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District 196 teachers, nurses contract approved increases in the next two years as district officials and union representatives say they are pleased with the two-year collective bargaining agreement reached Dec. 5. “I think in light of the economic by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS times and the district’s financial sitTeachers and nurses in the Rose- uation the contract is fair,� said Jim mount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Smola, president of Dakota CounDistrict will earn moderate wage ty United Educators, which repre-

Collective bargaining agreement includes some increases

sents the district’s 2,100 teachers and school nurses. The agreement between the teachers’ union and District 196 was unanimously approved on Dec. 12 by the School Board. “I’m thankful our employees are understanding,� Board Member Jackie Magnuson said. “We have such a good working relation-

ship with them.� The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2011 and spans through June 30, 2013, and provides a 1 percent increase in the second year for those at the top pay scale. In the contract’s second year, there will be a 1 percent increase in the pay received for additional education credits earned.

Hydrant failures raise eyebrows Burnsville considers mandatory maintenance of private hydrants by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

What if a firefighter connected a hose to a hydrant and no water came out? It happened four times recently in Burnsville — not at fire scenes, but as firefighters were trying out a hydrant retrofitting program. Unacceptable, city officials say. The failed hydrants were

Teachers will continue to pay the same portion of their health insurance premium in both years of the agreement. The total cost of the contract over two years is 4.1 percent more than the previous contract. Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com.

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privately owned equipment on private property. Officials are planning new measures to ensure that private hydrants, nearly a third of all hydrants in Burnsville, are inspected and in working order. At a Dec. 13 work session, City Council members endorsed a proposal to require owners of private hydrants to provide annual documentation of inspection, testing and maintenance. The city would help owners find contractors to do the work. If an owner failed to do the work, the city would do it and charge it to the owner’s utility bill. See Hydrants, 8A

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Participants and visitors to the 14th annual SouthCross Community Church Living Nativity enjoyed the blessing of a warm night on Dec. 13. The Burnsville church re-created the manger scene in Bethlehem, served a free chili dinner and accepted food shelf donations Dec. 13 and 14.

Apartment tenants relocating as decision nears by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

As Burnsville officials near a decision on the future of Country Village Apartments, a local agency has been helping residents of the run-down complex find new housing. The nonprofit CAP Agency, which serves residents of Scott, Dakota and Carver counties, has offered its housing services to residents of Country Village, which is beset by mold, pest and maintenance problems. It’s unclear how many residents of the 138-unit complex have sought and found new housing. CAP Agency officials couldn’t be reached for comment Tues-

day and Wednesday, before this edition went to press. The city sought the agency’s help in the event of a rental-license revocation, which would force all Country Village residents to move out on “relatively short notice,� Deputy Manager Tom Hansen said. The City Council is scheduled to address Country Village at its Tuesday, Dec. 20 meeting. The council is expected to consider the complex’s 2012 rental license application and whether to lift a two-month license suspension it imposed on Oct. 18. The suspension prevented owner Lindahl Properties from leasing any more units until numerous prob-

lems are fixed. “We have a big inspection on Monday,� Hansen said this week. “That’s when we’re going to go in and get all the information and check the units, see how they’re doing. And then we’ll make the report to the council on Tuesday night.� The city’s fire and building inspectors report 80 problems with mold and water damage; 98 problems with damaged doors, windows, tile and walls; 28 problems with faulty plumbing and repairs; 28 problems with faulty electrical work and repairs and nonworking electrical equipment; and numerous cases of exterior building deterioration.

Country Village is located at 3809 Sibley St., near Savage. Another west Burnsville apartment complex has leased two units to tenants who left Country Village. Becky Bornstein, community manager of the newly renovated River Ridge Apartments at 12901 County Road 5, said she’s worked with the city to give prospective tenants from Country Village information about her complex. “And we’ve also offered them discounted application fees and a little extra help to get them moved in,� Bornstein said. John Gessner is at john.gessner@ecm-inc.com.

Pole dancing for exercise studio expands to Eagan by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Every day, stay-athome moms and career women alike gather at the Lady Katherine studio in Hudson, Wis., to dance and spin around a pole. But these women aren’t working for money, they’re getting into shape. These unusual fitness classes have become so popular, Katherine Fossler, owner of Lady Katherine, a pole-dancing fitness studio in Hudson, Wis., plans to open a second studio at 4178 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. A grand opening celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and will include free mini classes, specials on classes, prize drawings and refreshments. Photo by Jessica Harper

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dancing is a far cry from Fossler’s previous profession as a church administrator in Hudson. She landed the position 13 years ago after graduating from the College of St. Catherine with a bachelor’s in business. When the church laid Fossler off three years ago, she decided to search for a new career path. Around that time, a friend encouraged her to try fitness pole dancing in Minneapolis for the first time. “I was afraid it would be uncomfortable and be inappropriate, but I found it to be really empowering,� Fossler said. She also noticed it helped her get in better shape. This inspired her to bring the workout style See Lady Katherine, 14A

Little Free Library Special education teacher brings concept to Burnsville by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Burnsville is about to get its first Little Free Library, with preschool children as its primary audience. Modest in size and cost, the wooden box will be mounted on a pole and have a plexiglass front door that anyone can open. Go ahead, take a book. Leave a book of your own. If it works the way it’s supposed to, the Little Free Library will always be stocked with an everchanging inventory, waiting for the next person to use it. Thanks to the efforts of early childhood special education teacher Shannon Jorgenson, the library will be installed

at School District 191’s Early Education Program and Services center at Diamondhead Education Center. “I would like it somewhere outside our building, hopefully in the front, prominently, so it can be accessible to everybody,� said Jorgenson, who hopes to have the structure up within a month. Little libraries have generated a buzz that emanated from Wisconsin, where the concept was launched less than two years ago. Founders Todd Bol of Hudson and Rick Brooks of Madison are promoting not only literacy, but a communitarian ideal that is clearly catching on. A Google maps inventory at www.littlefreelibrary.org shows them stretching from coast to coast, with a large cluster in Wisconsin and Minnesota. See Library, 5A

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owner Katherine Fossler is expanding the business to Eagan. “I’m really excited about the new studio and becoming a part of the Eagan community,� Fossler said. A grand opening will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the studio at 4178 Pilot Knob Road. Fossler said she chose Eagan for her expansion due to its size and expected growth. Fossler said she expects Eagan will be the first in a string of new Lady Katherine locations across the Twin Cities. Her goal is to open five more studios over the next few years. Fossler’s long-term goal is to turn the business into a franchise. Teaching fitness pole

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Shannon Jorgenson spearheaded the effort to put a Little Free Library at the Early Education Program and Services center in Burnsville. Jorgenson is an early childhood special education teacher in School District 191.

              

       

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Taxes drop as home values, levy fall in District 196 Budget deficit expected in 2012 by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Property owners in the Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan School District will get some much-needed tax relief next year as the district portion of their taxes will fall alongside home values. On Dec. 12, the School Board unanimously approved lowering the district’s payable 2012 property tax levy to $75.8 million, which is $2.6 million less than in 2011. “I’m glad we were able to keep taxes low in a recession,� Board Member Bob Schutte said. “I am very aware of the suffering going on in our community.� The decision was prompted by news that District 196 will receive additional state aid in the future. The state promised the district an extra $50 per pupil this school year and another $50 per pupil in 201213. This amounts to $1.5 million each year in additional revenue, Finance Director Jeff Solomon said. District 196 also will re-

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ceive $2.96 million in compensatory funding starting in 2012-13. The state Legislature passed the one-time money for 20 districts with the largest enrollment aside from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. The elimination of the market value homestead credit is another reason the district decided to lower its property tax levy, Solomon said. MVHC previously provided a credit on some homeowners’ property tax bills, and without it some could see their property taxes increase even if their home value declined. Recent changes to this credit have caused some homeowners to pay higher city taxes despite falling home values and efforts to lower the tax levy. Home values in the district are expected to drop 6.4 percent this year, which is more than the state average of 5.3 percent. The average home value in the district is expected to fall next year to $232,399, which is $7,107 less than the average 2011



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Budget deďŹ cit In addition to approving its payable 2012 property tax levy, the School Board discussed a $347.5 million budget for fiscal year 2012, which is $5.7 million more than initial estimates. District officials assumed in June that the state would cut funding by 3.5 percent, but legislators increased funding over the next two years. Though the district’s financial picture is rosier than predicted, the district will still operate under a deficit. District officials expect a $4.4 million deficit in fiscal 2012, which is $2.4 million less than previous estimates. The district’s general fund balance is estimated to be $31.05 million, which is 10 percent of its $292.2 million general budget. This is in accordance with the district’s fund balance policy. The board is scheduled to vote on the final budget on Jan. 9. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

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Eagan Legacy grant aids local Middle Eastern dance company by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Whether it’s restaurants or community centers, Mideastern culture has increasingly influenced the south metro in recent years. And this cultural influence includes a Middle Eastern dance company and school in Eagan. Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater has performed traditional dances for more than a decade, and thanks to a recent grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, it will be able to continue sharing this tradition with south metro audiences.

“I’m really excited about the grant from MRAC,� said Mirah Ammal, artistic director for Al-Bahira. The $10,000 grant, which is a part of the 2008 Minnesota Legacy Amendment, will fund the company’s June production and performance of “Ifrita Helwa,� an original theatrical dance based on traditional Egyptian stories and the 1947 Egyptian film, “Afrita Hanem.� Al-Bahira was among 63 fine arts organizations to receive funding from the MRAC. Ammal has worked as the dance company’s artistic director and choreographer since 2002 and recently

opened a Middle Eastern dance school called Aalim Dance School, which has a location in Minneapolis and one in Eagan. Ammal grew up around Middle Eastern dance. As an adult, Ammal earned a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Minnesota, but was drawn to dance and began studying Middle Eastern dance in 1998. “I was drawn to the beauty in both the music and movement,� she said, adding that she was intrigued by the way traditional dance empowers women in the Middle East.

“We don’t think of Arab culture as encouraging strong women, but these dances emphasize women’s beauty and power,� she said. Over the next four years, Ammal performed with a Twin Cities-based dance company and traveled to Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations to study their cultures and traditional dances. A few years after join-

ing Al-Bahira, Ammal became interested in teaching Middle Eastern dance. She taught classes in Burnsville until opening Aalim Dance School in 2008. “As I got into it, I wanted to create a space for students of all backgrounds where they could advance,� Ammal said. Ammal said the most rewarding part of teaching is watching students improve

their skills. “There’s always more to learn,� she said. “It’s a constant learning experience for me, too.� In addition to directing Al-Bahira and the dance school, Ammal has been a regular belly dance performer at area restaurants and regional festivals. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

                               



 

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Opinion Thisweek Columnist Remember those local, independent merchants at this time of year by Larry Werner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Last Saturday morning, the phone rang about 7:30. It was my daughter, who was scrambling with final arrangements for my grandsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party happening at 10 a.m., and she wanted me to pick up a giant helium-filled balloon. I was more than happy to help, but when she told me where the balloon was to be picked up, I was hit by a conflict that haunts me this time each year. The balloon was at Party City in Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promenade Shopping Center, which sits in the middle of big-box national chain retailers, including T.J. Maxx, Home Depot and Old Navy at I-35E and Yankee Doodle Road. I should point out that the big balloon was inflated and ready when the store opened at 9, and the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

have been more gracious and helpful. But I wondered whether I could have got the same balloon at Scott Ericksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Franklin in downtown Lakeville. Maybe not. The reality of our modern marketplace is that mass merchants have the products and services we need and want at prices independent retailers often canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match. On Thanksgiving, after feeding 26 family members the annual turkey feast, those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join the card game in the dining room were poring over advertising inserts in the family room to plan their Black Friday shopping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Has anyone seen a Pier One coupon?â&#x20AC;? I heard my daughter ask as the other women checked the sale items at Target, Best Buy and the other big boxes. Small retailers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attract the attention

of the power shoppers because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ad budgets or the pricing that come from economies of scale. But the little guys do know your names, and the money you spend with them tends to recirculate in the community. And despite the fact that most of us will do most of our shopping at places like Promenade or Burnsville Center, our civic leaders want traditional downtowns in their cities. Lakeville, Farmington and Rosemount have historic commercial centers where folks can stroll sidewalks that residents have walked for generations. In Burnsville and Apple Valley, officials have worked to develop walkable downtowns that have been named Heart of the City and Central Village. Even Eagan, which was developed as a classic suburb of big homes and big strip centers along big roadways, is working to develop a town center along Hwy. 13 on the site of the

old Cedarvale Mall. We want the bargains and the convenience of the shopping centers, but we long for the sense of community we get from places where courageous entrepreneurs risk their capital on dreams of running their own dress shops or hardware stores or coffee shops. How do we preserve the local shopkeepers while getting what we need at prices we can afford? Perhaps we can look at supporting local merchants as a community-service project. A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a personal-finance expert on Minnesota Public Radio. He was asked about end-of-theyear charitable giving. In addition to talking about traditional giving to nonprofit organizations, he suggested that we all set aside some of our holiday spending at main street merchants. It reminded me of an annual tradition I enjoyed when my youngest, who

is now 21, was small. We would walk Lakevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main street and pick up gifts for his mom at the local shops â&#x20AC;&#x201C; earrings at the jeweler, a scarf at the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store, a poinsettia at the florist. My shopping also included visits to Burnsville Center or Mall of America, but some spending was always reserved for local businesses. Think of it as a form of tithing. If you reserve 10 percent of your holiday dollars for independent merchants, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be helping to preserve the places that make our cities more than suburbs. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hometowns where, like the friendly bar of the old â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheersâ&#x20AC;? show, everybody knows your name. Larry Werner is editor and general manager of Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune. He can be reached at larry.werner@ecm-inc.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Stabbing victim should get help he needs To the editor: The Dec. 9 Thisweek article about Bruce Pagelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation was disheartening and disgraceful. That he was stabbed by a neighbor who was assaulting his wife is a terrible thing to happen. That he is a working American who was injured when he went to the aid of another is also terrible. But that he may have permanent damage to that

arm due to lack of insurance is outrageous. This is a prime example of the need for universal health care in this country. It is time that we tell our legislators, who were elected to protect the good of all and not just the wealthy in this country, that we are fed up with rationed health care. Yes, rationed health care is what we have now. If you are rich, you can get whatever health care you want. If you are working and have insurance provided or can afford to buy your own, you hope your insur-

ance will cover the health care that you need. If you are poor and uninsured, you can only hope that you will get some kind of health care. It is much more cost effective to have early medical intervention than to wait until it becomes a crisis. Hopefully, Pagel will get the medical help that he needs. Under universal health care, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a question. CHERI MOE Apple Valley

 



   

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Anderson, Republicans held the line To the editor: The conservative Republican economic principles worked to get rid of a large budget deficit and gave Minnesota a state surplus. The November budget forecast shows an $876 million surplus. Republican legislators consistently fight for progrowth tax policies to create jobs. Examples include standing against the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand to raise taxes to fund a 22 percent spending increase. My state representative, Diane Anderson of Eagan, understands we do not help others when the government makes promises the taxpayers of Dakota County canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford. She used her position on the Health and Human Services Finance Committee to support the phaseout of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sick tax.â&#x20AC;? (This is a tax on people that use the hospital and other medical services.) Rep. Anderson knows only people pay taxes. A tax on medical services is always paid by patients through higher medical charges and insurance costs. The state Legislature enacted many great reforms that led to many of the revenue gains and budget savings. Naturally, this is only a good start. This was done without raising taxes. Simply put, for too many years Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legislature spent too much, borrowed too much and raised taxes when a shortfall occurred. Rep. Anderson helped put a stop to that in St. Paul.

When economic times are hard, taxpayers should not have to pay higher taxes from either state or local officials unwilling to cut spending. The state budget should not be higher than the incoming tax revenue. City and county officials need to follow that principle. NICK PARIS Burnsville

Future of small business depends on education To the editor: Our small business in the south metro area appreciates the work done by teachers, parents and students themselves in creating a prosperous economy. For many years our state had the reputation for excellent employees: well-educated, capable, and with a good work ethic. The values that bring these qualities require investment, and support from our Legislature for quality in our K-12 education. For the last decade our children have had to suffer from inadequate budgets for their schools, and the results have been predictable. Class sizes have grown, and other states have begun to invest in their children at a pace that exceeds Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We need the federal government to pay its share of costs of special education, which Congress has mandated. But Rep. John Kline has neglected that important part of our school budgets. As chair of the House Education Committee, you might expect he would take care of our schools, yet he

from the plant that go through North River Hills A Dec. 9 story about in Burnsville. The company Xcel Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Dog says the number of trucks is plant incorrectly reported 30 per week, and trips are the number of ash trucks

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has said he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seek that funding. The future of small business in our area depends on an educated workforce, and an economy in which middle-income people are given at least the kind of respect given to the top 1 percent of income earners. The economic demand exerted by middle- and lower-income earners in our area can create economic recovery for local residents. Policy makers need to act to bolster that demand. BETTY FEDDE Eagan

Great job, Ted To the editor: The Legislative Evaluation Committee has just released its annual comprehensive scorecard for the 2011 legislative session. The LEA has great credence with legislators and citizens because of its objective research and scoring and because it is not affiliated with any political party. The residents of Eagan and Burnsville are most fortunate to have Sen. Ted Daley as a senator. It was through the efforts and leadership of Daley that the Legislature was able to reject more government intrusion and taxes upon the citizens of Minnesota. It is apparent that special interests have received no special favors from Daley. It is also obvious that the citizens of Minnesota are the benefactors of Daleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wisdom and discernment. RICHARD IFFERT Eagan

limited to five days a week. The story also incorrectly reported the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location. It is east of Interstate 35W.

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ďż˝ ďż˝ Paul Jon Lemley Age 45 of Lakeville, passed away on December 8, 2011 in St. Paul, MN. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Lisa (Hesemann) Lemley; children, Megan, Chase and Hunter Lemley; parents, Jerry and Sharon (Rosenthal) Lemley; brother, Brian Lemley. Also by many other loving relatives and friends. Funeral service was held at 11AM, on Monday December 12, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Ave., Lakeville visitation was 4-7 Sunday (12/11) at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville and 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment, Lakeville Grove Cemetery, Lakeville MN. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

Kathleen Mary Shattuck Dodge Age 82, passed away on November 25, 2011 peacefully with her daughter by her side. Survived by her daughter Tracy Dodge Cooper (Ray) and grandsons, Cameron and Jordan. Kathleen took early retirement (1984) from her passion of teaching to enjoy Drum and Bugle Corps, world travel, knitting, piano, volunteering at pre-schools whenever possible and watching her grandsons play ice hockey and soccer. She enjoyed raising and showing African Violets. Kathleen also became a breeder of champion Bichon Frise show dogs which she loved dearly, placing many puppies into loving homes. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday December 23, 2011 at: Door Creek Church 6602 Dominion Drive Madison, WI 53718 Room 209 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be offered to The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Kathleen's daughter, Tracy, was a member of the Corps 1979-1982 and it has remained a joint love for them.

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There are at least 14 in the Gopher state, from Detroit Lakes in the north to Faribault in the south. Bol came to the State Fair this year to promote the concept along with the Children, Youth and Family Consortium of the University of Minnesota Extension service. Completed libraries and library kits are available for purchase through the Little Free Library organization. People can also build their own and register it with the organization. The organization also has a donorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund to help defray costs. Amanda Lynn Gaudette and Jorgenson, who learned Captain Kevin Edward Ryan about Little Free Librarwere married at the Cathedral of St. Paul on September 17, 2011. ies through a professional Amanda, daughter of John and newsletter, called Bol in Mary Gaudette of Eagan, MN is Hudson and wrote him a a 2004 graduate of Eagan High letter with her hopes of School, and a 2008 graduate of installing a library at the UW-Stout. preschool center. Kevin, son of Michael and â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said I got him Patricia Ryan of Mission Vejio, CA is a 2001 graduate of Trabuco when I said it made me Hills High School and a 2005 goose-bumpy happy when graduate of West Point Military I read about it on his webAcademy. site,â&#x20AC;? said Jorgenson, who Following the wedding they teaches developmentally returned to their home in Georgetown, TX, then to Fort Rucker, delayed children ages birth Alabama for a six month assign- to 2 at their homes or day ment. cares. A self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;social entrepreneur,â&#x20AC;? Bol responded by donating library parts and paint and his own time to help put the library together. On Dec. 6 he visited the Early Education Program and Services center, where the preschoolers in classes taught by Dana Randall and Carissa Renken helped him assemble the parts. Jorgenson did the painting and staining, with a little help from the kids who left colored handprints on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slanted roof. Brianna Lynn Doyle and Paul Schoolbook supplier Joseph Rangitsch were married Mackin Educational ReOctober 15, 2011 at Peaceful V a l l e y R a n c h i n t h e R o c k y sources of Burnsville doMountains of Colorado. Lin nated books for an upcoming school literacy night Cressey officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of that will also be used to Victoria Doyle of Apple Valley, help stock the library. MN. She is a 2004 graduate of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very giving in Eastview High School Apple Valley. She graduated in 2008 this program and this comfrom MN State University, Man- munity,â&#x20AC;? said Jorgenson, kato, with a Bachelor of Science a 1997 Burnsville High Nursing degree. She is a Regis- School graduate whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tered Nurse at St. Anthony North taught early childhood Hospital in Denver, CO. special education in DisThe groom is the son of Mark and Mary Pat Rangitsch of Har- trict 191 for five years. ris, MN. He is a 2004 graduate of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already had a bunch Eastview High School Apple of people say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I have a Valley. He graduated in 2007 bunch of books I can put from the University of North in there.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Dakota with a degree in Air TrafEven developmentally fic Control. He is employed by delayed preschoolers who the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at the Denver Air Route donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read benefit from Traffic Control Center in Long- being read to or shown mont, CO. pictures, Jorgenson said. 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Shaun Johnson is trying something new this holiday season. The Emmy-winning singer-songwriter and lead vocalist for nationally known a cappella band Tonic Sol-Fa has put together a new show, Shaun Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Band Experience, which plays the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Dec. 19. The concert is a benefit for Wishes & More, a Minnesota nonprofit that grants wishes to children with terminal and life-

threatening illnesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of just helps kids in the Midwest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I thought it was a really cool thing because you could actually make a difference in a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said of selecting the charity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other three (members of Tonic Sol-Fa) all have families, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a family so I thought, what can I do during the holidays? I wanted to give all the proceeds to charity because I get the fun of performing out of it.â&#x20AC;? The concert will feature Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-piece big band delivering holi-

day music made famous by classic crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everything from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Santa Claus is Coming to Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Blue Christmasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to some original arrangements,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. Tonic Sol-Fa also is on tour this month, which included a stop Dec. 12 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and Johnson said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using his days off from that tour to play his bigband concerts for charity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I basically have five days off from Tonic Sol-Fa

between Nov. 7 and Christmas, and I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fill them in with these bigband shows,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson of St. Cloud. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 concert are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and are available in person at the Burnsville PAC box office, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Ticketmaster.com. More about Shaun Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big band is at Photo submitted www.bigbandexperience. Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert com. at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center next week will benefit Wishes & More, a Minnesota nonprofit that grants Andrew Miller is at andrew. wishes to children with terminal and life-threatening illmiller@ecm-inc.com. nesses.

theater and arts briefs New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve at Buck Hill Buck Hill in Burnsville will hold its New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Bash beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Skiing, boarding and tubing runs will be open until midnight. Fireworks are planned to cap off the event. Festivities will include: â&#x20AC;˘ Rhythm Junkies live in the Lodge. â&#x20AC;˘ KS95 Party with Dez in the Main Chalet from 6 to

8:30 p.m. and at the BuckStone Lodge for the remainder of the evening. â&#x20AC;˘ Kevin Hall of Halls of Magic, as seen on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent.â&#x20AC;? Also included will be tarot card readings, glitter glam hairdos, Erik the Juggling Magician, Gabeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ski Race, Zombie Boardshop Big Air Comp, and Secret Snowboardinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Santa with gifts for children. Lift tickets are $27 for adults, $23 for children 12

6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, and Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song and come dressed for movement. They will sing, dance and read from the script. Auditions are first come, first served. Roles are available for females age 13 and older, and The Prior Lake Players males age 15 and older. will hold open auditions for Volunteers are also needâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiddler on the Roofâ&#x20AC;? from

and younger. Children under age 5 can ski free with a paid adult. More information can be found at www.buckhill.com/ winter/new-years-eve-minnesota.html or by calling (952) 435-7174.

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all-time favorites performed by a seven-piece ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The performance includes a variety of music including R&B, jazz, pop and country. Tickets are $15 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. For tickets or additional information, call (952) 985-4640.

            

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITY OF EAGAN DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, December 27, at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Aspen Waste Systems/Robert E. Kircher LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 3259 Terminal Drive, Lot 6, Block 1, Sibley Terminal Industrial Park

REQUEST(S): Conditional Use Permit A Conditional Use Permit to allow outdoor storage of trucks and containers. File Number:08-CU-16-11-11 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Pam Dudziak, the Planner at (651) 675-5691 or pdudziak@cityofeagan.com with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk 2852331 12/16/11

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1061 - S & W Industrial (Sibley Court) Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1061. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated November, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $58,900. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the SW 1â &#x201E;4, Section 19, lying North of Diffley Road (CSAH 30), West of Trunk Highway 13, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated December 6, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2844071 12/9-12/16/11

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District 917 School Board Proceedings This is a summary of the Intermediate School District 917 Regular School Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with full text available for public inspection on the district website at www.isd917.k12.mn.us or the District Office at 1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, MN 55068. The meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM at 14050 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley, MN. Board members present: Arlene Bush, Dan Cater, Jill Lewis, Veronica Walter, Deb Clark, Vanda Pressnall, Kathy Lewis, and ex-officio member Supt. John Christiansen. Absent: Vicki Roy and Tom Ryerson. Also present: Melissa Schaller, Dan Hurley, Nicolle Roush. Good news reports were presented. The following Consent Agenda items were approved: minutes, personnel, bills to be paid, investment report and wire transfers. Special Education Employee of the Fall Quarter was Rachel Craig and Special Education Teacher of the Fall Quarter was Laura Weir. The Audit Report for 2010-2011 was presented by Jim Eichten of MMKR. The audit report was excellent and very clean. Superintendent's Contract for 2012-2015 was approved. Adjournment at 6:00 PM. 2851158 12/16/11

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITY OF EAGAN DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, December 27, at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Steininger Property/Joseph and Lynn Steininger LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 829 Aldrin Dr., Lots 14-16 Block 3, Eagandale Center Industrial Park No. 4

REQUEST(S): Conditional Use Permit A Conditional Use Permit to allow outdoor storage of contractor equipment and trailers and truck and trailer repair and service. File Number:11-CU-15-11-11 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Sarah Thomas, the Planner at (651) 675-5696 or sthomas@cityofeagan.com with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk 2852306 12/16/11

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1076 - Slater Road/ Whispering Woods 4th & 5th Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1076. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated November, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $221,300. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the South 1â &#x201E;2 of Section 31, lying South of Cliff Road, West of Trunk Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue), in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated December 6, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2844084 12/9-12/16/11

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF EAGAN, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA Project No. 1060 - Tesseract Place Street Improvements NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the Eagan Municipal Center at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122, on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the improvements, known as Project No. 1060. The proposed project is in accordance with the preliminary engineering report dated November, 2011, prepared by the City Engineer. The estimated cost of the foregoing improvement is as follows: $33,500. The area proposed to be assessed for said improvements is described as follows: The area located within the Northeast 1â &#x201E;4 of Section 19, lying South of Silver Bell Road, East of Trunk Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue), North of Trunk Highway 13, in Township 27, Range 23, in the City of Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota. All persons who desire to be heard with respect to the question of whether or not the above improvements should be made shall be heard at said time and place. Dated December 6, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL /s/ Christina M. Scipioni By: Christina M. Scipioni Eagan City Clerk 2844052 12/9-12/16/11

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITY OF EAGAN DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, December 27, at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Day By Day Childcare/ LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 1964 Rahncliff, Lot 2, Block 3, Rahncliff 2nd Addition

REQUEST(S): Planned Development A Planned Development Amendment to allow a daycare. File Number: 32-PA-09-11-11 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Pam Dudziak, the Planner at (651) 675-5691 or pdudziak@cityofeagan.com with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk 2852350 12/16/11

   

      

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PUBLIC NOTICE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential APPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BLEACHER REPLACEMENT 14450 Hayes Road Apple Valley, Minnesota Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the Apple Valley High School Bleacher Replacement by Independent School District 196, at the Facilities and Grounds Office located at 14445 Diamond Path West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2 p.m., January 5, 2012, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents from American Reprographics Company can be found at: http://www.district196.org/District/LegalNotices/ index.cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact the Facilities Department at (651) 423-7706. Art Coulson, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2852566 12/16-12/23/11

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really was just a lack of knowledge of what they Privately owned hy- needed to do to maintain drants serve a number their system,â&#x20AC;? he said. of apartment complexes, townhouse developments Storz nozzles and commercial properties The failures were disin Burnsville. They were covered as the city piloted installed as part of private a program of retrofitting water or fire-protection hydrants with Storz nozsystems. zles, which are quicker to Among the 3,593 hy- connect to than the threaddrants in Burnsville, 1,079 ed nozzles on Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are privately owned. hydrants. The failures of four Jungmann and Albrecht private hydrants among are proposing to retrofit 26 the city tested set off all hydrants, public and â&#x20AC;&#x153;alarm bellsâ&#x20AC;? for Fire private, over 15 years at an Chief B.J. Jungmann and estimated cost of $1.5 milPublic Works Director lion. Steve Albrecht, Albrecht At $100,000 a year, the told the council. city could do 229 retrofits They fear more failures annually. Older hydrants as hydrants in Burnsville would get Storz adaptage. ers, costing $315 each, The city faces a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mount- and newer ones would get ing fire safety issue,â&#x20AC;? espe- Storz nozzles, costing $600 cially in high-density areas each. A contractor would wher many people are at do the work. risk, Albrecht said. The Storz equipment From 2007 through would speed firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011, 71 of the 161 struc- connection time at fire ture fires the Fire Depart- scenes by 30 to 60 seconds, ment responded to were at Jungmann said. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t properties served by pri- guarantee that would save vate hydrants, according lives, but said it will â&#x20AC;&#x153;into the city. crease our effectiveness.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have them spread Fire doubles in size out throughout the city,â&#x20AC;? every 30 to 60 seconds, Albrecht said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just according to a city staff a concentration.â&#x20AC;? report. Fire trucks carry State fire code allows â&#x20AC;&#x153;only a limited supply of cities to require inspection, water for immediate fire testing and maintenance suppression,â&#x20AC;? and mutual of private fire-protection aid help from other desystems, Albrecht said. partments is usually five Staffers surveyed seven minutes behind Burnssurrounding cities to see villeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response, it said. what they do. Four do the Albrecht and Jungmaintenance on private mann propose paying for hydrants, and two of those the retrofits through water charge the owners for the charges. Property owners service, he said. would pay an extra 5 cents None of the seven has per gallon, or $3 a year on a requirement like the one a typical home water bill. Burnsville is considering, Council members he said. But other cities in voiced support for the retDakota County recognize rofits, but Dan Kealey and the problem and are seek- Dan Gustafson suggested ing a common approach, taking less than 15 years to Albrecht said. get it done. Some Burnsville resiMayor Elizabeth Kautz dents served by private hy- and Council Member drants have voiced concern Mary Sherry asked staff to that theirs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flushed consider assessing 40 perregularly like city-owned cent of the retrofit cost for hydrants, Albrecht said. private hydrants to their City hydrants are main- owners. tained and flushed twice a Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in keeping with year. the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street assessment Albrecht said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d work policy, which levies 40 perwith townhome associa- cent of the cost on benefittions and other affected ting property owners and owners in developing a 60 percent on the rest of policy for private hydrants. the city, Kautz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to get this Staff will research the done as early as possible legality of such assessnext year,â&#x20AC;? he said. ments, Albrecht said. Owners of the four failed hydrants got them John Gessner is at john. fixed, Albrecht said. gessner@ecm-inc.com. Hydrants/from 1A

                          



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Burnsville No jail for man guilty of sexually assaulting teen apolis, although the supports the de16- or 17-year-old cision also,â&#x20AC;? girl he molested at Backstrom said. his home on Nov. The tumor was 28, 2010, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a present at the time Blake student. of the crime but Va n d u s a r t z not diagnosed unpleaded guilty on James til January 2011. Sept. 15 to third- Vandusartz Vandusartzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atdegree criminal torney said at the sexual conduct involving sentencing hearing that the digital penetration. tumor caused his client to â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like he have trouble with impulse has long to liveâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a year control, according to a to 15 months, said Dakota Star Tribune account of County Attorney James the hearing. Backstrom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The doctor in the case Sentencing guidelines said that it could have donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call for prison in his been a factor in the case,â&#x20AC;? case, but if he werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ill, Backstrom said. Vandusartz likely would â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are troubling have been sentenced to cases,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time three to six months in jail, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sexual assault of Backstrom said. a child, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a serious matHe supports Spicerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rare case that we ruling. have a significant medical â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition like this, but this family understands and is one of those cases.â&#x20AC;?

Vandusartz suffers from fatal brain tumor by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

A fatally ill Burnsville man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve any jail time. James Brent Vandusartz, 57, was sentenced Monday to 15 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Jail, community service or electronic home monitoring arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suitable in this case, said Dakota County District Court Judge Richard Spicer, who issued a stay-of-imposition sentence. Vandusartz coached junior varsity girls hockey at the Blake School in Minne-

The girl reported the assault to police the next day. The following day, she told police Vandusartz had been trying to contact her by phone and email. Police set up a controlled call between the two on Dec. 1. During their conversation, Vandusartz told the girl he felt there was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sparkâ&#x20AC;? between them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and while they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be lovers, he thought the student enjoyed getting pleasure from him and he enjoyed giving it,â&#x20AC;? according to the criminal complaint. The girl then arranged to meet Vandusartz the following morning at his home, where he was arrested. John Gessner is at john. gessner@ecm-inc.com.

Leading supplier of seals moves headquarters to Burnsville by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Needing room to grow, a leading industrial supplier of seals, gaskets, O-rings and similar products has moved from Edina to Burnsville. In early December, RT Dygert moved its corporate headquarters and main distribution center to 12121 Nicollet Ave. S. The company brings with it 35 employees and is occupying 40,000 square feet in the Nicollet Business Campus VII building. With $24 million in annual sales, RT Dygert is one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest distributors in its product category, said Vince Underwood, vice president for sales. Fifteen percent of sales are international, he said. The company supplies products that seal in chemical fluids within high- and low-pressure industrial applications.

Dygert-supplied products are often found in power washers, paint sprayers, lawn and irrigation equipment and propane tanks, Underwood said. The company serves such industries as hydraulics and pneumatics, oil and gas, robotics, chemical processing, food and beverage, lawn and garden, agriculture, mining, pumps and valves, and wind energy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is mind-boggling how many products need to seal the deal with RT Dygertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products,â&#x20AC;? company Vice President Liz Underwood (Vinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife) said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of our equipment customers may have 50 to 100 seals and O-rings in their finished product. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing in 2011 alone, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve delivered 460,000 seals and O-rings to companies around the world.â&#x20AC;? See Dygert, 13A

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Vince Underwood, vice president of sales for RT Dygert, displays one of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many products â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seals used on hydraulic equipment in the logging industry.

City gives an earful on adult homes Burnsville wants authority to reduce concentration by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

with residents, Hawkins said. He said the homes have generated 250 police calls this year, 90 of which involved repeat â&#x20AC;&#x153;walkersâ&#x20AC;? or incidents that the staff should have handled. Thirty of those calls were generated by only two homes, Hawkins said. Council members voiced concern about concentrations of the homes within neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact to a neighborhood is pretty detrimental if two or three cluster together,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Dan Kealey said. District 37A state Rep. Tara Mack said Minnesota has been working for a decade to return once-institutionalized people to local communities. But concerns such as Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have risen in the past year, said the Apple Valley Republican, who serves on the Health and Human Services policy and finance committees in the House. Mack said she wants to review licensing provisions and seek solutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would really love to follow up on this with you,â&#x20AC;? she told city officials. Community reintegration â&#x20AC;&#x153;was a fine idea, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten out of control,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Mary Sherry said, complaining about how â&#x20AC;&#x153;looselyâ&#x20AC;? some of the homes are run. The concerns go beyond Burnsville. The Minnesota League of Cities has taken positions on group homes for the last two legislative sessions, Sherry said.

Burnsville officials relayed their growing concerns about group and adult foster homes to local legislators Dec. 13. The city is seeking state legislation to prevent clustering of such homes in all cities. Now, only Minneapolis and St. Paul have authority to regulate concentration of homes. Burnsville also wants to ensure that the state-licensed homes have adequately trained staff and appropriately placed residents. The 59 licensed homes in Burnsville have contributed to a 170 percent increase in â&#x20AC;&#x153;crisis callsâ&#x20AC;? since 2008, Police Chief Bob Hawkins said at a Dec. 13 City Council work session in which the city reviewed its 2012 legislative agenda with Burnsville-area lawmakers. Police are frequently called upon when residents, who have mental illness or serious brain injury, walk away from the homes, Hawkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes we might get three or four calls on the same day on the same person,â&#x20AC;? Hawkins said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a drain on police resources, Council Member Bill Coughlin said. The copsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top priority is keeping the wandering residents safe, Hawkins said. Most agree to return home, but he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerned about the Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal authority to collect the residents. Staffers at the homes seek John Gessner is at john.gessto have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hands-off â&#x20AC;? policy ner@ecm-inc.com.

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

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Tuesday, Dec 20 • Lakeville North at Eden Prairie, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South at Hopkins, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Henry Sibley, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Woodbury, 7:15 p.m.. • Chaska at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Mounds View, 7: 15 p.m. • Eastview at Spring Lake Park, 7:15 p.m. • Shakopee at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec 22 • Bloomington Jefferson at Hopkins, 7 p.m. • Cretin-Derham Hall at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Woodbury at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • New Prague at Prior Lake, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 23 • Moorhead at Eastview, 5 p.m. • Eagan at Minneapolis South, 7 p.m.

Rosemount suffered worst loss of the season to Lakeville South on Tuesday by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Rosemount girls hockey team had been playing well during the first month of the season. Armed with a young roster, the team fought injuries and inexperience to a 5-3 win over No. 18 Centennial, a 5-3 win over rival Apple Valley, and a comfortable 6-1 victory against Bloomington Kennedy. The girls even came close against the top Class A team Breck, losing 5-4. But it all came to a thud against Lakeville South on

Tuesday night with an 8-0 loss, their first shutout of the season. Coming off a 5-5 tie with a formidable Burnsville squad over the weekend, the Irish felt positive about their direction, but it was back to the drawing board late Tuesday night. “This was a tough one,” head coach Josh Hoekstra said. “It kind of got away from us. We had a lot of defensive breakdowns in our zone. We have to play tougher. I was happy I didn’t see any quit in this team, but this was the first

time we’ve been really shut down.” Against Lakeville South, the Irish found themselves in a two-on-one situation, going the wrong direction too many times. Hoekstra isn’t one to make excuses, but injuries have stunted the young team’s growth. “Our starting goalie (Caitlin Dantzscher) has been out and we have many players who have missed half the season so far,” Hoekstra said. “That’s the sport though. That will happen. We have to learn

how to handle adversity. “With a young team you stress getting better as the season goes on. As long as we’re improving and our young players are getting experience, we shouldn’t hang our heads low.” The Irish lost many points to graduation over the offseason, but they found several girls ready to make up the difference. The Irish have been able to score, averaging 3.6 goals per game, with Shaniah Anderson, Taylor Sampson, Kristen Reuter, Kendra Goodrich and Lauren Riley

Conference W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

L 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Overall W 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 0

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Tuesday, Dec 20 • Bloomington Jefferson at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec 22 • Holy Angels at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Mounds View at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Park - Cottage Grove, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville North at Eden Prairie, 7:15 p.m.

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Conference Overall W L T W L T Eastview 0 0 0 3 1 0 Burnsville 0 0 0 3 1 0 Prior Lake 0 0 0 2 1 0 Eagan 0 0 0 2 1 0 Lakeville North 0 0 0 2 2 0 Apple Valley 0 0 0 1 2 1 B Jefferson 0 0 0 0 1 2 Rosemount 0 0 0 1 3 0 Lakeville South 0 0 0 0 2 0 B Kennedy 0 0 0 0 5 0 Saturday, Dec 17 • Bloomington Jefferson at Burnsville, 3 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • St. Paul Academy and Summit at Prior Lake, 3 p.m. • Chanhassen at Bloomington Kennedy, 7 p.m. • Lakeville North at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec 19 • Lakeville South at White Bear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 20 • Eden Prairie at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Wayzata at Bloomington 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Richfield, 7:30 p.m. • Woodbury at Eagan, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec 22 • Eagan at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Rosemount, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Jefferson, 7 p.m.

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Conference Overall W L T W L T Lakeville North 4 1 1 5 3 1 Eagan 3 1 1 7 1 2 Lakeville South 3 1 1 6 2 1 B Jefferson 3 2 0 6 3 0 Eastview 3 2 1 4 5 1 Apple Valley 3 3 0 7 3 0 Rosemount 2 2 2 3 5 2 Burnsville 0 2 3 0 6 3 Prior Lake 0 5 1 1 8 1 B Kennedy 0 2 0 3 7 1 Saturday, Dec 17 • Lakeville North at Apple Valley, 2:15 p.m. • Holy Angels at Bloomington Kennedy, 3 p.m. • Rosemount at Eagan, 3 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Burnsville, 5 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 20 • Bloomington Kennedy at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Rosemount, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Prior Lake, 7:10 p.m. • Eagan at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec 22 • Edina at Burnsville, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec 23 • Eden Prairie at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m.

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Burnsville’s Lindsey Coleman, No. 7, takes a shot against Eastview goalie Delaney McCay during a game on Tuesday. To view more pictures visit www. Thisweeklive. com.

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leading the way. But they’ve been outscored on five occasions so far. The defense remains an issue, giving up 4.6 goals per game. The girls will try to change direction with a game at Eagan on Saturday before they welcome Eastview to their arena on Tuesday. Over the holiday break the Irish will participate in the Farmington Tournament.

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Burnsville’s Megan Ellingson, No. 10, faces off with Eastview’s Taylor Heppner, No. 23, during a 4-4 tie.

Eagles in the hunt for 20th state wrestling title Apple Valley brings back three defending state champs by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

more Seth Gross (120) are both ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes by the Guillotine. Eighth graders Brock Morgan (113) and Mason Manville (145) are both ranked second. Eighth grader Shamar Williams (No. 8 at 126) and freshman Dayton Racer (No. 4 at 138) hope to climb the charts as well. In the upper weights, the Eagles have four upperclassmen ranked in the top ten. Senior Ben Sullivan (170) and junior Daniel Woiwor (182) are both ranked second. Seniors Corbin Farrell (185), Ben Sullivan (170) and Zach Martens (285) figure in the mix in the top 10 in the state. With so many topranked wrestlers in Minnesota, the Eagles will see how they stack up against the best in Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond during three upcoming tournaments. This weekend the Eagles will head to the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester, which they won last season. They’ll go up against teams from St. Michael/Albertville, Hastings, Forest Lake, Coon Rapids, Albert Lea, CambridgeIsanti, Owatonna, White Bear Lake Area, Anoka, Prior Lake and Centennial, the top 12 teams in Class AAA. Perhaps the largest and most prestigious tournament in the country The Clash is scheduled for Rochester Dec. 30-31. The Eagles have won the past two Clashes. . If that wasn’t enough, the Cheesehead Invitational in Wisconsin is scheduled for Jan. 6-7. It should give the Eagles another look at many of the Upper Midwest’s best. The main goal as always is for the Eagles is to win the Class AAA state title in Minnesota. “Our goal as a team is to improve daily and take one practice at a time and one match at a time,” Jackson said. “Our lineup is not set ... it will be a work in progress.”

As the No. 1 ranked high school wrestling team in the nation two years running, Apple Valley doesn’t plan on taking a step back any time soon. The Eagles have 13 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes by the Guillotine wrestling website and several of those wrestlers have a goal of winning a state title. They all have a goal of winning the school’s 20th state team title. Dakota Trom (125 pounds), Mark Hall (130), and Brandon Kingsley (145) are back after winning state individual title winners a year ago. They were three of the seven Eagles who came home with a gold. Trom and Kingsley are both going for their fourth state individual titles. A gold medal in March would put them in some elite company. Other four-time state tournament winners from Apple Valley include Charlie Falck, Chad Erickson and Destin McCauley, who had five before graduating in the spring. Hall won a state title last season as a seventh grader, so he has the potential to win many more. “They all look good and are training hard,” head coach Jim Jackson said. It was the second straight year the team had seven individual winners at state. The other four – Jordan Kinglsey (Minnesota), Matt Kelliher (Wisconsin), McCauley (Wisconsin) and Jake Waste (University of Buffalo) – have taken their talents to the Division I level. “Last year’s seniors were a tremendous groups of athletes,” Jackson said.  “The athletes trained year ‘round and their hard work paid off. Where do they rank?   It is about results and results speak for themselves.” Several younger wrestlers are anxious to prove what they can do and win state individual titles of their own. Ninth grader Maolu Andy Rogers is at andy. Woiwar (106) and sopho- rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Gage back leading Eagan wrestling Wildcats armed with a number of experienced grapplers by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Eagan wrestling coach Chad Gage may not have had the position last year, but he’s not new to leading grapplers in Eagan. He’s in his 17th year of teaching and coaching at Eagan at a variety of wrestling levels. The past three years his focus was on coaching his three boys, building the wrestling program at the high school level by getting more adults involved, and developing a youth club since stepping down as head coach after the 200708 season. “The youth program has developed into a very strong program,” Gage said. “Last year the kids in the club came close to wrestling 700 matches. We are still working on the teacher/wrestling coaches at the high school. “The time spent traveling with my kids to wrestling events was time well spent. I feel refreshed and I am proud to be back as the head coach of the wrestling program.” The Wildcats had three different head coaches in the past three years – Josh McLay, Tim Hartung and Tony Stensland. They left Gage with a number of talented wrestlers. The Wildcats have three section place-winners from last season back on the mat. Mitch Johnson, a twotime section champion and state qualifier leads the way after going 2-2 at state last March. He joins Colin Sullivan, who was third at sections last season and Mike Rahmann, who was fifth. Three juniors – Luke Keller, Colin Fisher, and Dakota Joseph – will give the Wildcats a boost after wrestling behind state qualifiers for the past few years. “We have a solid core of seniors this year in the lineup that anchor the team,” Gage said. “They all have had a lot of experience on varsity and will make a big impact on our team this year.” Their advice to other wrestlers will be needed as several will be on varsity for the first time. “They are hard-working kids and will have to

go through the ups and downs of being on varsity,” Gage said. “These kids will hopefully do a lot of growing over the year and realize what they need to do in the offseason. “We have small numbers on the team this year, but we feel that the kids that are in the room want to be there, want to get better and have the right attitude.” With wrestlers holding state aspirations coupled with those on varsity for the first time, the goal is still the same. They all want to get better every day. “Wrestling is like a marathon,” Gage said. “There are going to be ups and downs throughout the season. We want to make sure we finish strong at the end and get a group of individuals to the state tournament.” Gage feels they have the right attitude to do just that. Many of the wrestlers have spent several hours during the offseason in the weight room and several wrestle freestyle and Greco in the offseason. “Most of these kids are buying into the system and are realizing that they have to be on the mat all year round to make an impact for their team,” Gage said. “These kids have been dedicated since last spring when the season ended. … The kids have been doing the things they need to get better.”

Eastview The Lightning return several grapplers who placed in the individual Section 3AAA meet last February. Chris Bechley, BJ Groskruetz, Anthony Munos and Mitch Rechtzigel have returned to the mat after finishing fourth in their respective weight classes last season at sections. The top two advance to state. Tyler Lindgren, Jacob Rukavina and Edgar Garcia also are off to positive starts this season. Eastview lost to Rosemount 43-19, winning five matches on Dec. 8. The dual was highlighted by a 2-1 match between Rechtzigel and Rosemount’s Adam Jackson, who was the runner-up at state last season. Jackson won in the final 30 seconds

of overtime. The following day, Eastview participated in the Northfield Duals, defeating Northfield 35-33. Adam Foreman earned a pin at 220 pounds to secure the win. The team also lost to Bloomington 43-19 and Henry Sibley 37-26. Over the weekend, Alex Lindstrom (6-1), Groskreutz (4-2), Rukavina (7-0), Rechtzigel (51) and Greg Howard (4-2) have generated some earlyseason buzz. The Lightning are headed to the Richfield Duals on Saturday.

Ranked wrestlers Burnsville has a pair of brothers – Bill and Andy Underhill – leading the way in 2011-12. Both are ranked in the top 10 by the Guillotine wrestling publication. Andy Underhill qualified for state last season at 119 pounds compiling a 1-2 record in the tournament. It was his second trip to state. Bill Underhill qualified for state in 2010, but missed out on state last season after a third-place finish in Section 3AAA. The Blaze have a new head coach, Sam Sand, who has taken over for Bill Soderholm. Burnsville finished 12th at the Brainerd Paul Bunyan Tournament last weekend, when Andy Underhill was the champion at 120.

Rosemount Rosemount also has a number of ranked wrestlers returning – Jackson (second at 152 pounds), Steve Levine (ninth at 126) and Dan Rosa (10th at 103). Jackson was the runner-up at state last season at 152 pounds, losing in the final to five-time state champion Apple Valley’s Destin McCauley, who has since graduated. The Irish finished second at the nine-team Shakopee Tournament last weekend. Levine (132) and Jackson (160) were first, while Adam Hedin (120) and Sam Moeller (170) placed second. Andy Rogers is at andy. rogers@ecm-inc.com.


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SES students to spend holidays studying climate change abroad by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Instead of celebrating the holidays with family this year, one group of local high school students will be studying climate change abroad. Leah Norman and Caitlyn Keo, both seniors at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, will travel to Bangladesh next week with 30 other students from across the United States to study the effects of climate change on the south Asian nation. The girls will leave for Bangladesh Dec. 17 and will reside with a host family until Jan. 13. This means they will be away over the holidays, but the girls said they hope to celebrate Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s while abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sad I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be with my family but it will be fun to share our culture with our host family,â&#x20AC;? Norman said. While there, Norman and Keo will study climate change as well as the culture in Bangladesh. Recent studies have shown that temperatures in Bangladesh have shifted to extremes over the past 30 years. Monsoons and flooding have also become more

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School of Environmental Studies seniors Leah Norman and Caitlyn Keo will be traveling to Bangladesh over the holidays to study climate change. commonplace. The girls will also help build dams while abroad. They will meet local leaders and ordinary citizens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to make huge connections with the people we meet,â&#x20AC;? Keo said.

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Foundation 191 hosts indoor garage sale Spaces will rent for $30 or $35, depending on booth setup. To register online, go to www.communityed191. org, scroll to Foundation 191, and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foundation 191 Indoor Garage Sale.â&#x20AC;? Printable registration forms are also available at www.foundation191.org.

Mail the registration form with a check to Foundation 191, P.O. Box 245, Savage, MN 55378. Rental space also will be available to organizations/ businesses that normally sell through home parties. A sloppy joe lunch will be available for purchase.

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the company to a holding company based out of England, Diploma PLC,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The folks at Diploma, they obviously want to grow the business, and they wanted to move to a new, modern facility with room for growth. We have lots of expansion plans.â&#x20AC;? A search of cities in the south metro area, where many of its Minnesota employees live, led the company to Burnsville, Underwood said. Easy access to Interstate 35W and the airport were key considerations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They plan to expand the

operations here in Minnesota with additional staff and additional products,â&#x20AC;? Underwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we went to such a big building, from 15,000 square feet to 40,000.â&#x20AC;? The company, which also has offices and warehouses in Chicago and Seattle, employs 50 people. Its main product suppliers are SKF of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Simrit in Plymouth, Mich., Underwood said.

RT Dygert was founded in 1981 in Edina by the late Ed Dygert, who was Liz Underwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The company throughout its whole history was within a couple of miles from the original location,â&#x20AC;? Vince Underwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Dygert) was kind of like a legend in our industry.â&#x20AC;? But the company outgrew its 15,000-square-foot space in Edina and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a suitable replacement there, Underwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three years ago we sold

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Eagan Survey says businesses thriving, happy with city services THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Eagan businesses are thriving and pleased with city services, according to a recent survey. The online survey conducted by city officials was sent to 1,900 businesses and asked them to rate a number of factors in Eagan. Most of the 10 percent of businesses that responded have been in the community for more than 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This highlights some of the areas that we could improve and other areas where we are headed in

Lady Katherine/from 1A to Hudson, where Fossler opened her first Lady Katherine studio in 2009. Though Hudson is known as a conservative community, the business received little criticism and was a hit from day one. The 1,200-square-foot studio drew 200 women on opening day. To Fosslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprise, most of her classes are comprised of women in their late 30s and 40s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of these women have families and children, and it helps them reconnect with their femininity,â&#x20AC;? she said. Denise Lemon is among Fosslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older students who found this very experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel a lot different about who I am since taking the classes,â&#x20AC;? the 50-yearold Hudson resident said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel more like a woman than before.â&#x20AC;? Lemon began taking classes at Lady Katherine a year ago, and quickly became a regular. Lemon said she was initially intimidated because she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exercised in a while, but was quickly put at ease by her instructor and

the right direction,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Mike Maguire said at a Dec. 13 workshop. Of those who responded, 80 percent said they believe the overall business climate in Eagan is excellent or good. Respondents went on to say that the business climate in Eagan is better than the Twin Cities and national climates. Another 37 percent of business owners said they plan to increase jobs in the next 24 months, while 54 percent said they plan to keep jobs at the same level. Of those who re-

sponded, 22 percent said they plan to expand their operations in the next year, while 64 percent said they plan to keep the same size of operations. The survey also showed some recent growth in the business community. Of those who responded, 36 percent said they have added new employees in the last two years, while 14 percent have added to their space. Most business owners, 60 percent, said their greatest challenge today is the economy. Only a little more than 20 percent of

classmates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ladies there are awesome,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that they are around my age.â&#x20AC;? Since then Lemon has lost more than 30 pounds and said she particularly likes how each of Lady Katherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exercises work all major muscle groups. The studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on women was another draw for Lemon. Unlike similar studios, classes are only available to women. This decision was made to help boost studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; confidence and comfort level, Fossler said. Though the new workout style has met some criticism for its striptease origins, Fossler said she believes her studio redefines pole dancing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aim at helping women move in a natural way, and not for a spectatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleasure,â&#x20AC;? she said. In addition to pole dancing, Lady Katherine offers yoga classes and hosts private parties for events such as bridal showers and birthdays. All classes are taught by Fossler and other certified instructors. Lady Katherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth is quite rare in the current

recession, said Alec Johnson, professor of entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fitness falls into discretionary spending, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slow-growing industry,â&#x20AC;? he explained. Johnson speculates that Lady Katherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique business niche and specific target audience likely has aided its growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the greatest challenge for any business is understanding what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling and to whom,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who understand this will have an easier time.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, low rent and overhead created by the recession has helped young businesses thrive, Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great time to be starting a business from that perspective,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. Unlike other types of fitness studios in the area, Lady Katherine faces few competitors. Only one other Eagan business offers pole dancing as part of its many other fitness classes.



    



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