brown sludge rolled slowly like molasses as Kloncz tipped the jar in various directions. The fourth-graders in Joe Hemann’s class at Oak Hills Elementary in Lakeville looked aghast. The tar-filled jar served as a powerful visual aid to complement Lakeville North senior Olivia Gustafson’s lesson about the dangers of cigarettes. Its contents amounted to the tar from a year of smoking. “I think cigarettes should be against the law forever,” blurted out one girl. There was a series of visual aids on display for the students to understand some of the 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes: a vial of formaldehyde and accompanying fake frog to illustrate that chemical’s preservation properties; rat poison, toilet bowl cleaner; batteries (to represent battery acid); and a candle wax, among others. The students also underwent an experiment centered on breathing through straws, to simulate the effect on respiration associated with smoking. Students expressed varying degrees of awe and disgust as Gustafson and Kloncz navigated information on the ills of all types of tobacco. One student admitted that her parents smoked

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Lakeville North senior Alexa Kloncz shows Oak Hills Elementary fourth-graders a jar filled with tar as Lakeville North senior Olivia Gustafson discusses the dangers of cigarette smoking. and that she was going to tell them all about the dangers. The Kids Teaching Kids program is provided by the University of Minnesota’s Extension service. High school teens volunteer to teach elementary students about various chemical and peer pressure issues over the course of three sessions. Bryan Wilkom, Extension’s Dakota County coordinator for the program, said there is immense value in using the practice known in the education community as “cross-age teaching.” It is one thing for a teacher or another adult to lecture, but there is extra power in the student-to-student peer connection. “Younger kids see high school students in the classroom and their eyes light up,” he said. Judy Johnson, the Lakeville school district’s chemical

prevention specialist, said the program has been active in Lakeville since the mid1990s. A federal “Safe and DrugFree Schools” grant had funded the program for the bulk of that time. But the funding was cut last year and so Johnson sought a $3,500 grant from the Lakeville Education Foundation to keep it going. She is not sure where funding will come from next year and beyond. For Gustafson, the program is about connecting with the students as a form of early intervention. “I realized that substance abuse has gotten out of hand in high school,” she said. “If you teach them when they are younger, they will realize the bad effects when they are older (when peer pressure is stronger).” It is also rewarding to spend time with the young

students. “They are super fun and energetic,” she said. Gustafson and Kloncz also showed a video starring kids in peer pressure settings. One week the program centered on alcohol. The video they showed at the Friday session last week depicted typical scenarios relating to chewing tobacco and smoking. It also echoed a lesson Gustafson and Kloncz gave about advertising, designed to give the students the power to see through the psychology of certain types of marketing. At the end of the session, two Lakeville North teens read the fourth-graders’ anonymous questions on index cards and passed out a letter for the children to give to their parents. “It’s a way to keep parents involved,” Wilkom said. Among the major components of the lesson that the young people are to use is a three-part mantra for fending off temptation: Be candid (speak up/against peer pressure); be prepared (think about reasons not to drink alcohol or do drugs or smoke); and be yourself (make positive choices). Gustafson hopes the program has an impact, “It’s important for the youth to know these things.” Aaron Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Ronnei - Nelson Amy Ronnei, daughter of Scott and Kathy Ronnei of Eagan, MN, and Brian Nelson, son of Wayne and Rita Nelson of Apple Valley, MN, announce their engagement. Amy is a 2004 graduate of Burnsville High School and a 2008 graduate of UW-Madison. Brian is a 2007 graduate of Burnsville High School and a 2011 graduate of the U of M. An October 2012 wedding is planned.

Maxine Mackey, 83 of Mesa, AZ passed away on March 22, 2012. Maxine was born on may 21, 1928 in Okemah, OK where she spent her childhood days. She married Oak Mackey in 1949 in Anchorage, AL. Being a dedicated airline pilot’s wife, she lived in numerous states including Alaska, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota (Farmington) while raising their six children. She was an active member of the Republic Airline Pilot’s Wives group for over thirty years. In 1992 she moved to Mesa, AZ and has been an active member of the community. She was the Chairman of Conventions and Director of Correspondence for the Second Air Division Association-Eighth Air Force; an active member of the Assistance League of East Valley serving as Chairman of the 2011 & 2012 Annual Fashion Show Fund-raiser; regularly attended her Red Hat luncheons and served in various Ministries at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Maxine is survived by her husband Oak of 62 years, their children, Randall, Susan, Doug, Robert, James & Anne; five sons and daughter’s in-law, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Assistance League of East Valley, Attn.: J. Parnell, 1950 N. Arizona Ave, Ste. 3, Chandler AZ 85225 in lieu of flowers.

������������� Rivard - Mihm Raymond and Ruth Rivard of Lakeville are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Kassi to Austin Mihm, the son of Steve and Jacque Mihm, also of Lakeville. Kassi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeville South High School, is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities majoring in Interior Design, with a minor in Family Social Science. Kassi is also working as an intern at Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis. Austin, a 2004 graduate of Lakeville High School, is a graduate of Metro State University, with a degree in International Business. Austin is employed at Best Buy Corporate as a Merchant Analyst. Kassi and Austin are planning on outdoor wedding in July.

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CITY OF BURNSVILLE BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ASSESSMENTS April 3, 2012 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Burnsville City Council will meet at the Burnsville City Hall, (Council Chambers) 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 to pass upon proposed assessments for the improvements described in this notice. The proposed assessments are on file in the office of the City Clerk. Written or oral objections to the assessment by any property owner will be considered at the hearing. The designation of each improvement, its nature, its total estimated project cost, its total amount proposed to be assessed, and the area proposed to be assessed for it, are as follows: 1. 2012 STREET RECONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENT: GENERAL LOCATION & TYPE OF IMPROVEMENT: The 2012 Street Reconstruction (12-101C) consists of bituminous pavement and gravel base reconstruction, partial or total curb replacement and watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer replacement, repair or extension. City's Reconstruction area as described below. TOTAL ESTIMATED PROJECT COST: $1,148,000 TOTAL AMOUNT OF PROPOSED ASSESSMENT: $82,884.12 AREA PROPOSED TO BE ASSESSED: The following parcels of land abutting/benefiting in the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota: 143rd Street (12-101C): Parcels adjacent to or having frontage along 143rd Court East and included in the Portland Homeowners Association including Block 1, Bots 1 thru 52, Wood park Plat 8, Dakota County, Minnesota; Block 1, Lots 1 thru 44, Wood Park Plat 9, Dakota County, Minnesota 2. 2012 STREET REHABILITATION: GENERAL LOCATIONS & TYPE OF IMPROVEMENT: The 2012 Street Rehabilitation (12-102C) consists of the bituminous pavement being rehabilitated using the mill and overlay method; curb and gutter, sidewalk and utility improvements are made where warranted. This year's projects include the areas listed below: TOTAL ESTIMATED PROJECT COST: $624,000.00 TOTAL AMOUNT OF PROPOSED ASSESSMENT: $ 23,852.40 AREA PROPOSED TO BE ASSESSED: The following parcels of land abutting/benefiting in the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota: Portland Avenue Area (12-102C): Parcels adjacent to or having frontage along Portland Avenue, Portland Place & Portland News and included in the Portland Homeowners Association including Block 1, Lots 1 thru 52, Wood Park Plat 7, Dakota County, Minnesota An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 429.081 by serving notice of appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with district court within ten days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk. No such appeal as to the amount of an assessment to a specific parcel of land may be made unless the owner has either filed a signed written objection to that assessment with the City Clerk prior to the hearing or has presented the written objection to the presiding officer at the hearing. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 435.195, the City Council is authorized to provide for limited deferment of special assessments in the case of homestead property owned by either 1) persons 65 years of age or older, or 2) person who retired by reason of permanent or total disability, provided it would be a hardship for such person to make special assessment payments. Details relating to qualification for such deferments and procedures for applying for deferments are provided in Burnsville Ordinance No. 234, adopted November 16, 1981. Further information may be secured from the office of the City Clerk. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL _____________________________ Macheal Brooks, City Clerk Burnsville, Minnesota 2950206 3/30/12

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That Default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: 11/18/2004 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $150,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Kathleen A. Arp and Dudley M. Arp, husband and wife as joint tenants MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Provident Funding Associates, L.P. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: 12/23/2004 as Document Number 2279132 in the Office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 4, Block 1, Wood Park Plat Twelve, Dakota County, Minnesota STREET ADDRESS O F P R O P E R T Y: 14306 Portland Avenue S., Burnsville, MN 55337 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Dakota TAX PARCEL I.D. NO.: 02-84811-01-040 LENDER: Provident Funding Associates, L.P. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR: Provident Funding Associates, L.P. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Provident Funding Associates, L.P. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. MIN: 1000179-5714110018-0 THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: $139,074.98 No action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof. There has been compliance with all preforeclosure notice requirements of said mortgage and/or applicable statutes. Pursuant to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: 04/13/2012 at 10:00 A.M. PLACE OF SALE: Dakota County Sheriff's Office, 1580 Highway 55 Hastings, MN 55033 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorney fees allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on 10/13/2012 MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS THAT MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: 03/01/2012 Provident Funding Associates, L.P., Mortgagee/Mortgage Assignee Dunakey & Klatt, P.C., By Brian G. Sayer and Crystal W. Rink, Attorneys for Mortgagee/Mortgage Assignee 531 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 2363, Waterloo, IA 50701. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 2949806 3/30-4/6/12

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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. 2953999 3/30-4/6/10

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF BURNSVILLE BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA -ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2012 Street Reconstruction Projects (City Project No. 12-101) Pleasant Avenue Area (12-101A), Woodland Area (12-101B) 137th Street Area (12-101E) 2012 Street Repair of Watermain Breaks and Contract Patching (City Project No. 12-302) Maintenance Facility (City Project No. 12-311) 2012 Park Improvements (City Project No. 12-402/407) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the City Council of the City of Burnsville at 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337, until 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday the 10th day of April, 2012, for the making of the following described local improvements under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429, said proposal for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the construction, complete in place of the following approximate quantities: 13,600 22,400 10,600 27,500 4,000 2 26,700 13,200 12,600 2,500 2 130 81 3400

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There is a mandatory pre-bid conference for bidders, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., April 3, 2012, at the City Hall. Bidders are required to attend this meeting or their bid shall not be accepted, and plan sets will not be available for purchase after this date. The bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms provided in accordance with the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications as prepared by the City Engineer, which are on file with the City Clerk and may be obtained at the office of the City Engineer. Digital copies of the Contract Documents can be obtained at www.questcdn.com or www.burnsville.org/bids . The QuestCDN project number for the Pleasant area and related construction projects is #1919195. Bidders can download the Contract Documents for $20 by searching for the project on the QuestCDN website's Project Search page or selecting the Engineering/Public Work Bid link and then the project on the Burnsville website. Please contact QuestCDN.com at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. Bidders can also view the Contract Documents at either website free of charge. No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the City Clerk of the City of Burnsville endorsed upon the outside wrapper with a brief statement or summary as to the work for which the bids is made and accompanied by a cash deposit, certified check, bid bond, or cashier's check payable to the City of Burnsville in the amount of five percent (5%) of the amount of bid, to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event that the bid is accepted and the bidder shall fail to promptly enter into a written contract and furnish the required bond. The City of Burnsville reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, and to award the bid in the best interest of the City. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days. Immediately following expiration of the time for receiving bids, the City Clerk and engineer will publicly open bids in the City Hall. The Council will consider such bids in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Macheal Brooks, City Clerk City of Burnsville, Minnesota Published in the Burnsville Sun Thisweek March 23rd, 30th 2012 Published in the Finance & Commerce on March 16th and 23rd, 2012 2944079 3/23-3/30/12

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NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, (hereinafter the "Declaration") recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Dakota County, Minnesota as Document No. 1914328, which covers the following property: Legal Description: Unit No. 76, CIC No. 330, Lake Place, a condominium, located in Dakota County, Minnesota Property Address: 17074 Eagleview Way, Farmington, Minnesota 55024 PIN: 22-44076-15-076 THAT pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of February 20, 2012, from Troy Dowdell, title holder, to Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, the amount of $9,688.80, for assessments, late fees and collection costs, plus additional assessments and other amounts that may have accrued since the date of this notice, including the costs of collection and foreclosure; THAT prior to the commencement of this foreclosure proceeding, Lienor complied with all notice requirements as required by status; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said lien, or any part thereof; THAT the owner has not been released from his financial obligation to pay said amount; THAT pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 515B.3-116, said debt creates a lien upon said premises in favor of Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, as evidenced by a lien statement recorded on April 14, 2010, in the office of the Dakota County Recorder as Document No. 2724786; THAT pursuant to the power of sale granted by the owners in taking title to the premises subject to said Declaration, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said property by the sheriff of said County at the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, 1580 Highway 55, in the City of Hastings, County of Dakota, Minnesota on April 18, 2012, at 10 a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney's fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owners, their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of said sale. DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: The date on or before which the owner must vacate the property if the account is not brought current or the property redeemed under Minn. Stat. § 580.23 is October 18, 2012. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. REDEMPTION NOTICE THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE OWNER, THE OWNER'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: February 20, 2012 LAKEVILLE'S LAKE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Lienor By /s/ Thomas P. Carlson Thomas P. Carlson (024871X) Carlson & Associates, Ltd. 1052 Centerville Circle Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 (651) 287-8640 ATTORNEY FOR LAKEVILLE'S LAKE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION 2949839 3/30-4/6/12

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ORDINANCE NO. 1260 CITY OF BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 10 OF THE BURNSVILLE CITY CODE, BEING THE ZONING TITLE OF THE CITY OF BURNSVILLE FAIRVIEW DEVELOPMENT COMPANY CASE FILE NO. DEV12-0002 The City Council of the City of Burnsville ordains as follows: Section 1. Title 10 of the Burnsville City Code is hereby amended to allow a senior housing facility located at the northeast corner of the Community Drive and Nicollet Boulevard intersection in accordance with the Amended Planned Unit Development Agreement on file in the City clerk's office dated March 20, 2012, for the following described property located within the City of Burnsville, Minnesota: Lot 1, Block 1 and Outlot A, Arbors Addition Section 2. The zoning map of the City of Burnsville referred to and described in said Title 10, shall not be republished to show the aforesaid rezoning, b u t t h e C o m m u n i t y D e v e l o p m e nt Director or his/her designee shall appropriately mark the zoning map on file in the city clerk's office for the purpose of indicating the rezoning provided for in this ordinance and all of the notations, references and other information shown thereon are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this ordinance. Section 3. This ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication according to law. PASSED AND DULY ADOPTED THIS 20th day of March, 2012 by the city council of the City of Burnsville. Elizabeth B. Kautz, Mayor _______________________ ATTEST: Macheal Brooks, City Clerk __________________________ 2950243

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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 April 11, 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. J. Wood #108 Tools, Sports Equip, Electronics E. Stately #167 Refrigerator, Fish Tank, Motorcycle Helmet K. Satyendra #212A Luggage, Chairs, TV L. Debreto #528 Household Items L. Debreto #530A TV, Artwork, Plastic Totes

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AGENDA EAGAN CITY COUNCIL EAGAN MUNICIPAL CENTER BUILDING April 3, 2012 6:30 P.M. I. II. II. IV.

ROLL CALL AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ADOPT AGENDA RECOGNITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS CONSENT AGENDA (Consent items are acted on with one motion unless a request is made for an item to be pulled for discussion) A. APPROVE MINUTES B. PERSONNEL ITEMS C. APPROVE Check Registers D. APPROVE Resolution to accept donations to the Fire Department from Alerus Financial Bank and Florence Gilloth E. APPROVE Resolutions authorizing the issuance and sale of Taxable General Obligation Housing Improvement Bonds, Series 2012A, and General Obligation Equipment Certificates of Indebtedness, Series 2012B F. SET interest rate on special assessments levied in 2012 at 3.5% G. APPROVE Lease Agreement between City of Eagan and St. Croix Harley Davidson for two (2) 2012 Harley Davidson Motorcycles H. APPROVE Resolution to accept a Community Forest Bonding Grant from the DNR in the amount of $20,974.22 and authorize the necessary budget adjustment. I. APPROVE Resolution to accept a donation from Think Bank for the 2012 Market Fest entertainment series and authorize the necessary budget adjustment J. APPROVE Encroachment/Maintenance Agreement for Ballantrae 2nd Addition K. AWARD Contract 12-01, City-Wide street Improvements L. SET Public Hearing date for May 1, 2012 to Certify Delinquent Utility Bills M. SET Public Hearing date for May 1, 2012 to Certify Delinquent False Alarm Bills N. SET Public Hearing date for May 1, 2012 to Certify Delinquent Noxious Weed, Mowing, Refuse Removal, and Board-Up Bills O. APPROVE Temporary Liquor License and Waive License Fee for Trinity School at River Ridge's Spring Benefit Dinner on April 28, 2012 P. APPROVE Temporary Liquor License for People of Praise MN, Inc.'s Community Social on June 23, 2012 Q. ADOPT Resolution finding that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not necessary for the redevelopment of the Lockheed Martin property located at 3333 Pilot Knob Road R. APPROVE Reallocation and Refunding of 2008 Community Development Block Grant Balance S. APPROVE Resolution to Modify the 2012 Redistricting Plan V. PUBLIC HEARINGS A. Project 1054 Fairway Hills Ultra High Pressure Zone (Water System Improvements) and Consideration of Plans, Specs & Ad for Bids, Contract 11-05 VI. OLD BUSINESS VII. NEW BUSINESS A. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT- Cherokee Sirloin Room and Sports Bar / Rick Casper - A Conditional Use Permit to allow outdoor dining located at 4625 Nicols Road B. REZONING, PRELIMINARY PLANNED DEVELOPMENT, and a FINAL PLAT Eagan Car Club / Kurt Manley- A Rezoning for approximately 6 acres from NB, Neighborhood Business to PD, Planned Development and A Preliminary Planned Development of approximately 6 acres to allow 76 vehicle storage units and a club house and a Final Plat of approximately 6 acres to create one lot located just North of Valley Black Top C. PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT - CherryBerry / Holland Investment Group - A Planned Development Amendment to allow a frozen yogurt shop and a monument sign located at 1298 Promenade Place D. REZONING- Diversified Information Technologies, INC. / Brian Brady - A Rezoning from PD, Planned Development to I1, Limited Industrial located at 2871 West Service Road E. REZONING and FINAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT - Northwood Business Park / Jim Ostenson - A Rezoning of 4.8 acres from BP, Business Park to PD, Planned Development and A Final Planned Development of 4.8 acres to allow outdoor storage of commercial vehicles located at 3265 Northwood Circle VIII. LEGISLATIVE / INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS UPDATE IX. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY A. CALL TO ORDER B. ADOPT AGENDA C. CONSENT AGENDA 1. APPROVE EDA Minutes D. OLD BUSINESS E. NEW BUSINESS 1. PRELIMINARY CONCEPT PLAN for Retail Development for Property in the Cedar Grove Redevelopment District F. OTHER BUSINESS G. ADJOURN X. ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA A. City Attorney B. City Council Comments C. City Administrator D. Director of Public Works E. Director of Community Development XI. VISITORS TO BE HEARD (for those persons not on the agenda) XII. CLOSED SESSION XIII. ADJOURNMENT 2955742 3/30/12

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF BURNSVILLE BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA -ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS -

2012 Street Reconstruction Project Parkwood Area (12-101F), (SA-179-109-005) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the City Council of the City of Burnsville at 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337, until 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday the 11th day of April, 2012, for the making of the following described local improvements under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429, said proposal for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the construction, complete in place of the following approximate quantities: 6,500 1,100 9,400 3,300 7,700 12,000 5 4,700 3,700 4,800 1,800 16,600 630 3,200

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There is a pre-bid conference for bidders, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., April 3, 2012, at the City Hall. Bidders are required to attend this meeting or their bid shall not be accepted. The bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms provided in accordance with the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications as prepared by the City Engineer, which are on file with the City Clerk and may be obtained at the office of the City Engineer. Digital copies of the Contract Documents can be obtained at www.questcdn.com or www.burnsville.org/bids . The QuestCDN project number for the Parkwood area construction project is #1919175. Bidders can download the Contract Documents for $20 by searching for the project on the QuestCDN website's Project Search page or selecting the Engineering/Public Work Bid link and then the project on the Burnsville website. Please contact QuestCDN.com at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. Bidders can also view the Contract Documents at either website free of charge. No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the City Clerk of the City of Burnsville endorsed upon the outside wrapper with a brief statement or summary as to the work for which the bids is made and accompanied by a cash deposit, certified check, bid bond, or cashier's check payable to the City of Burnsville in the amount of five percent (5%) of the amount of bid, to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event that the bid is accepted and the bidder shall fail to promptly enter into a written contract and furnish the required bond. The City of Burnsville reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, and to award the bid in the best interest of the City. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days. Immediately following expiration of the time for receiving bids, the City Clerk and engineer will publicly open bids in the City Hall. The Council will consider such bids in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Macheal Brooks, City Clerk City of Burnsville, Minnesota Published in the Burnsville Sun Thisweek March 23rd, 30th 2012 Published in the Finance & Commerce on March 16th and 23rd, 2012 2951378 3/23-3/30/12

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED EASEMENT VACATION 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, April 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 vacation of public drainage and utility easements lying over and across the following described property in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota: Commencing at the most westerly corner of said Lot 1, Block 1, Oakwood Heights 3rd Addition, thence South 68o 54' 40" East a distance of 80.43 feet, thence North 00o 04' 06" East a distance of 10.00 feet to the point of beginning, thence continuing North 00o 04' 06" a distance of 174.00 feet, thence South 89o 55' 54" East a distance of 79.67 feet, thence North 00o 04' 06" East a distance of 7.62 feet, thence North 68o 55' 54" West a distance of 62.51 feet, thence South 46o 05' 17" West a distance of 53.75, thence South 00o 04' 06" West a distance of 166.81 feet, thence South 89o 55' 54" East a distance of 17.00 feet to the point of beginning and there terminating. Description of drainage and utility easement to be vacated: Under and across Lot 1, Bock 1, Oakwood Heights 3rd Addition, Dakota County, Minnesota. Dated: March 20, 2012 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni Christina M. Scipioni, City Clerk Dakota County, Minnesota 2951395 3/30-4/6/12

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential DAKOTA HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM REPLACEMENT Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the Dakota Hills Middle School Building Automation System Replacement by Independent School District 196, at the Facilities and Grounds Office located at 14445 Diamond Path West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2 p.m., April 19, 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 the Facilities Department at (651) 423-7706. Joel Albright, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2953914 3/30-4/6/12

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, (hereinafter the "Declaration") recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Dakota County, Minnesota as Document No. 1914328, which covers the following property: Legal Description: Unit No. 11, CIC No. 3 3 0, L a k e P l a c e , a c o n d o m i n iu m , Dakota County, Minnesota Property Address: 17093 Eagleview Way, Farmington, Minnesota 55024 PID: 22-44078-15-011 THAT pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of February 20, 2012, from Brian Holman, title holder, to Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, the amount of $2,861.50, for assessments, late fees and collection costs, plus additional assessments and other amounts that may have accrued since the date of this notice, including the costs of collection and foreclosure; THAT prior to the commencement of this foreclosure proceeding, Lienor complied with all notice requirements as required by status; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said lien, or any part thereof; THAT the owner has not been released from his financial obligation to pay said amount; THAT pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 515B.3-116, said debt creates a lien upon said premises in favor of Lakeville's Lake Place Homeowners Association, as evidenced by a lien statement recorded on December 12, 2011, in the office of the Dakota County Recorder as Document No. 2835923; THAT pursuant to the power of sale granted by the owners in taking title to the premises subject to said Declaration, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said property by the sheriff of said County at the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, 1580 Highway 55, in the City of Hastings, County of Dakota, Minnesota on April 18, 2012, at 10 a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney's fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owners, their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of said sale. DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: The date on or before which the owner must vacate the property if the account is not brought current or the property redeemed under Minn. Stat. § 580.23 is October 18, 2012. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. REDEMPTION NOTICE THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE OWNER, THE OWNER'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. LAKEVILLE'S LAKE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Lienor Dated: February 20, 2012 By /s/ Thomas P. Carlson Thomas P. Carlson (024871X) Carlson & Associates, Ltd. 1052 Centerville Circle Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 (651) 287-8640 ATTORNEY FOR LAKEVILLE'S LAKE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION 2949953 3/30-4/6/12

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PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing will be held on April 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville Planning Commission, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on the application of Quality Ingredients Corporation for a Conditional Use Permit for a building addition to exceed the 45 foot maximum height limitation located at 14300 Rosemount Drive. The application will be scheduled for the next appropriate City Council meeting following the Planning Commission meeting. All persons desiring to speak on this application are encouraged to attend. For more information concerning this request, please contact Planner Chris Slania (952) 895-4451 at the City of Burnsville. Chris Slania On Behalf of the Chair of the Burnsville Planning Commission 2951282 3/30/12

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SUMMARY ORDINANCE NO. 1259 CITY OF BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1252 TO ESTABLISH ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP FEES AND CHARGES By the enactment of this Ordinance, the City Council amends fees and charges required by the City Code for the year 2012 established with Ordinance No. 1252 and to comply with Minnesota Statutes, §462.353, subd. 4. This amendment affects Policy No. 1.330 to establish advertising and sponsorship fees and charges. A printed copy of the entire ordinance is available for inspection by any person during the City Clerk's regular office hours. Approved for publication by the City Council of the City of Burnsville, Minnesota this 20th day of March, 2012. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL MACHEAL BROOKS, CITY CLERK 2950177 3/30/12

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PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing will be held on April 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville Planning Commission, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on the application of Costco Wholesale, Inc., for a PUD Amendment for open sales display at the existing store located at 14050 Burnhaven Drive. The application will be scheduled for the next appropriate City Council meeting following the Planning Commission meeting. All persons desiring to speak on this application are encouraged to attend. For more information concerning this request, please contact Planner Chris Slania (952) 895-4451 at the City of Burnsville. Chris Slania On Behalf of the Chair of the Burnsville Planning Commission 2951316 3/30/12


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Property values decline for residential, up for ag Building permits up slightly from last year by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Residential property values continued a downward trend in 2012, while agricultural property values increased, according to Dakota County Assessor Bill Peterson. The value of most Dakota County residential properties dropped between 6 and 8 percent in 2012, he told Dakota County commissioners on Tuesday. Some agricultural property values jumped 20 percent in 2012, causing estimated property tax payments to rise in 2013. Commissioner Paul Krause of Lakeville said he has received calls from agricultural property owners worried about the increases. Peterson said the state uses agricultural values from southwest Minnesota to determine true agriculture property values, where

land is not influenced by nearby development. “Our county has always gotten ag values from other parts of the state because of the metropolitan influence on lands,” Peterson said in an interview with Sun Thisweek. He added that the farming economy is very good, with corn prices up and farm land selling for over $10,000 per acre in some areas. “While locally in townships, land is selling for upwards of $6,000 an acre, the taxable value is at $5,700,” Peterson said. Countywide, property values dropped from $37.7 billion in 2011 to $35.9 billion in 2012, a 4.8 percent decrease. Peterson said about 40 percent of commercial properties saw an average of 2 to 5 percent reductions in their values.

Residential construction permits increased from 460 in 2011 to 467 in 2012, a statistic that Peterson said was encouraging that this year would mean better growth in the county. While the numbers are not near pre-recession numbers where the county would average 2,500 to 3,000 residential building permits in a year, Peterson said “at least we’re heading in a better direction.” Taxpayers wishing to discuss or challenge their property tax assessments can attend open book meetings scheduled throughout Dakota County in April. The one at the county’s Western Service Center, at 14955 Galaxie Avenue in Apple Valley, is April 10-12 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.


Street eats in Burnsville City Council member to unveil American-style food truck

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Dan Gustafson, a Burnsville City Council member who has emerged from bankruptcy, is going into the food-truck business with the Wicked Palate. by John Gessner Sun Thisweek

Customers of the Wicked Palate food truck soon to debut in Burnsville should approach the fare without remorse. The proprietors sure aren’t offering any apologies. They will serve American food writ large, with high regard for flavor and little for calorie or cholesterol count. The still-developing menu will include the “Fat A$$ Burger,” the Palate’s thick double burger. The “OMG Burger” will be topped with pulled pork, deep-fried cracklin pork, caramelized onions and “MOJO” sauce. “Which is our secret sauce,” said Dan Gus-

tafson of Burnsville, who is launching the Wicked Palate with his wife, Suzanne. “We’re going to have some fun with this,” Gustafson said. “This business is not only about providing good food, but people need to have fun when they stop at our truck.” The Wicked Palate will start arriving in a matter of weeks at parks and business parks in Burnsville, said Gustafson. Last week the couple took delivery of the 20-foot culinary caravan, a trailer hauled up from Georgia and deposited along the curb in front of their Lacota Lane home. The Wicked Palate is a comeback attempt for Gustafson, a two-term City Council member whose

Chapter 7 bankruptcy made headlines in 2010. Gustafson, now 59, had $1.28 million in debts discharged in federal bankruptcy court. Before filing for bankruptcy he experienced a sharp, recessiondriven downturn in his business, an Eagan freightforwarding franchise called Concert Group Logistics. The franchisor took over the failing franchise and cancelled Gustafson’s contract. Gustafson claimed $223,375 in assets, the largest of which was his home, worth $212,000 in 2009. Post-bankruptcy, he worked for nine months as a route manager for the Mendota Heights location See Truck, 13A

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Business Briefs Chamber hosts HR Roundtable Hiring the right candidate will be the topic for the next Human Resources Roundtable hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the chamber office, 1121 Town Centre Drive, Suite 102, Eagan. Industry professionals

Kelly Brenna and Emily Ruhsam will lead the roundtable, which will include a continental breakfast. Cost is $149 for each business and includes up to two company representatives. Additional representatives may attend at a reduced fee. For more information or to enroll, contact Kelly Brenna, SPHR, at kbrenna@kainsurance.com.

Uponor North America names new president Bill Gray has been named president of Uponor North America, effective Feb. 15. He is also a member of the Uponor Group executive committee. Gray has served as the vice president for UNA Sales since June 2011. In that capacity, he was responsible

for the leadership of all Uponor North American sales efforts in the United States and Canada. Previously, he was general manager for Uponor Ltd. in Canada for three years where he oversaw all Canadian operations, including sales, marketing, demand management and technical and customer service. Gray is a seasoned veteran in the HVAC and indus-

trial supply industries with more than 17 years of sales and marketing experience, with bachelor degrees in arts and commerce. He is based in Apple Valley, Uponor North America’s headquarters. The company is in the process of finding a candidate to fulfill the vice president of Uponor North America Sales position.

Valley Natural Foods sets Run for Hope Burnsville-based Valley Natural Foods will host its second annual Run for Hope 5K, scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Last year’s event attracted over 170 participants and raised $5,500 for Hope for Tomorrow Mentoring, a local organization that works with middle school students in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, Lakeville, Bloomington and White Bear Lake schools. More than 70 HFT leaders in the local business community volunteer to mentor students each month, helping them set goals, build confidence and outline a path for future success. All race proceeds from donations and participation costs will benefit HFT. The timed event will begin at 8 a.m. at Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11, Burnsville. The route starts on McAndrews Street East and turns off to follow roads in the residential areas surrounding Valley Natural Foods. Last year, HFT used the funds raised to open a new Lakeville chapter, to pay for mentee transportation costs for corporate and college visits along with paying for curriculum materials. Funds raised at the event will help the organization support the start-up of new chapters, develop new curriculum, invest in website upgrades and support the hiring of an executive director to solidify future growth. The Run for Hope 5K event is open to individuals of all ages. Children under the age of 18 need the signed permission from a legal guardian to participate. The registration cost is $28.25 per person. Register before April 20 to be guaranteed a T-shirt the size desired. To register for the event or to learn how to sponsor it, visit www.runforhope5k. com.

Networking group to have Visitors Day The Power Links chapter of Business Network International will hold Visitors Day at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Highview Hills Senior Living Center, 20150 Highview Ave., Lakeville. Local business representatives are invited. Visitors should park in the church parking lot behind the senior center. All visitors are asked to bring 100 business cards to network with local professionals. BNI is a group of business professionals that meet once a week, get to know and trust each other, and refer business back and forth. Only one business from each industry is allowed to join the group.

Floral design company hosts bridal workshop As part of the grand opening of Studio B Floral Design, Burnsville, the wedding professionals at Make it Grand! will host a free DIY Bridal Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at The Garden of River Ridge, 190 S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville. A number of do-it-yourself ideas for weddings will be demonstrated. Studio B Floral Design is at 190 S. River Ridge Circle. Call (612) 788-7575 for more information.

Cat medical service makes house calls House Calls for Cats, an at-home veterinary service just for cats, is accepting new clients in the Eagan area. Owner and veterinarian Dr. Lisa Mekka offers appointments Tuesday through Saturday, with afternoon and evening hours regularly available. For more information go online to www.HouseCallsforCats. com or call (651) 300- 4 -CAT.


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Truck/from 11A of freight company Manna Distribution Services. “It just didn’t work out,” Gustafson said. He and Suzanne pivoted to the growing food-truck movement in the Twin Cities. “It’s pretty good-sized,” Gustafson said of their investment in the Wicked Palate. “We were blessed by Suzanne’s parents, let’s put it that way. They both died in the past year. She got a small inheritance, (divided among) six kids.” Is it scary launching a business at 59? “Actually, no one employing me is far scarier,” Gustafson said. “We chose to invest in a business that we thought we could grow,” he said, freely admitting that he would have been a poor candidate for a business loan. “You’ve Photo by John Gessner Dan Gustafson checked out the inside of his new food trailer, got to take risk in life if you which he plans to name the Wicked Palate and cart around want reward.” Food trucks in the Twin Burnsville.

Cities tend to have gourmet or specialty leanings, leaving an opening for his American fare, said Gustafson, who promises highquality meats and buns on his truck. “I haven’t eaten off a truck yet that wasn’t good food, and trust me, we’ve tried them,” he said. He’s taking menu advice from a friend, trained chef Nate Bode, the former owner of Burnsville businesses Kraemer’s Catering and the AppleWood Rustic Grille and AppleWood Event Center. “The core menu is what we came up with, Suzanne and I,” Gustafson said. “Nate is helping us develop the different spices and sauces we’re going to use.” Along with those burgers, entrees will include Chicago-style hot dogs and beef sandwiches and Southern pulled-pork sandwiches. “That’s a Southern-style pulled pork with the cole slaw on top,” Gustafson

said. “In the South, when you order a hot dog or pulled pork, they always ask if you want slaw.” Don’t forget fries. “We’re going to have regular fries and sweet potato fries, like Nate served at AppleWood,” said Gustafson, who, after losing his freight franchise, helped Bode at his business before it was felled by what Gustafson described as a recessiondriven drop in catering clients. “Nate used to sell out of those all the time.” Gustafson has obtained a transient merchant permit from the city of Burnsville and was in the process of finalizing a license from the state Department of Health. “You can park your truck on any (Burnsville) street it’s legal to park on,” he said. “Because I’m a council member, I did my diligence. I went from the city attorney on down, talking to people about how to make this thing work.”

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He and Suzanne hope to draw enough business to hire an employee or two. For now, Dan said, the Wicked Palate will remain in Burnsville. Where, exactly? “All over — wherever there’s a crowd,” he said. John Gessner is at john.gessner@ecm-inc.com.

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Thisweekend Bucket list brings her to the stage Diagnosed with cancer, Jana Tack-Norland fulfills acting dream

by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek

There’s an urgency to Jana Tack-Norland’s bucket list. The 54-year-old Savage resident was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in June of 2010, and underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from her abdomen. It was during the two and a half months she took off work to recover from the surgery that she drew up a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies. This month, she gets to cross “act in a play” off her list. She’s cast as the funloving eccentric Rema Jean in “Mama Won’t Fly,” an ensemble comedy opening April 13 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Tack-Norland, a social worker whose only prior acting experience is a school play in junior high. “In a roundabout way, cancer motivated me to pursue a dream.” After chancing upon an online auditions announcement for the play being produced by the Lakevillebased community theater group Expressions, TackNorland decided to take the plunge. “I walked in (to auditions) and I was totally

intimidated by all these people who have a theater background,” she said. “I thought, they’re gonna think I’m a nut.” Shortly after auditions, she got a call from Andy Wilkins, the show’s director, offering her a part. “I was absolutely overjoyed – I didn’t think I’d hear back. If he had offered me a job as a prop person, or even a job scrubbing toilets, I would’ve done it,” she said with a laugh. Wilkins said Tack-Norland’s lack of stage experience is overshadowed by the zest she’s brought to the stage during rehearsals. “It’s really nice to see someone with that much enthusiasm,” he said. “She’s brought out the sort of sassiness I was looking for in the character. … She’s really just stepped in and helped bring the character to life.” To stave off stage fright, she’s made one request of friends and family who will be coming to see her perform. “The only thing I’ve asked is for everybody not to tell me the night they’re coming,” she said. Acting in a play is the first of three items on Tack-Norland’s bucket list. This fall, provided her health remains stable, she’ll be traveling to England, Scotland and Wales with her daughter. And next

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With a ninth-grade play her only prior acting experience, Jana Tack-Norland said she didn’t have high hopes of landing a part when she auditioned for “Mama Won’t Fly” in Lakeville. “I walked in (to auditions) and I was totally intimidated by all these people who have a theater background,” she said. “I thought, they’re gonna think I’m a nut.” year she hopes to take part in a cattle drive. “I’m a cowgirl, I own a horse, and I’ve always wanted to go out West and do a cattle drive,” she said. “When I tell people this they think I’m crazy.”

Her role in “Mama Won’t Fly” is modest – about 15 lines in a single scene in the first act. But the experience, she said, has been a dream come true. “It’s a really nice diver-

sion from living with my illness, which has a high probability of coming back, usually with a vengeance,” she said. “I try to keep busy and stay positive, and this has been wonderful – it’s like adult play

time. “It’s really been the time of my life.” Andrew Miller can be reached at andrew.miller@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Farmington Community Theater debuts ‘The Odd Couple’ opens Friday in the high school’s Recital Hall

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Local actors have invested their time, talent and even their furniture to bring theater to Farmington. The Farmington Community Theater will debut Friday and Saturday with its first performance, “The Odd Couple,” at the recital hall in Farmington High School. “We’ll be the first ones to do an actual show on that stage,” said Ana Hellzen, the play’s director and

Farmington Community Theater’s artistic director. “It has only been used for concerts and dance recitals.” Hellzen, a Lakeville resident, was recruited to start the intergenerational community theater group by Dayna Railton, director of The Play’s the Thing Productions, a nonprofit children’s community theater group that performs in Burnsville, Lakeville and Farmington. Hellzen intends for the Farmington Community

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Theater/from 14A “We’re building from the bottom up,” Hellzen said. “The set is open, so it leaves it to the imagination what the walls look like.” The theater group intends to share its props and costumes with the high school theater department and will raise funds so a stage curtain and rigging can be installed in the recital hall. “We are trying to start pooling our resources together … do some more plays and build up money so we can do bigger productions and shows,” Hellzen said. “The Odd Couple” features Jim Berger of Eagan as tidy, sinus-honking Felix Unger and Tony Sasso of Rosemount as sloppy, cigarsmoking Oscar Madison. Other actors include Gordy Schmidt of Farmington; Catherine Hunter of Burnsville; Franklin Heller of Mendota Heights; Scott Hellzen of Lakeville, and Anne Felix of Prior Lake, who plays Vinny, a male poker player with a high-pitched voice. Set in the sloppy New York apartment of Oscar Madison, the comedy asks the same question as the movie and television show upon which the original Neil Simon play is based: Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Tickets available at the door are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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theater and arts briefs ‘True Love’ The Chameleon Theatre Circle will present “True Love” at 7:30 p.m. April 13-14, 20-21, 23, 2728 and at 2 p.m. April 29 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. The performance on Friday, April 20, will be audio described for the visually impaired and will be followed by a post-show discussion with the actors, director

and members of the production team. The performance on Saturday, April 28, will feature American Sign Language interpretation. General admission tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors, students, audio description and ASL patrons). Purchase in person at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center box office, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or www.ticketmaster. com.

‘Bell Fantasia’ Three local handbell ensembles will present “Bell Fantasia” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Bells of the Lakes, a group of auditioned ringers from the Twin Cities, will be joined by the St. Olaf Handbell Choir and one of the few auditioned community youth handbell ensembles in the

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nation, Northern Lights Ringers from the Twin Cities. The performance will feature some of the music from the Disney film “Fantasia.” Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the box office, at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 982-2787.

theater and arts calendar Call for Artists The 18th annual Eagan Art Festival is now accepting artist applications for World Art Celebration to be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Applications can be completed online or on paper and must be postmarked by April 2. Find it all at www.eaganartfestival.org or email artfest@weston.borman.com with questions.

and Women’s Chorales will “Sing into Spring” with their concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount, and Saturday, April 21, at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. Tickets are available at the door or from any chorale member for $5. Lorie Line’s “Live In The Sunshine” performance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $39 and are available at the arts center or by calling (952) 985-4640.

Comedy Bob Phillips with special guest Kate Brindle at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 E. First Ave., Shakopee (lower level of Dangerfield’s), (612) 860-9388, www.minnehahacomedyclub.com. Tickets: $13. Lisa Lampanelli, “The Lovable Comedy Queen of Mean,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Mystic Showroom, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake. Tickets: $59, (952) 4459000, mysticlake.com.

Exhibits The Burnsville Visual Arts Society will hold its 30th annual member art show, Art Fete, March 8 through April 14 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. An exhibit of oil paintings by artist Holly Stone is on display through April 17 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Information: (952) 985-4640.

Concerts Glen Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake. Tickets go on sale at noon March 3. Prices are $32 and $39. Information: (952) 445-9000 or mysticlake.com. The Minnesota Valley Men’s

Theater The Prior Lake Players will present “Fiddler on the Roof” March 30-31 at 7 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children age 12 and un-

To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: reporter. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

der. Information: www.plplayers.org. The Play’s the Thing Productions will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays March 23-April 1. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, and can be purchased online (http://www.ci.lakeville.mn.us) or at the door. Workshops/classes Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: www.musictogetherclasses.com or (651) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for all ages. For a complete listing go to www.eaganarthouse. org or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters, www. danpetrovart.com, (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville, www.BrushworksSchoolofArt. com, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Special needs theater program (autism-DCD), ages 5 and older, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. 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. Fee is $3 and includes all supplies. Bring any old jewelry you would like to re-make. 3981 Lexington Ave. S., (651) 675-5500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www.savageartstudios. com 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) 4637833. Beginner country line dance classes on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $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, www. lakevillemn.gov, (952) 985-4640.


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DFL/from 1A votes, or 40 percent. Maguire could not be reached for comment. More than 350 delegates gathered at the endorsement convention, which was held at Dakota Hills Middle School in Eagan. It was the inaugural DFL convention for the Senate district and its two House districts, which were created by a state redistricting map released in February. District 51 covers most of Eagan and north Burnsville. Carlson, an Eagan resident, said he is confident he will defeat Daley in the gen-

Search/from 1A active duty to the National Guard. “That was a family decision,” he said. “They need their father in their lives.” Unemployment has been frustrating, Jensen said, but he is “not ready to throw in the towel just yet.” The unemployment rate for veterans who served post-9/11 was 12.1 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A survey by the Iraq and Afghanistan Vet-

eral election, adding that he believes low voter turnout was a major factor in Daley’s 2010 win. “(U.S. Sen. Amy) Klobuchar, (President) Obama and a few (state constitutional) amendments will get young people out,” Carlson said, adding that he plans to improve his strategy this time around. Republicans’ focus on social issues instead of jobs and education will help Democrats win in 2012, Carlson said. “I think people are going to see through those manipulations,” he said. “We need to undo some things the GOP put through.”

If elected, Carlson said he plans to focus on job creation and fiscal responsibility, which he said includes investing in infrastructure and education. Carlson said he believes the Legislature must accept the federal health care act and work to make improvements as necessary. In addition to receiving the DFL endorsement, Carlson was recently endorsed by Education Minnesota, the largest education union in the state. Former state Rep. Sandra Masin received the Democratic endorsement for House District 51A. Masin, who was unseat-

ed in 2010 by Republican Rep. Diane Anderson, said she is confident she will regain her seat. “Diane Anderson and other Republicans have steered this state in the wrong direction,” Masin said. Masin, an Eagan resident, pointed to recent school funding and tax shifts as examples of poor decisions made by the majority party. “Overall, my bigger message is that we need to focus on creating stability with state finances,” she said. Masin expressed her frustration over legislative decisions that she says place

a greater burden on property taxpayers. “2012 gives us a good opportunity to get things right,” she said. Laurie Halverson captured the Democratic endorsement for House District 51B. “I’m very honored to get the endorsement,” she said. The Eagan resident has previously served her community in various capacities, such as a member of the Eagan Advisory Parks and Recreation Commission. Halverson said she has no reservation about competing against Republican

is not enough on which to raise two daughters, ages 10 and 13. “Looking for a job is kind of like sales,” he said. “You need to fill your funnel full of names. Also, ask for help. So many people are oriented toward helping vets.” Jensen’s active duty military experience involved overseeing a staff of about eight people at the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in Baghdad. His team issued regular briefings to Gen. Raymond Odierno, commanding general of the U.S. Iraq War efforts. Outside of his military experience, Jensen has an accounting degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., is a certified public accountant and has about 10 years of experience in sales and accounting he earned while serving as a reservist prior to 2002, when he went into active duty. The Army paid well, he said. Nowadays, Jensen tries to seek out and apply for at least one job a day, or book an informational interview or networking meeting each day. “I’m trying to maintain a positive attitude,” Jensen said, conceding that a constant upbeat attitude is impossible. “You ���� just �have ��� ������� ���������� ������� ����to ��������� ����������� ������������� ������� ������� ������ � �����– keep that��������� ‘warrior ethos’ like we like to call it in the ����� �� ������� � ���� ����� � ��������� � ���� � ������ ����� � military� �–���� and keep plug������� � ������� � ��� � ������������ ����� ging away.”

To get job interviews, Jensen has relied heavily on personal contacts, “rather than sending an application into the abyss.” “It’s about getting your story out there,” Jensen said. “That is so important.” He still recommends applying for jobs online if that is required. But working those contacts is key. “A person could literally lock themselves up for 40 hours a week on their computer, sending applications out until they are blue in the face,” he said. Jensen has found in his job searches that companies often use software to detect buzzwords in applicants’ resumes. This makes it hard for someone like Jensen, with nuanced experiences, to articulate them on paper. His resume in the federal system is 12 pages long, he said. That format allows for a more complete picture of his job history, but it doesn’t translate to the civilian sector. “It has got all my certifications, awards, courses. … It goes into the ‘nth’ detail about what I did for different jobs,” he said. “I wish I could use my government resume for civilian jobs.” Which is why personal connections are so valuable. “Utilize the local unemployment center vet rep,” he said. “Network with people you know … friends that perhaps you won’t get a job from, but might know people.” Local organizations that can help in Lakeville include churches and Be-

yond the Yellow Ribbon. Jensen also recommends veterans try LinkedIn, the professional social media site that can connect job-seekers with job-providers. Jensen seeks help from resources such as the veterans services of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and his community at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville.

erans of America of 4,000 military members puts the rate closer to 17 percent. Add to that the lifestyle transition from a constantly stressful combat situation to the vastly different world of civilian life, and the challenges veterans like Jensen face are daunting. Right now he could technically be qualified as “very underemployed,” because he works one weekend a month with the National Guard at Camp Ripley as a comptroller for the U.S. Property and Finance Office. But that

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seemed like a natural fit,” Pigsley said. “They could use the military experience and skills they had gained to create a new job for themselves with more flexibility than in a traditional 8-to-5 job.” Veterans are in an especially good position to return to college and study in fields such as entrepreneurship. As part of the GI Bill, the federal government covers most of a veteran’s tuition and materials, Pigsley said. To top it off, she Back to school said, veterans can still qual But for veterans who do ify for financial aid. not have Jensen’s creden- Pigsley and DCTC staff tials and are looking to members surveyed veterans go back to school, Dakota who were currently attendCounty Technical College ing the school. “Flexibility was the key,” might have a solution. In August it debuts its she said. web-centric Yellow Rib- In this case, flexibility bon Entrepreneurs Initia- meant making the program tive, a veterans-oriented Internet-oriented, she said, offshoot of DCTC’s exist- “so students could go to ing entrepreneurial pro- school at the time when they were most effective; gram. Program instructor some during the night and Christine Pigsley said the others during the day. If a inspiration for it came student has a bad day, they from her experience as can do their school work on the next day.” DCTC dean of students. “I was seeing veterans Family was also key. coming back to college DCTC sees the program and having a hard time fit- as a family affair centered ting into the mainstream around a veterans-only cocollege system,” she said. hort. This allows for them “They were often miss- to support each other as ing class because of issues they progress through the such as PTSD (post-trau- program. matic stress disorder) or There is also the opporthe needs of their family tunity through Credit from as part of the reintegration Prior Learning, which Pigsley said awards veterans process.” Jobs were an issue, too. college credit for past postIt is illegal for an employer secondary coursework and to not save a space for a military experience and vet’s return to his or her training. old job, but the exact job To achieve its goal of a description does not have 30-student cohort, DCTC is taking advantage of to be the same. “ S e l f - e m p l o y m e n t the online component to “branch out nationally, even internationally … if we had a cohort group that was going to deploy and 1094487-2941210 3/28/12 5:57 PM wePage had1 soldiers interested in taking online courses together while deployed,” Presence of His Pigsley said. “It really Glory Ministries makes our program globJude 1:24 ally applicable and, we beMeeting at: lieve, unique.” Eagle Heights Church For more information on 1301 County Rd. 42E Burnsville, MN 55306 the program, go to DCTC’s Enter at Door C website (http://blogs.dctc. Service Time: edu/youblue/2012/03/08/ Saturdays 4:30 pm yellow-ribbon-entrepre�������� �� ��� For further information: ����� ���������� neurs/). ���� ����

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Rosemount’s Compton eyeing NFL Draft Draft prognosticators predict he’ll land in the fourth or fifth round by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek

Many people enter college with dreams of playing professional sports but most of them leave knowing they must rely on their degrees to get jobs. As a four-year starter for the University of South Dakota football team, Tom Compton’s football career might not yet be over. Compton has come a long way since starting at left tackle for the Rosemount High School football team that played in

the Metrodome for the first time in 2006. As a 6-foot-4, 260-pound linemen, he was still growing and molding into a college-ready player five years ago. After spending years in the weight room, he’s caught the eye of NFL scouts. Last month he was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He was among 300 college athletes there and he measured out as one of the top offensive line prospects. Rosemount football

coach Jeff Erdmann said it’s hard to judge whether a high school football player has the potential to play at the NFL level because there are so many choices a student-athlete makes while in college. Compton had the discipline to go with ability and luck to make it on the list of potential NFL players. “The fact that Tommy has gotten to this position speaks volumes about how he invested in himself during college,” Erdmann said. “Rosemount football is

very excited for Tommy and where his career may take him.” He’s up to 314 pounds now, making him similar in size to many other NFL linemen. His measures similarly to NFL players in many other respects. He ran 5.11 seconds in the 40-yard dash, one of the more popular ways to judge the athleticism of NFL prospects. It was fifth best among offensive linemen, beating Riley Reiff from the University of Iowa, consid-

Jones earns another Player of Year award by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Two South Suburban Conference boys basketball players – Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones and Eastview’s Joey King – were named first-team All-State on Tuesday by the Associated Press. Jones also was the AP’s state Player of the Year to go with the Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year award he received last week. The sophomore guard averaged 28.1 points, eight assists, 4.8 rebounds and three steals per game as the Eagles went 23-6 and reached the Class 4A, Section 3 championship game. Jones, who has already played three varsity seasons, is a recruiting target of virtually every major college men’s basketball program in the country. King, a senior forward who has signed with Drake University, averaged 23.9 Photo by Rick Orndorf points in leading Eastview Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones (left) and Eastview’s Joey King shake hands following the Class to a 30-2 record, the Class 4A, Section 3 boys basketball championship game. Both players were named first-team 4A, Section 3 championship All-State by the Associated Press, and Jones was the AP’s state Player of the Year. and a share of the South Suburban Conference title. He is one of five finalists for the Mr. Basketball award, given annually to the state’s top senior player. Siyani Chambers of Hopkins, Tyler Vaughan of Braham and Johnny Woodard of Duluth East also were named first-team AllState. Several local players received honorable mention, including center Ben Oberfeld and guard Darin Haugh of Eastview, Lakeville North forwards Tyler Flack, Brett Rasmussen and Ryan Saarela, and Trinity’s Tony Kuplic. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Notebook: All-star weekend for hoops, hockey Thirteen local players in Great 8 festival Sun Thisweek

Eastview standout Joey King and Lakeville North seniors Tyler Flack and Ryan Saarela will be among 40 players participating in the Minnesota High School Basketball Series this weekend in St. Cloud and St. Paul. The event, in its 30th year, is a four-team, twoday tournament featuring the state’s top high school seniors. King and Saarela will play for the Maroon team, while Flack will play for the Green squad. Action begins Friday at Halenbeck Hall on the St. Cloud State University campus, with the Blue and Gold teams playing at 7 p.m., and the Maroon and Green teams playing at 8:45 p.m. The all-star series moves to Macalester College on Saturday, with the losers of Friday’s games playing at 2:15 p.m. and the

ing offense. He started two years at right tackle before playing his last two seasons at left tackle. In the NFL, he could be moved to guard. He’s been projected as a fourth- or fifth-round draft choice and is ranked No. 168 by NFLdraftscout.com. The NFL Draft runs April 26-28 and will be televised by ESPN. Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Eagan baseball team returns 12 lettermen Wildcats wait to assess effect of toned-down bats

Eastview’s King is first-team All-State

by Mike Shaughnessy

ered by many to be a firstround prospect. He was third best in the broad jump and in the top eight in the vertical jump, three-cone drill, and 20yard shuttle run. Still, anyone who has watched football knows you’re not running around cones as an offensive lineman in the NFL. Compton was part of a prolific offense at South Dakota. The Coyotes had the second-best rushing offense in the Great West Conference and No. 3 pass-

winners tipping off at 4 p.m. King, a 6-foot-9 forward who has signed with Drake University, averaged 23.9 points this season and helped the Lightning finish 28-2. Eastview tied for the South Suburban Conference championship and won the Class 4A, Section 3 title. Flack and Saarela led Lakeville North to a 30-2 record and second place in the Class 4A tournament, the highest finish ever for a Lakeville boys team at state. Flack, a 6-7 forward, missed the Panthers’ first 10 games of the 2011-12 season because of a broken wrist but averaged 13.4 points a game after his return. He had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in North’s 4947 loss to Osseo in the Class 4A championship game March 24 at the Target Center. Flack has signed with the University of South

Dakota, becoming the first Lakeville player to join a Division I men’s college program. Saarela, a 6-5 forward, averaged 12.1 points for the Panthers this season. In three state tournament games, he averaged 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Great 8 hockey

Thirteen boys from Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville North and Lakeville South will compete in the Ted Brill Great 8 Hockey Festival beginning Friday at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. Defenseman Charlie Heller and forwards Alex Harvey and Mike Chuinard of state Class AA third-place finisher Lakeville South will play for the Section 1A-1AA squad in the eight-team tournament, which showcases many of the state’s top senior players.

Heller had 22 points (two goals, 20 assists) this season. Harvey, playing on the Cougars’ top line with Mr. Hockey award winner Justin Kloos, had 79 points on 36 goals and 43 assists. Chuinard had 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. Also playing for the Section 1A-1AA team are Lakeville North senior forwards Blake Winiecki (25 goals, 32 assists, 57 points) and Evan Peterson (28-23– 51). Burnsville defenseman Jake Maxson and forwards Cory Chapman and Hunter Anderson will play for the Section 2A-2AA team. Maxson had seven goals and eight assists for 15 points for a Blaze squad that was runner-up in Section 2AA. Chapman, one of the top forwards in the South Suburban ConferSee Hoops & Hockey, 18A

by Mike Shaughnessy be starters, as will Dan Sun Thisweek Holzer. Walsh said Ste High school baseball vens will play several is about to change. The other positions when not pitching, perhaps seeing question is, how much? New bats designed to most of his non-pitching slow offensive produc- time at third base. tion are being put into Josh Loew is expected play this spring. It’s to be behind the plate. widely assumed they will Alex Mangan, who saw make it more difficult some part-time varsity to hit for power and put duty last year, likely will more of a premium on be at first base. so-called “small ball” Senior infielder Brett such as bunting, steal- Lindsay is coming back ing bases and the hit and after breaking his leg in an automobile accident run. “Power is going to be last year. “He’s looked a big question for every- good down here [in Florbody,” Eagan coach Rob ida],” Walsh said. candidates Walsh said Tuesday from Outfield Sarasota, Fla., where include Danny Alvarez, his team is training dur- Nick Wolff and Randy ing spring break. “When Krypel. Junior Patrick you talk about power, Higgins also could see you might be going from time in the outfield, and hitting the ball over the another junior, Cole Pefence to gap-to-gap pow- terson, has the versatility er. But high school base- to play infield or outball is like that already.” field. Nick Laramy, Alex Walsh said it will be Rayman and Jordan difficult to assess the Brandt are among others new bats’ effect until seeking playing time. teams play a few games. With the new bats, it’s Just in case, though, the hard to know how much Wildcats made sure to power the Wildcats will work on small-ball fun- produce, Walsh said. damentals in Florida in “But I really think, as a preparation for their sea- whole, we will hit for avson opener at Lakeville erage.” The bats also might South on Wednesday. how pitchers New metal or com- affect posite bats are designed work, knowing that balls to more closely simu- hit off the handle or tolate the performance of ward the end of the bat wood bats, mainly by are less likely to fall in reducing the “trampo- for hits. line effect” – the amount “We’ve always stressed the bat flexes, or gives, at that you have to pitch to impact, which resulted both sides of the plate, in faster ball speed off so I don’t know if it will the bat and longer carry. make a lot of difference The bats were introduced for us,” Walsh said. “But in college baseball in a lot of times in the past 2011, and batting aver- I’ve seen a pitcher throw ages, runs per game and inside, then watched the home runs per game all ball go off the handle of the bat into the outfield declined. “I think if you hit it for a hit, and the pitcher on the sweet spot, the got a bit discouraged.” ball’s still going to go a The South Suburban long way,” Walsh said. Conference could be a “If you don’t, you could minefield again this year. see the ball die out there. It has the defending It could force kids to Class 3A state champion become better technical (Burnsville), and Walsh noted that Bloomington hitters.” Eagan goes into 2012 Kennedy, a team that looking for its fourth went 7-13 in the regular consecutive winning season, also made last season. The Wildcats year’s state tournament. were 14-9 last year, los- “It’s just like any othing three times each to er year – if you don’t state Class 3A champion play well, you’re going Burnsville and Section 3 to lose,” Walsh said. “I can’t think of a team runner-up Eastview. Although the Wild- in our conference that cats had a lot of seniors won’t be strong. last season, Walsh found “Burnsville has so players back. enough playing time many for underclassmen that They’ve won the section Eagan has 12 returning the last couple of years, letter-winners this year. and the rest of us are tryIts best player is likely to ing to get there.” be senior infielder Evan As for the Wildcats, Peterson, an All-State “we should be solid deplayer last season who fensively,” Walsh said. has signed with Min- “We’ve have experienced nesota State, Mankato. kids back at several poPeterson is expected to sitions and some depth start at shortstop for the with our pitching.” Wildcats. Eagan also should Mike Shaughnessy is at have pitching depth. Re- mike.shaughnessy@ecmturnees David Stevens inc.com or facebook.com/ and Kevin Kunik will sunthisweek.


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Sports Briefs Eagan’s Palluck an All-American

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gymnast Katie Palluck, a 2011 graduate of Eagan High School, finished 10th on floor exercise at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association individual championships March 24 in Brockport, N.Y. Palluck scored 9.45 in the event to earn NCGA second-team All-America recognition. She also helped UWLa Crosse finish third in the team competition March 23.

AVHS graduates in track nationals

Several Apple Valley High School graduates had strong performances at

the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9-10 in Grinnell, Iowa. Mike Hutton, a senior at the University of St. Thomas, won the men’s 800-meter race in 1 minute, 52.26 seconds. He is his school’s first men’s NCAA individual champion in 18 years and the first ever to win a national title in a track event (UST’s other champions competed in field events). Dalen Dirth, a senior at Luther College, finished fifth in the heptathlon with 4,829 points and earned AllAmerica recognition. Hamline senior Brennan McKeag was 10th in the men’s weight throw at 58 feet, 4.75 inches.

Story/from 17A Hoops & Chris Sikich will be one of Hockey the coaches of the 3A-3AA team. ence, had 57 points on 26 The Section 1A-1AA goals and 31 assists. Ander- team will play a quarterfison had 18 goals and 30 as- nal game against Section sists for 48 points. 5A-5AA at 6 p.m. Friday. Twin brothers Derick The Section 2A-2AA and and Nick Kuchera will rep- 3A-3AA teams will meet at resent Eagan on the Sec- 9 p.m. Consolation semifition 3A-3AA team. Derick nal games are 12:30 and 3 Kuchera, a defenseman, had p.m. Saturday, with semi22 points (seven goals, 15 final games at 1 and 3:30 assists) for a Wildcats team p.m. Games Sunday are at that won the South Subur- noon (seventh place), 12:30 ban Conference champion- p.m. (third place), 2:30 (fifth ship and finished sixth in place) and 3 (championthe state tournament. Nick ship). Kuchera played forward Top players from the and scored 55 points on 17 Great 8 tournament will be goals and 39 assists. named to a team that will Apple Valley forward compete in the Minnesota Tate Erickson (9-17–26) High School National Inand defensemen Anthony vitational Tournament the Leong (6-9–15) and Derek weekend of April 19-22 in Smith (5-19–24) also will Plymouth. play for the Section 3A3AA team. Apple Valley Season openers High School assistant coach Unusually warm weather

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in March figures to give the Minnesota high school baseball season a chance to start on time. One of the earliest regular-season games scheduled is Park of Cottage Grove at Rosemount at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Two South Suburban Conference games are scheduled the next day, with Eastview playing at Apple Valley and Eagan traveling to Lakeville South. Track and field teams also are starting to move outside. Burnsville will go to a meet at Farmington High School at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Burnsville and Prior Lake also are scheduled to compete in a co-ed meet at Apple Valley at 3:45 p.m. April 5. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.


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Civilian/from 1A But Sam — who is trained in ground surveillance radar operation and electronic warfare signals intelligence — hates the thought of once again leaving his family, including 11-year-old Becca and 12-year-old Noah. His last deployment, to Iraq, ended in 2007 and consumed 22 months of preparation and service in country. “I missed all of Becca’s kindergarten and first grade, and all of Noah’s first and second grade,” Sam said. “I don’t want to do that again.” Despite his training as an intelligence analyst and the administrative work he’s done for the Guard, Sam said his job search is likely hampered by his lack of a college degree. Not that the 1992 Eagan High School graduate would trade his years of service. He did his basic training between his junior and senior years in high school. “It’s in my blood,” Sam said. “I’m not sure how many greats it is grandfather, but he was captain of the militia on the Mayflower, Miles Standish. My family on my mother’s side has fought in every war the U.S. has been in. It just was my calling, I guess.” He went straight into the Army Reserve and signed up for four years of active duty in 1993. When that was over Sam joined the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. “I was going nuts without the Army,” Sam said. “I loved the brotherhood.” While doing weekend warrior duty, Sam worked on the ground crew for Northwest Airlines. “I was a bag-smasher,” he said. In late 2000 Sam started a temporary Guard job processing security clearances in preparation for a Red Bull deployment to Bosnia. After that he returned to

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There are two online resources for Minnesota businesses and veterans to tap into: • Positivelyminnesota. com/veterans allows businesses to post openings and allows veterans to search postings in addition to having tools to help them in their searches. • Minnesotaworks.net is the state’s labor exchange pool, which is free for businesses and job seekers. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will have its Veterans Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, in Brooklyn Center. Up to 100 Minnesota businesses are expected to have booths at the event, which will be pre ceeded by a job-search workshop for veterans from 9-10 a.m. stacking luggage for Northwest — “a pretty mindless job” — until training for his Iraq deployment began in 2005. Sam said his deployment included three months’ duty on a gun truck. “I got shot at twice,” he said. “Fortunately, there were no IEDs.” After the deployment, which Sam said was lengthened for three months by President Bush’s troop surge, Sam returned to Northwest Airlines. But in the last few years he’s been a self-proclaimed “Guard bum,” taking temporary job assignments as they came. He said he coordinated training and intake of new equipment in preparation for deployment of the 34th Infantry Division’s headquarters to Iraq. “We had 24 different con-

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tracts. We had 27 systems,” Sam said. “It was worth $240 million. All sorts of stuff, from new weapons to communications gear. We trained 900 soldiers in a nine-month period.” After that he landed a job at the Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in St. Paul. “I was their all-hazards intelligence analyst,” Sam said. “The first thing I did when I got there was preparing for the 2009 flood.” The assignment ran out, and so has a six-month waiver that kept Sam employed in temporary positions longer than Guard protocol allows. Mindy, a stay-at-home mom after Alton was born, is in the midst of her own job search. She’s a substitute paraprofessional in School District 196. “She’s re-entering the work force for the first time in a few years, too,” Sam said. “She has her communications degree and she’s close to getting her master’s. I think that’s the reason she’s getting more interviews than me.” Sam would love to work as a crime analyst for a police department, or maybe as a veterans service representative with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s applied to Target, Best Buy and other companies that he figures could put his intelligence and security knowhow to work. There’s always Afghanistan. Or maybe, Sam said, a government intelligence job in Washington, D.C. “I have been a little selective on where I’ve put my application in,” he said. “I want to enjoy my job. It’s getting to the point, though, where I’m going to start applying for the jobs I don’t want.” John Gessner can be reached at john.gessner@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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2012 State Tournaments

Photos by Rick Orndorf

Rosemount’s Jacob Stern swims at the Class AA state swimming and diving meet. He won the 100-yard breaststroke and he was part of the state championship 200 medley relay.

Apple Valley’s Brandon Kingsley won his fourth state title at 160 pounds during the Class AAA state individual wrestling tournament.

The Dakota United CI adapted hockey team finished third at the state tournament on March 17.

Eagan goalie Christian Butler and Eli May, No. 14, defend in the Class AA state boys hockey tournament on March 8 against Moorhead. The Wildcats finished second in the consolation bracket.

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Burnsville’s Andy Underhill (second place) and Apple Valley’s Seth Gross (first place) accept their medals in the 120 weight class at the Class AAA state individual tournament.

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2420

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3100

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Merchandise

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3130

Antiques

Estate Sales

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Pine Log Handmade Twin Loft Bed $500or OBO 763559-9344.

3900

Simmons Loveseat

3260

3270

2950 Pilot Knob Rd. 3/31 (10-6); 4/1 (2-5) and 4/14 (10-5)

Vintage / Garden Finds Primitives/Cottage Wares

Antiqs, tools, furn., HH items

Thurs & Fri 9-8; Sat 9-6; Sunday 10-3

5543 Bristol Lane

MINNETONKA

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Sat., March 31 (8:30-4:30)

952-933-0200

March 29, 30, 31 & April 1

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3280

Eclectic collection of furn., high quality jewelry, Gold & Silver all in modern home.

Furnishings

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2510

2510

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2600

3700

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2620

5100

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Painting

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3050

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5000

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Pets

Senior Rentals

5100

Senior Rentals

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SPRING & SUMMER SCHEDULE

No strollers allowed. Handicap accessible.

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Market Village for 55+ Opened March 1, 2012

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

Farmington M,W,F Daycare 2yrs+. Drop in avl. Kathy (651) 463-3765

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Powerwashing

BOB’s

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Family Care

Tree Service

Absolute Tree Service Exper. prof., lic., Ins. Reas. rates. 651-338-5881 NORTHWAY TREE SERV. Trim/Removal, brush chipping, stump grinding. Ins'd. Terry 952-461-3618

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Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747

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

Puppies Lab / Retriever / mix ready 4/6. 3 black female, 3 black male, 3 white male. $150. 651-463-2185.

Charlie is 6 years old and was an elderly lady’s dog. He would love a quiet home with just one human and he shines. He is overweight and only can eat dog food! He is neutered and current with shots. If you cannot walk much, don’t worry, he loves playing ball and will bring it back to your chair!! See him and all our dogs on www.last-hope.org. Call Barb at 651-7794148 to meet Charlie!!

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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. Jerry 952-888-9524

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Pets

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

Pets

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AJ's Tree Service

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Call JP at 651-695-3783

612-275-2574

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Leisure

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Tree Service

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured

Musical Instuments

Piano player: mahog. Upright. $849 612-377-4715

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Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

STEVE'S TRAIN CITY

Sun., April 1 (8:30-3:30)

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Antiques Market

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

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COURT RESOURCESSAVE! Bkrptcy Debt Relief $860* Divorce/Custody $570* Civil/Criminal DUI start $165* *court fees additional 763-792-4940, 218-828-4483 Elec. Wheel Chr, Walkers, Bedside commodes, Hospital bed, 6” toilet seat w/side loc. Price to Sell. 612-26-2977

EAGAN

A Gathering of Friends

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Couch, loveseat, chair Tan, microfiber, Solid Exc cond $499. 952-843-8138

Lic #20156835 • Insured

Credit Cards Accepted

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Collectibles & Art

612-210-5267 952-443-9957

Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

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Ladies: 3X Wm's Clothes good condition $50 651-686-7167

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Furnishings

Hunter green, fabric. Exc. cond! $250/BO 952-423-1303

Clothing & Jewelry

Cemetery 3160 Why Wait 3090 Lots Roofing LLC For Sale: 4 Lots Glenhaven BR Set:

A Fresh Look, Inc.

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Powerwashing

Window Cleaning

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

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$0 For Estimate Timberline Tree & Landscape. Spring Discount - 25% Off Tree Trimming, Tree Removal, Stump Grinding 612-644-8035 Remove Large Trees & Stumps CHEAP

2nd Generation Company… 3rd Generation Customers Powerwashing

Grandview Park Cemetery, Hopkins, MN. 2 side by side plots, $950 ea. 602-861-8082

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952-451-7151 Ins/Bonded

DAN WIMMER • (952) 881-2122 Lawn & Garden

SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

Glen Haven: 2 plots, 2 vaults w/companion headstone. Value $8,990. Asking $4,300/BO. 218-828-3608

Old World Craftsmanship/24 Yrs

St. Christoper Decorating Int Painting/faux/Rlph Lauren Expert Cabinet Refinishing Wallpaper Installation

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

Complete Landscaping Service / Free Estimates Quality Work and Low Rates

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Cemetery Lots

New Remodel & Repair 952-492-2440 lic. 59502PM

Plumbing, Heating & AC

Ceiling & Wall Textures

Int/Ext, Drywall Repair

J 4 Outdoor Services Lawn Care Residential/Commercial Lawn Care, Landscaping, Tree Trimming 612-998-9093

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Tree Service

Painting & Drywall

Will meet or beat prices!

New Customer Special 1st Mowing is FREE!! Full Service Lawn Care • Weekly Mowing • Spring Dethatching Visit our website at www.gmlawnsnow.com Gary at 612-490-7712 GM Lawn & Snow Care

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Quality Residential

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Plumbing

Market Village 100 J Roberts Way Elko New Market, MN 55054

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RENTS START AT 1BR $685 $250 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT Rosewood Manor 14599 Cimarron Ave. Rosemount 651-423-2299

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LAKE PEPIN FARM $49,900!

Vast views overlooking the lake; email for video tour!

Thousand Lakes Realty Inc.

866-346-7006 www.1000Lakes.com

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.

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Apartments & Condos For Rent

If you're not afraid to speak in front of small groups and like the idea of unlimited income potential, please call Andy Besser @ 612.454.5821

AV–Palomino East Apt. Blowout special, 3 BR, 2BA , 1st floor corner unit. Avail immed. W/D in unit. Free cbl $99 dep Call David 952-686-0800

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Health Care

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Help Wanted/ Full Time

CSR/Account Rep Responsibilities: Providing Information for Potential Members. Update Current Members Account Information Assist in Setup & Troubleshooting of New Member Equipment General Sales & Marketing Support Efforts Qualifications: College degree is a strong plus. (High School Diploma / GED required) Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Flexible Schedule (nights, weekends and holidays are a must). Ability to multi task 1+ year experience in a customer service environment is a strong plus. Knowledge of computers and Microsoft software required (Word/Excel) We offer a starting salary of $14 - $17 per hour. (PT/FT) Interested Candidates should forward resumes to : entrylevel00@gmail.com

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Set back in a secluded area of Eagan. Beaut. landscaping, 55+ co-op unit, 2BR, 2BA. Reduced! Easy access to trails & Eagan Comm Ctr. 651-994-6778

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Lakeville, 2BR, 1BA, 650sq. ft. Heat, Parking Included $695 Immediate occupancy in top 4 Plex 2 Bdrm apt in quiet neighborhood close to downtown. Newly rennovated, quiet neighbors. No Pets. 952-564-9801.

Full-time Clinical Services Director (Must be an RN and have 2 yrs exp with Hospice, Mgt, and Medicare)

At Hospice Advantage, we believe our employees are our Greatest Asset! We offer: 401k program w/match - All employees eligible! Competitive Salary w/bonus program! Mileage reimbursed at $0.51 per mile! Full Benefits Package! Paid weekly!

LV, 2BR, 1BA, $675 Quiet 4-plex, Heat/water/gar included, No pets, Avail 4/15, 1 month free w/ 12 month lease, (612) 802 5775 Rosemount: 2 BD Off St. pkg. Includes heat & water. NO PETS. Available NOW. $600. 952-944-7983

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RENTS START AT 1 BR $685 $250 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT Rosewood Manor 14599 Cimarron Ave. Rosemount 651-423-2299

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Prescription Landscape is looking for energetic and motivated persons to join our production teams. We have openings at both locations, Crystal and St. Paul. Job duties include operating mowing equipment, physical labor; up to and including bending, kneeling and lifting up to 45 lbs, and other duties as assigned. Seasonal and year-round positions available. Year-round positions include snow and ice management; plowing, shoveling, etc. Experience helpful but not required, on the job training available. Some positions require a valid and clean driver's license. Pre-employment drug/alcohol testing required. Compensation: $10.00-$18.00 pending experience. For more information visit our web site at: www.rxlandscape.com or email sueleatherman@ rxlandscape.com or phone Sue at 651-379-4713

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Help Wanted/ Full Time

Castle Rock Bank is currently accepting applications for a full-time bilingual (Spanish) teller position. Previous teller experience is required. Please contact either Eric or Dave Nicolai at 651-463-4014 DRIVER/WHSE NEEDED FT to deliver cabinetry and work in a warehouse environment. Good driving record req. Knowledge of the Twin Cities area helpful. Warehouse exp. Preferred. Health benefits, 401K & 2 weeks pd vacation. Immediate start. Apply in person at: DIVERSIFIED DIST., INC. 11921 Portland Ave. So., Ste A., Burnsville, MN 55337 (952)808-9646

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Now Hiring Foldcraft Co., a 100% employee-owned, foodservice furnishings manufacturer is seeking energetic, qualified candidates for the following positions at our Bloomington, MN location: 1st Shift ProductionSewing 1st Shift Production-general (cabinetry, warehouse, upholstery) Staff/Job Cost Accountant Account Manager To learn more about these opportunities, and how to apply, visit our website at www.plymold.com and click on our News and Events tab.

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CITY OF APPLE VALLEY Information Technology Intern Intern position available June 2012 - August 2012, Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week. Provide technical assistance with the I.T. Department for the support of PC users, hardware and software installation, and other IT related projects and tasks. Job posting, qualifications and application information available at;

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M-F 8am start $13.10/ hour

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Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc.: Registered Nurse

South St.Paul, Bloomington, Burnsville: 5-6 hrs/wk Position/ hours can be split into two positions. Must be a Registered Nurse, valid driver's lic., own vehicle/insur., Clean record. Prefer 3 yrs exp. with cognitively impaired and/or disabled individuals, and/or seniors. Fax resume to Sandy Q. at: 651-450-7923 www.thomasalleninc.com AA/EOE Window Cleaners Wanted Will train, starting salary $10hr. Ladder exper. a plus. 952-431-5521 Window Cleaners Wanted: Will train, starting salary $10hr. Ladder exper a plus. 952-431-5521

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Dodge

'2000 Dodge Intrepid ES,

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We are seeking nursing assistants to serve in our 65-bed skilled nursing facility. Duties include assisting residents with their daily grooming, dining needs, ambulating and transferring residents. Candidates must be on the Minnesota Registry.

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We are seeking a dietary aide to serve in our 65-bed skilled nursing facility. Duties include basic food preparation, serving & cleaning. Please apply at: TRINITY CARE CENTER 3410 213th Street W. Farmington, MN 55024

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The Dakota United PI adapted hockey team finished second at the state tournament on March 17.

Eastview’s Joey King, No. 24, receives instruction from his coach Mark Gerber during the Class 4A state quarterfinal loss to Eden Prairie on March 21. The Lightning earned a share of the South Suburban Conference title and won the Section 3-4A title in March.

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Caponi/from 1A several years about the future of the park upon the passing of its founder ,Anthony Caponi, a retired Macalester College professor who, at age 90, is still an active artist and a director of the park. In 2005, the city purchased 10 acres of the 60acre property. D a k o t a County bought another 20 acres of the park land and turned it over to the city. Caponi Art Park took out a mortgage to purchase the remaining property, which contains the bulk of its sculptures, its amphitheater, and the Caponi family home and studio. The nonprofit was given some flexibility since the mortgage is in the Caponi family name. Since then, the nonprofit has expanded its programming to meet the demands of growing attendance. The number of visitors at the park leaped from 4,200 in 2007 to 17,000 last year. Despite this growth, the organization has struggled to make its mortgage payFile photo ments, Harris said. Supporters of Caponi Art Park have worried for several years about the future of the park “It’s a small organizaupon the passing of its founder Anthony Caponi, a retired Macalester College professor tion and the economy has who, at age 90, is still an active artist and a director of the park.

Employment/from 1A Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), said the effort was a way to get ahead of the curve for the estimated 20 percent of the 2,700 soon-to-be returning Minnesota veterans who don’t have a job waiting for them. Organized by the Minnesota National Guard, the program helped his office, which provides intensive services to about 4,000 veterans annually, to prepare for the influx of unemployed veterans. Finley said the program planned to connect with about 550 Minnesota service members over five days, but it ended up reaching 1,100 troops from 10 different states. A majority of those veterans are in their early 20s and don’t have much work experience beyond their military service. “The Red Bulls is an in-

fantry division,” Finley said. “Because of the nature of their work and that they are younger soldiers, we see that high unemployment rate. “They may not have had a job when they were deployed,” Finley said. “A number of them left unemployed.” The workshops, of which six were held each day, focused in such areas as building a resume, job interviewing, networking, and organizing a job search. In addition to DEED staff, representatives from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, U.S. Bank, Best Buy and Target conducted workshops. Finding work is necessary because Finley says having a job solves a lot of other problems that soldiers will already face. Those include reconnecting with family, friends and their community; concerns about finances, and overcoming negative psychological

issues related to their service (of which about 49 percent of National Guard members encounter to some degree, according to a 2007 Department of Defense report). “Most of these (veterans) are going to come back with none of these issues,” Finley said. “Unfortunately the ones you are going to hear about are the ones who have issues. Our hearts break every time we read about these (veterans who have problems).” Finley knows the value of community support services because he saw the negative effects when many of his fellow soldiers were derided and dismissed when they returned home from the Vietnam War. “We are all veterans,” Finley said. “We have been through our reintegration. We have been through all of the things these veterans are going through.” He said about half of his staff served in a recent conflict, which helps them to stay current with challenges.

not been very receptive,” he said. “It’s been challenging.” City and county officials began exploring the possibility of public ownership last year, after being approached by Caponi Board members for help. “We hope this will enable the park to continue as it always has,” said Anthony Caponi, founder and artistic director of the art park. “Our goal from the beginning was to educate and inspire.” The city plans to apply for two grants from the Department of Natural Resources, and is hoping to get a total of $400,000. City officials view the plan as a way to protect a unique asset in the city, said Tom Hedges, Eagan city administrator. “This park has regional significance,” Hedges said. “It’s different than what we have anywhere else. Rosemount, Apple Valley and other Dakota County residents will seek that out.” Dakota County officials agreed last week to contribute up to $400,000 from it

Farmland and Natural Areas Preservation fund. Not all county leaders were on board with the idea, though. “I’m not opposed to the park, but it’s time to put them on notice. They need to look at other resources,” said Commissioner Willis Branning whoabstained from the vote. Branning said he believes the Caponi Art Board has asked too many times for assistance in the past few decades. “I’m getting close to saying no,” he said. ”I think it’s incumbent upon the city.” The city of Eagan has pledged between $300,000 and $400,000 from its park dedication funds collected by developers. Caponi Art Park will also contribute monetarily to the purchase, and will continue to operate the park and its arts programs. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

For a department whose motto is “Serving America’s Finest,” its sole purpose is to help these veterans find work. To that end, Finley said his co-workers feel very responsible for each veteran and had to put forth this extraordinary effort in Kuwait to help them find success. “It was an incredible experience,” Finley said. “I think everyone on our team would agree with that. “We wanted to get in front of all of these soldiers,” Finley said. “I am sleeping better at night because we were able to do that.” Tad Johnson can be reached at tad.johnson@ecm-inc.com.

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