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Having heart saves lives at Fairview Ridges Patients get state-of-the-art cardiac care south of the by Stacey Ackerman SPECIAL TO THISWEEK

Dakota County patients suffering from a cardiac arrest no longer have to be transported to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina as they once did. Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, which opened a catheterization laboratory in 2009, is only the second hospital in the state to do so. The lab, an examination room that uses state-of-the-art imaging technology, allowing physicians to see inside heart arteries, has already performed 650 angiograms and 16 emergency angioplasties. Fairview Ridges is a leading hospital in cardiac care, winning several awards of distinction from HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted source of health care information, including: • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack

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Standing inside the catheterization lab at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville are (from left) Diane Nelson, director of Cardiovascular Services, Heidi Wipf and Amanda Brandt, both employees of the lab. for three consecutive years (2009-2011) • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for two consecutive years (2010-2011) • Five-Star rated for Treatment of Stroke for three consecutive years (2009-2011) • Top 10 percent in the Nation for Treatment of

Stroke for two consecutive years (2010-2011) The catheter lab currently operates on a weekday basis, but the goal is to have it staffed 24/7 in the near future. Fairview Ridges is investing significant resources into its cardiovascular unit due to the aging population in Burnsville and the sur-

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The catheterization lab at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville is one of only two in Minnesota. rounding communities. “We are addressing an aging population,� Dr. Stephen Battista, interventional cardiologist and site lead at Fairview Ridges, said.

“We’re seeing more cardiac arrests, therefore we’ve ramped it up.� The hospital currently employs three full-time cardiologists, and soon may get

a fourth, and has a staffing level of 1-1.5 for nurse practitioners on a daily basis. “The business is growing so fast its bulging at the See Cardiac, 11A

Local author recounts battle City loans $50,000 to draw more shows to Burnsville arts center with postpartum anxiety She hopes book will be a resource for women, health care workers

Businesses also donate to ‘angel fund’

by Stacey Ackerman

by John Gessner

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I have always wanted to write a book. If you asked me a few years ago what would be on my bucket list, writing a book was definitely up there. I just didn’t have the motivation or a really compelling story. That all changed after the birth of my third child. I was hospitalized for 12 days with a diagnosis of severe depression postpartum, anxiety disorder and panic disorder with psychotic features followed by post traumatic stress disorder. Yes, a sprinkling of every postpartum mood disorder, yet it went unrecognized and untreated until it was almost too late. I decided to write my memoir, “Supermom: A Postpartum Anxiety Survival Story� six months after my release

An “angel fund� giving the Burnsville Performing Arts Center money to book its own shows got a $50,000 taxpayer boost Aug. 1, but not without a fight. The City Council, meeting as the Economic Development Authority, voted 3-1 to loan $50,000 from the city’s EDA fund. Council Member Mary Sherry vigorously opposed the loan, which will buttress private donations. Center manager VenuWorks and the center’s advisory commission want to build a fund of at least $100,000, allowing the ven-

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Lakeville resident Stacey Ackerman battled postpartum anxiety after the birth of her third child, Emily. from the behavioral health unit in an effort to better understand what made me, an overachieving mom, lose my mind. In the year it took to write my story, I discovered many things. It was the best journey in self-discovery I could have ever made. See Postpartum, 12A

Eagan man rescued by passerby after nearly drowning in Fish Lake by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

A Eagan man was saved by a few Good Samaritans and local law enforcement Sunday night, July 31, after he nearly drowned in an Eagan lake. According an Eagan police report, 37-year-old Muhammad Irfan Javed, who did not know how to swim, jumped into Fish Lake to save his 2-year-old son, who had fallen in. Javed’s 7-year-old daughter saw her father struggle in the water and ran for help while her other brother stayed on shore. The girl ran up to 49-year-old Mark Halberg screaming that someone was drowning. General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000

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ue to assume the risk and reward of booking shows on its own. The center was established as a rental house, with no budget for chasing bookings. “That is in contrast to a presenting house,� which the angel fund will allow, Deputy City Manager Tom Hansen said. The center has finite prospects as a rental house, said Dan Gustafson, council member and EDA president. Friends and foes of the city-owned center, which opened amid controversy in January 2009, agree that more bookings are needed to fill empty spots in the calendar and cut citysubsidized operating losses. The angel fund idea has community support, said Hansen and Sal Mondelli, chair of the advisory com-

Halberg followed her to the fishing pier where he saw the 2-year-old struggling in the water. As he jumped in and pulled the boy out, Halberg felt something brush against his leg in the water. It was Javed, who was unconscious at the bottom of the lake. Police estimate he was there for about two minutes. After putting the boy on shore, Halberg, of Burnsville, returned to the water to retrieve the father. He pulled the man to the surface and began treading water until two paddle boats arrived a short time later. At some point in the chaos a call was made to Eagan police who arrived at the scene at around 8:30 p.m.

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The boats’ occupants, Nancy Durkee and Patrick Scanlon, both of Eagan, pulled Javed inside one boat and brought him to the pier where officers were waiting. The officers revived Javed, who was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital along with his 2-year-old son. “The key to making this a successful rescue was the act of the Good Samaritan who didn’t hesitate to jump in the water,� said Danielle Anselment, spokeswoman for the Eagan Police Department. “Due to his actions, three little children have their father today.�

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Children climbed in and around a fire engine on the 4200 block of Sandstone Drive in Eagan on Aug. 2 during the city’s annual National Night Out event. Members of the fire and police departments met with area block parties to teach safety and get to know one another.

E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

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mission. VenuWorks, Pepsi and Pawn America have each agreed to donate $10,000. A city contribution will boost private fundraising efforts, backers say. The city is putting enough money into the center already, Sherry said, citing an annual $410,000 EDA contribution to debt service on the $20 million building as well as a 2011 general fund transfer of $275,000. “I am a risk-taker. Just to look at my stock portfolio, I am a risk-taker. But I am not a risk-taker with other people’s money, and this is other people’s money,� she said in opposing the angel fund contribution. Council Member Dan Kealey, noting that he voted against building the center, See Loan, 2A

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Eagan man faces felony Eagan author recalls life on streets through novel charges for allegedly stealing from nonprofit by Jessica Harper

would be a better avenue to distance herself from the As a teenager, Susan Niz story. “It enabled me to make wasn’t preparing for the it authentic but still prom or college enfiction,� she said. trance exams like Though she took others her age. much creative libInstead, the erty, Niz’s personal Eagan resident fojourney is still wocused on where her ven within the pagnext meal would es. come from or where “Any given characshe would sleep at Susan Niz ter is not based on night. At age 16, Niz dropped one person but inspired by out of school and ran away several people I knew,� she from her suburban home said. Niz describes the main for the streets of Minneapolis – an experience that character, Kara, as someone inspired her to write her re- who has good intentions but who bases her decisions cent novel, “Kara, Lost.� The book, which is avail- on emotions – characterisable at major book stores, tics that she, at one time in focuses on 16-year-old her life, shared. “I had the same mind-set Kara, who too leaves her home in the suburbs for the as Kara,� she said. “I felt rough streets of Minneapo- what I had to do was run from the problem.� lis during the early ’90s. Niz said she struggled Niz, 36, initially planned to write a memoir about to find the resources she her personal experiences needed to stay on track as a teenage runaway, but – resources other teens ultimately decided fiction need to avoid the same THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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2009 and notified Eagan police. Through their investigation, officers found two cash withdrawals — one exceeding $119,000 and the other exceeding $157,5000 — that could not be accounted for. The majority of the withdrawals were made at a bank branch in Eagan near Rodrigues’ home. Forensic analysis determined that Rodrigues had transferred $57,570 directly to his personal account. Rodrigues is expected to appear in court on Aug. 29.

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An Eagan man faces felony charges for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a Minneapolis ice skating club. John Paul Rodrigues, 58, was charged by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office on July 22 with two counts of felony theft. The criminal complaint states the following: Rodrigues had been embezzling money from the skating club, which he had served as treasurer for the past four years. One of the club’s board members discovered the E-mail Jessica Harper at: missing funds in December jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

   

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to a break-even position,� Kealey said, “but we have to invest, just like any other business.� “You’re very sunny about the outlook here,� Sherry told council colleagues. “But what if it doesn’t go?� The EDA could be facing another $50,000 request in two years, she said. The EDA voted to approve a loan not exceeding $50,000, for a period longer than a year and repayment terms to be decided. The center’s operating loss in 2010 was $390,000, according to the city. All told, the city is paying more than $1 million a year in loss subsidies, debt repayment and operations, Kealey said.

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gave a vigorous defense of city participation in the fund. At his suggestion, what had been proposed as a city contribution was instead made a loan. “We have to drive revenues,� Kealey said. “We have to do this and some other things.� Minnesota Zoo concert series promoter Sue McLean has said that the lack of a “risk� fund is holding the center back, Kealey said. Kealey and other backers say an angel fund could help the center stage a concert series. McLean has promoted one concert at the center and is promoting an upcoming Lyle Lovett show. John Gessner is at burnsville. “I believe we can get it thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

  

         



 

   

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Ten seek School Board seat District 191 board will choose appointee Aug. 18 by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Burnsville-EaganSavage District 191 School Board has a diverse roster of 10 applicants from which to choose a replacement for veteran Board Member Gail Morrison. They include a former Burnsville City Council member, a 20-something graduate of Burnsville High School, a parent of specialneeds children, an ex-school administrator, a senior citizen and a leading advocate of multicultural education. The six sitting board members interviewed the candidates at a public work session on Aug. 4. They’ll select one at the Aug. 18 board meeting. Board members will narrow the choices by naming their top candidates before voting, Chair Ron Hill said. The appointee will serve the rest of Morrison’s term, which ends in December 2012. The former Burnsville resident resigned at the end of June because she was moving out of the district. Applicants are: Peter Beckel, 11464 Galtier Drive, Burnsville. A candidate in the 2010 board election, Beckel has been a volunteer and substitute teacher in district schools. He’s been involved in Burnsville Athletic Club youth sports. Caryl Breecher, 3400 E. 112th St., Burnsville. A selfdescribed senior citizen, she is a registered nurse who has taught nursing for Abbott Northwestern Hospi-

tal’s School of Nursing, St. Mary’s Junior College and Gustavus Adolphus College. Sheryl Burkhardt, 2701 Hayes Drive, Burnsville. A special-education paraprofessional at Shakopee High School, Burkhardt has also worked as an educational assistant in English-language instruction at District 191’s Metcalf Junior High and as an elementary reading and math tutor in Lakeville. She’s been an active volunteer in District 191. Steven Cherney, 408 E. 135th St., Burnsville. Cherney is a former Burnsville City Council member and has served on the city’s Planning Commission. His community activities include Burnsville Rotary (treasurer) and the Burnsville Fire Muster (operations director). Steve Dove, 10913 Southview Drive, Burnsville. Dove, a former assistant principal and athletic director at Edina High School, is an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at the University of St. Thomas. Community activities have included Burnsville Athletic Club coaching and the committee promoting passage of District 191’s 2007 levy referendum. Mark Korman, 12905 First Ave. S., Burnsville. An accounting and finance professional, Korman has two special-needs sons entering first grade at Rahn Elementary and a daughter entering third grade at Gideon Pond, where he has attended PTO meetings. Seema Pothini, 4173 W. 136th St., Savage. An educational equity and diversity

consultant, she is president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. She’s a former sixthgrade teacher and served on the integration task force of the Burnsville and Lakeville districts. William Randall, 2075 Flint Drive, Eagan. A project manager for Tonka Equipment Co., Randall served as Wisconsin coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists and has volunteered at Rahn Elementary. Clynt Reddy, 12937 Portland Ave., Burnsville. A valedictorian of Burnsville High School’s Class of 2005, Reddy is a self-described nonprofit employee and community leader. He’s senior team leader at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan and established a student-led ministry in the Burnsville area called Rampage. Robert VandenBoom, 2062 Royale Drive, Eagan. A senior marketing manager for The Toro Co., VandenBoom has been involved in the Rahn Elementary and districtwide site councils and other district activities, including the Facilities Task force. He has coached youth sports and taught faith formation at Mary, Mother of the Church. Two others, Paul Butche of Burnsville and Mark Nesvig of Savage, submitted applications but have withdrawn as candidates. Candidates’ application filings can be viewed at the district website, www. isd191.org.

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Emergency drill is Aug. 13 at 157th Street transit station Area police, fire and ambulance personnel will be staging an emergency response drill from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the 157th Street transit station in Apple Valley. The entire transit station at 15865 Pilot Knob Road,

as well as nearby Quarry Point Park, will be closed to the public during the drill, which is held locally every three to five years to test public safety workers’ ability to respond to a largescale emergency, said Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon

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La Semana bridges cultures for adoptees by Aaron Vehling THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

What if you were the only person who looked like you? Odd question, especially for those without twins. But think of it this way: What if you were the only person of your ethnicity in your community? In the early 1980s, as more Minnesotans began adopting from abroad, many were confronted with this question. Their Minnesotaraised children were part of white families and mostly white communities, but looked decidedly different. Jeaneen Wilhelmi, who adopted two Colombian children in the early 1980s, recognized the importance of the adoptees having some interaction and a relationship with other Latino kids. So Wilhelmi and some partners started La Semana, a cultural camp aimed at bridging the gap between cultures of origin and adopted cultures. “We wanted kids to have companions who looked like them,� Wilhelmi told me over the phone last week. “We kept saying, ‘How do we keep these kids in connection with their heritage?’ � La Semana (which is Spanish for “the week�) is a weeklong rec-

reational and educational program that has been held at different sites around the Twin Cities in its multiple decades of existence. It celebrated its 30th anniversary this past week at All Saints Catholic Church and Lakeville South High School. “The camp taught me as a very young person to not be ashamed of my adoption story and eclecticlooking family,� said Anna Wilhelmi Plachizaca, Jeaneen’s daughter. She got started with the camp when she was very young, but she remembers that idea running through her head. The camp started out with 45 kids, all pre-K through seventh grade. The bonds developed amid the classrooms, Latin musical performances, food tastings and cultural lessons held strong. “The core families would go on vacations with each other,� Wilhelmi Plachizaca said. “We were even in each other’s weddings.� The situation is a bit different now. There are nearly 400 kids in the program, adopted from a variety of Latin American countries. Also, there are more Latino immigrants in Minnesota in general,

so it’s not so much a matter of the adoptees being one of a few among a sea of white. It’s more about adopted children with a semicommon background getting in touch with their roots. “All adopted children have a sense of abandonment in their psyche,� Wilhelmi said. “Most kids yearn for something to connect them to who they are.� Talking with the Wilhelmis made me think of some of my personal experiences. Growing up, I had a couple friends who were adopted from Korea by white families. One of them said she did not even think of herself as nonwhite until some kids at school made fun of her for “looking Chinese.� Minnesota has the highest number of Korean adoptees per capita in the world, according to a 2010 MinnPost story on the topic. There are centers that provide cultural trips for adoptees who want to visit the city in Korea in which they were born, and sometimes even the orphanage from which they came. I actually spent some time in Korea about five years ago. I was an English teacher in a city of about 2 million people. Here, that would be a big city. There, it was more like a Mankato-sized city in relation to

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Seoul, the capital. While I would not dream to know what these adoptees in America feel like being a minority, my experience in Korea has heightened my empathy toward them. I was one of a very small population of white people in a very homogenous area. The result was that everywhere I went people would do at least one of the following: stare, laugh, approach me and give me advice or just engage in friendly conversation. But sometimes it was negative, especially when people would act as if I were part of some Barnumesque experiment in public relations. The funny part is this would often happen in my neighborhood’s ubiquitous American chain establishments, so perhaps I was feeding into somewhat of a cliche. That said, I hadn’t had McDonald’s in six months, so I was interested in a taste of home. I emerged from these incidents basically unscathed – again, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m offering an analogous experience here – but it allowed me the luxury of even a percentage of an experience walking in someone else’s shoes. What becomes of those kids who

go through La Semana? Wilhelmi Plachizaca said that the camp, and its sister organization Parents of Latin American Children, engage in a number of activities that “teach philanthropy at an early age.� For example, at Christmas the kids will send gifts to the orphanages they came from. “I think that shaped a lot of us into who we are in our careers now,� she said. “Several of us are now in social services. I think it just gave us one more opportunity that most 7- and 8-year-olds don’t have: giving back to something larger than themselves.� It is perhaps this that makes La Semana so inspiring: It takes the tough questions about race, adoption, the self and one’s heritage and answers them for kids by being honest with them. And that manifests as good, old-fashioned selfless behavior. In an age in which Americans often genuflect before the idea of instant gratification for the benefit of the self, I find this comforting. Aaron Vehling is the Lakeville Editor for Thisweek Newspapers. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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Trickle down doesn’t work To the editor: Interpretations are not facts, and some folks would like to convince us their interpretations are facts. A recent letter from an advocate of classic libertarian principles supported Rep. Ron Paul’s economic views as a panacea for our country. Unfortunately he aligned himself with Herbert Hoover and Grover Norquist in this justification for laissez-faire solutions for all our economic woes. I just don’t buy his idea that we should drown government in the bathtub. That won’t solve our financial problems. The writer’s failed attempt to justify his radical views by

trying to deceive us about the work of Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Samuelson and the architect of our country’s escape from the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes, shows how desperate he is. If the lie is big enough and nicely presented, maybe people will believe it. He wants us to believe that helping the poor is what got us into trillions of dollars of national debt. He’d like us to forget about the cost of hefty tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires and unpaid bills for wars during the regime of Bush 2. He hopes we’ll believe those bad investments have nothing to do with that debt, nor the recession we’ve experienced since then. There’s a reason our country’s income gap is wider than

ever before. Thanks to this bad tax policy, the top 1 percent now controls 40 percent of our nation’s assets, according to the Census Bureau. This robs our economy of the energy and vitality of those lower-income folks whose hard work and ingenuity are all being spent just trying to put food on the table for their families. Programs to permit low-income people build some assets and participate more fully in our economy are anathema to these elitists who still want us to believe the myth that more money for billionaires will help provide us all good-paying jobs. No thanks, I’ve been trickled on enough, thank you. PAUL HOFFINGER Eagan

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by Joe Nathan THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

With all the talk about political principles, I decided to ask several Rosemount and Eagan area principals and higher education leaders about their personal priorities. John Wollersheim, principal at Rosemount high school, wrote: “Minnesota’s Public Schools are here to serve our students and our communities. As a school leader, every decision we make should be focused on doing what is best for our students and then community. District and school goals should be focused on this same interest.â€? Ben Lewis, principal at Century Junior High in Forest Lake, agreed and described some of the challenges of the “what’s best for students philosophy.â€? “I think the most often ethic I rely on is to do what is best for a student or students in the situation and its various constraints. The catch is the last part ‌ budget, time, external demands often limit the options. In addition there are several interpretations on ‘what is best for students’ in any given context.â€? Paulette Reikowski, Eagan High School principal, responded by saying it’s “certainly important to think about this as we go through our day. I use personal integrity and try to model that behavior (being true to myself and my standards at all times) and respect for others regardless of culture, background, age, race, or gender.â€? Karen Seashore, a widely respected regents professor at the University of Minnesota, has talked with educators at the K-12 as well as college/university level. She also conducted research on the “practical ethicsâ€? that faculty members use in their research settings. She suggested: • “Every time you make an on-the-spot

decision, you have to ask yourself whether you are creating an opportunity for harm.â€? • “Be fair, particularly in allocating opportunities and credit. In fact, be generous. I hardly ever work alone, and it is very important that others with whom I work have the chance to participate fully and be given public commendation for what they do. This is as true of students in classes as people who work with me as assistants.â€? • “Never fudge ‘data’ or try for quick fixes. I have been a teacher-leader at the university as well as a scholar. It is always tempting to put the end first, but the consequences are always terrible – usually for other people. This applies to grading, to classes that are not going as well as I wanted, to students who may be stumbling – as well as to research projects.â€? • “Always put yourself in the other person’s shoes – whether a student, a colleague, or a person who is cooperating in a research project.â€? Along with suggestions above that others offered, John Beach, principal of Princeton’s North Elementary wrote, “I don’t know if this is a principle, but an appropriate sense of humor really goes a long way in creating a comfortable, easygoing environment.â€? We (including me) don’t always succeed at being open, honest, and generous, mixed with a sense of humor. But I found it useful to ask others about their guiding principles. What are yours? Joe Nathan, a former public school teacher and administrator, directs the Center for School Change, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. He can be reached at jnathan@umn.edu. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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Tires Plus Primrose School expands to Eagan OK’d for mall site by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Nicolas B. Payne "Nick", age 21 of Lakeville, entered the arms of Jesus as a result of a car accident on July 25, 2011. Nick is preceded in death by his uncle, Charlie Wifler. He is survived by his parents, Brent and Renee; siblings, Tiffany, Connor and Logan; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and too many friends to list. Nicolas is deeply loved and will be sorely missed. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 29 at 1 PM, in Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 10658 210th St. West, Lakeville, with his visitation being held from 10 AM to 1 PM in the church. Interment was in Lebanon Cemetery, Apple Valley. Memorials can be sent to the National Marf a n F o u n d a t i o n (www.marfan.org), the Salvation Army of North Mpls (www.thesalarmy.com), or to the church.

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Nancy C. Ramsey Nancy C. Ramsey, age 83, of Burnsville, passed away on July 23, 2011. Nancy enjoyed working at Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville for 30 years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Max Ramsey II. Survived by her loving children, Carol (Paul) Hedberg, and Max (Rose) Ramsey III. Also by five grandchildren: Mary Speidel, Cassandra (Brad) Vrchota, Jacob Hedberg, and Lucas & William Ramsey. Memorial Mass will take place 11 AM Tuesday (7/26) at Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 E. Cliff Rd., Burnsville, with a gathering of family and friends 1 hr. prior to Mass at Church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.



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Phyllis W. Burnett Phyllis W., Burnett, age 71, of Apple Valley, passed away July 20, 2011 at the Augustana Health Care Center of Apple Valley. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Wilma Culver. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle; 3 grandchildren, Christopher, Susan and Anthony; brother, Theron (Beverly) Culver; nieces, nephews and friends. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11 AM in Henry W Anderson Mortuary, 147th and Garrett Ave., Apple Valley with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the Mortuary. Interment will be in Mt Hope Cemetery, St James, MN.

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Leif Anton & Luther Roger Sather Leif Anton Sather and Luther Roger Sather were born May 31st, 2011 at Fairview Ridges Hospital to John and Tina Sather of Elko, MN. Leif weighed 4 lbs, 14 oz, 17 1/2�, and Luther weighed 5 lbs, 9 oz, 18 1/2�. Grandparents are Roger and Kathy Sather formerly of Lakeville, and Geri and the late Roy Elvestad of Elko.

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IN BRIEF Primrose School is located at 4249 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Eagan. Phone: (651) 994-1477. Web: www.primroseeagan.com. age groups into 11 different classrooms. The lessons taught in these classes, such as respect, honesty and responsibility, particularly impressed Storkamp. “Kids grab on to that so quickly,� said Storkamp, who has her own three children enrolled at the center. “It was nice to know it was really high quality and they love it.� Working with the center’s children is the most satisfying part of the job, she said. Each class is directed by a licensed teacher or li-

censed child care provider. Primrose stands out from the competition, Storkamp said, by providing accredited curriculum. “We’re always making changes and improvements in areas,� she said. “We’re staying ahead of it.� The cost of enrollment varies. For more information, call (651) 994-1477 or visit www.primroseeagan. com. E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

District 191 adjusts finances in light of new state budget The newly approved state budget will result in $8 million less in cash flow than expected for BurnsvilleEagan-Savage School District 191 during the 2011-12 school year and will require the district to borrow funds to pay for operating expenses. Legislators and the governor agreed to shift funding and delay aid payments to all school districts in order to balance the state’s budget. “This added financial stress makes it even more important that we move forward with changes that will allow us to continue to offer the high quality education our community expects and our students deserve,â€? Board Chair Ron Hill said. He said that over the past three years, the board has charted a course that includes: • Reaffirming the district’s mission to provide every student with relevant and challenging learning experiences. • A focus on improving curriculum and instruction. • Restructuring the organization for sustainability. • Creating budget documents that are easier to understand and more transparent so that more effective communication regarding the financial state of the district can take place with all stakeholders. The board adopted a 2011-12 budget that spends

$4 million less than the previous year and uses $2 million of the district’s budget reserve. The board also voted unanimously to ask voters in November to renew an existing levy that will expire in 2013. It provides about $10 million in revenue each year. Approval of the levy would extend it for another 10 years at no increase to taxpayers. Another major financial factor comes into play as the board begins negotiating

 

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contracts with its eight employee groups that include about 93 percent of the district’s 1,245 employees. “We understand that negotiating new labor contracts may require tough decisions; especially in difficult economic times,� said Hill, who along with board members Dan Luth and Jim Schmid will represent the board in negotiations. “Therefore, all decisions will be based on what our district believes to be good educational and fiscal management.�

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A north Burnsville shopping mall hailed by City Council members as a model of graceful aging will continue its renaissance with a new Tires Plus store. The council gave unanimous approval Aug. 1 to the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction on Town and Country Square Shopping Center property. Tires Plus will build an 8,420-square-foot retail and service center on the southeast corner of the property, next to Highway 13. Construction is expected later this summer. The council agreed to a deviation in green space for the entire mall property to allow Tires Plus and future development on an unbuilt lot on the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northwest corner adjacent to Cliff Road. City planning staff said green space totaling 23.08 percent of the site is needed to comply with the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned unit development. Staff recommended removing hard surface elsewhere on the property when the northwest corner is developed. The property owner, iMetro T & C LLC, asked for 20.95 percent green space. Tom Evenson, representing the owner, said a future building of up to 9,800 square feet would have to be reduced to 2,000 to accommodate the higher green space requirement and parking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we have to bump that green space requirement up, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a problem,â&#x20AC;? Evenson told the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to take that building down to nothing.â&#x20AC;? The owner has lost some land that would have qualified as green space to rightof-way dedications along both Cliff and 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we need to be flexible (on green space), and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m OK with their 20.95,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Dan Kealey said. The mall, built in 1971, is 100 percent leased, according to Kealey. It has undergone exterior improvements over the years, and an extra retail building was added east of the mall after being approved in 2004. iMetro took an area that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a little blightedâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;turned it into a very nice center,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Dan Gustafson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we talk about the aging strip malls, I really think you have shown what can be done,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Mary Sherry said. As part of the planned unit development amendment allowing Tires Plus, the owner agreed to rescind council approvals in 2007 and 2008 that allowed an event center at the mall. That space is now leased by a retail store. Eliminating that use frees up total parking, allowing Tires Plus to claim needed spaces.

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Like many parents, Diane and Darren Storkamp wanted the most out of their child care center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a parent, I know what it is like to leave your child somewhere and not want to feel guilty about it,â&#x20AC;? Diane said. The Savage couple searched for some time until coming across Primrose School in their hometown. Diane was so impressed she left her corporate job to open a Primrose location with her husband in Eagan. Though Darren is coowner, he continues to maintain another career in the technology industry. Diane, who previously worked as a project manager for Hallmark, said she easily transitioned into her new job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of it is managing so it is not as big of a change as I had thought,â&#x20AC;? she said. The franchise opened in late July at 4249 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. The Eagan school is the latest of seven Primrose sites in the Twin Cities. Storkamp said she believes it will fit well in Eagan because the city has a large number of young families. Primrose is a for-profit franchise of child care centers that has an educational focus for infants and children ages 1 to 12. Children are divided by

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Sports Darwitz returns to the south metro, this time as a coach Olympian, Gopher and Eagan Wildcat Natalie Darwitz will take over as girls hockey head coach at Lakeville South by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare when a high school coach is asked for an autograph. But as one of the top womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey players in U.S. history, Natalie Darwitz has signed more than she can remember. Darwitz, with a long list of accomplishments that includes an Olympic silver medal and the all-time scoring record at the University of Minnesota, was introduced as the new Lakeville South varsity head coach at Hasse Arena on Tuesday night to players, parents and fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not every day you can introduce a coach of this caliber to your program,â&#x20AC;? Lakeville South athletic director Neil Strader said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Michael Jordan of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey.â&#x20AC;? After the introduction speeches, Darwitz worked her way through the crowd and hesitated on the autograph question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw a couple kids I thought who were going to ask,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how I was going to react. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if a coach should give out autographs. I want to set the standard that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the coach.â&#x20AC;?

Autographs or not, Darwitz has the experience on and off the ice to merit the coaching opportunity. She was a member of the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team at age 15 and spent three of the past four years in the coaching ranks with Eagan High School and the University of Minnesota. She played at the U of M until 2005 and served as an assistant in 2008-09 and 2010-11. She was captain for the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team in the 2010 Olympics. So why leave a full-time Division I assistant coach position for Lakeville South? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been on the road since I was 15 and that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suit me anymore,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be around for Thanksgiving and Christmas now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting at the age where family is important to me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rivals are 10-15 minutes away now. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to drive five hours into Wisconsin.â&#x20AC;? She admits itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a risky move, but in the end, she wants to work with high school players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in my heart,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have their opinions on whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing the right thing. Now my passion is Lakev-

ille South.â&#x20AC;? Darwitz plans on coaching her team to win, but as a high school coach, she realizes sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also molding young lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously I want to win a state championship, but I want to instill values into these girls,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to become better hockey players, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also going to become better friends and better people.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big reason she was an attractive hire for Strader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She can teach life skills to these kids,â&#x20AC;? Strader said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She traveled the world and played hockey at the highest level ... Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal with kids.â&#x20AC;? Lakeville approached Darwitz first. There were some family connections, so Strader didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it would hurt to ask. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d kick ourselves if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try,â&#x20AC;? Strader said. Darwitz listened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really on the market,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one really considered me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at the U and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tied down. I told them I would think about it and I think that surprised them.â&#x20AC;? Other schools heard she might be available, but Lakeville South stood out.

the college level, but you get there sometimes they have a chip on their shoulder or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little arrogant.â&#x20AC;? Her memories from playing at Eagan from 1996-2000 when she scored 487 points in 102 games kept coming back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cherish my high school hockey days,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like winning the Photo by Andy Rogers section tournament Lakeville South athletic director and going to state.â&#x20AC;? Neil Strader, left, introduced Natalie It helped that Darwitz as the new Lakeville South her high school girls hockey coach at Hasse Arena on coach was her dad Tuesday. Scott Darwitz who still coaches with â&#x20AC;&#x153;They kept coming at Eagan. When trying to me,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulti- decide what to do, Scott mately Lakeville was the Darwitz a longtime girls most intriguing to me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school hockey coach, a chance to build from the encouraged her. She startground up. Other programs ed coaching with her dad already had established tra- at Eagan for the 2007-08 ditions, but Lakeville South school year when the team is new.â&#x20AC;? went 20-9-1 and qualified She spent the summer for state. coaching youth camps in â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tough deciEagan, which helped her sion for me because that decide. would be a lot of fun to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really passion- coach alongside him, but ate about the age group,â&#x20AC;? at the same time this was Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that age an opportunity for me to group where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like take over a program and sponges. Nothing against

run with it,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call him up and ask for advice,â&#x20AC;? The real challenge will be playing Eagan and coaching against the Wildcats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known the Kelly green and the royal blue of Eagan all my life,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking down the visitor bench and seeing my father, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be strange. At the same time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competitive people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a fun night.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see each other on the ice first on Dec. 10 with Lakeville South as the host and again on Jan. 21, 2012, at Eagan. Coaching the Cougars wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take as much time as the Gophers, so she plans on returning to school to become a teacher. She hopes to teach in the Lakeville district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see myself as a mainstay here as part of the community,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. The first order of business is putting together a coaching staff. She spent the past week saying goodbye to the Gophers, which she said was hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready for the next step in my life,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited.â&#x20AC;? Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

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The April Verch Band, a fiddle-driven Canadian roots-music trio, will be the headlining act at Eagan Market Fest on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The weekly, city-run Market Fest offers live entertainment, in addition to a farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market and family activities, each Wednesday night throughout the summer at Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway, and admission is free. Also set to perform Aug. 10 are Bill and Kate Isles; the music runs from 4 to 8 p.m. More information is at www.cityofeagan.com/marketfest.

Above: Madison Railton, Dain Feil and Lucy Niver are among the 57-member cast of young actors in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beast Jr.â&#x20AC;? presented by The Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Thing Productions next weekend at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center

Peter Pan Project presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Nicollet Commons

At left: Among the anthropomorphic houseware items in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beast Jr.â&#x20AC;? is a group of dancing dishes, including Katie Mills, Kiele Sterner and Emma Kopp.

The Peter Pan Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third production, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderella,â&#x20AC;? opens Saturday, Aug. 6 at Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville. This free performance is a new production of the classic tale and is inspired by the creativity of the teens and children involved. Performances are Aug. 6, 12, and 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nicollet Commons Park is located at 12550 Nicollet Avenue (on Nicollet Avenue between 125th Street and 126th Street West), just outside the Burnsville Art Center. The Peter Pan Project was created by L.J. Johnson, a local film and stage actress. She teamed up with The GARAGE in Burnsville a little over a year ago to produce innovative theater productions.

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Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Thing two and a half years ago. The show has a two-story set, elaborate costumes and professional props rented from Chanhassen Dinner Theater and other groups. The production will be presented on the main stage in the Burnsville arts centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,000-seat proscenium theater. By childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater standards, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a massive auditorium to fill, but Railton said her production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annie Jr.â&#x20AC;? last summer at the same venue drew about 600 people per show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what it is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people come out in droves,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast Jr.â&#x20AC;? will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 13, and 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and senior citizens, and are available at www. burnsvillepac.com. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

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Apple Valley businesses Heartbeat Studios and Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place will partner to present Disaster Blaster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a benefit for the victims of the North Minneapolis tornado â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley. The event will include performances in hip hop, break dance, tap and singing, plus a break dance battle. A silent auction also will be held. The show is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call Heartbeat Studios at (952) 432-7833 or Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place at (952) 432-1515.

Special entertainment and events are planned in Dakota City Heritage Village throughout the Dakota County Fair Aug. 8-14. The village is located on the west end of the fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. W., in Farmington. Entertainment will be provided by wandering musicians and offered in the performance tent on the green south of Ahlberg Hall. Groups and individuals performing will include Bakers Fan, Marv Gohman, Ron E. Cash, Summer Pops Band, Eelpout Singers, Still Tickin,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dakota Brass Quintet, Sonny Bryant, and Kar-

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Matthew Loydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costume has plenty of flair but one small drawback. Cast as the singing, anthropomorphic clock Cogsworth in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast Jr.,â&#x20AC;? the 14-year-old Burnsville resident says his boxy, bulky costume â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which includes a giant key protruding from his back and a pendulum dangling from his chest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; took some getting used to, especially offstage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hardest thing is getting through doors,â&#x20AC;? he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of the learning process, though, for Loyd and the 50-some other young actors in the classic Disney musical, which will be presented Aug. 11-13 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The show is being staged by The Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Thing Productions, the company of Dayna Railton of Lakeville.

Railton says the goal of her shows is to give south-ofthe-river students a chance to get familiar with theater and all the challenges, and fun, that come with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They learn focus, musicality, articulation, what kind of physicalities appeal to an audience, their position on stage and how it affects the entire show,â&#x20AC;? Railton said. Along with learning the nuts and bolts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;these are lifetime experiences theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cherish their whole lives,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magical.â&#x20AC;? The child cast and paid adult crew have been rehearsing four hours a day, five days a week for the past three weeks at Eagle Ridge Junior High in Savage, in anticipation of their move to the Burnsville venue next week. Railton said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast Jr.â&#x20AC;? is the biggest childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater project sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undertaken since founding The

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Expressions presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Month of Sundaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakeville community theater group Expressions will present the stage comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Month of Sundaysâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 5-14 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5-6 and 1213, and 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered by calling (952) 985-4640 or online at www. lakeville-rapconnect.com.

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seams,â&#x20AC;? Battista said. Fairview Ridges recently added a Cardiomyopathy Optimization Rehabilitation Education clinic (CORE) program. This physician-directed program teaches at-risk patients about diet and lifestyle changes. It includes a check-in program in which patients must report weight, blood pressure and other vitals on a daily basis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This drastically reduces hospitalization readmission rates in this population, from 20 percent to 1 to 2 percent,â&#x20AC;? Diane Nelson, director of Cardiovascular Services, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much easier to treat a patient when their weight is up only two or three pounds.â&#x20AC;? Any electrical issues related to pacemakers or other cardiac equipment can be taken care of at Ridges. Most checks are done over phone lines, but they can also be analyzed in Burnsville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most patients that live south of the river want to stay there,â&#x20AC;? Battista said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a wonderful patient response. They love when they can do everything here.â&#x20AC;? Hospital performance is often based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Door to Balloon Time,â&#x20AC;? meaning the time the patient arrives at the hospital until the first artery is opened. The national standard, according to Battista, is 90 minutes. The average time at Fairview Ridges is 45 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each 15-minute increment will determine survival 11 years down the road,â&#x20AC;? Battista said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A heart attack thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over within 45 minutes is already much smaller and the patient is recovering faster. Within 8-10 hours the patient is walking around and ready to go home safely.â&#x20AC;? The hospital started performing angiograms using a technique entering through a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrist last year, and with this procedure pa- Stacey Ackerman is a freetients are able to go home lance writer from Lakeville.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NOTICE The City of Eagan will receive sealed proposals for fully-insured Medical Insurance until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011. Mail proposals to the attention of: Ms. Lori Peterson Manager of Human Resources City of Eagan 3830 Pilot Knob Road Eagan, MN 55122-1897 Mark sealed envelopes containing the proposal on the lower left corner: "SEALED PROPOSAL -MEDICAL INSURANCE". Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals received within the required time period will be opened and reviewed by Lori Peterson and Jeff Azen. No formal opening of proposals will occur. The Request for Proposal, including this notice, general instructions, all pertinent underwriting and general information is on file at the office of Lori Peterson. Please provide two (2) copies of your proposal and an electronic copy on a CD. All responding companies should be prepared to make oral presentations, if requested. Proposals will be evaluated and the contracts are expected to be awarded in October, 2011. Contracts may only be awarded to carriers/vendors who respond to this RFP. The City of Eagan reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, or parts thereof, and to waive any informalities or irregularities. The Request for Proposal is being made under conditions set forth in Minnesota Statute Section 471.6161. IMPORTANT NOTE: Questions regarding this RFP should not be directed to the City of Eagan. All questions must be in writing (faxes or e-mails accepted) and directed to Jeff Azen of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. 3600 American Blvd Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55431; Phone: 952-356-0672 Fax: 866-743-6238 e-mail: Jeff_Azen@ajg.com. 2701920 8/5/11

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event planner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the list goes on and on. I still do try to be all of those things, although now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more aware of my actions. Well, one day, my Supermom cape broke and I could no longer fly. I remember going to a birthday party with my oldest son, Evan. It was for one of his preschool classmates. His mother had meticulously arranged for everyone to sew an owl costume. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even figure out how to assemble the darn thing. One of the other moms said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And there goes Jen, pulling out her Supermom cape again.â&#x20AC;? I wanted to be like her. I wanted to have the perfect craft for my kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party too. I tried to have a really great fifth birthday party for Evan. I rented a huge tiger jumper, but it rained. I had planned for the kids to plant flowers, but none of them were interested. Nonetheless, the party wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t up to my Supermom expectations. Now I know that nothing can ever live up to those expectations because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not realistic. In my quest to be a superaccomplished woman with a 10 page to-do list every day, I often forget some important details because my brain runs on overload. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always the mom who forgets to put diapers in the diaper bag, or goes to the zoo without any snacks. And I am always losing my watch, the silver one that I bought on our trip to Switzerland. One day when I was pouring my corn flakes the watch fell out. Talk about a great cereal prize! As part of my Supermom persona, I like to have everything meticulously planned out. I want to be in control. Always. I hate the feeling of not having control. There is nothing that scares me more. But it seems like thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this strange thing called life that seems to get in the way. The stomach flu, a car accident, an asthma attack, bad weather, or postpartum anxiety that shakes up my system. Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t these things be scheduled on my smart

Postpartum/from 1A I discovered that panic attacks had happened to me before, many years ago, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they were. I also learned that the unexplained paralysis of my legs that I had after the birth of my second child was actually a form of anxiety, a psychological condition called Conversion Disorder, in which someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anxiety A book signing by transpires into a physical Stacey Ackerman for ailment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supermom: A PostThrough my book-writpartum Anxiety Suring journey, I began to realvival Storyâ&#x20AC;? has been ize that there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of scheduled at Apple information out there about Valley Barnes & Noble postpartum anxiety, makfrom 1-3 p.m. Saturday, ing it difficult for numerous Aug. 20. health practitioners to recIt is available in soft ognize my condition. cover, hard cover and My focus in my meme-book through www. oir began to take on a new super mombook.org, form â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to bring light to new www.barnesandnoble. moms and clinicians that com or www.amazon. postpartum mood disorders com. donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always transpire like Follow @Staceythe widely-recognized sad, Supermom on Twitter crying mother. and Facebook for the I want to spread awarelatest updates. Ackerness of postpartum anxiety man can be reached at so other new moms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stacey@supermomhave to hit rock bottom bebook.org. fore finding effective treatment. Here is an excerpt from The outside world seemed my book: foreign now. I had to think about it really hard to even What should have been remember that I had a baby. the happiest days of my life My engorged and infected turned out to be the darkest breasts were the only hint days. I had always longed of reality â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the reality that I for a daughter, and now that had too abruptly quit nursI had one I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ing. I was in a different place ever get to raise her. at this time in my life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen my new- that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever esborn in more than a week, cape. but it felt like a lifetime. As My psychiatrist labeled I sat in the windowsill of my me Supermom. He said, hospital room in the behav- â&#x20AC;&#x153;The higher up you are, the ioral health unit, I looked farther you have to fall.â&#x20AC;? outside at the world around He characterized me as the me. I saw familiar streets, woman who juggles so many ordinary people going to things that I can no longer visit loved ones, cars driv- keep all of the balls in the ing by, even the downtown air. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sooner or later someMinneapolis skyline in the thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to tip,â&#x20AC;? he said. background. These were all I had a hard time believing familiar sights that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen a him at the time, but now I million times before, but life think he was wise beyond from inside these four walls his words. looked very different. I used to run around and Most of the time I try to be the perfect mother, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember the wife, entrepreneur, employsimplest things â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like how ee, daughter, friend, sister, to brush my teeth, take a housekeeper, neighbor, shower, or comb my hair.

phone like everything else? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deal well with the unexpected. After my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth, more and more stressors entered my life and I tried to hold it all together and stay in control, but I lost it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to admit, but I totally lost it. Sometimes I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose it again, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on that. When postpartum anxiety/panic/psychosis hit me after having my third child, it was totally unplanned, unexpected, and it shook up my world like nothing else imaginable.

a postpartum anxiety survivor, but have come to the realization that I may suffer from generalized anxiety disorder for a lifetime. I recently tried to go off of my anti-anxiety medicine that I was prescribed after my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth, and I found myself angry, easily irritated and unable to cope. While I hate relying on pills, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to the realization that it beats the alternative. My mission now is to provide education and awareness to the postpartum community. I hope that through my book, writing about the topic and speakToday I consider myself ing to people, I can shed

more light on postpartum anxiety. If you or someone you know is suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, get help immediately. A few great local resources are Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Light (www.jennyslight. org) and Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (www.minnesotabirth.com). Stacey Ackerman is a college marketing instructor, freelance writer and advocate for postpartum awareness. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, Eirik, and their three children, Evan, Eithan, and Emily.

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