Farmington | Lakeville July 6, 2012 | Volume 33 | Number 19
A pioneer as grand marshal John Enggren helped shape Lakeville
by Aaron M. Vehling Sun Thisweek
Health care law overcomes odds A former Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota says provisions of Affordable Care Act will remain. Page 4A
John Enggren, 83, has been a Lakeville resident his whole life. Enggren’s family is one of a handful of Lakeville’s pioneers, who rooted themselves in the community, raising their families and making sizeable financial investments here. Enggren will serve as grand marshal of Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog Grand Parade on July 7 at 5:30 Photo by Aaron Vehling John Enggren was named grand marshal of this year’s Pan- p.m. The honor will also O-Prog Grand Parade. Enggren is part of a family that has recognize Jerry, his late brother and former busiowned a number of businesses in Lakeville.
ness partner, for the men’s service to the city. For 100 years their family operated Enggren’s grocery store, in addition to clothing shops and Tom Thumb convenience stores later on. In 1954, John Enggren and his brother went into business with their father, John, who took over the store from his father, Bert. They each signed a $1 bill as a symbol of their partnership. Enggren still has the bills framed at his house near Crystal Lake.
To locals, Enggren’s Market was more than a grocery store. It was a community gathering place. Area farmers and city residents could come together and talk about their families, exchange ideas and enjoy some good old-fashioned fellowship. It became the largest supermarket in the city, offering everything from groceries to general retail. Pan-O-Prog Committee President Sheri Stolp moved to Lakeville in See Enggren, 20A
Crawl, baby, crawl Farmington to investigate salary histories The magic of ‘Cinderella’ Eagan High School Summer Community Theatre presents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical this month. Page 12A
Lakeville shines at all-star game Lakeville North’s Trey Heid named MVP of South All-Star team offense. Page 14A
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Bartholomay’s question prompts council direction by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek
After Sun Thisweek reported the salary history of some Farmington department heads in a June 29 story, the city will investigate how salary increases and promotions were made in the past 15 years. City Council Member Jason Bartholomay asked the council at its July 2 meeting if it should direct City Administrator Dave McKnight and City Attorney Joel Jamnik to conduct an investigation. Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty said she trusts that McKnight and Jamnik are looking into the information. “Are you guys looking into more detail than what has been reported?” Council Member Julie May asked. “This is not the place to discuss it,” McKnight said. “Just asking if you’re still looking into some of the issues that were raised,” May said. McKnight, sitting back from his microphone, quietly said that was the direction he was hearing from the City Council. “You are hearing correctly,” Farmington Mayor Todd Larson said. Sun Thisweek’s June 29 story reported that Farmington Human Resources Director Brenda Wendlandt’s salary has nearly tripled since she started with the city as a coordinator in 1997. She received two promotions, along with significant pay increases, without City Council approval. She received positive job reviews and inSee salary, 19A
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City could require inspections
by Aaron M. Vehling Sun Thisweek
Liquor-serving establishments often attract large numbers of people. With all those customers gathering in one bar or club, there can be safety hazards, especially if businesses don’t comply with rules such as keeping emergency exits unobstructed or maintaining safe kitchens. Recognizing that reality, the City Council will consider
a Lakeville Fire Department proposal to require annual fire inspections for businesses with liquor licenses. It would go into effect in 2013. The Fire Department already conducts inspections of businesses, said Fire Marshal Brian Carstensen at a recent council work session, but “this is a tool to assist in getting compliance with orders.” The inspections typically occur between January and
June of a given year. The City Council typically renews liquor licenses in July. Fire Chief Mike Meyer said high-occupancy facilities such as liquor establishments, senior centers and apartments typically get an annual fire inspection because of their density. A business or property owner gets a fairly lengthy amount of time to prepare ahead of an See liquor, 19A
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Lakeville discusses liquor license change
Bills welcomes challenge by T.W. Budig
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The annual Pan-O-Prog Baby Crawl-a-thon was held Tuesday, July 3, at the Lakeville Senior Center. The winners, from right to left, were Ted Hermanson (first place), Mason Hermann (second place) and Lexcey Wheeler (third place). Holding the babies were 2011 Pan-O-Prog royalty (from right) princess Alexis Friesen, Miss Lakeville Kaitlyn Rosenbush and princess Jaycee Nelson. Additional photos from this and other Pan-O-Prog events are available online at sunthisweek.com.
Rep. Kurt Bills remembers how as a boy he used to wait for his father to come home on Friday nights. Bills, 42, grew up in a small town in south central Wisconsin. During the 1970s, a misery-index decade of inflation and high unemployment, Bills’ father, Leroy Bills, a tradesman,
would sometimes have to travel as far away as Iron Mountain, Mich., to find work. “We had a CB (citizen’s band) radio that would sit on the counter at home,” said Bills, a high school economics teacher and former City Council member in Rosemount, who is the endorsed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. “And his handle (radio call name) was ‘Sandpip-
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er.’ And I was the ‘Roadrunner,’” he said. “I can remember Friday night I would sit at the bar stool at our counter and stare at the radio, because I knew dad was coming,” Bills said, his voice thickening with emotion. Lots of people were laid off in those years, Bills said. See bills, 15A
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Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemount takes in the applause at the recent Republican State Convention after winning the party’s U.S. Senate endorsement.
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July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
Business donates to food shelf
Ovarian cancer July benefit events preview
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ConAgra made a $2,500 donation to the Farmington Food Shelf on June 27 in support of Family Fresh and the community. Displaying the check is Farmington Mayor Todd Larson with Family Fresh employees.
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance is preparing for two major events in Lakeville this July: the Mid Summer Night’s Gala and Molly Cade Scramble for Ovarian Cancer. The Mid Summer Night’s Gala will be held at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville on Sunday, July 15, starting at 5 p.m. Special guest and KSTP anchor Vineeta Sawkar will emcee the evening’s festivities. The event will include a three-course gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. The Molly Cade Scramble for Ovarian Cancer is a fun, morning or afternoon tournament designed for golfers of all abilities. Held
at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club on Monday, July 16, the tournament includes 18 holes of golf, giveaway items, breakfast or lunch, along with a ticket to the Mid Summer Night’s Gala held the evening before. The event is named in memory of Molly Cade, one of the founding members of MOCA. Entrance fees for the scramble are $200 per person, which includes a ticket to the Mid Summer Night’s Gala. Individual tickets for the gala can be purchased for $75 each. Attendees can take part in one or both events. For ticket information, visit www.mnovarian.org or call (612) 8220500.
Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville July 6, 2012
Right-to-die group’s members booked Three defendants released, next court appearance Oct. 15
by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek
A potentially precedentsetting assisted-suicide trial started Monday as three of four Final Exit Network members charged in the death of an Apple Valley woman were booked into the Dakota County Jail, released and appeared in court. Before Judge Karen Asphaug were Lawrence Egbert, 84, of Maryland; Roberta Massey, 66, of Delaware, and Thomas “Ted” Goodwin, 65, of Florida. Jerry Dincin, 81, of Illinois, is also facing charges, but was not able to attend because he is terminally ill, Final Exit Network attorney Rob Rivas said. The members’ next court appearance is Oct. 15, and defense attorneys will meet in August to review the prosecution’s 40 banker boxes of evidence, Rivas said. The Dakota County grand jury may have reviewed some of that evidence in May before it produced a 17-count indictment against Final Exit Network and the four members for assisting in a suicide and interference with a death scene in the 2007 death of Doreen Dunn, 57, of Apple Valley. Dunn suffered years of debilitating pain before she joined Final Exit Network in January 2007 and allegedly used information from the organization to end her life. According to Final Exit Network, their volunteers
provide information, and are with a person when they end their life, sometimes holding their hands during the “exit” and removing equipment after the person has died. Rivas said Final Exit Network volunteers never physically assist in the process, a key point if the defense’s expected motion to dismiss is denied and the case goes to trial. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom alleges Dincin and Egbert were present with Dunn when she died, and Rivas has told Sun Thisweek he assumes Final Exit Network members were present when Dunn died, but could not confirm it. At the hearing, no bail was imposed and the defendants were released on their own recognizance. They must notify the court of any address changes, seek permission to leave the country, and attend all future court appearances. Rivas said County Attorney Phil Prokopowicz asked the court demand Final Exit Network members to stop participating in an assisted suicides in Minnesota as a condition of the pretrial release. Rivas argued that Final Exit Network members do not participate in assisted suicides, and would never agree to that terminology. Asphaug instead ordered the members remain law abiding, and Rivas agreed. He later explained the Fi-
Three members of the Final Exit Network were booked into the Dakota County Jail on July 2 and released pending their next appearance Oct. 15. From left are the booking photos of Lawrence Egbert, Thomas “Ted” Goodwin and Roberta Massey. nal Exit Network members would continue to provide information to people in Minnesota, as it is a First Amendment right. At the hearing were several Final Exit Network volunteers who had traveled from across the country to show support for the members on trial. Lee Vizer of Pennsylvania said she joined in the right-to-die movement to avoid the lingering pain her mother suffered for four years before her death about 15 years ago. She suffered so severely from osteoporosis and muscle deterioration that a careful hug from Vizer’s son Barry Cohen resulted in three broken ribs. “That was before she got worse,” Cohen of Tonka Bay told Sun Thisweek. “My mom died a horrible, lingering death,” Vizer said. “She didn’t deserve it. Nobody does.” Vizer said she believes a
person should be able to end their life, calling it the “last human right.” Backstrom has told Sun
Thisweek although he has “great compassion” for those suffering, state law does not allow for assisted suicide. Disability rights groups have also spoken out against the right-to-die movement, citing concerns about the potential for abuse. Vizer said “slippery slope issues” raised before Oregon passed its 1998 “Death with Dignity Act” have not come to pass, proving it can work. According to Backstrom, the Death with Dignity Act applies only to terminally ill patients with incurable and irreversible diseases that are medically confirmed to
produce death within six months. Dunn was not terminal, but a hand-written note signed by Dunn and faxed to Massey, stated she was “living with unbearable, excruciating, chronic pain” that spread throughout her body. Vizer said in her mother’s case, doctors wouldn’t declare her mother terminal even when she had shrunk to just 50 pounds. “She was forced to endure a living hell,” Vizer said. Laura Adelmann is at laura. firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
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July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
Health care law will be reformed, not repealed by Dave Durenberger Special to Sun Thisweek
Did you know that bookmakers take odds on U.S. Supreme Court decisions? Neither did I until I heard the odds against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being held constitutional were 5 to 1 going into last Thursday’s decision. The 5-4 opinion, upholding the law, was written by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. The opinion will go down in history as will the law itself, because of the incredible interest in the outcome and because it comes with four months left in an election campaign that may be decided by voter opinions of the law. It may also have been historic because of the role the chief justice played in deciding its constitutionality. In finding the mandate that everyone be required to purchase private health insurance or pay a financial penalty, an unconstitutional exercise of the commerce power granted Congress in the constitution, Roberts was joined by four of his conservative colleagues on the court. In upholding the mandate and its penalty as a constitutional exercise of the Congress’ power to spend and tax he was joined by the four liberals. A larger majority of the court joined in Roberts’ opinion that the Congress did not have the right to withhold Medicaid funds
Dave Durenberger from states that refused to enact the law’s new Medicaid expansion. This broadened eligibility for the joint federal/state program and promised the federal government would pay 100 percent of added costs in the first four years and 90 percent thereafter. Obamacare itself is historic because it is so comprehensive. Despite the fact that federal and state government finances 46 percent of the $2.6 trillion annual cost of health care in this country, more than 50 million of us are uninsured and many millions more underinsured. The new law expands insured coverage to 30-32 million uninsured. It sets rules for health insurance competition which require companies to improve evidence-based benefits, risk assumption rules for eligibility and renewal, the amount of premium paid to providers, and the addition of catastrophic coverage. It is historic because at the same time it expands coverage it changes payment poli-
cy to provide incentives for health care providers and systems to improve health and health care quality, safety and effectiveness. Interestingly, those of us in Minnesota don’t see the historic proportions of the law because we have benefitted from thoughtful bipartisan efforts to do both coverage expansion and value-based care payment and delivery for decades. But to a fair amount of the rest of this country, and to all Americans, this is a big deal. For that reason it has also been polarizingly political. The president chose to launch this reform effort early in his presidency at a time when the nation had not yet begun to recover from the destabilizing impact of what’s now called the Great Recession, while hundreds of thousands were losing jobs every month and while Congress was still being asked to go deeper into debt to bail out vital industries and to stimulate employment. In the summer of 2009 Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the number one goal of his party was to make the new president a one-term president. As a result of all of this, Obamacare has been opposed by every elected Republican in state or federal government from its inception, many of whom joined in contesting its constitutionality. I have been engaged in national health policy reform
since my election to the U.S. Senate and its Finance Committee in 1978. This law is built on a chassis of health policy reform in which both Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have been involved for many years. Despite that fact, and it is a fact, the partisan split on the law continues into the 2012 election. Republicans in the House will vote to repeal the new law this week. The Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged, if elected, to repeal it as the first item of business on his calendar. This is despite the fact that as governor of Massachussetts he enacted almost the same policy, which our former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dubbed Romneycare. In my view the law will not be repealed, but it can be reformed by bi-partisan consensus because too much of it is supported by the millions of health care professionals who are already engaged in health reform. They think it’s time for national health policy to catch up to the reform that’s alive and well in Minnesota. Former Republican U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger is founder and current chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.
Right call in keeping tougher hockey penalties by Don Heinzman Sun Thisweek
Youth hockey is a popular sport in Minnesota with over 40,000 players competing in the state. Coaching young people how to check properly is paramount, because illegal checking can cause serious injuries. Without proper rules and penalties rigorously applied, players could become seriously injured, as was the case of Jack Jablonski who is paralyzed because of an accidental check from behind him. The Board of Directors of Minnesota Hockey is to be commended for its decision to keep the tougher penalties in place for illegal checking at all levels of youth hockey teams for the 2012-13 season. In reaction to the public’s concern over the Jablonski injury, the board of directors
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last spring agreed to assess a mandatory five-minute, major penalty when a player illegally checks another. Previously, the referee decided the severity of the check and applied the penalty. In late June, the board was wavering over backing a recommendation of an ad hoc committee. That recommendation was to go back to the old rule way of letting the referee decide the penalty on illegal checking and assessing the two-minute penalty.
The more the board talked about reverting to the old, more lenient rule on checking, the more members realized safety of the players was more important. Some who wanted the old rules argued that players lose instructional time when they have to sit out longer penalties. They preferred to leave the assessment of penalty to the official. Game officials would be encouraged to enforce the checking and boarding rule vigorously. Some who voted to keep the harsher penalties agreed that going back to the old rule would not be received well with the public. They were right, because the public in general is becoming more concerned over long-term brain damage from concussions suffered by players in any contact sport. The Minnesota Hockey Board wisely
advocates better education of coaches and game officials. Critics of the longer penalty argue that better knowledge and enforcement of the rules is a better route. They point out that the new rule takes away discretion of penalizing minutes from the referee, because the five-minute penalty is automatic. The decision was a tough call for the board of directors, but most will agree it’s the right call, because it should make the game safer. Don Heinzman, a member of the ECM Editorial Board and ECM Board of Directors, can be reached at email@example.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.
Letters Zach worked hard for VFW To the editor: I would like to say “Thanks” to Arnold Zach for serving as commander of the Lakeville VFW 210 for the last four years. It was close to closing its doors and he stepped in to keep it going. Along the way a lot happened – the business he did with a local business told him he could no longer serve them (after 13 years). His car was keyed, was given two flat tires and he received emails of threats due to decisions he had to make. These decisions were made under a lot of thought and honest hardships. The community needs the VFW and the veterans need a place to go and get together. The community uses the VFW for meetings, weddings, showers, reunions, funeral meals, Lions, Pan-O-Prog and the list goes on. The Boy Scouts have helped and served with the veterans and they have come in and painted, helped with events. Some students and their parents/ teachers have encouraged them to come in and listen to speakers share their sto-
ries of experiences of why we have our freedom in this great nation. Thank you to those who have supported the VFW, veterans and the community of Lakeville. I thank Commander Zach for his service, honesty and integrity and being a wonderful example to many. ANNETTE L. ZACH, wife of 42 years Lakeville
The freedom to marry To the editor: I have been volunteering with Minnesotans United for All Families since last October. As a straight, Christian woman with a wonderful husband of 30 years and four children some might wonder why defeating this amendment is so very important to me. When my sister first came out to me in college, I was not really surprised but it took some getting used to. Over the years I have come to know that she is still the same sister that I love and care for and my best friend in the entire world; she just happens to
be wired differently than me. My sister has been with her love for the past 17 years. Sherry and Barb are as much a devoted couple as my husband and I are. Both give back to their community in many different ways as a volunteer firefighter, master naturalist and member of the town board. They also serve their community in their chosen professions as my sister works with people with disabilities and her partner is a nurse anesthetist. Both Sherry and Barb have been there as we said goodbye to our parents, I battled cancer and we celebrated our children’s accomplishments. They are the most talented, giving people I know. It hurts me deeply to think that we can vote to say their love is any less meaningful or deserving of formal recognition. Would you want your sister or brother to be told their love wasn’t worthy of marriage or be asked to settle for a civil union? Allowing their love to be recognized would not change or diminish my marriage in any way. Voting no on the proposed marriage amendment is important to my family. Please join me so all com-
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mitted couples have the more lower-income Americans will have access to freedom to marry. health insurance and community clinics. Veda Kanitz 6. Seniors will get $250 Lakeville toward closing the prescripdrug “doughnut hole.” Kline’s criticism tion Prescription drug coverage ignores reality currently ends at $2,700 and resumes after spending To the editor: The Supreme Court nearly $6,200. Eventually, made the right decision in the reform act will close the upholding the Affordable doughnut hole entirely. Health Care Act, known as 7. Small businesses will receive tax credits up to 50 Obamacare. I was very disappointed percent of premium costs by the diatribe of U.S. Rep. for offering health insurJohn Kline, R-Lakeville, in ance to their workers. a video he released the day 8. Insurers need to jusof the decision. Kline called tify rate increases and conthe ruling an “affront” to sumers have the ability to the Constitution, “misguid- appeal claim denials to ined” and “unconstitutional.” surers. The ruling held the law 9. All new plans must is constitutional. The con- cover certain preventive sergressman has done his best vices such as mammograms to sabotage Obamacare and colonoscopies without without proposing viable charging a deductible, copays or coinsurance as well alternatives. Kline’s proposed “full re- no co-pays for other prepeal” of Obamacare would ventive services for women, strip Americans of the fol- breast pumps and domestic lowing positive rights and violence screening. benefits available under the Obamacare provides a foundation for a healthier law: 1. Insurance companies America and equality in will be unable to drop peo- health care regardless of socioeconomic status. ple because they are sick. 2. Insurance compa- Kline’s zeal to repeal nies can no longer impose Obamacare ignores its lifetime coverage limits on many benefits and is rooted your insurance. Individuals in divisive partisan politics. will no longer risk running Based on his irate response to the ruling on the law that out of coverage. 3. Insurers will be un- helps seniors, the middle able to discriminate against class, and the disadvanpeople with pre-existing taged, we should replace conditions and deny them him in November. coverage because of the STEVE FIEBIGER condition. 4. Young people can stay Burnsville on their parents’ insurance until age 26. 5. Nearly 30 million
Save the postal service To the editor: A letter on June 22 about the U.S. Postal Service blamed computers for its financial crisis and declining revenue and that is, undoubtedly, a contributing factor. But by far the biggest cause is a requirement imposed by Congress in 2006 that the post office, in the next 10 years, pre-fund health care costs for its employees for the next 75 years to the tune of $5.5 billion per year. Of course, since Congress wrote the law, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but the bottom line is the Postal Service is pre-paying health coverage for employees who not only haven’t been hired, they haven’t been born yet. So write or contact our current representative now and tell him to fix the funding problem for the Postal Service. It won’t solve all the fiscal problems, but reducing the $5.5 billion annual payment will make the others manageable without the drastic cuts in employees and services currently being proposed. And an important future action is to vote for Mike Obermueller for representative in November. Obermueller will be a representative who will work to fix the Postal Service and other issues in a way that gives us an efficient and effective government that works for all of us. JUDY FINGER Apple Valley
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Liquor store will not move Fogarty’s vote changes workshop direction
by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek
After some heated debate, the Farmington City Council reversed course on July 2 and voted against moving Farmington’s downtown liquor store from City Center Christy Jo to Tamarack Fogarty Ridge Shopping Center. The council instead authorized a five-year renewal of its City Center lease, contingent on owner Tom Wartman agreeing to let the city out of the lease if it gets out of the liquor business. The swing vote was Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty, who in a June 11 workshop had agreed with Council Members Julie May and Jason Bartholomay to move the liquor store to Tamarack Ridge as part of an effort to improve sagging profits. At the meeting, May and Bartholomay offered numerous reasons to support moving to Tamarack Ridge, including the retail center’s high-profile location off Highway 3 in a busy area near more homes in a growing area at a lower lease rate. Fogarty said she struggled with the decision, but decided to change and support the City Center location to improve the city’s ability to get out of the liquor business if a new council should decided to do so. May and Bartholomay have consistently opposed the city’s monopoly on liquor sales in Farmington but have lacked majority support to close its liquor stores and allow private businesses to operate them. That support could be there next year because three seats are up for election; Fogarty’s seat would also be open if she is elected to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners
this fall. Fogarty said the move to Tamarack would necessitate a 7-year lease to recover moving costs, and that would make it more difficult for the city to end its liquor store operations. Council Member Terry Donnelly said a move could distract liquor store staff from their direction to focus on improving profits. “I just want a little stability,” Donnelly said. He is concerned about the unknown effect changing locations could have. Under the new lease terms at City Center, Farmington’s per square-foot price starts at $13.50, increasing to $15.50 by year five for the 6,250-squarefoot space. Tamarack Ridge’s per square-foot cost for a 5,058 square-foot space starts at $9.50 and is at $11 in five years. May said the city would have saved $100,000 after five years by leasing at Tamarack, but Donnelly said if the extra square footage is not considered, the bids are similar.
Public response The issue sparked debate that at times caused quarrels among council members and staff. Discussion grew heated when Bartholomay asked McKnight, who is taking over responsibilities for the liquor operations from Parks Director Randy Distad, whether he is confident he can improve profits in a location that has lost money. “We will do our best,” McKnight said, adding the question is dragging council into more of a policy discussion. Bartholomay said McKnight had already done so “by having separate meetings” with council members, stating McKnight “reached out” to him for a meeting. Fogarty said she requested a meeting with McKnight, not the other
way around. “That is not David inserting himself into politics,” Fogarty said. Donnelly said McKnight has been professional, encouraging them to make a decision, but without leading council members to choose one site or another. “I’m disappointed by your remark,” Donnelly said. Bartholomay later apologized to McKnight for the comment. May said the council has acted unprofessionally, and all kinds of back-room conversations were going on, and people were getting mad at each other. She said when Larson knew there was the potential that the vote would reverse council direction, he should have called another workshop so they could debate the issue in public. Larson said people have the right to change their mind before taking an official vote. He scolded council members for interrupting each other and acting unprofessionally during the meeting. “What happened here at the dias is not professional,” Larson said. It made us look bad, and I don’t want it to happen anymore.”
Process issues Although Fogarty and Donnelly voted for the City Center lease, they were critical of Wartman for not working with the city during negotiations until the city was seriously looking into moving the liquor store. “I feel in some ways you kind of painted us into a corner,” Fogarty said. “Until we truly prepared to leave, you were unwilling to negotiate with us.” Todd Glass, owner of the Tamarack Ridge location, said in an interview May and Bartholomay met with both owners and was See Fogarty, 6A
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Education College news
– Kaitlyn Brattland, Jamie Montgomery, Alyssa Neitz Art Institutes Interna- ke, Victoria Sletten. tional Minnesota, Minneapolis, June graduates, from Farmington – Brandon District 194 Lepasti, B.S., photography; from Lakeville – Taylor School Board Following is the agenda Burns, A.S., culinary. University of Wiscon- for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, July sin-Eau Claire, spring 2012 10, regular meeting of the dean’s list, from Farmington District 194 School Board – Melissa Cecchettini, Mi- in the District Office Board chael Dabat, Collin Hough; Room, 8670 210th St. W., from Lakeville – Denise Ab- Lakeville. bott, Breanna Cook, Karlie 1. Preliminary Actions Day, Dalton Gillen, Beth a. Call to Order Harrington, Ashley Larson, b. Pledge of Allegiance Kelsey Maruska, Daniel c. Roll Call and Board IntroMazula, Mikelle Nepsund, ductions Good News Derek Nichols, Robert d. e. Public Comment Prescott, Matthew Webster. f. Board Communications University of Wiscon- g. Agenda Additions sin-La Crosse, spring 2012 2. Consider Approval of Consent dean’s list, from Elko New Agenda a. Board Minutes Market – Ashley Fahren- b. Employment Recommendakamp; from Farmington tions, Leave Requests and Resigna– Andrew Doyle, Joshua tions 2012-14 Collective BargainJackson, Jordan Keller, Ra- ing c.Agreement with Lakeville Aschel Primus; from Lakeville
sociation of School Administrators d. Other Personnel Matters e. Payment of Bills & Claims f. Authorization to Release Checks g. New Alt Facilities Projects h. Non-public School Transportation Contracts i. Other Business Matters j. Acceptance of Gift Donations k. Field Trips 3. Consent Agenda Discussion Items 4. Reports a. Superintendent’s Evaluation Summary – Ms. Judy Keliher 5. Recommended Actions a. MN State High School League Resolution for 2012-13 Membership – Dr. Lisa Snyder b. Membership in Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce 2012-13 – Dr. Lisa Snyder c. Membership in MN School Board Association 2012-13 – Dr. Lisa Snyder d. Health & Safety Budget – Mr. Ed Nelson 6. Additions to Agenda 7. Information a. Superintendent’s Report b. Board Member Reports 8. Adjournment
Farmington Briefs Farmington Library events The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., has planned the following events. Call (651) 438-0250 for more information. • Teen Advisory Group, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9. TAGs recommend books and music, help plan library programs and partic-
fogarty, from 5A critical of Donnelly for stating at the meeting he purposefully avoided those meetings since each would be lobbying for their site. He said he felt “used” because their lower bid allowed the city to obtain a better lease rate at City Center after being stymied for about a year to negotiate with Wartman. “Maybe at the end of the day, that doesn’t show
ipate in community events and service projects. New members welcome. • Teen Library Day, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. Drop in for a variety of activities, games, crafts, readings, discussion and more. • Elephant Pots with Abrakadoodle, ages 3 to 12, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12. Use
clay to make elephant pots. Registration required. • Comedy Improv with SteppingStone Theatre, teens, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Learn the basics of improvisation, slapstick movement and joke telling. Registration required.
equal support to business members throughout the community,” Glass said. Gerry Jolley, a member of Farmington’s Economic Development Authority, was disappointed Larson did not allow public comment because she was prepared to address the issue. “As a former banker and someone who knows a little about how to advise businesses to be successful, I had some advice,” she said. She said she did not
speak during public comment period at the beginning of the meeting because that is for items not on the agenda. “I’m confused about when it’s residents’ time to speak,” she said. “I’m not upset because they already made their decision, so it’s a moot point now, but advice is always good.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. email@example.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
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Photography class The digital photography class will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. All photographers are welcome regardless of skill level. Cost: One punch.
Diners Club Both singles and couples are invited to dinner Thursday, July 12, at Copper River in Lakeville. Must be a current senior center member and pay a $5 group registration fee in order to participate. Meet at the restaurant on July 12 at 5 p.m. Sign up by July 10 so reservations can be made.
Motorcycle Club This club is for men and women age 50 and older. The club takes a short ride on the second Thursday of each month, and a long ride on the fourth Thursday. Leave the senior center at 10 a.m. both days. On July 12, take a short ride to Hastings. On July 26, take a long ride to Taylors Falls.
New this year is a Saturday breakfast ride, on the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Riders are to meet at the senior center parking lot. Scheduled Saturday rides are: • July 21, Hudson, Key’s Restaurant • Aug. 18, Faribault, TBD • Sept. 15, Destination to be determined
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Open Studio All past and present Lakeville Senior Center watercolor students are invited to participate in the “Open Studio” event to be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12 and Aug. 16, at Antlers Park (Shelter B) in Lakeville. Potluck at 11 a.m., followed by painting. Bring a dish to pass. No need to sign up, just show up for this free event.
The Lakeville Senior Center is located at 20732 Holt Ave. Senior center inquiries can be directed to Linda Walter, senior coordinator, at (952) 985-4622 or lwalter@lakevillemn. gov.
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Foot care Tender Care for You will be at the senior center Monday, July 16, for foot soaks, massages and toenail care. The cost of a half-hour appointment is $30. Call the senior center for an appointment. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged.
Farmington Seniors The Rambling River Center is located at 325 Oak St. For more information on trips, programs and other activities, call (651) 280-6970.
Scandinavian celebration The Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. It will feature Scandinavian folk artist Ross Sutter and a traditional Scandinavian meal. Tickets: $15. Deadline: July 10.
Pops concert Travel to Nicollet Island Tuesday, July 17, to hear the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Includes free refreshments and door prizes. Cost: $12/ members, $22/nonmembers. Program time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Bus will leave from the Rambling River Center. Deadline: July 10.
Diamond Jo’s Casino Seniors can travel to Northwood, Iowa, for a day at Diamond Jo’s Casino Wednesday, Aug. 15. Program time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $25/members, $35/nonmembers. Lunch included. Bus will leave from the Rambling River Center. Deadline: Aug. 1.
Sunshine Boys See Neil Simon’s “The
Sunshine Boys” Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Guthrie Theater. Program time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trip includes a backstage tour. Lunch or snack on your own. Cost: $40/ members, $50/nonmembers. Bus will leave from the Rambling River Center. Deadline: July 26.
Minneapolis/ Nicollet Mall Take a bus and light rail Thursday, Aug. 30, to downtown Minneapolis. Visit the Farmer’s Market and the Mary Tyler Moore statue. Lunch at Brit’s Pub. Program time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $10/ members, $20/nonmembers. Bus will leave from the Rambling River Center. Deadline: Aug. 23.
Wabasha Street Caves, tacky tour On Wednesday, Sept. 19, start with lunch at Joseph’s Grill before going to the Wabasha Street Caves for a 45-minute walking tour. Then hop a bus for the Twin Town Tack Tour of tacky place in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Program time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $39/members, $49/nonmembers. Bus will leave from the Rambling River Center. Deadline: Aug. 29.
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School Board Proceedings
This is a summary of the Independent School District No.194 Regular School Board Meeting on Tues, June 12, 2012 with full text available for public inspection on t h e d i s t r i c t w e b s i t e a t www.isd194.k12.mn.us or District Office at 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by pledge of allegiance. All board members and administrators were present except Michelle Volk. Public Comment: The following spoke regarding class sizes at LVE: Michele Jett, 8954 210th St. W; Tamara & Ron Robinson, 20614 Jura Trail; Tara Michlitsch, 21154 Hummingbird Lane; Stacey Simonett, 9121 211th St.; Sheri & Troy Sergent, 10816 202nd St. W; Peter & Susan Dircks, 20605 Kaftan Court; Kellie Klein, 9725 Upper 205th St. W; Nicole Fannin, 9828 211th St. W; Stephanie Scheffler 20941 Illinois Path; and Jane Kretsch 20933 Jamestown Ave. Consent agenda items approved: minutes of the meeting on May 22; employment recommendations, leave requests and resignations; payment of bills and claims subject to annual audit; alt facilities bids/quotes; non-public school transportation contracts; and donations. Reports presented: 2013 Lakeville Arenas budget presentation; 1st reading Policy C-60 Health & Safety Budget; 1st reading Policy F260 Acceptable Use-Electronic Information Resources; AP biology resource report; Fiscal &ear 2013 capital budget report. Recommended actions approved: Equity 2011-12 budget revisions; leadership restructuring plan. Adjournment at 8:59 p.m. ___________________________________ This is a summary of the Independent School District No. 194 Board of Education Retreat, Thursday, June 14 2012 with full text available for public inspection on the district website at www.isd194.k12.mn.us or 8670 210th Street W., Lakeville, MN 55044 The meeting was called to order at 12:10 p.m. All board members and Superintendent Snyder were present. Discussion was held regarding the following topics: Past Reductions & Impacts; 2013-14 Potential Budget Processes; Reviewed Action Plans Created by Shared Leadership Team; Follow up - Choice School Planning; Community Engagement Survey Review; Superintendent Executive Coaching Proposal; Preliminary Review of District-wide Stakeholder Data; Long-term Board Initiative Around Business-School Partnerships. Meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m. 3067527 7/6/12
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Raymond and Nancy Herschl of Burnsville announce the May 26 marriage of their daughter Laura to Dustin Wahlstrom in Grand Cayman. Dustin is the son of Arba-Della Beck of Stillwater and Mark and Nancy Wahlstrom of Sioux Falls, SD. Laura is a graduate of Apple Valley High School and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is currently a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dustin is a graduate of Stillwater High School, Hamline University, and earned his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He currently works as a research director at Pearson. Dustin and Laura currently reside in Austin, TX, where Laura will complete her predoctoral internship at the Central Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dustin works at Pearson’s San Antonio office.
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Lucia Loretta Ogren Raymond and Tracy (nee Larson) Ogren, along with big sister Khloe, welcome with love Lucia Loretta Ogren. She was born on February 13, 2012, weighing 6 Ibs, 15 oz. Proud grandparents are Raymond and Jackie Ogren of St. Paul and Eric and Kathy Larson of Lakeville. Great grandparents are Arlene Bush of Bloomington and Leroy Molitor of Cottage Grove.
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1937-2012, age 74, of Denver passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012. He is survived by sons, Mike (Ann), Tim (Sherri), Kevin (Brooke) Buckley; daughter, Anne (Scott) Miller; sister, Jeraldine (John) Holden; niece, Mary-Ann; nephew, Joe; companion, Patty Bohm; and 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass Thursday July 12 10:00 am, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 830 Elm Street, Denver, CO 80220. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred in Bill’s name to The Elks Lodge #607, PO Box 607, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 in support of Laradon Hall, a school for children with disabilities. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com
Larry was born in New York, NY on December 31, 1936. He grew up in Brooklyn, and was proud of his Red Hook heritage. Larry was honored to serve in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korea. After serving, he returned to Florida, and went back to school to study electronics. Following his studies, he was employed by Sperry Rand in Minnesota in 1961. After more than 30 years and multiple corporate name changes, Larry retired from Unisys in 1992. The majority of his career was spent working in the Technical Services Division as part of a team doing government proposals. Larry married Marilyn in 1963 and raised daughter Tammy and son Michael in Lakeville where they lived since 1967. Upon retiring, Larry started his consulting business (Basic Support Services, Inc.) and, more importantly, became even further involved in volunteerism. He was grateful to be asked to join the Lakeville Lions Club, a phenomenal group of hardworking, caring people. Larry also participated in the planning of our new Church, and helping with Loaves & Fishes and Habitat for Humanity. The busier he was, the happier he was. Spending time with family and dear friends was time he treasured. In his free time, he very much enjoyed golf, photography and woodworking. Larry started to leave us about 3 years ago, but 2011 was a real turning point. When asked why he left us, his answer was: “I didn’t want to go. But it will be alright.” We thank God over and over for giving us those few precious minutes. A special thank you to Father Tom Wilson, who has been caring for us throughout the long goodbye. Also to Father Kelly for his concern and prayers. To Deacon Jim, who faithfully brought communion to our home and prayed with us, for which Larry was so grateful. Thanks to the staff and families of All Saints for their loving support. To Dr. David Walsher for the years of exceptional care and friendship that he gave to Larry. Thank you to the incredible caregivers at Sunrise of Edina, a more kind and loving group would be hard to find. God sent us to the right place. Larry was preceded in death by his father, William Hazel, and his mother, Anna Horan Hazel. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Marilyn; daughter, Tammy; son, Mike (Cathy); grandsons, Jeremy and Jared; brothers, Raymond (Flo) Hazel, Al (Anne) Pinkham; sister, Kay Kent; sister-in-law, Donna Darling; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Larry was blessed to have so many loving relatives and amazing friends to share in his life. May God bless you and keep you healthy and happy all the days of your lives…until he meets you again.
Rita (Schweich) Gundersen Age 83, will be honored on July 11th in Lakeville, MN. Rita died peacefully in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 28, 2011. Born Sept. 9, 1928, Rita was the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Schweich. She is survived by her 5 Children and their Families Patricia (Timothy) Keith, Jean Berg (Kimberly), William Berg (Jim), Richard (Connie) Berg and Catherine Babick, 11 Grand and 6 Great Grand Children, Brothers Lawrence (Bonnie) Schweich, John (Gloria) Schweich and Robert Schweich, Sisters-In-Law Betty Schweich, Arlene Schweich and Mary Schweich and Brother-In-Law Gary Frighetto. She dearly loved her family and cherished each and every friend. Rita will be remembered for her generosity, beautiful smile and enthusiasm for life. July 11th, 2012: There will be a 10:00AM Reception at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN followed by 10:30AM Rosary and 11:00AM Mass. Rita will be laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Lakeville after Mass. Please join Family and Friends at the Chart House in Lakeville following the Services.
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Perry - Antonson Nicole Perry, daughter of Taylor and Barb Perry of Lakeville, and Matthew Antonson, son of Mark and Carol Antonson of Lakeville, announce their engagement. Nicole is a 2006 graduate of Lakeville North High School and a 2011 graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in Life Science education. She will be teaching at Aspen Academy in the fall Matthew is a 2006 graduate from Lakeville North High School and a 2011 graduate of Brown College with a degree in Computer Technology and is employed at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging. An August 17th wedding is planned.
Grace Anne Kind October 8, 1949 ~ June 27, 2012. Age 62 of Osage, MN peacefully entered eternity on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2012 surrounded by her loved ones at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Grace Anne was born on October 8, 1949 in Berkeley, CA to Laurie W. and Lorraine (Chilton) Wright. As a small infant her family returned to the mid-west eventually settling in Moorhead, MN. She attended the Moorhead public schools graduating with the High School Class of 1967. Following high school, Grace Anne went on to attend the Moorhead State University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in just 3 years. Following her graduation in 1970, she taught the 4th grade in West Fargo, ND for 3 years. On July 15, 1971 Grace Anne was united in marriage to Dale Kind in Sisseton, SD. This union was blessed with 3 daughters: Melissa, Tonia and Katie. Following her marriage, the young couple moved to Hudson, MA where they resided for 8 years. In 1981, they moved to San Marcos, CA where they lived until 1989 when they moved to Lakeville, MN. Throughout her working career, Grace Anne was always involved in the education of children. She enjoyed the challenge of instilling the love for learning in the lives of the youngsters she taught. In addition to her career, Grace Anne devoted her life to making a warm and loving home for her husband and daughters. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her special birthday cakes, Christmas cookies and candy. In 2003, after being diagnosed with an auto immune disease known as Dermatomyositis, Grace Anne was forced to leave education. In that same year she and Dale retired to the Osage, MN area where they made their home on the Mill Pond of Straight Lake. Throughout her entire life, Grace Anne’s faith was actively used in the churches she faithfully attended. She had become a very active part of the Grace Community church of Osage where she and Dale attended. She was an active member of the Osage Lions Club, the Red Hat Society and the Osage Ladies Lunch Group. She also enjoyed attending the Osage Seniors luncheon on Tuesdays. Grace Anne was a very accomplished artist who loved to paint, draw, quilt and make her own greeting cards. She loved the outdoors whether it was swimming in the lake or working in her flower gardens. She loved to play cards and was an avid reader. Above all, Grace Anne dedicated her life to her husband, her daughters and her 3 grandsons who she loved with all her heart. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 41 years, Dale; her 3 daughters: Melissa (Jeff) Donnelly of Elko, MN, Tonia Kind of Burnsville, MN and Katie Kind of St. Louis Park, MN; her 3 grandsons: Jacob, Joey and Luke Donnelly all of Elko, MN; her mother, Lorraine Wright of the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, MN; very special aunt, Anne Garrett of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as a host of beloved family members and friends. Grace Anne was preceded in death by her father, Laurie in 1988 and her brother, Joel in 2010. Funeral services were held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Grace Community Church in Osage, MN with Reverend Paul McKibben officiating. Dorothy Crook was the organist. The Grace Community Ladies Quartet sang “It is Well with My Soul” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. The casketbearers were her nephews: Tony Kind, Jason Kind, Ron Kind, Ben Boe, Randy Mitzner and Chris Wilkes. Visitation was held from 5-8:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. A luncheon was hosted for all to attend following the service. To leave online condolences or view the video tribute, please visit www.jonespearson.com.
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Opinions vary on court’s health care ruling
Kline criticizes, Durenburger praises high court’s decision by T.W. Budig Sun Thisweek
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s landmark legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, on a 5-4 vote Thursday, June 28. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, rendering the majority decision on the controversial individual health insurance mandate, concluded the provision was indeed permissible as part of the federal government’s taxing authority. “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Roberts wrote. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.” Americans who refuse to obtain health insurance face penalties beginning in 2014. One of the most outspoken critics of the federal law, Republican 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, blasted the court’s decision on CNN. “It really is a turning point in American history,” Bachmann said. “This is an activist court you saw today.” Bachmann characterized the judicial logic that the individual mandate was permissible as “bizarre.” She called it “a denial of liberty,” and spoke of the ballot box as the only remedy left to opponents of socalled Obamacare. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka and chair of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee, expressed disappointment over the ruling. “It’s a great ruling if
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Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson praised the Supreme Court’s decision last week on the Affordable Care Act. money would fall from the sky,” Abeler said. Abeler views the health care law as emblematic of out-of-control federal spending, a gushing of borrowed money for which he blames Republicans and Democrats alike. Abeler views the Affordable Care Act as tightening federal control on the states. Second District U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville, expressed dismay over the ruling. “The Supreme Court’s decision is a devastating blow to the American people,” Kline said in a statement. “If Washington can penalize private citizens for failing to buy governmentapproved health insurance, then there is no reasonable limit on federal power.” House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, also expressed disappointment. “President Obama and Democrats in Congress have unleashed a massive expansion of government that will harm our economy every day until it is repealed,” he said. Fourth District U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-St.
Paul, argued in a statement that it was time for Republicans to change their tune. “It is now time for Republicans in Congress to end their vitriolic repeal campaign and work on effectively implementing this law to the benefit of the American people,” she said. Dayton administration health care officials, including Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, applauded the court ruling. “The ruling signifies real progress and important protection for citizens across Minnesota,” she said in a statement. “2014 will be a really big year,” Jesson said of the time when major elements of the act, such as health insurance exchanges, should be in place. Jesson indicated that she believed most Americans, assisted by elements in the legislation, would willingly take steps to insure they’re covered. “Minnesota has always been a national leader in health care and the administration will continue efforts to increase quality and improve access to insurance See health, 10A
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July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
Business Briefs Mackin leader to present message Randal Heise, president of Burnsville-based Mackin Educational Resources, has been selected by eSchool News as an outstanding thought leader to present the message during the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Held in San Diego, Calif., the ISTE 2012 conference will focus on “Expanding Horizons” and continue to provide professional development and networking opportunities to infuse technology solutions into education and provide students with a comprehensive, digital-age education to prepare them for the future.
rental services, was named No. 76 on Rental Equipment Register’s list of top 100 rental companies from 2011. The RER 100 is a listing of the top 100 rental companies in North America ranked according to rental volume (not including equipment sales). The RER 100 has been released every year since 1984 by Rental Equipment Register magazine.
Scouting for Uniforms gears up for fifth year
Pilgrim Dry Cleaners is getting ready for its fifth annual Scouting for Uniforms campaign to provide uniforms for disadvantaged youth in the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. Sun Newspapers and KARE TEMP-AIR 11 are sponsoring the camnamed a top paign again. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts 100 company TEMP-AIR Inc., a and Venturers uniforms will Burnsville-based specialist be distributed to youth who in temporary climate control could otherwise not afford
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one. The Northern Star Council serves young people in 21 Minnesota counties and four western Wisconsin counties. The campaign lasts the entire month of July. Collection points for donated uniforms include all 25 Pilgrim Dry Cleaning locations, as well as the Boy Scout council offices at 5300 Glenwood Ave. in Golden Valley and 393 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul. Pilgrim Cleaners has locations in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. To find the nearest Pilgrim location, go to pilgrimdrycleaners.com.
Genpak named as supplier of the year
Genpak LLC, Lakeville, was recognized by Reinhart Foodservice LLC with the Non-Foods Supplier of the Year Award during Reinhart’s Supplier Summit, an annual gathering of Reinhart’s key suppliers held in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Quality Ingredients hosts panel Burnsville-based Quality Ingredients Corporation moderated a panel of experts at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists educational conference titled “Partnering for Success with Your Contract Manufacturer” on Wednesday, June 27, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Lakeville chamber sets dinner cruise The Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Networking After Hours event for July 19 is a Mississippi River dinner cruise with a 5:15 p.m. bus departure from Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing. Cost is $20. RSVP to michele@ lakevillechamber.org by July 12. See business, 11A
and affordable care will continue,” the statement read. Former Republican U.S. Sen. David Durenberger, founder and current chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas, explained that while the Affordable Care Act isn’t a flawless piece of legislation, it’s pretty good. It reflects evolving wisdom and consensus over health care gained over past decades. “All these things are coming together now,” Durenberger said. “The law is the reward. … It’s got everything we’ve been looking for.” Well-defined national health care policy goals are found in the bill, he explained. Durenberger, speaking prior to the Supreme Court ruling, defended the personal mandate. “You’ve got to have a system in which everybody is in,” Durenberger said. As for Republican critics, they have some laudable, long-terms goals for
health care, Durenberger said. “(But) they don’t know how to get from here to there,” he said. Durenberger, seen as a health care expert, views Democrats from Obama to Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken in the past as “totally” failing to defend the Affordable Care Act. He’s been astounded by the silence of the Democrats, he explained. Affordable Care Act provisions already in effect include: • Children with pre-existing medical conditions cannot be discriminated against by new health care plans or grandfathered group health plans. • Prohibits insurance companies from dropping people from health care coverage if they get sick. • Requires new health plans and certain grandfathered plans to allow young people up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance policy, if desired. T.W. Budig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville July 6, 2012
Mother and advocate Autistic twins inspire Burnsville woman’s training by John Gessner Sun Thisweek
When Bonnie Korman first heard about advocacy training for parents of developmentally disabled children, the Burnsville mother of identical twins didn’t see much use in it. “I thought, ‘I am an advocate, because I’m a mom. I must be,’ ” said Korman, whose 7-year-old sons have fragile X syndrome and autism. “But I came to realize how much I didn’t know I didn’t know.” Korman is a May graduate of Partners in Policymaking, an eight-month leadership training program developed in Minnesota and sponsored by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. The free training is for people with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. One of 40 Minnesotans selected for the most recent class, Korman spent two days a month learning about the history of disability in society, the self-advocacy movement and ways to influence public policy. Twenty-nine students graduated. Launched 25 years ago by the Minnesota governor’s council, Partners in Policymaking is now offered in almost every state and many foreign countries. Korman applied after she heard about it from a friend in Illinois. Her consciousness was raised as soon as she filled out the application, which asked applicants how well their communities “work” for business, from 10A
Nominations open for business awards The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2012 Business Excellence Awards. Each year the DCR Chamber hosts the Business Excellence Awards to honor member businesses and business leaders in the community. This year’s theme is “Be Green, See Success.” The DCR Chamber will recognize businesses that are committed leaders in environmental safety, conservation and sustainability. DCR Chamber members that have incorporated technology toward environmental sustainability are encouraged to nominate their organization to be recognized at the DCR Chamber Business Excellence Awards.
the disabled and their families. “I had never thought about that before,” Korman said. “I had never thought the community should be doing something for people with disabilities and families of people with disabilities. All the ‘working around’ had been done by me.” Sons A.J. and Zack are the objects of her inspiration and affection. Both have the genetic defect called fragile X syndrome – which their mother described as “autism with bells on” – as well as autism. “There isn’t a lot of time to sit around and feel bad,” she said, recalling when she and her husband, Mark, heard the diagnosis. “They were diagnosed when they were 14 months old.” A.J., who likes the TV show “Little Bear,” is friendly and outgoing for an autistic child, Korman said. “But with his intellectual delay, he doesn’t understand how to interact with kids, and they don’t know how to interact with him,” Korman said. More typical of a child with autism, Zack is less social and nervous around others, she said. He loves jumping on the backyard trampoline. Both boys are into swimming and playing on the computer or iPad. Korman is home with the boys most days, working occasionally as a substitute cafeteria worker in School District 191. The Kormans’ 9-year-old daughter, Aliza, also helps with the boys.
Korman said she’s writing a book about raising A.J. and Zack, and Partners in Policymaking provided extra inspiration. The boys, who are going into second grade, will return this fall to the autism program at District 191’s Rahn Elementary in Eagan. Korman said she’s been happy with the program, but her training has given her a new measure of assertiveness. “It’s easy to sit back and think, ‘I don’t want my kids to be a burden for the class and the teachers,’ ” she said. Korman learned about disability law, met public officials, participated in a mock legislative hearing, familiarized herself with all her elected officials and heard sobering history lessons about how far people with disabilities have had to come since the days of institutionalization. “The first weekend really is a slap in the face,” Korman said. “It’s, ‘This is the way things are, and this is why we need you to be advocates.’ ” A new Partners in Policymaking class is being assembled. The two-day meetings are at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington. To learn more about the session, which runs from September to May, visit www.mngts. org/partnersinpolicymaking.
Applications can be found at www.dcrchamber. com. The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 1. The DCR Chamber 2012 Business Excellence Awards will be presented Thursday, Sept. 27, at Lost Spur Golf and Event Center in Eagan.
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Local author to speak at Valley Natural Foods Dakota County author and farmer Atina Diffley will be at Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, to discuss her book, “Turn Here Sweet Corn.” Books will be available for purchase. Registration is required. Call Valley Natural Foods at (953) 891-1212,
John Gessner can be reached at john.gessner@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
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July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
Thisweekend Magic of ‘Cinderella’ comes to Eagan stage A ‘princess parade’ for girls will precede each performance
Photo by Rick Orndorf
“Cinderella” opens next week at Eagan High School. Pictured are: Jacqueline Evans (Cinderella), Mike Leach (Prince Charming), Meg Krekeler (Stepmother), Bailey Richardson and Madie Gore (the Stepsisters), and Sarah Frazier (Godmother). by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek
“Cinderella” director Dennis Swanson had one word to describe the latest production from Eagan High School Summer Community Theatre: magical. In fact, there’s magic every step of the way – before, during and after the show. Young girls who attend “Cinderella” are encouraged to come dressed as princesses and take part in the “princess parade.” Twenty minutes prior to the start of each performance, all the little princesses in attendance will be called onto the stage and introduced to the audience. And immediately following the performances of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the audi-
ence will have a chance to meet and mingle with members of the cast, including Cinderella, Prince Charming and the evil Stepmother. The actor playing Cinderella, Jacqueline Evans, says she looks forward to meeting with the “little princesses” in the audience after the show, as she understands the appeal of the fairy-tale princess. A 2007 Eastview High School graduate who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Evans went the extra mile to score the role of Cinderella – literally. Evans drove from Ames
to Eagan for the audition in the spring, then made the trek back to Ames the following morning. She made the same long drive for the callback audition. “When I heard they were doing ‘Cinderella,’ I was like, ‘I have to do this.’ I saw the Cinderella movies as a kid, and I recently saw it at the Ordway,” Evans said of her interest in the role. “It’s just this timeless story that everybody kind of grew up with. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever worn a tiara – I’m never taking it off,” she added with a laugh. Evans isn’t the only cast member who was charmed by “Cinderella” as a child. “I saw the movies when I was younger – I liked the characters and fell in love with the music,” said
Mike Leach of Apple Valley, who’s cast as Prince Charming. The production has elements that will appeal to fans of musical theater, as well as kids enchanted by the Disney versions of the story, according to Meg Krekeler, a regular actor with Eagan Summer Community Theatre who’s playing the evil Stepmother in “Cinderella.” “When kids come to see the show, there’s definitely that Disneyesque aspect, but with our own unique stamp,” said Krekeler, a speech coach at Eastview High School. “It’ll feel like the world of Cinderella you’ve come to know and love.” “Cinderella” runs July 13-28 in the auditorium at Eagan High School, 4185 Braddock Trail. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students/seniors, and are available by calling (651) 683-6964 or going online to www.eagan.k12.mn.us. Andrew Miller can be reached at andrew.miller@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek. Photo by Rick Orndorf
Mike Leach and Jacqueline Evans star in the Eagan production of “Cinderella” this month.
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Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville July 6, 2012
family calendar To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: email@example.com. Friday, July 6 Forever Wild Family Friday: Dakota Wild Animals, 7 p.m., in the Discovery Room at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Meet a friendly collection of live animals. All ages. Free. Registration required at http:// parks.co.dakota.mn.us/Activities/Activities.asp?SCheck=7 43696172&SDT=39002.758 900463§ionId=2. Course number 4088. Tuesday, July 10 Family Fun Tuesday – Mexican folk dance with Los Alegres Bailadores, 10 to 11 a.m. in the Sculpture Garden at Caponi Art Park, Eagan. $4 per person donation is suggested. Information: (651) 454-9412 or www.caponiartpark.org. Wednesday, July 11 Get up and move with the YMCA, for children, 1 to 2 p.m. at Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville. This movement activity to music will show kids simple techniques and steps that they can do at home. Register for the class 32 hours in advance in the store, at (952) 891-1212, ext. 221, or online at www.eventbee.com/v/valleynaturalfoods/boxoffice. Eagan Market Fest, 4 to 8 p.m., Eagan Festival Grounds. Farmers market, Gypsy Mania Trio (4 p.m.) and Songs of Hope Children’s World Choir (6 p.m.), free kids’ art and family games. Information: www.cityofeagan.com/marketfest or (651) 675-5500.
Thursday, July 12 Music in the Parks – AlphaBits, 10 a.m. at Central Park Amphitheater, Rosemount. Free. Weather line: Call (952) 985-1780 option 6 to find out if a performance has been cancelled. Thursday Rockin’ Readers – Harriet Bishop Principal Rob Nelson, 11:15 a.m., Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free. Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour – Story Time with the Wonder Weavers, noon, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free. Friday, July 13 Outdoor movie, “Yogi Bear,” 7:30 p.m. seating, dusk showtime, part of Burnsville’s “Flicks on the Bricks” series at Nicollet Commons Park in the Heart of the City. Summer Fresh Friday Film, “The Miracles of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life,” 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11, Burnsville. Information: (952) 891-1212, ext. 221. Saturday, July 14 Movies in the Park, “Puss in Boots,” at dusk at the Central Park Amphitheater near City Hall, Rosemount. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Weather-related updates: (952) 985-1790, option No. 6. Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
theater and arts briefs IMAX family night The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley will host Family Night on Monday, July 16. Guests who purchase one adult admission ($16.50) to the 6:30 p.m. showing of “The Amazing SpiderMan” will receive one free child’s admission to the movie and a complimentary sandwich and drink (while supplies last) before the show. Dinner will be served in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Irish dancers at Caponi Art Park The O’Shea Irish Dancers will give a step dance performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. The performance is part of the art park’s Summer Performance Series, a familyfriendly program presented free of charge in the Theater in the Woods outdoor amphitheater. A $5 per person donation is suggested. The perfor-
Former Thisweek editor makes fiction debut
Betty McMahon authors mystery novel ‘A Rendezvous to Die For’ by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek
Betty McMahon’s newspaper days provided plenty of fodder for her first foray into fiction. Her debut novel, “A Rendezvous to Die For,” is a mystery that centers on the gruesome murder of a newspaper reporter. If there’s a true-to-life feel to the novel, it’s Betty McMahon because McMahon covered a good number of crime stories in the early 1980s as a reporter for the Dakota County Tribune, and, starting in 1983, as the first editor of Thisweek Apple Valley newspaper. (Thisweek merged with Sun Newspapers in March of this year to become Sun Thisweek.) “I never covered a murder in Apple Valley, but I did win first prize for news writing for a story I wrote about a woman who was terrorized all night long by an intruder,” McMahon said. “It was quite terrifying and very graphic.” McMahon left Thisweek in the mid-1980s to take a job in the corporate world, and eventually started her own business, Z Communications. A longtime Eden Prairie resident, McMahon now lives in New Mexico. As for the genesis of her novel, “I’d been working as a journalist and corporate writer and wanted to know if I could write fiction,” McMahon said. She took an online fiction-writing course offered by Writer’s Digest, then honed her mystery-writing skills through coursework at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. “A Rendezvous to Die For” is available through online booksellers Amazon and Lulu. More about the author and the novel is at www.bettymcmahonwriter.com. Andrew Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
theater and arts calendar or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. • July 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. • July 12, 1 to 6 p.m., Hope Church, 7477 145th St., Apple Valley. • July 12, 1 to 7 p.m., All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. • July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valmont Industries, 20805 Eaton Ave., Farmington. • July 13, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church – By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. • July 13, 1 to 6 p.m., American Family Insurance, 400 Third St., Farmington. • July 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nelson Chiropractic, 14321 Nicollet Court, Burnsville. Reunions Lakeville High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40th reunion at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the home of Bruce and Pat Zweber, 387 Maple Island Road, Burnsville. Information: Mary Boegeman Johnson at MBoegemanJ@ yahoo.com or Mary Ann Knox at MaryAnnKnox@visi.com. Burnsville High School Class of 1992 will hold its 20th reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Minneapolis. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. To register and purchase tickets, visit https://reunionmanager. net/class_members/registration.php?class_id=124786 or contact Kelly Bruce Regan at email@example.com or Bob Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. email@example.com. Books Atina Diffley, author of “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” will be at Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11, Burnsville, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 10 to discuss her family’s experience as organic farmers and sign copies of her book. Free, but registration required by July 9 due to space considerations. Call (952) 891-1212, ext. 221 to register. Concerts Music in Kelley Park featuring The Castaways from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase. DeVotchKa with Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, Subway Music in the Zoo, Minnesota Zoo amphitheater, Apple Valley. Cost: $31. Tickets available at ticketmaster. com. Melody and The Dramatics will perform at 7 p.m. on July 8 as part of Sunday Night Music in the Park at Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free. Music in Kelley Park featuring Harold Torrence’s Latin Vibe from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase. Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra & Chorale will perform at 7 p.m. on July 11 as part of the Wednesday in the Park Concert Series at Civic Center Park, 75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville. Marc Cohn with Rebecca Pidgeon, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Subway Music in the Zoo, Minnesota Zoo amphitheater, Apple Valley. Cost: $46. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com. Marc Cohn with Alison Scott, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Subway Music in the Zoo, Minnesota Zoo amphitheater, Apple Valley. Cost: $46. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.
mance will be rescheduled for July 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the event of poor weather. The O’Shea Irish Dancers also will perform traditional dance steps at a Family Fun Tuesdays event on July 17 at 10 a.m. in the art park’s sculpture garden. More information can be found at caponiartpark.org. Exhibits
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phy exhibit by artist Becqi Sherman at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Information: (952) 9854640. Festivals Lakeville Pan-O-Prog runs July 1-8. Information: www.panoprog.org. Rosemount Leprechaun Days runs July 20-29. Information: www.rosemountevents.com/Leprechaun.html. Theater Eagan Summer Community Theatre will present “Cinderella” in the Eagan High School auditorium, 4185 Braddock Trail, at 7:30 p.m. July 12 (free senior preview), 7:30 p.m. July 13-14, 18-21, 25-28, and 2 p.m. July 15, 22 and 28. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors 62plus and children under 12. To purchase tickets, call (651) 683-6964 between 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or purchase online at www. eagan.k12.mn.us/. Workshops/classes Heartbeat Studios, Apple Valley, will offer a six-week youth dance, singing and acting class summer session beginning July 9. This fairy tale production is open to ages 3 to middle school, and will be presented in midAugust in the amphitheater at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. For class registration information, contact Heartbeat Studios, (952) 432-7833, or heartbeatstudios.com. Mystery Art Night will be offered Fridays, July 20 through Aug. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Eagan Art House. All supplies will be included and light refreshments will be served. Cost per class is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Register at www.eaganarthouse.org. Call (651) 6755521 for information. Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: www.musictogetherclasses.com or (651) 4394219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for all ages. For a complete listing go to www.
eaganarthouse.org or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters, www. danpetrovart.com, (763) 8432734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville, www.BrushworksSchoolofArt.com, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Special needs theater program (autism-DCD), ages 5 and older, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Fee is $3 and includes all supplies. Bring any old jewelry you would like to re-make. 3981 Lexington Ave. S., (651) 675-5500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www. savageartstudios.com or (952) 895-0375. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Beginner country line dance classes on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages, www.lakevillemn. gov, (952) 985-4640.
July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
Walt Weaver returns to varsity coaching Volleyball pioneer will take over at Lakeville North short-term,” Weaver said. “I think they understand that, so it seems like a good place for me right now.” His last varsity season was in 2006 and he had no intention of coaching high school varsity again. “My intent, always, is to help the game flourish,” Weaver said. “That’s been my goal since I started in the early ’70s. I think we’ve come a long way. We’ve got some of the most exciting players in the nation here. At the grass-roots level in terms of girls sports, if it’s not the top sport, it’s near the top. I want to keep pushing that forward. This is one place I feel I can help.”
by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek
Walt Weaver is back. One of the pioneers of high school volleyball in Minnesota will return to the sport as a varsity head coach for the Lakeville North Panthers this fall. The Weaver resume is long. In 31 years as Apple Valley’s head coach, his teams won two state titles and reached the state tournament 13 times. He’s a member of the Minnesota State Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He retired from high school coaching in 2006 after accumulating 656 wins. His teams were ranked in the state’s top 10 for 29 consecutive years. He’s also the director and co-founder of the Midwest Volleyball Instructor Camps. He never intended on returning to the varsity ranks. After coaching Apple Valley for more than 30 years, it might seem strange that he’s now coaching one of the Eagles’ biggest rivals. But above all, Weaver says he supports volleyball. “Some factions might see this in a different light, but we’ve lived in Lakeville for 25 years,” Weaver said. “This is about volleyball and the promotion of volleyball.” Both of his daughters, Cassie and Lindsey, went to Lakeville North, so he’s used to cheering for the Panthers, but more than anything, he loves the sport.
At first sight From the first time he played volleyball, Weaver said he loved it. He liked the people, the athleticism, the strategy, and just about everything else. “It attracts the kind of people I enjoy being around,” Weaver said. “So many of the top students at Apple Valley ended up on
Family first Weaver stepped down at Apple Valley for several reasons. Perhaps the biggest was the possibility of missing the chance to watch his daughters comFile photo by Rick Orndorf pete with Lakeville North Walt Weaver watches volleyball players as the head coach and at the collegiate level. for the Apple Valley team for more than 30 years. After Cassie is now at taking a few years off from being a head coach at the varsity Concordia University, level, Weaver is taking over at Lakeville North starting this which has won the last five fall. NCAA Division II championships. Lindsey just our volleyball team. The look for coaches, they first graduated after playing game attracts the intellec- search for someone who’s volleyball at Luther Coltual. I love the beauty of it. also a teacher. Weaver is a lege in Decorah, Iowa. “It takes a major athlet- retired teacher and would “I’m freer now than I ic person to do the things like to keep it that way. have been,” Weaver said. in volleyball to make for a “More and more of “(Concordia’s) games are successful experience. It’s those people (teachers/ played on different nights the ultimate team game. coaches) can’t get jobs,” and it’s one daughter inSix people have to operate Weaver said. “Lakeville stead of two.” as one systematic move- is cutting back. At some Steve Getchell, former ment. It’s a small space to point they asked if they Robbinsdale Armstrong control a ball moving at er- could talk to me to see if I head coach whose teams ratic and high speeds. It’s can help building and mov- won five straight state always an intellectual chal- ing the volleyball team for- titles in the 1980s, will be lenge.” ward. Weaver’s assistant coach. The fire never went out. “They asked me. I wasn’t Getchell also coached at looking for a coaching job, Maple Grove High School Lakeville North but if push came to shove, and in the Northern Lights When the Panthers’ they felt I was the best per- club. Also on the coachhead coach from last sea- son to help on a short-term ing staff are Julie Marvets, son, Steve Willingham, basis.” who was an All-State settook the head coaching job He emphasized “short- ter on Weaver’s first state at Lakeville South in late term.” He doesn’t plan on championship team at Apspring, the door opened for coaching for another 30 ple Valley, along with her a new head coach at North. years. twin sister Janis Goehner, When athletic directors “Anything I would do is who played middle blocker.
Goehner runs the Lakeville North Juniors program and she’s also is the mother of Alyssa Goehner, Lakeville North’s star player.
Northern Lights Weaver never really left coaching. He’s been keeping busy with the Northern Lights club for the past six years. Last week he led the 15-1 Northern Lights team to an AAU open division national championship in Florida. Players on that team included Lakeville North’s Janae Neuenschwander, Lakeville South’s Jade Tingelhoff and Eagan’s Callie Schapekahm. The Northern Lights 15-Red team won the classic division, 17-White won classic, 16-2 won club, 17Red was second in classic, 18-2 was second in club and 17-1 finished third in the open division. The club had several All Americans from the area, including Eagan’s Brianna Pernsteiner, Lakeville North’s Samantha Flattum and Goehner, and Lakeville South’s Tingelhoff.
Willingham back at South Willingham took over at Lakeville North in 2011 after longtime head coach Milan Mader stepped down after winning the Class AAA state title in 2010. Although North lost two of its top three players from 2010, the 2011 version nearly won the state title again falling a few points shy of a repeat and finishing second to Eden Prairie. “I’ve had so many great experiences at North,” Willingham said. “But the job opened up in my backyard nine months later.” Willingham can see the Cougar football stadium from his house.
“When Jen (Nelson, the Lakeville South coach since 2006) decided to leave the program, it felt like a no-brainer for me,” Willingham said. “It was tough to leave North after only being there a year. I didn’t want to put the team through the hardship of finding a new coach again.” Willingham coached at Lakeville High School from 1986-2005. When Lakeville South opened, he coached for the Lakeville South 9A program from 2005-10 before heading up the road to Lakeville North. “I’m a Lakeville guy at heart and supportive of both sides of Highway 50,” Willingham said. South had a thrilling season as well in 2011, tying for the South Suburban Conference title while spending a few weeks ranked No. 1 in the state. But it’s not about winning for Willingham as much as it’s about family. As in, he’d rather not be an enemy in his own house. His oldest child is 9, so “I would have a few more years at North before I’d be faced with that reality,” Willingham said. “When I talked to Walt (who had daughters at Lakeville when he coached at Apple Valley), he said it was pretty hard. So when the opportunity came up, it was hard not to at least take a look.” The Cougars lost the majority of their 2011 team to graduation except Jade and Jazzmyn Tingelhoff. “We’ll be a bit of a mystery, but this town loves its volleyball,” Willingham said. “I’m excited to see what we can do.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
Rivals connect at all-star football game North, South players come together to help team win by Andy Rogers Sun Thisweek
On a sizzling afternoon at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud, football players from Lakeville scorched their opponents at the 2012 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game. Recently graduated seniors from Lakeville North and Lakeville South helped the South High School All-Stars defeat the North All-Stars 33-21 on Saturday. Lakeville North’s Trey Heid was named MVP of the South All-Star offense after completing six of 12 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also kicked three extra points, averaged 57 yards on sev-
en kickoffs and nailed a 49-yard punt. He wouldn’t have gotten there without some help from a member of Lakeville North’s biggest rival. Lakeville South’s Matt Heller caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Heid to give the South All-Stars an early 6-0 lead. Heller also caught a 61-yard pass and led all receivers with 87 yards. One of Heid’s favorite targets in high school, Charlie Hayes of Lakeville North, had two catches for 62 yards as well. Lakeville North’s A.J. Miller helped keep it all together while playing on the South All-Star offensive line.
Heid, Heller and Hayes will be teammates in the fall at Augustana College. Lakeville football players have left their mark at the All-Star game for several years. Lakeville North’s Dajon Newell scored a rushing touchdown in 2010, North’s Tyler Swanson caught two touchdown passes and Mike McNamee of Lakeville South was a captain in 2009, and North’s Paul Bernier scored a rushing touchdown in 2008. Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek. Photo by Brian Nelson
Lakeville North’s A.J .Miller plays on the offensive line for the South team at the Minnesota All-Star game last weekend in St. Cloud.
Photo by Brian Nelson
Lakeville South’s Matt Heller (13) hauls in a catch at the Minnesota High School All-Star Football game June 30 Photo by Brian Nelson Photo by Brian Nelson at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. Heller and several other Lakeville North’s Charlie Hayes was a member of the Lakeville football players helped the South team defeat the Lakeville South’s Trey Heid plays at the 2012 Minnesota All-Star game last weekend in St. Cloud. winning South All-Star team in St. Cloud last weekend. North 33-21.
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bills, from 1A “It was a challenge.” The Bills family lived in Sauk Prairie, the nickname for the twin villages of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, snug on the banks of the Wisconsin River in southern Sauk County. Traveling south on Highway 12 out of Sauk Prairie for 30 minutes leads to Madison. Travelling north leads to the Badger Army Ammunition Plant – formerly a big area employer – with the highway then climbing the Baraboo Bluffs, polished sides jutting downward just a few feet off the shoulder of the road. Once over the bluff top, Wisconsin Dells awaits about 30 minutes down the road. Kurt Bills’ parents grew up nearby, with Leroy living within walking distance of Sauk Prairie at Stone’s Pocket and Sheila Bills, Kurt Bills’ mother, growing up near Plain. His mother’s ethic ancestry is German, his father’s more speculative – perhaps Irish or English. “We don’t know for sure. But I do have a little bit of everything in me,” Bills said. Raised a Catholic, Bills attended St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City. Bills indicated a certain flexibility in attendance. There was hunting and fishing on weekends, but also firewood to bring in. The Bills heated their home with firewood – Bills isn’t sure he can remember ever seeing the LP tank refilled. “It was legendary how much wood we would haul in a weekend,” Bills said, adding he learned the basics of conservation by watching landowners select the trees they wanted felled. Leroy Bills’ theory about how his son got to be a standout shot putter in high school is that the motion of tossing a stick
of firewood onto a truck is about the same as heaving a metal ball. Kurt Bills went to state in shot put and discus, though finished out of the medal hunt, he said. But his Sauk Prairie High School distance records match favorably against two other local athletes, both of whom later played in the National Football League. “I was a ‘C,’ ‘B’ student in high school,” Bills said. “I played sports a lot. I had a lot of fun.” Bills’ parents still live in the area. “They just worked hard for everything they got,” Bills said. Bills traces his core values to them. “Dad just instilled in me you do things in your life, and what you do has costs,” he said. “And what you do has benefits. And don’t try to push your costs onto other people.” Bills also credits his mother with having a strong influence. She first stayed home with her son and daughter but later worked outside of the home, eventually becoming the office manager for a feed company in Sauk City. For about 18 months after high school, Bills worked as a union laborer in road and bridge construction, and taking old equipment out of an Oscar Mayer plant. His interest in attending college and pursuing law enforcement as a career, on advice of a family acquaintance, led him to enroll at Winona State University. Once there, Bills began to chum with students enrolled in the School of Education, and began to see coaching as a means of providing early guidance to students rather than arresting them as a police officer at some later date. “It was a lot of hard work. But it paid off,” Bills said of his career choice. “I’m glad I went
into teaching.” Construction-worker money exhausted, Bills took a job working with adults living in a group home in an old Victorian house in Winona. Pay was decent; it was a good resume builder, and the experience would be valuable, Bills reasoned. During his junior and senior years at college, Bills shared an apartment with two developmentally disabled men. Bills helped get them up in the morning, stay on schedule, assist them to allow them the greatest control over their lives, Bills explained. “We had great times. Story after story,” Bills said. “They are the most lovable people in the world. They’re just happy.” One night, a bat got into the apartment, and David and Paul were excited and frightened. Bills got them into their room, and began hunting the bat with a tennis racket. At one point, in trying to maneuver the bat, he sensed someone standing just behind him. It was Paul. Unable to coax the bat outside, Bills whacked it and the bat slammed into the refrigerator, dead. Bills scooped up the bat, and was about to intern him in the trash outside when Paul insisted a few respectful words first be said. “‘Well, he was a good bat,’” Bills said, laughing about the brief service. After citing the bat’s many virtues, Bills performed a tight-lipped rendition of Taps. Paul snapped to attention. “Just things like that, makes your life – this is what it is all about, just this moment,” Bills said smiling. Besides gaining experience working in the group home, Bills became acquainted with a fellow
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student who also worked there. “There’s still some contention about who called whom first. I believe she called me first,” Bills said of his future wife, Cindy. “If Mrs. Bills was here, she would definitely have a problem with that statement,” he said. Bills proposed to his wife at Garvin Heights Park in Winona, a scenic outlook with a view of the Mississippi River Valley below. They married in March 1995. The couple have four children. They attend Christ Church in Apple Valley. Bills depicts his efforts in public office – two years on the Rosemount City Council and in the Minnesota House – as a response to his students’ concerns about the direction of the country.
The campaign Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership and former chief of staff to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, foresees Bills having a tough time raising campaign funding in his run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a plight not made easier by the perception that Bills is the underdog. Bills scoffs at the idea of feeling daunted by the challenge. “I’d much rather be in this election versus Amy Klobuchar than trying to get a wrestling team to beat (powerhouse) Apple Valley,” said Bills, laughing. Bills coached Rosemount High School wrestling for seven years, among other coaching duties. In talking politics, Bills cited a basic belief. “I believe in people,” he said. “I believe if you let people and businesses they run manage things, I think you’ll come out
OK. … I think the Republican Party, and hopefully America, is still about the individual.” Bills, showing off the campaign’s three school buses parked next to his campaign office in Bloomington, dismissed the idea that he is an emotional person. “Passionate,” he said. Rep. Pat Garofalo, RFarmington, who is not only a friend of Bills but recruited him to run for the Legislature, said Bills is one of the most popular teachers at Rosemount High School among parents and students. He’s been repeatedly asked to deliver the commencement address to graduating seniors, he noted. “He does a great job at educating the kids,” Garofalo said. Bills is “really smart,” honest, decent, exactly the kind of person you want to see in public office, Garofalo said. One reason Bills is eager to address the country’s economic issues, Garofalo indicated, is that as a student of economic history he has a larger view of the problems facing the United States.
Citizens asked to give input for park master plan
T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
Dakota County is seeking input from citizens on how they use Lebanon Hills Regional Park as well as what citizens would like to see in the future at an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitors Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. The meeting will include an informal discussion beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and survey at 7:30 p.m., and ending with a time for questions at 8 p.m. The updated master plan will build from the existing plan adopted in 2001 and includes planning for county greenways, managing natural resources, building and filling gaps in park activities such as picnicking, bike-able trails and short walking loops. The plan update will help identify how Lebanon Hills can help achieve the county park system vision and prioritize actions for the future.
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July 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek - Farmington / Lakeville
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salary, from 1A creased responsibilities over the years. Wendlandt had brought other employee promotions to the City Council for review and approval, including the position of former administrative services director. “It is my intent to bring any future changes in the grade that a position is classified in to the City Council for approval,” McKnight told Sun Thisweek in an email. Wendlandt also received a pay increase and promotion based on a 2002 wage compensation study that was not fully shared with the City Council. A review of that study found that it reported Wendlandt was earning about $10,000 more than comparable positions cited in the study; that information was not shared with the City Council, according to a review of minutes from that time. According to City Council packets, Wendlandt presented a summary of the study to the council and said the city’s final recommendation regarding the study would include “salary adjustments and title changes for some city staff ” without identifying the positions or amounts. Wendlandt asked Jamnik in an Aug. 29, 2002, email if she was required to present information from the compensation study to the council, according to a copy of the email provided to Sun Thisweek.
“Do we need to bring the results of the Compensation Study with the new Compensation Structure to Council?” she asked. “Since I have been here, we have not brought any adjustments to the compensation structure other than COLA’s (cost of living increases) to the Council.” Jamnik replied in an email that council has to approve expenditures and claims, but how detailed that requirement must be is not clear from statutes. He advised Wendlandt to do what the city has done in the past, but provide more detail and information to the council. If the council wants more information, Jamnik stated “they are entitled to it – after all, we are still a Plan A city, which means the Council has the final say in everything they want to have the final say in and all delegated authority remains at the discretion of the council.” City records show the council never received the entire 2002 compensation study, nor did the council approve and adopt it by resolution. Former City Council Member LaCelle Cordes told Sun Thisweek that many city staff also received raises based on the compensation study. Sun Thisweek is seeking more information regarding department head salaries for a future report. Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
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liquor, from 1A inspection, though. The Fire Department sends out a letter in January that describes what to expect when it’s inspecting. Then the department contacts a business within 30 days to schedule an appointment, Meyer said. This allows “time to prepare if there is any general house cleaning they want to do,” he said. Next comes the inspection. This process, Meyer said, is uniform with all inspections. Carstensen said that Fire Department staff members discussed how to address problems they face with getting some businesses to heed regulations. “Historically,” he said, “where are we killing multiple people? Drinking establishments.” A plus for businesses
would be that the inspections required would not carry an additional cost, Carstensen said, just as there is not one for current inspections. “We’re not looking to put people out of business,” Carstensen said. Traditionally, when businesses would be in violation of fire code, he said, “we work with people. We allow them to do some things in the meantime to try to get a building as close to fire codecompliant as we can.” More than simply a punitive measure, inspections are also about education, Meyer said. Fire Department staff members discuss with property managers what violations mean for safety and how to stave off future issues. “We correct the problem so we don’t have to address it every year,” he said. Even though the city
does work with violators to get them back in compliance, sometimes that is not enough. Typically, the City Council considers Police Department input about public safety at a business when that business’s liquor license is up for renewal. However, pairing up liquor license renewals with fire inspection compliance is “another tool in the toolbox,” Meyer said, “whether it benefits the Fire Department with fire inspection or the Police Department with the liquor ordinance.” The exact ordinance is still under construction, but the City Council is expected to address it in the coming months. Aaron M. Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.
Super Tuesday in the Garden The Dakota County Master Gardeners will sponsor “Super Tuesday in the Garden” from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Research and Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 W. 160th St., Rosemount. The event is free and open to the public. There will be educational presentations on topics such as: • How to grow the healthy fruits and vegetables • Plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies • Identifying pesky weeds and how to control them • Hands-on opportunities for kids to learn the fun in gardening Visit http://blog.lib. umn.edu/mgweb/dakota for more information.
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clined. This time, though, he was ready. 2000 from the Milwaukee, “I had been asked so Wis., metropolitan area. many times,” he said. She said Enggren’s Market stood out for its per- Pioneer sonal service. Enggren was around “I always shopped during the festival’s early there,” she said. “We all years in the late 1960s, have memories of the when Panorama of Progprominent grocery store.” ress was formed to help The Enggren fam- promote Airlake Indusily was at the forefront trial Park, then a symbol of some cultural shifts: a of the city’s burgeoning change in shopping styles economic development. and the extended operat- Back then, Enggren ing hours of local busi- said, there was an air nesses. show and a barn dance In the early days of the at the Airlake Airport. store it was customary Pan-O-Prog had not yet for grocers to serve one been a downtown celebracustomer at a time from tion. behind a counter, some- As residential, comthing a person now expe- mercial and industrial riences only at such places development grew within as the deli counter or at a the city’s expanding borfast-food restaurant. Eng- der during the secondgren’s Market switched to half of the 20th century, self-serve, which Enggren the festival became a symsaid rocked the boat a bit. bol of the community as a What stirred the pot whole. even more was Eng- Each year it grows gren’s father’s decision larger and attracts more in the late 1950s to open people. Festival organizon Sundays, marking the ers estimate that as many store as one of the city’s as 80,000 people attend first retailers to challenge the weeklong event. a long-standing custom. Enggren eventually got They got a lot of push- out of the grocery busiback from local clergy. ness, his brother Jerry “We just had to do it,” taking over. Enggren Enggreen said. It was a turned an old downtown matter of competition. municipal liquor outlet Enggren’s Market into Babe’s. He had an closed in 2006 in the face office there until about of a drastically changing 2002. He sold the bar a retail landscape, after oc- couple of years ago. cupying essentially the Looking back at life in same location during its Lakeville over the course entire run. A year later, of more than 80 active the family sold the mall years, Enggren rememthat housed the store and bers a much smaller city. other businesses to down- What stands out as the town real estate guru biggest change? Mark Hotzler. “The people,” he said. The humble Enggren, Lois, his wife of 62 who also owned Babe’s years, elaborated. in downtown Lakeville “You don’t know peofor years, had been ap- ple anymore,” she said. proached in the past to be Enggren recalls when a grand marshal, but de- Lakeville’s 1,200 residents
pretty much knew everyone. The marriage pool was largely centered on those with whom people went to school, and kids would often stay (or leave and return). Today, the 56,000-person city that covers as much territory as Bloomington does not appear to have many of the qualities of the past, but Lois said the feeling is still there. “People are so active in the community,” she said. John and Lois have three sons, Joel, Jeff and Jay, who have five children between them. Joel worked at the market until it closed. In addition to his business interests, Enggren has been active in local civic organizations. He was a charter member of the Lakeville Lions and the Commercial Club (which is now known as the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce). Lakeville has been John Enggren’s one and only hometown. He and his family have contributed extensively to the city’s development. Enggren offers one tip for those looking to live long with prosperity: “Marry a good woman.” The Grand Parade will begin at the corner of Holyoke Avenue and 210th Street. It will proceed north to the corner of Heritage Drive. About 20,000 people attend the parade each year, so plan ahead for the 135-unit strong celebration. Aaron Vehling can be reached at aaron.vehling@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.