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Burnsville | Eagan NEWS Eagan author loves the hunt Kevin Lovegreen writes childrnen’s books about the sporting life he’s loved since childhood. Page 8A

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Local businesses among nation’s fastest growing by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK

OPINION Apple Valley woman honored 360 Communities honors the life of an Apple Valley woman who worked to help others escape abusive relationships. Page 4A


Four of the nation’s fastest growing companies call Eagan and Burnsville home. Prime Therapeutics, Avionte and Intertech in Eagan, and Burnsvillebased Innovative Office Solutions were named last week among the nation’s 5,000 fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine. Avionte experienced the greatest amount of growth at 294 percent in the past three years. The company – located at 1270 Eagan

Industrial Road – saw its revenue increase from $1.1 million in 2008 to $4.2 million in 2011. Avionte was founded in 2006 and develops and licenses staffing software and Web-based portal services that facilitate communication among recruiters, staffing agencies, employers and job candidates. It currently has 65 employees, which is 45 more than in 2008. Innovative Office Solutions in Burnsville also See BUSINESSES, 18A

‘Movember’ means mustaches for many Burnsville cops by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK

Burnsville police officers Jeremiah Mahler and Brian Beckstrom went with a hybrid look earlier this week: nearly cleanshaven heads and finely trimmed facial hair. You could say the patrol cops were in training for Movember, a month-long, mustache-growing movement to raise funds for men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancer. Mahler and Beckstrom had to shave before Nov. 1 to meet the Movember rule that participants start the Officers Brian Beckstrom, left, and Jeremiah Mahler grew month clean. But the usu- mustaches early this year to help publicize the Burnsville Police Department’s Movember campaign. They had to See MUSTACHES, 17A start over on Nov. 1.

BHS’ haunted hallways

Radio station hosts Kline and Obermueller’s only joint appearance

Holiday comedy in Lakeville “The ReGifters,” a stage comedy presented by Expressions community theater, comes to the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Page 10A

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Congressional candidates finally debate

The haunted hallways of Burnsville High School came to life on Oct. 27 courtesy of the Blaze robotics team and the BHS Theatre Guild, which staged Haunted Hallway 2012. The spooky tour had visitors on the run from zombie students and a robotic giant spider.

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville, met challenger Mike Obermueller, D-Eagan, for their only debate of the 2012 campaign on Monday in the St. Paul studio of Minnesota Public Radio. The time focused largely on health care along with brushing on taxes, the na-

tional debt and each candidate’s appeal to voters that they are the right person to represent the reshaped 2nd District. The 2nd District, which comprises all of Dakota County, has sent Kline to serve it in the past five elections. Kline, a retired U.S. Marine colonel and chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, touted his ability to work in a bipartisan manner to deliver payments to recently returned war veterans, improve charter school law and repeal No Child Left See DEBATE, 26A

Board shop owner honored for contributions to youth by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK

Eastview boys soccer on a roll Lightning boys advance to the state final for the second season in a row. Page 20A

ONLINE Look for election results at on election night and the following morning for a wrapup of all the local and state races. Those looking for voter information can read candidate responses to Sun Thisweek questionnaires online.

At 33, Shawn Solem is one of those adults other adults might envy. He’s managed to channel the passions of his youth – skateboarding and snowboarding – into an avocation. Solem owns and founded Zombie Boardshop at 15100 Buck Hill Road in Burnsville. His transition from “shop kid” to shop owner has brought with it a sense of civic responsibility. Solem serves on a committee raising funds for long-term improvements to Burnsville’s public skateboard park. His efforts, which include donating a small portion of each skateboard sale to the campaign, earned Solem a Community

has been skating since age 12, beginning at parks from Hudson, Wis., to Minneapolis, and on the snow at Afton Alps. “You wouldn’t even think about what you were really doing the next day,” he said. “You knew you were going to skate.” As a kid he worked in the “tuning” (repair) shop at Afton Alps. He attended college off and on before moving to Vail, Colo., with soon-to-be wife Ashley to work in a tuning shop there. When the couple returned to Minnesota, Shawn went to work at Gravity Lab and GLX, a newly opened Photo by John Gessner pair of shops in the old BeaShawn Solem is founder and owner of Zombie Boardshop on Buck Hill Road in Burnsville. ver Mountain waterslide Builder Award this month 2012 Community Builder the Burnsville Women of building just north of Buck from the City Council. Awards are Metcalf Junior Today. See SOLEM, 26A Other recipients of the High teacher Sue Borne and Raised in Afton, Solem

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Local races pack Burnsville ballot

Legislative races Eagan highlight

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Burnsville voters will vote on city, school district, state and county candidates in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the city election, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz faces Jerry Willenburg. Four candidates are running for two open City Council seats: Steve Cherney, Bruce Johnson, Suzanne Nguyen and incumbent Mary Sherry. Ten candidates are seeking four seats on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191 School Board. Candidates for three four-year terms are incumbent DeeDee Currier, Steve Dove, incumbent Ron Hill, Mark Korman, Seema Pothini, incum-

Eagan voters will cast ballots for city, state and county candidates in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Council members Meg Tilley and Cyndee Fields are running unopposed. Candidates for Eagan-area state legislative seats are: Senate District 51 — Republican Sen. Ted Daley and DFLer Jim Carlson. House District 51A — Republican Rep. Diane Anderson and DFLer Sandra Masin.


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Benefit set for Apple Valley accident victim A benefit will be held for the family of Apple Valley resident Justin Fettig, who was severely injured in an automobile accident on Highway 52 on Sept. 4. The benefit will be 3-7

p.m. Nov. 11, at South St. Paul VFW, 111 Concord Exchange, South St. Paul. Admission is free. A spaghetti dinner will be available for $5 for adults, $3 for ages 4 to 12, and

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A Eagan home caught fire on Oct. 19 after a lit cigarette was placed in a flower pot, which started the deck on fire. Cigarettes have been the No. 1 cause of fires in Eagan in the past two years, Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said.

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An Eagan home became engulfed with flames last week after a lit cigarette started a deck on fire. The Eagan Fire Department was notified at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 of a home fire in the 4700 block of Narvik Drive after a cigarette was discarded in a flower pot, which caused the deck to catch fire. When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, the fire had spread to the home’s siding and attic. About 40 firefighters from four Eagan stations fought the blaze for about an hour until extin-


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guishing it at about 9 p.m. “There was extensive damage, especially to the attic,” Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said. Scott estimated the loss at $75,000. The four people living in the home were uninjured. Scott warned residents about discarding cigarettes in flower pots or other improper containers. Potting soil typically contains peat, which is highly flammable, Scott added. “Cigarettes have been the number one cause of fires in Eagan in the past two years,” Scott said. A building at Lemay

Lakes Apartments on Eagandale Place started on fire in 2011 because of an improperly discarded cigarette, as did Casper’s Cherokee restaurant on Nicols Road in May. “If you have someone at your home who smokes, you need a proper container,” Scott said. Scott recommended that property owners purchase cigarette butt cans, which are large cone-shaped ashtrays that prevent wind from re-igniting cigarettes. Jessica Harper is at jessica. or

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Cole’s Salon, BURNSVILLE celebrates 33 years of serving you


THANK YOU for making us a part of YOUR LIFE! Front Row (left to right) Brenda Smith (21 yrs) Ryanne Herdrich (15 yrs) Tina Walock (24 yrs) Brenda Vogt (23 yrs) Karen Voss (29 yrs) Darcy Uitz (25 yrs) Karen Herman (26 yrs) Teresa Albee (20 yrs) Angie O'Connor (5 yrs) Melissa Hanson (20 yrs) Wendi Long (5 yrs) 2nd Row (left to right) Carrie Valtakis (1 yr) Peter Pulk (10 yrs) Karen Steinert (10 yrs) Trish Storhoff (32 yrs) Liz Youngman (3 yrs)

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ECM Editorial Board’s recommendations for Nov. 6 Over the past several weeks, the ECM Editorial Board has shared its voting recommendations for key elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We do not make these decisions lightly and do so only after hundreds of hours of work by a number of board panels and by the full board. They interviewed numerous candidates and researched issues facing voters this fall. Below is a review of the recommendations. Complete transcripts of each editorial can be found under the opinion/commentary link at www.hometownsource. com or on this ECM newspaper’s web page (

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amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?” Our recommendation: No. Amendment 2: Photo identification required for voting. “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 13, 2013?” Our recommendation: No. Voters are reminded that failure to vote State constitutional on a constitutional amendment has the same effect as voting no on the amendamendments Amendment 1: Recognition of marriage ment. solely between one man and one woman. U.S. Senate “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL.

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leaders and deciding key issues. The recommendations that this board has formulated are based solely on research of the board and represent our assessment of who can best serve our communities at this time. By having the opportunity to meet face to face with candidates and gleaning information from leaders promoting both sides of the constitutional questions, we believe we provide a special service to all readers. Above all, readers are reminded that our endorsements are nothing more than recommendations. We hope they stimulate your desire to take part in the process on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and that you cast your ballot as you see best.

2nd District: Mike Obermueller, DFLEagan. 3rd District: Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Eden Prairie. 4th District: Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-St. Paul. 5th District: Rep. Keith Ellison, DFLMinneapolis. 6th District: Jim Graves, DFL-St. Cloud. 8th District: Rep. Chip Cravaack, RNorth Branch. Some readers on occasion question why newspapers make political endorsements. For the ECM Editorial Board, the political endorsement process is a way to stimulate An editorial from the ECM Editorial Board. conversation on important topics and our Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Trieffort at aiding in the democratic process bune are part of ECM Publishers. that asks citizens to participate in electing

360 Communities remembers Apple Valley mom Winnie by Sal Mondelli SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Experts agree that domestic violence cuts across all racial and socioeconomic lines, and it is often deadly. So far this year, eleven women have died in Minnesota as a result of domestic violence, according to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. This number includes Woynshet Woldemariam. Many in the Twin Cities will remember Woynshet as another sobering domestic violence statistic – the Apple Valley mother of two who was tracked down by her exhusband and shot to death in a murdersuicide last July. To 360 Communities, she was much more. At our 360 Communities Lewis House domestic violence shelter, staff and volunteers knew her as “Winnie,” a courageous survivor. She was an Ethiopian immigrant who came to this country and discovered her own voice and power as an individual when she left her abusive husband. First, she was a client at Lewis House. Then, she became a dedicated volunteer, helping other women escape their abusive relationships.

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Winnie did all the right things – from getting help from Lewis House staff, to navigating the court system, to safety planning. Ultimately, in a case that is all too common, a determined abuser took her life. But she will not be defined as a victim in our eyes. Nor does her death render violence prevention efforts ineffectual. For every tragic story like Winnie’s, there are hundreds of others that end well because of violence prevention efforts. Winnie’s death only steels our resolve to reach more women and children who are affected by abuse. 360 Communities has helped more than 65,000 women and children since our first Lewis House shelter opened its doors in 1979. Today, our partnerships with law enforcement, child protection agencies and community supporters are stronger than ever. Recently, a generous couple donated

their Toyota Highlander to 360 Communities, requesting that it go to a Lewis House survivor. They understood the barriers to independence that women face when leaving an abusive relationship. When we handed the keys over to a mother of three staying at Lewis House in Hastings, the look on her face made it clear how life-changing this gift was to her. She recently earned her GED and is getting ready to start community college classes in the spring. She hopes to become a social worker or an advocate for abused women like herself. Since last March, 360 Communities Lewis House staff and volunteers in Eagan and Hastings have made more than 11,000 contacts in the community, following up on hundreds of police reports, sheltering families and providing phone assistance, counseling, and court advocacy. At 360 Communities, we believe that if we can get at the root causes of a problem, we can help solve it. How do we stop abusers from committing these crimes against women and children? It is through prevention and intervention – making sure children live in safe and nurturing homes. This ensures kids can grow up to be healthy and contributing members of society and minimizes the chances that they become abus-

ers themselves. 360 Communities is also actively pursuing new partnerships with men committed to ending domestic abuse. Winnie’s sister recently contacted 360 Communities Lewis House to give an update on Winnie’s two children who are now living with her. They have adapted to their new lives as well as can be expected, but still miss their mother tremendously. “They always talk about Lewis House since most of their materials are from your place and it’s not easy to forget,” says Haregewoin Hailu. “On behalf of my family, I wish to thank you and your staff for your sympathy. We greatly appreciate your support in your kind words, love, donations and the time you spent with us.” You can join 360 Communities in saying no to domestic violence. Volunteer or donate by visiting our website at If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call 360 Communities Lewis House at (651) 452-7288. Sal Mondelli is president and CEO of 360 Communities, a nonprofit devoted to preventing violence in homes and communities, stabilizing families in crisis, and ensuring that students succeed in school. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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the amount of resources that the city directs toward the PAC, and that one option would be to sell it. The purpose of selling it would be to use the revenues from the sale to pay down the principal, thereby reducing the city’s long-term commitment to the principal, as well as reducing the interest paid on that portion of the principal. Mr. O’Connor made a very important point regarding the bonds, which I have since been able to confirm. He said that the conditions of the bonds associated with the PAC stipulate that the bonds cannot be sold or paid down early. The point that Mr. O’Connor makes causes me even greater concern. He also goes on to say that if we sold the PAC we would be on the hook for the full principal and interest. We are on the hook for the full principal and interest now. Mr. O’Connor also said that I criticized some business property owners for empty storefronts and vacant housing. I never criticized business owners, I criticized the “vision” that got us there.

To the editor: In the Oct. 26 letters to the editor, Mike O’Connor indicated that he feels that I am shortsighted. I always applaud anyone who has the courage to step forward and be heard; however, Mr. O’Connor made some points that were not all together accurate. Mr. O’Connor said that I “misread” and took out of context the negative outlook” issued by Moody’s Financial Services. I simply made clear that Moody’s affirmed our bond rating, and I read from the report that one of the factors that caused the negative outlook was the “modest enterprise risk” posed by the Performing Arts Center. I went on to state that this should be considered a red flag and that we need to respond. Mr. O’Connor went on to say that my “only vision” for Burnsville was to sell the PAC. If Mr. O’Connor thinks that this is the only thing I stand for he has not been listening to the many concerns that I have, including people not listening. The fact of the matter JERRY WILLENBURG is that my only reference to Candidate for mayor of the PAC was to point out Burnsville

Carlson also voted for school funding shift To the editor: Letter writer Nancy Hall (Oct. 26) asserts that Senate District 51 candidate Jim Carlson has been a champion for decent funding for our schools, noting he has attacked Sen. Ted Daley for the schools-funds transfer. Carlson voted for a transfer of more than $1.4 billion when he was a senator.

After consulting with leaders of area schools, the current Legislature voted to expand the transfer initially but then supported repayments of $318 million and $430 million. Indeed, Daley voted to but the bill was vetoed by the governor. Looking at the facts, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district actually received an increase of $212 more per student this year, while the Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan district gained $166 more per student. BOB CANNELLA Eagan

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schools in Eagan and Burnsville will actually get more money this year, rather than lose $3,000 a student as he alleges. And, as for the overall funds shift, Jim Carlson voted to divert more than $1.4 billion when he was in office. With the agreement of the local districts, the current Legislature did vote for an additional funds shift, but there has already been a repayment of $318 million. Additionally, Sen. Ted Daley pushed for a bill to pay back the rest from 2011-12. Unfortunately, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it. MARGARET KOEPP Eagan

anced three-legged stool,” Sun Thisweek Oct. 12: Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans is right about more transparency is needed with regard to who actually pays Minnesota’s bills. The average householder doesn’t even come close to paying their fair share of taxes when you factor in the services they receive including the education of their children. Can you go into a restaurant or buy a suit and say “I’m out of money and I have to get this meal or suit at a big discount or get it free”? Try it. Minnesota and the U.S. bills are paid by the people who make those big incomes, not by those in the $41,000 to $53,000 class who require the most services, which they are unable to pay for.

To the editor: I am writing to correct Who’s paying the misstatements made by Jim Johnson in the Oct. the bill? 26 Sun Thisweek regard- To the editor: ing school funding to let In response to T.W. Bu- FRANKLIN WICKER the people know that the dig’s “Tax system is unbal- Lakeville

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Holiday program aims to help seniors Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior, a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Dakota, Carver, Scott, Rice and Le Sueur counties. The program will kick off the week of Nov. 5 and run through Dec. 14. Christmas trees in area establishments will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an orna-

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ment off the trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.

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The U.S. Postal Service reached an agreement earlier this month with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency after the Postal Service’s regional facility in Eagan received air quality violations.

Ebenezer Ridges Annual Postal Service penalized for air Holiday Village Market quality violations in Eagan by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK

The U.S. Postal Service has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency after air quality violations were discovered three years ago at the Postal Service’s regional management support center in Eagan. Under the agreement made Oct. 12, the Postal Service will pay $13,000 to the MPCA and has to take corrective actions, including submitting Emissions Inventory Reports and apply for proper air quality permits. According to the MPCA, the Postal Service’s Eagan facility did not obtain proper air quality permits before it installed and operated a number of boilers and diesel-fueled generators at the site, which is located at 2825 Lone Oak Pkwy. The violations resulted in a potential increase in emissions of several regulated air pollutants, including particulate matter, sul-

fur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These pollutants can cause respiratory irritation in humans and would add to the overall air pollution in the area, according to the MPCA. The MPCA discovered the violation in 2009, when the Postal Service applied for an air quality permit covering on-site generators and gas-fired boilers used to heat the facility. The application stated the permit would be the facility’s first air quality permit. The MPCA asked for more information and found that 14 gas-fired boilers and seven diesel-fueled generators had been installed at the facility between 1998 and 2004. Instead of using the generators only for traditional backup electrical generation, the facility entered into a service agreement with Northern States Power Co. (now Xcel Energy) to use them for “peak shaving,” in which on-site generators are used to offset

electrical demands at times of peak usage. As a result, the generators could potentially operate more frequently and, therefore, have potential emissions that require a permit. The facility used the five original generators for peak shaving from 1998 to 2003, and all seven generators were used for peak shaving from 2004 to 2009, according to the MPCA. The facility didn’t renew its agreement with Xcel and is no longer using its generators for peak shaving, but rather as standby generators for traditional emergency use. The MPCA’s investigation found that required Emission Inventory Reports had not been submitted from 1998 to 2007. Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service declined to comment. Jessica Harper is at jessica. or

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From flower peddler to education commissioner Brenda Cassellius spent time as a Burnsville teacher, too as commissioner include applying for and winning a federal No Child Left Behind waiver. The education department won a $45 million federal Race to the Top early learning challenge grant, plus a $28 million federal charter school grant. Alternative teacher licensing legislation was successfully negotiated with the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law.

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Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has a copy of a photo from the old Minneapolis Star in her office showing a young girl peddling flowers on the streets of Minneapolis. “That’s me,” said Cassellius, glancing at the copy. The first minority to lead the Department of Education, Cassellius grew up in public housing in Minneapolis. Long hours peddling flowers earned some money, but her family also used food stamps and was homeless for a time. Cassellius’ mother, who never graduated from high school, was 16-years-old when she gave birth to her first daughter and only few years older when daughter Brenda was born. “I grew up poor, but I never felt a poverty of love,” Cassellius once wrote. Although her father and mother at times were separated, her father remained a presence in his daughter’s life. And he instilled the belief that cycles of poverty can be broken. “You know, ‘Peanuts,’ ” Cassellius remembers her father saying to her about the comic strip book “You Can Be Anything.” She said her father told her: “You can be anything you want to be. You might have to work harder at it, but you can be anything you want to be – and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t be.” Something stuck. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described Cassellius as “an overachiever.” Other depictions of Cassellius include that of a workhorse. Cassellius had other guiding lights. Her grandfather, Melvin Alston, was president of the black teachers’ union in Norfolk, Va., in the late

The word about Cassellius from a lawmaker who knew her was that Cassellius spoke passionately about education – something Greiling likes to hear. But Greiling views Cassellius receding into the background. She cited several possible reasons why. To those unaccustomed to politics, the State Capitol can be shock, Greiling explained. Greiling hopes the commissioner, if she’s been troubled by the politics, finds her “sea legs.” Beyond this, Dayton’s approach to negotiating is that he – not a commissioner – makes the final decision, Greiling explained. If Cassellius feels a need for wariness because the Senate has not yet acted on her confirmation, Greiling suggests the commissioner shrug it off. It’s unlikely, given Cassellius’ background and that she is a minority, the Senate would reject her confirmation, Greiling said. “She should just follow her heart, and not worry about the Republicans,” Greiling said. Cassellius drew a distinction to the suggestion that her early life serves as an example of the state’s commitment to education. She grew up in the days of the Minnesota Miracle, Cassellius explained. She questions whether such an unifying spirit still pervades Minnesota. But Cassellius does see a lesson in a photo of a 9-year-old flower peddler. “So I always ask teachers to think about those stories that you maybe don’t know about those children who are right in front of you ... because always, always, always, it’s going to be a story you don’t expect,” Cassellius said.

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Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius met some Eagan students during a visit in June 2011. 1930s. At that time in Norfolk, black teachers were paid less than white teachers. With the assistance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Alston successfully sued the city for equal pay. Serving as his attorney was future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Cassellius tempers her own personal achievement – hard work, a bit of luck – by speaking of uplifting hands. Her mother enrolled her in Head Start as a small child, and Cassellius remembers community assets from bookmobiles to summer camp buoying her along. “It was quite amazing to get into books and learn to read,” she recently told a group of educators. There was an ongoing theme – you can be whatever you want. And there were teachers. Cassellius recalls with a smile the “magic wand” her kindergarten teacher waved to reward and encourage. The teacher would extend the wand over deserving kindergartners, lightly tap-

ping their heads, and the tip would light up. Of course, the wand had a battery and an on/off switch, probably hidden in the teacher’s hand. But they didn’t think of that, Cassellius explained. It seemed magical. Debate at the State Capitol might lend a sense teachers en masse are closely watching, hanging on developments. But Cassellius said that’s not true, because they’re too busy. Cassellius, 45, originally thought of pursuing a career in medicine. She briefly attended Gustavus Adolphus College, but racial slurs prompted her to transfer to the University of Minnesota. There she earned her first degree, taking a semester off to give birth to her first child. Two years ago her son graduated from college. “That was my greatest accomplishment,” Cassellius said. “To be a single mom, to go to school full time, to be a teacher full time and, then, to see him walk across that stage has truly been my greatest ac-

complishment.” Cassellius began her teaching career in St. Paul and Burnsville, eventually becoming associate superintendent in the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was superintendent of the East Metro Integration District before being named education commissioner in 2010 by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton – a governor Cassellius credits with a keenness for innovation, good judgment, but one she personally knew so little about she researched his background before applying. Other than for several years in Memphis, Tenn., as academic superintendent of middle schools, a brief stint in Oklahoma City, Okla., Cassellius has lived and worked in Minnesota. A hockey fan – she attended Dayton’s inaugural wearing a hockey shirt – Cassellius plays forward on a team in the Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota. She says she’s a better skater than stick handler, but speaks of her time on the ice to girls to encourage them to try. Highlights of her tenure

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, who has witnessed about a dozen education commissioners over her service in the Senate, said although her dealings with Cassellius have been limited, the commissioner is someone she can talk to. But whatever the commissioner’s other strengths, an ability to deal with the Legislature is not uppermost, Olson said. “Often she steps in with guns loaded,” Olson said. Admittedly, these are challenging times, Olson said, but Cassellius could be more open to the give and take. Cassellius’ public voice, like her skates, can have an edge. During the recent “Last In, First Out” debate over teacher seniority and rehiring, in an opinion piece Cassellius bore in. “Quick fixes, silver bullets, or ‘policies du jour’ won’t move the achievement needle for kids. And trying to bulldoze change by enacting bad policy or targeting teachers as the sole source of our problems minimizes our challenges,” she wrote. Former House K-12 Finance Committee Chairwoman Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, said Cassellius’ first appearance at T.W. Budig can be reached at the State Capitol was like a or breath of fresh air.

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Wellstone’s legacy recalled

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Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin, remembers hearing the news of the plane crash while handing out stickers at a Halloween parade in Anoka.“It was like a JFK moment — you knew exactly where you were,” she said. On the morning of Oct. 25, 2002, Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone, wife Sheila, daughter Marcia Wellstone Markuson, and three campaign staffers boarded a Beechcraft King Air in St. Paul to fly to Eveleth to attend the funeral of a steelworker. Wellstone, seeking a third term in the Senate, was in a tight race against former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman. The election was less than two weeks away. As the Beechcraft approached the Eveleth airport on that Friday, passengers might have gazed at the muted tones of late autumn below. But the pilots let the Beechcraft’s airspeed fatally dip, crash investigators later determined. The plane stalled and dove into a wooded area. All aboard were killed. Outside the Wellstone campaign office on University Avenue in St. Paul the sidewalk soon filled with flowers, flickering candles, and notes of loss and love. National media soon gathered in the street. Some 20,000 attended a memorial service at the University of Minnesota. The loss was painful. Paul David Wellstone Jr., in his book “Becoming Wellstone,” recalls receiving a package at home some time after the crash. Opening it, the senator’s son discovered personal items culled from the plane wreckage. Among these was a partially melted wedding ring and a burnt Wellstone campaign button reeking of jet fuel. Shocked, Wellstone crum-

pled to the floor. ing two months bePaul Wellstone fore his death. “Bewas born and grew cause one thing all up in Arlington, Va. the MDs said is that In 1963, Wellpeople (with multiple stone married Sheila sclerosis) get tired Ison and Wellstone quickly — I don’t.” recalled being one Paul Dittrich recalled a of the few university Wellstone small fundraiser for students pushing a Wellstone at a private baby carriage around cam- home and watching the senapus. tor getting to his feet. Rick Kahn of It was obvious his legs Minnetonka, a close friend were causing him pain, she of the Wellstone family, said. said the couple were deeply Kahn deemed MS to committed to each other – a Wellstone a hindrance, not a team. life-changer. “They always wanted to Yes, walking and climbbe together. They were in ing were more difficult, he all of this together,” he said. explained. “That was always the case. A “(But) Paul to the last day remarkable, even an inspira- of his life was the strongest, tional thing.” most energetic person,” he It was at the University of said. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, While colorful, Wellstone that Wellstone distinguished was divisive. himself as a championship Republican Gov. Tim wrestler. Pawlenty called him “PoPhysicality was part of tomac Paul,” the fiery outWellstone, man and politi- sider who went to Washingcian. ton and became an insider. Wellstone intensely exerHe had become the kind cised six days a week. of the establishment figure He once delighted an the 1990 Paul Wellstone Anoka County parent who would have relished going aftold Wellstone their son was ter, Republicans argued. a wrestler by immediately Wellstone never got used breaking into a wrestler’s to negative campaign adverstance as if ready to grapple tising – “I hate it! Always!” with the boy. he said once, smiling – and Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL- was perplexed by the rancor Golden Valley, in an email a perceived minority of votsaid it was Wellstone’s love ers felt toward him. of wrestling that stood out in Sometimes during pahis mind. rades, noticing a cold stare “I always thought of Paul from the curb, Wellstone Wellstone as a fighting lib- would turn to his wife and eral – a great happy warrior express mystification. in the tradition of Hubert “It’s surprising to me, acHumphrey. But he was also tually,” Wellstone said of seejust great at connecting with ing flashes of anger. people because of his enThe use of broad-stroke thusiasm for life,” Winkler words like “liberal” and wrote. “populist” tended to turn Wellstone thought a lin- politicians into caricatures – gering ache in a leg was the cartoons, Wellstone believed. result of an old sports injury. Speaking in August 2002, But in February of 2002 Wellstone acknowledged he announced that he had that in meeting new people, been diagnosed with multiple learning new things, he had sclerosis, a disease of the cen- changed over time. tral nervous system. But not his deeper values. He downplayed the dis“In terms of your soul, ability. the fire that burns inside you “I’ve been very, very lucky,” said Wellstone, speak- See WELLSTONE, 28A


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Dakota County elections officials are expecting to put in a long day Tuesday, Nov. 6. That’s when they will tabulate votes for a process they expect will ensure a quick, accurate reporting of local election results. After Dakota County’s 140 precincts close at 8 p.m., election judges will print three copies of the result tapes, so local, federal and state officials have a copy before ballot counters electronically transfer results to the county’s secure server, according to Andy Lokken, manager of elections and vital statistics. Each machine has a unique identity the server will recognize to accept its results that are forwarded to the state and posted to the county’s website. Stories reporting the results will be posted at www. Tuesday night and Wednesday. Lokken and a team of technical workers will hunker down in the Govern-

ment Center in Hastings to ensure the reporting process goes smoothly. “We’re required to stay until we receive all the election results,” Lokken said. Voting results will include absentee ballots, available since Sept. 21 for those unavailable or unable to vote in person on Election Day. An Oct. 26 count shows the county had sent 14,894 absentee ballots and received about 10,000 back. In Minnesota, completed absentee ballots, sealed and placed in signed envelopes, can be returned by mail or delivered to the polls by a registered voter until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots can also be returned to an election official by 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Those absentee ballots that have been returned are recorded in the same system that collects the election registration system. “We want to do timely, transparent reporting for voters, that’s our main goal,” Lokken said. The county also wants to

ensure accuracy and allow only one vote for each of the county’s 240,100 registered voters. Lokken said rosters indicate a voter who has cast an absentee ballot, and they are not permitted to vote at the polls. An absentee ballot received at the end of the Nov. 6 mail service is retained by the county and rejected if the voter appears at the polls to vote, Lokken said. Overseas ballots are handled by the county ballot board, and the county has 24 hours after polls close to make sure no one who filled out an absentee ballot also voted in the precinct. County officials are expecting voter turnout to be close to 2008 levels when 225,933 registered voters in Dakota County cast a ballot. That year, 78 percent of Minnesota’s registered voters turned out to vote.

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Died peacefully Oct. 19, 2012 at the age of 90. Betty was a talented artist and writer who shared her passion for the arts with inner city school kids, working as an Art and English teacher. She was a compassionate woman who opened her heart and her home to children, serving as a foster mother in Dakota County for more than 15 years. Her love and support made a difference in many lives. A social and political activist, Betty fought tirelessly for various causes in her community. She was instrumental in facilitating legislation mandating special education for the disabled. She belonged to numerous organizations and spent a great deal of time volunteering and helping those in need. Betty was an animal lover and rescuer, she enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to her many gardens, and she was an enthusiastic cook who always had a place for you at her table. She is loved deeply and will be missed dearly by her family and many friends. She is Preceded in death by parents, L. Eugene and Josephine Clementine Matteson; sister, Iva Mae Fahs; sons, Thomas Paul Bassett & Wayne R. Bassett Jr. Survived by children, Judith Hansing, Roxanne Bassett, Constance Bassett & Eugene (Pam) Bassett; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Sunset Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. Online condolences at

11/28/1953-10/23/12 With sadness we announce the passing of our husband, father, son, brother and friend, Mike VanKempen. Mike was a valiant fighter for almost 3 years in his battle against pancreatic cancer. Though his body lost the battle, his spirit won. Mike was born November 28, 1953 in Minneapolis where he grew up, went to school, and worked. He was employed by the the City of MPLS for 31 years until his retirement. He is survived by many loving family members and friends; wife Connie; children Andy, Laura and Olivia; parents Ruby and Ervin; brothers Ron (Joyce), Jim (Mary), and Gary (Beth), plus many other cousins, aunts, nephews, and nieces. He was preceded in death, by his brother Steve. Mike loved fishing, so it was appropriate that he left us on a perfect fishing day; overcast, a slight breeze and with colors of fall bright against the grey sky. This was the first in 40 years that his absence was felt from the annual Northsider’s Muskie Tourney, where he fished Lake of the Woods with his childhood friends from the North side. He was an avid collector of antique marbles and was very happy to share his interest with anyone who wanted to learn or just look. He was also a skilled and meticulous carpenter and woodworker who helped many friends and relatives with projects over the years. Mostly he was a loving and dedicated husband and father. He was present at all school events and his kid’s activities, and consistently reinforced the importance of education. He coached many sports over the years and was able to see his children graduate from college and begin their careers. He was a very strong, funny and honest man who always made his family feel safe and loved. He will be deeply missed. Celebration of life was held at 11 AM on Thursday, November 1st at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Apple Valley. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank the Fairview Hospice team, the SOTV pastoral staff, Aunt Joyce and all the friends, neighbors and relatives who blessed us, helped us, and encouraged us during Mike’s illness. The light of God shines through all of you. Condolences at White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001

Nancy Malecha November 21, 1940 - October 20, 2012. Age 72, of Lakeville, passed away unexpectedly at her home on October 20, 2012. She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck; children; Troy (Sally) Malecha, Robin (Terry) Brennan, Laura (Robbin) Julien and Lisa (Nathan) Kukowski; grandchildren, Amy Rosenbaum, Valerie Brennan, Harley Kukowski, Layla Julien and Georgie Julien A Memorial Mass took place Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12 Noon at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave. Lakeville with a gathering of family and friends from 10-12 PM at the church. White Funeral Home Lakeville (952) 469-2723

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The governor proclaimed Burnsville a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community in March, boosting local efforts to help service members and their families. But what organizers need right now is a decent website. With a modest fundraising goal, Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign will hold a grilled hamburger lunch Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arbors at Ridges, 13810 Community Drive, on the Ridges Campus. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Veterans can eat free. There will be a drawing for two Vikings vs. Packers tickets. Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon steering committee needs about $1,000 to create its own website with interactive features that will help connect volunteers with military families, said Tom

Hansen, the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteer coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend a whole lot on it,â&#x20AC;? said Hansen, a retired deputy city manager for Burnsville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple grand ought to get us something.â&#x20AC;? The committee received an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incredibly generousâ&#x20AC;? $1,000 donation from the Burnsville Women of Today after helping that group stage a 5K race around Crystal Lake in July, Hansen said. Once the group has enough money for the website, Hansen said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take on the monthly maintenance fee himself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see ourselves generating money as much as connecting resources to veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families, through the website, primarily,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that the group is not a registered nonprofit. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program spearheaded by the Minnesota National Guard to help service members, veterans and their families, especially those dealing with

deployment or post-deployment reintegration. Helping a military family with household chores or sending care packages to service members overseas are a couple of the ways volunteers can get involved. Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville and Dakota County received Beyond the Yellow Ribbon proclamations from Gov. Mark Dayton at a March 30 ceremony in Lakeville. The Burnsville campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current website is hosted on the city website, where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;kind of buried,â&#x20AC;? Hansen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not user-friendly to get to, and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interact with it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave information on it and access it in real time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of clunky.â&#x20AC;? The campaign hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been inactive. In addition to helping with the Women of Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5K race, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizers made appearances at the Dakota County Fair and the Burnsville Fire Muster.

The group is periodically sending care packages to two service members in Afghanistan: Army Specialist Kayni Loyd of Burnsville and Sgt. Ryan Hawkins, an Army psychologist from Pennsylvania. Hansen said the new Walmart store in Burnsville was interested in making a $2,000 grant to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, but the company only makes grants to registered nonprofits or churches. So the campaign would welcome a nonprofit acting as a fiscal agent to accept and transfer such a grant, Hansen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communication is everything,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get our message out and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t effectively do what we need to do without a good website. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandatory.â&#x20AC;? Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Hansen at jthansenbv@ John Gessner can be reached at or

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Known for producing trophy-sized trout from Scott County to the Mississippi River near Hastings, the Vermillion River received a needed enhancement last month. Minnesota Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit organization formed to help restore and conserve trout fisheries, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources combined in September for a two-week project to remove high banks and add more vegetation to a part of the Vermillion. It is the third major restoration project on the river since 2009. The latest restoration effort on a three-quarter mile stretch of river between the cities of Coates and Hampton is located east of U.S. Highway 52 on public land purchased by the DNR specifically for fishing and hunting, said Brian Nerbonne, the DNR stream and habitat specialist who designed the project. “If we can create more high quality fishing areas in this area, this could become even more of a destination than it already is,” Nerbonne said. “The Vermillion is known as this trophy trout fishery where you have a unique chance to catch some really large trout in this river, much more so than a lot of other rivers around the state.” Farmington, which sits on the Vermillion River, is a community that sees the potential benefits of an active, healthy trout fishery. “We’ve had a few cleanup projects on the Vermillion, and we’ve had people from different communities, not anywhere near Farmington, come to help clean up the river because they know about it, and they’ve come down here for fishing,” Jen Dullum, a natural resource

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Tree roots are assembled into the reconstructed banks of the Vermillion River to help combat erosion while also providing cover for trout. specialist for the city of Farmington, said. Farmington Business Association president Clyde Rath believes the river has some economic potential but, as of now, the city is not striving off it. Rath expects nonetheless to have meetings with the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization this winter to find ways to utilize the river’s potential. “It’s a great asset to the city of Farmington,” Rath said. “But nobody has really taken a look at it to make it an attraction so that it becomes a feature other people are interested in.” The DNR stocks catchable-sized rainbow trout in Farmington every year to accommodate the fishing demands. The river is most recognized for its abundance of large brown trout that were stocked from 1990 until 2006, Nerbonne said. Outside Farmington’s city limits, trout fishing is catchand-release only to stabilize the populations of large brown trout. The latest Vermillion project, located on the catch-and-release territory, entailed hiring contractors


to grasses – that provide stability and vegetation growth on the banks, ultimately, to prevent major erosion. The high banks were eroding into the stream, creating an unsuitable environment for trout. “The channel was overly wide and had these high eroding banks, very little in-stream cover for trout in particular and not very many exposed substrates, rocks, gravel, which are essential for food production,” John Lenczewski, executive director of Minnesota Trout Unlimited, said. Funding for the project came from the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, which derives from a Minnesota sales tax and provides funding specifically for restoration projects and fish and wildlife protection. After creating grant proposals, Trout Unlimited fronts the money to pay contractors before the state reimburses the grant, Lenczewski said. The project cost is close to $70,000, Lenczewski estimated. The total expense may be less because the DNR is selling the excess soil that was extracted from the high banks to a local topsoil company. This is the second major project on the Vermillion River the last two years. In June 2011, the DNR, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and Trout Unlimited finished a meandering project, three miles east of Farmington. The project involved the construction of a new three-quarter mile stream channel with natural curves to replace a half-mile of straightened channel that had been reshaped for agriculture purposes more than 75 years ago, Nerbonne said.

to shift and remove soil from the high banks to create a flood plain around the river so the river can spread its energy out to a wider area, Nerbonne said. In that spot, the river’s high banks had restricted floodwaters from escaping the channel, while the high amount of energy created bank erosion. “We’ll create a more stable stream channel by dissipating that energy,” Nerbonne said. “You’re not going to have as much erosion.” The DNR and contractors also installed artificial riffles in shallow areas, which are rock structures placed across the stream and are essential for insect habitat and for trout and fish spawning, Nerbonne said. Volunteers helped plant boxelder trees in the constructed banks with the tree roots integrated into the stream, providing new cover for fish while protecting the newly formed banks, Nerbonne said. Volunteers packed the banks Calvin Swanson is studying with soil before adding sod journalism at the University of mats composed of sedges – Minnesota. dense rooted plants similar

No Walgreens on Parkway Place site Gateway, Nienhaus said. The Star Tribune newspaper reports that its local office also moved to Gateway. American Family Insurance moved across the street to the Grande Market Square building at 12700 Nicollet Ave. S., said Nienhaus, who’s been able to track the movement of some of the tenants. American Family Insurance and an affiliate moved to the Professional Plaza 1 building at 1601 E. Highway 13 in Burnsville, according to Nienhaus. Walgreens isn’t coming to the Parkway Place site, said Howard Bergerud, president of Minneapolis-based Semper Development, which has built some 300 Walgreens stores nationwide, including four in Burnsville. “We’ve looked on and off at this site for over 10 years. It’s not a new site for us,” Bergerud said in an interview. “But Walgreens has never decided to move ahead.” The owners did call and ask if Walgreens was interested, Bergerud said. But his firm gets lots of calls from property owners, he said. “We look at 20 sites a month,” he said, noting that Walgreens once had an option on the TCF Bank property in the Heart of the City, which is now a newly opened CVS Pharmacy. Walgreens had the property under contract but decided the site wouldn’t work and walked away, Bergerud said.

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Tenants moved out and a rumor was doused this week at Parkway Place, a prominent office building in Burnsville’s Heart of the City. The building is slated to be sold to a developer, according to the owner. But contrary to a widely circulated rumor, there are no plans to build a Walgreens store on the site at 101 W. Burnsville Parkway, according to a Walgreens developer. The owner of the twostory office building, a group called 101 W. Burnsville Parkway Partnership LLP, ordered all tenants to be out at the end of October. The group, headed by Thomas Lohmann, president of building manager Pinehurst Properties, has yet to reveal the would-be buyer or a future use for the property. Lohmann hasn’t returned phone calls from Sun Thisweek. A statement to the city delivered on Pinehurst letterhead said the property is “under contract to a developer, and the contract is proceeding as planned for expected closing before the end of the year,” according to Skip Nienhaus, Burnsville’s economic development coordinator. The statement said the owner is confident the sale will close, or “we would not have vacated the rent-paying tenants,” according to Nienhaus. The Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Rep. John Kline moved their offices from Parkway Place up the road to the Gateway Office Plaza at 350 W. Burnsville Parkway. The South Metro SCORE chapter also moved to

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Constitutional amendments to be decided Definition of marriage, photo ID required for voting on the ballot by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK

Voters will see two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot on Nov. 6. Both are controversial. The so-called marriage amendment seeks to place in the state constitution language defining marriage as the union of man and woman. The question asked of voters reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?â&#x20AC;? Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota and would remain illegal even if the proposed marriage amendment fails. As with all proposed amendments, leaving the ballot question unmarked translates into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? vote. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the marriage amendment last session. Although Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton opposes it, governors cannot veto proposed constitutional amendments. Debate on the proposed amendments has been emotional. Amendment supporters object to same-sex marriage for religious, legal, and cultural reasons. In one legislative hearing, Catholic Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona spoke of same-sex marriage as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;untested social experiment.â&#x20AC;? But House District 57B candidate Jeff Wilfahrt of Rosemount spoke of his dead son, Spc. Andrew Wilfahrt, 31, a gay soldier, killed by insurgents in Afghanistan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the battlefield, both heteros and homosexuals bleed red. I cannot imagine what those last moments of life must have been for him,â&#x20AC;? Wilfahrt said. Marriage amendment

proponents believe adding the language to the state constitution will fend off legal challenges in court to the state Defense of Marriage Act. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said earlier this year that passage of the amendment would indeed make it unfeasible to challenge state DOMA law in state court on the grounds the law violates equal protection rights afford by the state constitution. Legal challenges could still be made in federal court, they noted. In general, Democrats opposed the marriage amendment while, in general, Republicans supported it.

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Chiropractors set their sights on wellness BY ROXI REJALI – CONTRIBUTING WRITER When new patients at a Burnsville chiropractic clinic fill out a wellness survey, they offer some surprising answers. Patients are asked to list their top health goals, said Dr. James Alexander, chiropractor and owner of Finish Line Chiropractic in Burnsville. “Almost always you’ll see, losing weight is No. 1, exercising more and eating healthy. Rarely do you see back pain or neck pain listed as their top health priority.” The clinic has responded by offering health-related services like corrective exercise, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling and even custom foot orthotics. Patients want to improve their overall health and well-being, Alexander said. “They’re

looking for help in different areas than just their back problems,” he said. “A lot of times, their back problems are related to these other factors. They can’t lose weight because their knee hurts and then they can’t exercise effectively.” Chiropractors offer drug-free, non-surgical treatments that focus on correct alignment of the spine and proper functioning of the nervous system. The treatments aren’t generally considered to be part of conventional western medicine. Chiropractic clinics typically offer adjustments or treatments for back and neck pain caused by injuries or auto accidents. But many Dakota County clinics also offer services like weight-loss programs, massage therapy, yoga, meditation and acupuncture.

The scope of their services may have expanded in recent years, but chiropractors have traditionally included physical therapy, rehabilitation and nutrition advice in their practices, said Dr. Christian Kollar, chiropractor and president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. “The body has a natural ability to heal itself as long as we can get out of its way, so I think it aligns with us pretty well, as long as it’s drug free and without the use of surgery,” Kollar said of the new services. “As long as we can help people live better lives, with less discomfort, we’ll employ those things in our practices.” New services have improved clinical outcomes for patients, said Dr. Barb Kaiser, chiropractor and owner of Vital Life Chiropractic in Eagan.

“The core of the focus is always the chiropractic adjustment, the care of the nervous system, but for a lot of people, we’ve noticed that lifestyle factors work against what we’re doing with our basic service,” she said. Kaiser believes that services like diagnostic testing to assess hormone levels can uncover the root causes of many health problems. For example, after testing a woman with menstrual problems for a month to gauge hormone levels during her menstrual cycle, Kaiser may recommend nutritional supplements to ease her symptoms. “Essentially, I’m working with releasing healing powers that are inborn within the person,” she said. Increasingly, patients want a preventive approach to health care for themselves and their

families, rather than waiting for cures and treatments, she said. Kaiser, whose patients range from infants to older adults, is surprised to see recent increases in childhood diagnoses of allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. “It’s going to be the frustration of the parents that I think is going to drive more of a preventive approach to health care,” she said. At Finish Line Chiropractic in Burnsville, the clinic’s wellness services complement traditional chiropractic treatments, Alexander said. Custom foot orthotics benefit anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet, including runners and restaurant workers, he said. Orthotics help to stabilize and distribute the body’s weight more evenly and

keep the back in alignment, Alexander said. Exercise training keeps joints and muscles mobile and helps to counteract the sedentary lifestyles of most Americans. Patients who lose weight and boost their cardiovascular endurance can get maximum benefit from their chiropractic adjustments, he said. “It’s about wellness and a concept called ‘Eat well, move well, think well,’” he said. “We tackle the physical, chemical, emotional stresses on the body. If we only tackle the physical, which is what a lot people think of when they think of when they come to chiropractic, we see that people just don’t get better as efficiently and maximize their lives as if we tackle all three of those with them.

Health care law’s impact on chiropractors is unclear BY ROXI REJALI – CONTRIBUTING WRITER While federal health care reform passed in 2010, its impact on patient access to chiropractic care is hard to predict. The law, known as the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”, survived a Supreme Court challenge earlier this year. Some parts of the law have already kicked in, like health coverage for young adults through age 26 under their parent’s insurance policies. But some key provisions don’t take effect until 2014, including coverage of preexisting health conditions. Right now, patient access to chiropractic care can be restricted by large co-payments and deductibles outlined in health insurance policies, said Dr. Barb Kaiser, chiropractor and owner of Vital Life Chiropractic in Eagan. She’s seen deductibles ranging from $300 to $3,000. The health care law’s future impact on the state’s 2,800 licensed chiropractors isn’t clear yet because much of it hasn’t been implemented, said Dr. Christian Kollar, president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. “The stance of the MCA is, as long as there’s

fair access for patients to seek chiropractic, we’re all for it,” he said. “There’s a huge amount of dollars being spent on musculoskeletal conditions that we’re very well-suited to treat,” he said. “So it would make sense for a health care home or accountable care organization to invite us in because it would improve their efficiencies and outcomes for a reasonable fee.” The federal law allows health providers to form networks called “accountable care organizations.” ACOs can include primary-care physicians, specialists and hospitals. By coordinating and streamlining medical care, ACOs are designed to improve health care quality, improve efficiency and cut costs. Medica has formed four ACOs, which are available through employersponsored health plans called My Plan by Medica, said Greg Bury, spokesperson for the Minnetonka-based health insurer. Chiropractors are not part of Medica’s ACOs, but ACO members can seek treatment from any of the 1,500 Minnesota chiropractors that are part of Medica’s network, he said.


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It’s not tough to relate to the premise of “The ReGifters.” At least not if you’ve ever been the recipient of fruitcake during the holiday season. The new stage comedy from Lakeville-based community theater group Expression follows a couple who regifts a not-so-great Christmas present, then finds out it’s worth a fortune. They – and all the others in the chain of regifters – will stop at nothing to get it back. “Everybody can identify with regifting,” said play’s director, Pege Miller of Lakeville. “We’re all guilty of it. Regifting been going

on a long time – probably since fruitcakes were invented.” Expressions will present “The ReGifters” on the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center Nov. 9-18. The nine-member cast includes Jim Anderson, Joe Conely, Adria Deutch, Annette Keenan, Tom Keenan, Kim Lang, Keith Mattson, Diannah Robertson and Felicia Swanson. Audiences can expect a night of laughter from the show, Miller said. The play was the winner at the 200506 New American Comedy Festival. “Every time I go into rehearsal I am laughing my head off,” she said. “The cast just gets funnier and

funnier as rehearsals go on.” Part of the show’s humor, Miller added, derives from the utter unrecognizability of the gift that’s being passed around. At least until the end of the performance, “you can’t tell what it is, and the characters all have different ideas of what it is. Is it a squirrel trap? A toaster?” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18. Tickets are $14.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling (952) 985-4640. The arts center is at 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Photo submitted Andrew Miller can be reached at In “The ReGifters,” when a couple regifts a not-so-great Christmas present and then finds or out it’s worth a fortune, they will stop at nothing to get it back.

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theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy.odden@ Auditions MacPhail Center for Music will hold auditions for the MacPhail Brass Quintet from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 in room 613 at MacPhail’s Minneapolis location, 501 South Second St. Information: (612) 321-0100. Concerts/music Eagan Has Talent, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Eagan High School theater. Ticket information is at www.eaganfoundation. org under the News & Events section. Proceeds will support the Eagan Foundation and Eagan High School’s Muse Literary Arts program. No cash prizes will be awarded; this is an exhibition event only. Jeremy Messersmith, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Part of the Minnesota Zoo’s Acoustic Concert Series in the Target Learning Center. Tickets: $25. Information: LiveOnStage.asp. The Minnesota Valley Men’s and Women’s Chorales will present their Fall Concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Eagan High School theater, 4185 Braddock Trail, Eagan. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from any choir member or at the door. Exhibits/art shows Art Madness by the Eastview Community Foundation, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Barn, Spirit of Brandtjen Farms, 16972 Brandtjen Farm Drive, Lakeville. Tickets are $35 in advance at or $40 at the door.

Theater The Prior Lake Players will present “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Nov. 2-3 and 9-10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10 at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake. Tickets are available online at www.plplayers. org or at the door. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors age 65 and older and students; and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Troupe America will present “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $34 and $39 and can be purchased at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster. com. Workshops/classes Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Dr. Seuss and Me” from 3:50 to 5:10 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 7 through Dec. 19, at Rosemount Elementary School for first- through thirdgraders. Information/registration: District 196 Community Education, (651) 423-7920. Holiday Cards in Watercolor, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 9, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $45. Registration required: www. or (651) 6755521. Teen artist gatherings at the Eagan Art House from 3:30 to 5:30 Thursdays, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6; and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Cost: $3. Information: (651) 675-5521. Jewelry Club, 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $15 per class. Registration required: or (651) 675-5521. Fabric Printing and Surface Design, adults and teens 13-plus, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov.

20 through Dec. 4, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $79. Registration required: or (651) 675-5521. Adult painting open studio from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Fridays of the month at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: (651) 675-5521. Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: or (651) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. For a complete listing go to www. or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters,, (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 7363644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville (Colonial Shopping Center), (952) 736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: (651) 675-5500.


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Comedian Rory Scovel will perform Nov. 15-18 at the GrandStay Hotel and Conference Center in Apple Valley. Show times are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with extra shows at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for Thursday and Sunday night performances and $12 for Friday and Saturday performances. Tickets can be purchased at http://www. or by calling (651) 528-8454.

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Church Basement Ladies Troupe America will present “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $34 and $39 and are available at the box

The 10th annual Burnsville Uncorked Wine Tasting event will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Burnsville Rotary Clubs. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at Red Lion Liquor or from any Burnsville Rotary member. Tickets are $35 at the door. For more information, call the Burnsville Performing Arts Center at (952) 895-4685.

Pottery and art sale The annual Eagan Art House Pottery & Art Sale will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The sale features pottery and artwork of Eagan Art House instructors and students. Admission is free. The Eagan Art House is located at 3981 Lexington Ave. S. For more information, call (651) 675-5521.

The Rosemount Area Arts Council will present a CD release concert by singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Lauf at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Rosemount Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. Bassist Gordon Johnson will accompany Lauf. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.rosemountarts. com or by sending a check (payable to RAAC) to P.O. Box 409, Rosemount, MN 55068. Call (952) 255-8545

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Rosemount resident and author Craig MacIntosh will be the speaker at a Veterans Day program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Rosemount American Legion, 14590 Burma Ave. W. MacIntosh has been involved in MIA Hunters, an organization which seeks to locate and aid in the return of World War II American Missing In Action servicemen and bring them back for burial. His talk will concentrate on a search that was conducted in Papua New Guinea. The event, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and Rosemount American Legion, is free and refreshments will be provided. Call (952) 2558545 for information.

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MUSTACHES, from 1A ally smooth-faced officers, both graduates of Burnsville High School, grew ’staches early to help with publicity. “We’re wanting this year to share the idea with the Burnsville community,” Mahler said. Since its 2003 inception in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has attracted 1.9 million registrants and raised $299 million globally, $126.3 million in 2011 alone. The event raises funds for programs run directly by Movember and by its partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. A chief goal is educating men about cancer risks

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and early detection. “Aside from police officers, one of the biggest promoters is the National Hockey League. They do it every year,” said Beckstrom, a 2002 BHS graduate. This is the fourth year Burnsville police have joined the ranks of Movember’s “Mo Bros.” Donations from officers, family and friends raised about $6,660 in the first three years. In previous years sometimes an entire shift of patrol officers would grow mustaches for a few weeks as a team-building exercise, Mahler said. Then officers discovered Movember, which gained traction in the United States in 2007. “This is mustache month for a reason,” said Mahler,

captain of the Burnsville police team, called the Wilford Brimleys after the bushy-lipped actor. “This is raising money.” Mahler admitted to coloring his mustache the first couple of years to add visual heft. But early indications are his light-colored ’stache will do fine this Movember. “Those of us who can grow them sometimes have some pretty sweet-looking mustaches,” he said. “Those of us who can’t grow them look pretty ridiculous.” Donations are accepted at the home page of the Wilford Brimleys: team/473105.

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SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan November 2, 2012



ROLL CALL AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ADOPT AGENDA RECOGNITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS A. RECOGNITION of Girl Scouts Centennial Day of Service on October 13, 2012 IV. CONSENT AGENDA (Consent items are acted on with one motion unless a request is made for an item to be pulled for discussion) A. APPROVE MINUTES B. PERSONNEL ITEMS C. APPROVE Check Registers D. APPROVE an Amendment to a Grant from the State of Minnesota on Behalf of the Dakota County Drug Task Force and Approve a Resolution Authorizing Execution of the Agreement E. AUTHORIZE Application of a Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for an Arts Learning Grant for Arts Programming in 2013 F. APPROVE 2013 Funding Application from Dakota Valley Recycling to Dakota County for the Community Landfill Abatement Funds and Local Negotiated Initiative Funds G. APPROVE 2012-2013 Airport Relations Commission Work Plan H. APROVE Resolution Removing Burn Ban I. APPROVE Final Payment for Contract 12-02, 2012 Citywide Street Improvements J. APPROVE Resolution In Support of Dakota County's 5-Year Transportation Capital Improvement Program (2013-2017) K. APPROVE Snowplow Defensive Driving Training Agreement with Dakota County Technical College L. APPROVE the Blackhawk and Thomas Lake Management Plans for Submittal to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) M. APPROVE Joint Powers Agreement with Dakota County to Participate in the Dakota County Wetland Health Evaluation Program N. APPROVE Temporary On-Sale Liquor License and waive the license fee for Faithful Shepherd Catholic School's Live and Silent Auction on February 9, 2013 O. APPROVE Final Subdivision - Eagan Car Club 2nd Addition V. PUBLIC HEARINGS A. FINAL Assessment Hearing, Project No. 1075, Great Oaks Lane/ Great Oaks Circle - Street Improvements. B. FINAL Assessment Hearing, Project No. 1069, Cliff Ridge - Street Improvements C. FINAL Assessment Hearing, Project No. 1064, Hills of Stonebridge 2nd & 3rd Street Improvements. D. FINAL Assessment Hearing, Project No. 1066, Coventry Pass 1st-2nd/ Country Hollow - Street Improvements E. VACATE Public Drainage & Utility Easements and Approve Final Subdivision, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 3rd Addition VI. OLD BUSINESS A. ORDINANCE AMENDMENT - Amendment to City Code Section 11.66 Updating Flood Plain District and Regulations in Conformance with FEMA Requirements VII. NEW BUSINESS A. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT - BUILDING MATERIAL OUTLET - A Conditional Use Permit to Include Outdoor Storage of Trailers, Building Materials such as Shingles, Siding, Architectural Stone, Lumber, and Other General Building Materials Located at 3045 Highway 13 VIII. LEGISLATIVE / INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS UPDATE A. RECEIVE the 2013 Legislative Policies from the League of MN Cities and Metro Cities IX. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (There are no EDA items to be considered at this time.) X. ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA A. City Attorney B. City Council Comments C. City Administrator D. Director of Public Works E. Director of Community Development XI. VISITORS TO BE HEARD (for those persons not on the agenda) XII. CLOSED SESSION XIII. ADJOURNMENT 3204676 11/2/12



PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville City Council, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on an application to vacate all of the public drainage and utility easements that are shown on the plat of Walser Addition, Dakota County, Minnesota, according to the recorded plat thereof.. All persons desiring to speak on this item are encouraged to attend. For more information concerning this request, please contact the City of Burnsville at (952) 895-4457. Macheal Brooks, City Clerk City of Burnsville 3196861 10/26-11/2/12

NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING PROJECT NO. 1067 HAWTHORNE WOODS STREET IMPROVEMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center located at 3830 Pilot Knob Road in said City on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the proposed assessment of street improvements relating to Improvement Project 1067 in the following described area: The area proposed to be assessed for any such improvements is described as follows: The area located within the North 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 25, lying South of Diffley Road, East of Dodd Road, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. The area proposed to be assessed is all property described above, all as more fully and particularly described in the assessment roll on file in the City Clerk's office, which roll is open to public inspection. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $186,738.54. Written or oral objections will be considered at the public hearing. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of any assessment unless a written objection, signed by the affected property owner, is filed with the City Clerk prior to the hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the meeting. An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to M.S.A. Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City of Eagan within thirty (30) days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court of Dakota County within ten (10) days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk. Notice is further given that pursuant to the Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 to 435.195, the City of Eagan has adopted City assessment deferral. This ordinance provides that the Eagan City Council may defer the payment of special assessment against homestead property, which is owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older or retired by virtue of disability when the assessment would create a hardship upon the property owner. Applications for deferral must be made not later than ninety (90) days after the assessment is adopted. Further information relating to these assessments and an application for deferral of assessments may be obtained from the Special Assessment Division of the Public Works Department and any questions should be directed to that Division. Dated: October 17, 2012 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni City Clerk - City of Eagan 3204290 11/2/12

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING PROJECT NO. 1077 - NORTHVIEW PARK ROAD/ BRADDOCK TRAIL/ ELRENE ROAD STREET IMPROVEMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center located at 3830 Pilot Knob Road in said City on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the proposed assessment of street improvements relating to Improvement Project 1077 in the following described area: The area proposed to be assessed for any such improvements is described as follows: The area located within Sections 23 and 24, lying North of Diffley Road, East of Lexington Avenue, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. The area proposed to be assessed is all property described above, all as more fully and particularly described in the assessment roll on file in the City Clerk's office, which roll is open to public inspection. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $178,046.28. Written or oral objections will be considered at the public hearing. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of any assessment unless a written objection, signed by the affected property owner, is filed with the City Clerk prior to the hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the meeting. An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to M.S.A. Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City of Eagan within thirty (30) days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court of Dakota County within ten (10) days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk. Notice is further given that pursuant to the Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 to 435.195, the City of Eagan has adopted City assessment deferral. This ordinance provides that the Eagan City Council may defer the payment of special assessment against homestead property, which is owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older or retired by virtue of disability when the assessment would create a hardship upon the property owner. Applications for deferral must be made not later than ninety (90) days after the assessment is adopted. Further information relating to these assessments and an application for deferral of assessments may be obtained from the Special Assessment Division of the Public Works Department and any questions should be directed to that Division. Dated: October 17, 2012 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni City Clerk - City of Eagan 3204299 11/2/12

PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE GUN CLUB LAKE WMO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Proposals will be received by the Gun Club Lake Watershed Management Organization at the Eagan Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Point until 12:00 noon C.S.T., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Proposal forms may be requested through the office of the Water Resources Manager, 3501 Coachman Point, Eagan, MN 55122. Phone (651) 675-5300. The Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization reserves the right to reject any and all submittals to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to select the firms(s) in the best interest of the Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization. Eric Macbeth Gun Club Lake WMO Eagan, MN 3178088 10/12-11/2/12





NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF BURNSVILLE DAKOTA COUNTY STATE OF MINNESOTA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, will hold a public hearing on November 20, 2012, at approximately 6:30 P.M. at the Burnsville City Council Chambers in C i ty H a l l , 1 0 0 C i vi c C e n te r Dr i ve , Burnsville, Minnesota, relating to the Burnsville Economic Development Authority's proposed establishment of Tax Increment Financing District No. 7 (the "TIF District") within a special project area known as the Minnesota River Quadrant (the "MRQ") within Redevelopment Project No. 1, and the proposed adoption of a Tax Increment Financing Plan (the "TIF Plan") for the TIF District, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.174 to 469.1799, as amended and 2008 Minnesota Laws, Chapter 154, Article 9, Sections 21 and 25(b). Copies of the TIF Plan are on file and available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk at City Hall. The property to be included in the TIF District is located within the MRQ and the City of Burnsville. A map is set forth below. Subject to certain limitations, tax increment from Tax Increment Financing District No. 7 may be spent on eligible uses within the boundaries of the MRQ.

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. 3204600 11/2/12

CITY OF EAGAN NOTICE OF INTERNET PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on or about November 13, 2012, unclaimed bicycles held by the Police Department will be transferred to, Inc. to be sold via Internet public auction at Anyone wishing to claim any unclaimed property should contact the Eagan Police Department with proper identification prior to November 13, 2012. Approved by Council: October 16, 2012 Christina M. Scipioni, City Clerk City of Eagan 3204280 11/2/12



REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AUDITOR SERVICES FOR THE GUN CLUB LAKE WMO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Proposals will be received by the Gun Club Lake Watershed Management Organization at the Eagan Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Point until 12:00 noon C.S.T., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Proposal forms may be requested through the office of the Water Resources Manager, 3501 Coachman Point, Eagan, MN 55122. Phone (651) 675-5300. The Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization reserves the right to reject any and all submittals to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to select the firms(s) in the best interest of the Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization. Eric Macbeth Gun Club Lake WMO Eagan, MN 3178165 10/12-11/2/12

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE GUN CLUB LAKE WMO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Proposals will be received by the Gun Club Lake Watershed Management Organization at the Eagan Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Point until 12:00 noon C.S.T., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Proposal forms may be requested through the office of the Water Resources Manager, 3501 Coachman Point, Eagan, MN 55122. Phone (651) 675-5300. The Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization reserves the right to reject any and all submittals to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to select the firms(s) in the best interest of the Gun Club Lake Water Management Organization. Eric Macbeth Gun Club Lake WMO Eagan, MN 3178143 10/12-11/2/12


PUBLIC NOTICE District 194

School Board Proceedings This is a summary of the Independent School District No.194 Regular School Board Meeting on Tues, October 9, 2012 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at or District Office at 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by pledge of allegiance. All board members and administrators were present. Public Comment: Mitch Bermel, 17464 Inland Circle, as an Eagle Scout, requested support in a project to collect school supply donations for the orphanage he came from in Columbia. Consent agenda items approved: minutes of the meeting on September 25; employment recommendations, leave requests and resignations; payment of bills & claims as presented; alt facilities change orders; donations and fieldtrip. Reports presented: Teaching & Learning department goals; first reading policy C-98 Post-Issuance Debt Compliance. Recommended actions approved: Resolution awarding bond sale. Adjournment at 8:26 p.m. ____________________________________ This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Special Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at or 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 5:03 p.m. All board members and administrators were present except Dr. Snyder, Ms. Knudsen & Ms. Ouillette. Discussion held: 2011-12 Audit Review findings were reported by MMKR. Meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m. 3199445 11/2/12


PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING PROJECT NO. 1073 - WESCOTT ROAD/ GLACIER DRIVE STREET IMPROVEMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center located at 3830 Pilot Knob Road in said City on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the proposed assessment of street improvements relating to Improvement Project 1073 in the following described area: The area proposed to be assessed for any such improvements is described as follows: The area located within the South 1â &#x201E;2 of Section 15 and the North 1â &#x201E;2 of Section 22, lying South of Duckwood Drive, East of Denmark Avenue, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. The area proposed to be assessed is all property described above, all as more fully and particularly described in the assessment roll on file in the City Clerk's office, which roll is open to public inspection. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $52,825.27. Written or oral objections will be considered at the public hearing. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of any assessment unless a written objection, signed by the affected property owner, is filed with the City Clerk prior to the hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the meeting. An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to M.S.A. Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City of Eagan within thirty (30) days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court of Dakota County within ten (10) days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk. Notice is further given that pursuant to the Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 to 435.195, the City of Eagan has adopted City assessment deferral. This ordinance provides that the Eagan City Council may defer the payment of special assessment against homestead property, which is owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older or retired by virtue of disability when the assessment would create a hardship upon the property owner. Applications for deferral must be made not later than ninety (90) days after the assessment is adopted. Further information relating to these assessments and an application for deferral of assessments may be obtained from the Special Assessment Division of the Public Works Department and any questions should be directed to that Division. Dated: October 17, 2012 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni City Clerk - City of Eagan 3204309 11/2/12

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING PROJECT NO. 1068 - LEXINGTON POINTE 1st & 2nd ADDITIONS STREET IMPROVEMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center located at 3830 Pilot Knob Road in said City on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the proposed assessment of street improvements relating to Improvement Project 1068 in the following described area: The area proposed to be assessed for any such improvements is described as follows: The area located within the Northeast 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 26, lying South of Diffley Road, East of Lexington Avenue, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. The area proposed to be assessed is all property described above, all as more fully and particularly described in the assessment roll on file in the City Clerk's office, which roll is open to public inspection. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $106,365.42. Written or oral objections will be considered at the public hearing. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of any assessment unless a written objection, signed by the affected property owner, is filed with the City Clerk prior to the hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the meeting. An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to M.S.A. Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City of Eagan within thirty (30) days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court of Dakota County within ten (10) days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk. Notice is further given that pursuant to the Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 to 435.195, the City of Eagan has adopted City assessment deferral. This ordinance provides that the Eagan City Council may defer the payment of special assessment against homestead property, which is owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older or retired by virtue of disability when the assessment would create a hardship upon the property owner. Applications for deferral must be made not later than ninety (90) days after the assessment is adopted. Further information relating to these assessments and an application for deferral of assessments may be obtained from the Special Assessment Division of the Public Works Department and any questions should be directed to that Division. Dated: October 17, 2012 /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni City Clerk - City of Eagan 3204351 11/2/12



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November 2, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan

Eagan sweeps, reaches volleyball final Eagan girls speeding Wildcats to play Lakeville North for state berth by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

Eagan didn’t have to wait long for another chance to play Lakeville North. The Wildcats lost to North in a South Suburban Conference volleyball match in mid-October. With a victory, Eagan could have won the league outright; instead, it had to settle for a threeway shared title. When the teams meet again Saturday, even more will be on the line: a spot in the state tournament. The teams ranked first and second in Class AAA, will play for the Section 3 championship at 7 p.m. at Park High School in Cottage Grove. The Wildcats, seeking their first trip to state in six years, moved one step closer with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-16 over Burnsville in a semifinal match Tuesday night at Park High. Lakeville North swept Eastview 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 in the other semifinal. In each case, the winning team’s coach said the match was much more competitive than the scores made it appear. “I wasn’t expecting to win it in three,” Eagan coach Kathy Gillen-Melville said of her team’s match against Burnsville. “And that first game really could have gone either way, so it easily

offense from several other players, including Bryn Parsons, Bri Pernsteiner and Maddie McNeil, Taylr’s sister. “We hoped we would have a balanced offense, and I thought we did tonight,” Gillen-Melville said. “In high school, you have to play with the hand you’re dealt, and this year we have two great setters, two great middles, and several hitters.” Burnsville, which tied Eagan and Lakeville North for the South Suburban championship, finished 19-7 and appears to have a bright future. The team graduates four seniors, including setter Raven Klein and middle hitter Nikki Brolin. But kills leader Lauren Randall, libero Greta Geist and middle hitter Alyssa Muelken will be among those returning to the lineup next season. On Saturday, Eagan will try to neutralize a Lakeville North team that has “a lot of offensive power,” GillenMelville said. Easier said Photo by Mike Shaughnessy that done. Junior outside Bri Pernsteiner of Eagan tries for a block against Burnsville hitter Alyssa Goehner, the in the Section 3AAA volleyball semifinals. Panthers’ top player, had 35 kills in the teams’ regularcould have been a four-game hind North, has been try- season match. match. Burnsville’s an ex- ing to diversify its offense cellent team and plays very and not put everything on Mike Shaughnessy is at good defense.” junior outside hitter Taylr mike.shaughnessy@ecm-inc. Eagan, 24-3 and ranked McNeil’s shoulders. Recent- com or in Class AAA be- ly the Wildcats have gotten thisweek.

toward finish line Top-ranked Wildcats aiming for cross country title by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

Eagan’s girls showed no signs of slowing down at the Section 3AA cross country meet last week. The top-ranked Wildcats had 21 points – just six from a perfect score – at the section meet at Valleywood Golf Course. Five Eagan runners placed among the top seven individuals. Eagan’s attention now turns to the state meet Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The Wildcats will go in as the favorites, which Eagan coach Lisa Langenhahn said her runners understand and have come to

embrace. “Our girls are very competitive,” Langenhahn said. “They’ve been ranked No. 1 for a while and they want to stay there. We know anything can happen on race day, but we want to stay healthy and run well.” Eagan has not lost to a team from Minnesota this season. Wayzata, East Ridge, Chanhassen and Lakeville South are ranked second through fifth in Class AA, and all won their section championships. Langenhahn said she couldn’t remember a better See EAGAN, 21A

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His team has played only one game in the new Class 6A football playoff format, but Eastview coach Kelly Sherwin is a convert. More rest for players, and more time to prepare for coaches. From Sherwin’s perspective, it’s all upside. The coach might have praised the new format regardless, but it probably didn’t hurt that the Lightning defeated Burnsville 4214 on Friday to move to the round of 16 in the Class 6A playoffs. The old schedule, in which a team could play its final two regular-season games and first two playoff games in a period of 15 days, was stressful for players and coaches alike, Sherwin said. This season, teams in Class 6A had an eight-day break between the final regular-season game and first playoff game. After the Lightning dePhoto by Rick Orndorf feated Bloomington Kenne- Eastview defensive lineman Joe Stofferahn (75) pursues Burnsville running back Ben Gilles during the Lightning’s 42-14 victory Friday night in the Section 3-6A football playoffs. See FOOTBALL, 21A

Pieces coming together for Eastview One year after nearly winning boys soccer title, Lightning back on the brink by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

Putting together the Eastview boys soccer team was a little like a board game in which you dump out all the pieces and try to figure out how best to arrange them. That was how the Lightning’s coach, Scott Gustafson, described it. Coming off a season that had been the best in the program’s history, it was a challenge. If Scrabble’s your game, Eastview went to the Metrodome on Thursday night needing one more victory to spell C-H-A-M-P-IO-N-S. Eastview reached the state Class AA championship game for the second year in a row and played Blaine for the title. The game took place after this edition went to press; look for an update at The process of assembling a lineup that could compete for a state championship wasn’t easy. At one point in mid-September, the Lightning had more ties (five) than victories (four). But by October, everything was in place and running smoothly. Eastview (14-2-5) entered the state

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Cody Bestul of Eastview moves the ball upfield during the Lightning’s 3-1 victory over Stillwater in the state Class AA boys soccer semifinals. final on an eight-game winning streak during which it outscored opponents 25-2. “All the credit has to go to the guys,” Gustafson said after Eastview defeated

Eastview lost more than Stillwater 3-1 in the Class AA semifinals Monday half of the varsity players night. “They’re the ones from a 2011 team that didn’t who cross the white line, get lose a game until the state on the pitch, execute, sweat See SOCCER, 21A and bleed.”

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Eagan senior Danielle Donahue sizes up a forehand return at the state Class AA tennis tournament last week at the University of Minnesota. Donahue, the Wildcats’ No. 1 player, won her first-round match but lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Summer Brills of Mounds View.

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of a second away from qualifying. Burnsville’s next three runners ran in a bunch with Jane Koch (26th), Krista Holmstrom (30th) and Johanna Weber (33rd) finishing within 16 seconds of each other. The boys race was also close. Burnsville finished with 89 points, but Eastview had 80 and Rosemount 59. However, coach Jeff Webber wasn’t that disappointed considering his top five racers ran season-best times. “Eastview just was better is all,” he said. Three Blaze racers earned representation at state with Faysal Mahmoud placing second, 13 seconds behind winner Obsa Ali from Richfield. Webber expects Mahmoud to finish in the top five at state. Ali Ahmed wasn’t far behind placing fifth, earning him a spot, and Sean Wong will join him coming in 13th. Webber has a goal of Ahmed to finish in the top 10 and he’s excited to see what Wong has to offer. “He’s ranked 74th according to other section times,” Webber said. “If he can crack the top 50, he would have a monster day. He had a major breakthrough at sections and I think he will again improve his time.” Mitch Brown (25th) and Jake Stevens (44th) rounded out the top five. Burnsville had qualified for state every year since 2007, finishing in the top four the past three years. Hett, Mahmoud, Ahmed and Wong will race at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday in the Class AA state meet.

Several Burnsville hearts were broken at the Section 3AA cross country meet last weekend at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. The Burnsville girls and boys teams both finished in third place narrowly missing out on second by small margins. Only the top two teams in each race move on to state. With 106 points, the girls were particularly close, one point behind Prior Lake. “Our goal was to qualify, but we knew it would be close and we could only control so much of the outcome,” head coach Charlie Burnham said. “The girls did everything right and unfortunately we got edged out by another solid Prior Lake team. Everyone ran well so at the end of the day we just have to be happy that after a few years we’ve reestablished ourselves as competitors in Section 3AA.” The Burnsville girls team hasn’t qualified for state since winning it all in 2007. Vivian Hett was second at the meet finishing behind Eagan’s Danielle Anderson by 37 seconds with a time of 14 minutes, 59 seconds in the 4,000 meter race. Her personal record this season came on Sept. 9 at the Faribault Invitational where she ran a 14:18.50. “Vivian missed some time with a strained quad, but is finally getting back to where she was before her injury,” Burnham said. “She’ll head out on Saturday to make sure to finish the year on a positive note after the heartbreak of sections.” Teammate Kelly Koch was extremely close to joining her at state. The fastest eight times from teams outside of the top two teams Andy Rogers can be reached qualify for state. Koch fin- at ished 15th about two-tenths or

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EAGAN, from 20A girls team score at the Section 3AA meet than the one Eagan has this season. Last year the Wildcats won the section title with 44 points at Bolstad-University Golf Course. Prior Lake finished second at the Oct. 25 section meet with 105 points, one fewer than third-place Burnsville. Wildcats senior Danielle FOOTBALL, from 20A dy in its final regular-season game, “we did grades for the kids, brought them in the next day for (weight lifting) to work out the kinks, then gave them two days off and told them to get away from football,” Sherwin said. “We really like this schedule.” Both teams looked rusty early in Friday’s game, combining for five turnovers in the first eight minutes. Burnsville briefly led 7-6 when Will Reger threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Clay Hurlbut with 1:42 left in the first quarter. Eastview quickly flipped the momentum by running a reverse on the ensuing kickoff, resulting in Amari Kennedy returning the ball 75 yards to the Burnsville 15-yard line. From there, it was all Eastview – powered mainly by sophomore running back Will Rains. Rains scored on a 5-yard run with six seconds left in the first quarter as Eastview regained the lead. He finished with 195 yards on 25 carries and scored three times. All but two of the carries and 10 of the yards came in the first half, with Eastview leading 35-7 at halftime. On Rains’ third touchdown, he broke at least three tackles on a 14-yard journey to the end zone. “Our offensive line played well, I thought,” Sherwin said. “And with Will, you know if you can make a hole for him, he’s going to break some tackles and make some people miss.” SOCCER, from 20A final. But in 2012, the Lightning had several pieces to build around: midfielder Jacob Opheim, a 20-goal scorer; forward Pierce Erickson, who had three goals in Eastview’s first two state tournament games; and Jonathan Lenz, an All-State defender. There were some question marks, too. The Lightning entered the season with no goalkeepers that had varsity experience. Sophomore Kyle Lamott seized the starting job and turned a potential liability into a strength. A ninth-grader, Andrew Tuthill, became a starter and contributor at midfield. “We had a core group of guys coming back, especially in the middle of the field,” Erickson said. “Then we had some younger guys step up and play well, and everything seemed to come together.” At midseason, when the Lightning was 4-1-5, Gustafson said he and the team had a talk about what they wanted to achieve. Gus-

Anderson ran the 4,000-meter course in 14 minutes, 22.6 seconds, finishing almost 40 seconds ahead of the runnerup. She is the No. 2-ranked runner in Class AA, trailing only three-time state champion Maria Hauger of Shakopee. Eagan junior Raissa Hansen was third in 15:03.0 and sophomore Kelli Praska was fourth in 15:04.8. Sophomores Anna Van Wyk (15:19.5) and Karina John-

son (15:20.4) were sixth and seventh. Only two other schools – Burnsville and South St. Paul – had even one runner ahead of Johnson, Eagan’s No. 5 finisher. Sophomore Olivia Mitchell and senior Elizabeth Frick were 21st and 22nd for the Wildcats. Only three of the Wildcats’ top seven had run a section meet at Valleywood before, and all three were

Senior receiver/quarterback Henry McIsaac was in on two scoring plays, catching a 41-yard touchdown pass from Mark Dwyer and throwing a 52-yard pass to Kennedy for another score. Dwyer, the Lightning’s starting quarterback, also scored on a 7-yard run. Burnsville (3-6) struggled to move the ball all night, finishing with 123 yards, including just 17 in the second half. Hurlbut caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Reger with 42.6 seconds remaining for the game’s final points. Burnsville lost its last five games after starting 3-1. The Blaze’s last five opponents are a combined 33-12, and four of them are still alive in the playoffs. That includes Eastview, which plays at Mounds View at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in a “crossover” round between Section 3 and Section 4 teams. Mounds View, 8-1, tied Stillwater for the Suburban East Conference championship and defeated Forest Lake 42-21 in the first round of the playoffs last week. The Mustangs average about 230 yards rushing per game and spread the workload among several running backs. Three other South Suburban Conference teams advanced to the second round in the Class 6A playoffs. In other games Nov. 2, Rosemount will play at Stillwater, Roseville will go to Lakeville North and Woodbury plays at Prior Lake. Eight teams will remain in Class 6A after the Nov.

2 games. The top five teams will be seeded, with the fourth and fifth seeds playing each other in one state quarterfinal game. In the other quarterfinal games, each of the top three seeds will be paired with an unseeded team. The Class 6A quarterfinals will be 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at the Metrodome. Eastview is seeking its fifth trip to the state playoffs and first since 2009.

tafson said he tried to be as blunt as possible when he told the players the way they were performing wouldn’t win championships. “I told the players we couldn’t drop points,” the coach said. “We had to stop making the little mistakes that led to goals against, or prevented us from scoring goals.” Eastview players and coaches refer to one of their goals as “Game 22,” meaning the state final, and their focus turned to what they had to do to get there. One key to Eastview’s playoff run was the play of the defense, which occasionally had been leaky early in the season. “We had to pick up the pace, and we had to pick up each other in the back,” Lenz said. “As you saw (in the state semifinals against Stillwater), when we do our job, we can turn it into scoring opportunities. “And we have a lot of guys who can score goals. (Opheim) scores a great header goal almost every game. Pierce (Erickson) is a

talented player; he’s scored a couple of breakaway goals in the state tournament.” Eastview defeated Moorhead 2-0 in the state quarterfinals Oct. 25. That sent the Lightning, seeded third in the Class AA tourney, to the semifinals against No. 2 seed Stillwater. Erickson scored twice and Opheim once as the Lightning outplayed the Ponies. Stillwater, down 3-0 late in the second half, scored on a penalty kick to avoid being shut out. If there’s one thing Eastview learned from last year’s state tournament experience, it’s to not take anything for granted – especially scoring goals. “Last year we probably led the metro area in scoring, but when we got to the final against Eden Prairie we found it difficult to get a lot of chances,” Gustafson said. “We know how tough it is to win a state championship.”

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Lic #BC156835 • Insured We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty Snow Removal


$300* For The Season

Driveway Plowing and Small Parkinglots. *Most Drives 651-592-5748 • Residential Plowing • • Senior Discounts • 15 yrs exp 952-994-3102

BH Property Mgmt.

Prof. Plowing & Removal

Resid/Comm Free Ests

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

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters




FREE Estimates


Full Interior & Exterior

952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB

Jack of All Trades Handyman

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

A Happy Yard 20% off–New Customers


Aeration & Dethatching Silver Fox Services

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

R&J Construction


Fall Clean-ups

Home Tune Up

Call Joe @ 952-693-1536

• Irrigation Blowouts starting at $50 • Aeration $55


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

Paint/Stain/Ceilings. We

Engelking Coatings, LLC Painting, Staining, Coatings 20 yrs exp. Int/Ext. Ins'd www.engelking Mark 612-481-4848

Lawn & Garden


Gutters * Soffit/Fascia

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

Residential & Commercial


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

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

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





Free Estimates

A Fresh Look, Inc.

General Contractors

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

Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600

Lic. #BC626700 Credit Cards Accepted




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

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


CONCRETE: Driveway, Walks, Steps, Patios

Turn your unneeded items in to


Kitchens & Baths, Lower Level Remodels. Decks.



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

35 Years Experience



Status Contracting, Inc.

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


Expert Cabinet/Trim & Window-Wood Refinishing

0 Stress! 110% Satisfaction!




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

Foundation Repair

Cabinetry & Counters


Since 1971



ASG Seamless Gutters Leaf Solution - Run-off Svc 952-895-9913 or 952-292-4644 Lic/ins/bonded Res/Com All Jobs...All Sizes Free Est 952-758-7585 10% Off w/ad

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

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

• Window & Door $27,800 Replacement 16’x16’ room • Additions • Roofs addition • Basements Call for details • Garages 28 yrs. exp. • Decks • Siding Insurance Claims

Building or Remodeling?



3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793






952-894-6226 / 612-239-3181

FREE ESTIMATES Insured, Bonded & Licensed No. 20011251

Trusted Home Builder / Remodeler

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

Specializing In: • Sophisticated Home Additions • Elegant Kitchens 35 Years Exp. • Lower Level Expansions Financing Avail. • Porches • Baths • Etc. Excellent Refs. Design & Build Services Lic BC171024 Insured Unmatched Quality Guarantee 612-812-0773

(952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834

Find a quality builder in Class 2050

Our job is to make you look good!


SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan November 2, 2012 Snow Removal


Tree Service


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

952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB Tree Removal Silver Fox Services A Good Job!!

Snow Plowing


15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

Immaculate Clean-up! Tree Removal/Trimming Lot Clearing & Stump Removal Free Estimates 952-440-6104

Comm./Res. Insured, Senior Discount



Commercial & Residential Dependable – Insured - Exp'd LSC Construction Svcs, Inc Mbr: Better Business Bureau

Window Cleaning


Stump Removal



Call Randy 952-898-4827



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

Fireplace & Firewood


2 Years Dried

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

Quantity discounts.



Horses & Livestock

All Breed Horse & Tack Sale Saturday, November 10, 2012. Tack starts at 10 a.m. Horses start at 1 p.m. 10 well broke western geldings already consigned plus 20 registered paint & quarter horse colts. SIMON HORSE CO. Cannon Falls, MN 507263-4200



Lab Puppies, Black Lab Puppies. $100. 320-333-0930


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

16880 Cedar Ave, So., Rsmnt

Tree Service


Affordable Firewood


Child Care

Lic'd Daycare Opngs. All ages. Near Riverview Elem. Fgtn. 651-460-6460 LV: LL Daycare Design Lic/Exp, Inf – K, Ex. rate, Curric. 952-432-8885


Rentals Townhouse For Rent

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

Burnsville, 3BR,2BA, 1400 sq. ft. Remodeled, W/D, garage $1250. 952-994-4540

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

3 Bdrm 1 ½ Ba townhome 2 car attch. Gar. W/D,new carpet, Central Air, No Pets $1150 952-469-1158



Great Service Affordable Prices 3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

22nd Annual

AV Renovated TH! Conv. loc! Walking trls, school Sr. Ctr, 2BR/ 1.5 BA, Fplc., W/D, lg. Kitch, $1200+utils. 651-437-8627


Fgtn: 2 BR +loft, 2 BA, 2 car gar. Avl now! Newer $1250 Matt 612-237-6725

Child's 4 pc Bdrm Set $1200 Captain's bed, dresser, nite stand & desk. Good cond. & Sturdy. Wayne 651-343-1313


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

Couch, loveseat, chair Tan/gold microfiber. Exc cond! $599/BO 952-843-8138 DR Set: 40x60 Drk wd table, 3 - 12” lvs, & 6 uphols. chrs. Like new! $450 612-868-4593

Duplexes/Dbl Bungalows For Rent

On Prior Lk: Upper unit $1495/mo. Lower unit $1295/mo. Elec, gas & water incl. Both 2 BR, 1 BA. No pets/smk. Avl now. 612-499-0697


Rental Information

real estate advertising King Sleigh BR Set: All in this newspaper is subLeather hdbrd, nitestands, drssr, $1600. 612-751-0129

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

November 3rd 9am-4pm

Sofa, chrs, china cab, rocker desks, bookcs, end tbl, lamp

Best offer. 952-432-0524

• Over 25 crafters and artisans • Coffee & warm rolls in the AM • Bake Sale • Delicious lunch • Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy

Suede Couch $900 w/2 chrs & ottomans. 6 yrs old. Great cond. Has stain res. Treatment. Wayne 651343-1313


Lutheran Church of the Ascension 1801 East Cliff Road Burnsville, MN 952-890-3412

Misc. For Sale

Gulbransen Theatre Church Organ Vintage Model M-5 Transistor Organ. Great cond. $300/bo Wayne 651-343-1313

Sponsored by Ascension Women’s Guild


32nd Annual

Misc. Wanted

Buying Old Trains & Toys





Nov. 1 - 4 Nov. 8 - 11 Nov. 15 - 18


Thursdays & Fridays 10am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm Last Sunday closes at 4pm

Apple Valley

AV Moving Sale! 12998 Eastview Ct. Nov. 7, 8 & 9th 9-3pm. Furn, etc. 952-3224105

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

Offering you handcrafted and carefully selected items for your home and gift giving. No strollers please.



NOV. 7–25, 2012 ®

Leisure Sporting Goods & Misc

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




Moving Sale 11/9 -10 (9-5) Snowblower, mower, applcs. 4375 Juneau Ln. No.

3700 The Holly House ... THE ULTIMATE BOUTIQUE!

Located at Applewood Hills Golf Course

Garage Sales next week


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



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


Roommates Wanted

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


Apartments & Condos For Rent

Farmington 1BR Heat paid. Gar. avl. No pets. 612-670-4777




Weekdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30am–8:00pm Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00am–6:00pm Sundays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00am–5:00pm


Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747 3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Don’t miss this seasonal boutique

POOF! Sell your stuff in

River Valley Boutiques


Holiday 2012 Show ❘ November 8-18

Classifieds and watch it

10 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri • 10 am - 7:00 pm Thurs 10 am - 6:00 pm Sat • 10 am - 4:00 pm Sun

Please join us for a unique shopping experience! Over 90 artisans and we stock new items daily. No strollers please. Seasonal & Non-Seasonal|Gift Items|Home Decor Jewelry & Accessories|Edibles & More For more information contact Jodi: 612-247-0600, Janine: 612-532-3255 or email: or visit

disappear! 952

New Prague Golf Course Clubhouse 400 Lexington Ave., New Prague, MN

Townhomes for Sale

Manufactured Homes

Employment Business Opps & Info

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


Health Care


PCA positions available in Burnsville for a quadriplegic client. Shifts are 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm, 7 days/week. All ADL's included. Experience and commitment to the job necessary. Call Molly with All Home Health at (952)814-7400.


Help Wanted/ Full Time

20 Immediate Openings for experienced equipment operators North & South Metro $15-$25/hr. DOE Skid Loader Operators Snowplow Driver Wheel Loader Operators Call for applications at


Drug Free. Email resumes to: concierge@ FT Staff- Opportunity Services, Shakopee, MN. Looking for a FT Staff to provide direct services to adults with disabilities. Job duties include: job coaching, providing transp. (in comp. vehicle) Competitive wages, and benefits. Must have a min. of High School Diploma and a clean driving record. Visit our website for more info. And to apply Property Caretaker Team, Lakeville. Right candidates will be friendly, professional and have excellent customer service skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office. Responsible for a wide array of duties involved in overseeing the community. Talented caretaking TEAM for Connelly Community.


Commercial Properties Space

Customer Service

Small Apple Valley sales office seeks a dependable person with excellent comm/customer service skills. Must be organized, able to work in a fast paced team environment & have problem solving skills. Responsibilities include: Phones, AR, AP, email, data entry, order processing, shipping. Will be cross trained in all areas of office duties. M-F, 9:00-5:30. Email resume to jeanette@ or fax to 952/431-6345 Large Pickup, Cargo Van Or Dock Truck Locally owned transportation company needs contractors for metro deliveries. Need 2002 or newer vehicle, good driving record, DOT physical, solid English and customer relations skills. Great commission rates! Whether you have a lot of experience or just a little, call Jim at Elite Transportation 763785-0124 weekdays for more info. Or go to

www.elitetran and click on OPPORTUNITIES


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

Finish Carpenters

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

Now Hiring!

Warehouse/Packaging/ Assembly All shifts. Entry level to skilled positions available. Email resume to: or call (952)924-9000 for more info. OTR Flatbed Driver $1200 sign on bonus. Home weekends. Late model equipment. Full benefits. Drivers can take their truck home. Allow one small pet. Commercial Transload of MN, Fridley, MN. Contact Pete: psandmann@ or 763-571-9508 Social Services

FT Program Manager/QDDP SHAKOPEE

Established 4 bed home in Shakopee w/ 4 fun, active young ladies w/ mild/ mod. DD/MI dual diagnoses & seizures. Prefer QDDP eligibility with 4 yr eligible degree and 1 yr related exp, and 1 yr supervisory exp. Driver's License, clean record required. Comp salary & benefits - 35 hrs wk. Send Resume w/Cover Letter: DianeK@ AA/EOE


Commercial Properties Space

Commercial Space for Rent AVAILABLE NOW Located at: 14345 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount, MN


Help Wanted/ Full Time



Help Wanted/ Full Time

Help Wanted/ Full Time



Help Wanted/ Full Time

The City of Burnsville is currently accepting applications for the position of:

Communications Specialist (Full Time) Starting Salary: $22.94 - $26.56/hour DOQ. Applicants must complete an on-line application to be considered. For complete job description and to apply, please visit the website at: Closing date for applications is 11/13/12. An AA/EEO Employer

HVAC Foreman 10/26/2012 Bauernfeind Goedtel is seeking an individual to join its growing HVAC Installation team and provide quality service to an established customer base. The individual must have strong leadership skills, ability to manage and have prior HVAC supervisory experience. This position is responsible for on site management of a project to successful completion, including planning, organizing, and coordination of materials/equipment. Please apply in person or send resume to:

Bauernfeind Goedtel 15760 Acorn Trail Faribault, MN 55021


$3500.00 per month plus utilities


See more info on or come to the adoption at the Apple Valley Petco this Saturday from 11-3 to see him and many dogs and cats waiting for permanent homes!



ACCOUNTANT Experienced. A/P, A/R, & AIA Construction Billing. Prior Lake Office. Good Pay & Benefits. Email Resume to: jason@

Real Estate

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


Set-Up CNC Lathe Machinist Needed, Fridley, MN. Live Tooling and MultiAxis Experience Required. We are a high quality job shop with full benefits. Competitive Pay. First Shift. Full Time. Apply via e-mail. Brenk Brothers Inc.

Please call 612-309-1566

Cooper is a big and hairy 4-year-old Newfee mix! He is active, and good with cats, kids and dogs! Cooper is housebroken, too. Don’t let this one pass you by! Adoption fee $275.

For more information call Carrie Staples



Help Wanted/ Full Time

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

11840 60th St. N Stillwater, MN 55082

Closed Thanksgiving Day November 21 & 25: closing at 3pm



Family Care


Senior Discounts

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



Mixed Hardwood - 2 yrs dried. 4'x8'x16” for $120; or 2/$220. Delivered & stacked Call 612-486-2674

Apple Valley TH Nr MN Zoo. Avl 12/1. 1BR, dw, w/d, Grbg disp., Wood burning FP, patio, AC, tuck under gar, wtr & grbg incl $760/mo, $740 dep+ $35 app fee. Connie or Nancy 651-882-8824

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




Apartments & Condos For Rent

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


Craft & Bake Sale


Contact Jeanne at


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

AJ's Tree Service

Agriculture/ Animals/Pets

To Place Your Sale Ad

Deadline: Mondays at 3pm

Exquisite 18th and 19th Century English Mahogany & Walnut antiques. Call for details: 612-462-4680 or 612-462-4777

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured

Estate Sales




Collectibles & Art

Free Appraisal, Will Travel.


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

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

Buying Coin Collections

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000

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

Tree Service

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




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

605-880-5966 605-886-4884

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

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

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

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

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

Free Ests. 952-890-2403

Cemetery Lots


Lead Teller Merchants Bank, Lakeville, is seeking a Lead Teller. We are looking for a proven leader who is comfortable proactively developing and maintaining customer relationships. The ideal candidate would have supervisory or leadership experience and previous Teller experience. Job duties include completing banking transactions, relationship building with customers, and supervising Teller staff. Must be able to work under pressure and have good judgment. Excellent customer relations, cash handling, and sales skills required. Apply in person at Merchants Bank, Lakeville, or send a cover letter and resume to: Merchants Bank, Attn: Nicole, HR, PO Box 248, Winona, MN 55987, or e-mail to EOE/AA

Due to continued growth, our busy client company, located in Shakopee is seeking reliable employees.

PRODUCTION LINE WORKERS 1st, 2nd & 3rd Shifts Weekend Shifts also Available For immediate consideration, please call the Chaska office to schedule an apt.

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

Be a Program Director

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

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

Inside Sales Account Executive Join our professional sales team and be proud of the products you represent. Sun Newspapers has an immediate opening for an inside sales account executive at our Eden Prairie location. • Be part of a winning team • Enjoy selling once again • Thrive in a setting where you can succeed • Take advantage of great benefits • Fun/Professional workplace If you are organized, proficient on a computer, have exceptional phone skills and a desire to learn, you have found your next career. Send your resume to: Pam Miller at


November 2, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc.

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


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Fantasy Gifts Salesclerk

Burnsville location 2125 Highway 13 Evenings and weekends. Part time, set schedule. Applications at store or Send resume to: Helpwanted@ Godfather's Pizza is accepting applications for the following part-time crew positions: Front and Back of House Crew, Day and Evening Delivery Drivers and Shift Supervisor positions. Part-time positions only, Day and Evening hours available, Must be available to work weekends.

We offer competitive pay, flexible hours and a great working environment. Candidates must have excellent customer service Tool and Die Maker skills and a solid work hisBL, MN manufacturing co. tory. Previous experience has an immediate Tool & a plus. Die position in our Pow- Apply in person at: 850 W der Metal division. Day County Rd 42, Burnsville shift, M-F, 7am-3:30pm. Only the best candidates Qualified individuals will will be contacted for be responsible for buildinterviews ing & repairing all types of EOE tooling, fixtures & dies. Tool/Die Certification required/EDM Wire experiNEWSPAPER ence preferred. Send reGRAPHIC ARTIST sume w/ salary requirements to: Part-time 20 hours per FMS Corp, 8635 Harriet This position Ave. S., BL, MN 55420, fax: week. requires skills in advertis(952)888-7978 or email to: ing design and typogrambronson@ phy, good proofreading, attention to detail and the ability to work under tight Office deadlines. Proficiency Adobe Creative Suite on Employment the Mac. Ability to learn Our highly successful and handle technical Dodge-Ram Dealership issues with electronic files is looking for an india plus. vidual to join our office ECM – team. This full time posiSUN MEDIA GROUP tion will be responsible 10917 Valley View Road for account receivable, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 payables, payroll, human Contact: Mike Erickson, resources and other Production Manager office functions. Email: Send resume mike.erickson@ to: ccarlson@ or stop in to complete an application. Dodge of Burnsville 12101 Hwy. 35W South Burnsville, MN 55337

Market Research Firm: Seeks detail oriented people to edit mystery shop reports online. Excellent spelling, grammar and phone skills a must! Paid online training; flex PT hours; pay averages $12-14 per hour. Requires min of 4hrs/day M-F & 1 wknd / Help Wanted/ mo. Those fluent in Part Time French encouraged to apply. Email resume & cover Skid Steer Operators, Burnsville. Part time letter to: snow removal position. Reliable, own transportation and drug free. PossiPT Custodian ble long hours and some Shepherd of the Valley shoveling, $15-$18/hr. Interim Structure. Need flexible avail. Day/eve/wkend shifts Medical Clinic Cleaning, Full job descrip. at Eagan. Position is 30 hrs/wk starting after Contact 7:30PM & requires workjennifer.maxwell ing every day. 4.75 hr shifts on weekdays and 2 hr shifts Sat/Sun. $10.00/hr + raises. Very nice work setting and no Reimbursed Senior experience required. Apply Online www.bwe- Volunteer Positions Lutheran Social Service of


PCA, Great Opportunities Lakeville Elko Area. Great Company! Competitive pay. Flexible schedules. Call 952-898-4911 Fax 952898-3088, or email Kris@ PT CNA/Exp PCA Wanted: Hrs will vary. Burnsville. 952-807-5102

MN is looking for volunteers (age 55 & older) to serve in our Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Programs Our volunteers receive a taxfree hourly stipend, as well as mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

Contact Melissa Grimmer at 651-310-9443 or email:


Help Wanted/ Part Time


Social Services

Program Counselors Shakopee Thomas Allen, Inc.

Reorganization of staffing pattern resulted in 3 new positions in this stable home that has been in business for 11 yrs. w/many long-term, exp. staff team. Join Us! Hours: Wk 1: Sun 8:30a430p and Wed 4p-9p, plus Wk 2: Wed 4p-9p and Sat 830a-430p. OR Wk 1: Sat 10a-4p plus Wk 2: Sun 10a-4p. OR Wk 1: Sun 430p-1030p and Fri 4p10p, plus Wk 2: Sat 430p11p. OR Wk 1: Sat 9a-5p plus Wk 2: Sun 430p1030p. 18 + , valid driver license, clean record. One year exp w/ adults with disabilities is desired, preferably in a group home setting, exp with seizure disorder/ personality disorder a plus! Wage: $14.01per/hr Send Resume: Michellel@ AA/EOE

Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time

Houseaides FT & PT

Community Assisted Living is looking for FT & PT Houseaides to work in our residential homes taking care of 5/6 Seniors in Farmington & Apple Valley. We have openings on Evenings and Awake Overnights. All shifts include E/O weekend. Previous direct care experience is preferred. Call 952-440-3955 for application address.

Personal Trainer Independent Contractor, for a women-only Fitness Center in LV. Gail 952-807-2066 www.

Bingo Caller, Old Chicago Eagan, every Tues. beginning Nov. 6th 5:45pm to approx 9pm. Teri Lynn

Transportation Employment Schmitty & Sons is a full-service transportation company now hiring for:


• Transit • School Bus • After School Activities

Excellent Benefits & Pay Four convenient locations to apply: 3600 Blackhawk Road, Eagan 11550 Rupp Drive, Burnsville 21160 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville 22750 Pillsbury Avenue, Lakeville

Visit for employment opportunities Employment - (952) 985-7516 Pre-employment drug test required - EOE

Trinity Campus is seeking: RN/LPN – PM Shift – PT We are looking for a creative, energetic professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who has a passion for serving seniors. Candidate must have a current MN license & CPR.

Housekeeper – AM Shift – FT Duties will include cleaning, operating equipment and assisting with laundry. Candidates must be able to work independently. Flexible day schedule includes E/O weekend.

Please apply online at: Or at: Trinity Campus 3410 213th Street West Farmington, MN 55024 EEO/AA

Trinity Campus is seeking: We are looking for a creative, energetic professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who has a passion for serving seniors. Candidate must have a current MN license & CPR.




2003 Chev Impala taupe 4dr clean, mech sound $3800 /bo 952-831-3262 or 952-484-7305



'95 Taurus: 142,000 mi, V6, clean, AC, new tires, runs great! $2,500. 651-636-6701


Junkers & Repairable Wanted



00 Grand Am: 233K, 4dr, blk, AT, AC, Kenwood stereo, Rkfrd Fos spkrs. Runs fine $1000. 612-987-1044


Junkers & Repairable Wanted

$$$ $200 - $10,000 $$$ Junkers & Repairables More if Saleable. MN Licensed

612-861-3020 651-645-7715

$225+ for most Vehicles Free Towing 651-769-0857


Motorcycle, Moped, Motor Bike

Motorcycles Wanted! Cash for used & Damaged 651-285-1532


Vans, SUVs, & Trucks

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Education Burnsville High School hosts College Fair More than 50 colleges and universities will be featured at the fifth annual College Fair at Burnsville High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the gym at the main campus, 600 E. Highway 13. Students in grades nine through 12 and parents are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited at no charge.

Two- and four-year colleges and universities from throughout the upper Midwest will be on hand, and representatives will be available to answer questions about degrees, programs, admission requirements, scholarships, tuition and more. The event is sponsored by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color.

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The Eastview High School Choral Department will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Apple Valley American Legion, 14521 Granada Drive. The menu will include spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and beverage. Cost is $7 at the door. Proceeds will go towards the choirs’ Puerto Rico tour in March.

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26A November 2, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan DEBATE, from 1A Behind. Obermueller, an attorney and one-term state representative, likewise explained his bipartisan credentials in supporting a balanced budget requirement, cutting spending and eliminating government fraud and waste. While those areas of similarity didn’t come through until near the end of the session, the candidates drew stark contrast in addressing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Kline voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act while Obermueller supports keeping the federal health care law and fixing the areas that he says need to be addressed. Kline says there are features of the law that he SOLEM, from 1A Hill Ski Area. Gravity Lab catered to skiers, and GLX sold board and BMX bikes. “I started out as their shop kid,” Solem said. “I was just doing whatever they would tell me, just so I could be back in the industry. They were right next to Buck Hill, which was awesome, so I could ride there.” Owner Jason Nickelson eventually closed GLX in 2005, and later Gravity Lab. Solem took on the basement GLX shop, specializing in what he knew best. “I wasn’t really familiar with running a business, per se,” said the Minneapolis resident. “I knew every-

John Kline Mike would re- Obermueller tain, such as the option for those 26 and under to stay on a parent’s health insurance and that it doesn’t deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. As far as fixes, Obermueller said the act didn’t go far enough to address payment models to control costs in the system. Kline said the act spends too much money and restricts access to health care. He said he supports measures that would bring real medical liability reform, allow people to purchase insurance across state lines,

expand high-risk pools, and create association health plans that would allow small businesses to come together and offer plans on the same scale and affordability as large businesses. The two provided more contrast with regard to the budget plan put forth by Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and its affect on Medicare. Kline said he is a strong supporter of the plan in which a premium support program would allow private companies to bid for coverage in an effort to drive costs down. Kline said President Barack Obama’s plan double counts Medicare funds while the Ryan budget puts hundreds of billions of dollars right back into Medicare. Obermueller said the Ryan plan would end

Medicare as we know it by making it a “voucher” system ending the preventative care provision, shifting $6,400 back per senior in the program and capping the amount the government puts into the system. The two also differed on allowing Medicare Part D plan administrators to enter the open market to negotiate prescription drug prices. Kline opposes the idea while Obermueller supports it with controls and oversight. When the candidates were asked to explain what piece of legislation they would spearhead, Obermueller said he would focus on the education system and make sure college was affordable and to repeal the No Child Left Behind law. Kline said he would reduce the big driver of debt – the runaway cost of entitlements such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Kline said governors are looking for the federal government to block grant Medicaid to the states. He said another area that is most likely to have support is to slowly increase the age by which seniors are eligible for Social Security. He said for the first time more is being paid in Social Security benefits than what is coming in to the system. Obermueller said he is not in favor of raising the retirement age. On other issues, Obermueller said he supports increasing taxes on the wealthy who ought to be able to pay more. Kline said that would increase taxes on 1 million small businesses, which would hinder job growth. Obermueller said the way to create jobs is through consumer spending and people having more money in their pockets. To that

end, he said he supports cutting taxes for the middle class. Obermueller said the partisan nature of Washington, D.C., politics is one of the reasons he entered the race. “Both parties have a share in the blame of it,” Obermueller said. “If you want to change the results, you have to send different people there.” Kline said we are at a crossroads and he has proven he can work in a bipartisan way. Obermueller said Kline has voted with his party 95 to 96 percent of the time. Kline said he agrees with his party so much just as U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-St. Paul, agrees with her party.

thing about a board and a binding and boots and skateboards. Paying taxes and stuff, that was all new to me. It was a little rocky at the beginning, but after a couple of years we figured it out. It’s been good. And I think without the support of the south suburbs, we obviously would not be here.” In 2010 Solem remodeled the vacant Gravity Lab space upstairs, bringing visibility to Zombie Boardshop, which had previously operated on word of mouth alone. Summer days are slow, Solem said, but with Buck Hill nearby, winter weekends are “insane,” with a constant flow of customers stopping in for repairs or

gear. Solem is credited by the City Council with dedicating “countless hours and resources to Burnsville’s youth by organizing and supporting free Thursday night youth snowboarding sessions at Buck Hill.” As for the skate park, it’s only logical that the local board shop owner be involved, Solem said. A first phase of park improvements, including a badly needed new concrete surface, is now being completed. The committee Solem serves on has committed $6,500 to the $91,460 project, said Dean Mulso, Burnsville’s recreation facilities manager.

The bigger challenge is a $200,000 park upgrade tentatively scheduled for completion in 2016. Plans call for the committee to raise half the funds, Mulso said. Solem and the other committee members – fellow adult skaters Olaf Gilbertson, Luke Leonard and Alex DeMarco – are beginning to plan fundraisers and publicity efforts, Solem said. If it all comes together, the Burnsville park “will definitely be one of those spots kids are going to flock to,” Solem said. “I think the south suburbs have a strong skateboard community,” he said. “Without them, it’s not go-

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November 2, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan

Burnsville man dies in crash on I-494 A 2003 Kenworth 80000 apolis, stalled in the right lane of westbound I-494, semi-truck, driven by Bruce A Burnsville man was according to the State Pa- T. Hanson, 48, of Onamia, hit Ombabi’s vehicle broadside. killed in a seven-car crash trol. Corona, Achman, HagedoCrashing behind the Dodge on westbound 494 at France Caravan were a 2012 Ford Es- rn and Hanson were uninjured Avenue. Nadir I. Ombabi, 57, cape driven by Glen P. Ach- and Paul had a non-life threatdied when his vehicle was man, 76, of Burnsville; a 2006 ening injury, according to the hit broadside by a semi- Ford pickup driven by Lucas State Patrol. A 2010 GMC Sierra driven truck, according to State G. Hagedorn, 33, of St. Paul; Patrol. Westbound 494 was and a 2002 Chevrolet Trail- by Robert K. Duchscher, 51, closed from 35W west due blazer driven by David B. Paul, of Rosemount, was sideswiped by the Ford Crown Victoria. to the car accident at 5 a.m., 64, of Minneapolis. After the four cars collided, Duchscher and his passenger, Monday, Oct. 29. The chain-reaction crash the vehicle driven by Paul rear- Terri J. Duchscher, 51, or Rosestarted when a 2000 Dodge ended a 2007 Ford Crown Vic- mount, were uninjured. The Bloomington and Caravan driven by Isidoro toria driven by Ombabi, pushB. Corona, 49, of Minne- ing it sideways into the center Richfield Police departments

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After bizarre threat, man arrested by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK

A man is facing a felony charge after allegedly making an unusual threat while waiting for a bus in Eagan. Benjamin Powell, 23, of Minneapolis, was charged in Dakota County District Court on Oct. 23 with felony possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. According to the comWELLSTONE, from 7A and what you have passion for and what you hope for – the love of your people, family, state – no, I don’t think so,” Wellstone said. “It’s the same, old rock-the-boat approach.” Wellstone had the ability to laugh at himself. Appearing on the Charlie Rose Show in the summer of 2001, Wellstone added “foolish” to the list of personal traits he brought to the Senate as a newly elected senator. He told of a Senate colleague saying he enjoyed his speeches but did not understand the workings of the Senate – an omission Wellstone set out to correct. Wellstone, who voted against the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, while laughing at his own brashness also said the public was thirsting for a politics of inclusion. “You can’t be so tippytoe,” Wellstone said of a

plaint, police were notified that Powell was at the Cedar Grove Transit Station in Eagan on Oct. 21 yelling into his cell phone that he would “blow up the world.” When police found Powell, he told them he was arguing with his mother on the phone. During a search of Powell’s backpack, the officer found a .357 Magnum handgun, the complaint said. Pow-

ell cannot legally possess a gun due to a 2008 first-degree burglary conviction. Powell was previously convicted of first- and seconddegree burglary in 2006, and motor vehicle theft, fleeing from a police officer and receiving stolen property in 2010. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 20 in Hastings.

perceived mushiness among Democrats at the time. Carleton College Political Science Professor Steven Schier views Wellstone as definitely leaving a legacy in Minnesota politics. For one thing, Wellstone remains a “hallowed figure” within the Minnesota DFL Party, which is one of the most liberal in the United States, he said. While Wellstone’s war votes and mental health legislation stand out, Wellstone was also known for his oratory, Schier said. “I think he had considerable national ambition,” said Schier, suggesting Wellstone may have been weighing a presidential run at the time of his death. Area lawmakers have different memories of Wellstone. Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, remembers Wellstone attending an event at Anoka Technical College when the school was facing possible

closure. The matter was really out of Wellstone’s hands, but Wellstone was extremely encouraging, Abeler said in an email. “I still recall him saying goodbye to me in the parking lot, by name, as he limped off to his car after the event,” Abeler said. “(I) never forgot that.” Rep. Rick Hansen, DFLSouth St. Paul, met his wife Suzanne on Wellstone’s 1990 campaign. Dittrich recalled visiting the Wellstone memorial outside of Eveleth with Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington. They were in the vicinity on legislative business. “It was a very somber moment – a sacred moment,” Dittrich said of standing amidst the pines. Wellstone would have turned 68 in July. T.W. Budig can be reached at or

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