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Walmart coming to North Burnsville

Sen. Al Franken took part in a roundtable discussion May 13 at Eagan’s Lewis House, a safe house for women and children, focusing on mobile devices that can track users’ locations without their knowledge. Photo by Erin Johnson

Store will be east of I-35W on north end of town by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The opening of a Walmart store next fall east of Interstate 35W in north Burnsville could begin the transformation of an area known for heavy industry. The City Council unanimously approved plans for the 155,000-square-foot store May 17. The store, to be located on the southwest corner of River Ridge Boulevard and Cliff Road, could help launch redevelopment at the city’s northern entrance and begin to “radically change” the area’s image, Council Member Dan Kealey said. “I’m thrilled that they’re coming in,” Kealey said. “It’s a big boost to our tax base.” The site is in Burnsville’s northern “gateway” district, which includes 1,700 acres west of the freeway dominated by landfill, limestone mining and other industrial uses. The city has taken steps to ready the area, known as the Minnesota River Quadrant, for redevelopment.

Franken talks ‘tracking technology’ at Eagan women’s shelter Senator listened to concerns about possible threats such phone technologies can pose to domestic violence victims by Erin Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Technology that can track someone’s location through a mobile device is a very helpful tool for law enforcement, but it can be a nightmare for someone escaping an abusive relationship. Sen. Al Franken, who chairs a newly formed Sen-

ate subcommittee on privacy and technology, visited Eagan’s Lewis House on May 13 to discuss the issue with domestic violence experts and law enforcement. Franken’s subcommittee recently held a hearing in Washington, D.C., where domestic violence experts raised concerns about track-

ing technology on mobile devices. Such technology can reveal the location of a cell phone or other mobile device user without his or her knowledge or consent, Franken said. “An abuser can track his wife or girlfriend using See Franken, 12A

Rebuilding after the fire Badly damaged by a fire from a faulty heating unit, Ansari’s in Eagan is preparing to open again this summer by Erin Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

It was a freezing cold February day when the owners of Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge in Eagan watched their dream go up in smoke. Firefighters battled extreme temperatures and icy conditions as they tried to put out a fire that had erupted overnight, caused by a malfunctioning rooftop HVAC unit. While the shell of the building remained intact, the fire caused major damage to the restaurant’s restroom area, and the dining room and bar areas were heavily damaged by smoke and water. The owners knew right

away they wanted to rebuild, said Ramsey Ansari, one of five brothers who run the restaurant along with their father. “It’s been a very long four months here,” he said. “Everybody’s getting anxious to get back in there.” The restaurant’s loyal customer base also encouraged them to rebuild, he said. “We got tons of customer support. They were telling me, ‘Don’t go anywhere,’” he said. Rebuilding the restaurant has given the owners an opportunity to make some improvements, he said. The restaurant, a former Baker’s Square, opened in 2009 after a major remodel.

“After we remodeled the first time, I said I never wanted to do it again,” Ansari said. “And now I find myself doing it again, so I’m back to square one.” The majority of the restaurant’s tables, chairs and booths needed replacing, the walls were torn down, and the bathrooms were gutted. The remodel will include larger restrooms, a raised ceiling, new walls with extensive wood trim, and a larger patio that will wrap around the front of the building. “It’s going to look like almost a brand-new restaurant, which is exciting,” he said. Amazingly, a 110-yearold bar from the torn-down Leamington Hotel in Min-

Myhra wants students reading at grade level before advancing Bill language softened to give parents final say in advancing substandard readers from 3rd grade to 4th by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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can from Burnsville proficiency. wants Minnesota’s She has since softpoorly performing ened the language third-graders to to allow parents get another shot at of substandard learning to read bereaders to promote fore they advance their children to to fourth grade. Pam Myhra fourth grade by Myhra introproviding written duced a third-grade lit- approval. eracy bill that includes a That language is in the provision requiring extra bill that Myhra says is part steps to pass students from of the education reform third grade to fourth if test package approved by the results show they’re not House of Representatives. reading at grade level. Her bill has no companHer original bill, intro- ion provision in the Senduced in April, would have ate, Myhra said May 13. A required that those stu- House-Senate conference dents be held back unless committee was to meet this they meet one of several week, she said. exceptions, such as a dis“From kindergarten ability or limited English See Myhra, 14A

Excited about Walmart

owner’s rights,” the mayor said. The 28.5-acre site is owned by the Luther Company and was approved for a new Burnsville Volkswagen dealership in 2000. The project never happened. Luther had bought the land from Holnam Portland Cement, which operated a concrete transfer station with large silos. The store is expected to open next September or October, City Planner Chris Slania said. It will be open 24 hours a day. Entrances will be on Cliff Road and River Ridge Boulevard. “It’s easily accessible,” Kautz said. The store will increase traffic significantly at the Cliff Road intersections with River Ridge Boulevard and the I-35W frontage road east of the freeway, according to city staff. A condition of approval requires Walmart to pay for a traffic study within a year of the store’s opening. If city and Dakota County engineers determine a traffic signal is needed at Cliff and River Ridge within three years of the opening, Walmart will pay the entire cost. If in that same time it’s determined a signal is needed at Cliff and the frontage road, Walmart will pay 25 percent of the cost, based on the amount of intersection traffic it’s projected to generate. The store will be on an 18.6-acre lot. The company plans to market a second, 1.2-acre lot for a fast-food restaurant. Walmart has agreed to place a heavily wooded bluff on the property into a conservation easement to preserve the trees. That property is 8.6 acres.

“Everyone I’ve heard from is pretty excited about Walmart coming here,” Council Member Dan Gustafson said. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said one resident asked her whether Burnsville could support another big-box retailer. It’s up to Walmart to determine its market viability, Kautz said. “What we’re doing here tonight John Gessner is at is land use, and it’s about property thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

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Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge in Eagan is in the process of being rebuilt after sustaining heavy damage from a fire Feb. 9. The fire marshal has determined the fire was caused by a malfunctioning HVAC unit in the roof. Photo by Rick Orndorf

neapolis – once a political hot spot that included several presidents among its guests – survived the fire. Ansari said he anticipates the restaurant will be able to

open its doors by the end of June or in early July. “It’s been a long process, but it’s getting there,” he said. “I’m looking forward to feeding the community

again.” Ansari’s is located at 1960 Rahn Cliff Court. Erin Johnson is at eagan. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

Exports must grow, panel says U.S. commerce secretary, presidential panel visit Burnsville’s Permac by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Eastman Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but “did not embrace the change that was obviously coming,” Antonio M. Perez, CEO of the iconic company, told a Burnsville business audience Thursday. The United States will make a similar mistake if it doesn’t export more products, Perez said, noting that the country’s 30 percent of world purchasing power is “not going to be forever.” “This is the time we have to start looking outside,” he said, “just like Kodak should have done.” Perez and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke were part of a panel discussion at Permac Industries

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke talks during a panel discussion Tuesday at Permac Industries in Burnsville. Permac CEO Darlene Miller serves on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. in Burnsville that focused largely on exporting as a tool for competitiveness in the global marketplace. Permac owner and CEO Darlene Miller serves with

Perez on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which is holding listening sessions with businesses around the country. See Permac, 12A


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Kenllhy Vanessa Camargo is charged with fraud, ID theft by Erin Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

A manager at an Eagan fast food restaurant has been charged for allegedly using customers’ credit or debit cards for her own purchases. Kenllhy Vanessa Camargo, 36, of Eden Prairie, has been charged with two counts of identity theft and two counts of financial transaction card fraud, all felonies. Camargo was a manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken,

located at 4585 Erin Lane in Eagan. According to the criminal complaint, a customer reported to police she had accidentally left her debit card behind at the restaurant June 22. She spoke with a shift manager who confirmed the card was at the restaurant and made arrangements to pick it up. Prior to picking up the card, the customer learned from her bank that the card had been used in multiple

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Jeannette McCleery of Burnsville died at the scene A Burnsville woman was killed May 16 when her car failed to yield to traffic and was hit by another car at an Eagan intersection. Jeannette McCleery, 85, died at the scene. The driver of the other car sustained minor injuries. According to police, McCleery was driving on Sa-

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transactions throughout the city. A total of $638 was spent in unauthorized charges, including $100 at a salon, $85 at a coffee shop, and $190 at a retail store. After watching surveillance video, police identified Camargo as the suspect. Camargo admitted using the card, police said. During the investigation, police received a similar report from a second victim who left her card at


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The Burnsville Convention and Visitors Bureau invites people to cast votes for Burnsville in Rand McNally and USA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Best of the Road promotion. Through online nomina-

After a year of construction, the Minnesota Zoo is set to unveil a host of new features this summer that include a penguin exhibit, an education center, and a new venue for its popular bird show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;3M Penguins of the African Coast,â&#x20AC;? set to open July 9 near the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly upgraded south entrance, will offer visitors above- and below-water views of blackfooted penguins in a replica of their habitat on Boulderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach in South Africa. Microphones at the exhibit will allow guests to hear the penguinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loud braying calls, which are the origin of their nickname, â&#x20AC;&#x153;jackass penguins.â&#x20AC;? The penguin exhibit is among the new features planned through the Heart of the Zoo project, which zoo director Lee Ehmke said is part of a push to make the Apple Valley zoo one of the top 10 zoos in the country. Construction began last summer on Heart of the Zoo-Phase One, which is slated for completion this July.

tions and voting, the promotion seeks to identify the most beautiful, most patriotic, friendliest, most fun and best-for-food small towns in America. Winners in each category will be featured in Rand Mc-

Nallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atlases, online maps and GPS maps, as well as in USA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travel site and as part of a publicity campaign. Visit www.bestoftheroad.com.

Five have filed so far for council election As of Wednesday afternoon, May 18, five candidates had filed to replace the late Charlie Crichton on the Burnsville City Council. Filing opened on May 13 for a June 26 special election to replace Crichton, who died on March 13 at age 83. Filing closes on May 27 at 5 p.m. There will not be a primary election.

The winner will serve the remainder of Crichtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-year term. The 18-year council veteran was re-elected last November. Candidates who had filed as of Wednesday afternoon are Donna Alberts, 10848 Hayes Drive; William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? J. Coughlin, 13204 Longview Drive; John Gullickson, 12854 Nicollet

Ave., No. 202; Bruce Johnson, 2504 Crestmount Lane, and Greg Tomlinson, 14745 Portland Ave., No. 218. Tomlinson was one of four candidates in last Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council election, which returned Crichton and Dan Kealey to office. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Gessner

Woman who killed 3-year-old daughter charged with prostitution in Burnsville Celestain, 45, of Apple Valley, arrested in police sting by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

A former Burnsville resident who murdered her 3-year-old daughter in 1998 and then tried to kill herself is one of three women charged last week after a prostitution sting in Burnsville. Tysann Yvette Celestain, 45, of Apple Valley, was charged with two counts of prostitution after being arrested March 23 at a Burnsville motel. Also arrested March 23 at the Days Inn were Tayana Marsha Hudson, 22, of Plymouth, and Cymbre Nicole Ford, 23, of St. Paul. Both were charged with two counts of prostitution. Celestain, who lived in Burnsville at the time, pleaded guilty in July 1998 to second-degree murder in the Jan. 16 death of her daughter, Jaylyn. She was sentenced to 18 years in

prison. Celestain gave her daughter a sleeping pill and suffocated her. Celestain then swallowed sleeping pills and rat poison and put a plastic bag over her head, but the suicide attempt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working and her boyfriend was due home soon, according to an account in the 1998 femicide report published by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. She then cut her wrist with a knife, crawled out a window of her townhome and walked through the snow to a nearby garage, where police found her huddled and bleeding. She said she had intended to kill herself but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave Jaylyn motherless. Her boyfriend found the girl when he arrived home. Celestain was arrested

March 23 in an afternoon sting by the Burnsville police Street Crimes Unit. An officer called in response to ads on backpage.com and Eros.com, according to complaints filed in Dakota County District Court. In each of the three cases, the women agreed to meet the officer for an hour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;outcallâ&#x20AC;? service in the officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room at the Burnsville Days Inn. In each case, the officer went into the bathroom after he and the women agreed on a price for sex, according to complaints, and it was then that an arrest team entered the room. Ford has a previous arrest and active warrant for prostitution in Dakota County, the complaint against her said.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;3M Penguins of the African Coast,â&#x20AC;? the new penguin exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, is set to open July 9. A new education center, the Cargill Environmental Education Center, will provide space for school groups and zoo camps, and a new indoor theater called the Target Learning Center, built on the site of the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old whale tank, will play host to the KAYTEE World of Birds free-flight show in the winter months. Zoo guests, however, neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for winter to check out the Target Learning Center. This summer the

indoor theater will be the site of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odessaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magical Menagerie,â&#x20AC;? a 25-minute puppet show that will be performed three times daily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 28 to Sept. 5. The family-friendly show about biodiversity is free with paid zoo admission. More about events and exhibits at the Minnesota Zoo is at http://mnzoo.org. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

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Opinion Guest Columnist Civic leaders tackle challenges of changing schools by Greg Konat

fers us opportunity to create world-class classrooms that prepare kids to work in a global economy. Diversity is a gift we need to leverage.â&#x20AC;?

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time of year when school kids are thinking about one thing: summer break. But while the students are getting ready for a vacation, we at 360 Communities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the help of some amazing local leaders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are working harder than ever to improve the quality of education and student readiness in our county. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched the trends over the years, and there have been more and more students entering kindergarten who are not really ready to learn. Another significant trend is that the demographics of our Dakota County students are changing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the one hand, the changing face of our schools brings new challenges, as we try to figure out how to meet individual needs of children coming from all over the world with various backgrounds, prior learning and unique expectations,â&#x20AC;? said Randy Clegg, superintendent of School District 191. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other hand, it of-

Different needs, different approaches In 2009, 360 Communities convened a group of community leaders who selected three key areas of our community to improve. Education is one of those key areas. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not developing a lot of new programs or raising a bunch of money â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re involving community members who are passionate about education and have expertise in these areas. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aiming to use resources that already exist. For example, Vicki Roy, Kittie Alexander and their team of volunteers are working to adapt a program from Mankato called Ready for Kindergarten. With this program, parents consult a professional three times a year to get training and materials to use

with their children, to get them ready for school. Another 360 Communities initiative to support students and families is our Family Support Worker program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We identify kids who are not doing well in school, or those who are at risk of not doing well, and develop a relationship with the families to help them support their child,â&#x20AC;? said Ben Kanninen, senior director of school success at 360 Communities and former superintendent of District 191. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some parents who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to prepare a child for school, or are in a situation where they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. A family support worker will sit down and develop a family learning plan, which outlines the issues around performance in school and sets some goals with the family to address those issues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; homework help, reading to children, or other things. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about developing a trusting relationship that connects family to school.â&#x20AC;?

in reaching out to the Somali community and opening a dialogue about educational success. Earlier this spring, the group planned a dialogue between Somali families and school staff, including Superintendent Clegg. The school district provided childcare during the meeting and transportation for those who needed it, while several Somali parents telephoned every Somali family with a child in the high school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; twice. More than 125 families showed up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To say it was a success would be an understatement,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Taylor, a community member who was crucial in this effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing.â&#x20AC;? Before that meeting, some of those parents didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know they could talk to the superintendent. Our effort is all about developing relationships.

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Educators like Timothy Conboy, Dan Bodette and Jeffrey McGonigal are urging families to talk with youngsters about bullying. Judging from a statewide survey involving thousands of Minnesota sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders, this is an issue for a lot of young people. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what educators are suggesting, and hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the survey found. Last year, more than 70 percent of Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders responded (voluntarily) to a survey from the Minnesota Department of Education. More than half of Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixthgraders, more than one-third of ninthgraders, and more than one-quarter of 12th-graders reported they had been bullied or excluded from activities by other youngsters, within the last 30 days. Conboy, assistant principal at Rosemount High School, says bullying is abusive verbal, physical, emotional, coercive, or exclusionary treatment of an individual or group by another group or individual with greater physical or social power over a period of time. He said bullying begins in third grade, peaks in middle school, and diminishes throughout high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victims of bullying often do not report bullying for fear that interventions will only make matters worse,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victims often erroneously assume that school authorities are aware of the bullying and simply choose to do nothing. In fact, school officials erroneously assume that they have an awareness of the types of things that are happening in their buildings but this is far from the reality of what really takes place.â&#x20AC;? Conboy says school is not the only place bullying occurs. It is happening in churches, schools, workplace, neighborhoods, and via social media and electronic communication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All matters of name calling and harass-

ment are certainly not considered bullying,â&#x20AC;? he said. True bullying is illegal and is a violation of school policies, according to Conboy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victims, or parents on behalf of the victims, should always report bullying to law enforcement or school authorities,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;School consequences for bullying may range from an administrative conference to an expulsion depending on the circumstances.â&#x20AC;? Bodette, director of the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It comes down to the old saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;treat others the way you would want to be treated.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parents have to say to their children that bullying in any format is not acceptable. We have zero tolerance for bullying in our school.â&#x20AC;? McGonigal, principal at Coon Rapids High School, urged conversations with teenagers, and recommended a well-done â&#x20AC;&#x153;You-Tubeâ&#x20AC;? video on the Internet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let youngsters know you have the right to check on cyber communications and will ask questions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without establishing a parental role, teens will close out their parents in this world that has so many potential dangers.â&#x20AC;? Last week we shared a video and brochure school-wide produced by Jostenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pause Before You Post.â&#x20AC;? In addition the school e-mailed home a link (jostens.com/students/students_cp_pause_before_you_post.html) for parents so they could follow-up with the topic at home. Lasting less than two minutes, this video would be great for youngsters to watch with a parent. The problem is real. Parents can help solve it. Joe Nathan, a former public school teacher and administrator, directs the Center for School Change at Macalester College. He welcomes reactions, jnathan@macalester. edu. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

     

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To the editor: I have a suggestion that would kill two birds using one stone regarding your â&#x20AC;&#x153;spaceâ&#x20AC;? dilemma. Quit writing your own opinions. 1. Your opinion piece last week used one-third page of space that couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been dedicated to news stories in which your customers might actually be interested. 2. You alienate your readers, some of whom own small businesses and would advertise them in your paper, when you call logical people like Dave Thompson wacko. You yourself are causing this damage to your own paper. Crawl out from behind your posh desk and actually take the pulse of those of us working three or four jobs/family and trying to raise our kids within the cold confines of â&#x20AC;Ś reality. I guarantee your readership would go up. Really. I guarantee it. MARK BELLILE Lakeville

Clegg points out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The children in school today will be the ones to care for our medical, social and mechanical needs in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a call to action for our whole community,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not just the schools, churches, youth groups, but all of us working together. This is a way to regain a sense of community identity, as people working together, shoulder to shoulder, for a common good.â&#x20AC;? To learn how you can help 360 Communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effort to keep our education system strong, visit 360Communities.org or email Greg Konat at gkonat@360Communities.org. Greg Konat is executive vice president at 360 Communities. He is recognized as a community builder and neighborhood organizer over his 30-plus years in public administration. Prior experience includes community development director and city manager in Burnsville, and physical development division director for Dakota County. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

classes cut, clustering of special education services across the district, Vale closed and a district School Board mission statement that states one of its goals is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to represent the interests of all children.â&#x20AC;? Now, head over to the district office and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another world. Fresh paint, new furniture (mahogany, no less), new carpeting, new large, flat-screen TVs on the walls for the district administration and hiring on the rise. No cutting back here. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paying for all this remodeling and hiring? You are. Our kids are. Our community is paying the price. All of this was approved by the School Board in District 191 and the message, contrary to the one on the district website, seems to be: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To represent the interests of the children after the staffing is increased at the district administration and they redecorate their offices.â&#x20AC;? Let the School Board members in District 191 know our community has priorities and the priorities are the kids. End of discussion. Contact them today at www.isd191.org.

years old), he asked me for ID. I thanked him for asking. He looked at my driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from Minnesota.â&#x20AC;? I responded in the affirmative. He went on to say his mother was moving to Minnesota. I told him that she would enjoy the beautiful green trees, green grass, all the lakes, and Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice people. He said that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the reason she was moving there. I told him that I was sorry to hear that (thinking maybe she was coming for medical attention, etc.). I asked him if he was free to share. He hesitated a moment and then said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is getting married and the two of them decided to move to Minnesota and live off welfare.â&#x20AC;? I stood there speechless. The woman next to me waiting to check out tapped me on the shoulder and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from Wisconsin. We have the same thing going on in our state.â&#x20AC;? Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they stay in their home state and work with their state officials to receive their welfare and Medicare checks? This is not fair to the taxpayers of Minnesota. The Arizona state capitol building and 20 other government buildings have been sold because of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $3.5 billion deficit. Please do not let this happen in our state.

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Long-time department employee Khia Bruse-Brown to become director

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Education program that served 32 children. The program grew over After only three years as the years: In 2007, the director of ComBrandlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget was munity Education $7.2 million, and in the Rosemountthe program served Apple Valley-Eagan about 1,300 chilSchool District, Jim dren. Brandl will retire. In 2008, Brandl reBrandl, 62, said tired after serving 28 he plans to retire years as director. in June to focus on Jim Brandl That same year, he other goals such as became District 196â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intertraveling with his family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a pleasure im and then full-time Comseeing how well orchestrat- munity Education director, ed this district is,â&#x20AC;? he said. replacing Ram Singh. The district had grown â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has become one of the substantially since Brandl best districts in the state.â&#x20AC;? Brandl started his career left 30 years earlier, but he three decades ago as a sub- was up for the challenge of stitute teacher in District overseeing a department in 196, spending much of his such a large, growing disclassroom time at Rose- trict. Brandl said his favorite mount Middle School. He switched to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the job has been inCommunity Education de- teracting with a vast array partment in 1975, serving as of people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day is different,â&#x20AC;? coordinator for five years. In that position, Brandl he said. Implementing change is worked closely with the adult basic education pro- often the most challenging part of the job as people gram. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I admire the obstacles settle into their routines, these students have over- Brandl said. Once retired, Brandl, a come to get their GEDs,â&#x20AC;? he Shakopee resident, said he said. He left the position in plans to catch up on some 1980 to become director of reading and take a road Community Education for trip out west with his wife Lynda, who retired last year Wayzata Public Schools. When he signed on, Way- from the Hopkins School zata Public Schools had District. They plan to spend nine adult enrichment programming but no Community months touring Utah, GlaEducation department to cier National Park in Monspeak of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was his task to tana, and visiting their son, Paul, in Seattle, Wash. start one. That first year in Wayzata, he handled a budget of E-mail Jessica Harper at: $100,000 for a Community jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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Deb and Bruce Berkebile of Rosemount, MN, and Deb and Dave Tackmann of Eau Claire, WI, announce the engagement of their children, Aubrey Berkebile and John Tackmann. Aubrey has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Winona State University and is pursuing her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in elementary education from UW-River Falls, WI. She is a special education paraprofessional in the Oakdale, MN, school district. John has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Winona State University and is pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University, Winona. He is a high school science teacher and a coach at St. Croix Central High School, Hammond. A June 11 wedding at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, Hudson, WI. is planned.

Danielle Marie Evenson daughter of Marc and Cyndi Evenson of Burnsville and David Erick Erickson son of Roger and Lisa Erickson of Moorhead, MN announce their engagement. Danielle is a 2003 graduate of Burnsville High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota. She is employed by Flint Communications in Fargo, ND and is currently working on a masters degree in Business. David is a 2003 graduate of Moorhead High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship. He is self employed in Fargo/Moorhead. A July 30th wedding is planned at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul. They will make their home in Moorhead, MN.

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The 17th annual Dick Hanson Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will tee off at noon Monday, June 27, at Legends Golf Club in Prior Lake. The tournament raises money for scholarships given to graduating high school

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Daniel Peterson, son of David & Peggy Peterson and Kevin Eskuri, son of Bob and Sue Eskuri , have achieved the highest rank that can be attained by Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout. Daniel and Kevin are members of Troop 111-Lakeville (the 14th and 15th young men to become Eagles from Troop 111 since 2007). Daniel and Kevin performed separate Eagle projects involving extensive landscaping and interior acoustical improvements to Glory-to-Glory Christian Center of Lakeville. Our thanks to Brian Quinlan, Russ Matthys and Pastors Dean & Cheryl Engleman for their assistance in coordinating both projects. A joint Eagle Court of Honor will be held at the Troop's sponsor, St. John's Lutheran Church of Lakeville, on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

demographics.â&#x20AC;? Prior to pursuing a caAfter working in com- reer in community education 12 years ago, munity education Bruse-Brown set for more than a deout to become a cade, Khia Bruseteacher after earnBrown was proing her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moted last week to degree in elementadirector of Comry education from munity Education Southwest State in the RosemountApple Valley-Ea- Khia Bruse- University in Marshall, Minn. gan School Dis- Brown â&#x20AC;&#x153;I soon decided trict. Bruse-Brown will start that was not the path to her new position July 1, re- take, but I wanted to be in education,â&#x20AC;? she said. placing Jim Brandl. After an internship at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being director is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted Roseville Area Schools, to do,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the Bruse-Brown realized that community education was big picture.â&#x20AC;? Bruse-Brown was cho- the way to go, and earned sen for her experience a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in community within the district, said Su- education from the Uniperintendent Jane Berenz. versity of St. Thomas. Bruse-Brown stayed at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing Khia, and knowing her ability to es- Roseville Area Schools tablish relationships within for eight years as a comthe district and community munity education program ... we felt she was the right manager before heading to District 196. choice,â&#x20AC;? Berenz said. Bruse-Brown said next Bruse-Brown has served as the Community Educa- year she plans to focus on tion learning services man- navigating the department through upcoming tranager since 2007. In that role, she has been sitions as the district atresponsible for the Learn- tempts to meet the needs ing Services Center, youth of changing demographservices, adult programs ics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to find out and Kindergarten Plus, what they are looking for,â&#x20AC;? among other programs. Bruse-Brown played an she said. Bruse-Brown lives in integral role in establishing the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-day kin- Cottage Grove with her husband, Courtney, and dergarten program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the people in two step-sons, Courtney District 196,â&#x20AC;? she said. Jr., 8, and Kendall, 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thriving community that will continue to grow E-mail Jessica Harper at: in population and within jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

   

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John & Sharyn Elstad of Lakeville, MN are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Casey Lynn Elstad to Elias Lee Hildreth, son of Lisa Hildreth of Monroe Center, IL and Kelly Hildreth of Rockford, IL. Casey is a 2002 graduate of Lakeville High School. She attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently a pre-school teacher in Schiller Park, IL. Elia s is a 2 0 0 0 gr a d u a t e o f Stillman Valley High School. He also attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Management. He is currently a pilot with SkyWest Airlines based in Chicago, IL. The couple will wed on July 29th in an outdoor ceremony at Trellis Gardens in Stillwater, MN, to be followed by a reception in Lakeville, MN. Following their honeymoon, the couple will be relocating as Elias begins F-16 training for the Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota.



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As a teen, Joe Meyer dreamed of becoming a daily sports reporter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like his idol, Pat Reusse of the Star Tribune â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rather than follow in his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps as a junior high school teacher. But after teaching in Africa for a few years, Meyer decided to follow a career path in education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one that led him to the BurnsvilleEagan-Savage School District, where he was recently named Teacher of the Year. The Eagle Ridge Junior High teacher received the honor earlier this monthfrom the Burnsville Education Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was floored,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said of the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eagle Ridge has some great teachers. ... Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some great teachers in this district too.â&#x20AC;? Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career began 23 years ago when he taught English in Botswana while serving in the Peace Corps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was intrigued by the opportunity and wanted to try something different,â&#x20AC;? he said of his decision to join the Peace Corps. Meyer joined the corps shortly after graduating in 1987 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in

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mation, call the Eagan Art House at (651) 675-5521.

repair work. To receive a certificate, military personnel should present an Active, Retired or Dependent military ID card or DD214 discharge certificate.

Peer support group A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Eagan. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays (except the third Monday) at Advent Methodist Church, 3495 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan. For more information, contact Cristina at (651) 283-4821, or call NAMI at (651) 645-2948.

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Living-history organizations will portray German, American, Canadian, British and RusAndrew Miller is at andrew. sian soldiers at the World War II re-enactment May 21-22 at Dakota City Heritage Village. miller@ecm-inc.com.

  

  

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Dakota Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Simple Steps program will hold a kickoff event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Participants will be able to take a guided walk along park trails, view a Nordic pole walking demonstration, get ideas for healthy snacks and keeping children active, and learn how to paddle a kayak or a canoe. Free refreshments will be available and those who sign up for the free Simple Steps walking program will receive a prize. For more information about Simple Steps, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search Simple Steps. Visit the Simple Steps Facebook page by searching Dakota County Simple Steps.

 

         

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Minnesota author Julie Kramer will talk about and read from her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville. Kramer is a journalist and an award-winning author of the Riley Spartz mystery series: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stalking Susan,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missing Mark,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silencing Sam.â&#x20AC;? A fourth title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killing Kate,â&#x20AC;? is due out in July. Kramer will discuss her dual careers as journalist and novelist: how to write fiction and how to cover the news. Book clubs are invited as well as individual readers, and aspiring authors are also welcome. Attendees may bring books to be signed or purchase them at the event. The Burnhaven Library is at 1101 W. County Road

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Guests at Dakota City Heritage Village this weekend will get a frontlines look at infantry combat in Nazi Europe, minus the death and destruction. The guns will be real, the ammo will not, during the mock battle featured at the World War II living-history event. As for the battleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outcome, the fix is in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody cheers when the Americans win,â&#x20AC;? said event coordinator Jon Boorom, who will be fighting on the side of the Soviets in the Axis-versus-Allies skirmish set in the European Theater during the final months of the war. More than 20 livinghistory organizations will portray American, Brit-

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Sports Standings Baseball Team

Conference W L Eastview 13 2 Burnsville 12 3 Apple Valley 10 5 Eagan 9 6 Lakeville North 8 7 Prior Lake 7 8 B Jefferson 5 10 B Kennedy 5 10 Lakeville South 4 11 Rosemount 2 13

by Andy Rogers Overall W L 15 3 13 5 12 6 12 6 9 9 10 8 6 12 7 11 6 11 3 14

Saturday, May 21, 2011 South Suburban Conference showcase • Rosemount vs. Eagan at Alimagnet Park, 11 a.m. • Lakeville North vs. Eastview at Alimagnet Park, noon • Apple Valley vs. Prior Lake at Alimagnet Park, 2:30 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson vs. Bloomington Kennedy at Alimagnet Park, 4 p.m. • Lakeville South vs. Burnsville at Alimagnet Park, 6 p.m. Monday, May 23 • Farmington at Lakeville South, 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 24 • Section 3AAA tournament, high seed

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

Conference W L 13 0 10 3 8 3 7 6 7 6 6 7 5 8 4 9 3 9 1 12

Overall W L 16 1 16 3 10 8 10 7 10 8 11 9 10 10 8 12 5 10 5 13

Thursday, May 19 Section 3AAA tournament • No. 9 Rosemount at No. 8 Lakeville North, 4 p.m. • No. 10 Simley at No. 7 Apple Valley, 4 p.m. • No. 11 Bloomington Kennedy at No. 6 Eagan, 4 p.m. Monday, May 23 • No. 5 Lakeville South at No. 4 Eastview, 4 p.m. • North/Rosemount winner at No. 1 Burnsville, 4 p.m. • Apple Valley/Simley winner at No. 2 Bloomington Jefferson, 4 p.m. • Kennedy/Eagan winner at No. 3 Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 • Section 3AAA final four, Eagan

Boys Lacrosse Team

Conference 7 L Rosemount 6 1 Eastview 5 2 Eagan 3 2 Prior Lake 3 2 Burnsville 4 3 Apple Valley 4 4 B Jefferson 3 5 Lakeville South 2 5 Lakeville North 2 6 B Kennedy 0 6

Overall W L 11 1 6 5 8 2 5 4 5 6 7 4 4 8 4 6 4 6 1 9

Friday, May 20 • Eastview at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South at Eagan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 • Burnsville at Lakeville South, 9:30 a.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Prior Lake, 2 p.m. • Rochester Mayo at Lakeville North, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 • Section 3 first round, at high seed.

Girls Lacrosse Team

Conference W L 8 0 5 2 5 2 4 2 4 3 1 6 1 5 1 5 1 5

B Kennedy B Jefferson Apple Valley Lakeville North Burnsville Lakeville South Eagan/Rosemount Eastview Prior Lake

Masked men are baseball’s superheroes

Overall W L 13 0 8 2 9 3 7 4 6 6 4 6 4 6 3 6 2 9

Friday, May 20 • Lakeville South at Eagan/ Rosemount, 5:30 p.m. • Lakeville North at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 23 • Section 3 first round, at high seed.

Boys Tennis Tuesday, May 17 • Burnsville 6, Rosemount 1 • Apple Valley 7, Simley 0 • Lakeville North 5, Austin 2 • Winona 6, Lakeville South 1 Thursday, May 19 • Burnsville at Eastview, 3:30 p.m. • Apple Valley at Eagan, 3:30 p.m. • Lakeville North at Rochester Century, 4 p.m. Friday, May 27 Section 3AA doubles • Tanner Raymond, Sam Hoyt (Apple Valley) vs. Stuart Hatlen, Sean Hatlen (Rosemount), 9:30 a.m., Lakeville Lifetime • Jeff Smith, Ben Eckstein (Eagan), vs. Erik Schwen, Jacob Elliot (Park) 9:30 a.m., Lakeville Lifetime • Zach Biggar, Nick Lesser (Burnsville), vs. Dan Falkenberg, Rachit Kshetrapac (Eastview) 9:30 a.m., Lakeville Lifetime • Dane Johnson, Craig Cosick (Apple Valley) vs. A. Housh, T Bretzman(St Thomas), 9:30 a.m., Lakeville Lifetime • Matt Baker, Will Holcomb (Rosemount) vs. Alex Rachner, Lucas Lindstrom (Rosemount), 9:30 a.m., Lakeville Lifetime • Brendan Hollidge, ZachEkstein (Eagan) bye • Aaron Larson, Sam Cychosz (Eastview) bye Section 3AA Singles • Dan Scislow (Apple Valley) vs. Pete Johnson (Simley, 8 a.m., Lifetime Lakeville • Dominic Ollhoff (Roemount) vs. Eastview 2, 8 a.m., Lifetime Lakeville • Drew Nichols (Eagan) vs. Matt Kamman (Henry Sibley) • Ermi Asfaw (Burnsville) vs. B Hickey, (St. Thomas), 8 a.m. Lifetime Lakeville • Nishaan Pal (Eastview), vs. Mark Collins (South St. Paul) 8 a.m., Lifetime Lakeville • Bradey Radamacher (Eagan) vs. Brian Borscheid (B Kennedy) 8 p.m., Lifetime Lakeville • Matt Bettes (Apple Valley) bye • Will Biernat (Eastview) bye • Nazhone Wilkins (Burnsville) bye

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BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

It’s easy to lose focus during a baseball game. At first there’s so much anticipation during every pitch, but without a payoff every few innings, the mind starts to wonder as the outfielder starts picking dandelions. There’s one guy who never loses focus: The catcher. Catchers are especially important. Just look what happens when Joe Mauer has been out of the Minnesota Twins lineup. The Twins’ struggles aren’t that simple, but you want someone good behind the plate playing catch with the pitcher. That’s where many of the top South Suburban Conference players find themselves. Behind the plate, wearing a mask, throwing their bodies in front of wild pitches and calling the plays. “It’s a hard position but I like being in the game for every pitch,” Lakeville North catcher Austin Strait said. “It helps me stay focused and learn the umpire’s strike zone.”

That may be why guys like Burnsville’s Justin Threlkeld hits all those home runs. But is it really that tough? Mauer is a big guy who sits on his knees for two hours a day. Man is not meant to sit like that for long. “It’ not too tough,” Apple Valley’s Aaron Gretz said. “I don’t have to play every day and it’s only seven innings.” The real challenge is maintaining a chemistry with all the pitchers. “It’s tough remembering all the pitches for eight different pitchers,” Strait said. Catchers are the first players on the mound when a pitcher needs some help and he’s the last guy to get dressed to play. Playoffs can go at a grueling pace compared to the regular season. Often, it’s the team with three or four quality starting pitchers that go the farthest.

Blaze earn top seed in playoffs Burnsville softball team begins Section 3AAA tournament with a better record than last year by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Thanks to a near perfect regular season record, the road back to the state tournament is a little easier for the Burnsville softball team. The Blaze will begin defense of the Section 3AAA title Monday hosting the winner between No. 9 seed Rosemount and No. 8 Lakeville North at 4 p.m. With the No 1 seed, there are many reasons to believe a healthy Burnsville squad is the team to beat in Section 3AAA. The team won the South Suburban Conference title after spending the season ranked No. 1 in the state. The Blaze enter sections with a better record than they did last year while scoring on average five runs per game, which is two more than last year. The increased run production is likely due to the fact that a rule change moved the pitcher’s mound three feet further away from the plate this year. “The girls are seeing the ball really well,” coach Hillary Hansen said. “They have more time to react and it’s made a big difference.” The girls spent many hours during the offseason swinging the bat to make sure they were ready for another title run. “They got a taste of what that championship felt like, and they’re working really hard to get back there,” Hansen said. “They’ve built off their experience from last year. Kelsey (Anderson) is pitching better, and one through nine is a quality at-bat. Things are looking really good.” Anderson has improved from last year’s state title run with one of the lowest ERAs in the metro. “She’s mixing up her pitches really well,” Hansen said. “She added a drop ball, and she’s getting those ground-ball outs. She gives us a chance every game.” The Blaze have nine players with a batting average above .300. Anderson leads the team with a .411 batting average and 14 RBI with just three strikeouts in 56 at-bats. She also has a 14-1 record with a 0.73 ERA with 150 strikeouts. Kelly Grove leads the team in doubles with 10 and in runs scored with 12. Section competition should prove to be tough.

No. 3 seed Park of Cottage Grove is the only team to beat Burnsville in more than a year. Park got the win May 7 at the Eastview tournament. “It was a good time to lose,” Hansen said. “Better then than in playoffs. It showed us things we can work on. We made some adjustments.” No. 2 Bloomington Jefferson and No. 4 Eastview are solid squads. “(Eastview) is on a roll right now,” Hansen said. “I’d put them in that top mix of the group. And Eagan has that championship experience. There’s still a few girls from that championship team a couple years ago.”

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Teams with the best catchers will find the Section 3AAA playoffs a little easier. The Section 3AAA playoffs are scheduled to begin on May 27. The prize for winning the section is a spot among the top eight teams in the state. If you win there, you’ll play at Target Field in the state finals. Burnsville knows what that’s like. The South Suburban Conference leader will have a better record entering the Section 3AAA playoffs than last year when they finished second in the

mount have all qualified for state in the past five years with records around .500 during the regular season. Lakeville North and South won’t have top seeds in the section, but they know they can hang with them. North defeated Eastview and South defeated North, twice. One team to watch out for is St. Thomas Academy. The team didn’t play any South Suburban Conference teams, but they did win nine of 10 as of Tuesday. The prep school should get one of the top seeds, but they’ll go in as a bit of an unknown. The first two rounds of the section tournament are now single elimination, which doesn’t sit easy with many coaches. Good teams lose all the time in baseball. In 2002, New Ulm lost in the first round as the No. 1 seed in their section, but went on to win the Class AAA state title. That couldn’t happen today.

state. Several teams have really hit their stride in the past two weeks. Eastview has won 10 of 12. Apple Valley won seven straight from May 4-16. Eagan’s record might not be as strong, but the Wildcats won eight of 11. All three loesses were by one run. Every coach is well aware that the section champion doesn’t always come from Andy Rogers is at the top three seeds. Eagan, andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com. Apple Valley and Rose-

Burnsville lacrosse out to prove it’s better than its record by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Entering the season, several coaches pointed to Burnsville as one of the lacrosse teams to beat in the South Suburban Conference this spring. With a 5-6 record, the season has been filled with more downs than ups. “It wasn’t what we hoped it would be,” senior attacker Neal Pester said. “We had high hopes, but we just couldn’t capitalize. Things go our way when we show up to play.” The good team showed up to play on Tuesday as the Blaze beat conference-leading Eastview 10-9. The Blaze held a one-to-two goal lead through most of the game but when Eastview tied it up at 8-8 with less than five minutes remaining, the sidelines got tense. “We have the ability to open up games quickly,” head coach Jessie Schelitzche said. “You get nervous but I knew the guys would make good decisions.” Two goals by Pester later and everyone relaxed. “We worked off the ball to get that open shot,” Pester said. “It was a team effort.” With playoffs beginning on Wednesday, Burnsville knows it’s do or die right now.

Photo by Andy Rogers

Burnsville’s Brian Atkinson, No. 4, chases after Eastview’s Sam Schovanec, No. 10, in Burnsville’s 10-9 win on Tuesday. “We’re really streaky,” Schelitzche Said. “It really depends on what team shows up. It all depends on how focused we are.” The players aren’t ready for their lacrosse season to be over. “We’ll be ready,” Pester said. Andy Rogers can be andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

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Eagan If there’s a coach who knows the pressure of playoff softball it’s Eagan’s Courtney Dully. She’s coached several No. 1 seeds since 2005. It’s not easy to get to the top, but the Wildcats won the state title in 2008. This season has presented a new set of challenges. The Wildcats’ record stepped back from last year, which isn’t all that surprising considering Sarah Moulton, who was one of the top high school softball players in Minnesota during the past decade, graduated in 2010. Moulton had 28 wins and 327 strikeouts as the No. 1 starter for the University of Minnesota this spring. She was joined by fellow classmate Bree Blachette in a Gopher uniform. With several new players, the Wildcats won eight of 10 during a stretch from April 13 to May 7, which included an 11-8 win against highly-ranked Bloomington Jefferson. Kyndra Beekman, Morgan Haus, and Jena Holmes are key starters returning from the 2009 team that won the consolation title along with Ciara Rivera, Caitlin Johnson, Abby Brinkmeier and Dana Holmes. Johnson and Brinkmeier are batting over .400. Haus and Dana Holmes are batting over .300. Haus (3.08 ERA) and Rivera (4.24) have split time on the mound for a combined 10-8 record.

Rule changes alter softball landscape Single-elimination playoffs and pitching distance have transformed the softball world by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

One recent rule change in Minnesota varsity softball has lit up the scoreboard, while another is making several coaches nervous as the playoffs begin. First, the distance between the plate and the pitcher’s mound was increased to 43 feet for 2011. The rule change aimed to level the playing field between hitters and pitchers, who have recently been dominating the game. “I like the 7-5 games a lot more than the 1-0 ones from seasons past,” Eastview coach Mike Haugh said. “You actually get to do a lot more coaching during a game, a lot more strategizing. “The only really dominant pitcher we saw all year was Kelsey Anderson from Burnsville. I think she’d be effective from 50 feet.” Many teams welcomed the rule change. “Those teams with great pitchers reaped the benefits as well, but games were less often dominated on the mound,” Apple Valley coach Carla Christiansen said. “It had to be more interesting for the fans as they really saw players putting the ball in play, and fielders needed to show their defensive skills.” The second rule change Andy Rogers is at is that the first few rounds andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com. of the section playoffs are

now single elimination. The Section 3AAA tournament is scheduled for May 19-June 1. This year it’s a single elimination bracket until the final four. “Doesn’t seem right to me that a team could have an amazing regular season but one bad play could finish the year,” Haugh said.

Lightning storm

5 seed Lakeville South at 4 p.m. The winner will be one of the final four teams in Section 3AAA.

Eagles swoop Apple Valley had several different roster configurations when the season started with a new pitcher and several returning players playing different positions. The girls went 10-10 with four losses coming against Burnsville and Bloomington Jefferson, two conference favorites. From May 4-14, the team won six of seven, which included winning the Mankato West tournament. The Eagles closed the season with an 11-1 loss to Burnsville on Monday, but the Eagles have been able to shrug off losses. “We were a bit inconsistent in our play at times and that showed in our overall record,” Christiansen said. “Although, even with some tough losses, they are a resilient team and fun to coach.” Apple Valley was awarded the No. 7 seed. The girls played No. 10 Simley on Thursday after this edition went to press. With a win, the Eagles would play at No. 2 seed Bloomington Jefferson at 4 p.m. Monday.

Eastview has been in a second-tier mix with Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville South and Prior Lake below top-ranked Burnsville and Bloomington Jefferson through much of the season. Lately the Lightning has been playing lights out winning five of its last six games. “I don’t think it is out of the question that Eastview knocks out one of the powerhouse teams,” Haugh said. Eastview is on pace to hit .333 as a team led by Sam Kane (.368 batting average, 14 RBI), Kelly Meyer (.421, 15 RBI), Ari Hipolito (.541), Melissa Barry (.365) and Julia Luciano (.469). Pitcher Paige Palkovich (8-4 with 76 strikeouts and 2.12 ERA) has improved over the course of the season. Eastview will host a playoff game for the first time in years on Monday. With the No. 4 seed, the Andy Rogers is at Lightning will welcome No. andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.


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this technology,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family plan where you can track pretty much everyone in your family. This is something where our laws need to keep pace with the changes in technology.â&#x20AC;? Franken heard from womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocates who told stories of how the technology has been used against victims by their abusers. Sasha Anderson of Range Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocates in Virginia, Minn., told of a woman who went to the St. Louis County building to file an order of protection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within five minutes of being there she got a text from her abuser asking why

Some may not trust foreign customers to pay them, and some may be baffled by procedures and regulations. The Commerce Department has staff in 80 countries to find buyers of American-made products, Locke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call on us.â&#x20AC;? Locke also touted Obama administration initiatives to boost business, including a bill in Congress that would cut the time it takes to issue a patent to one year. It now takes three, which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;scandalous,â&#x20AC;? Locke said. The tax package signed by the president in December allows businesses to write off 100 percent of the cost of equipment purchases in 2011, Locke said. And the package includes a payroll tax cut thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving families more purchasing power, he added. Panelist Alice Albright, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, said the government agency can help small businesses with export financing at a time

when credit has yet to fully loosen up following the financial crisis. What about pending free-trade agreements with other nations? asked Daron Van Helden, president of the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce. The Obama administration supports all three, said Don Graves, executive director of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs and competitiveness council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can say,â&#x20AC;? added Eastman Kodak CEO Perez, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is it is hurting our exports not having those trade agreements.â&#x20AC;? As for his company, which sold film for 130 years, digital products now generate 75 percent of revenues, said Perez, who said he was hired to engineer the turnaround. He asked audience members if they had a digital camera or picture-taking phone in their homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, now you see what happened to Kodak,â&#x20AC;? Perez said as nearly everyone raised their hands.

she was in the county building,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So obviously he was monitoring her.â&#x20AC;? Mary Ajax, CEO of 360 Communities, which runs Lewis House, said her organization has heard similar stories from women who were tracked down at the shelter by their abusers through their phones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so good in our society about talking about the cost of doing something, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not very good about talking about the cost of doing nothing,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look down the road, the cost of doing nothing is so much greater than the cost of doing something about it.â&#x20AC;? Cindy Southworth, director of Safety Net, a

project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, said educating consumers and the companies that make this technology is important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the victim knows the technology is being misused, they can take steps to protect themselves,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really all about knowing whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the device.â&#x20AC;? Southworth said her organization was contacted by officials from Apple, who asked advocates to sit down with them and go through their products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really focusing on victim safety and making tweaks,â&#x20AC;? she said. Franken also heard from law enforcement officers who have used the technology to find victims as well as suspects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This technology has been very helpful to law enforcement in many ways,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. Eric Werner of the Burnsville Police Department. For instance, Burnsville officers were able to locate and rescue an attempted suicide victim who had ingested a large amount of drugs, and the technology has also helped them find domestic violence victims who were unable to give their locations. Franken agreed the technology can be a great, convenient tool for not only law enforcement, but consumers who use it for mapping and directions and other uses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me say, this technology is wonderful, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s used in wonderful ways. Most people are fine with it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to strike a proper balance in the way we use it so it continues to be an innovation, but at the same time we protect people.â&#x20AC;? Franken said one of the reasons for the hearings and discussions is to simply make people aware of the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think fundamentally people have a right to know where their private information is going, including their location. And right now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no law to cover that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an ongoing exploration, just making sure that the law keeps up with technology.â&#x20AC;?

 



 



 

 



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This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tues., April 26, 2011 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at www.isd194.k12.mn.us or District Office at 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The regular meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. followed by pledge of allegiance. All board members and administrators were present. Public Comment: Jill Zweber, 16310 Java Lane; Dawn Griebenow, EVE teacher; and Josh Kutzler, 19016 Ireton Way - regarding stranding teacher placement; Erin Gonyea, 16979 Hubbard Trail; and Robyn Griffin, 8450 168th St. W. - regarding placement of students at OHE from attendance area adjustment; Jennifer Harmening, 1220 Bluebill Bay - regarding CLE closure process; Dan Nelson, 19520 Oak Grove Ave. regarding teacher performance evaluations. The following Consent Agenda items were approved: minutes of the meetings on April 5,12, 13 and 18; resignations, leave of absence requests, employment recommendations; payment of bills and claims subject to annual audit; investments and wire transfers; outdoor siren agreement; donations. Following discussion two alt facilities bids were approved and one was rejected. Reports : Grades 3-5 science curriculum update; first reading of 2011-12 student handbook/management policies; QuELS update; superintendent evaluation report. R e c o m m e n d e d a c t i o n s a p p r o v e d: 2011-12 attendance area adjustment; 2011-12 capital budget. Adjournment at 9:37 p.m. ________________________________ This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Special Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at or 8670 210th www.isd194.k12.mn.us Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. All board members were present along with Director of Administrative Services Massaros and Director of Teaching & Learning Services Knudsen. Discussion held: School Exec Connects and BKB Associates were selected to receive presentations from out of the eight applications received from superintendent search firms. Meeting adjourned at 5:58 p.m. ________________________________ This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Special Board of Education Meeting on Monday, May 2, 2011 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at or 8670 210th www.isd194.k12.mn.us Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 12:31 p.m. All board members were present along with Director of Administrative Services Massaros and Director of Teaching & Learning Services Knudsen. Discussion held: School Exec Connects and BKB Associates presented proposals for the superintendent search process. Following discussion the board determined to offer an agreement with School Exec Connects. Agenda addition: Field trip for KTMS 6th grade teams to Wolf Ridge from May 9-11 was approved. Meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m. 2616180 5/20/11

          

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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. 2607714 5/20-5/27/11

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed proposal bids will be received by the City of Eagan, Minnesota, in City Hall at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, until 10:30 A.M., C.D.S.T., on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor and materials and all else necessary for the following:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED RIGHT-OF-WAY 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, June 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the vacation of public drainage and utility easements lying over and across the following described property in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota: Lot Five (5), Block Nine (9), Nicols Ridge, according to the recorded plat thereof, Dakota County, Minnesota. AND A permanent easement 10 feet in width for public drainage and utility purposes lying within and adjacent to the perimeter of the following described property: All that part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 27, Range 23, Dakota County, Minnesota described as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 19; thence South 89° 14' 20" East on an assumed bearing along the south line of said Northeast Quarter, a distance of 1306.52 feet; thence North 33° 06' 20" West, a distance of 373.00 feet to the point of beginning of the land to be described; thence North 56° 53' 40" East, a distance of 139.75 feet; thence North 7° 27' 13" West, a distance of 231.58 feet; thence North 33° 06' 20" West, a distance of 115.51 feet to a point lying 33 feet Southeasterly of the centerline of Beau-D-Rue Drive; thence South 56° 26' 55" West parallel with said centerline, a distance of 240.01 feet; thence South 33° 06' 20" East, a distance of 322.40 feet to the point of beginning, AND A permanent easement 10 feet in width for public drainage and utility purposes the centerline of which is described as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of the Northeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 27, Range 23, Dakota County, Minnesota; thence South 89° 14' 20" East on an assumed bearing along the south line of said Northeast Quarter a distance of 1306.52 feet; thence North 33° 06' 20" West a distance of 373.00 feet; thence North 56° 53' 40" East a distance of 139.75 feet; thence North 7° 27' 13" West a distance of 158.20 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 82° 32' 47" West, a distance of 147.88 feet; thence North 26° 41' 00" West, a distance of 90.00 feet; thence North 33° 06' 20" West, a distance of 27.00 feet and there terminating. Dated: May 3, 2011 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni Christina M. Scipioni, City Clerk Dakota County, Minnesota 2607687 5/20-5/27/11

  

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Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.bolton-menk.com or www.questcdn.com. You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 by entering Quest project #1604563 on the website's Project Search page. 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. Complete contract documents may also be seen at the offices of the City Clerk and City Engineer, Eagan, MN, at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122, Phone (651) 675-5646. An optional paper set of project documents is also available for a nonrefundable price of $75.00 per set (non-refundable), which includes applicable sales tax and shipping. Please make your check to payable to Bolton & Menk, Inc. and send it to 12224 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337-1649, (952) 890-0509, fax (952) 890-8065. Best Value Contracting Selection: This project is extensive, involving many affected property owners. Timing of the project is critical for the safety of the general public and to minimize disruption. In addition, the City has limited financial resources to commit to the project. Accordingly, the project must be accomplished with a minimum of interruption, on time, and without cost overruns. The City believes that only a contractor with good experience in constructing this kind of project is necessary. Two factors will be considered in the contractor selection process: price and performance. The process for the consideration of proposals for the award of this Project will take into account not only the Contract amount bid for construction items, but also the bidder's ability and performance on previous similar projects, within and outside the City of Eagan, and the bidder's availability of major equipment to perform this project. The evaluation criteria to be utilized will be the total proposal price divided by the aggregate average technical performance score, as determined by the technical evaluation committee. Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 10:30 A.M., C.D.S.T. at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in the Eagan Room (2nd Floor). The purpose of the conference is to provide details and answer questions regarding the evaluation/selection criteria that will be used, along with bid price, to select a Contractor for contract award under the Best Value Contracting Authority. Failure to attend this meeting shall eliminate an absent bidder's bid submission from contract award consideration. Attendance at the conference will be recorded. Technical Proposal Deadline: Prospective Bidders' technical proposals must be received by 10:30 A.M. C.D.S.T., Monday, June 13, 2011 at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a bidder's bond naming the City of Eagan as obligee, a certified check payable to the Clerk of the City of Eagan or a cash deposit equal to at least five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, which shall be forfeited to the City in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. The City Council reserves the right to retain the deposits of the three lowest bidders for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days after the date and time set for the opening of the bids. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the date and time set for the opening of bids. Payment for the work will be by cash or check. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and technical proposals, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to award the contract to the best interests of the City. Christina M. Scipioni, Clerk, City of Eagan 2616683 5/20-6/3/11

 

  

           

                               

   

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May 20, 2011 THISWEEK

Myhra/from 1A to third grade, a child is learning how to read,â&#x20AC;? said Myhra, who represents District 40A and serves on the House education reform and finance committees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fourth grade and beyond, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using that skill of reading to learn. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that skill, it just sets them up for failure and frustration.â&#x20AC;? Minnesota teachers and administrators, including Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191 Superintendent Randy Clegg, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the third-grade provision. Myhra said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buttressed by research and has proven successful in Florida as part of a package of school reforms passed under former Gov. Jeb Bush. She points to a recent study by Donald J. Hernandez, a sociology professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York, who calls third grade â&#x20AC;&#x153;a kind of pivot point.â&#x20AC;? His study says that children who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than their peers who can. In his study sample, students who struggled with reading in the early elementary grades comprised 88 percent of students who failed to graduate from high school. Minnesota already has a literacy goal in law that calls for students to be learning to read at the end of second grade, Myhra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we still have a huge amount of students who are not at grade level who are struggling with reading, and they are being passed on from third grade to fourth grade,â&#x20AC;? she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like telling a child who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn to swim in the shallow end of the pool to try the deep end, Myhra said. Education Minnesota, the state teachers union, pounced on Myhraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill in a May 9 statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Research shows that

forced retention increases the likelihood that a child will drop out of school by 20 to 50 percent,â&#x20AC;? said President Tom Dooher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other research shows that holding children back does not improve their achievement in school, and many of them actually do worse.â&#x20AC;? Clegg doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the bill even with the language granting parents the final say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think making a parent jump through a hoop to sign a form saying not to retain is demeaning,â&#x20AC;? Clegg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can have a child whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggling in reading but excelling in mathematics. Do you retain him in the third grade?â&#x20AC;? Not all children learn at the same pace, Clegg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This type of legislation ignores everything known about human development and learning,â&#x20AC;? he said. Reading proficiency â&#x20AC;&#x153;can come later,â&#x20AC;? Clegg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a shining example of that. My sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shining example of that. My brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shining example of that. I struggled with reading.â&#x20AC;? Myhraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill, whose third-grade advancement provision would take effect

in 2014-15, also calls for districts to have local literacy plans and for teachers to periodically report studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reading progress to parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know a school that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing everything they can to increase the reading ability of all their students,â&#x20AC;? Clegg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is that not everybody starts at the same spot.â&#x20AC;? Myhra says results from Florida bolster her case, especially with minority students. In 2009, Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hispanic students outscored or tied overall fourth-grade reading scores of 31 states, including Minnesota, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, she notes. Myhra is also chief author of a bill that would assign schools and school districts letter grades based on student proficiency and learning growth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; another Florida reform. Clegg said Myhra offers only a sampling of Florida reforms, which also included â&#x20AC;&#x153;significantâ&#x20AC;? investment in class-size reduction and curriculum work. John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

 

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