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www.SunThisweek.com news A safer intersection The City of Lakeville and Dakota County are teaming up to revamp one of the city’s most dangerous intersections. Page 3A

Farmington | Lakeville April 6, 2012 | Volume 33 | Number 6

Teens battle against

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opinion Sun Thisweek’s new home Larry Werner, general manager and editor of Sun Thisweek, writes about the newspaper’s new location in Apple Valley’s Central Village. Page 4A

Synthetic marijuana dangers shift to Internet

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Drug has disappeared from tobacco shop shelves in Dakota County

Teens take comfort in sober school County, local organizations work toward prevention

by Jessica Harper Sun Thisweek

Lakeville violin virtuoso returns Seventeen-year-old musical prodigy Chad Hoopes is returning to his hometown April 29 for a concert at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Page 3B

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Meg Chevalier will never forget the night her brother brought her home from a late-night drug binge. The Dakota County teen had lived away from home for some time and quickly felt ashamed upon seeing the disheartened look upon her mother’s face. It was then, at age 15, she hit rock bottom. “It hurt to see what I was doing to her,” Che-

valier said. “My mom is so important to me. She’s always been supportive of everything I did.” Though she remained at the bottom for a short time, Chevalier attempted to get sober on her own during her sophomore year of high school. Soon temptation became too great and Chevalier relapsed several times. Many of her friends at school also abused substances, making sobriety nearly impossible.

Chevalier, now 17, decided to start over by enrolling in Alliance Academy, a public charter school that provides a sober environment for teens who struggle with drugs and alcohol. “I found exactly what I was looking for in this school,” said Chevalier, who has been sober for 16 months. While attending the Burnsville school, ChevaSee teens, 7A

by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek

For parents concerned about the prospect of their kids trying synthetic marijuana, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, at least in the south metro area, it appears the drug is no longer available at tobacco shops, gas stations, or “head” shops. The bad news: Illegal or not, synthetic marijuana is still availFile photo able online. Apple Valley Police Officer Legislation was passed Mike Eliason testified at in Minnesota last year that the state Capitol last year outlaws sale and possession in support of legislation outof synthetic marijuana, lawing the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. See synthetic, 10A

Youth drug trends: Meth use declines; pot, heroin on the rise by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Tigers on track for another run The majority of the athletes off last season’s fourth-place Farmington girls track and field team are back. Page 12A

Online Check out the new Sun Thisweek website at www.SunThisweek.com. Read an update to today’s story about a third McDonald’s proposed in Lakeville. Read guest editorials from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and a Yellow Medicine county commissioner. Like the Sun Thisweek Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ sunthisweek.

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For four years, one Dakota County juvenile sustained his prescription drug addiction by raiding other people’s medicine cabinets. People don’t realize that the bathroom is the one room in a house that gives people complete privacy to snoop, to gather, to take, says one Dakota County chemical health social

Carol James Falkowski Backstrom worker. Prescription drug abuse among teens is a growing trend in Dakota County that officials say is a lead-

ing cause for the rise in heroin addictions among young adults. Past-year use of prescription pain killers was reported by 6.3 percent of Minnesota 12th-graders in 2010, according to a January 2011, National Institute on Drug Abuse report. Those types of prescription narcotics, like Oxycontin and Vicodin, are highly

Felony charge follows drunken standoff with police by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek

A Farmington man has been charged with a felony after a standoff with police that reportedly saw him clutching a pistol in one hand and a bottle of tequila in the other. Police say Cameron B. Ackland, 46, was showing signs of “extreme intoxication” when he pointed a gun at officers during the standoff March 11 alongside a quiet country road in Empire Township. The criminal complaint gives the following account of the incident: A Dakota County sheriff ’s deputy was dispatched to the area of Blaine Avenue and 17th Street around 2:30 p.m. March 11 on a report of a man staggering around a vehicle parked near a grove of trees. The deputy located the

vehicle and ran a license plate check, which gave emergency alert that the driver was possibly suicidal and in possession of a gun. Additional sheriff ’s deputies, police officers, and an armored vehicle arrived and were positioned about 50 yards behind Ackland’s vehicle. Police observed a liquor bottle in Ackland’s right hand, from which he occasionally took a drink, and a silver handgun in his other hand. Ackland was repeatedly ordered to put down the gun but did not respond. Ackland gestured with the gun toward officers “in a jabbing motion,” the complaint said. He staggered toward them, lurched to the side of the road and fell down. The gun remained in Ackland’s hand, and police used the armored ve-

hicle to approach him. Ackland was taken into custody and transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for evaluation. Police recovered from the ground an unloaded .38-caliber revolver and an empty bottle of tequila. Ackland has been charged with second-degree assault for allegedly threatening police with the handgun. The felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. He also was charged with carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol and carrying a pistol without a permit, both gross misdemeanors. Andrew Miller can be reached at andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

addictive opiates that produce a placid euphoria. Youths who try them may not realize their inherent danger, said Carol Falkowski, Minnesota Department of Health drug abuse strategy officer, because they have grown up in a pill-popping culture. “Eighty-five percent of our population takes pills every day for one reason or another,” Falkowski

said. “Children growing up are very used to seeing pill-taking. They see parents and relatives take pills, they may have siblings on medication. They see kids in grade schools line up at lunch time at the nurse’s office to take pills. It’s part of the culture.” Apple Valley High School resource officer Michael Eliason said some See meth, 6A

Steady enrollment decline projected in District 194 Next five years see potential revenue decreases

by Aaron Vehling Sun Thisweek

According to the estimate of State Demographer Tom Gillaspy, by 2020 the number of Minnesotans of retirement age will exceed that of children in the K-12 age bracket. Lakeville’s public school system is already experiencing that dynamic change. Demographic consultant Hazel Reinhardt projects the district will lose between 143 and 651 students over the next five years, with the weight toward the larger number. She attributes the decline to the aging of the residents in the district’s attendance area. “The district’s population is aging out of the

prime childbearing years,” she said in a presentation to the Lakeville School Board earlier this month. So with more emptynesters and an increasing focus on senior housing, there are fewer children to attend the schools. To add to that, Reinhardt said that fewer single-family, detached houses are being built. This poses a problem for the district because “90 percent of resident students come from the single-family detached units.” An additional issue is reduced “migration.” Depressed housing prices means that fewer people are likely to sell their homes elsewhere to moved to Lakeville. Director of Business See decline, 10A


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Lakeville Best Buy to close

A safer intersection for Dodd, County Road 50 New lights aims to improve safety

Company plans to shutter five metro stores

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This year Dakota County and the city of Lakeville will upgrade traffic lights at the intersection of Dodd Boulevard and County Road 50. The aim, according to city officials, is to make the intersection safer and more efficient. and improve traffic flow,” interim City Engineer Zachary Johnson said. The standard green- and red-arrow arrangement will be active during peak traffic times, but during low traffic times the yellow arrows will be used, according to Johnson. The city and county are splitting the cost of engineering and construction – about $45,000 for the city

of Lakeville. It will be the city’s public works department that is responsible for maintenance and energy costs of intersection lighting thereafter, with the county responsible traffic signalrelated capital costs. Aaron Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

As part of Richfieldbased Best Buy’s $800 million cost-cutting measures, the company will close its Lakeville store, according to a news release from the company. Best Buy reported last week it was closing 50 big box stores in 2013. Four other metro locations are Photo by Aaron Vehling also set to close, leaving This fall, Best Buy plans to close five metro locations, inabout 300 employees unemployed. The company has cluding its Lakeville store. in the release, “provide a said it would pursue trans- close sometime this fall. fers for the laid off-workers. As it reduces the number better shopping environ “In order to help make of its traditional big box ment for our customers technology work for every stores, the company also across multiple channels one of our customers and plans to open another 100 while increasing points of transform our business as U.S. Best Buy Mobile small presence, and to improve the consumer electronics in- format stores in that time performance and profitabildustry continues to evolve, period. According to the ity.” we are taking major actions company, it expects to more These new stores are exto improve our operating than double by 2016 its pected to open by Christperformance,” said Brian J. current crop of such stores mas. from the 305 it has today. Dunn, CEO of Best Buy. Best Buy has 1,450 loca- Best Buy will also try Aaron Vehling can be tions nationwide and hun- out its “Connected Store” reached at aaron.vehling@ dreds more in other coun- format in select markets, in- ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek. tries. The company notified cluding the Twin Cities. its employees the stores will These stores, Dunn said

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This year the intersection of County Road 50 and Dodd Boulevard will experience a revamped design in an effort to increase safety and efficiency, thanks to a joint LakevilleDakota County agreement. Left turns onto County Road 50 from either direction of Dodd have proven to be an exercise in uncomfortable forms of risk-taking. “It’s a little like Russian roulette,” said City Council Member Matt Little at a work session last year, when a discussion of the project took place. City Administrator Steve Mielke said the move is “purely a traffic-control concern.” There won’t be any trails or other additions. All four intersection approaches would include a left-turn signal that would not only display green and red arrows, but also a blinking yellow. Only the west- and eastbound lanes of the intersection currently have red and green leftturn arrows. Flashing yellow arrows allow motorists to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic without having to wait for a green arrow. “(The arrows) have been shown to enhance safety

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We’ve settled into our new home in downtown Apple Valley by Larry Werner Thisweek Newspapers

Shortly after 4 p.m. on March 29, I was greeting guests at a chamber of commerce party we threw in the atrium of the building we had moved the newspaper into a couple weeks earlier. Bruce Nordquist, director of community development and planning for the city of Apple Valley, congratulated me on our decision to move from Burnsville to the Shops on Galaxie building. “You’re a visionary,” Nordquist said with his characteristic overstatement and enthusiasm. “You’ll love it here. There are 57 restaurants within a half mile of this building. I counted them.” By the time the party began last Thursday, I was feeling more like a punching bag than a visionary. Over the last two months, we have merged Thisweek Newspapers with the Sun Current papers to create Sun Thisweek while moving our entire operation from our longtime home in Burnsville to the Central Village area of Apple Valley. At the same time, we’ve had to make some major changes in our distribution system and our technology to accommodate the acquisition of the Sun papers by ECM Publishers, our parent company. But Nordquist’s comment about the choice of this Apple Valley location for our headquarters got me to thinking about an interview I did several years ago with

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Bruce’s boss, Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland. At the time, I was writing for the Star Tribune and doing a story about her plans for a new walkable downtown where people can work, live and play without having to get into their cars. In her conference room, the mayor showed me a map with lines drawn where office buildings, restaurants, a park and multi-family housing would be built on what had been a pumpkin patch. HamannRoland was jumping on a trend known as “new urbanism” that was being embraced by other suburban communities, including Burnsville, where her friend, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, had built her “new downtown,” known as Heart of the City. For years, Apple Valley officials had referred to the commercial cluster adjacent to Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 as “downtown.” As anyone who has driven through that intersection knows, there’s nothing “walkable” or “pedestrian-friendly” about that busy place. So Apple Valley

officials had embarked on turning a pumpkin patch along Galaxie Avenue, a couple blocks south of 42, into a place that feels more like a downtown. Readers of this newspaper might recall we’ve done several stories on the fact that the Central Village has been slow to develop. The building in which I am writing this column has seen several tenants fail after opening their businesses with great hope. And as I look out my office window, I can see empty plots of land where apartments and townhouses were to have been built by now. The Great Recession got in the way of the big plans Hamann-Roland and Nordquist had for this place. But now that the economy is improving, the prospects for Central Village are improving. Our building, which had dropped to about 40 percent occupancy, is more than 80 percent occupied. An apartment building planned to our west will connect by trail to the new Bus Rapid Transit line on Cedar. There’s talk of another development to our north that will wrap around the lovely Kelley Park where concerts are held in a bandstand on summer Fridays. And my staff enjoys walking along the sidewalks of Central Village to some of those restaurants or grabbing a bite at the Valley Diner, which, along with the Kami Japanese steak house, is in the Shops of Galaxie building.

Readers of this space know I’m a downtown guy. There’s something magical about the vitality of working in a place that offers the variety that downtowns do – retail, restaurants, workplaces and gathering spots such as Kelley Park. As our lease was headed for expiration in Burnsville, I began to look at space in downtowns, including Burnsville’s Heart of the City and downtown Lakeville, one of my favorite places to hang out. We got the best deal in Apple Valley, and we’re happy to be here. Last Thursday, about 150 businesspeople enjoyed food from Kami and Valley Diner and music from a talented performer known as Rockin’ Woody. Many of the folks who came to our party said they had never been to the old pumpkin patch that is becoming a downtown. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by. I can recommend the food at Kami, Valley Diner and a few of the other restaurants I’ve tried in our new neighborhood. It will take me a while to try all 57 of them. It’s a difficult job, as they say, but someone has to do it. Larry Werner is editor and general manager of Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune. He can be reached at larry. werner@ecm-inc.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Racino means jobs, revenue To the editor: Sen. Dave Thompson, RLakeville, voted no in committee on March 19 on the bill allowing racinos in Minnesota. This bill is a winning solution to support education and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction, hospitality and agricultural industries. Although this district has a large agricultural demographic, Thompson is choosing not to support education, jobs and the district’s important agriculture roots with his no vote. The same old chicanery was used to defeat the racino bill and protect the tribal casino cartel’s monopoly on slot machines. What businesses in Thompson’s district would benefit from a Minnesota racino? Who in District 36 is affected by the racino bill that would grow not only the race horse but horse industry? Veterinary clinics, trailer, tractor and equipment dealers, feed stores, hay farmers, horse farms and boarding facilities, truck and tractor dealers and repair facilities, farriers, lumber stores, fleet and farm stores, grocery, insurance, banks and more. Fourteen states have proven that racinos provide jobs and millions in revenue – two things that most lawmakers can agree would be good for Minnesota, especially when we are in debt to our public education system. I have seen the benefits of racinos firsthand in Iowa, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida and West Virginia where I have trained race horses in the last 18 months. Many Minnesota owners, breeders and trainers are

leaving Minnesota with their horses and dollars and shipping horses across the nation to race after the larger purses and breeders awards that the racino states offer. All while one of the top five racing venues in the country is sitting in our backyard in Shakopee struggling to get enough horses to fill races while fans continue to pack the stands in record numbers. It is urgent that we take advantage of racinos to ensure that Minnesota is a competitive state. It is unfortunate and frustrating that the votes of a few could hold us back, especially when an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans want racinos. Call Thompson and tell him racino needs his vote – as much as he will need our votes in his next campaign. Randy Weidner Northfield Race horse trainer and president of the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association

Still no new pool in Lakeville To the editor: Yes, this is another letter from a swim parent – a tired swim parent. I have two daughters involved with the Lakeville swim community since 2003. Both are in the swim club, as Lakeville North Swim Team members since 2004, employed by the Aquatics Department since 2007. My oldest (Class of 2010) spent time she didn’t have her senior year as part of a new pool task force liaison to the Lakeville Area School Board. She knew she would never see adequate facilities herself, but had hopes that her younger teammates would. We know how that

worked out. I have served on the club board, helped with countless proposals, fundraisers, expressed my views at board meetings. No pool. My youngest will start her senior year and seventh year as a North swimmer this fall. It has been seven years getting kicked in the head in crowded lanes, unable to get the workout in some days because both North and South are still forced to practice together seven years after a beautiful state of the art second high school was built with no pool. Still those kids show up 18 hours a week, 7,000 yards a day to represent Lakeville. I would have been nice if Lakeville stood behind them. It is with much pride that I watched my daughters become confident, physically fit, young women with an amazing work ethic and pride in their accomplishments in the pool. They have wonderful memories and friends from the swim community despite it all. So, thank you, to all the parents who have fought and been disappointed time and time again. I’m done. And best wishes to the parents who are continuing to fight for adequate facilities for their kids. Kami Mitteness Lakeville

Schools are crumbling To the editor: Many Minnesota twoyear colleges and universities are dealing with crumbling school infrastructures. They need money to maintain and fix plumbing, roofs, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems of the schools’ buildings. Fixing these assets should be an even greater priority

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than building new buildings and that is why fully funding the Minnesota State College and University system’s $110 million Higher Education Assets Preservation and Replacement request should be the first funding priority for the Legislature. At my school, Dakota County Technical College, our welding department and all of the auto programs have such poor ventilation that all the fumes seep into the cafeteria from their classrooms. We also have heating and air conditioning problems in the landscape horticulture part of the building, where students have to sit in 50 degree lectures. Bathrooms on the north side of the building are also very old and are very inefficient compared to the bathrooms on the south side of our campus building that have sensors and modern efficient designs. For the past decade, we have backlogged $775 million of HEAPR requests that haven’t been funded by the state of Minnesota. In fact, the state has never fully funded HEAPR. So to at least keep up, we need to fully fund MnSCU’s $110 million request and “Fix it First.” MICHAEL DOYLE Minneapolis

Kline has facts on gas-price blame wrong To the editor: My first thought when reading U.S. Rep. John Kline’s column (Sun Thisweek, March 30) is to inquire as to whether Cindy looked into mass transit or carpooling. I am a bit surprised a single mother could quit her job no matter what the cost of gas is. As to lowering gas prices, we need to establish the facts. On March 7, USA Today reported the U.S. is producing more oil than ever. We are using less oil. Vehicles are more fuel-efficient. In his recent article in the Wall Street Journal “Move Over, OPEC-Here We Come’ Ed Morse said, “The United States has become the fastest-growing oil and gas producer in the world, and it is likely to remain so for the rest of this decade and into the 2020s.” Fuel is now the top U.S. export. In 2011 Associated Press reported America was on pace to ship out more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than anything else. In 1981 when prices skyrocketed at the pumps oil was slightly more than $200 a barrel. I just checked, as of today oil is $103 a barrel yet gas prices are at all time highs.

How can Kline complain about Obama’s energy policies if we are exporting more, using less, and the price of gas at the pump cannot be traced to extreme prices for a barrel of oil? Our last two presidents recognized that there are no quick fixes to reduce high oil or gasoline prices. In 2008 President George W. Bush said that “if there was a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it” to lower prices. I think Kline should consider joining our senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken who are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. As to Solyndra, it was partly backed by the Walton family (think Wal-Mart) and received loans from the Bush and Obama administrations. So its funding was bipartisan. The economy tanked, which cut demand, and Solyndra found itself unable to compete with subsidized Chinese companies. Now its bankruptcy is being used as a platform to attack Obama’s energy policy. Nika Davies Apple Valley

Stop bullying

cial media and gossip. CLAIRE D’AGOSTINO Burnsville

A pickle in a candy wrapper To the editor: It’s the patriots who protect the Constitution, right? Well, the super-patriots in Minnesota think that their Constitution is so broken that they need to give it a mega-dose of fixing up. How about a “Right to Work” Amendment to fix the jobs situation? Don’t we all like the right to work? But when you unwrap that candy bar, you will find a sour pickle that amounts to union busting. How about a “Voter Photo-ID” Amendment to weed out all those people who vote twice? Unwrap that one and you find a thinly-veiled attempt to disenfranchise many of the 200,000 Minnesota voters who don’t have a Minnesota driver’s license or equivalent. A photo ID law would have caught the single known instance of voter impersonation in Minnesota history. Sure, there would be the collateral damage of disenfranchising the thousands who could not produce a photo ID. But that would be good since most of them would vote for Democrats if we let them. One thing that these two candy bars have in common is that they are both manufactured by the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC consists of a bunch of corporations that write corporation-friendly legislation for which they recruit stooges in public office to introduce their interests as legislation. Another of ALEC’s creations is the “Stand Your Ground” law. My daddy always taught me that was a good thing. You will recognize it as the shoot-if-you-feel-scared law that they have in Florida and many other states. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it for Minnesota in March 2012, but these zombies have a way of reappearing as amendments on the November ballot. Yet, really, is there anything wrong with corporations trying to disenfranchise voters with the photo ID thing? After all, corporations are the real people in our national constitution, aren’t they? By the way, ALEC’s patsies have at least five other pickles in the mix (Senate files 149, 373, 429, 530, 1236). If you have any questions, just ask your Republican senator or Representative.

To the editor: Bullying – a problem in high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools – is not only an issue in the schools, but also outside of the classroom. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, an estimated 160,000 students refuse to go to school each day for fear of physical and verbal abuse from their peers. This bullying can cause depression, anxiety, irritability, shame or aggression in students. Bullying has taken on a whole new appearance through cyber bullying. Through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, students are constantly being bullied. Gossip and rumors can spread from the halls to the student’s social network pages in seconds. Because cyber bullying happens outside of school, students are reluctant to report it, and the bullying continues. Bullying should not be a part of school or any student’s life. The damage it causes is completely avoidable if the bullying is reported and dealt with properly. With better education about bullying there can be a change in the schools. If this problem continues, students will continue to be hurt. If teachers, parents, and students are better educated about the effects of bullying, maybe a change could come from it. School should Raymond A. Larson be about education, not so- Eagan


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Heritage Center clears another hurdle Lakeville could get its third McDonald’s Lakeville council OKs contracts, financing

by Aaron Vehling Sun Thisweek

The Lakeville Heritage Center has become, in the words of Mayor Mark Bellows, a project over which City Council members have “agreed to disagree.” That theme persisted at a Monday meeting, when the council voted 3-2 to approve construction contracts and temporary financing for portions of the project from city liquor funds. The bridge loan would cover the balance of the renovation costs pending the sale of the existing downtown Senior Center building and $190,000 in fundraising. Approval of various hurdles has typically been with 3-2 votes with council members Matt Little, Laurie Rieb and Kerrin Swecker in support of the project and Bellows and Council Member Colleen LaBeau on the “nay” side. LaBeau has made some “yes” procedural votes, but has been mostly against the project. This arrangement is expected to continue as additional votes come into play before the Heritage Center opens this fall. “I totally support se-

niors and the Yellow Ribbon, but I keep getting endless calls on this,” LaBeau said. “I can’t support it because we’re leaving another building vacant again.” The current Senior Center building is for sale. There have been interested parties, but no one has taken a bite yet, according to city officials. Bellows echoed his previous sentiment toward the Heritage Center, which will feature space for the Lakeville Senior Center, Lakeville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and the Lakeville Area Historical Society in the former police station across from City Hall. “This is a project over which we’ve agreed to disagree,” he said. “I disagree with the process, the vision behind it and the impact on the taxpayer.” Little, who is running for mayor this fall against Bellows, thanked all the volunteers involved in the project, which has relied on a number of in-kind donations. He also thanked LaBeau, a real estate agent and home builder, for her insight. LaBeau, Little said, “has made this a better project. No matter how you

vote, thank you for making this project better.” He also called on the whole council to get behind the project, given that it is nearly a year into the process. “Let’s make this the best project this can be,” he said. The project was designed to not have an additional financial impact on Lakeville taxpayers. Funding is to come from existing city funds, fundraising and the sale of the downtown Senior Center. Based on the prices submitted by the apparent low bidders, the city determined the project’s cost will be $1,094,474, about $25,000 less than anticipated. Fundraising is at about $55,000 with a $15,000 pledge, not including inkind donations. Though LaBeau has had concerns about bid amounts and another vacant building, she did offer some goodwill. “I do hope fellow council members who support it prove me wrong,” she said.

Proposed plan looks at Dino’s Gyros site

by Aaron Vehling Sun Thisweek

McDonald’s is looking to build a new restaurant near the corner of Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard in Lakeville. An existing building, which houses Dino’s Gyros, would be razed to make way for the fast-food chain’s construction, according to Community and Economic Development Director Dave Olson. That existing building is about a decade old.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing Thursday, April 5, after this edition went to press, to consider the application for a conditional use permit to allow the construction of a McDonald’s at 17701 Cedar Ave. Lakeville currently has two McDonald’s restaurants. The location near downtown on County Road 50, popular with students from nearby Lakeville North High School, recently un-

derwent a significant remodeling effort. The other, often referred to as “McStop,” is located in a truck stop complex at I-35 and County Road 70. It was one of the first McStop concept locations in the United States, and is currently a corporate – not a franchise – location. Aaron Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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teens use their own prescription drugs to get high. “We had one case this year where the kid was grinding up his Adderall and snorting it,” Eliason said. There were no charges filed, but his parents were advised to bring the student in for a chemical health assessment. “He’s just taking it a different way, so there’s not much you can do,” Eliason said. “It’s his prescription.”

Heroin connection Once addicted to prescription drugs, powerful cravings can lead to smoking or injecting heroin to find the same high without need of doctors or pharmacies. Chase, 22, a recovering addict formerly of Rosemount, said his drug use in

high school escalated rapidly and included prescription drugs, marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine. What started as weekend recreation overtook his life, pulling him from his family and toward friends who used. “In the drug world, it’s like drugs are pretty much your whole life,” Chase said. “Pretty soon the only thing you talk about is getting high and being high. The only thing you think about is where you can get more with your drug-addict friends.” The day after graduation, he used $300 of gift money he’d received on cocaine, snorted most of it in his car at a nearby townhouse complex. He was later pulled over and arrested for possession of the small amount left. Chase later pawned the laptop he’d been given for

college so he could purchase drugs. Partying was his priority in college, and he failed his first semester, dropping out after his parents refused to continue the loan. He had long decided never to inject a drug or smoke methamphetamine, his threshold of what he considered an addict. His lowest point was freebasing heroin. “That was the worst experience of my life,” said Chase, who has completed treatment and is pursuing a drug counseling degree to help others find their way out. The types of cases Chase is likely to encounter in Minnesota are changing. The state Health Department reported that from January to June 2011, metro treatment admissions for heroin and other opiates

topped those for marijuana. “That’s unprecedented … in the Twin Cities,” Falkowski said. Over 3 percent of those heroin/opiate admissions were minors, according to the MDH January 2012, Drug Abuse Trends report. Minnesota’s teenagers are using heroin at a higher rate than in other states. According to the Minnesota Student Survey, 1.4 percent of Minnesota 12thgraders had used heroin in the past 12 months in 2010, higher than the 0.9 percent national rate. Falkowski believes heroin’s allure is partly due to Minnesota’s cheap yet potent supply of Mexican heroin. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported last year that Mexican “black tar” heroin available in the Twin Cities was as little as 25 cents per pure milligram, the cheapest of 21 cities studied. One Dakota County social worker said heroin addiction is particularly problematic among suburban young adults, most of whom abused prescription drugs as teens. The social worker, who asked her name not be used to protect her clients, said one juvenile she knows regularly bought and used heroin in public restrooms in an Apple Valley retail store. She said the bathroom is very isolated in a corner and is a perfect spot for such activity. Long-term use of heroin leads to mental and physical problems that include sweating, insomnia, impaired vision, as well as lung, liver, kidney and brain damage, seizures and even death. Once addicted, users keep taking heroin not only to get high, but to avoid intense, painful withdrawal symptoms that include stomach cramps, vomiting and fever.

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The type of heroin available in Minnesota is extremely potent and dangerous, said Dakota County Drug Task Force Cmdr. Dan Bianconi. “What was 50 percent

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pure four or five years ago is now 70 percent to 90 percent pure, now,” Bianconi said. Chase said he used heroin after smoking marijuana with a friend who “talked him into doing it” even though he was scared. “He’s like, ‘It’s not that bad,’” Chase said. “And, he was willing to share it for free.” Bianconi said users often are given their first high for free, then once they are hooked, the bargains end. After smoking the heroin, Chase said everything started spinning and he felt “like a big shot.” Craving more drugs, he and some friends drove to Minnetonka to rob an alleged drug dealer rumored to have $2,000 and drugs stashed in his bedroom at his parents’ Minnetonka home. As the victim slept, Chase and his friends searched in vain for the stash. Frustrated, they woke up the alleged dealer, who started fighting and screaming. “We tried to suffocate him and make him pass out so he would stop screaming,” Chase said. The boy’s brother ran in, calling 911. Chase’s friends fled but were caught and arrested. Chase evaded police until the next day when officers knocked on the door of his home. In court-ordered treatment, Chase and his roommate found they had a lot in common, including families dedicated to their rehabilitation. The roommates played chess late into the evening, sharing laughs and future plans. “His family owned a bar,” Chase said. “They were welloff. He had everything set for him. All he had to do was get clean and he’d have college paid for.” Chase successfully completed treatment and left. His friend’s new roommate was being treated for heroin addiction. Within a month, Chase’s friend, who had never tried heroin, overdosed on the drug and died.

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“I know how deadly heroin is,” Chase said. “It puts people in graves or institutions.”

Harmful The path by which most users take to heroin is laced with marijuana. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom called marijuana “by far the most frequently used illegal drug in America,” but said people wrongly often dismiss it as harmless. Backstrom called pot “America’s most dangerous illegal drug” in a June 15, 2010, paper blasting the movement to legalize marijuana. In an interview with Sun Thisweek, Backstrom said: “There’s a common perception that marijuana is no different than alcohol … but the simple truth is that it’s dangerous and destructive.” A January 2011 Drug Enforcement Agency report stated 79 percent of the nation’s adolescent treatment admissions involved marijuana as the primary or secondary substance. In the 17 years as Apple Valley High School resource officer, Eliason said the popularity of other drugs including ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine has waned, but marijuana is a constant. “There’s becoming a social acceptance to pot,” Eliason said. Dakota County Community Corrections Deputy Director Jim Skoivil, agreed, stating marijuana is the drug he is “most concerned about,” because of its cancer-causing properties, mind-altering effect on young growing minds and bodies, and how it often leads youth toward escalating crime. “But as a society, we’ve rationalized marijuana so well,” he said. Like heroin, Bianconi said, the marijuana smoked today is an extremely potent high-grade drug compared what was available 20 or 30 years ago. Backstrom said THC levels have increased from 1 percent in the 1970s to an average of over 13 percent today. He also cited studies showing teens who smoke pot at least once a month are almost 26 times more likely to use another illegal drug than teens who never smoked marijuana. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, youths ages 12 - 17 who smoked marijuana were 85 times more likely to use cocaine than those who did not. Money raised through marijuana sales finances crime, gang and drug-dealer activities, Backstrom noted, and he advocates additional controls on it. “We need to recognize the threat it represents and continue our efforts to control it, prevent our youth from starting to use it, aggressively enforce our laws against those who illegally cultivate, distribute and possess it, and effectively treat those who have become addicted to it,” he said. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Teens/from 1A lier found a network of supportive sober friends, which she says has been key to her sobriety. “It’s like a family here,” she said. “Unlike my old friends, they genuinely care and support my sobriety.” It’s this network, along with her family, that keeps her on the path to recovery, Chevalier said. “When I feel cravings, I realize I would give up my sober family that I have grown to love so much,” she said. Chevalier’s sentiments are not unique. Recent studies have shown that students who attend sober high schools after treatment are more likely to stay on the path to recovery. If sent to a traditional high school, 80 percent of teens struggling with addiction will relapse in the first 90 days, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. By comparison, the center found that 70 percent of students who attend a recovery-based high school like Alliance, will graduate sober. Since it opened in 2003, Alliance Academy has struggled to stay afloat financially due to delayed state aid, and relies on volunteers in addition to fulltime employees. The sober school plans to host a fundraiser for the public to join at 2 p.m. April 21 at 12156 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville. For more information, contact Lisa Westholder at (715) 651-4297. Alliance Academy is just one of many organizations looking to combat growing rates of drug use among teens. In recent years, school

officials have seen increasing incidents of prescription drug use and persistent rates of heroin use. Heroin use was on the rise about three years ago, but has since leveled off, said Debbie Bolton, school social worker and assistant executive director of Alliance Academy. Counselors at River Ridge Treatment Center have seen similar trends. Krista Pugsley, a counselor at the Burnsville treatment center, said she is seeing many teens experiment with harder drugs at a faster rate. “Most start with pain killers and move up to heroin,” she said. “Once they use opiates they seem less reluctant to use heroin.” Pugsley said she has seen some instances of synthetic drug use among teens entering treatment, but not much. Officials at Alliance Academy noticed the same trend. Though area teens at Alliance are experimenting with synthetic drugs, few consider it to be their drug of choice, Bolton said. “A lot have been experimenting with it, and it’s hard to test, so many continue to use it,” she said. However, school officials request a special, costly test for students they suspect are using synthetic drugs.

Pot use increases Marijuana has been a popular drug among teens for years, and use in Dakota County is on the rise. “Currently rates of marijuana use have been the highest since the ’90s,” said Shannon Bailey, adolescent health coordinator for Dakota County. The 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, which is

7A “A lot of kids won’t admit they have a problem with pot,” she said. Chevalier said she turned to drugs to deal with depression and other mental health issues. Though she has a supportive mother, Chevalier said she found it hard to reach out for help. “I didn’t learn to cope in healthy ways,” she said. “I closed off my feelings because I didn’t like to feel vulnerable.” Chevalier said her selfdestruction began with self-mutilation in middle school. Chevalier’s struggle is common among teens and young adults who abuse drugs and alcohol. Individuals who suffer from major depression are 4 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Those with schizophrenia are at greater risk, 10 percent more likely, than people of normal mental health. Even teens who don’t battle clinical mental health issues struggle emotionally upon getting sober, Bolton said. “Many discover they don’t like themselves, but it’s awesome to see them come out on the other side,” she said. Therapy and medication has helped Chevalier manage her depression, yet she said, it will always be a struggle. Today, Chevalier’s future is a bright one. She is on track to graduate this year and plans to attend college. As for teens who continue to struggle with addiction, Chevalier has the following words of advice: “Don’t think there’s no way out or that you’re too far in. There’s always hope.”

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After struggling for years with drug addiction, Meg Chevalier found sobriety and support at Alliance Academy in Burnsville. The public charter school provides a unique opportunity for teens battling addiction. used by county officials to track substance abuse by teens, indicated that marijuana is the among the most popular substances among teens, second to alcohol. That study showed few instances of prescription drug and heroin abuse among teens — about 1 to 3 percent of ninth- and 12-graders. Dakota County Public health has taken several steps to prevent substance abuse in teens, Bailey said. In addition to typical PSAs and efforts at high schools, Dakota County Public Health has worked to prevent substance abuse among teens by hosting forums for parents. Its latest forum is set from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights. Email Ann Lindberg at ann.lindberg@isd197.org for more information or to RSVP. Officials at Alliance have seen similar trends in marijuana use, and credit the up-tick, in part, to changing

attitudes. Judi Hanson, director of community and family outreach at Alliance, said she has noticed parents who smoked marijuana when they were teens in the 80s, sometimes view the drug as a harmless plant. But Hanson is quick to point out that today’s marijuana is often more dangerous than it was 20 to 30 years ago. Unlike the marijuana of yesteryear, current marijuana is often laced with harsher substances and contains much higher levels of THC. “A lot of kids think its no big deal,” Hanson said.

Gateway drug But studies have shown most addicts begin with marijuana. Carol Flugaun is one of the many parents who saw her teenage son become hooked on marijuana and alcohol. Flugaun said she first suspected her son, Tyler Novacek, was abusing drugs and alcohol after seeing discussions between him and his friends about the subject. A short time later, he was expelled from school.

Though she found herself surrounded by red flags, Flugaun said she struggled with denial. “I thought that maybe it was a phase,” she said. But upon finding a half empty bottle of wine in her son’s bedroom, Flugaun decided to send Novacek to treatment. Once Novacek completed treatment, his mother sent him to Alliance Academy in hope the school would help him stay on track. “I feel that they have my back here,” she said. “I don’t think I would have a son without them.” Today, Novacek, a senior, is on track to graduate from Alliance Academy. Flugaun advises all parents who suspect their child is abusing drugs or alcohol to do the same immediately. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, one out of 70 teens are in need of treatment. “It may take multiple tries for them to stay sober, but never give up,” she said. Bailey suggests that parents set clear rules, stay in tune to their children’s behavior and friends to help keep them away from drugs and alcohol. “This means doing the hard work to monitor your children and their friends – and what they are doing online,” Bailey said. Chevalier’s drug addiction too began with marijuana. She began smoking pot in ninth-grade and quickly moved on to hallucinogens and huffing – a habit she often supported by stealing. “I’m an all or nothing person so once I started to give up my morals, I figured why not use,” she said. Marijuana is often the hardest thing for teens to quit due to its mild reputation, Chevalier said.

Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Yellow Ribbon ceremony drew crowd to Lakeville

Governor presents proclamation to county, city officials

by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Across party lines, Dakota County elected officials stood together to join the community in supporting military families, March 30. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. John Kline along with Richard C. Nash, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, recognized Dakota County and several of its cities as Yellow Ribbon entities during a proclamation ceremony at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville. Dakota County commissioners and Apple Valley, Burnsville and Lakeville mayors and council members were among those presented an official proclamation from Dayton signifying their status as an official Yellow Ribbon entity. Yellow Ribbon networks support military members and their families in a variety of ways, such as providing child care, helping families move or doing household chores. “You are modeling behavior of how to support military members and their families,” said Nash. “I sincerely appreciate all that you do.”

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Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz smiled at Gov. Mark Dayton, holding Burnsville’s Yellow Ribbon proclamation. Dayton said Minnesota soldiers are being deployed multiple times, and the stress of not knowing if they would live through the day takes a toll. “Thanks to leadership of the National Guard, it has become a national program,” he said. “Thank you to all of you, who are the people who have made these awards a reality in your communities. I just can’t tell you how important they are and how needed they are.” Kline said America’s military members need help of the community to be reintegrated with their family and neighbors. All credited the Minnesota National Guard for

getting the Yellow Ribbon Network going here and across the country. Kline said that it won’t work without people in the community to provide the services, and help. “I am so proud of these communities…who have stepped up and get organized and make sure that when our soldiers come back, they are not only welcomed, but they’re helped to get reintegrated,” Kline said. “Thank you for making it possible.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Farmington first to tie high school into yellow ribbon network High schoolers unite to help serve military families by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

A Farmington High School senior’s idea for a new club is poised to become a tradition that may echo in schools across the state and nation. A n d y Morris, 17, Farmington sought to High School start a club senior Andy for students Morris planning to enlist in the military, but instead has

founded what he believes is the nation’s first student chapter of an established Yellow Ribbon Network, appropriately called the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Student Chapter. “I think it’s pretty cool to be the first one,” Morris said. “It’s nice to be able to take the initiative and be able to help those people that need it.” Farmington’s Yellow Ribbon Network, formerly titled Warrior to Citizen, organized in 2008 to honor and help military service members and their families.

The student club will join the network in its mission to assist deployed soldiers’ families through volunteer service. Last week, some club members joined the Yellow Ribbon Network effort to help the wife of a deployed soldier move to Farmington. Club members will continue that kind of service and help the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network with its online presence and marketing materials. See Morris, 9A

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Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord shook hands with U.S. Rep. John Kline at a Yellow Ribbon ceremony days before announcing she would seek the DFL nomination to run against him in November,

Gaylord to seek DFL nod to face Kline Redistricting changes key factor in decision

by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Dakota County Com­ missioner Kathleen Gay­ lord said she will seek the DFL endorsement to run against John Kline in the new second congressional district. “A number of people have asked me to consider running,” she told Sun Thisweek. “Virtually every­ one I have talked to have been very supportive, Dem­ ocrats and Republicans.” Gaylord, an attorney and South St. Paul resi­ dent, has served on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners since 2003, and is up for reelection in 2014. Under the redrawn sec­ ond district, Democrats index at more than 50 percent, and other DFL candidates have indicated interest in endorsement at the district’s April 28 DFL

convention at Rosemount High School. Gaylord said she ana­ lyzed how redistricting af­ fected the district closely before making her decision to run. “The district has changed substantially,”she said. “I think this is a dis­ trict looking for new repre­ sentation.“ Michael Obermueller of Eagan, a Minneapo­ lis attorney and former member of the Minnesota

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Raymond and Ruth Rivard of Lakeville are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Kassi to Austin Mihm, the son of Steve and Jacque Mihm, also of Lakeville. Kassi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeville South High School, is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities majoring in Interior Design, with a minor in Family Social Science. Kassi is also working as an intern at Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis. Austin, a 2004 graduate of Lakeville High School, is a graduate of Metro State University, with a degree in International Business. Austin is employed at Best Buy Corporate as a Merchant Analyst. Kassi and Austin are planning an outdoor wedding in July.

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Florian G. Kraft Age 85, of New Prague passed away peacefully on March 23, 2012. Preceded in death by his previous wives, Ann and Fran; Daughter, Bev; and grandchildren: Matthew and Corey. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Efta; children: Ken (Marianne), Duane (Brenda), Robert (Cyndi), Judy (Don) Fedder, Tom (Mary), Mary Jo (Ron) Hiner,Terry (Rose), Lori (Jeff) Doerr, and Lisa (Frank) Marek; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; also by 10 wonderful step children, step grandchildren, and their families. Mass of Christian burial, was held 11am Monday, March 26th 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Jordan. He was loved and will be missed by all.

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Morris/from 8A Students in the club will learn about the military by inviting speakers that may include Farmington resi­ dent Annette Kuyper, di­ rector of military outreach for the Minnesota Army National Guard, or soldiers returning from boot camp. Todd Karich, an FHS so­ cial studies teacher and the club’s adviser, said he may offer students involvement in the club as an opportu­ nity for service learning as part of his class curriculum. “My goal is to teach stu­ dent leadership,” he said, crediting Morris for the ef­ fort he has put forth to es­ tablish the club. Morris created a pro­ motional video, met with school officials, organized a sign-up table during lunch and met with Yellow Rib­ bon Network members. Karich said he expects the idea will spread to other high schools across the state and nation. “As a social studies teacher, this is something I would like to continue to see grow,” he said. Morris, who plans to join the Marines after he gradu­ ates on June 8, is working with FHS junior Brad Dow and has high hopes for the club’s future. “I’m hoping he can lead it next year,” Morris said. Kuyper said she is excit­ ed about the student chap­ ter’s formation. “It’s awesome,” she said. “They’re going to be totally connected to what the com­ munity is doing. They’re going to have a rep from their student chapter be on our steering committee, and we’ve identified ways we’re going to partner and work together, so it is phenom­ enal.” More information is on­ line at facebook.com/Be­ yondtheYellowRibbonStu­ dentChapter.

House of Representatives, announced Tuesday he is also seeking endorse­ ment and Patrick Ganey, a Northfield City Council member, entered the en­ dorsement race March 24. Kline is seeking his sixth term in office; his spokes­ man, Troy Young, declined comment. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Synthetic/from 1A along with recreational drugs sold as bath salts and “research chemicals.” Not long after the legislation was passed, synthetic marijuana – often marketed under names such as K2, Spice and Yucatan Fire – began disappearing from retail venues in Dakota County. Prior to the drug being outlawed, “we had stores selling it in Savage, Burnsville and Apple Valley,” said Apple Valley Police Officer Mike Eliason, a past president of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers’ Association who testified at the state Capitol last year in support of legislation outlawing synthetic marijuana. “Right now I don’t know of any places that are selling it in the south metro,” he said. “If kids are buying it, they’re buying it on the Internet.” During an interview with Sun Thisweek on Monday, Eliason did an Internet search to underscore the ease with which synthetic marijuana can be purchased. In a matter of seconds, he’d turned up a website with K2 on offer. “$23.95 a gram, $39.95 for three grams,” he said, reading from the website. “You get a discount the more you buy. And you can use Visa or MasterCard.”

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Synthetic drugs first came on the radar of state officials about 15 years ago when raves were popular, but “it has really taken off as a social phenomenon in the last few years,” said Carol Falkowski, drug abuse strategy officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. “More and more people are using them.” Falkowski pointed to statistics from the Henne-

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Decline/from 1A Services Mark Klett said it was difficult to quantify the loss of revenue from the declining enrollment. The district receives from the state an average of about $5,124 per pupil enrolled in the district (on the last day of school, not the first). The exact number depends on the grade a student is in – High school students get more funding than elementary kids, Klett said. Based on that average value, the potential revenue loss could range from about $732,000 to more than $3.3 million over the next five years. “At this point, our point is not to try to project revenues,” Klett said, referring to predictions for fiscal years 2014-16. “The point is that obviously declining enrolment means that without an increase in state aid we’ll see really tough revenue times.” To compound this reduced state aid, the increasing proliferation of empty-nester households

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pin Poison Control Center to emphasize that the threat of synthetic drugs is growing. In 2010, the center handled 28 incidents involving synthetic marijuana; in 2011 the number of incidents jumped to 149. Bath salts incidents logged by the center in 2010: five. In 2011: 144. “There are signs at the national level this is not subsiding, and I have no reason to think we’re any different,” Falkowski said. “These synthetic drugs are a whole new ball game. The Internet plays a key role in the retail marketing of these substances, and the whole area of Internet law is an emerging one.” The availability of synthetic drugs on the Internet may obscure the dangers involved in using them. Synthetic marijuana can produce coma, hallucinations, heart irregularities, depression and other severe health problems in abusers, officials say. And unlike bath salts or “research chemicals” such as the synthetic hallucinogen 2C-E, which tend to attract hardcore drug users, synthetic marijuana appeals to young, novice users, Falkowski said. “Because it’s something that’s sold as legal and harmless on many websites, teenagers may be inclined to try it,” she said. Eliason illustrated the “nudge, budge, wink, wink” conspiratorial mentality surrounding the sale of synthetic marijuana when he testified before a state House committee in January of last year. Eliason told legislators he’d recently visited a website selling K2-coated gumballs that labeled the product “not for human consumption.” “I’m still trying to figure out who’d chew a gumball

that’s not fit for human consumption,” Eliason said with a note of irony. At the same House committee hearing, Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, spoke on behalf of a family in her district whose 16-year-old son abused synthetic marijuana for about nine months. The parents became aware when noticing “very dangerous and scary behaviors in their son,” Mack said. “It’s disturbing to hear what individuals and families go through when they’re involved with this drug,” she said.

will result in a community with less of a vested interest in its school system, Reinhardt said. This means the opportunities for levy referenda to pass become even less likely than in previous years. Kindergarten attendance is often the canary in the coal mine. “Beginning in 200607, kindergarten becomes smaller than the previous year’s Grade 12,” Reinhardt said in her presentation. To top it off, net migration into the district has declined over the years. What happens is that later grades become larger than the earlier grades, thus creating a smaller overall student body as the earlier grades age. Another problem the district faces is competition with neighboring school districts, home-schooling options and private schools. In 2010-2011, about 700 students who live in the Lakeville district openenrolled in another district. About 300 students openenrolled into the Lakeville

school district, according to Reinhardt’s report. Among the reasons she gave for students enrolling in another district included: • Proximity to a school in another district; •Identity; • Socioeconomic status; •Preference for either a small school or a large school; and •Program offerings. School Board Member Bob Erickson said at a recent school board meeting that programs such as Kindergarten Plus and IGNITE!, the gifted and talented program, could help stave off some openenrollment families. “I’m advocating that we continue to work aggressively” with our programs, Erickson said. “To me, the plan should be established as soon as possible so we can work against the outward migration.”

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Aaron Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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On a 3-2 vote, Farmington City Council members rejected a developer’s proposal, and city staff’s recommendation, to relocate a $2.2 million city assessment. James Seed, representing Astra Genstar Partnership, requested the city move part of an assessment for the 195th Street project from the northern portion of property it intends to develop in about 25 years to the southern portion it hopes will be developed soon. The Seed family had planned housing on all the acreage in June 2008 when they agreed to a development plan that included an 11-year schedule to repay $4.6 million in property assessments, starting in 2013. The city would use the money to help repay bond debt for the 195th Street project. But the floundering economy left the property undeveloped, and with city approval, last year the Seeds sold the northern property to local businessman David Finnegan. The Seeds intend to buy the land back in the future to develop it, but assessments are contractually forbidden on that property. “We have a contractual obligation to spare David Finnegan from any exposure to the special assessment,” Seed told council members at their April 2 meeting. Seed proposed moving the assessment to the southern portion of the property and paying its scheduled $441,144 assessment payment as planned in 2013. If the council refused, Seed said they must prepay the full $2.2 million of the assessment for the northern portion of the property, thereby cutting $179,543 interest money the city would have received. Moving the assessment to a smaller portion of property also decreases the city’s

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James Seed looks down at the April 2 Farmington City Council meeting as Council Member Julie May, on the television screen, explained her reasons for turning down Seed’s request to transfer assessments to another property. collateral, although City Engineer Kevin Schorzman said the remaining property is currently valued at about $1 million more than the total amount of assessments. Council Member Julie May, a banker, said they need to protect taxpayers from potential loss, noting land values are dropping. Schorzman said the city’s second safety net in case of default is to use state funds for road projects to repay bond debt. Council members Terry Donnelly and Jason Bartholomay agreed with May’s assessment that if they depended on those funds to repay the bond, the city would

be short cash for other road projects and it could become a taxpayer burden. “The reasons for those funds is not to make bond payments,” Donnelly said. Seed said nothing would impede them from making the payments, even if they had no land. He said land values have stabilized in the last few years, and although others have “gone down” in the tough economy, the Seed family has survived the recession. “The bridge wouldn’t be there, and the east-west thoroughfare would not be there except for the landSee Council, 14A

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April 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek

Tiger track on pace for another record season Lorencz, Parco are back after earning medals at state by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek

The majority of the girls who helped the Farmington track and field team take several pounds of hardware home from the Class AA state meet last June are back for another run. Last season Nadia Lorencz took home silver medals in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. She said she plans on coming home with gold this time around. “I want to win,” Lorencz said. “I’d like to jump a foot farther on long jump. That would be awesome. I’m working on my approach. I was a little out of control last year. I learned a lot at clinics in both events during the offseason. I actually lifted this year, too.” Most of the top competition from 2011 has graduated, so if she continues her gains, count Lorencz as a favorite – provided she stays healthy. She’s currently dealing with a lingering back injury from gymnastics, but last season she had a hamstring injury and missed the first few weeks of track and field and by state she was fine. Lorencz isn’t the only Farmington girl with high aspirations. Alyssa Parco is one of the top hurdlers in the metro after coming in third last season at state in the 300-meter race. “I’m hoping to get my time down,” Parco said. “I’m working on my form and (to) get my speed up. Hopefully get a sub-44 (seconds).”

Last season she ran 44.81 at state, a half-second out of first. Parco is also a member of the 4x400 relay that finished fourth at the state meet, along with Isabelle Ferm and Maria Kiminski. They’re holding auditions for that final spot with Megan Graham and Kalli Opsal in the running. “It’s going to create some great inter-team competition during the day and that’s only going to make us better,” head coach Tom Hart said. With another strong leg on the relay, the girls would like to move higher on the podium by June. “We’ve worked really hard. We spent three-four days a week in the weight room and went on really long runs,” Kiminski said. Hart is confident they’ll contend again in 2012. “They’re gamers,” Hart said. “The bigger the meet the bigger the result. It’s just not something I can teach them. They have that internally and it’s a great attribute.” Behind the state medal winners is a new crop of young athletes hoping to continue Farmington’s winning ways. There’s been an influx of talent in nearly every event. “There’s a lot of potential,” Kiminski said. “We have a lot more throwers and (distance runners) and some really fast younger girls. There’s a better balance than we’ve had before.” The throwers, Alysha Grebner

and Alexis Smrekar, are getting some help from Smrekar’s mother, Julie, a volunteer coach who set records of her own in high school at Minnetonka. Kelli Elmer, who was an AllMissota sprinter, is back along with seniors Kayla Watne, Jessica Arey, Abby Haugen and Elizabeth Okikiolu, who should help out in sprints and jumps.

Boys track The Tiger track team lost many seniors, but several underclassmen have lined up to take their place. The boys team has 102 members out this spring, most in school history. “From the organization standpoint it’s a little more difficult, but it’s an awesome problem to have,” coach Brian Helmstetter said. “From the success they had last year, they go into the halls and say they had a lot of fun.” He also said other athletes have taken notice of the cross-training track has to offer. “We help athletes that want to be better athletes,” Helmstetter said. “We know this is the second or third sport for a lot of the kids. We’ll make them a better basketball player, better soccer player.” The Tigers had an influx of freshmen last season, who are now older, bigger and faster. “They’re still pretty young, but now they’re experienced,” Helmstetter said. Middle distance, sprints, hur-

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Farmington’s Aaron Lane lines up for a pole vault during practice on Monday. dles and throwing events have benefited from the surge. Tyler Lerbakken leads a group of middle-distance runners with Chad Retterath, Trevor Breezley, Tanner Grubb and Mason Gaylord. Throwing has been popular at Farmington for a while, thanks to the success of Trey Davis and Logan Hussung, alumni who now throw for the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the young guys in that group know those guys,” Helmstetter said. “They come back two, three times a year. It’s pretty meaningful to see guys with hardware from the Big Ten Conference.” Joe Ouyang and C.J. Wynings

hope to continue Farmington’s dominance in throwing. Sprinters Alex Chadwick and Jack Erickson, and pole vaulters Reid Taubenheim and Connor Phu, hope to increase Farmington’s point totals. Justin Hett has hopes to break into the top three in the conference in jumping events, along with long jumper Dan Berg. “Things look promising,” Helmstetter said. “A conference title and section title are a little out of reach, but we’ll make some noise.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Plenty of new faces for Panther baseball Last year’s senior-heavy team turned over to underclassmen by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek

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Lakeville South senior Jacob Miller dives for a foul ball during fielding practice Monday.

Lakeville South hopes improved chemistry, fielding equal wins Early outside practice has helped Cougars refine game by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek

A year ago, snow covered the baseball diamonds across the metro area, leaving baseball programs such Lakeville South scrambling. While the Cougars experienced a healthy turnover from last season, the early spring thaw has given the Cougars a chance to sprout into better ball players in less time. “Practice looks a lot better than last year,” senior catcher Hunter Harnisch said. “The team looks a lot more competitive. Our fielding is way better. We have guys who care and who want to win.” The extra practice time in the field has helped. “We’re a lot more refined,” senior pitcher Will Lundquist said. “We’re a lot better mechanically. We’re a lot smoother. Last year we were in the gym at this point and we didn’t have a game until a week and a half (after we were scheduled to start).” Better fielding should help improve a team that gave up seven runs per game in 2011, most in the South Suburban Conference. “It’s a lot easier to pitch knowing that you don’t have to blow it by everybody,” Lundquist said. “You can relax and let the defense do its part.” Another reason

Harnisch feels the team should be better in 2012 is improved chemistry. “A lot of guys we’ve played with for 10 years,” Harnisch said “It’s a lot smoother out there.” The Cougars feel good fielding is going to come into play more often this season with the addition of the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution bats that deaden the trampoline effect. The idea is to limit injuries, but it also will limit home runs. “I just as soon as go with wood bats,” Lakeville South head coach Al Iversen said. “The (BBORC) bats are really slow. The ball isn’t going to jump. That’s fine. We’re here for the safety of the athlete. “It’s going to come down to quality bunting and hit-and-runs. We’ll scratch and claw. I’ve been at this for almost 30 years, and I’ve never been a biginning guy. Give me one or two here and there and we’ll be fine.” Last season the Cougars started 4-1, but faded through May with a 10-game losing streak on their way to a 6-15 season. Still, one of the biggest highlights was beating Lakeville North twice during the regular season. The Cougars had never beaten their crosstown rival before. The Cougars always have had a record below .500. The closest they got was in 2010 with a 1012 record, so the players would like to continue reversing trends. “We have a lot of

coaches including myself that have been involved with winning programs,” Iversen said. “We looked back at our losses (last year), seven were one- or two-run games. We win by the fifth inning, but then some mojo comes over them or something, and it was like they’ve never been there before. This year we’re saying we’re playing a full seven innings.” The Cougars hope 2012 is a little more like the first five games of 2011. “We want to be a force, but our ultimate goal is to make it to state or make it far in sections,” Lundquist said. “We have a lot of returning players, so it’s pretty exciting.” Lundquist, who was all-conference in 2011 along with all-conference honorable mention catcher Harnisch, will join returning outfielder Garret Delich and first baseman Jacob Miller. Luke Sather and Mitch Jans also bring varsity experience on the mound and in the field. Other pitchers looking to get in on the action include Erick Cerenka and Luke Benge along with young lefties Shane Marker and Mitchell Mauer. It adds up to a speedy, defense-minded team. Iversen’s main concern is generating runs. “That will come,” Iversen said. “We’re just excited to get out there.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.

With the snow leaving us for good weeks ago, baseball teams got an early lead on the basepaths. Lakeville North found relief in the extra outdoor practice. Last year’s team was senior-heavy, meaning this year’s version will have plenty of new faces and several underclassmen. “Most years we have 1011 (seniors) out, but this year we have six or seven,” head coach Tony Market said. “We’ll rely on a lot of juniors to step up and fill those roles.” Leading the list of re-

turning players is Austin Streit, an all-conference member in 2011. He’ll be playing with Joel Klinkhammer, who figures to be the Panthers’ top pitcher, and returning starter Adam Alexander. “We have great leadership and a talented group of juniors who just lack varsity experience,” Market said. “They’ve been successful at other levels, so it’s just a matter of getting them some varsity time.” Fellow seniors Henry Wehlage and Neil Engler, who is coming off a serious knee injury, hope to fill some gaps along with an athletic group of junior athletes. Brandon Morgan will spot up in the outfield with Zack Creighton with Erik Rutt in the infield. A young pitching lineup of Sam Pet-

rick, Dalton Lehnen and Jordan Jacobson also hope to throw some strikes for the Panthers. After a few days practicing in Florida during spring break, Market has noticed a speedy bunch and an aggressive defense. “We hit pretty well today... in a scrimmage,” Market said. “We have some good team guys willing to move runners along and put down some bunts. We’re still capable of having quality at-bats, but they have an understanding of game situations. “We’re definitely putting an emphasis on baserunning and taking advantage of opportunities.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Flack flies high at all-star game

Photo by Bill Jones

Lakeville North’s Tyler Flack goes up for a dunk at the 2012 Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series on March 30 at St. Cloud State University. He won the dunk contest.


Sun Thisweek April 6, 2012

Sports Briefs Lakeville football players make all-star team Lakeville North quarterback Trey Heid, offensive lineman A.J. Miller and wide receiver Charlie Hayes along with Lakeville South wide receiver Matt Heller were among the 88 players chosen to participate in the 2012 Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at 1 p.m. on June 30 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Solheid Lakeville North’s Athena winner Madison Solheid will be among 39 young women representing St. Paul city and suburban high schools as Lakeville North’s recipient of the St. Paul Area Athena Award for outstanding achievement in athletics. Solheid will be recognized at an awards ceremony and luncheon on April 18 in Oakdale. A three-time letter winner in hockey, she was a key part of the South Suburban Conference championship and fourth-place finish at state in February. She was also a two-time letterwinner in soccer where she helped the Panthers win the conference, section and place fourth at state. She also earned letters in cross country and track. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Sunday school teacher, tutor, National Merit Finalist and ranked No. 1 her class.

Baseball players needed The North Star Classic baseball league is looking for players 35 or older from Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Rosemount and Farmington. The league has a number of teams from the metro area as well as outstate teams. For more information contact Apple Valley A’s manager Brian Betts at (612) 363-6769 or by email at docbbetts@hotmail.com.

Rosemount legislator’s bill passes the House

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Vote was close; opponents argue it would stifle free speech quired school board policy must not apply when an employee is disseminating “factual information.” Who makes the call on what’s factual and what isn’t? she asked. “I think you’re creating a lot of problems with this bill,” Liebling said. Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, said she was glad the legislation had been “gutted” in education committee and that it no longer did much of anything. It still sent a bad message, she said. But Bills, who still teaches first period at Rosemount High School before leaving for the State Capitol, said anyone who’s ever been in a teachers’ lounge isn’t worried about the legislation silencing teachers from offering opinions.

by T.W. Budig Sun Thisweek

Rep. Kurt Bills, RRosemount, saw his bill requiring school boards to adopt policy prohibiting the use of school district resources by employees for political purposes pass on a 73 to 60 vote on March 28. But not without debate. “This bill violates the First Amendment,” argued Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park. No one wants teachers or other school employees to be misusing school district resources, she explained. But the bill “very clearly” attempts to control what’s being discussed in the teachers’ lounge, Hortman argued. Another attorney, Rep. Tina Liebling, DFLRochester, noted that re-

Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, said rather than opposing the legislation, some school district employees would embrace it. “There are many school employees that would appreciate having that policy,” she said. House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat Garofalo, RFarmington, argued there wasn’t a credible education group that opposed the bill. Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, has been working on similar legislation in the Senate. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, saw a bill he authored requiring school boards to establish policy prohibiting the use of school resources for political purposes pass the House on March 28.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Farmington ISD #192 Dakota County REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that Farmington ISD #192 Requests proposals for: Group Life & Long Term Disability Insurance Specifications will be available from the District's Agent of Record, National Insurance Services, at 14852 Scenic Heights Rd Suite 210, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, phone 952/941-7372. Proposals are due no later than 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at National Insurance Services 14852 Scenic Heights Road Suite 210, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. 2962211 4/6-4/13/12

District 194 School Board Proceedings

This is a summary of the Independent School District No.194 Regular School Board Meeting on Tues, March 13, 2012 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at www.isd194.k12.mn.us or District Office at 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 8:02 p.m. followed by pledge of allegiance. All board members and administrators were present. Public Comment: Erick Piper, 17693 Lake Oak Circle, spoke about LSHS music program. Consent agenda items approved: minutes of the meetings on February 21, 28 and March 6; payment of bills and claims subject to annual audit; donations; and fieldtrips. Consent agenda discussion: Following discussion, resignations, leave of absence requests, employment recommendations was approved. Reports presented: Enrollment study. Recommended actions approved: Non-affiliated employment agreements, 2011-13 was tabled to allow time for further discussion. Adjournment at 10:36 p.m. __________________________________ This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Special Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at or 8670 210th www.isd194.k12.mn.us Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. All board members and cabinet members were present. Agenda additions: Hiring of LSHS Boys' Lacrosse Head Coach Discussions: City presentation on marketing efforts and ISD 194 partnership; city update on 210th street and Holyoke intersection; Ames arena fencing and possible future parking expansion; enrollment study and budget assumption; non-affiliated recommendation. Actions approved: Hiring of LSHS Boys' Lacrosse head coach. Meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m. 2958632 4/6/12

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on finances. The majority of council members also said they want to avoid getting the city into a situation like the one at Vermillion River Crossing. For that development, the city bonded $5.5 million in 2006 to build a road, entryway and bridge, but most of the property remains undeveloped. A subsidized senior housing project is being built there now, and city officials hope it will spur de-

owner cooperation, and now the landowner wanting to pay his part,” Seed said. Mayor Todd Larson and Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty supported the proposal, citing the Seeds’ 50-plus year history of business integrity. Bartholomay said while he appreciates the Seeds’ cooperation and positive relationship with the city, the right decision is based

velopment. Even if the land sells, assessments on the property total $1.97 million, not enough to repay the bond, said City Finance Director Teresa Walters in an interview with Sun Thisweek. At the meeting, Fogarty expressed concern that the Seeds would pay for another developer’s mistakes. “This is frustrating for me,” she said. “Because this is the reason to me why cities get reputations of being difficult to deal with.”

Fogarty called it “terrible” to assume the Seeds, who have “always been great partners,” would default when they never have before and that the land would not be valuable enough to support the loss. Larson said Seed has done everything the city has asked without hesitation, and business deals start with integrity. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anyone stand up at a meeting and show the amount of integrity

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

Painting & Drywall Ceiling & Wall Textures

•Ben's Painting•

General Contractors Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984

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

Int/Ext, Drywall Repair Paint/Stain/Ceilings We accept Visa/MC/Discvr

952-432-2605

2490

Powerwashing

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

Tree Service

612-275-2574

AJ's Tree Service

Powerwashing

2490

3270

Cemetery Lots

Buying Old Trains & Toys

3110

3280

Collectibles & Art

'91 World Champion MN Twins – Bobbleheads, full set (26). New – in original pkg., $599. Call 952-927-0788

3130

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

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

Absolute Tree Service Exper. prof., lic., Ins. Reas. rates. 651-338-5881 absolutetreeservicemn.com

NORTHWAY TREE SERV. Trim/Removal, brush chipping, stump grinding. Ins'd. Terry 952-461-3618 TREE REMOVAL/TRIMMING Shrub Pruning Free Ests Lic'd / Ins'd / 20 Yrs Exp. 651-455-7704

2660

Window Cleaning

952-933-0200

Fri, April 6 (8:30-5:30) #'s Friday at 8am

Sat., April 7 (8:30-4:30)

Eclectic Antique & Vintage Sale! Unique furn., RedWing pottery, model car collections

www.willmatthill.com EDEN PRAIRIE

4/13-14 (9-4) 4/15 (10-3) Quality furn. and access. in a beautiful home!

Dorothy Burns

3160

Furnishings

Garage Sales this week

Couch, loveseat, chair Tan, microfiber, Solid Exc cond $499. 952-843-8138

3667

Apple Valley

Glasstop tbl, furn, tools, HH, more! 4/12-13 (9-5); 4/14 (9-

12) 7333 Russell Ave. So.

3700

Call JP at 651-695-3783

3810

Huge Sale 4/12 – 4/13, 9-5. 60 yrs of treasures, furn, hh, gardn,vintage, Tonka toys, mangle. 9312 12th Ave S.

Brooklyn Center

3970

cond! $250/BO 952-423-1303

3260

Misc. For Sale

COURT RESOURCESSAVE! Bkrptcy Debt Relief $860* Divorce/Custody $570* Civil/Criminal DUI start $165* *court fees additional 763-792-4940, 218-828-4483 Elec. Wheel Chr, Walkers, Bedside commodes, Hospital bed, 6” toilet seat w/side loc. Price to Sell. 612-269-2977

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Misc. Wanted

� � WANTED � � Hifi/stereo equip., HAM, & misc. old electronics. Andy 651-329-0515

$3 per person Pre Sale: beautiful, bro & sis, orange 4/13 (5-9pm) Sale: 4/14 (9- tabby cats, together only to 2pm) 4/15 (9-2pm) $2 per bag a special loving home. All tests/shots/spay/neut. $75 for both. Vet. refs. req'd. Burnsville Call Jerry 952-888-9524

3609

Big Redecorating Sale! Tue.- Sat. Apr. 10-14, 9-5pm 15506 Fremont Ave. Lots furn, couches! Rugs, HH Legos! Lots lots more!

3643

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Tree Service

Cemetery Lots

Glen Haven: 2 plots, 2 vaults w/companion headstone. Value $8,990. Asking $4,300/BO. 218-828-3608

3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Ideal Tree Service Tree Removal, Tree Trimming

5100

High Risk Climbing, Stump Grinding and Storm Clean Up

ng 20% Sopurint Disc www.idealtreemn.com

Quality Work and Low Rates Free Ests

Lic’d & Ins’d

DAN WIMMER

(952) 881-2122 • (612) 599-6385

3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

3050

www.sparklewashcmn.com

EG:Reasonable Prices 2.5+ & summer care, 10 yrs Exp. FT/PT 651-330-8167 Farmington M,W,F Daycare 2yrs+. Drop in avl. Kathy (651) 463-3765 Farmington: Lic'd 10 yrs exp! Opngs. Inf-Schl. Age. MVES. 651-463-4918

4300

Home Health Care Providers

PCA 11 Yrs Exp. 1 to 1 in your home, overnights available 952-435-3152

5000

5200

Rentals Townhouse For Rent

FGTN: 2 BR, 1-1/2 BA, 2-lvl TH, appls, gar. Avail 5/1 $850mo+util. Call 651-463-4921

Prior Lake 2BR, attached garage, pets OK. $950/mo. Includes Sewer & Water Avl 4/1! 952-440-4112

3970

Pets

Senior Rentals

5100

Senior Rentals

April 11 - April 22

Weekdays 9 - 8:30 Weekends 9 - 5

Market Village for 55+ Opened March 1, 2012

CENTENNIAL LAKES HUGHES PAVILLION 7499 France Ave. South, Edina

(Located on the lower level, between Chuck E. Cheese & Q.Cumbers)

Please call Cindy at 952-461-1644 or 612-865-6625 to arrange for a personal tour of the model.

Over 80 artists! HOME DECOR•GIFTS•ANTIQUES

CLOSED MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & EASTER SUNDAY

763-225-6200

Child Care

CANDLEBERRY ON THE LAKES

Wednesday, March 14 thru Sunday, April 15, 2012

Our job is to make you look good!

4100

You are invited to tour our Model Apartment Home

SPRING & SUMMER SCHEDULE

No strollers allowed. Handicap accessible.

Family Care

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Hours: Wed thru Fri 10am-8pm • Sat 10am-6pm • Sun12pm-5pm

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

4000

Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747

Powerwashing

BOB’s

651-246-5776

Check out our website at www.last-hope.org

Great Service Affordable Prices

Fgtn: Fri. 4/6- Sat., 8-6 20215 Dunbar Ave. MOVING SALE! Tools, antiq. & reg furniture, dish sets, PA system, household

PIT BULL / GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES Born on Jan. 31. Females & males. $100 ea. Cute & playful!

HOWEY’S GOT “PERSONALITY”

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

April 18- April 29 NEW LOCATION FOR SPRING! Buck Hill Ski Chalet 15400 Buck Hill Rd. Burnsville Hrs: 10am- 7:30pm Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm Sat., 10am-4pm Sun. Credit cards accepted, no strollers please.

Pets

Howey is a 3-yearold Jack Russell with personality! He loves to sleep right next to you! Call Alisha locally at 218-2900107 to see Howey or come to our adoption day to see him and other dogs as well at Petsmart in Eagan or the Apple Valley Petco on Saturday from 11am-3pm

Lakeville ECFE Kids' Stuff Sale, Sat, 4/21, 8am2pm Kenwood Trail MS, 19455 Kenwood Trail; $1 adm until 10; 50% off at 11:15-1 pm; $5 Bag sale 1:30-2pm www.lakevilleecfe

2620

Tree Service

Turn your unneeded items in to

$$$$$$$$

Lakeville

Senior Discounts

River Valley Boutique Spring 2012 Show

Pets

St. Alphonsus Parish Hunter green, fabric. Exc. Peeka & Boo, 2 sweet & 7031 Halifax Ave N.

Merchandise

• Seasonal Gift Items • Home Décor • Jewelry & Accessories • Edibles

Agriculture/ Animals/Pets

3900

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000

3050

Sporting Goods & Misc

Personal Gun Collection for Sale. High quality! Call for pricing. 612-408-0222

Simmons Loveseat

2620

3000

Boat Services, Storage & Slips

Come Boat the Mississippi www.watergatemarina.net Slips available for all sizes Plenty of water!

Bloomington

3607

Leisure

3730

6 Families – One Street Durham Way 4/12-14th 8-6p Pilot Knob/D Path

3606

Richfield

Don't Be Left Aground

4/13-14, 9-4. 14146 Ensley Ct. Kids cloz NB-5T strollers, carseats toys, HH

3970

Plymouth

Moving: 4/14 (8-2) Kid & adult cloz, toys, yard tools, furn., snowblower, HH items. 3010 Kimberly Ln N

Garage Sales next week

3603

BR Set: Qn. size, light wood, bkcase hdbrd, triple drssr, 2 nite stands. Mint cond! $400. 952-831-2998

3665

Farmington

Fgtn: Fri. 4/6- Sat., 8-6 20215 Dunbar Ave. MOVING SALE! Tools, antiq. & reg furniture, dish sets, PA system, household.

Minneapolis

Textile Center Garage Sale! Apr 14th Fundraiser (8-4) New Event Location U of MN Reuse Ctr, 883 29th Ave SE, MPLS 612-436-0464

Piano player: mahog. Upright. $849 612-377-4715

3600

10584 Boss Circle

#'s 8am 4/13

Musical Instuments

3528

BLOOMINGTON

9800 Elliott Ave South

952-334-9840

A Good Job!!

STEVE'S TRAIN CITY

3500

Estate Sales

Set of 4 Tables sofa, coffee & 2 end tbls. Exc. Cond. $100 Loretta 952-846-0143

Tree Removal & Trimming. Landscaping. Ins'd/Lic'd

3653

Misc. Wanted

Grandview Park Cemetery, Hopkins, MN. 2 side by side plots, $950 ea. 602-861-8082

Pine Log Handmade Twin Loft Bed $500or OBO 763559-9344.

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

2490

3090

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured

3090

Quality Residential

Will meet or beat prices!

Stump Removal

Painting

A Fresh Look, Inc.

Spring Clean-ups & Aeration New Customers Free Fert.

Wall Paper Removal INTERIOR EXTERIOR

2600

www.hermanslandscape.com

Swede Outdoor Services

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty

Re-roofs Tear-offs BBB Free Est. MC/Visa No Subcontractors Used. Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586

952-492-2783

Comm & Resid Lawn & Snow Call Peter 612-810-9374

2420

612-210-5267 952-443-9957

$0 For Estimate Timberline Tree & Landscape. Spring Discount - 25% Off Tree Trimming, Tree Removal, Stump Grinding 612-644-8035 Remove Large Trees & Stumps CHEAP

• Pulverized Dirt - $12.75 yd • Black Dirt - $11.25 yd • Decorative Rock Since 1986 • Colored Mulch - $27.00 yd 6 miles S. of • Bagged Mulch - $3.00/bag Shakopee on 169 • Mulches Mon-Fri 7:30am - 5:00pm • Boulders Saturday 8:00am - 2:00pm • Retaining Wall Block • Pavers (starting @ $2.10/sq ft) • Edging • Poly • Fabrics

REILAND'S GROUND MAINTENANCE, LLC Comm. & Res. Lawn Mowing & Trimming, Spring/Fall Clean-Up, Dethatching, Aerating & Shrub Pruning. Insured. “Offering over 20 years of professional experience in the field.” Contact Len at 952-237-9132 or len@reilandsgroundmain tenance.com

Tear-offs & New Construction Siding & Gutters Over 17 yrs exp. Free est. Rodney Oldenburg

A Family Operated Bus.

LOW PRICES

J 4 Outdoor Services Lawn Care Residential/Commercial Lawn Care, Landscaping, Tree Trimming 612-998-9093

Why Wait Roofing LLC

2620

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Houses For Rent

Farmington, 3BR, 2BA, 1500sq. ft. Nice yard. Pets possible for additional charge. $1300/month. 651398-5473

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Rental Information

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

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Rooms For Rent

Lkvl by 35E & 160 th, Wlkout bsmt to pond Avail. Imdly. Rick 612-366-4580

6400

Apartments & Condos For Rent

AV–Palomino East Apt.

Blowout special,

2BR, 2BA , Avail immed. W/D in unit. Free cbl $99 dep Call David 952-686-0800

Farmington 1BR. On site Laundry. No pets. $595 612-670-4777 Rosemount: 2 BD Off St. pkg. Includes heat & water. NO PETS. Available NOW. $600. 952-944-7983

7000

Real Estate

7400

Apartments & Condos For Sale

Eagan

Set back in a secluded area of Eagan. Beaut. landscaping, 55+ co-op unit, 2BR, 2BA. Reduced! Easy access to trails & Eagan Comm Ctr. 651-994-6778 Farmington 1BR Apt. Avl 5/1. $595/mo. $500 Security Month to month lease. 651-274-2837 Fairview Apartments Farmington RENTS START AT 1BR $685 $250 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT Rosewood Manor 14599 Cimarron Ave. Rosemount 651-423-2299

9000

Employment

9010

Business for Sale

Small Plastics Co. For Sale!

Operate full or part time.

Move to your area. 563-872-4671

9020

Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad. If you're not afraid to speak in front of small groups and like the idea of unlimited income potential, please call Andy Besser @ 612.454.5821

9050

Health Care

Med Records/Reception PT 5-9 pm. Two eves/wk and rotate Sat ams Peds office/Burnsville. Phone: 952-278-6950 Fax: 952-278-6947

RN / LPN

Edina Derm clinic. Staff/ triage nurse. Flexibility and clinic experience mandatory. Mon - Fri. E-mail resume: Ritababco@gmail.com or fax to 952-915-6100

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

***DRIVERS*** LOCAL DRIVERS HOME EVERYDAY

Tractor-trailer drivers needed for a Private Fleet delivery operation based in Burnsville, MN for Bridgestone/Firestone. Driver will make daily hand deliveries within a regional area. Physical work required. Rate of Pay: $0.4025/mi for delivery/ local peddie $0.4175/mi after 1 year $19.35/hour – local $800 weekly minimum guarantee Health Insurance with Dependent Coverage & Dental, Life Insurance, Vision coverage, & Prescription card. 401k Pension Program Paid Holidays & Vacation Home every night Monday thru Friday work week Applicants must be over 24 yrs old, have a minimum 2 yrs tractor-trailer exp within the last 3 yrs, & meet all DOT requirements. Contact: CPC Logistics, Inc. at 1-800-914-3755 or email resume to: b.kriel@callcpc.com

Adults-Prepare for the GED Test! Learn

from home online, 24-7. Like District 196 ABE on Facebook. Email ABE@district196.org or call 952-431-8316. Castle Rock Bank is currently accepting applications for a full-time bilingual (Spanish) teller position. Previous teller experience is required. Please contact either Eric or Dave Nicolai at 651-463-4014 Construction Company looking for PROFESSIONAL Sales Reps! Job is salary based w/ commission & very attainable wkly & monthly bonuses. Only respond if you desire to make $75,000.00+ a yr! Call Bryan at 763.244.6679 DRIVER/WHSE NEEDED FT to deliver cabinetry and work in a warehouse environment. Good driving record req. Knowledge of the Twin Cities area helpful. Warehouse exp. Preferred. Health benefits, 401K & 2 weeks pd vacation. Immediate start. Apply in person at: DIVERSIFIED DIST., INC. 11921 Portland Ave. So., Ste A., Burnsville, MN 55337 (952)808-9646 Dry Cleaning Plant Manager, Farmington, Must have strong attention for details, honest, hardworking, neat, quick learner, able to work as a team player. Apply at: Total Care Cleaners 949 - 8th Street Farmington, MN 55024 651460-3340

Open House from 9am to 11am on Wednesday for Food

Manufacturing. All skill levels & warehouse/Forklift. Call for more info 952-924-9000

HOUSE CLEANERS

$80-$110/day FT/PT 7:20am-3:00pm. We provide CAR. Burnsville Location. 952-432-2134

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Join Our Team Crew Leads/Crew Members Needed

Prescription Landscape is looking for energetic and motivated persons to join our production teams. We have openings at both locations, Crystal and St. Paul. Job duties include operating mowing equipment, physical labor; up to and including bending, kneeling and lifting up to 45 lbs, and other duties as assigned. Seasonal and year-round positions available. Year-round positions include snow and ice management; plowing, shoveling, etc. Experience helpful but not required, on the job training available. Some positions require a valid and clean driver's license. Pre-employment drug/alcohol testing required. Compensation: $10.00-$18.00 pending experience. For more information visit our web site at: www.rxlandscape.com or email sueleatherman@ rxlandscape.com or phone Sue at 651-379-4713

9100

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

Executive Assistant/ Deputy City Clerk Regular Full-Time Starting Salary: $20.86-24.15/hr, DOQ Salary Range: $20.86-26.62/hr

Closing date for applications is 04/16/12. Applicants must complete City of Burnsville Employment Application in order to be considered. For complete job description and to apply online, visit the website at: www.burnsville.org or call 952-895-4475 for information.

An AA/EEO Employer Wanted Exp. Landscape Laborer Call 952-461-2579

Manufacturing

5 Summer Students to do various tasks in a manufacturing atmosphere to include anything from painting to gardening to piece work. Pay is $10.00 per hour with an end of summer bonus. Qualifications are: minimum 18 years old and currently attending school. Hire date is May to Sept. Apply at:

careers@ anchor-plastics.com

Now Hiring Foldcraft Co., a 100% employee-owned, foodservice furnishings manufacturer is seeking energetic, qualified candidates for the following positions at our Bloomington, MN location: 1st Shift ProductionSewing 1st Shift Production-general (cabinetry, warehouse, upholstery) Staff/Job Cost Accountant Account Manager To learn more about these opportunities, and how to apply, visit our website at www.plymold.com and click on our News and Events tab. NOW HIRINGCompanies desperately need employees to assemble products from your location. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. 1-985-646-1700 Dept. MN-1077

Production Support Specialist

Seeking dependable energetic person w/positive attitude to work with other team members in a clean, naturallight office environment. Successful candidate must be able to work w/various data sets within MS Word & Excel, perform mail merges and have data entry skills. Attention to detail is critical. Other duties include light paper assembly and the use of office printing equipment. FT position, M-F, 8:30 am-5pm. Solid benefit offerings. Must have AA/AS or equivalent work experience. Apply online at: www. medimedia.com/ careers.aspx Scale Operator Lakeville, Operate truck scale at aggregate mine pit. FT Seasonal. Will train. EOE/AA. Submit resume. FAX: 952-937-6910 or E-mail: cnelson@ midwestasphalt.net

Help Wanted/ Full Time

9200

Burnsville Sparks Youth Wrestling K-6 coach for the 2012-13 season. Please contact – Jason O'Brien at 612-240-6614 or Sam Sand at 701-320-0104 with interest or further questions. CARQUEST Distribution Center, Lakeville We are looking for PT auto parts handlers to work in our distribution center. 20-40 hours per week between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Must be willing to work weekends, and be able lift up to 50 lbs. www.carquestcareers. com or call 952-322-6735

Fantasy Gifts Part time sales clerks Evenings and weekends at our Lakeville, St. Louis Park and Coon Rapids locations. Applications at all locations or email resume to helpwanted@ fantasygifts.com Godfather's Pizza has immediate openings for

Part-Time, Delivery

Apply in person at: 850 W County Rd 42 or online at www.godfathers.com (specify Burnsville location)

SAVE THE CHILDREN AMBASSADORS F/T & P/T Selected candidates will promote the Save the Children Sponsorship Program in MALL OF AMERICA. Complete training & flex schedules. Ideal for students, business-minded individuals & mothers w/ kids in school. Must be articulate & outgoing, w/strong resilience & commitment to the cause. $13.50/hour to start w/ rapid promotion oppty's; benefits after 3 mo's; & regular incentives. Apply at: donorworx.com EOE

EOE

Mystery Shoppers

Earn up to $100/day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dinning establishments. No exp req. Call 855-219-4443

NAR VARIOUS SHIFTS

We are seeking nursing assistants to serve in our 65-bed skilled nursing facility. Duties include assisting residents with their daily grooming, dining needs, ambulating and transferring residents. Candidates must be on the Minnesota Registry.

COOK PT PM

City of Elko New Market

Summer Seasonal

Public Works Position

The City of Elko New Market is accepting applications for a summer seasonal maintenance worker in the Public Works Department. The position will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance of the City streets and storm sewers, water and sanitary sewer systems, parks, buildings and other City property. Minimum qualifications include a valid Minnesota Class D Drivers License and must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Preferred qualifications include Experience in the operation of lawn maintenance equipment, medium and light equipment, and general property maintenance and groundskeeping. The position will be scheduled 30-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, daytime hours. Starting salary is $10.00 to $12.00 per hour, depending upon qualifications. City application required. For a copy of the application materials, contact the City of Elko New Market at (952) 461-2777 or visit the city web site at www.ci.enm.mn.us Submit completed application to the City of Elko New Market, 601 Main Street, P.O. Box 99, Elko New Market, MN 55020. Completed application packet must be received by 4:00 p.m., April 20, 2012.

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Duties include: preparation of meals from scratch & supervising dietary staff in the absence of the Director. Candidates must have knowledge of food safety practices, diet modifications & recipe conversion. Previous longterm care experience preferred.

9050

Health Care

9050

Health Care

Enhancing the quality of human life through the provision of exceptional healthcare services

RN House Supervisor (Ref. #556) (.3 FTE)

.3 FTE (24hrs/2wks). Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN), current MN RN license, current BLS/CPR. Current or obtain within the first 6 months - ACLS, PALS, NRP/ STABLE and Basic Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Preferred skills/experience: 5 years current experience in hospital clinical practice and management and/or leadership experience, ability to relate to physicians and other healthcare professionals and the ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks.

Cancer Care & Infusion Center Care Navigator (Ref. #554) (Cancer Care & Infusion Center) (.5 FTE)

.5 FTE (40hrs/2wks). BSN required, Current MN RN licensure, preferred experience in outpatient care coordination in oncology and one to two years experience in care navigation.

Clinical CMA/LPN (Ref. #566/548) (FamilyHealth Medical Clinic-Lakeville & Farmington) (.5 FTE & .9 FTE)

Seasonal Outdoor Work April to July

Employee Discount Flexible Hours

Apply Online:

Linders.com IMMEDIATE NEED! * BURNSVILLE BRANCH *

GENERAL LABORERS

$11-$12 Hourly (DOQ) + X½ O.T. Benefits: Paid Training & benefits you would expect from the United States Industry Leader Required to Pass: Drug Screen, Background & Motor Vehicle Record Check

Automotive

9810

Junkers & Repairable Wanted

Runners & Non Runners 612-810-7606 Licensed/Bonded/Insured www.cash4clunkers.com

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

612-861-3020 651-645-7715

$225+ for most Vehicles Free Towing 952-818-2585 CASH! For Your Junked Wrecks or Unwanted Vehicles. Free Tow-Aways

612-805-2692

9820

Motorcycle, Moped, Motor Bike

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

9850

RVs, Nonmotorized Campers

20' Shasta pull behind. Real nice shape. Must see. Loaded! $5500 952-435-5684

9900

Vans, SUVs, & Trucks

01 GMC Yukon XLT 1500

AT, 4WD, Red w/grey lthr, heated seats, 230K, very well maint., 1 owner, clean inside/out, no rust, 3rd seat, rear heat/ac. $3800 Mike 612 987 1044

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Bill mayOpponents payof a portion of school-funding shift state Rep. Pat Garofalo’s bill say it would deplete budget reserves by T.W. Budig Sun Thisweek

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed on April 2 a school shift buy-back conference committee report dedicating one-time state budget reserve dollars to pay a portion of the $2 billion school funding shift. The legislation slates $430 million in reserves toward the buy-back, leaving about $577 million left in

District 56B Republicans will try again to endorse Local Republicans will try again April 26 to endorse a candidate for the state House of Representatives seat in the new District 56B. Candidates Terry McCall of Burnsville and Roz Peterson of Lakeville battled to a four-ballot draw on March 17. In razor-close balloting at the inaugural Senate District 56 Republican convention, neither candidate came close to gaining the 60 percent needed for endorsement. Another hung convention on April 26 would leave both mulling whether to move on to a primary contest in August. The Republican nominee will in November face former state Rep. Will Morgan, a Burnsville DFLer who served two terms and was unseated by Rep. Pam Myhra in 2010. The endorsing convention will be held at the Diamondhead Education Center/Burnsville High School Senior Campus, located south of Burnsville Parkway and west of Nicollet Avenue. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. District 56B, under new political boundaries that will take effect next year, includes south Burnsville and extends north into east central Burnsville. The Lakeville portion of the district includes only the Orchard Lake area. McCall is a longtime Republican activist and chair of the 2nd Congressional District Republicans. Peterson is a Lakeville Area School Board member and chair of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. — John Gessner

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the reserves. Debate on the House floor was sometimes sharp, with House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, calling Democrats “deadbeat Democrats” for opposing the buy-back. Democrats returned fire. “You’re out of order,” Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFLGolden Valley, said. “Your bill is out of order.” But the bill passed the

House on a 75-to-56 vote. The tone in the Senate was gentler, with Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, warning that credit rating companies would not look favorably on the state using up its reserves. “This definitely will hurt us,” Stumpf said. The conference committee report passed the Senate on a 35-to-28 vote. Democrats have proposed closing perceived tax

loopholes relating to offshore corporate assets as a means of paying back the school funding shifts. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested that using the budget reserves to pay back the shifts was irresponsible. In other education-related matters, the House passed an education policy bill, authored by Rosemount High School teacher Rep. Kurt Bills,

R-Rosemount, containing a provision requiring that school boards establish policies prohibiting the use of school district resources by employees to advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate for elective office, advocate the passage or defeat of any referendum question, or solicit funds for political purposes. It stipulates the policies should not prohibit school district employees from en-

gaging in political activities except when engaged in performing duties assigned to them under their employee contract. Democrats have argued the legislation treads on First Amendment rights. They also criticized the legislation as being a minefield of state mandates. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.


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