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OPINION School safety stressed Area school districts can learn from Bloomington, which is taking innovative steps to ensure that students are safe inside all buildings. Page 4A


March 14, 2014 | Volume 35 | Number 3

Wildcats roar to third

Burnsville eyes pedestrian bridge at 13 and Nicollet by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Burnsville City Council members have begun laying the groundwork for a possible pedestrian bridge over Highway 13 at Nicollet Avenue. At a March 11 work session, council members gave the go-ahead for further study and possible application for federal funds. The council is expected to decide this fall whether to include the bridge, estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million, in its next fiveyear capital improvements plan. The city would then apply this year or next for federal funding, which could arrive in 2018 or 2019.

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Crossing the six-lane highway at Nicollet is already difficult, and pedestrian demand is sure to rise with growth of the Burnsville Transit Station, city officials say. The bridge would link the transit station north of Highway 13 with the Heart of the City development of condos and businesses to the south. “The big driver is we’ve got the Burnsville Transit Station north of that intersection,� Albrecht said. The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority station is a candidate to host the southernmost stop of the first phase of Metro Transit’s Orange Line, a bus See BRIDGE, 18A

Eagan boys hockey team members were all smiles after winning the third-place game at the state Class AA tournament on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. After winning their opening-round game against Duluth East, the Wildcats lost to eventual state champion Edina, then notched a victory over Eden Prairie, 6-4. The squad finished the season with 20 wins. More about the team is on today’s Sports page. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

Party smart on St. Patrick’s Day Controlled drinking event shows alcohol’s effect on body by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Oenophile intrigues Rosemount author Barbara Ellen Brink will be discussing her Fredrickson Winery mystery series at the Robert Trail Library. Page 19A


Eagan earns third place The Eagan boys hockey team exceeded expectations as it placed third in the state Class AA tournament. Page 12A


St. Patrick’s Day is viewed by many as a time to be merry and quaff down pints of green beer. Before revelers head out the door this weekend to parties related to the Irish-infused holiday, they should think about how they are going to get back home safe and not end up in jail, the hospital or the morgue. Seven volunteers in Rosemount discovered how quickly they can go over the state’s 0.08 blood alcohol limit after having a few drinks during a “controlled drinking� event at Fire Station No. 2. With Farmington Police Officer Pete Zajac

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serving as “bartender� for the night and games such as dice and bean-bag tossing on tap, the session felt like happy hour, but offi-

cials said it was aimed to educate the participants and the public about the serious dangers of drinking and driving.

Cop credits canine partner Hasselman is Burnsville’s Officer of the Year by John Gessner

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Farmington Police Officer Pete Zajac shows an example of a field sobriety test to one of the participants in a controlled drinking exercise at Fire Station No. 2 in Rosemount on Monday, March 10. (Photo by Tad Johnson)


Burnsville police Officer Brian Hasselman could see that his canine partner was in pain. Razor had blown a hurdle exercise — unheard of for this highly trained black German shepherd — while the pair were in Washington, D.C., preparing for the upcoming competition of the United States Police Canine Association. Now he was dragging his back end along the ground. An emergency vet trip and some medication got him through last October’s competition, in which Hasselman and Razor received a National See OFFICER, 18A

The effort was part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Toward Zero Deaths, a grant program that funds

12 additional officers’ patrol time in one Dakota County city every weekend with an emphasis on DWI enforcement. Last year, Minnesota law enforcement officials made approximately 400 DWI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17, 2013) and the day before. This year the holiday is on Monday. It’s unknown how many crashes the arrests may have prevented, but Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics indicate that on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, 34 percent of the fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunk driving. If the fear of dying isn’t enough to deter one from getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, considSee ALCOHOL, 18A

Perception of pot changing in 196 Bullying, substance abuse down, student survey says by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Drug use and bullying among students in the Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan School District are falling, yet students are developing more relaxed attitudes toward marijuana, according to a recent survey by the Minnesota Department of Education. Of those surveyed, 75 percent of District 196 fifth-graders reported they believe marijuana poses a moderate to severe health risk. But as students get older, their perception seems to change, with 60 percent of 11th-graders reporting the same risk level. Students were not asked the reason for their views. Since the marijuana question is new to the Minnesota Student SurBurnsville’s 2013 Officer of the Year, Brian Hasselman, vey, administrators can’t and his now-retired police dog, Razor, earned a National compare student percepCertification of Excellence in competition last year. (File tion over time. photo by Robyn Skantz, 7 Twelve Studios)

“The shift seems to happen as they enter eighth grade,� said Nandi Rieck, program specialist for District 196. Though many high school students say they don’t view marijuana as high-risk, use of the drug is down among all surveyed age groups. There has been a steady decline in marijuana use among district students over the past 19 years. Use among ninth-graders, for instance, has dropped from 27 percent in 1995 to 16 percent in 2013. These results are in line with statewide trends, which show 14 percent of ninthgraders report using marijuana. Comparisons are difficult to draw among other grade levels because of recent changes to the survey. The survey, which has been given to Minnesota’s middle and high school students every three years since 1989, asks questions related to a number See SURVEY, 14A

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gan Resource Center into a nonprofit organization, which is no longer tied to the church. In 2010, a group of concerned citizens approached the Resource Center about opening a food shelf in Lakeville after the suburb’s only one closed. The Lakeville pantry opened in Oct. 2010, prompting the nonprofit to change its name to the Eagan and Lakeville Resource Centers. Since then, the Resource Centers’ reach has expanded well beyond Eagan and Lakeville. In 2012, the nonprofit rolled out its Mobile Pantry — a short bus that was converted into a food shelf on wheels — which now serves Apple Valley, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount and Burnsville. Between its brick-and-mortar food shelves and its Mobile Pantry, the Resource Centers currently serves more than 5,000 people in Dakota County each month. In addition to the name change, the Resource Centers will adopt the tag line: A fresh approach to ending local hunger. Providing healthful, fresh food has been a cen-

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New Burnsville integration plan has broader mission District 191 takes aim at achievement gap by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

A new three-year plan in School District 191 calls for 50 percent reductions in reading gaps, more family engagement in school, higher student enrollment in college readiness and full staff training in “culturally relevant� education practices. 2017 is the target year for achieving goals outlined in the “achievement and integration plan� for 2014 to 2017. The plan will replace the district’s current integration plan, which originated from a state finding that the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district is “racially isolated� because of its high minority enrollment compared with the adjacent Lakeville Area School District.

The new plan also includes a fresh set of goals for Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville, which the state has deemed “racially identifiable� for its high minority enrollment compared with the district average. Fifteen percent of the state aid and local taxes to fund the plan is earmarked for Sky Oaks. The district will qualify for $1.78 million next school year (2014-15). The plan, which the School Board reviewed March 6 and is expected to approve April 3, reflects new state law governing integration funding. School integration plans must now address economic, not just racial, integration, and aim to reduce race- and incomebased achievement gaps between students. The new plan is less

about integrating students than about promoting educational equity, said Board Member Dan Luth, who suggested that student test scores show the district has a long way to go. “We’re not in a good place right now,� he said. “I’m not going to kid around — we’re not.� But better results are achievable, said Luth, who praised the new plan. “We can close the gap, and we can close the gap while we’re increasing our overall achievement, not dumbing down,� he said. Following a state target, the plan calls for 50 percent reductions in reading achievement gaps between white students and minority student groups and between students who qualify for meal subsidies and those

Eagan parents get probation for abusing son by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

An Eagan couple accused of forcing a teenage boy to live in untenable conditions were sentenced March 6 to probation and community service. Angela Marie Danner, 43, was ordered to serve a year of probation and 120 hours of community work service after pleading guilty March 6 to misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child. District Court Judge Richard Spicer also gave her a stayed 90-day jail sentence. Gross misdemeanor charges of malicious punishment of a child and neglect of a child were dismissed. Her husband, Gregory Allan Danner, 45, received

two years’ probation and 120 hours of community work service after pleading guilty March 6 to gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child. A second charge of malicious punishment of a child and a neglect charge, both gross misdemeanors, were dismissed. Angela, a mother of two, and Gregory, the children’s stepfather, forced her then-15-year-old son to sleep on his bedroom floor, blocked light from entering the room and required the boy to remain in his room at all times when the was at home. The couple allowed the boy to leave the room to use the restroom, complete chores or do daily pushups. The Danners admit-

ted to forcing the boy to complete between 1,500 and 2,000 military-style pushups every day. The required exercises began when the boy was about 12 or 13. At times, he would be required to run outside in the cold for several miles. Social services officials were notified and interviewed the couple and their children in the spring of 2012. After failing to provide adequate living conditions for the boy, the couple were charged in March 2013. Authorities moved the boy to his father’s home. Jessica Harper is at jessica. or

ECM Specialty Publications welcomes new manager ECM Marketing Manager Krista Jech has added a new role as manager of ECM Specialty Publications, which has a special focus on continuing partnerships with area chambers of commerce to produce membership directories, resource guides and community maps as it has done for the past fifteen years. “I am looking forward to strengthening my relationship with our chamber directors through these projects,� Jech said. She worked for Sun Media for seven years prior to the merger with ECM Publishers in late 2011. In addition to her role as ECM marketing manager, Jech has served in a managerial role with display and classified advertising departments for the metro area south region newspapers. Jech works in the company’s Apple Valley office,

Krista Jech overseeing a staff of sales professionals and designers dedicated to these chamber projects. “Partnering with local chambers is very important to ECM Publishers,� Jech said. “Both of our organizations have a vested interest in the continued success of our local business owners, so these partnerships are a natural fit.� Jech has previously worked on a number of

different projects involving chambers and community events over the years. She said she looks forward to helping chambers communicate with their members and residents about the products and services provided by chambermember businesses. “ECM Publishers is dedicated to being a leader in community news and information,� she said. “We are pleased that it continues to extend beyond our newspapers and websites to these community resource guides, directories and informational maps. Co-producing these pieces with our local chambers of commerce partners is a tradition that we look forward to continuing for years to come.� Jech lives in Lakeville with her husband and two boys. She can be reached at 952-392-6835 or krista.

Rep. Kline calls for student art U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, invites high school students from Minnesota’s 2nd District to participate in the 33rd annual Congressional “Artistic Discovery� competition. The nationwide art competition provides members of Congress an opportunity to showcase the talents of high school students in their districts and acknowledge gifted young artists. The annual competition includes paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photography, computer-generated art and mixed media presentations. Winning entries are

displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The winner will also be invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new display in Washington with airfare for the student and a guardian provided – free of charge – by a participating airline. Artwork by the two runners-up will be displayed in Kline’s offices in Washington and Burnsville. All artists who enter the competition receive certificates of participation. Art entries must be received by Kline’s office in Burnsville by Friday, April 25. For more information, go to http://kline. and visit the Student Corner by clicking on the Constituent Services link. Last year, Lakeville sophomore Breanna Babcock won the competition with her drawing, “Fierce.� Apple Valley senior Salley Suyun Lee was the runner-up with her oil painting, “Essence of Fall.� Lone Oak School freshman Karl Trost, home-schooled in Goodhue, placed third with his colored-pencil drawing, “Kurly.� Lakeville South sophomore Kristin Anton and Lakeville South junior Claire Barnes both received honorable mention honors.

who don’t. To reduce gaps on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading tests, the plan calls for a “framework of literacy instruction� to address all students’ needs and improving teachers’ ability to teach literacy. It also calls for extended-year reading programs for students from both Burnsville-Eagan-Savage and Lakeville. The plan calls for student enrichment activities through Community Education that would integrate students from racially identifiable schools with students at other district elementary schools. It calls for enrolling 150 students a year through 2017. The plan is also aimed at families. It calls for involving 180 parents by 2017 in “family engagement training programs�

delivered in Spanish, Somali and English. The plan calls for boosting enrollment in the AVID college-readiness program for traditionally underrepresented student groups from 232 to 270 by 2017. And by 2017, the plan states, all adult staff members will participate in “culturally relevant� training to accommodate a diverse student population. That means everyone from teachers to cooks, bus drivers and custodians, Board Member Sandy Sweep said. The goals for Sky Oaks mirror those in the rest of the plan, with some specific strategies. For example, it calls for 60 parents to be involved in family-engagement programs by 2017 and for 150 Sky Oaks students to integrate with other dis-

trict students through enrichment programs. The school’s designation as racially identifiable caused “churn in the Sky Oaks community,� Board Chair Jim Schmid said. “It’s been a long journey, and you guys should all be proud of where we’re at,� he told administrators. District 191 has 52 percent white students and 48 percent minority students. Twenty-two percent are black, 15 percent are Hispanic, 9 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander and 1 percent are American Indian. Forty-six percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. John Gessner can be reached at 952-846-2031 or email

Demand high for affordable housing Burnsville’s overall housing needs ‘modest’ by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Burnsville will need another public senior housing project and may need another public “workforce� housing project, according to a Dakota County study. The study recommends that the county’s Community Development Agency build another “affordable� senior project in Burnsville between 2020 and 2030. The city may need another workforce project — for people who meet minimum income guidelines but can’t afford market-rate rents — if waiting lists for the CDA’s other such properties remain long, the study said. But private-sector acquisition and rehabilitation of existing housing projects could meet the need without more public housing, the study said. The CDA hired Maxfield Research to do the study, the CDA’s first countywide assessment of housing needs since 2005. Results were presented to the Burnsville

City Council at a March 11 work session. With vacancy rates at 10-year lows in the Twin Cities and Dakota County, demand is high for subsidized rental housing, Maxfield said. That includes housing for renters with less than 50 percent of median area income and for those with 50-80 percent of median area income. “There is a demand here. There’s a long waiting list,� CDA Executive Director Mark Ulfers said, noting that the last CDA project built in Burnsville was the Heart of the City Townhomes, which opened in 2004. Burnsville does have a comparatively large volume of affordable market-rate rental housing, Maxfield noted. “Burnsville has market-rate product that is affordable to a larger number of households, so that is good,� Maxfield President Mary Bujold said. Helping fuel housing demand is job growth that has continued in Dakota County despite the recession. The number of jobs grew by 24

percent countywide from 2000 to 2010 and by 9.2 percent in Burnsville, Maxfield reported. Jobs are projected to grow by 19 percent in both Burnsville and Dakota County from 2010 to 2020. Burnsville, considered a developed city with scarce land for new projects, has far less projected housing demand from 2010 to 2030 than population growth cities in Dakota County, Maxfield said. Projections show “fairly modest amounts of demand, as Burnsville really is a largely developed community,� Bujold said. Burnsville’s largest volume of housing demand is for owner-occupied multifamily units — condos and townhomes, Maxfield said. It predicts demand for 275 units from 2010 to 2020 and for 545 units from 2020 to 2030. John Gessner can be reached at 952-846-2031 or email john.gessner@ecm-inc. com.

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Opinion ‘Dang, I’m really going to college!’ by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Taking college-level courses at his high school was “fantastic,” according to Khalique Rogers, a student at Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul. “Our research shows that in just one year, these courses produced more than $13 million in potential savings for students and families,” according to Mary Olson, director of communication and public relations in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Olson reported that in the 2012-13 school year, approximately 79 percent of the district’s seniors “took at least one potential college credit earning course during their high school experience.” Both are referring to one of the greatest opportunities, or bargains, Minnesota public schools offer: the ability to earn free college credits while taking collegelevel courses offered in high school. In some high schools, students are earning a two-year Associate of Arts, or A.A., college degree as they graduate from high school. These courses are part of the overall “dual high school credit” course program available in Minnesota – one of the nation’s broadest set of opportunities. PostSecondary Enrollment Options, PSEO, Minnesota’s law allowing 10th- through 12th-graders to take free college courses on college and university campuses, is one option. But it’s equally important for students and families to know that in virtually every one of Minnesota’s high schools, students can earn free college credits in classes at the high school. There are many ways to do this, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the Schools, Project

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Lead the Way and the CLEP tests. Here are a few of many examples. Mounds View and Irondale high schools are two high schools that have developed an opportunity to earn these A.A. degrees Spectrum High School, in Elk River, already has graduated students who also earned these degrees. The Farmington High School website notes that students at the school have the opportunity to earn college credit in the high school via Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment. Minnetonka Superintendent Dennis Peterson recently cited the “quality of courses offered at our high school through IB, AP and Vantage.” Minnetonka offers a vast array of such courses. Richfield High School Principal Jason Wenschlag wrote via email: ““The CIS and AP classes are valuable to us because we have a lot of really smart, hardworking students who want the academic challenge that those classes provide. Further, some of those classes are designed for students who might not normally take a college-level class, so we are preparing more students for the rigor of postsecondary education.” He reported that this semester, 216 RHS students are taking a College in the Schools course at the high school, offered in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, and 199 students are taking an Advanced Placement class.

A recent report from the national College Board, an organization that produces and scores the Advanced Placement courses, showed significant progress in Minnesota. The study showed that the number of Minnesota students who took an AP exam before leaving high school nearly doubled during the past decade, growing from 9,256 in 2003 to 17,482 in 2013. The number of students who posted passing scores on these exams also doubled, from 5,882 in 2003, to 11,497 in 2013. Minnesota Department of Education estimates, “With an average rate of $348.93 per credit hour, those passing scores helped save Minnesota students and their families nearly $44 million.” Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota’s education commissioner, commented: “It is exciting to see more students throughout Minnesota not only taking more rigorous courses, but also posting higher scores. … Our students are not only challenging themselves and proving that they are ready for college and career, they are also earning a college credit — which means substantial cost savings as they make the transition to postsecondary education. … These results are a testament to the amazing educators in Minnesota who have not only striven to increase access to college-level courses for all students in high school, but who provide targeted, meaningful instruction to ensure their students succeed.” The complete report is at Karen Hynick, system director of P-20 and College Readiness for the Minnesota State College and Universities told me: “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are deeply committed to advancing their partnership efforts with their local school districts to enable college- and program-ready students access

Gathering memories like it’s 1939 by Bonnie Boberg SECRETARY, BURNSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Most of us like a quiz, so here goes: • When did regular TV broadcasts begin in the United States? • What year were the “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” movies released? • When did Glen Miller’s song “Midnight Serenade” become popular? • What year was the World’s Fair “World of Tomorrow” featured in New York? To find the answers to these questions, you will have to read all the way to the end of this column. But perhaps you could use a hint. The Burnsville Historical Society will present its annual public exhibit May 8 through June 15 at the Ames Center (formerly known as the Performing Arts Center) in the Heart of the City on Nicollet Avenue. The theme, “Burnsville’s Attic – 1939,” will expand on our first public exhibit, held last year, which had the theme of “A Peek into Burnsville’s Attic.” “Often we think of an attic as a place to store things that are special to us,” said Len Nachman, Burnsville resident and president of the Burnsville Historical Society. “Our goal is to give the public some idea about what life was like in Burnsville in 1939, including what a typical kitchen, living room and school room would look

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like. We also plan to have the news headlines, movies, books and songs from 1939, plus hopefully a couple of cars from that era. I can’t begin to list all the ideas we have for this exhibit, but we need the public’s help in putting it all together. “We chose the year 1939 because it was an important year in history – we were moving from the Great Depression into a war economy; we were seeing changes in our workforce and lifestyles. The World’s Fair of 1939 in New York was looking at the future, and the Dakota County Historical Society was created that year to look at our past. Part of our exhibit will feature the county historical society’s 75th anniversary this year.” Besides local artifacts to highlight Burnsville in 1939, we will have murals, painted by local artists and volunteers, that will feature scenes from our community during this time period. If you would like to help us with this painting or with set design and building, we could sure use your help! So, start digging through your attic, garage and storage space and see if you have

something from 1939 that you would like to see in our exhibit. Here are a few items that we could really use: an ashtray; pipes; canisters for flour, sugar or lard; a 1939 classroom picture of Burnsville students; clothes from 1930s; a cloth diaper; a 1939 Minnesota license plate; novels published during 1930s; a phonograph circa 1939; the painting of a man praying over a loaf of bread (very common on walls); school board pictures from 1939; a kitchen wall clock; a push lawn mower; a weather vane, a sewing basket; a thermos jug (glass); a lunch pail; toys from 1939; a kitchen table and two chairs; an overstuffed chair; a living room end table; a floor or table lamp for living room; a hassock or ottoman; a teacher’s school desk; and mannequins of an adult male, an adult female and a child. “Burnsville will also be celebrating an anniversary this year, its 50th as a town, and we look forward to the city providing a display to our exhibit, too,” said Nachman. Watch for exhibit updates throughout the community. For more information, contact Len Nachman at 952-890-4162 or at Oh, and by the way, the answer is the same for all four questions: 1939! Bonnie Boberg, secretary of the Burnsville Historical Society, worked for the Current and Sun-Current newspapers from 1976 to 2009. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

to a variety of early college credit opportunities. Be it PSEO, concurrent enrollment or competency-based programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, these options provide students with the opportunity to accelerate their learning and save time and money on their quest for postsecondary degrees.” Colleges and universities vary in their acceptance policies of these dual credit courses. Students who want their credit to “count” toward a college degree should check with higher education institutions that the student is considering to see what their policies are. Our Center has a free interactive map, at NTP2Kq, showing the acceptance policies of Minnesota’s public and private nonprofit colleges and universities. Beyond the numbers and reports, it’s deeply gratifying to hear students – especially students who may be the first in their family – describe what it’s meant to take these courses. We have several videos on our website,, in which students discuss this. Rogers said that the courses he took at his high school gave him “a chance to see real college work without the inconvenience of traveling to a college campuses.” And Antonia, a student at AGAPE, a St. Paul district high school, described these courses as “the best of both worlds. … Dang, I’m really going to college.” Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher, administrator and PTA president, directs the Center for School Change. Reactions welcome, Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Share 1939 stories at meeting on Saturday We need your help! To kick off the Burnsville Historical Society’s spring exhibit theme of “Burnsville’s Attic – 1939,” we are looking for stories about 1939. Specifically, we would love to hear about what a day was like in a small town like Burnsville during that year. Where did people shop? What did they do for entertainment? Where did they go to school? How were people struggling to come off the Great Depression and prepare for the coming war? If you lived here or in another small town during that time or know the stories about someone who did, please come to our open public meeting Saturday, March 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Burnhaven Library on County Road 42 in Burnsville. You do not have to be a member of the historical society – we welcome everyone to share their stories. Bring any items that you would like to share, too. If you have questions, please contact historical society President Len Nachman at 952-890-4162 or at lennachman@ — Bonnie Boberg

Letters Moving forward in 2014 To the editor: It is my great pleasure to serve as state senator in District 51. After a long and productive session in 2013, we have turned to 2014 and got to work tackling the issues that are facing our district and all of Minnesota.

Thanks to a steadily improving economy, we are now looking at a budget surplus of approximately $1.233 billion for fiscal year 2014-2015. This is good news for the state and shows that we have come a long way since only last year, when we were facing a deficit that went into the hundreds of millions.

Now that our fiscal house is in order, we should have a conversation about what to do with this budget surplus. It’s important for us to manage our expectations on what to do with this opportunity. I think there are some very worthy measures we can take in handling this surplus that will not bust our budget.

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One topic that has been widely discussed is what we could do with the socalled “business to business” taxes. As a major piece of our budget, these taxes were enacted to help us create an honest budget, free of gimmicks and one-time tricks. Thanks to this surplus, I believe we must carefully and responsibly address these taxes. Although the state has many critical needs, we must not overlook the state’s budget reserve. This “rainy day” fund lets us be prepared for any economic downturns that may occur. Currently our reserve is at a dangerously low level. With a state budget of $39 billion, our reserve sits at approximately $1 billion – a drop in the bucket compared to where we should be. If we want to put Minnesota on a strong foundation, we must strengthen these reserves. We are just getting started, in what promises to be a short but busy session. In the next few weeks, my colleagues and I will be discussing our capital investment needs across

the state, the minimum wage, the need for a comprehensive transportation bill and other important issues. I encourage you to get involved in the process and contact my office if you have questions or concerns about anything coming up this session. Let us work together to keep Minnesota growing. Sen. JIM CARLSON DFL-Eagan, District 51

Early education not a solution

youngsters nationwide and found that by fifth grade all gains experienced by early pre-K programs vanished. Squandering tax dollars on a questionable full-day program does little more than enhance unions who benefit by additional union dues and more teachers who are union members. Home environment is by far a better learning arena for most students than classrooms. Yes, there are single-family households and low-income people with children that could benefit, but to include all students into a one-size-fits-all-pre-K program is not a smart or financially practical solution.

To the editor: I see by the Feb. 28 edition of the paper that the prolific letter writer Paul Hoffinger has once again put forth his liberal views, this time on education. He claims that early childhood education is vi- PETER CARNEY tal for the success of chil- Eagan dren later on in their lives. He further states that a Obermueller recent Harvard study says there are huge benefits supports from early childhood edu- women’s issues cation programs. To the editor: I can cite a StanMarch is Women’s Hisford University study See LETTERS, 5A that tracked over 14,000

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and construction projects in our communities. The projects help preserve important community assets for the long term while putting people back to work in the short term. Second, we want to provide a pay increase for home and community based long term care providers. Last session, we provided the first rate increase for nursing homes in years. This session, we’d like to do the same for these care providers. The last key initiative will be raising the mini-

LETTERS, from 4A tory Month, and it’s important to celebrate women’s past achievements so that all of us can imagine and work for a future in which gender equity is the norm. Without such knowledge — for example, knowledge of American women’s successful struggle to win the vote in 1920 — women will continue to be treated as second-class citizens. Sadly, gender equality is not yet the norm. Even in the United States, women have not achieved full equality. Fortunately, now that women have won the vote, we have the freedom to support candidates who believe in gender equality and, if necessary, remove from office those who continue to impede our progress for equal pay, reproductive justice, and family planning. Voters in the 2nd District have a clear choice in 2014: Mike Obermueller, candidate for the U.S. House, believes that women deserve equal pay for equal work. He supports the Paycheck Fairness Act and opposes any weakening of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. By contrast, our current representative, John Kline, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In addition to equal pay for equal work, women have a right to make choices that affect our bodies and our families, including the use of contraception and safe access to abortion. Again, the contrast is clear: Obermueller believes that women have the right to access effective birth control, while John Kline consistently votes against women’s reproductive freedom. John Kline may have big money on his side, but voters can exercise their rights by choosing a candidate, Mike Obermueller, who believes in women’s equality, both at work and at home. BRENDA DALY Burnsville

Rejecting early education is foolish To the editor: A recent letter writer suggests I didn’t provide evidence that early childhood education prevents criminal behavior later in life. Apparently that assumption, that it really does not give rise to lawful behavior, may be behind opposition by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, to public early childhood education. It seems the writer, and Kline, even believe that the majority of studies show no long-term benefits to participants. I disagree with that idea. The HighScope Perry studies, the Abecedarian studies and the research by conservative University of Minnesota senior economist, Arthur Rolnick, are examples of studies that demonstrate these longterm benefits. There are


TED talks that explain how these benefits happen. Rolnick says the best return-on-investment we can achieve is through investing in high quality pre-school education. A further study by Harvard University in Boston showed that in reading and math, children who went for more than a half-day learned more. Children in smaller classes made more progress than those in larger classes, and the availability of a teaching aide was especially helpful for some students. These studies may be why Mike Obermueller, a candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District, agrees with sheriffs, police chiefs, and county attorneys in Dakota, Scott, Goodhue, Wabasha, Rice and Washington counties. They say it makes the job of law enforcement easier when we invest in quality early childhood education. These law enforcement people are part of a group called “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.� Being judicious with government spending may be prudent. Rejecting it out of hand, without consulting research, is foolish. We have allowed the incumbent representative in Washington, D.C., to act abruptly in rejecting early childhood education. PAUL HOFFINGER Eagan

Middle class tax cuts an urgent priority To the editor: In just our second week back at the State Capitol, I proudly joined House lawmakers from both parties to approve $500 million in tax cuts for middle class Minnesotans and small businesses. In addition to repealing three business-tobusiness taxes, the bill cuts middle class taxes by conforming our state

tax code to the federal tax code, which simplifies the filing process and eliminates burdens like the “marriage penalty� – 650,000 families would save an average of $115 per year by eliminating the marriage penalty alone. I cannot overstate the importance of quickly enacting these middle class tax cuts. With Minnesotans filing their returns right now, time is of the essence. Lawmakers should make sure individuals, families and businesses can count on additional savings. Thanks to a $1.2 billion budget surplus resulting from the hard work of businesses and workers, lawmakers can cut taxes while maintaining a structurally balanced budget into the future. Additional tax cuts for families and businesses would help us build on the progress Minnesota continues to make. For example, as a result of the direct property tax relief for homeowners and renters in the budget passed by the Legislature last year – along with the help of good work by counties and cities around the state – a new non-partisan report shows that overall statewide property taxes are dropping for the first time in over a decade. Overall, homeowners will see a $161 million decrease in property taxes in 2014, a 4.9 percent decrease from last year. In Dakota County, about 25,000 homeowners will see their Homestead Credit Refund increase by an average of $237 and roughly 7,000 renters will see their Renters Credit increase by an average of $162. Those are real dollars that families can spend on necessities like gas, groceries and school supplies. I strongly encourage you to apply for a property tax refund if you are eligible. You can check

your eligibility and download the application form (M1PR) by visiting the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s website at If you need any assistance, please contact me. Rep. WILL MORGAN DFL-Burnsville, District 56B

House moves quickly on tax cuts To the editor: The Office of Management and Budget recently announced that Minnesota’s budget surplus has officially grown from $850 million to $1.23 billion for this biennium. This surplus was created by hard working families and businesses that have driven our economy forward and out of the recession. To make sure our economy continues to move forward, the House has already proposed $500 million in tax cuts for middle class families and businesses – $200 million of those cuts would come in the form of federal tax conformity. Of that $200 million, $111 million would go toward middle income married families, $36 million would go toward low income working families, and $26.4 million would go toward students and parents trying to pay for college and paying off student loans. Another $300 million would also be used to repeal three business to business taxes that affect warehousing services, telecommunications equipment and farming equipment. I’m happy to see the House moving so quickly to provide this kind of tax relief for families and businesses in our area. As we continue our work this session, we’ll be focusing on several other key initiatives. First, we want to pass a statewide bonding bill that helps fund local infrastructure





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Education Lakeville Schools parental consent policy to be reviewed Parkview Survey permission issue raised in District 194 Elementary addition under consideration by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The way Lakeville parents assign permission for their children to take certain surveys while in Lakeville schools will be examined. Lakeville Area School District Superintendent Lisa Snyder said the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Advisory Committee will review its parent consent policy for student surveys after concerns were raised about the Minnesota Student Survey given to Lakeville students last year. In previous years, the district sought parental consent before administering the survey to their child, but in an effort to boost participation and gain measurable results, in 2013 parents were to sign a form opting their child out of taking the survey. According to district policy, written parental permission is required for students to take surveys that ask about their or their parents personal beliefs, sex practices, family life, morality and religion. School Board Member Michelle Volk last month said those are questions of morality, and parental permission should have

been obtained by the district to take the test, not assume the permission is granted and require them to sign a form to opt their child out of it. Questions she said most concerned her were added by the Minnesota Department of Education and included whether family members take drugs, drink or swear. Volk said those were questions of morality, triggering the district policy requiring parent permission before giving the survey to students. District officials disagreed. They said the survey is not asking moral questions, what is right or wrong, and giving the survey does not violate the policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It simply asks factual questions around risk behaviors and family dynamics,â&#x20AC;? Snyder wrote in an email. She added that during a July 31, 2012, study session, the board â&#x20AC;&#x153;agreed passive consent for these types of surveys were preferred in order to collect the anonymous data needed for continuous improvement. The content of the questions in the survey was determined not to violate the

policy, and the majority of board members allowed for passive consent.â&#x20AC;? Snyder said she supports the Minnesota School Board Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s model policy that promotes passive consent, the method the district followed in administering the survey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a statistical standpoint, we assert that the active consent biases the results making them less useful for programming because it lowers the (number of students participating) and no longer accurately represents the full community,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. District resident Lisa Schneegans told the Lakeville School Board on Tuesday that she opposes the type of questions asked and the way the district obtained parental consent to administer the tests. Schneegans said in an interview what bothers her the most was a change in how parental consent was obtained. She said the change makes it harder for parents to know what is going on or have a say as to whether their child takes the survey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First off, kids forget to bring things home,

especially if they have homework,â&#x20AC;? Schneegans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They forget about it, and before anybody even knows about it, their kids have taken the survey and parents have had no say in it.â&#x20AC;? She also cited concerns that the district is getting too involved in family issues, and taking on too much of a parenting role in the lives of students. Schneegans said she intends to gather parents concerned about the survey and the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methods of obtaining parental consent so they are informed and have a voice in the discussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents should have to opt in for their studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to take it, not opt out,â&#x20AC;? she said. With regard to the survey questions, Schneegans cited concerns that the survey asked students about their family members and living situations. Questions included whether students live with anyone who drinks too much alcohol, uses illegal drugs or abuses prescription drugs and if a parent or other adult in the home regularly swears at them, insults them or puts them down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To put a kid in a position like that is just

awful,â&#x20AC;? said Schneegans, who said she is a recovering alcoholic. She was concerned that student responses would not be kept private. Snyder said in an email that the survey is anonymous, and since it is administered online, district staff is committed to ensuring a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s privacy during administration. Snyder wrote that much of the survey was updated by the Minnesota Department of Education as a direct result of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study that links childhood trauma to long-term health and social consequences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are questions on the survey asking about bullying, alcohol use in the home, homelessness, violence in the home and other risk factors that may contribute to student lack of success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The questions help the district understand the potential needs we may have in the district,â&#x20AC;? she wrote, adding that the information is â&#x20AC;&#x153;used broadlyâ&#x20AC;?to understand issues some students may be facing. Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com.

Officials in the Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan School District are hoping to build an addition onto Parkview Elementary School in Lakeville to combat growing class sizes. Though enrollment has remained stable with about 800 students in the past 10 years, the 44-yearold school expects to face a rapid increase in enrollment in the next few years due to new housing development within its attendance area and the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new all-day kindergarten program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A new addition will create space added for our learners and an added value to our taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? Finance Director Jeff Solomon said at the March 10 board meeting. The School Board unanimously approved that a proposal be submitted for review by the Department of Education. From there, the Board will review more detailed plans. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jessica Harper

Burnsville High School senior wins video production scholarship Burnsville High School senior Scott Svare has been chosen as a recipient of the 2014 National Academy of Television

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Window reflects teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life-changing difference Mary Jo Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; memory kept alive in glass by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

JFK Elementary teacher Mary Jo Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goal was for every one of her kindergarten students to master reading. The devoted Lakeville teacher and Eagan resident looked for studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potential and pointed out their strengths, encouraged excitement about the promise and joys of reading, pointing to the possibilities they could attain in life and school. Cummings, who was single and had no children, treated her students like they were her own, said Sue York, office manager at JFK and her laughter, enthusiasm and encouragement was remembered by students as they grew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students from years ago would come and visit her or keep in touch with her,â&#x20AC;? York said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the kids were special to her.â&#x20AC;? Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unexpected

Mary Jo Cummings death on Jan. 28, 2013, shocked colleagues and students alike, and left a profound sense of loss in the school, where her laughter and oft-quoted positive quips had become embedded into everyday life there. To honor her memory, Lakeville artist and teacher Margaret Porter recently created a stained glass window that is on display in the school.

A stained glass window is on display at JFK Elementary in honor of kindergarten teacher Mary Jo Cummings. (Photo submitted) It features the Minnesota Twins logo, an adult hand reaching to help a smaller one, and in the center, a little girl reading a book. Each picture symbolizes a part of Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique legacy at JFK. A big Twins fan, Cummings annually planned JFK at the Twins nights; the hands reflect her in-

volvement with Caring and Sharing Hands, a Minneapolis homeless shelter, and the girl reflects Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; passion for teaching children to read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, these were the most important things in her life,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. The entire school held a ceremony recently to install the stained glass window that faces the school

symbols to the students, the fifth-graders sang the Star Spangled Banner, everyone sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Me Out to the Ball Gameâ&#x20AC;? and the students were treated to Cracker Jack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed like a fitting way to celebrate who she was,â&#x20AC;? York said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just felt like the right thing to do.â&#x20AC;? Porter said she thinks about Cummings often and hopes the window she made will serve as a lasting way to honor Cummings and always reflect the difference she made for hundreds of students, families and friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a daily reminder of her,â&#x20AC;? Porter said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;whenever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at JFK, to see it and just think about Mary Jo and all the dedicated work she did for the district.â&#x20AC;?

courtyard where Cummingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; would hold egg hunts and her class made stepping stones. York said they tried to keep the event a happy remembrance instead of a somber memorial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be heavy,â&#x20AC;? York said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was Laura Adelmann is at laura. an uplifting assembly.â&#x20AC;? JFK Principal Mary Jo Hanson explained the

Education District 196 students qualify for DECA international conference Nine students from Rosemount High School and four from Eastview High School had top four finishes at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state competition March 2-4 in Minneapolis. Approximately 200 students competed in each businessand marketing-related event at the state competition and the top four finishers in each event qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference May 3-6 in Atlanta. Virginia Norder of Rosemount was a qualifier in two events, taking first in Business Finance Services and second in Economics and Marketing. Katie Coyne of Eastview was also

a double qualifier, finishing first in Public Speaking and second in the Marketing Communications team event along with teammate Taylor Leighton. Ribhav Gupta and Rishabh Gupta of Eastview qualified for the international conference by taking third place in the Entrepreneurship Growing Your Business team event. Other qualifiers from Rosemount are Brady Drescher, third place, Food Marketing Series; Kaitlyn Debaun and Anna Grausnick, third place, Hospitality and Services team event; Jennifer Wahl, third place, Quick Serve Restaurant Series; John Herron, third place, Retail Merchandising Series; William Lai, fourth place, Business Finance Services; and Megan Beasley and Carley Cook, fourth place, Hospitality and Services team event. DECA is an international

association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.

Nominations open for BHS Hall of Fame Nominations for inductees into the 2014 Hall of Fame at Burnsville High School (BHS) are due by April 30. Nominations can be submitted electronically by going to Nomination forms also can be picked up in the BHS office. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or organizations that have made exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to BHS and/or unique contributions to

the community on a local, state, national or international level. New members will be inducted and honored during a ceremony in the Mraz Center prior to a home football game on Friday, Sept. 5. The first 20 members of the Hall of Fame were inducted in August 2006 during the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary celebration. They are: Cameron Beckman, Vic Berra, Todd Boonstra, Peter Daly, Kirk Detlefsen, Troy Gronseth, Dick Hanson, Bob Keeney, David Knutson, Ron and Joyce Lund (Cornerstone Copy Center), Holly (Manthei) Doyle, Tom Melchior, Tim Nichols, Mark Osiecki, Suzanne (Roell) Grimm, Joel Ronning, Ted Seidel, Kenneth Storm, Nancy (Swanum) Hart and Janet (Bohn) Williams. Other inductees: 2007: Tony Ashworth, Gary Barta, Bonnie Burak, Bob Lat-

tery, Thomas Mraz and Wilfred Williams. 2008: John Campbell, Howard Hall, Carlene (Widmer) McDowell, Bob Pates, Melissa Peterman and Thomas Wise. 2009: Dr. Michelle Brown, Dennis Dale, George Harris, Todd Okerlund, Richard VanderLaan and David Voracek. 2010: Jason Bruce, Katy Christoferson, Stanley Lo and Tamara Baldwin Perez. 2011: Mary Ryan Ajax, John W. Bergman, Tom Osiecki, Amy Stromwall and John Sullivan. 2012: Mike Corcoran, Joshua Daniel Dahl, Kevin Gorg, Bob Hawkins, Paul W. Jensen and Muriel Thompson. 2013: Katie Bolling, Burnsville Lions Club, Mike Luckraft, Greg Orson, Laura Slominski and Alyse Stofer.






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Snyder: Think differently to personalize learning by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The Lakeville Area School District is moving toward goals of its Strategic Plan, according to data presented to the board March 11. Categories measured were academic achievement, fiscal responsibility, community connectedness and a high-quality workforce. All the goals are directed to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of personalized learning and being a world-class education system, according to Superintendent Lisa Snyder. She said while some may have thought The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;world-classâ&#x20AC;? goal as lofty, district officials â&#x20AC;&#x153;truly believeâ&#x20AC;? Lakeville can be that district that closes the achievement gap, overcomes challenges and continues to deliver high academic achievement and graduation rates. Personalized learning centers around studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic and their socialemotional needs, and focuses on their strengths, not just their deficits, Snyder said. She said personalized learning allows different

thinking and innovation that leverages technology and digital resources to allow students options and discover their passion that leads to a successful lifelong career. To ensure students graduate career and college-ready, Snyder said they must be fully engaged in â&#x20AC;&#x153;21st century skills,â&#x20AC;? which she defined as being highly collaborative, understanding the global marketplace and how to collaborate with people who think and look differently from them. One of the biggest challenges identified by the district is large class sizes, and Snyder said to address it they will determine the optimal class size for different grade levels and content areas. Using technology, she said, the district can structure the day differently by incorporating online learning, independent study and digital tools and resources that grant flexibility. The district is â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully embracingâ&#x20AC;? online, and hybrid courses will continue to grow, Snyder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about â&#x20AC;Ś emerging structural changes and having people think differently about how we

deliver our services,â&#x20AC;? Snyder said. She advocated for core instruction that meets the needs of at least 85 percent of students and having multi-tiered support levels for the other 15 percent of students who need additional intervention or support to master essential learning. Describing â&#x20AC;&#x153;data-informedâ&#x20AC;? decision-making as â&#x20AC;&#x153;critical,â&#x20AC;? Snyder said the district needs â&#x20AC;&#x153;access to robust dataâ&#x20AC;? and people who can support teachers and principals to statistically analyze the data to make sure they are seeing reliable and accurate measures. She described the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategies of gaining constant stakeholder feedback and having expertise to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;robust systems of interventions,â&#x20AC;? and aligning all the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional development to fit the strategic plan. Teachers and principals are getting access to immediate data that will help inform and improve instruction as well as help identify students who need interventions and the type of interventions they need, she said. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on

science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) has broadened to include arts (STEAM). Snyder said this month, the board will be presented a recommendation about how the district will strengthen capacity to build STEAM, which Snyder said students need to be successful.

Measures Over 90 percent of Lakeville students graduate, meeting the state No Child Left Behind requirements, and students across grade levels perform above state and national norms in math and reading, said Jason Molesky, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of program evaluation. He said Lakeville students in grades 8 and 1012 also scored ahead of national norms in college readiness tests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our students are meeting high college readiness standards in each of our core subject areas,â&#x20AC;? Molesky said. Lakevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ACT composite scores are also strong, with the average score staying consistent at around 24 since 2011, according to the district. More Lakeville students

are also passing advanced placement courses with a 3 or higher, and 100 percent of students in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which is geared for students who have struggled in school, are attending a post-secondary program, one of AVIDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key goals, according to Molesky. He said the district also leads the metro in an area it does not want to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; class sizes. According to the district, kindergarten and first-grade class sizes are slightly higher than the metro norm, but the gap widens in grades 2-5 and 6-12. In grade 5, the average metro classroom size was reportedly 26.75 last year, while Lakeville said it had an average fifth-grade class size of 31.85. Middle school classrooms in Lakeville were reported to have about one to three more students in math and social studies classes than the same subjects in metro classrooms that averaged between 26.33 and 28.59 students. Lakevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school social studies classes reportedly included between 31.02 and 33.63 students,

while the metro statistics showed those class sizes between 27.34 and 29.19. Molesky said the district will review its fulltime equivalent staff allotments and target class size issues using funds from the levy voters passed in November that annually adds $5.6 million to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for the next decade. In a reversal that encouraged officials, Lakevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment trends show fewer students are open enrolling out of the district. Measuring performance was a key goal discussed. The district is planning to develop a teacher evaluation rubric to increase performance. Molesky said the goal of collecting data is to develop a continuous improvement process that will provide the framework to study how they are doing in meeting the goals of the strategic plan, and act on areas where they are not meeting targets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This really is a critical area of our process and â&#x20AC;Ś is one that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll constantly be developing,â&#x20AC;? Molesky said. Laura Adelmann is at laura.

Education Briefs Metcalf student in honor band Thomas Ryan, an eighthgrade student at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville, has been selected to join the Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band for the 2013-14 school year. Ryan was one of just 85 selected out of 313 students statewide who auditioned this winter for a position in the group. Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director at Metcalf is Mark Mraz.

Students participating in the honor band will work with some of the top music educators in the state and will be conducted by Dr. Wendy Barden of Osseo Area Schools. The state honor band will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, in the Edina High School auditorium.

Burnsville Alternative High School was selected for the annual South Suburban Conference High School Visual Arts Exhibition this month. The students include: Emma Baker, Brittany Bourquin, Allison Czaja, Antonio Johnson, Lauren Randall, Amanda Pope, Eduardo Salvador and Trent Spies. Artwork selected The exhibit continues for exhibit through March 20 at in the Artwork created by students Fine Arts Gallery of Normanat Burnsville High School and dale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington.

The annual art show provides sharing and learning opportunities in the visual arts for talented students who attend high schools in the South Suburban Conference. The works are evaluated by a juror who selects pieces for special recognition and awards were presented during the opening reception on March 13. Art teachers are Tim Hammes at Burnsville High School and Andrew Nagahashi at Burnsville Alternative High School.

District 196 ice skating show The District 196 Icettes figure skating team will present its annual ice skating show at 7 p.m. March 13-15 at the Apple Valley High School arena. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cirque du Glace,â&#x20AC;? features 33 skaters from all five district high schools and five of the six middle schools. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors at the door.



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Business Lakeville business stitches out new niche Threads & Inks has bigger location, more options by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Lakevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only school athletic wear and letter jacket shop is surging forward to sew up an expanded market. Now housed in its own building at Dodd Boulevard and County Road 50, Threads & Inks has doubled its space, and added The Ballroom, a consignment shop on its own lower-level floor featuring special occasion dresses for all ages and events as well as Paul Morrell tuxedo rental services. A separate room is devoted to costume consignment where new ideas for Halloween are inspired or theater outfits discovered. Plans are already underway to expand the consignment shop this spring with a selection of band

Threads & Inks co-owner Jessie Mommsen with some of the custom embroidered clothing available at the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new location at County Road 50 and Dodd Boulevard in Lakeville. (Photo by Laura Adelmann) instruments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know kids who graduate might not use their instruments again,â&#x20AC;? said Threads & Inks coowner Jessie Mommsen.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might want to sell them this spring when school lets out, and the kids going into sixth grade need band instruments.â&#x20AC;? Also soon to be of-

Business Calendar To submit items for the Business Calendar, email: Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, March 14, 10-11 a.m., ribbon cutting, Orangetheory Fitness, 15624 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. Information: Kristy Cleveland at kristy@ or 952-432-8422. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber Luncheon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, Crystal Lake Golf Course, 16725 Innsbrook Drive, Lakeville. Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers. RSVP to reserve a space. Information: Kristy Cleveland at or 952-4328422. â&#x20AC;˘ Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Home and Garden Show, Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Free admission. Information: Kristy Cleveland at or 952-4328422. Burnsville Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 18, noon to 1 p.m., Networking @ Noon, Vineyard Community Services (inside South Metro Vineyard Church), 13798 Parkwood Drive, Burnsville. Must be a chamber member. RSVP/information: Lynn Krumeich, 952595-5980 or â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 19, 9

a.m., 2014 Business Day at the Capitol, Crowne Plaza St. PaulRiverfront, Great River Ballroom, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Cost: $75. Information: Bill Corby, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., Meet the Chamber, DCR Chamber Office, 1121 Town Centre Drive, Suite 102, Eagan. Free. RSVP/information: 651-288-9202. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 19, 8-9 a.m., Farmington Coffee Break, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 20700 Chippendale Ave., Suite 9, Farmington. Open to all DCRC members. Free. RSVP/ information: 651-288-9202. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 19, 9 a.m., 2014 Business Day at the Capitol, Crowne Plaza St. PaulRiverfront, Great River Ballroom, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Cost: $75. RSVP/information: Vicki Stute, 651-288-9201. â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 20, 7:309 a.m., Eagan State of the City Address, Eagan Fire Safety Center, 1001 Station Trail, Eagan. Mayor Mike Maguire will present the State of the City Address at 8 a.m. Free. RSVP/ information: 651-288-9202. â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, March 21, 7:309 a.m., Legislative Breakfast Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Minnesota: Shaping the Future,â&#x20AC;? The Commons on Marice, 1380 Marice Drive, Eagan. Former Sen. Norm Coleman will discuss some of the major issues facing the busi-

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ness community. Cost: $25. RSVP/information: 651-2889202. Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2014 Landscape & Home/Consumer Showcase Expo, Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 19, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2014 Business Day at the Capitol, Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront, Great River Ballroom, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 20, 8:15 a.m., Teacher Appreciation Visit, Crystal Lake Education Center. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 26, 11:30 a.m., General Membership Luncheon, Brackettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Country Club, 17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville. Hear a presentation from the Metropolitan Council on the comprehensive development guide for the Twin Cities metropolitan area known as Thrive MSP 2040. Cost: $20 members, $40 nonmembers. RSVP by March 20. Information: 952-469-2020.

fered for consignment are sports equipment, including baseball bats, helmets for any sport, cleats, hockey or lacrosse sticks and gloves, hand weights, golf

clubs and bags, bowling gear, roller blades and tennis rackets. Anyone who wants to consign their gently used clothing, sports gear or instruments can set their own price for the item and are asked to bring items to the shop in like-new condition with no rips, stains or broken zippers. Sellers retain 70 percent of the sale price, with the store keeping 30 percent for holding and selling it and answering buyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; questions. Threads & Inksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; core business is still thriving, having about doubled in sales since the shop opened in 2004, Mommsen said. The shop offers school spirit wear, including letter jackets, hats, sweatshirts and T-shirts in school colors that go beyond Lakeville schools, including Burnsville and Apple Valley. Services they offer include personalized clothing items for school sports teams or soccer moms in

school colors or custom embroidered shirts, jackets or hats for businesses, church groups or organizations seeking a new fundraising idea. Threads & Inks also offers classes that include crochet, embroidery, polymer clay and beginning sewing. Mommsen said the idea to expand into consignments was born because she and her business partner Lynn Krejci are economical people who liked the idea of being able to get more use out of clothing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially with formal wear, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a one-time wear,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might as well give other people the opportunity to sell something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never going to use again.â&#x20AC;? The store is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to Laura Adelmann is at laura.

Dakota Electric annual meeting is Thursday, April 24 Dakota Electric Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday, April 24, in the social hall of St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington (next to Dakota Electricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office). The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. Dakota Electric members will have the opportunity to hear reports from officers and directors, ask questions and hear election results at the meeting. Balloting materials will be mailed to members on April 8. Members can vote online ( using the e-signature included with their ballots, or by

mailing the ballots in the postage-paid envelope to Survey and Ballot Systems. Ballots must be received at Survey and Ballot Systems office no later than noon on April 24, or members may bring their ballots to the annual meeting. Ballots should not be dropped off or mailed to Dakota Electric Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Once again this year, members may use a mobile device to scan the QR code located with the balloting materials to be quickly logged in to vote. Following are the candidates running for four seats on the board of directors: District 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John (Jack) DeYoe, Lakeville, incumbent.

District 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Janet Lekson, Rosemount, incumbent. District 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Margaret D. Schreiner, Eagan, incumbent; Douglas Bonar, Farmington; Raymond Yarwood, Eagan. District 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Paul Bakken, Eagan, incumbent. All directors are elected by membership vote to serve three-year terms on the 12-person board of directors. A customer-owned, nonprofit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 103,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties.




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Business Colorado Station opens in Burnsville

Business Buzz Blue Plus acquisition Blue Plus, the health maintenance organization (HMO) affiliate of Eagan-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has acquired the Elderly Waiver claims processing capabilities of Bridgeview Company, a privately owned organization headquartered in Duluth. The acquisition involves the claims processing systems of Bridgeview used to pay providers for services rendered to Blue Plus members enrolled in the Elderly Waiver program. Created by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2005, the Elderly Waiver program funds home health services for seniors who are eligible through Minnesota public health care programs to reside in a nursing facility, but choose to remain liv-

ing independently. Elderly Waiver services are available to Blue Plus members enrolled in SecureBlue or Blue Advantage. Bridgeview has administered Elderly Waiver claims for Blue Plus since 2010. Covered services of the Elderly Waiver program include home health aides, home-delivered meals and family caregiver training. Certain members of Bridgeviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duluthbased claims administrators are now employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, working for Blue Plus and performing the same Elderly Waiver claim payment duties. Financial terms were not disclosed.

named vice president of sales for Uponor N o r t h America, effective March 10. Brent The comNoonan pany is headquartered in Apple Valley. Noonan has served as vice president of U.S. sales since May 2012. Previously, he was Uponorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s south regional sales director, where he was responsible for providing leadership for the profitable growth of the heating, plumbing and fire sprinkler businesses in the southern U.S. market. Noonan has 15 years of experience in the plumbing industry with progressing managerial responsibiliExecutive ties, and holds a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s named degree from the University Brent Noonan has been of Colorado at Boulder.

Colorado Station restaurant celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 10. The steakhouse is located at 13050 Aldrich Ave. S., Burnsville. Call 952-736-7730 or visit for information. (Photo submitted)



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Garofalo apologizes for tweet regarding the NBA Farmington lawmaker faces criticism after his comment goes viral by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Less than a month after being endorsed at a district convention to seek reelection to his sixth term, state Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, created a stir with a comment posted on his personal Twitter account regarding the National Basketball Association. His tweet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime,â&#x20AC;? which was posted at 4:33 p.m. Sunday, was retweeted more than 1,600 times in less than 24 hours. It generated scores of online responses as news of the tweet was reported by Twin Cites media outlets, Deadspin and Huffington Post. Some credited Garofalo for speaking his mind, while others said the comment was racist, citing its use of â&#x20AC;&#x153;streetcrimeâ&#x20AC;? and that most of the NBA is comprised of AfricanAmericans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 76.3 percent, according to a 2013 University of Central Florida study. The fervor over the comment led Garofalo to issue a press release through his House office that said:

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last 24 hours, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the opportunity to relearn one of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pat Garofalo l e s s o n s : Whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments.â&#x20AC;? When questioned yesterday about the original comment by Kevin Draper of The Diss, Garofalo said he was referring to the NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high arrest rate and that the NBA doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider marijuana use a substance-abuse violation. Draper wrote on his site that the NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5.1 percent arrest rate in 2010 would have matched the national

arrest rate of 4.2 percent if five fewer NBA players were arrested that year, according to a San Diego Union Tribune study. Draper added that five or six NBA players were arrested in 2012, which would put its arrest rate at 1.1 to 1.3 percent. The national arrest rate was 3.8 percent in 2012, he wrote. The NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy regarding marijuana use includes entering an abuse program on the first offense, a fine for a second offense and game suspension for subsequent offense, Draper wrote. The Pioneer Press reported that Garofalo told reporters outside a committee meeting room on Monday: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a racist bone in my body. I pride myself on the fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tutored in innercity Minneapolis and in addition have been a strong advocate for the charter schools in our communities. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no excuses. I apologize. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m responsible for my actions and just want to promise everybody Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do my best to not make that mistake again.â&#x20AC;? Garofalo was elected to the Minnesota House in 2004. Email Tad Johnson at

Bike race returns to Lakeville The Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville bike race will be held Saturday, March 29. The race will again start and end at Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ in Lakeville, with one checkpoint at Milltown Cycles in Farib-

ault. The race will be approximately 82 miles on a mix of gravel and pavement. Finishing times will be between 5.5 and 9 hours. This year the race will

include a food drive to collect canned goods for the local food shelf. For more information, visit http://lakeville-milltown-lakeville.blogspot. com.

Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stuff Sale is April 11-12 The Lakeville Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Council will hold the 11th annual Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stuff Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville. Sale items will include all seasons of maternity and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing (infant through size 14), toys, books, videos and baby equipment. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Donations for the sale will be accepted from 3:307 p.m. Friday, April 11. A public pre-sale event will run 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. Doors to the public pre-sale will close

at 9 p.m. Friday and a last call for purchases will be made at 9:15 p.m. A $5 admission fee will be charged per adult during the public pre-sale. On Saturday, the sale runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $1 admission fee per adult will be charged until 10 a.m. Merchandise will be sold at half price

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Sports Overachieving Wildcats take third Hockey team finishes with 20-victory season by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

To hear coach Mike Taylor and his players tell it, this might not have been the most heralded group of players to come out of Eagan youth hockey. “We just kind of played the game” as youths, said Nick Wolff, who developed into a workhorse defenseman for a Wildcats team that took third place at the state tournament last week. “We weren’t very good, but we weren’t poor, either. We just had fun with it. But we started building a team.” Last offseason, the players started asking Taylor for more demanding workouts. Taylor, who said he thought the conditioning program was pretty grueling as it was, went along. By the end of a 20-101 season, the Wildcats became a team that could do more than just hang out together. They matched the highest finish ever for an Eagan team at state, and their overachieving ways likely had a lot to do with Taylor being named Class AA coach of the year. Taylor described the players as a group that’s ruthless when needling each other, “but if anyone outside their group says boo, they’re coming after them. They call themselves a family, and I think they are.”

Kevin Sturgeon (25) skates the puck out of the Eagan zone during the Wildcats win over Duluth East in a Class AA state tournament quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy) Eagan completed its season with a 6-4 victory over Eden Prairie in the state Class AA third-place game Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Wolff scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left and the Wildcats skating shorthanded. He added an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining. Max Elsenheimer and Ian Entzion also scored two goals each for the Wildcats. The Wildcats faced a quick turnaround as they had to play again less than 17 hours after losing to Edina 3-1 in the semifinal round Friday night. “It’s tough. If you play 40-45 minutes, it takes a toll,” Wolff said. “But you’ve got to rest and hydrate and prepare for the next game.” The Wildcats were

playing catch-up all night against Edina, which took the lead less than two minutes into the semifinal game. The Hornets made it 2-0 late in the second period. Eagan, which was held to 16 shots, had some hope when it pulled goalie Andrew Lindgren for an extra attacker and Jack Jenson scored with 46 seconds remaining. But the Hornets put it away with an emptynet goal with 16 seconds to play. Eagan, the tournament’s fifth seed, opened with a 3-0 victory over fourth-seeded Duluth East. Senior forward Max Elsenheimer scored two goals and had one assist. Lindgren made 28 saves to earn the shutout. Elsenheimer had 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in six postseason

Eagan forward Jack Malloy (3) defends against Duluth East’s Phil Beaulieu in a quarterfinal game during the Class AA state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy) games and likely will get a closer look from college and junior programs, Taylor said. Lacrosse also could be an option for Elsenheimer, who will be one of the Eagan boys team’s top returning players this spring. Wolff is expected to join the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League this week and is keeping his options open about college. His defense partner, senior Tom Muck, “is going to get a plethora of offers from junior teams,” Taylor said. Jenson and Taylor Karel are expected to be with a junior team in Cor-

pus Christi, Texas, next year. The Wildcats came on late in the regular season, winning five of their final seven games. The only losses in that stretch were to Lakeville North and Burnsville, the top two teams in the South Suburban Conference. They finished fifth in the South Suburban and were seeded fourth in the Section 3AA tourney, but the Wildcats did their best work late in the season. “Kids grow up, change and mature,” Taylor said after Eagan’s state tournament victory over Duluth East. “Yeah, maybe we

didn’t think this run would happen when we looked at these guys as Bantams and Peewees. But looking at them now, I’m not surprised.” In four trips to the state tournament – including three in the last four years – the Wildcats have two third-place trophies. Wolff said he doesn’t believe it will be long before a future Eagan team tops that. “Eagan’s going to get first place sometime,” he said. “No doubt about it.” Email Mike Shaughnessy at

Eagles won’t be back-to-back champs Cretin-Derham Hall upset ends Apple Valley’s season by Mike Shaughnessy

Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones and his brother, Tre, share a moment during the awards ceremony. Tre Jones did not play in the section championship game because of an injury. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy)


One day after Apple Valley’s boys basketball season ended earlier than many thought it would, the Eagles were still having trouble processing the result. “It’s 2:30 (Friday afternoon) and I feel like I should be in the gym getting ready to play next week,” Eagles coach Zach Goring said. Apple Valley isn’t there because of an 89-77 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall in the Class 4A, Section 3 championship game Thursday night at Farmington High School. The Eagles held an eight-point lead (65-57) with 6:45 remaining in the second half but couldn’t maintain it. Neither team scored in the first overtime as the Raiders held the ball for most of the four minutes. In the second overtime, Cretin-Derham Hall outscored Apple Valley 15-3. Eagles fans also saw starters Tyus Jones and Dennis Austin hit the floor hard within seconds of each other in the final minute of the second overtime. Austin was taken out of the gym on a stretcher with an apparent back injury. Austin was evaluated, tested and then released from the hospital at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Goring said. Jones stayed down for a couple of minutes after he collided with a CDH player, then walked slowly to the locker room. He returned to the floor and played briefly in the final minute. Although Cretin-Derham Hall is ranked fifth in Class 4A, its victory over Apple Valley was portrayed as a massive upset. And perhaps justifiably so – the Eagles had not lost to a team from Minnesota since December 2012.

Apple Valley (27-2) will not get a chance to defend the state championship it won in 2013. “The hard part is, the kids loved playing at the Target Center and wanted to do it again,” Goring said. Cretin-Derham Hall (23-6) limped into the playoffs with three losses in its last five regular-season games, but the thirdseeded Raiders beat No. 2 seed East Ridge and No. 1 seed Apple Valley to earn their place in the state tournament. The Raiders attempted more three-point shots (37) than two-pointers (32) in the section final, and their comeback took shape when some of their long-range shots started falling. They had 12 threepoint baskets to Apple Valley’s two. “Whenever we were up by five or seven points, I thought if we could get a stop or two we’d have a lot of momentum,” Goring said. “But we couldn’t do it. Every time there was a loose ball it seemed like they got it, got an open three and made it.”

Cretin-Derham Hall also created some matchup problems for Apple Valley, Goring said, because the Eagles’ taller players had to spend some time defending the perimeter, which took them out of rebounding position. Guards Michael Hannon and Donnell Gresham scored 26 and 25 points for Cretin-Derham Hall. Jones, Apple Valley’s career leader in points and assists, finished his fiveyear Eagles career with 35 points on 14-for-25 shooting from the floor. He also made six of nine free throws and had eight assists. Sophomore center Brock Bertram had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Austin had 10 points and 15 rebounds. In addition to Jones, Apple Valley will graduate starters Austin and Robert Tobroxen. Goring said he expects Austin to continue his playing career, possibly at a junior college. Tobroxen sacrificed some of his offense to guard opponents’ top scoring threats. Trey Pipkins, a 6-foot-7 senior, became a key play-

eighth-grader, will be at Duke University next year. But there still should be plenty of Jones family influence on the Eagles. Eighth-grader Tre Jones, who missed the end of this season because of a broken clavicle, will be back next year. Older brother Jadee is an Apple Valley assistant coach. As for Tyus Jones, “he was always great with the traveling basketball kids and the (Valley Athletic Association) kids,” Goring said. “There are many kids in Apple Valley who want to be the next Tyus Jones. That’s leading to more numbers in our youth program and kids spending more time working on their skills.”

Email Mike Shaughnessy at er off the bench for the Jones, who was Apple mike.shaughnessy@ecmEagles this season. Guards Valley’s starting point Jake Rhyner and Charles guard from the day he Young also graduate. joined the varsity as an

Doing the heavy lifting

Michael Schiller, Burnsville, boys varsity 77-kilogram weight class, had the best snatch lift and clean and jerk and won the overall title in his weight class during the state high school weightlifting championships Saturday at Lakeville South High School. Burnsville won the boys, girls and combined team championships. Rosemount was second in the overall standings and Lakeville South was fourth. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

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REQUEST(S): Planned Development A Planned Development Amendment to allow construction of a restaurant with drive through service. File Number: 10-PA-02-02-14 Preliminary Subdivision A Preliminary Subdivision to create two lots. File Number: 10-PS-02-02-14 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Pam Dudziak, the Planner at (651) 675-5691 or pdudziak@ with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan Sun Thisweek on March 14, 2014 188787


DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: CityVue Commons/Lonny Provencher LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 1200 & 1211 Yankee Doodle Road, Town Center Dr, Lot 1, Block 1, Town Centre 100 1st Addition, Lot 2, Block 1, Eagan Place 4th Addition; Outlot A, Town Centre 100 12th Addition

REQUEST(S): Planned Development A Planned Development Amendment to allow separate lots and to dissolve the association. File Number: 03-PA-03-02-14 Preliminary Subdivision A Preliminary Subdivision of approximately 3.9 acres to create 2 lots and an Outlot. File Number: 03-PS-03-02-14 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Pam Dudziak, the Planner at (651) 675-5691 or pdudziak@ with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan Sun Thisweek on March 14, 2014 188774


DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Hilton Home2 Suites of Eagan/William Morrissey LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 3939 Cedar Grove Pkwy, Lot 2, Block 1, Cedar Grove Parkway 2nd

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REQUEST(S): Conditional Use Permit A Conditional Use Permit to allow a minor auto repair shop. File Number: 19-CU-02-02-14 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Sarah Thomas, the Planner at (651) 675-5696 or sthomas@ with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan Sun Thisweek on March 14, 2014 188784


DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Cedar Cliff Center Shoppes/Cynthia Hable LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 2109 Cliff Road, Lot 2, Block 2, Cedar Cliff Commercial Park


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REQUEST(S): Preliminary Planned A Preliminary Planned Development to allow a mixed use File Number: 15-PD-01-01-14 Preliminary Subdivision A Preliminary Subdivision of approximately 10 acres to create 6 lots. File Number: 15-PS-01-01-14 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Sarah Thomas, the Planner at (651) 675-5696 or sthomas@ with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan Sun Thisweek on March 14, 2014 188793

DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Crown Coco, Inc./Jerry Szoka LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 4195 Nicols Road, Lot 1, Block 1, EZ Stop






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Sealed proposal bids will be received by the City of Eagan, Minnesota, in City Hall at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, until 10:30 a.m., C.D.S.T., on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor and materials and all else necessary for the following: STORMWATER & WATER QUALITY PONDS SEDIMENT REMOVAL & OUTLET IMPROVEMENTS City Contract No. 14-01 Involving Approximately: 3,025 L.F Silt Fence 980 L.F. Floatation Silt Curtain 2,195 TN Dredging/Excavating (MPCA Dredged Material Management Level 3) 2,195 TN Disposal of MPCA Level 3 Excavated Material at a Landfill 1,770 C.Y. Dredging/Excavating (MPCA Dredged Material Management Level 1) 1,770 C.Y. Offsite Disposal of Level 1 Excavated Material 250 C.Y. Topsoil Borrow 1 EA. Outlet Structure Replacement 270 TN Class III Rip Rap and Filter Fabric Together with miscellaneous Clearing & Grubbing, Seeding and Turf Establishment Contractor shall substantially complete all sediment removal work at Pond AP-2 by May 15, 2014, substantially complete all sediment removal work at Pond CP-3 by May 22, 2014, and finally complete all the work at all sites by August 15, 2014. Further, for each of the eight project locations, Contractor shall have up to no more than 10 working days to complete the work with the exception of final restoration. Complete digital contract bidding documents are available at www.questcdn. com. You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 by inputting Quest Project #3135601 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Complete contract documents may also be seen at the offices of the City Clerk and City Engineer, Eagan, MN at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122, phone (651) 675-5646, and at Barr Engineering Co. at 4700 West 77th Street, Edina, MN 55435, phone (952) 832 2600. Contractors desiring a hardcopy of the complete bidding documents may obtain them from the office of the City Clerk, Eagan, MN upon payment of $50.00. No money will be refunded to any person who obtains plans and specifications. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a bidder’s bond naming the City of Eagan as obligee, a certified check payable to the Clerk of the City of Eagan or a cash deposit equal to at least five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, which shall be forfeited to the City in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. The City Council reserves the right to retain the deposits of the three lowest bidders for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) days after the date and time set for the opening of the bids. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days after the date and time set for the opening of bids. Payment for the work will be by cash or check. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and technical proposals, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to award the contract to the best interests of the City. Ms. Christina M. Scipioni, City Clerk, City of Eagan Published in Burnsville/Eagan, February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 2014, 181229

DATE/LOCATION OF HEARING: Advisory Planning Commission Meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd DEVELOPMENT/APPLICANT: Eagan Promenade 4th Addition/ Jason Hill LOCATION/LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 3380 Denmark Ave, Lot 1, Block 2, Eagan Promenade

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: December 20, 2006 MORTGAGOR: Michele A. Hedtke, A Single Person. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Guaranteed Rate, Inc. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded January 8, 2007 Dakota County Recorder,





Document No. 2486597. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: Bank of America, N.A. successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP. Dated January 27, 2012 Recorded February 6, 2012, as Document No. 2847052. And thereafter assigned to: Green Tree Servicing, LLC. Dated November 6, 2012 Recorded November 14, 2012, as Document No. 2908836. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT’S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100196368001158636 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Guaranteed Rate, Inc. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Green Tree Servicing LLC MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 4452 Woodgate Point, Eagan, MN 55122 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 10.84602.02.240 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 24, Block 2, Woodgate 3rd Addition, Dakota County, Minnesota COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Dakota ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $148,400.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $150,071.80 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 07, 2014 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Center, 1580 Hwy 55, Lobby #S-100, Hastings, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 08,2014 unless that date falls on a weekend or legal


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the City Council of the City of Burnsville at 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337, until 1:00 P.M., on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, for the making of the following described local improvements, said proposal for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the construction, complete in place of the following approximate quantities: 14,000 TON Bituminous Pavement 39,000 LF Concrete Curb & Gutter 43,000 CY Subgrade Excavation 3,000 LF Storm Sewer Pipe 400 LF Sanitary MH Reconstruction 4,000 SY 6” Concrete Driveway 14,000 CY Salvage Agg. & Bit. Material 21,000 LF Ductile Iron Watermain 60,000 TON Aggregate Base 1,000 LF 9”–18” Trenchless Pipe Relining 80 SF Sign Panels Type C 22,000 SY Sodding w/4” Topsoil There is a pre-bid conference for bidders, which is scheduled for 9:00am, March 26th, 2014 at the City Hall The bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms provided in accordance with the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications as prepared by the City Engineer, which are on file with the City Clerk and may be obtained at the office of the City Engineer. Digital copies of the Contract Documents can be obtained at www. or The Quest CDN project number is 3144833. Bidders can download the Contract Documents for $20 by searching for the project on the QuestCDN website’s Project Search page or selecting the Engineering/Public Work Bid link and then the project on the Burnsville website. Please contact at (952) 233-1632 or for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Bidders can also view the Contract Documents at either website free of charge. No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the City Clerk of the City of Burnsville endorsed upon the outside wrapper with a brief statement or summary as to the work for which the bid is made and accompanied by a cash deposit, certified check, bid bond, or cashier’s check payable to the City of Burnsville in the amount of five percent (5%) of the amount of bid, to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event that the bid is accepted and the bidder shall fail to promptly enter into a written contract and furnish the required bond. The City of Burnsville reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, and to award the bid in the best interest of the City. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days. Immediately following expiration of the time for receiving bids, the City Clerk and engineer will publicly open bids in the City Hall. The Council will consider such bids in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Macheal Collins, City Clerk City of Burnsville, Minnesota Published in Burnsville/Eagan, March 7, 14, 2014, 185503

The retreat of the Board of Education was called to order by Chair Schmid at 8:00 a.m. at Oak Ridge Conference Center, 1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318. Members present: Directors Luth, Hill, Currier, Alt, VandenBoom, Sweep and Chair Schmid. Others in attendance were Superintendent Gothard and J. Kenney. The following administrators joined the retreat at 9:30 a.m.: C. Amoroso, S. Corbey, R. Dunn, L. Rider, S. Sovine and T. Umhoefer. The following topics were discussed: • Board organization • Short- and long-term planning The board retreat adjourned at 4:15 p.m. Date Approved: 3/6/14 /s/ DeeDee Currier, clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 2014 187179




AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF EAGAN, MINNESOTA, AMENDING EAGAN CITY CODE, CHAPTER 10, ENTITLED “PUBLIC PROTECTION, CRIMES AND OFFENSES” BY ADDING SECTION 10.45 REGARDING COAL TAR SEALANT BAN AND ENFORCEMENT; AND BY ADOPTING BY REFERENCE EAGAN CITY CODE CHAPTER 1 AND SECTION 10.99. The City Council of the City of Eagan does ordain: Section 1. Eagan City Code Chapter 10 is hereby amended by adding Section 10.45 to read as follows: Sec. 10.45. Coal Tar Sealant Product Ban. Subd. 1. Adoption. The Minnesota coal tar sealant product law, currently set forth in Minn. Stat. §116.202, and any amendments thereto established and adopted from time to time, is hereby adopted as though set forth verbatim herein. One copy of said statute shall be marked “City of Eagan - Official Copy” and kept on file in the office of the City Clerk and open to inspection and use by the public. Subd. 2. Enforcement. It is unlawful for any person to violate any provisions of the Minnesota coal tar sealant product law within the city. The city’s chief building official or the official’s inspectors or any code enforcement technician may enforce the provisions of the Minnesota coal tar sealant product law within the city. Section 2. Eagan City Code, Chapter 1, entitled “General Provisions and Definitions Applicable to the Entire City Code Including ‘Penalty for Violation’” and Section 10.99, entitled “Violation a Misdemeanor” are hereby adopted in their entirety by reference as though repeated verbatim. Section 3. Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect upon its adoption and publication according to law. ATTEST: CITY OF EAGAN City Council By: /s/ Christina M. Scipioni Its: City Clerk By: /s/ Mike Maguire Its: Mayor Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 2014 185990


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the City Council of the City of Burnsville at 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337, until 1:00 P.M., on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for the making of the following described local improvements, said proposal for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the construction, complete in place of the following approximate quantities: 10,000 SY Mill Bituminous Surface (1.5”) 5,100 SY Mill Bituminous Surface (Taper) 2,800 TON Bituminous Pavement 2,100 LF Concrete Curb & Gutter 55 EACH Adjust Casting Assembly 50 EACH Adjust Valve Box 9,500 LF Sewer Cleaning 3,000 LF Pavement Striping 100 SF Sign Panels Type C 1000 S.Y. Sodding with Topsoil The bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms provided in accordance with the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications as prepared by the City Engineer, which are on file with the City Clerk and may be obtained at the office of the City Engineer. Digital copies of the Contract Documents can be obtained at www. or The Quest CDN project number is 3127750. Bidders can download the Contract Documents for $20 by searching for the project on the QuestCDN website’s Project Search page or selecting the Engineering/Public Work Bid link and then the project on the Burnsville website. Please contact at (952) 233-1632 or for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Bidders can also view the Contract Documents at either website free of charge. No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the City Clerk of the City of Burnsville endorsed upon the outside wrapper with a brief statement or summary as to the work for which the bid is made and accompanied by a cash deposit, certified check, bid bond, or cashier’s check payable to the City of Burnsville in the amount of five percent (5%) of the amount of bid, to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event that the bid is accepted and the bidder shall fail to promptly enter into a written contract and furnish the required bond. The City of Burnsville reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, and to award the bid in the best interest of the City. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days. Immediately following expiration of the time for receiving bids, the City Clerk and engineer will publicly open bids in the City Hall. The Council will consider such bids in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Macheal Brooks, City Clerk City of Burnsville, Minnesota Published in Burnsville/Eagan, March 7, 14, 2014, 185512






YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT: 1. Default has occurred in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of Diffley Commons Homeowner’s Association (hereinafter the “Association”) which was recorded as Document No. 1022377 on January 10, 1997 in the office of the County Recorder of Dakota County, Minnesota, and also, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §515B.3-116, covering the following property: Diffley Commons Condominium File No. 107 Unit 67 Property Address: 4078 Beaver Dam Road, Eagan, MN 55122 PID: 10-20450-04-067 2. Pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of the date of this notice from the owners of said unit, Paul R. and Mandy Chellew and/or Everbank to the Association, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, the amount of $630.00 for unpaid association dues commencing November 1, 2013, plus any other such amounts that will accrue after the date of this notice for association dues, costs of collection and foreclosure which will be added to the amount claimed due and owing at the time of the sale herein.

3. No action is now pending at law or otherwise to recover said debt or any part thereof. 4. The owner has not been released from its financial obligation to pay said amount. 5. The lien arises pursuant to the Declaration, describes above, and Minn. Stat. §515B.3 116. 6. Pursuant to the power of sale contained in the same Declaration and granted by the owner in taking title to the premises subject to said Declaration and pursuant to Minn. Stat. Sec. 515B.3-116, said Lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said property by the Sheriff of Dakota County, at 1580 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033 on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am at public auction to the highest bidder, to pay the amount then due for said assessments, together with the additional costs of foreclosure, including attorneys fees as allowed by law. 7. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owner, his personal representatives or assigns is six(6) months from date of sale. If the lien is not satisfied under Minn. Stat. § 580.23 or the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. § 580.23, the owner must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on October 11, 2014 or the next busi-



REQUEST(S): Planned Development A Planned Development Amendment to allow a fast food restaurant drive through serve. File Number: 30-PA-01-02-14 QUESTIONS: Call the Planning Department at (651) 675-5685 or contact Mike Ridley, the Planner at (651) 675-5650 or mridley@ with the above information. CITY OF EAGAN Christina M. Scipioni - City Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan Sun Thisweek on March 14, 2014 188782

holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None “THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.” Dated: December 31, 2013 Green Tree Servicing LLC Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 8 - 13-007357 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in Burnsville/Eagan January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014


Pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 580.07, the foregoing foreclosure sale is postponed until April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Center, 1580 Hwy 55, Lobby #S-100, Hastings, MN, in said county and state. Dated: March 5, 2014. Green Tree Servicing LLC Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 8 - 13-007357 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 13, 2014 186035


The meeting of the Board of Education was called to order by Chair Schmid at 6:30 p.m. at the Burnsville High School Senior Campus in the Diamondhead Education Center. Members present: Directors Sweep, Currier, Hill, Alt and Chair Schmid. Members absent: Directors VandenBoom and Luth. Others in attendance were Superintendent Gothard, Student Advisor Shreedaran, administrators and staff. Schmid welcomed the audience and asked Sweep to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Moved by Hill, seconded by Sweep, to approve the agenda. Motion carried (5, 0). Moved by Currier, seconded by Alt, to approve the consent agenda. - Minutes of the January 16, 2014, board meeting and closed session. - Personnel changes for C. Anderson, R. Berget, D. Brandon, B. Burk, K. Durand, M. Grzesiak, A. Moisei, C. Wurtman, C. Michels, K. Musa-Agboneni, B. Wiley, N. Holden, A. Provancha, D. Anderson, S. Czech, P. Kofski, C. Sefkow, K. Aars, E. Kosmalski, S. Koshenina, T. Quam, T. Reilly, C. Schwanke, S.Saloka, D. Larson, J. Babiash, A. Hassan, and J. Pelinka, - Adopt a resolution to approve and accept donations as presented. A complete list of donations is listed on the district website. - Schedule a board retreat on Monday, March 3, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Conference Center (1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN). - Approve out-of-state travel by Director Currier and Director Luth who will be attending the 74th Annual NSBA Conference in New Orleans, LA April 5-7, 2014. - Approve an extended field trip for Eagle Ridge Junior 9th grade students to travel to England June 10-21, 2014. - Approve change order #4 for the 2013-2014 Burnsville High School Deferred Maintenance Project in the amount of $28,171.00. Motion carried (5, 0). Moved by Currier, seconded by Sweep, to approve the FY15 General Fund budget plan, pending formal adoption by June 30, 2014. The FY15 General Fund budget plan represents revenues of $114,990,490 and expenditures of $120,268,655. After discussion, motion carried (5, 0). Moved by Sweep, seconded by Alt, to approve the following weather make-up days for all schools: Monday, February 17, 2014; and Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Since the possibility exists of additional inclement weather, Friday, April 18, 2014, would become a regular school day with students if there is another weather-related school closing. Motion carried (5, 0). Moved by Sweep, seconded by Alt, to approve the proposed revisions and re-adopt the unchanged language in the 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement with the Burnsville Education Association and ISD 191. Motion carried (5, 0). Student Advisor Shreedaran gave an oral report. Superintendent Gothard gave an oral report. Reports were given by Directors Currier, Sweep, Alt, Hill and Chair Schmid. Moved by Hill, seconded by Alt, to adjourn at 7:26 p.m. Motion carried (5, 0). Date Approved: 3/6/2014 /s/ DeeDee Currier, Clerk Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 2014 187176


A Public Hearing will be held on March 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville Planning Commission, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on the application of LMA Partners LLP for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a sports performance training center located at 1121 Riverwood Drive. The application will be scheduled for the next appropriate City Council meeting following the Planning Commission meeting. All persons desiring to speak on this application are encouraged to attend. For more information concerning this request, please contact Planner Chris Slania (952) 895-4451 at the City of Burnsville. Chris Slania On Behalf of the Chair of the Burnsville Planning Commission Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 21, 2014 188324

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New option for learning offered in Apple Valley Brightmont Academy offers one-to-one instruction by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Parents and students seeking an alternative to the traditional K-12 education model may find a solution at Brightmont Academy in Apple Valley. The private school, which opened this month at 15624 Pilot Knob Road,

SURVEY, from 1A of topics including safety, substance abuse and health. In previous years the survey was given to students in grades six, nine and 12. In 2013, state officials changed their target and surveyed students in fifth, eighth, ninth and 11th grades. Students complete the survey anonymously and can opt out if they want. Eighty-five percent of District 196 students took the 2013 survey, which exceeds the statewide participation rate of 67 percent. Though marijuana use is on the decline, more students report using the drug than cigarettes. The greatest difference in use is among district 11thgraders, with 18 percent reporting they used marijuana in the 30 days prior to the survey and 14 percent reporting they used

offers one-to-one instruction, year-round flexible scheduling and a number of different enrollment options. The Apple Valley site is Brightmont’s second campus in Minnesota – a Plymouth campus opened in 2013 – and its ninth school nationwide. “As we have seen with

our Plymouth campus, one-to-one instruction works,” said Laura PorterJones, Apple Valley campus director. “When a student needs more than the traditional school can offer, Brightmont Academy creates a customized approach to improve learning outcomes.” The school offers three

enrollment options – students can attend full-time and earn a high school diploma issued by Brightmont, take courses to earn credit toward a diploma at the high school they attend, or receive tutoring. The local campus will serve students in Apple Valley and surrounding communities, said Bright-

mont Academy founder Ruth Wilson, who opened the first school 15 years ago in Seattle. The school is currently accepting enrollments, and is holding open houses on March 20 and April 10 from 4-6 p.m. Those interested in touring the campus but unable to attend the open

houses can contact campus director Laura PorterJones at 952-564-2168. More about the school is at

cigarettes during the same time frame. This is a trend seen statewide, Rieck said. Administrators are unable to compare use among this age group over time since the survey was previously given to 12thgraders. “Because many 12thgraders are 18, it could have skewed the results,” Rieck said. Like marijuana, cigarette use is reportedly down in the district. When asked if they believe cigarettes pose a moderate to severe health risk, 75 percent of fifthgraders said yes, and 90 percent of 11th-graders gave the same answer. Abuse of illegal and prescription drugs is also down and remains very low in the district, with 2 percent of ninth-graders and 5 percent of 11thgraders reporting they used illegal or prescription drugs to get high.

Alcohol use has also been on the decline, with use dropping by 24 to 27 percent among high school students since 1995. For instance, only 1 percent of ninth-graders reported using alcohol in the 30 days prior to the 2013 survey, which is down from 18 percent in 1995. However, administrators were troubled to discover that 33 percent of students reported getting alcohol from their homes and 17 percent reported getting it from their parents. “I’m really surprised and alarmed that 17 percent of parents are supplying kids with alcohol,” Board Member Rob Duchscher said during the March 10 board meeting. Since it is the first time the survey looked specifically at where teens obtain alcohol, the results can’t be compared over time.

Safety, future plans

females were more likely to be subjected to sexual comments, jokes and exclusion, according to the survey. Few students (10 to 12 percent) reported being cyberbullied, which reflects statewide trends. Though bullying is down in the district, the survey revealed that the percentage of students who report feeling bullied is significantly higher than the percentage of those who admit to being the bully. “This raises questions about future intervention,” Rieck said. “For example, we may need to further address is students have trouble recognizing that their behavior is being perceived by someone else as bullying, or if a small number of students are bullying several other students.” The survey also asked students about their high

school plans and driving habits. Though 90 percent of those surveyed reported wearing their seat belt when in a vehicle, about a third admitted to being on their cell phone while driving. Of those surveyed, 13 percent admitted to reading text messages while driving, 10 percent admitted to sending text messages and 20 percent admitted to making calls. A majority of students reported having plans for the future, with 75 percent of students planning to attend a two- or four-year college after high school and the remainder planning to join the military, obtain a license or certificate or go directly to work.

ployed retired teachers (Exhibit C2); Increasing pay rates for substitute building chiefs and adopting the Minnesota State High School League Activity Managers’ Fee Schedule (Exhibit C3-Revised); Resolution to expel a student immediately, for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, continuing through and including June 11, 2014 (Exhibit D1); Resolution to expel a student immediately, for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, continuing through and including June 11, 2014 (Exhibit D2), and Resolution proposing the immediate discharge of a continuing contract teacher (Exhibit D3). Lynae Schoen, partner with Wold Architects and Engineers, presented the Contract Documents Submittal and reviewed renderings for the EC/ABE facility. She said the site plan had minimal changes but noted two items. The outdoor storage and relocation of gas island (existing conditions prior to the start of the project) are pieces of the site design coming up in a city planning request. The second item is that, after community input, a lot of the trees along the berm between the site and neighbors on Drake Path will be upsized. Shane Butler, project manager with Bossardt Corporation, reviewed the budget which included some of the fee costs now listed separately. The contingency budget was reduced as some of the bids have been awarded; SAC/ WAC fees were reduced and the City of Apple Valley waived the park dedication fee. Butler announced 107 bids were opened for 28 different contracts. Costs were slightly more than originally estimated but still on budget leaving a contingency budget of $75,000. Bossardt is working with Wold and the district to add $170,000 back in the contingency budget through a number of different value engineering ideas and by recommending the board reject and rebid some bid items. Director of Finance and Operations Jeff Solomon presented an overview of the guidelines and recommendations for the proposed 2014-15 Capital Expenditure Budget totaling $12,293,566 (Exhibit E). The budget is divided into two main areas: operating capital revenue ($11,199,938), which includes items such as curriculum materials, leases, and building/site improvements and maintenance, and health and safety ($1,093,627), which includes items such as physical hazards control, environmental management and fire safety. Health and Safety projects must also be authorized by the Minnesota Department of Education. Capital funding for 2014-15 is $219.14 per pupil, or $17.83 more per pupil than this year. Solomon said the major reasons for the increase included adjustment to the basic operating capital allowance to compensate for the elimination of marginal cost pupil units and the new unit weights; the sliding scale rate based on age of buildings; the learning year rate and an increase of 638 adjusted pupil units. The board is expected to take action on the detailed 2014-15 capital expenditure budget based on these guidelines at its April 28 board meeting. Solomon noted that sealed bids for bid package #2 for the EC/ABE facility were opened on February 4 (Exhibit F). The exhibit listed each contract included in bid package #2 along with the opened results. At the board table there was a letter from Bossardt’s Project Manager Shane Butler dated February 7, 2014 with recommendations for partial contract awards for bid package #2. Wold and Bossardt are still meeting with contractors for clarification on some of the bids and those items will be presented at a later date.

The board was asked to award the following contracts totaling $3,643,309: • #0330 CIP concrete/excavation to Northland Concrete & Masonry Company, LLC for $388,275; • #0340 structural precast concrete to Molin Concrete Products, Co. for $254,087; • #0420 masonry/brick/architectural precast to Gresser Co., Inc. for $1,135,200; • #0512 structural steel-supply to Thurnbeck Steel Fabrication, Inc. for $413,000; • #0750 roofing to Diverse Construction Services, LLC for $395,400; • #0810 metal doors/wood doors/frames/hardware –supply to Kendell Door, Inc. for $162,395; • #0840 aluminum entrances/ storefronts/windows/curtainwall to Envision Glass, Inc. for $425,222; • #0950 acoustical ceilings/ acoustical wall panels to Acoustics Associates, Inc. for $152,830, and • #1230 pre-manufactured casework to Lance Service, Inc. for $316,900. The board was asked to approve rejecting and rebidding the following contracts: • #0510 structural steel-erection; • #0741 metal panels, and • #1165 athletic recreation equipment. Motion by Schutte, seconded by Albright and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve nine contracts and reject and rebid three contracts. Director of Secondary Education Mark Park presented the annual Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) Resolution of Concurrence approved by NAPAC at its January 16 meeting (Exhibit G) and thanked members who serve on that committee. Parr noted a parent and student focus group communicated that there exists a high satisfaction level with the program. Some areas of suggested improvement include providing more culturally related activities; hiring more diverse staff; researching possibilities for career explorations and pathways; identifying and encouraging middle school students to take advantage of the program, and accessing electronic devices for use with school assignments. Parr reported the results of the district’s Native American students in relation to results for all Minnesota students on the Minnesota Comprehensive Achievement (MCAs) tests. Overall proficiency in math for District 196 students increased by seven percent over four years while the state average stayed the same. In reading proficiency increased by 10.6 percent in three years compared to the state’s 3.3 percent average and in science by 10.5 percent compared to a state average of 4.7 percent. District 196 Native American students exceeded the statewide percentage increase of 1.1 percent on the 2013 science test. Parr attributed the districts’ American Indian Education program, specifically Clarine Packineau and Jorja Valandra, with much of the credit for these impressive gains in student achievement. NAPAC members were introduced. Parent Carla Kurtz expressed her appreciation for the district’s support; recognized the contributions made by Packineau and Valandra, and commented on her experiences with the program, which she said is known throughout the metro area. Coulson reiterated Parr’s comment, said the program is an asset to District 196 and is one of the best in the state. Motion by Coulson, seconded Huusko and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve the resolution.

son, treasurer; Rob Duchscher, chairperson; Gary Huusko, clerk; Jackie Magnuson, vice chairperson; Mike Roseen and Superintendent Jane K. Berenz. Absent: Bob Schutte. Motion by Huusko, seconded by Coulson and carried, with four members voting in favor and no members voting in opposition, to approve the agenda. Motion by Huusko, seconded by Coulson and carried, with five members voting in favor and no members voting in opposition, to approve a resolution to expel a student immediately, for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, continuing through and including June 11, 2014 (Exhibit A). Motion by Huusko, seconded by Coulson and carried, with five members voting in favor and no members voting in opposition, to approve a resolution to expel a student immediately, for one calendar year, continuing through and including March 4, 2015 (Exhibit B). Roseen arrived at 5:45 p.m. Since being identified as having one or more racially isolated schools, District 196 has convened a Community Collaboration Council (CCC) every three years to prepare an Integration Plan for board approval and submission to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Integration and Educational Equity Coordinator Stacy Wells presented the work of the CCC and the proposed Integration Plan. Revenue from the state has declined by $89,000 from last year and stricter constraints have been placed on expenditures. Board members expressed concern that the focus of the plan is on reducing the achievement gap for black students and suggested the focus be on reducing the gap for all students. Director of Teaching and Learning Steve Troen shared the work of the Learning and Technology Vision Task Force. Board members agreed that it is important to build upon the technology already in use in our schools and began the discussion about how technology could be phased in at different grade levels, what professional development will look like and how the district would fund a sustainable technology plan. Duchscher left at 6:50 p.m. Director of Secondary Education Mark Parr and School District Attorney Jill Coyle led discussion about student discipline practices and educational support for students who are expelled. Coyle stated that federal and state trends are moving from punitive to preventative measures for disciplining students. They focus on improving school climate and avoiding exclusion of students whenever possible. We know that students of color are over-represented in expulsions and suspensions and having students out of school for extended periods of time has a negative effect on graduation. The trend in District 196 for expulsions and suspensions has been down. Keeping student and staff safety in mind, what is fair and what makes sense? The board agreed there are still some zero tolerance misbehaviors such as drugs and weapons. We can use a range of discipline or continue with our policies as they are -- the disclaimer is already in place that an administrator can recommend longer or shorter suspensions, expulsion, denial of privileges or referrals for mental health. Parr explained that using homebound instruction for expelled students has its issues. One possibility would be to use online learning for expelled students. The online learning could be done at home or in a centralized location. The District 196 Area Learning Center is currently educating some expelled students from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. after their regular student body has

left the building. One teacher is assigned to the students who are working online. Jackie Magnuson began the discussion about electronic board packets and has used BoardDocs with both the Minnesota School Boards Association and National School Boards Association for several years and recommends it as convenient and easy to use. Huusko raised a concern about confidentiality but was reassured that there are levels of access and password protection that prevent confidential documents from being shared with those who have no right to view them. The current contract with Granicus expires at the end of the fiscal year and we can run BoardDocs in addition to Granicus to ensure a seamless transition. Paper copies can still be made for board members who prefer them. Roseen left at 7:30 p.m. Motion by Magnuson, seconded by Albright and carried, with four members voting in favor and no members voting in opposition, to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 2014 188537

District officials were pleased to see that an overwhelming majority (96 percent) of students reported feeling safe at school. Furthermore, bullying appears to be on the decline among all age groups. Fifth- and sixthgraders experienced the greatest drop in bullying, with only 13 percent reporting they felt bullied in the 30 days prior to the survey. In 2010, 55 percent of fifth- and sixth-graders said they felt bullied. Of those who reported feeling bullied, the majority of students said they were harassed for their weight or appearance rather than for their race, gender or sexual orientation. Male students were more likely to be subjected to physical bullying and

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LEGAL NOTICES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 10, 2014 REGULAR BOARD MEETING Chairperson Rob Duchscher called the regular School Board meeting to order at 6 p.m. on February 10, 2014 at Dakota Ridge School. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the School Board. Present: Joel Albright, Art Coulson, treasurer; Rob Duchscher, chairperson; Gary Huusko, clerk; Jackie Magnuson, vice chairperson; Mike Roseen, Bob Schutte and Superintendent Jane K. Berenz. Motion by Huusko, seconded by Coulson and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve the agenda. The board recognized Cathy Kindem, Innovative Educational Programs Coordinator, who received a Presidential Award of Excellence in Science Teaching, and John Greene, Falcon Ridge Middle School, who was named Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Teacher of the Year. Berenz congratulated: • Students from Eagan and Eastview high schools who qualified for the state Once-Act Play Festival; • Members of the Eagan High School boys’ Nordic team and the Eastview High School girls’ Nordic team on qualifying for state, and eight students who qualified for the state alpine ski tournament; • Eastview High School dance team for qualifying for state competition; • School counselors for the important work they do, and • School Board members for their years of service. David Sears, a representative with the painters and allied trades, spoke to the glazing and drywall contracts in bid package #2 for the Early Learning/Adult Basic Education (EC/ABE) facility. He asked the board to use contractors that provide the same safety and training that the district would use on its staff. Motion by Roseen, seconded by Huusko and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve the following Consent items: Minutes of January 6 organization and regular, and January 27 special board meetings (Exhibits A1 and A2); Revisions to Sections 3, 4 and 5 of Policy 501, Admission to School (Exhibit A3); Claims for December 18, 2013-February 4, 2014 (Exhibit B1); Electronic funds transfer schedule for December 14, 2013-January 31, 2014 (Exhibit B2); Schedule of investments for December 14, 2013-January 31, 2014 (Exhibit B3); Treasurer’s reports for the months ending November 30 and December 31, 2013 (Exhibit B4); Gifts received by January 31, 2014 (Exhibit B5); Advertising revenue received by January 31, 2014 (Exhibit B6); A $4,000 Midwest Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to Cedar Park Elementary STEM School (Exhibit B7); A $2,000 assistive technology grant from the Minnesota Region Low Incidence Project-Region 11 for special education (Exhibit B8); Authorize advanced orders for cloth goods, lockers, carpeting, roofing, blacktop repair, structural wall repair and some major building projects (Exhibit B9); Separations, leaves of absence and new staff (Exhibit C1-Revised); Resolution for the termination and non-renewal of contracts for certain probationary teachers, long-term substitutes and re-em-

Director of Human Resources Tom Pederstuen presented the 2014-15 Staffing Allocation Guidelines (Exhibit H-Revised) and asked for board approval. The guidelines have minor changes to the alignment of District Office staffing without an increase in staffing; increases to kindergarten and elementary specialists due to full-day programming needs and others to meet enrollment needs. Motion by Huusko, seconded by Magnuson and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve the staffing guidelines. Director of Communications Tony Taschner and Legislative Advisory Council co-chair Gary Krueger presented recommendations for legislative priorities for the 2014 session for board approval (Exhibit I). The 2014 session is a non-funding session and has been dubbed the “unsession” by Governor Dayton to focus on eliminating unnecessary laws, rules and requirements so that governments can operate more efficiently. Taschner reviewed district advocacy efforts. Krueger and Taschner shared details of the three areas of district priorities. 1. School space, technology and security needs. This comprises increasing the lease levy and broadens its scope to give school district greater authority to levy for the space needed for full-day kindergarten and preschool programs; establishing a learning technology levy to fund ongoing technology costs in schools and increasing the safe schools levy to give districts additional local funding authority to maintain learning environments that meet growing expectations for safety and security. 2. Fewer mandates and greater local control. The three parts involve increasing local authority and flexibility regarding the use of compensatory revenue; reducing increasingly burdensome special education reporting requirements and eliminating the requirement to publish meeting minutes and budget information in a legal newspaper. 3. Lease levy authority for a transportation facility. This would grant District 196 one-time authority to use lease levy funds for the purchase of a transportation facility located in another part of the district and save $500,000 per year by reducing driver-time and mileage costs and eliminating the need for 35 more expensive contracted bus routes. Motion by Huusko, seconded by Schutte and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to approve the priorities. Berenz announced nominations for the Andrew Christopher Randall Travel Award are being accepted. She reported that at the December 9 board meeting, Apple Valley resident Leslie Henschel shared concerns about a handout on constitutional amendments. It was discovered there was a printing error in which amendments 11 through 22 were inadvertently left off. Motion by Roseen, seconded by Schutte and carried, with seven members voting in favor and no member voting in opposition, to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 2014 188531

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 MINUTES OF MARCH 4, 2014 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Chairperson Rob Duchscher called the special School Board meeting to order at 5:25 p.m. on March 4, 2014 at the District Office. Present: Joel Albright, Art Coul-


A Public Hearing will be held on March 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville Planning Commission, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on the application of the City of Burnsville for housekeeping amendments to sections of the City Code, Title 1 (Chapter 1), Title 3 (Chapter 20), Title 4 (Chapters 1, 4, 7 and 8) Title 7 (Chapter 1) Title 10 (Chapters 4-8, 12, 12B-24, 26, 26A, 26B, 28-30A) Title 11 (Chapter 11), to update regulations to be consistent with current policies, correct language, add or correct code citations and cross references, correct punctuation and add language to clarify standards and requirements. The application will be scheduled for the next appropriate City Council meeting following the Planning Commission meeting. All persons desiring to speak on this application are encouraged to attend. For more information concerning this request, please contact Planner Chris Slania (952) 895-4451 at the City of Burnsville. Chris Slania On Behalf of the Chair of the Burnsville Planning Commission Published in Burnsville/Eagan March 14, 21, 2014 188318

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 2014 CARPET AND OTHER FLOORING REPLACEMENT Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the 2014 Carpet and Other Flooring Replacement by Independent School District 196, at the Facilities Department, 14445 Diamond Path West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2:00 p.m. local time on Friday, March 21, 2014, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196. org/District/LegalNotices/index. cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact the Facilities Department at (651) 423-7591. Gary Huusko, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan March 7, 14, 2014 184953

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FARMINGTON: 713 2ND St. Mar 20 & 21 8am-5p, Mar. 22nd 8am-1pm, Tools & furn. Craft/Painting .

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Thursdays 7:30 PM A closed, mixed meeting at Grace United Methodist Church

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East Frontage Road of I 35 across from Buck Hill - Burnsville

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1 & 2BR (2BA & 2 AC), $650 & $850 800/1200SF, Dishw, large balcony, Garage/$50mo. 16829 Toronto Ave SE Prior Lake 612-824-7554

Apple Valley Office Suites available. Rents $350$450/mo. Avl. April 1. 14530 Pennock Ave. 952432-4666

5500 EMPLOYMENT 5510 Full-time Anchor Block Company has FT openings for 1st Shift Forklift; 2nd Shift Forklift; and 2nd Shift Machine Operator at our Shakopee Plant. Must maintain clear communication with coworkers for efficient operation. Apply via email: or call Human Resources at: 952-933-8855


1BR Apartment $645/mo., Heat included Garage available 612-722-4887

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

Farmington: 2BR, On site laundry. Heat pd. No pets. $705. 612-670-4777

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DRIVERS-HOME WEEKLY! Ashley Distribution Services offers Paid VACA, 4 0 1 k , Me d / L i f e / D r u g / Dental! for the following positions: *Truckload* UP to $58-$62K/1st YEAR *No Touch Deliveries *LTL Drivers- *UP to $65-$75K/1st YEAR*Ability to Enter Canada. Class A CDL & at least 1 year current OTR exp. Clean MVR/PSP Reports. Call 1-800-837-2241 8AM to 4PM CST for info & app or email: jobs@ ashleydistributionservices. com or www. ashleydistributionservices. com to apply under jobs.

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651-460-6555 FT Openings: for our Plumbing & Heating Co. Exp. preferred, will train. Ron 612-221-5995

Hiring Bonus! Irrigation & Fertilization Technicians, Lawn Crew Members. www. or 952-403-9012


JD Woodcraft, high-end custom cabinet & millwork shop in Lakeville seeking motivated, detail-oriented cabinet makers & installers. Must have high quality standards. Minimum 3 yrs experience. Competitive salary, full benefit package. Salary DOE. Send resume to: cabinetmakers@

Need extra money? I am looking to contract adults to deliver the Star Tribune newspaper and other related publications in the Apple Valley/Burnsville/Eagan/IGH/Savage areas. This is early morning work that requires a reliable vehicle and a cell phone. Profit potential is $500 to $1000 per month. For more information please contact John at 952-895-1910 or

Staff Writer The Stillwater Gazette seeks a full-time staff writer to handle writing and photo duties. Strong reporting, photography and InDesign experience is ideal. Must have a degree in journalism or related field. The Gazette is a twiceweekly paper in a beautiful city near St. Paul. This position is a great opportunity for a reporter interested in covering a variety of topics. The Gazette offers competitive wages plus benefits. (Stillwater Gazette is a drug-free workplace - preemployment drug screen required.)If you would like to join our fast-paced and professional team, please email your cover letter, resume, references and writing samples to Managing Editor Jonathan Young at jonathan.young@ecm-inc. com.

5520 Part-time Automotive PT Weekends Counterperson at U Pull R Parts Rosemount 651-322-1800

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Pr of Loveseats, Qu bed set, 4 Mersman end tables, Swivel rocker 952-431-7905

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Farmington, House 3&4 br, 2 ba, dbl gar w/appliances, fenced yard. Exc cond - must see! By Owner, Avail Mar, Apr or May Call 612-804-7591.

US Coins, Currency Proofs, Mint Sets, Collections, Gold & 14K Jewelry Will Travel. 30 yrs exp Cash! Dick 612-986-2566

Old Stereo / Hifi equip. 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Nice! My folks SUV! No rust! 132k mi, straight 6, 4.2 L. Leather/htd seats, 3 row seating. Rear heat/ AC, Bose stereo, DVD player. Factory GPS, OnStar. New brakes, battery, water pump & serpentine belt, $7,300. Brady 612-282-8128. Can txt!

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Bus Driver (PT) Rosemount

MRCI WorkSource is seeking a PT Driver to work split shift hours 7-9:00am and 2:30-4:30pm, M-F, paid time off and eligibility for retirement. H.S diploma/ GED, previous experience, valid license & good driving record. Basic knowledge of individuals with developmental disabilities & interpersonal communication skills preferred. To find out more, contact Sharon at 651.423.8900 or visit www. /careers.html and complete an application today.

General Office Cleaning 5pm-9pm Mon-Fri. Coon Rapids, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, New Hope Fridley, Ham Lake, and St Francis. Apply in person Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. Mid-City Cleaning 8000 University Ave. NE. Fridley. 763-571-9056

Do you have some spare time on Thurs/Friday? Earn some extra cash! ECM DISTRIBUTION is looking for you! We currently have motor routes in Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville. A typical route takes 1 to 2 hours. Motor routes require a reliable vehicle. Delivery time frames are long enough to allow flexibility for your schedule. Give us a call for more details.

Home Care Agency looking for exp. PCA to take care of female client in wheelchair. Every Wed., Friday & Sunday 1-11PM E/O Saturday 1-11PM. If interested please call 651-690-5352

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Religion Spiritual Wellness Fair Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, will host a Spiritual Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Resiliency.â&#x20AC;? Ted Bowman, a poet, writer and educator, is the featured speaker. The fair includes a cooking demonstration by chef Marshall Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, displays on various aspects of wellness, health care professionals, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, free massages and samples of healthy food. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring an item of canned food for Our Daily Bread Food Shelf.

Bible class for adults with special needs

Lenten, Easter programs Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley will present a series of special services and devotions during Lent, culminating on Easter Sunday, April 20. The theme of the series is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cross-Training.â&#x20AC;? During the Lenten season, the Meet

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in the Middle (M&M) after-school activities will continue on Wednesdays. From 6-7 p.m., there will be a meal with devotions for people of all ages. All activities will be suspended on Wednesday, April 16. A kid-friendly Maundy Thursday potluck dinner will be 7 p.m. on April 17. Attendees will reenact Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Last Supper and will feed each other. A communion worship will follow dinner. The choir will perform a cantata for Easter Sunday and communion will be served. Spirit of Life is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. For more information, call 952-423-2212 or visit

A Bible class for adults with special learning needs meets from 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays at Hope Church, 7477 145th St. W., Apple Valley, 952-431-6500. The class uses Lifewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Access curriculum ( Contact Linda King at 612-810-2767 for more information.

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Identity theft workshop A free workshop on identity theft will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut St., Farmington. The workshop is sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Workbooks will be provided and complimentary pie and coffee will be served. Sign up before March 18 by contacting Germaine Beyl at 651-4631010 or

St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fish fry The Church of St. Michael will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the church social hall at 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. The menu includes fried Alaskan pollock, potato side, coleslaw, dinner rolls, juice, coffee, milk and ice cream. Good-will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds will go towards Church of St. Michael charitable causes.

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18A March 14, 2014 SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan

BRIDGE, from 1A rapid transit line scheduled to launch in 2018 on Interstate 35W. The MVTA is also preparing to add Prior Lake and Shakopee to its bus service area, which would make the transit station even busier, Albrecht said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is going to be a transit hub substantially beyond what it is today,â&#x20AC;? he said. A site on Travelers

Trail in the Heart of the City is also possible for the Orange Line stop, Albrecht said. The bridge would provide a link between the stop and the transit station. Highway 13 carries 30,000 to 35,000 vehicles a day at Nicollet in a 50 mph zone, Albrecht said. Pedestrians must cross six lanes, plus a westbound right-turn lane. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;refuge medianâ&#x20AC;? for those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it one cycle, accord-

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ALCOHOL, from 1A er this: Those arrested for DWI can serve jail time, lose their driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, their jobs, their quality of life and spend about $10,000 in court costs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that the average alcohol-related fatality in Minnesota costs $5.5 million in medical, property damage, insurance and court costs, according to a University of West Virginia study. Alcohol-related crashes cost the people of Minnesota more than $1 billion each year, the study reported. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety encourages those who celebrate with alcohol and need transportation to plan for a safe ride. Those who are on the roads this weekend should wear a seat belt, which the department says is their best defense against a drunken driver, and call 911 if they see a motorist driving while impaired. OFFICER, from 1A Certification of Excellence. But Hasselman was forced to retire Razor after a busy 2013 that earned Hasselman Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Officer of the Year award. He deflects much credit for the honor, announced March 4, to his partnerturned-housepet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He still misses going to work,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He hears me starting my car in the morning and I can hear him howling at me.â&#x20AC;? One of two Burnsville canine officers, Hasselman taught social studies at the

ing to Albrecht, who said crossing is too daunting for some. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The road is only going to get more difficult to get across,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen pedestrians this winter standing on snow piles in the median waiting for the light to change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was really, really dangerous, I thought,â&#x20AC;? she said. The idea of a pedestrian bridge at 13 and

The seven people who participated in Rosemountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controlled drinking event had a wide range of reactions as they drank and were tested using a breathalyzer periodically. When one 21-year-old man who had a couple of drinks was asked before he was tested if he would drive, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No way, not a chance.â&#x20AC;? He tested at 0.04, half the legal limit. A man who was about 80 pounds heavier than a similarly aged woman registered the same BAC even though the man had consumed twice as much alcohol. Zajac said alcohol affects every person in different ways. While it takes a short time for alcohol to impair oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senses, it takes a longer time for its effect to wear off, he said. Another man tested at a higher BAC a few minutes after

alternative high school in Stillwater for six years before revisiting an old ambition to become a cop. He earned his police certification and was hired as a Burnsville patrol officer in 2006. He later trained for canine duty and hit the street with Razor in 2011. A Slovakian import, Razor was one of Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first two dogs bought and trained with community contributions instead of department funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met a lot of people who had donated,â&#x20AC;? said Hasselman, who visited many classrooms and other community venues with

a previous test even though he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had another drink. Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Dan Marose said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why people who feel they are too drunk to drive shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;wait it outâ&#x20AC;? because they may actually be becoming more intoxicated without having another drink. Marose points out that studies have shown that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;buzzâ&#x20AC;? from alcohol impairs oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision-making as it â&#x20AC;&#x153;tricksâ&#x20AC;? people into thinking they are OK to drive when they are really over the legal limit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and have been for some time. While law enforcement officials say publicity in advance of holidays like St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is important, they also used the event to demonstrate their skill at detecting if someone has been drinking by noticing changes in their speech or appearance, such as having glassy or red eyes. They say that those who have

his goodwill ambassador. Partners for three years, he and Razor â&#x20AC;&#x153;found a lot of bad guys,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was always looking for work, so to speak,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an incredible police dog. I was very lucky to have him. He did things that to this day still amaze me.â&#x20AC;? In February 2013 officers responded to a home where an intoxicated, knife-wielding man had broken into an ex-girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment and assaulted her by strangulation before fleeing. After searching the building and underground


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been drinking and think they can â&#x20AC;&#x153;fake outâ&#x20AC;? an officer will find it nearly impossible, since many officers have years of experience dealing with drunken drivers.

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The bridge would likely have a high initial cost per pedestrian, Albrecht said, but use would grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much transit-related,â&#x20AC;? he said. But the city does hear from some people who live in the Heart of the City and have trouble making the crossing, Albrecht said. John Gessner can be reached at 952-846-2031 or email

Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount or one of five other cities specifically looking for drunken drivers. In 2013, the officers involved in the effort handed out 15,528 violations, including 125 DWI arrests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That shows the success of the program,â&#x20AC;? Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It works because of all of the agencies working together.â&#x20AC;? A grant of $307,375 paid for 6,487 hours of the officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time in 2013, and a grant of $354,976 is expected to fund a similar amount of hours in 2014. It cost about $20 of officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time for each DWI, seat belt, child restraint, speeding, warrant arrest, texting and other violations logged.

From 2008-2012, approximately 130 people died annually in drunken-driving crashes. That statistic dropped to 93 in 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too many spouses, parents or siblings that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever be home to celebrate St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day or any other holiday,â&#x20AC;? Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said. Toward Zero Deathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enforcement effort aims to reduce that number to zero through the rotating targeted enforcement every weekend in Dakota Email Tad Johnson County. On any given weekend, 12 more officers will be in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan,

garage, officers called on Razor, who picked up the scent and led them a quarter mile to a backyard full of sheds and old cars and a deck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were back there for quite a while,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could see Razor was very interested and could tell by his behavior we were close.â&#x20AC;? Razor found the suspect under the deck, a space too small for the human cops to crawl into. So Razor went in and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pulled the guy out,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This guy, I believe, had already been in prison,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fairly confident he is probably in there now. ... Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the rewarding stuff, when you can find people that definitely need to go to jail. I remember the victim talking to one of my partners about how good she felt about what we all did.â&#x20AC;? The Hasselman-Razor team was used more than 75 times last year from January through November, according to Burnsville police Sgt. Brent Murray, who nominated Hasselman for Officer of the Year. In September, Razor found the magazine and ammunition allegedly left by a fleeing Anthony Lee Nelson, who would be charged with the fatal

Sept. 22 shooting at Ninaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill in Burnsville and is a suspect in the subsequent murder of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk in Rosemount. In January the team found a cash drawer after being called to assist on a bank robbery in Savage. Evidence from the drawer helped link the suspects to the robbery. Within 24 hours after Razor pulled the assault suspect from under the deck, he and Hasselman were at the scene of another domestic assault, where the suspect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who was thought to be under the influence of drugs and had a history of assault, including against police officers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was barricaded in a bedroom. They found and arrested him. In April Razor caught a residential burglary suspect. When Hasselman caught up to them after the chase, Razor bit and held on to the suspect, who scuffled with Hasselman after charging at him. In July Razor charged into tall grass and apprehended a suspect who had led police on a chase that began in Roseville. Razor was also used on SWAT calls, for which his handler took specialized training. And, Hasselman said, the team made 20 or more


goodwill appearances a year in schools and the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was so amazing on the road and doing street work, but he was incredibly gentle, incredibly friendly,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman said. After returning from D.C. Hasselman took his partner to University of Minnesota veterinarians, who discovered severe disc damage caused by a spinal disease, Hasselman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw the MRI image, it was very difficult to see. ... I could see his spine literally sticking up into his disc, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what was causing him the pain,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rest and periodic medication will allow Razor to live as a housedog while Hasselman takes on a new trainee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a dog from Germany named Rex who is set to graduate from police canine training May 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel very lucky to be continuing in the canine role,â&#x20AC;? Hasselman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine doing this job right now without a dog. I love watching the progression of training a police dog. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most amazing thing you can see.â&#x20AC;? John Gessner can be reached at (952) 846-2031 or email

MNsure workshops added In partnership with the Dakota County Library and Portico Healthnet, Dakota County Community Services is adding three new workshops to assist people in applying for new MNsure health care programs before the open enrollment deadline of March 31. MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans and choose from a variety of companies to find coverage. Library workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates: â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March

19, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan; 651-450-2900. â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 25, at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley; 952-891-7045. â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 27, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville; 952-891-0300. An application counselor will help attendees set up a MNsure account online, guide them through the application and answer any questions they might have. Anyone interested in attending should bring the names, dates of birth, incomes and Social Secu-

rity numbers of anyone in their household applying for health care coverage. Registration is required by calling a specific library branch to sign up for its workshop. In addition to the library workshops, a computer lab is available to residents from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on the second floor of the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St. Paul. No appointment is necessary, and there will be staff support to answer questions and assist residents.

Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinship gets grant Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinship has received a grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to support its youth mentoring program. Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to provide friendships and positive role models to youths ages 5-16 who are primarily from single-parent families. The goal is that the youth will form a long-term friendship with an adult. Through their Kinship

relationship, youth receive positive attention, experience a variety of activities, and are helped to develop the sense of self-worth that is essential to successfully functioning in school, in healthy relationships and eventually on the job. Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinship is seeking volunteers: â&#x20AC;˘ To provide support, encouragement and friendship to a child or youth through weekly activities.

â&#x20AC;˘ To mentor a student through the school-based program. Individuals, couples and families who have a desire to be a role model and friend to a child or youth can attend an information session from 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville. More information is at

SUN THISWEEK - Burnsville - Eagan March 14, 2014 19A

Thisweekend Oenophile intrigues Author of winery mystery series featured at Rosemount library event by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Wine country is awash in mystery in the fiction of Barbara Ellen Brink. The Rosemount author of the Fredrickson Winery mystery series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is set at a small California winery and includes the novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entangled,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crushedâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savorâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be appearing at the Robert Trail Library on Tuesday, March 18, as part of the ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Authorâ&#x20AC;? series sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Admission is free to the 6:30-8 p.m. library event, which will see the author reading excerpts from the three winery novels. Brink took time recently to talk with Sun Thisweek about her writing rituals, the secrets to writing suspense and why wine country makes a good setting for murder. Q: What inspired you to write a mystery series set at a winery? A: Inspiration comes in strange and varied ways. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dreamed whole book plots while sleeping. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been inspired by personal

Barbara Ellen Brink stories of people I know. Sometimes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read an article or heard a news story that set my mind spinning with â&#x20AC;&#x153;what ifs.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically what happened when I started â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entangled,â&#x20AC;? the first winery novel. It was around 2006 when I noticed how wine had become a huge story in the news. Articles were being written about new vineyards, wine tasting parties and the growth of the industry. I thought with so many people in love with wine and so many mystery lovers out there, that the two should go hand in hand. Q: At what point in your life did you know you

wanted to be a writer? A: I always loved writing, and after high school, I even considered going into journalism. But life took over and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have time to give it serious thought once I was married and had children. About 14 years ago, I decided it was time. I started writing again and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped since. Q: What is your writing strategy? Do you have any writing rituals? A: My strategy for writing a novel is to keep my rear in the chair and continue writing even when the inspiration disappears. Inspiration is just a glimmer of an idea. The actual writing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; putting one sentence after another â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is hard work. I have a home office where I write. Some writers say they can write at the coffee shop or in a crowded restaurant, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a creature of habit and I need solitude to concentrate. Besides, it can be embarrassing if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking back to the characters in your head and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting all alone. The only rituals I have

would be to have plenty of coffee on hand, my snack drawer stocked with chocolate and almonds, and a good book to read when I need a break from my own writing. Q: Which authors have inspired you? A: I tend to read a lot of thrillers, suspense and mysteries for the very same reason that I write them. I like solving the puzzle. The problem is, I often solve the puzzle way too soon. But there are some authors that are masters at keeping secrets to the end. Some of my favorites are Patricia Cornwell, Linda Fairstein, Sibella Giorello and Steven James, to name just a few. Q: Any book projects currently in the works? A: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on a murder mystery set right here in the southern suburbs of St. Paul. Young women are going missing and a female reporter with the local news station teams up with a detective to solve the case. Email Andrew Miller at

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theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy.

Books Barbara Ellen Brink, author of The Frederickson Winery novels, a mystery series set at a California vineyard, book signing, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Cary J. Griffith, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolves,â&#x20AC;? which is nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in the genre fiction category, book signing, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Apple Valley Barnes & Noble. Exhibits Burnsville Visual Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Fete, Feb. 13 to March 23, Burnsville Performing Arts Center gallery, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Information: 952895-4685. Music â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave and Ted Present: What a Wonderful World,â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets: $15, online at or at the Arts Center. Information: 952-985-4640. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets: $25 in advance at or at the Arts Center; $28 at the door. Information: 952-985-4640. â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964â&#x20AC;ŚThe Tribute,â&#x20AC;? Beatles tribute, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets: $30-$40 at the box office, by phone at 800982-8787 or online at 651 Jazz, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, part of Rosemountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Steeple Centerâ&#x20AC;? concert series, 14375 S. Robert Trail. Tickets: $5 at the door. Baroque music concert by the Dakota Valley Symphony, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from $5-$16 at the box office, by phone at 800-982-8787 or online at

Community Center or online at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lightwire: The Show,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets: $30-$40 at the box office, by phone at 800-982-8787 or online at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Mermaid Jr.,â&#x20AC;? presented by Kenwood Trail Middle School, 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the Kenwood Trail Middle School auditorium, 19455 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. Tickets available at the door: $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for children age 4 and younger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footloose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Musical,â&#x20AC;? presented by The Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Thing Productions performs at the Lakeville Area Arts Center March 21-22, 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at LakevilleAreaArtsCenter. com. Information: or 952985-4640. Spencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theatre of Illusion,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets: $30-$40 at the box office, by phone at 800982-8787 or online at

Workshops/classes/other Music and Movement Class with Music Together, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23; 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 24; 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 26; 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 28; at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. For children from birth to kindergarten and the grown-ups who love them. Free. Information: Joy of Photography, 6:309 p.m. Wednesdays, March 19, 26, and April 2, plus an optional session Saturday, March 22, at the Minnesota Zoo. Class meets at the Steeple Center in Rosemount. Cost: $50. Register at Danceline prep workshop, 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, April 9 through May 7, at DanceWorks Performing Arts Center, Lakeville. Instructor: Lisa Orth. Cost: $60. Information: Art-themed birthday parties are offered by the Eagan Theater Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;B-I-N-G-O Spells Mur- S. Cost: $125-$135 for up to 10 der,â&#x20AC;? presented by the Eagan people. Additional guests are Theater Company and Eagan $12.50 per child. Supplies pro55 Plus/Seniors, Thursday, vided. Information: 651-675March 13, and Friday, March 5521. 14, at the Eagan Community Winter art classes are open Center, 1501 Central Parkway. for registration at the Eagan Art Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. $40 (includes dinner, perfor- Information: www.cityofeagan. mance and bingo card). Lim- com/index.php/recreation/eaited seating available. Purchase gan-art-house, 651-675-5521. tickets in person at the Eagan Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Bat-

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tle, 4-5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, 952-953-2385. Ages 12-18. Adult painting open studio, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: 651-6755521. Drawing & Painting (adults and teens) with Christine Tierney, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville. Information: www., 612-2103377. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5-7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, 651-214-4732. Act-Sing-Dance winter session enrollment open for ages 7-17. Burnsville location. Information: 952-220-1676, Drama Interaction. Homeschool Theatre Program, winter session open enrollment, Wednesdays, ages 7-17. In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952-736-3644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952-736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Information: 651-675-5500. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at 651-315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30-4 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn 651-463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m. to noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn 651-4637833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages,, 952-985-4640. Rosemount History Book Club meets 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, 952-2558545 or

Twin Cities bluegrass quartet Ivory Bridge is set to perform March 20 as part of the ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bluegrass at the Steeple Centerâ&#x20AC;? series at the Rosemount venue located at 14375 S. Robert Trail. The band â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring, from left, Bill Liners, Kathe Liners, Jim Tordoff and John Bodle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; combines original numbers with traditional Americana and gospel music. The series sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council offers a different bluegrass band each month, January through May; other acts booked include Marty Marone and the Blue Moon Boys (April 17) and the Roe Family Singers (May 15). Tickets for all the shows, which run from 7-9 p.m., are $5 and can be purchased at the arts councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,, and in person at the Steeple Center.

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Friday, March 14 Home & Leisure Show, 3-7 p.m., Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road. Free admission and free seminars. Information: Fish fry dinner, 5-8 p.m., Lakeville VFW Post 210. Allyou-can-eat fish (broiled or fried) dinner, salad and soup bar included. Cost: $10.95 for adults, $7.95 for children age 10 and younger. Information: 952-469-5717. Fish fry dinner, 5-8 p.m., Rosemount VFW Post 9433. All-you-can-eat. Cost: $11. Information: 651-423-9938. Lenten fish dinner by the Faithful Shepherd Knights of Columbus, 5-7 p.m., St. John Neumann Parish Social Hall, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. All-you-can-eat fish, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and ice cream; takeout orders available from the curb. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children (3-10 years), and free under 3. Saturday, March 15 Home & Leisure Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road. Free admission and free seminars. Information: 2014 Landscape & Home Expo & Consumer Showcase, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Ave. Free admission. Information: Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, 952-469-2020. Rosemount High School Art & Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3335 142nd St. W.,

Rosemount. Free admission. Adjusting to Life Beyond Divorce and Looking to the Future, 9-11 a.m., InnerLight Healing Center, 17305 Cedar Ave. S., Lakeville. Cost: $39. Registration/information:, 952-435-4144. Family History Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lakeville Stake Center, 18460 Kachina Court. The free event includes presentations from RootsTech 2014, live classes and free time in the Family History Center. For more information and to sign up, visit org/familyhistoryfair.

to make homes attractive and enticing to buyers. Presented by Patty Farris, interior designer, and Denise Sjoberg, Realtor. Free. Friday, March 21 Fish fry dinner, 5-8 p.m., Lakeville VFW Post 210. Allyou-can-eat fish (broiled or fried) dinner, salad and soup bar included. Cost: $10.95 for adults, $7.95 for children age 10 and younger. Information: 952-469-5717. Fish fry dinner, 5-8 p.m., Rosemount VFW Post 9433. All-you-can-eat. Cost: $11. Information: 651-423-9938.

Sunday, March 16 St. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day dinner special, Rosemount VFW Post 9433. Information: 651-4239938.

Thursday, March 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using DNA in Genealogy,â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m., Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. Sponsored by the Dakota Wednesday, March 19 County Genealogical Society. Advance Care Planning Free. Information: Dick Thill, class, 1 p.m., Burnsville 651-248-9251. Park Nicollet, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, in the third Blood drives floor administration conferThe American Red Cross ence room A. Free, but reg- will hold the following blood istration is required. Call drives. Call 1-800-RED 952-993-3454 for more infor- CROSS (1-800-733-2767) mation or to register. or visit to make an appointment or for Thursday, March 20 more information. Identity theft workâ&#x20AC;˘ March 15, 9 a.m. to 2 shop, 7 p.m., Trinity Lu- p.m., Crown of Life Luthertheran Church, 600 Walnut an Church, 4150 Pilot Knob St., Farmington. Sponsored Road, Eagan. by Thrivent Financial. Free. â&#x20AC;˘ March 15, 10 a.m. to 3 Complimentary pie and cof- p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 fee served. Sign up before Wescott Road, Eagan. March 18 by calling Gerâ&#x20AC;˘ March 21, 1-6 p.m., Carmaine Beyl at 651-463-1010 mike 15 Theatres, 15630 Ceor email germaine.beyl@thri- dar Ave., Apple Valley. â&#x20AC;˘ March 21, noon to 6 Home staging seminar, p.m., Kowalskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, 7-8 p.m., Rosemount Com- 1646 Diffley Road, Eagan. munity Center, Room 215, â&#x20AC;˘ March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 13885 S. Robert Trail. Learn p.m., Brunswick Zone XL, the tricks professional stag- 11129 162nd St. W., Lakeers and real estate agents use ville.






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