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Farmington School District intends to issue an iPad to all students

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iPads for everyone

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Farmington students are beginning a new learning adventure as the district rolls out a program to issue iPads to every student. The Farmington School District has made it a priority to purchase an iPad for every student in its 6,700-student district as part of a customized learning program. According to school officials, the district is the largest in Minnesota to attempt a one-to-one program for every student. And last week, the district began Photo by Jennifer Chick distributing those iPads to Sofi Chadwick, a 10th-grade student at Farmington High School, investigates her new its 1,848 high school stuiPad Wednesday night. All 1,848 Farmington High School students received iPads during dents. a three-night distribution process last week. By this spring, Farmington Area Public “Our intent is to open Schools intends to place an iPad in the hands of each student in the district to provide the doors for students customized learning for all students. Farmington is the largest district in Minnesota to where the learning experiattempt this one-to-one technology program. ence is fully customizable,”

said Charles Duarte, the district’s head of instructional technology. “Since these are personal devices, we can really cater to the needs of each student as compared to laptops.” The mobility of the iPads, along with a mobile device management system and the ability to easily distribute apps and electronic books that the district endorses, were all factors in Farmington’s decision to lease the iPads for all students. “It’s trying to create this new system for educating,” said Carl Colmark, the district’s finance director, “the idea being that they have a digital partner who will always be with them.” Currently, only those See IPADS, 2A

Negotiations fail; Lakeville police, city to enter arbitration Issue likely to be resolved in spring 2013 by Laura Adelmann

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One last mediated negotiation between union representatives and Lakeville city officials Dec. 19 failed to resolve police contract disputes, so an arbitrator will determine stipulations of Lakeville’s patrol officers’ contract. Issues include 12-hour shifts, pay and benefits and the number of patrol officers in the department, according to Mike Golen, Minnesota Public Employee Association director. City Administrator Steve Mielke said the longer shifts allow the city

to cover shifts more efficiently, saving taxpayer money. Patrol officers’ last contract expired Dec. 31, 2011. If settled in arbitration, the contract would cover 2012 and 2013, leaving a slim window before negotiations start again. Golen estimated the arbitration process would begin in the spring and be resolved by May or June. “I’d like to see it end sooner, but if things go well, that’s probably about See ARBITRATION, 10A Photo submitted

District evolves with board member’s help McKnight leaves Farmington School Board after 13 years by Jennifer Chick SUN THISWEEK

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During her 13 years on the Farmington School Board, Julie McKnight has watched the district evolve from a small rural district to a larger, more urban district. “It was a transition and not pain free for some people,” she said. When McKnight joined the board in January 2011, the district was just entering that transition. McKnight ran for the board not because there was an issue she was passionate about, but because she believed it was important to be involved. She had been a member of her children’s school parent council for almost five years when people began encouraging her to run for School Board. McKnight’s mom had been a School Board member, and her kids were the fourth generation to graduate from Farmington. See MCKNIGHT, 10A

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IPADS, from 1A students in high school have picked up iPads, which they can take home with them. Each student received an iPad and a Griffin Survivor Case free of charge. Parents had the option to purchase insurance for $28 per device. If parents did not purchase the highly recommended insurance package, they were responsible for the full replacement cost in the case of theft, damage or loss. The iPads will be turned in at the end of the school year. The devices are on a three-year lease, so in the fall, each student will receive the same iPad again. By this spring, the district will have received all the iPads it has leased. Students in fourth through eighth grades might have the ability to take their iPads home, while kindergarten through third-grade students will only use their devices at school. The iPad fleet consists of iPad 2s and iPad Minis. The iPads work only on Wi-Fi, which the district has in each of its buildings. Also, a mobile device management system allows teachers to make content available over that system, which students can download at school and view later offline at home if they do not have Wi-Fi access at home. Duarte said the iPads no only make learning exciting for students, but they present an exciting way to teach so they should open

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Jacob Kost, left, 12th grade, and Shaye Jenrich, 11th grade, prepare to put Kost’s new iPad into a carrying case last Wednesday night at Farmington High School. Kost was picking up his iPad, which he received as part of the district’s vision to create customized learning for each student. By this spring, Farmington Area Public Schools intends to place an iPad in the hands of each of its 6,700 students to provide Photo by Jennifer Chick customized learning for all students. iPads will be turned in Tony Shackman looks over the shoulder of his son, Jon, a freshman at Farmington High at the end of the school year. School, as Jon follows the steps to register his iPad during a family engagement night last Wednesday. All FHS students received an iPad at three distribution nights last week as the district works toward a goal of putting an iPad in the hands of each of its 6,700 students district has filters in place The district is also hopby next spring. at the school to keep kids ing to cut down on the from accessing questionable amount of paper used in its the door for differentiated discussions on DNA and right there in front of us.â€? content, and teachers will be buildings once all students Senior Jacob Kost is in- highly vigilant, but he also receive a device. Parent learning opportunities for photosynthesis. “If you look at the re- terested to see how it will sees the iPads as a chance to Kim Sharp thought one of kids. “If teachers have good search and people looking change the daily classroom teach responsibility. the main reasons the disrapport with the kids and at the trends nationally and life. “This is a great place to trict implemented the iPad Parents like Tony Schack- develop what is appropriate strategy was an effort to are risk takers and like to internationally, this is where have fun, it’s going to be an it is heading,â€? he said. “I’m man, whose freshman son, for school and in the work- go green. She just wanted adventure,â€? said Rick Yon- just proud Farmington has Jon, picked up his iPad last place,â€? he said. to hear more information ker, who teaches biology at taken the lead among metro Wednesday night, are conAs students leave high about where the district got cerned how students might school and head to college the money for the program. FHS. “It’s fun. It’s going to schools.â€? Students also seem ex- use the devices. work as well as the teachers “Are they actually going or into the workforce, Farm“I’m skeptical,â€? he said. ington can help shape how to be for learning or playcited with the possibilities. are willing to be flexible.â€? Teachers in the district “I think it’s going to be very “I’m concerned with the po- those students can be good ing?â€? she asked. have had their own iPads helpful,â€? said junior Shaye tential abuse of the device.â€? digital citizens, he said. Everyone will be watchHe said the iPads allow since August. Yonker will Jenrich. “I think it’s really “Our intent is to equip ing, from the School Board be using the iPad as a tool going to go far. Some kids free access to all that is avail- our students with the strat- to the parents to other disto present biology games, might abuse them, but most able on the Internet, and he’s egies and skills necessary to tricts, as the district rolls conduct research in the mid- of us are so excited to do not sure that is what is best know appropriate use,â€? Du- this program out for all studle of class, and supplement school work on it. ‌ It’s all for the kids. Duarte said the arte said. dents.

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Riverview’s Caduff named Farmington Teacher of the Year

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Riverview Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Chris Caduff feels there’s more to teaching than reading, writing and arithmetic. He also feels building interpersonal relationships and social skills is a key foundation to becoming a productive member of society. “A huge thing I’ll try to promote is the social development of kids,” he said. “Not that it’s exclusive to me, but I do feel that’s important. Obviously academics are huge, but at this age it’s at least as important.” Caduff doesn’t just talk about it, he leads by example. “I think building relationships with kids on a personal level, knowing things about their lives, just showing an interest and caring and letting them know that I’m interested in what happens outside of school is important,” Caduff said. He spends part of his free time watching students play sports and he knows their families well. “There’s no way we can do it alone,” he said. “The positive home-school connection makes it so much easier.” He stays in touch, too. One of the more rewarding aspects of his job it to see students after they leave his class. “Just to see them with their families in the community and see that things are going well for them,” Caduff said, “it all goes back to those personal relationships.” His efforts haven’t gone unrecognized. Caduff was named the Farmington Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. Teachers in Farmington Area Public Schools nomi-

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Riverview Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Chris Caduff was named the Farmington Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. nate a teacher and then select one for Teacher of the Year. The honor rotates between elementary and secondary level teachers. There are 365 teachers serving in Farmington Public Schools. “It’s humbling,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized by peers. I guess it’s a nod that you’re doing things OK.” His road to becoming the Farmington Teacher of the Year had several twists. He originally attended St. Cloud State to major in business and accounting. After two years of study he started working at a child care for work aid on campus and realized he may be more suited for teaching. He spent time with Volunteers in Service to America where he served as a conflict resolution coordinator in southern Oregon, and went on to serve in the

Peace Corps from 1997-98 where he spent two years in the southwestern African country of Namibia. It gave him the opportunity to share his stories and photographs showing students the similarities and differences of life in American and Africa. “I make sure they’re not just focused on what is just happening in Farmington, but to share the world is bigger than Farmington,” he said. “We’re all connected in certain ways.” He experience brought him to six different schools where he helped organize classes, taught English and helped with math and physical education. “You get a new perspective of what’s really important,” Caduff said. “You get a different sense of time. We’re all so busy here. It’s hard to slow down. Where

I was, they don’t have the monetary things that we have, but they have time and some balance. “There were people who were really hungry, but here for me I’ve never really been hungry. Just to have a positive attitude and positive outlook on life, it’s amazing.” He’s been back to Namibia three times. Caduff’s award puts him in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, but Caduff remains overwhelmed by the fact that his peers’ nomination and consideration. “I really do appreciate the support form my colleges and families,” Caduff said. “It’s not something you can do on your own.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Local businesses and organizations will have an opportunity to get their message out with a booth at the 10th annual Lakeville Home Show and Consumer Showcase. Sponsored by the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce, the popular and well-publicized event held at Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, draws about 1,700 adults every year, said chamber president Todd Bornhauser. For the past several years, about 130 participants have taken advantage of the showcase opportunity to highlight their business or service, and they come from within Lakeville and outside the city from places like Northfield, Apple Valley, Burnsville and Eagan. When first held, the event was known as the Lakeville Home Show and featured about 80 landscaping-related business booths, but in its second year, popular request caused it to expand it to include the consumer showcase section that features many other businesses, organizations and groups. “The show is a really good opportunity for them to present their products and services,” Bornhauser said. “Once people start in the aisles, they have to snake through it all, so there isn’t a bad booth.” Every registrant receives a 10-by-10-foot booth, skirted table and two chairs. Vendors are invited to bring in displays, giveaways, signs and staff to host the booth. In the past, vendors have displayed things like

waterfalls, golf carts and retaining walls. Giveaways have included starter plants, pencils, candy and rulers. “People usually can walk out with a bag full of goodies,” Bornhauser said. The look of the event is professional, resembling trade shows at Minneapolis and St. Paul downtown venues. “In the past we’ve had seminars and demonstrations, too,” he said. “You’re going to get a wide variety of businesses there.” Chamber members who register by Jan. 1 will receive an early bird special of $240, after then the cost is $340. Non-chamber members can participate in the event for $750, but if they join the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce for the first time and participate in the show, the cost drops to $550. Average annual chamber memberships cost between $270 and $1,000. Price is based on a business’ number of employees. Registration deadline is March 1, 2013. Bornhauser said chamber members have opportunities to network with each other, take advantage of educational opportunities and market to other businesses and residents in the Lakeville area. “The chamber also is an advocacy group for businesses,” Bornhauser said. “We look out for the business’ best interest.” To register or for more information, visit www. lakevillechamber.org or call the chamber office at (952) 469-2020. Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Opinion Lakeville Area Public Schools – watch us transform by Lisa L. Snyder SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK

Newtown, Conn., has impacted all of us greatly, but it also has provided us with an opportunity to assess and improve our security procedures and practices. I have received numerous emails from community members wanting to be part of the solution. We are forming a task force to analyze the data we are collecting from each building principal, information and concerns from parents and staff and asking this group to make recommendations to our Board of Education. On a broader level, our district is taking a very proactive path resulting from the recent updating of our strategic plan and visioning process. Simply stated, we are committed to a world-class education for our students. In order to achieve this, we know things can’t be “business as usual.” In the past few years, we have seen class sizes creep up and programs diminish. In the past, just hiring more teachers would have been the answer, but now that is not possible. The truth is the current model of education is not financially sustainable. I believe the best schools will adapt and change and improve through innovative thinking and program-

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Lisa L. Snyder ming. To this end, I am supporting a shift to a more inclusive culture in our district, which will give our staff and community members a voice in the direction of our district. In addition we have a made a commitment to continuous improvement through continually improving our processes and becoming increasingly more student and customer focused. Together, I believe we can create a sustainable educational model that supports a high-quality learning environment that prepares our students for this global economy. I fully support the recent recommendations from our Education Minnesota-Lakeville workload committee. These recommendations included examining our schedules, instructional approaches and how we structure the day in order to give teachers the needed time to develop quality relationships with

students and provide instruction in smaller group settings. As part of this work, we have proposed a district calendar that promotes collaborative work time for teachers to better meet the learning needs of all students. The bottom line is that our teachers and staff are willing to work together to create a better future for our district. Like them, I want to support systemic, positive change for our district as we strive for our vision of a personalized education for every student. Recently, we have also leveraged technology through the ILearn iPad grants to give teachers and students another powerful tool for managing learning, assessment and meeting individual needs. In addition, we have implemented hybrid classes at the high school level which also give students access to their teachers in a smaller group setting as well as instant access to them via technology. We can overcome the challenges we face now. Although we continue to achieve high academic standards as evidenced by Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment and ACT scores and Advanced Placement participation in our district, we can do better. We have to be open to innovation in order for public schools to remain a viable and meaningful path for

our students’ success. We know that students take many different pathways to success. We are committed to partnering with business and higher education to open up these pathways for our students. As soon as next year, we are implementing a Business Academy at the Lakeville North High School and phasing in a STEM Academy at Lakeville South High School. To this end, we are forming a Technology Advisory Council in January to have corporate and community experts help guide us in our developments. We are currently positioning our district to offer fully online courses as well. Join us in our excitement for leading positive change in public education. You can join the conversation by sharing on our webpage or Facebook page, joining a district committee or volunteering in our schools. Email me at lisa.snyder@isd194. org or call (952) 232-2001 for more information. Lisa Snyder, the superintendent of the Lakeville Area School District, holds a Doctor of Education-Administration from the University of Minnesota. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

We don’t like ‘bad news’ any more than readers – or maybe not as much by Larry Werner SUN THISWEEK

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch in downtown Little Falls with Tom West, editor and general manager of the Morrison County Record, and Terry Lehrke, the newspaper’s news editor. We were discussing the gruesome case of Byron David Smith, who has been charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing two local teenagers who had broken into his house. Tom and Terry talked about how difficult it is to deal with stories about a local man killing local kids in a way that has been described by authorities and other media as “executions.” After shooting Haile Kifer and Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day, Smith told police he finished them off with shots to their heads. If you’ve been to Little Falls, you know it doesn’t seem like the kind of place such newspaper stories happen. The coverage of the Smith case was followed on the Dec. 16 front page of the Record with this headline: “Morrison County Attorney’s office dealing with unprecedented number of murder cases.” In Little Falls? Yes, and as I read through the other newspapers ECM publishes throughout the suburbs and Greater Minnesota, I see similar

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Larry Werner disturbing headlines: “Man guilty of plot to murder county attorney,” reads a headline in Sun Thisweek by Tad Johnson. “Man wanted on warrants flees police, but is arrested, charged” — a story by Peter Bodley in ABC Newspapers in Anoka County. On the front page of the Elk River Star News, Jim Boyle has a story about “Two suspects jailed in Rush Avenue fire.” These aren’t your grandfather’s suburbs and small towns, it seems. The crime we used to associate with the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul has turned our community editors into cops and courts reporters. And it’s a big adjustment. Is this what we should be spending our time and newsprint doing? Anyone who has been in the news business for any time at all has heard this complaint: All you focus on is the bad news. That wasn’t true for the dailies I’ve worked for, and when you see how little space we devote

to crime in our weekly papers, it’s clear that most of what we publish has to do with the good news of civic life – charity fundraisers, holiday festivals, local heroes. For example, below the story about record murders in Morrison County is a photo of three law-enforcement officers and this headline: “Morrison County deputies honored for lifesaving work.” I could point out similar “good-news stories” from our papers in Burnsville, Coon Rapids and Elk River. So why do people think we are obsessed with bad news? It’s what readers notice. I’ve always felt that we in the media get a bad rap for supposedly focusing on bad news. I can assure you that we don’t enjoy writing about larceny, violent deaths and other crime. And the space we devote to such stories, even though crime is increasing in our suburbs and small towns, is a fraction of the space we devote to covering the good news of community events and the neutral news about city councils and school boards. Given that imbalance, I found it interesting to look at statistics compiled by Cory Hendrickson, ECM’s director of new media. He gave me a report on the top-viewed stories for 2012 on our 20 local news websites. He rated those stories based on pageviews

– one page clicked by a website reader is a pageview. Cory’s survey showed that after the big story in Little Falls, pageviews jumped dramatically – more than 200 percent from the week before the break-in and shootings to the week of the incident on mcrecord.com. During 2012, seven of the top 10 stories on sunthisweek.com were about crime and courts. At abcnewspapers.com, six of the top 10 viewed stories were about crime, courts and crashes. And Elk River readers showed similar high interest in stories about the bad things happening there – seven of the top 10 stories were about such matters as auto accidents and arrests. Within the news operations of ECM, we’ve been talking about crime coverage. We can’t ignore the bad things happening in the communities we serve with 51 newspapers and 20 websites. And based on Cory’s report on pageviews, it seems our readers want to know about such matters. I’d be interested in what readers think about news of crime and courts. Larry Werner is director of news for ECM Publishers. His email is larry.werner@ecminc.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Surprising, encouraging Minnesota results on international math/science tests by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK

How about a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza compliment for Minnesota’s eighth-grade students’ knowledge of math and science?  Recently released results of an international study in those fields had encouraging news for Minnesota and a surprise. Here’s a summary, followed by what the results may mean. Let’s begin with the surprise. Over the last few years, Finland has been cited as a model, based on international tests results released several years ago.  Finland was first in the world, without using any state or national testing. Finland didn’t score first on any of the four just released mathematics and science tests. It was in the top 10, but in the top five on only one of the assessments. And here’s the compliment: Minnesota’s eighth-grade students did considerably better than Finnish counterparts in math, and slightly better in science. Minnesota eighth-graders rank in the top 10 among the 63 countries and 14 “other entities” that participated. (Not enough Minnesota fourth-graders were tested separately to show how they compared to others). Massachusetts eighth-graders also ranked ahead of their counterparts in Finland and Minnesota. In math, eighth-grade Minnesota students were seventh (after several Asian countries and Massachusetts).  Finland ranked 10th, including both countries and the states. Min-

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Joe Nathan nesota eighth-grade students improved from a score of 518 in 1995 to 545 in 2011.  Finnish eighth-graders dropped from 520 in 1995 to 514 in 2011.  In science, eighth-grade Minnesota students ranked sixth, one point ahead of Finland. The report was administered by Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, based in Boston. It’s available at http:// timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2011/.  Along with the 63 countries, the  “other entities” including among others, are the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Canadian provinces. Each had a “representative sample” of students in the study. The research began in 1995. The latest results come from tests taken in 2011. The top performers were in almost every case, Singapore, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, all countries or regions with strong assessment programs. As the report noted in describing math results “At the eighth grade, clearly the East Asian coun-

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tries, particularly Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, are pulling away from the rest of the world by a considerable margin.” Among the participating nations, the United States ranked 11th in fourth-grade math, ninth in eighth-grade math, seventh in fourthgrade science and 10th in eighth-grade science (not including the “other entities”). What’s happened in Minnesota over the last decade that can help explain these results? First, give credit to teachers, students and the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota High Tech Council, Minnesota Office of Higher Education and a group called “SciMath Minnesota.”  “These groups worked together to host teacher workshops all over Minnesota,” said former Minnesota Commissioner of Education Alice Seagren. “Several of these groups also did career workshops for students and/or created materials to help promote the value of math and science. Many teachers told us these were the most valuable workshops they had attended in years.” Part of Minnesota’s economy depends

on companies that need people well trained in these areas.  As we made decisions about the environment, it helps to have more people who understand scientific principles.  The new reports also cite the value of strong early childhood education, and family involvement;  around the world, students who had both scored higher than those who didn’t. As legislators establish priorities in 2013, I hope they consider this report. Among other things, we should modify testing, but not eliminate it. Expanding high quality early childhood programs also should be a priority.  Thirty-three year Minnesota Educator Mike Lindstrom, formerly with the AnokaHennepin district and formerly director of SciMath Minnesota thinks new, higher state standards helped. He agreed with Seagren’s wise conclusion: “Give educators and key partners credit for what has been accomplished.  But recognize there’s much more that can and should be done.”   Joe Nathan directs the Center for School Change.  Reactions welcome at joe@centerforschoolchange.org. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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To the editor: The world’s reaction to the Newtown, Conn., murders is educational, showing that the world believes that Americans are succeeding in the race to the bottom, with our attitudes and laws. The German Süddeutsche Zeitung points out that for Americans “the possession of weapons is a cultural singularity.” The Italian La Repubblica writes “The American god of arms is insatiable,” and The Guardian wonders if Americans use guns to satisfy some inferiority complex, and Americans are more prone to mental illness and violence. The fact that another mass shooting has occurred is not any more shocking than the last massacre was, or the next one. In Great Britain The Economist cites 39 fatal inju- JOE NIEDERMAYR ries in 2008-2009, following a Lakeville ban on guns.

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The USA sustained 12,000 gun fatalities in the same period. Even Australia with its frontier spirit and history, implemented strict and usable gun controls. Americans must like the mayhem we inflict on ourselves. Petitioning the “government” and sending letters to our “leaders” is absurd. We have found the enemy – and it is us. We buy the butchering tools and we enjoy using them. Replacing U.S. Rep. John Kline who feeds this monstrosity with someone moderate and compassionate would signal our will to move toward sanity. The alternative is to continue to believe in the present madness, and in those who promote that culture. We pay the piper with the lives of our children and with everything that we treasure.


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Marriage debate continues Same-sex marriage supporters to move quickly on bill by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK

It will take a coalition to raise a transportation tax by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK

To nudge a gas tax hike or other transportation tax increases through the Legislature is going to take a coalition, Capitol insiders believe. Some question whether such a coalition currently exists, but recent transportation finance reports have raised hope among funding advocates. “I think we see this year as different,” said Executive Director Margaret Donahoe of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, a century-old group of business, labor, and government transportation advocates. Donahoe points to the creation of a state transportation finance advisory group by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, which recently released a report suggesting vehicle tab fees, the gas tax, and other transportation taxes be considered for increases. Donahoe cites a recent report by the Itasca Project, a business CEO-driven group, which claims that speedily completing the regional transit system at a cost of $5 billion could produce direct benefits ranging from $11 billion to $16 billion over 20 years. “All of these things are sort of coming together,” Donahoe said. Minnesota Trucking Association President John Hausladen said association board members support a “reasonable increase” in the state fuel tax if the increase provides tangible benefits to the trucking industry. The association board, Hausladen said, has not determined the exact amount of the increase it might support. Members are not eager to be first in line when it comes to absorbing new taxes, Hausladen explained, but they know funding discussions will be taking place this coming session. “We want to be part of that,” Hausladen said. The association, with some 720 members, “strongly” opposes the use of toll roads or a mileage tax in raising transportation revenues. In polling conducted within the association, the interstate system in Minnesota was considered adequate. Close to a third of the members deemed county and city roads below average, Hausladen said. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which like the Trucking Association has supported gas tax increases in the past, is not supporting taxes now. “The chamber’s current fiscal policy supports revenue neutrality,” Kate Johansen, health and transportation policy manager for the chamber, said in an

email. “Within that principle, the chamber’s transportation position has been to maximize existing state resources to give Minnesotans the greatest value for their transportation dollars.” The chamber supports innovative public-private partnerships, she noted. It will continue to focus on “increased value” as an important tool in improving infrastructure this session, Johansen said. Rep. Jim Abeler, RAnoka – one of six Republicans who broke ranks to vote to override Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a transportation finance bill four years ago – senses the fervor of those days is lacking. “They’d have to do a lot of selling on it,” Abeler said of getting transportation tax increases through the Legislature. “The momentum is not there yet.” Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat said it’s not enough that transportation advocates rally around proposed transportation tax increases. Other groups need to back them, too. The Hennepin County Board, other than an “enduring” desire to see Southwest LRT and the Bottineau Transitway funded, has not taken a stance on transportation tax increases, Opat said. Opat indicated support for a gas tax increase. “I think long term, the gas tax is too low in Minnesota,” he said. Anoka County Commissioner Andy Westerberg views state government facing a spending problem, not a revenue, problem. Roads projects are expensive, he noted. Some state leaders have been coy in discussing transportation tax increases. But Dayton has been direct, coming out against a gas tax increase and citing the findings of the transportation finance advisory group as evidence of a growing problem. “I think they (the task force) laid it out,” Dayton said. “If we continue where we are now — that level of effort — we’re going to have continued deterioration, more congestion, longer drive times, worse roads. And that’s not a pleasant prospect. “But no one can say now that we’re not forewarned.” Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, when asked about lawmakers passing additional transportation funding beyond bonding, indicated things were up in the air. “I don’t have a clue at this point,” he said. “I know there are a lot of unmet needs in our transpor-

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Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage hope to speedily pass legislation in the first weeks of the upcoming legislative session. They hope to send a bill to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk prior to the release of February budget forecast. “This kind of closes the loop of the election,” said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, who looks to carry same-sex marriage legislation in the House. Hausman, like Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, who plans to carry a same-sex marriage bill in the Senate, points to the failure of the Republican-sponsored marriage amendment last election as evidence of the state reaching a consensus on samesex marriage. A conversation has taken place, they argue. “To me, I think the time has come,” said Marty, who has sponsored samesex marriage bills in the past. Hausman and Marty argue passage of samesex marriage legislation needn’t be time consuming nor distract from the mission of setting the state budget. Marty speaks of a twohour debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee and an up or down vote. Hausman is a bit more cautious, saying the number of committees a samesex marriage bill might need to clear in the House depends on its legal implications and the desire of House leadership. She also looks to passing a bill before the final state budget numbers come out in the forecast. Democrats control the Legislature. Dayton has long indicated his support for samesex marriage, ceremonially vetoing the proposed marriage amendment when passed by the Republicancontrolled Legislature last session. If lawmakers take their cue from voters in their districts, passage of the samesex marriage legislation will be bipartisan, Hausman argues. That’s because the amendment failed in about 20 districts that elected Republican House members,

tation infrastructure.” House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen, DFLMinneapolis, agreed. “We didn’t get into this situation in being behind on transportation funding in a year or two years or even a decade,” Thissen said. “It’s been a long time coming. And it’s not going to be fixed in a year or two years.” The Minnesota Department of Transportation has identified billions in unmet transportation needs over upcoming decades. Bakk counselled all funding advocates to show restraint. House Transportation Policy Committee Chairman Ron Erhardt, DFLEdina, indicated there was no doubt in his mind transportation needs more money. Erhardt, one of the Override Six who later changed political parties, spoke of funding Southwest Light Rail to leverage federal dollars. With more fuel efficient vehicles, gas tax revenues, if not flat, are faltering, he noted. Replacing the gas tax with a mileage tax is likely years away, Erhardt said.

Gas tax history In the 1920s, a 2 cent per gallon gas tax was established in Minnesota to help pay for the growing road system, a state revenue history noted. Currently, the state gas tax is about 28 cents a gallon — the federal gas tax 18 cents a gallon and it hasn’t been raised in almost 20 years. In 2011, state fuel taxes raised about $849 million. Every penny the gas tax is increased yields an additional $31 million a year. The Tax Foundation ranks the state gas tax 19th among the 50 states. Almost 5 million vehicles were registered in Minnesota last year. MnDOT oversees about 12,000 miles of state roads. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, will be carrying samesex marriage legislation this coming legislative session. The session begins Jan. 8 at noon. she said. “It’s bipartisan,” she said of the perceived support. Marty and Hausman stress passage of samesex marriage legislation — Marty speaks of gender-neutral marriage law — would not require churches to marry samesex couples. “No church will be forced to marry (same-sex couples) if they don’t want to,” Marty said. Because the Catholic Church, for instance, might debate same-sex marriage for decades, that shouldn’t prevent the state from taking action now, Marty said. Marty’s and Hausman’s views do not perfectly fit those expressed by DFL legislative leaders. Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, anticipates that same-sex marriage legislation will be introduced. “But I think the more pressing thing probably this session is the budget,” Bakk said. “I still think we need to have a pretty significant conversation around the state on that (same-sex marriage) subject.” House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said his caucus hadn’t yet discussed anticipated same-sex marriage bills. By bringing the issue up, Democrats are contradicting themselves, Daudt argued. “What the DFL’s message (in the election) was, is that we shouldn’t be fo-

cused on divisive social issues,” he said. Rather, lawmakers should focus on budgetary matters. “It’s interesting how roles have switched,” Daudt said. House Republicans thought long and hard about proposing the marriage amendment, Daudt explained. And they will debate the issue seriously again, he said. “These are complex issues that affect people’s lives,” Daudt said. “I don’t think anybody takes them lightly on either side of the aisle.” Although not specifically speaking on same-sex marriage, Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, recently indicated that he did not support extending state employee benefits to samesex partners. About 1.4 million Minnesotans voted “Yes” on the marriage amendment defining marriage as between man and woman, with about 1.5 million voting “No.” About 40,000 voters left the amendment ballot question blank, an omission or decision that automatically translated into a “No” vote. The marriage amendment failed in Dakota County. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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MCKNIGHT, from 1A She came on the board at a time when the district’s financial situation was precarious. She said the district was operating with the mentality of a smaller district, but those processes were becoming too complicated as the district grew. However, the district found its way through that period. McKnight credits much of the district’s growth and success during that period to former superintendent Brad Meeks. And she was pleased to be a member of the board that hired Meeks. “He did so much for this district,” she said. “The list is so long. One of the best decisions that any board did was to hire him.” Meeks brought in a finance director and human resources director who helped the district build trust with the administration, McKnight said. Teachers began believing that the School Board was informed, and teacher negotiations improved. “We are in a so much better place,” McKnight said. Tim Burke is another school board member

who will be retiring at the end of December, and he did not see Meeks as the visionary McKnight described. Meeks and Burke often butted heads, and in 2011, Meeks resigned midcontract in a plan agreed upon by the board and Meeks. Still, McKnight believes Meeks helped the district during his tenure. “I will never not recognize what we accomplished in that tenure when Dr. Meeks was here,” McKnight said. She was concerned who would next fill the superintendent spot but has been happy with the board’s decision to hire Jay Haugen in July 2011. “He can be a visionary in a different way,” McKnight said. “I think Jay is good for the community. He is very present. He is very social. I think with his vision, we will do good things under his guidance.” As she leaves the board, McKnight takes 13 years of experience with her. McKnight was on the board when the district decided to realign its elections with that of the city, making her second term five years instead of the four now set forth. She

cial and have an impact on taxpayers, so we have to be cautious and look out for the taxpayer.” Lakeville police officers are considered essential personnel and are not allowed to strike. “We have a very good crew of people who are extremely good police officers,” Mielke said. “We’re in a position where the bargaining group and the administration just see things a little differently in terms of compensation.” Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

said at her last full board meeting in December that it was surreal to finally be leaving the board. “Besides family and friends, I’ve never committed to anything for 13 years,” she said. “If I could rewind the clock and change anything, I would still do this again.” Now Julie Singewald will be the longestseated board member with four years on the board. Though this will bring fresh perspective, McKnight said it will also leave a void of information. McKnight has told the current and new board members to call if they have questions or concerns. If the board is eager to learn and takes the time to understand, McKnight said they will do fine. However, with budget challenges looming, it will be a trying time for the board. McKnight said she was still excited to see teachers share new discoveries and tools with the board, but after 13 years, it was time for her to step down. She will continue to help with Farmington’s annual community festival Dew Days.

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MURAL, from 1A ing my whole life, but have also been painting seriously for the past few years, and have studied art at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville. The idea for the mural came from Lynda Harder, custodian at Lakeville South High School. She wanted to encourage student artists and also add spirit to a blank hallway. The cougar is the LSHS mascot. How did you come up with the design and what was the process to get it approved? I sketched out a rough plan of the mural and showed it to Lynda. How long did it take you to get it done and when did you do it? I have been working on the painting for about two months whenever I get a chance after school. It’s usually been once

or twice a week for an hour or two. It’s not quite done; I still need to work on the pine tree and add some finishing touches overall. What do you hope the mural will add to the school? I hope my mural will add interest to the hallway and that people will enjoy seeing it. I also hope it can demonstrate how the arts contribute to our school and that the art program is an essential part of education. Do you plan to pursue art in college and a career? I will always pursue art, but not as my main focus. I plan to major in math or science, possibly environmental engineering. Art is something I would do as a minor or as a double major. I imagine I will do it in some capacity as an adult, but not as a career.

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Tigers see several sports peak in 2012 State title, conference championships, and records broken for Farmington with Alicia Hett, Alyssa Parco and Megan Graham. Farmington placed Several sports teams in Farmington had their best fourth in the state team seasons in years, and pos- standings. sibly ever, in 2012. Between individual state Softball swings The softball team earned titles and Missota Conference championships, sev- a share of the Missota Coneral stories stood out this ference title and won the Section 1AAA title, beatyear. ing Hastings and Rochester Lorencz shines John Marshall. The girls qualified for Nadia Lorencz was a star for Farmington in 2012 state for the first time in as one of the top girls track nearly a decade. They nearand field athletes in the ly knocked off one of the top teams in the state, losstate. She won state titles in the ing to Bloomington Jeffer100-meter hurdles and long son 4-3 in extra innings. jump and was fourth in the triple jump at state in June. Football fun The football team had She won Missota Conference and Section 1AA titles its best season in years. The Tigers started 5-0 and went in all three events. She also finished second on to share the Missota title with in the vault at the Class AA Conference state gymnastics meet in Chanhassen. In a new section, the TiFebruary. gers earned a first-round Track and field bye and won their first playLorencz wasn’t the only off game since 2006, makone who spent time on the ing it to the Section 3-5A podium at the state track final. meet. Isabelle Ferm also had Leave the Missota? Late in 2012, Farmingan exciting spring, placing sixth in the 400 dash at ton made a push to join the state and eighth in the triple South Suburban Conferjump. She was also part of ence in 2014. The school the sixth-place 400 relay submitted a request to the by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

10 schools currently in the South Suburban and was approved unanimously. The school board still needs to approve the measure and is expected to consider the proposal in January.

Soccer shines The girls soccer team had its best season ever. The girls won the Missota Conference for the first time and made it to the Section 1AA final with a strong defense lead by Ferm, and opportunistic offense.

O’Reilly swims fast Kaitlyn O’Reilly made waves at the state girls swim meet in the fall. She finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 100 backstroke.

Golfing with the best The Tigers’ Tom May had a brilliant run in the spring, qualifying for the state Class AAA boys golf tournament and finishing 35th overall.

Notables Christopher Kirchmann placed 15th in the 50 freestyle at the state boys swim-

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington’s Nadia Lorencz performance at the Class AA state track and field meet was See FARMINGTON, 13A a highlight in 2012.

Panthers put up several banners in 2012 Lakeville North present at several state tournaments by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Lakeville North was witness to hundreds of victories in 2012 in perhaps one of the most successful sports years of any high school in the state. Every season fans had the opportunity to watch Panthers teams perform at state and often do well.

State title for volleyball

Photo by Rick Orndorf

The Lakeville North’s runner-up finish at state was one of the top stories in 2012.

Winning its second state title three years makes the volleyball team’s performance in 2012 the top story. Alyssa Goehner, Erica Handley, Sami Flattum, Laura Larson, Haley Walker and the Panthers basically were undefeated in the fall (the team’s only loss was a forfeit) and won the Class AAA state title 3-1 over Eden Prairie. The girls won the South Suburban Conference, the prestigious Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall, the even more prestigious Eagle Invitational in Apple Valley, Lakeville North’s own Todd Bachman Invitational, and spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in Class AAA. The

Panthers beat No. 2-ranked the state wore a Panthers racing suit. Ben Saxton won Eagan twice. his second straight state Football draws a pursuit title in February at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, crowd finishing nearly a minute The most popular sport ahead of everyone else. at Lakeville North gave fans plenty to cheer about. Soccer dominates The Panthers started the Simone Kolander led the football season by beating girls soccer team to another Lakeville South. They went amazing season. The girls on to win a share of the won the conference, spent South Suburban Confer- time ranked No. 1 in the ence title and qualified for state and won the Section state for the second-straight 1AA title game 2-0 over season. Riding an uncom- Farmington. monly quick defense and At state the Panthers finbig-play offensive, North ished third, defeating Blaine made it to the Prep Bowl 6-2 in their final game. It for the first time since the was their best finish at state school split with Lakeville since 2004. South.

Big-time basketball Panther hockey The boys basketball team had its best season in school history, going 30-2, winning a share of the conference title and qualifying for state. With a deep team, the Panthers reached the Class AAAA final before falling to Osseo on a basket at the buzzer. It was the first time Lakeville North made it to the championship game.

The girls hockey team won the South Suburban Conference title outright over top-ranked teams Eagan and Lakeville South. The Panthers went on to beat South 5-2 in the Section 1AA title game and qualify for state, where they finished fourth.

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The girls basketball team made its third straight state Saxton dominates See NORTH, 14A The best Nordic skier in

Lakeville South earns high marks in 2012 From conference to state championships, Lakeville South comes up big Petersen wins Lakeville South con- title by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Tommy Petersen won the Class AAA state wrestling title at 195 pounds in March, becoming only the second wrestler from Lakeville to achieve the Track at the top status. Petersen won his The top story was the 100th career match in Degirls track and field team, cember and his teammate which essentially went un- Austin Britnell achieved his 100th win in February. defeated in 2012. The Cougars won the South Suburban Confer- Bares repeats Lee Bares was the state ence, True Team state meet and section meet be- pole vault champion nearfore topping it off with a ly setting a state record with a leap of 15 feet, 6 state title in June. It wasn’t just a handful inches, a foot higher than of dominant athletes ei- the runner-up. Bares won ther. South had top-seven the Section 1AA, Section finishers in 10 events at 1AAA True Team and state including the 4x800- South Suburban Confermeter relay, 4x400 relay, ence titles. McKell Anderson in the pole vault, Morgan Pieri Hockey stuns The boys hockey team in the high jump, Caraline Slattery in the high jump, gained fame in the winter. Jordyn Thornton in the Runners-up in the South shot put and discus, Mon- Suburban Conference, the ica Turner in the shot put, Cougars won the Section and Shaina Burns in the 1AA championship, beating Lakeville North 7-1 100 and 300 hurdles. tinued to add trophies to its display case in 2012, adding several conference, section and even state championships to the list.

to qualify for state for the second time in school history. The Cougars upset topseeded Duluth East 3-2 in the state quarterfinals and went on to finish third, beating Moorhead 2-1 in their final game. Star player Justin Kloos was named Mr. Hockey.

Gymnasts rock The Cougar gymnastics team had its best season in years and sent Kaila Seurer, Caylee Alves and Kylie Prouty to compete at the state meet. The girls were also runners-up in the conference.

Cross country Stifled by injuries, the girls cross country team still had a remarkable season, finishing second in the conference and section meets and qualifying for state. Kaytlyn Larson finished 11th individually at state. Photo by Rick Orndorf

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The Lakeville South boys hockey team’s run to the state semifinals was one of the top stories in 2012.


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ming meet. Kirchmann was part of a 14th-place 400 freestyle relay with Connor Kealy, Aaron Lane and Zachary Holton that set a new school record. Taylor Venz was 2-2 at the Class AAA state individual wrestling meet. Girls basketball player Taylor Meyer graduated after scoring 1,301 points, the third-highest total in school history. Justin Hyytinen was 29th at the state cross country meet and Maricia Pacheco was the first state girls cross country qualifier in almost 15 years.

appearance in March after winning the Section 1AAAA title over Rochester Mayo.

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Notables The Panther dance team qualified for the state meet in the jazz/funk division. Zoya Wahlstrom was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at the state girls swim meet. The girls cross country team finished 15th at state and Taylor Perkins was seventh overall. The boys golf team won the conference and Freddy Thomas finished third in the state tournament. The gymnastics team placed fifth at state and Ashley Myers was sixth allaround. Angelica Anyaogu was fifth in the long jump at the state track meet and Emma Erickson was fifth in the discus. The wrestling team had a school-record six members qualify for state, where Anton Kalista finished sixth. The girls lacrosse team was one of the top-ranked teams in the state in the spring. Former Lakeville North hockey player Brady Skjei was selected by the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL draft.

Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Photos by Rick Orndorf

Photos by Rick Orndorf

The Farmington girls soccer team (top right), softball team (middle) and football team The Lakeville North girls soccer team (top right), boys basketball team (middle) and (bottom) had their best seasons in years. football team (bottom) all played at the state tournament in 2012.

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Eastview wins big one against Panthers Lightning pulls away from Lakeville North in 2nd half by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

One of the biggest surprises of the girls basketball season is Eastview’s 8-0 record. But if you look at how the Lightning has done it, then maybe it shouldn’t be a shock to see that it’s undefeated. Balanced scoring, tenacious defense and enough grit to win tough games on the road – Eastview has displayed all of those this year, including Dec. 21 when the Lightning won at Lakeville North 59-44. With Eastview holding a lead in the second half, the Panthers turned up their trademark defensive pressure. Instead of folding, the Lightning withstood it and lengthened the lead, much to the delight of Eastview coach Melissa Guebert. “I think the thing I’m most proud of is the way our players handled themselves,� Guebert said. “They didn’t force things and they ran our offense.� Eastview was able to use multiple ballhandlers to keep the Panthers’ defense at bay. That runs counter to what some might have assumed at the beginning of the season, which was that sophomore guard Madison Guebert – the Lightning’s only returning starter – would have to carry the load in several areas. Madison Guebert is a big part of what Eastview does – her 20.9 scoring average leads the team – but the team had several other players that were ready to step in and do important jobs. Senior forward Tyra Johnson and sophomore forward Hana Metoxen, both reserves last season, are averaging 15 and 13 points a game. Johnson led Eastview with 20

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Hana Metoxen of Eastview goes up to shoot in her team’s 59-44 victory at Lakeville North on Friday night. The victory improved Eastview’s record to 8-0. points in the victory over Lakeville North. Guards Mikaela Wilson, Melissa Barry and Kari Opatz helped keep Lakeville North from concentrating on trapping one ballhandler. Eastview opened the season with convincing victories over Providence Academy and De La Salle, last year’s state Class 2A and 3A champions. Since then the Lightning has beaten highly regarded teams such as Minnetonka, Park of Cottage Grove, Red Wing and Lakeville North to move to second in the state Class 4A rankings behind Hopkins. The Lightning played Mayer Lutheran on Thursday in a tournament at St. Olaf College. Eastview plays Owatonna at 8:30 p.m. Friday

Photos by Rick Orndorf

The Lakeville South’s Lee Bares won a state pole vaulting title (bottom), Tommy Petersen was a state wrestling title (top) and Shaina Burns was part of the state championship for girls track and field (middle) in 2012 .

before wrapping up the tournament against Holy Family at 4:50 p.m. Saturday. On Wednesday, Eastview plays at Bloomington Kennedy with the winner taking the lead in the South Suburban Conference. Both teams are 3-0 in league play. “In this conference, you can’t afford to be even a little bit off,� Melissa Guebert said. “Lakeville North’s an excellent team but they struggled a little bit with their shooting (Friday night), and this is what happens. And it could happen to any of us.�

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Swimming and diving Mitch Herrera placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at the Class AA state boys swimming and diving meet. Evan Ostendorf was the fifth-best diver in the state.

Notables At the state track meet Nick Bachinski was second in the high jump, going 6-7, and Tom Ryan was third in the shot put, throwing 56-8.5. The girls hockey team finished third in the conference and runner up in Section 1AA with new coach Natalie Darwitz of U.S. Hockey Olympic fame. The boys golf team finished second in the conference. Brianna Alexander was sixth at the state girls swim meet in the 200 individual medley. The football team defeated Prior Lake, a team that went on to win the conference and play at state, 4914.

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Call

A Vision for You-AA

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Minneapolis: 952-922-0880 St. Paul: 651-227-5502

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

Find a meeting:

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1500

Professional Services

1505

Selling or Buying Gold & Silver

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1510

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AA

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3600 Kennebec Drive (2 nd Floor) Eagan, MN (Off of Hwy 13)

Self-help organization offers a proven method to combat depression, fears, panic attacks anger, perfectionism, worry, sleeplessness, anxiety, tenseness, etc. Groups meet weekly in many locations. Voluntary contributions.

Dona: 612-824-5773

Meeting Schedule •Sundays 6:30pm

(Men's) & 8pm (Mixed)

•Mondays 6:30pm (Mixed)

•Tuesdays 6:30pm & 8pm (Mixed)

•Wednesdays Noon (Mixed)

www.LowSelfHelp Systems.org

•Thursdays 6:30pm

Alanon & 8pm (Mixed)

South Suburban Alanon

•Fridays 6:30pm (Mixed)

Ebenezer Ridges Care Center

Open, mixed ACA & 8pm (Open) Speaker Meeting

& 8pm (Mixed)

•Saturdays 10am

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm 13820 Community Drive Burnsville, MN 55337 Mixed, Wheelchair Accessible. For more information: Contact Scott 612-759-5407 or Marty 612-701-5345

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2050

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2050

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2050

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2070

Cabinetry & Counters

Expert Cabinet/Trim & Window-Wood Refinishing

Very cost-effective, beautiful results! Usually, windows only need the planes replaced Free Estimates. Call or Text! St. Christopher Decorating

952-451-7151

2090

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 952-898-4444

2100

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

CONCRETE & MASONARY

Steps, Walks, Drives, Patios Chimney Repair. No job to Sm. Lic/Bond/Ins

John 952-882-0775

2110

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2170

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3-D Drywall Services 36 yrs-Hang • Tape • Spray • Painting 651-324-4725

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www.plazahomesinc.com 612-812-0773 Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

The Original

Business Services

2000

Trusted Home Builder / Remodeler • Sophisticated Home Additions • Elegant Kitchens 35 Years Exp. • Lower Level Expansions Financing Avail. • Porches • Baths • Etc. Excellent Refs. Design & Build Services Lic BC171024 Insured Unmatched Quality Guarantee

2100

Accountants & Tax Svcs

2100

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

QUALITY SERVICE Since 1949

Ken Hensley Drywall Hang, tape, knockdown texture, repairs. 30 yrs exp. 612-716-0590

We Specialize In:

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• Buckling Walls • Foundation Repair • Wet Basement Repair The Origina • Wall Resurfacing • Garage/Basement Floors Licensed

(MN# BC215366) •

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Bonded • Insured

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651-457-7776

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2230

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H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

Hauling

2280

Wall Paper Removal INTERIOR EXTERIOR

6-10-15-20 Yd Dumpsters

Don't Want It - We Haul It! Call Scott 952-890-9461 AACE Services - Hauling

Rubbish Removal/Clean-Up Containers for Rent 5-18cu/yds Since 1979 952-894-7470

DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC 952-469-6800

Handyperson

2290

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

2510

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Roofing Siding Insulation TOPSIDE, INC. 612-869-1177 Licensed * Bonded * Insured 33 Yrs Exp A+ Rating BBB

we do it all, BIG to small Pls call 612-390-5328

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Full Interior & Exterior www.ktpainting.com

651-452-4802

952-500-1088

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952-451-3792

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Concrete Dumpster Service Carpentry Baths & Tile Fencing Windows Gutters Water/Fire Damage Doors Lic•Bond•Ins Visa Accepted

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A Family Operated Business Roofing/Tear-offs New Construction

BBB Free Est. MC/Visa

No Subcontractors Used.

Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586

LLC

l Interior / Exterior Painting l Texturing l Drywall l Deck Staining l Epoxy Resin Garage Floors l Fine Finishing & Enameling Fully Insured Free Estimates

PRE-HOLIDAY DISCOUNT 15% OFF! Plumbing

2470

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Painting

2420

Re-Roofing & Roof Repairs – Snow & Ice Removal - 30 Yrs Exp Insured - Lic#20126880 John Haley #1 Roofer, LLC. Call 952-925-6156

952-292-2349

5% Discount With Ad SANDING – REFINISHING Roy's Sanding Service Since 1951 CALL 952-888-9070

Tear-offs & New Construction Siding & Gutters Over 18 yrs exp. Free est. Rodney Oldenburg

612-210-5267 952-443-9957 Lic #BC156835 • Insured We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty Painting

2420

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Home Tune Up

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

Jack of All Trades Handyman

Specializing in residential & commercial repairs & maintenance. Fully insured. Lic#20639540

A Fresh Look, Inc. Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

(952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834

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Snow Plowing

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

2510

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

2510

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

Free Ests. 952-890-2403

2620

952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB Tree Removal Silver Fox Services Al's Seasonal Services

Tree Trimming & Removal Insured Call 763-498-9249

Window Cleaning

3160

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

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600 3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793

*A and K PAINTING*

Tree Service

2620

Tree Service

2620

3 Interior Rooms/$250 Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repair. Cabinet Enameling and Staining. 30 yrs exp. Steve 763-545-0506

•Ben's Painting•

Senior Discounts

Will meet or beat prices! Int/Ext, Drywall Repair

Paint/Stain/Ceilings. We

Great Service Affordable Prices 2490

Powerwashing

2490

Powerwashing

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

763-225-6200

www.sparklewashcmn.com

Furnishings

QN. PILLOWTOP SET

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

3260

Misc. For Sale

Superior Hardwood Fuel Pellets, 40 lb bags. $3.90 per bag. 952-891-1280

3270

Misc. Wanted

Buying Old Trains & Toys

STEVE'S TRAIN CITY

952-933-0200

Polaris Snowmobile & ATV's. Non-working only. Will pick-up, will pay cash! Call 612-987-1044

3320

Snowblowers & Equipment

YardMan Snowblower 5.5 hp, elec. start, like new! $350/BO. 952-884-4280

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000 3000

3090

Merchandise Cemetery Lots

For Sale: 4 Lots Glenhaven Good Samaritan Garden

$6,500/BO. 320-243-3165

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

605-880-5966 605-886-4884

3130

Estate Sales

Contact Jeanne at

952-392-6875

3500

Garage Sales

Eagan Estate Sale 1621 Murphy Pkwy, Sat. Jan 12th 9-3pm Furn, artwork, & much more! Free items!

3700

Leisure

3720

Boats, New & Used

Chrysler 17ft, fiberglass open bow-tri hull, Good Cond. *New price $875 612-825-6283

3900

3970

Agriculture/ Animals/Pets Pets

Jack Russell/ Beagle Pups. Purebread. 2 mos old, $100. 218-879-8171 or 218-879-5183

Deadline: Mondays at 3pm

4000

3150

Fireplace & Firewood

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

Painting

Powerwashing

Tree Service

OAK & BIRCH, 2 YRS DRIED

www.bestcleaningservices.com

952-432-2605

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

Solid Oak Rnd DR Tbl, 2 lvs., 6 chrs. Exc cond! Asking $350/BO. 612-868-2597

Housecleaning

accept Visa/MC/Discvr.

FIREWOOD

SNOW PLOWING

Affordable Firewood

651-815-4147

Int./Ext Painting/Staining & texturing. Free Est. 952-474-6258 Ins/Bond Major Credit Cards Accepted

Dry Oak & Oak Mixed 4' x 8 'x 16” - $110; or 2 for $200 Free Delivery 952-881-2122 763-381-1269

4100

FIREWOOD

Locally owned & operated

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

 Ideal Firewood 

Couch, loveseat, chair Tan/gold microfiber. Exc condition! $499 952-843-8138

To Place Your Sale Ad

612-825-7316/952-934-4128 www.afreshlookinc.com

Fireplace & Firewood

3150

Comm./Res. Insured, Senior Discount

Lic. #BC626700 Credit Cards Accepted

Our job is to make you look good! Sell It, Buy It, Search For It In Sun•Thisweek Classifieds

Roof Raking

Quick Response – Insured

Why Wait Roofing LLC

Escobar Hardwood Floors Carpet & Ceramic Tile We offer professional services for your wood floors! Installs/Repair Sand/Refinish Free Ests Ins'd Mbr: BBB Professional w/12 yrs exp.

Ice Dams? We Steam!

2660

HANDYMAN

2490

Snow Removal

Lic#20126880

MDH Lead Supervisor

Dale 952-941-8896 office 612-554-2112 cell

2420

2570

612-810-2059

*2 Brothers Handyman *

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

Electric Repairs

SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

Painting & Drywall

PINNACLE DRYWALL *Hang *Tape *Texture*Sand Quality Guar. Ins. 612-644-1879

JNH Electric 612-743-7922

READERS’ CHOICE

Repair /Replace /Reasonable Lifetime Warranty on All Spring Changes www.expertdoor.com

Plumbing

2470

GARAGE DOORS & OPENERS

2310

2180

Painting

2420

PearsonDrywall.com 35 yrs taping, ceiling repair, remodel 952-200-6303

DAGGETT ELECTRIC

Concrete & Waterproofing, Inc.

Garage Door

2260

3970

Pets

Family Care Child Care

Farmington, Immediate openings (all ages), Licensed, 14 yrs. Experience. Call 651-463-2815

3970

Pets

CRISSY IS A DOLL! Crissy came into our rescue as a 6-weekold kitten. She was dumped along the roadside in front of one of our dog foster’s homes along with her 2 siblings. We figured she and her sibs would be snatched up immediately as they were tiny adorable little rascals. Her siblings were adopted but Crissy for whatever reason was overlooked. Crissy was eventually moved to a cat foster home where she has grown up to be a beautiful sleek adolescent (6 months old). Crissy has been to MANY adoptions but hates them! At home Crissy is completely the opposite and is an absolute hoot and such a doll, a lap sitter cat and a dog lover! Call the foster to meet her! Contact Nancy 651-452-0998 or hostalady14@yahoo.com or see other cats on or web site at www.last-hope.org

Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747 5100

Senior Rentals

N ATTENTIO SENIORS!

5100

Senior Rentals

Spruce Place Senior Apartments

651-463-2511 2 BRs available


SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville December 28, 2012 Child Care

4100

LV: 2 FT opngs. Loving mom/ teacher. Fun & nurturing. 763-807-8538

5000

Rentals

5400

Houses For Rent

Rosemount- 3br 2 ba att 2 car gar, appliances, w/d fenced yd $1250. 952 412-5168

5500

Rental Information

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

5800

Roommates Wanted

LV: LL of newer TH, ¾ BA, walk out, $550 include utils, high spd int & cable. No Pets. 612-790-5043

6400

Apartments & Condos For Rent

Farmington Studio Apt. Heat pd. Gar. avl. No pets. 612-670-4777

7000

Health Care

9050

RN/LPN's

Regency Home HealthCare is seeking part time and full time; day, eve and night RN/LPN's to provide services to ventilator dependent clients in group settings throughout the metro. Seeking help in the Hastings, Burnsville, and Cottage Grove area. Must have great attention to detail, strong problem solving skills, excellent communication and clinical skills. Current MN nursing license and CPR required. If interested please submit online application at www.regencyhhc.com or fax resume attn: Julie @ 651-488-4656. EOE

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

$ Dollars for Driving $ Better than Volunteering Mature drivers earn up to $400+ per week driving passengers to medical appointments in our minivans. Call our confidential info line 24/7

800-437-2094

Our Continued Growth requires more company drivers/owner operators to haul flatbeds, step decks, RGN's, both regional & OTR. Contact John for more info. 763-856-4000 jpndaran@sherbtel.net

Adults-Earn Your HS Diploma or GED Test Prep!

Learn in class or online, 24-7. Like District 196 ABE on Facebook. Email ABE@district196.org or call 952-431-8316.

Contract Drivers

Dynamex, an industry leader in the same day delivery business, has route and on call opportunities available. Your own vehicle is needed. Build your own company and be your own boss. To find out more call 651-746-5945

Real Estate

7400

Apartments & Condos For Sale

Fgtn: 1 Rm Effic'y Apt. $500/mo. Utls. Included. 952-469-2604

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New Year’s Eve with Louie Anderson

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Minnesota comedian Louie Anderson will bring his show to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on New Year’s Eve.

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Eagan, with a shuttle to and from the event. For more information or to register, visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks.

Saturday, Dec. 29 Winter Birds, all ages, 10 a.m. to noon, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Free, but registration required at www. lakeville-rapconnect.com. Information: (952) 985-4600.

Saturday, Jan. 5 “Toy Story 3� movie, 10 a.m. to noon, recital hall, Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave. Free. Concessions sold during 20-minute intermission. Children must be accompanied by an Monday, Dec. 31 adult. Sponsored by Farmington Dakota County Park’s New Area Community Education. Year’s Eve Party, 5 to 8 p.m., Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visi- Monday, Jan. 7 tor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Open house for prospecAdmission: $8 if registered by tive Boy Scouts, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30, $10 at the door. Youth at Community of Christ Church, age 5 and under free. Free park- 5990 134th St. W., Apple Valley. ing available on-site or at Wood Hosted by Troop 293 of Apple Crest Church, 525 Cliff Road, Valley. Information: Scoutmaster

Paul Chellsen, (612) 597-4468, chellsen@charter.net, or www. troop293.org. Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733-2767) or visit redcrossblood. org to make an appointment or for more information. • Dec. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sprint Lakeville, 17713 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. • Jan. 3, 2 to 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., Savage. • Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Ave., Lakeville.

Theater “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas� will be presented Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-30, by The Comedy Play’s the Thing Productions at Hawaiian Kermit Apio, 7 and Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $13 and Laugh Lines Comedy at Grand- can be purchased online at www. Stay Hotel, 7083 153rd St. W., lakevilleareaartscenter.com or by Apple Valley. Tickets are $20 for calling (952) 985-4640. the early show, $25 for the late show. Both feature laughs, food Workshops/classes/other and drinks. Late show features Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle free champagne toast at mid- from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday night, party favors, music and of each month at Apple Valley dancing. Tickets available at Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake www.hahatickets.com or by call- Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) ing (651) 528-8454. 953-2385. Ages 12-18. Free adLouie Anderson’s “Big Baby mission. Free snack and writing Boomer,� 7:30 and 10 p.m. workshop with Guante. Monday, Dec. 31, at Burnsville Teen artist gatherings at the Performing Arts Center, 12600 Eagan Art House from 3:30 to Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from 5:30 Thursdays, Jan. 3, Feb. 7 $29.95 to $101.95 for VIP tickets and March 7, and from 1 to 3 p.m. and a pre-show meet and greet. Saturdays, Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and Purchase tickets at the box office March 2. Cost: $3. Information: or by phone at (952) 895-4680. (651) 675-5521. Adult painting open studio Dance from 9 a.m. to noon the first and Heartbeat Performing Arts third Fridays of the month at the Center’s 15th anniversary Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Inat Eastview High School. Tickets formation: (651) 675-5521. are available at Heartbeat PerMusic Together in the Valforming Arts Center for $20 for ley offers classes for parents and adults and $18 for children under their infant, toddler and preschool 12. Tickets will be $25 at the door. children in Rosemount, FarmingInformation: (952) 432-7833. ton, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: www.musictogetherExhibits classes.com or (651) 439-4219. An acrylic painting exhibit The Eagan Art House offers by Sue Kemnitz is on display classes for ages 4 through adult. through Jan. 30 at Lakeville Area For a complete listing go to www. Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. eaganarthouse.org or call (651) Information: (952) 985-4640. 675-5521. “Our Burnsville� exhibit by Dan Petrov Art Studio in the Burnsville Historical Society Burnsville offers oil painting chapter of the Dakota County classes for beginners, intermeHistorical Society will be on dis- diate and advanced skill level play Jan. 3-31 in the gallery at painters, www.danpetrovart.com, Burnsville Performing Arts Cen- (763) 843-2734. ter, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays

theater and arts briefs ‘Mid Life Vices’ set March 7 at BPAC Tickets for The Four Bitchin’ Babes’ March 7, 2013, performance of “Mid Life Vices� will be

on sale beginning Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 9822787 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $39 and $34. The show is a celebration of “Whine Women and Song!� that aims to hysterically journal the lives of the Baby Boomer generation.

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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) 7363644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville (Colonial Shopping Center), (952) 736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: (651) 675-5500. 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. 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. Rosemount History Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, (952) 2558545 or jjloch@charter.net.

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Street Beat, a theatrical drum and dance show, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $34 for adults and $17 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.

A Dakota perspective The Minnesota Historical Society recently published two books about the Dakota: • “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakotaâ€? by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White, examines the history of Dakota people and their cultural connection to the land that is now Minnesota. • “Henry Sibley and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,â€? a short e-book by Rhoda Gilman excerpted from her larger biography “Henry Hastings Sibley: A Divided Heart.â€? The ebook focuses on the rifts

and crises leading up to the 1862 war in Minnesota as represented by thengovernor Henry Sibley.

Heartbeat’s anniversary Heartbeat Performing Arts Center in Apple Valley will hold its 15th anniversary show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Eastview High School. Special guests will include tap dancers Dianne “Lady Di� Walker, Yukiko Misumi, Jason Samuels-Smith and Guillem Alonso, and television personality/author Joan Steffend. Tickets are available at Heartbeat Performing Arts Center for $20 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Guest tap dancers will share their styles in a class from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Heartbeat, 7661 W. 145th St., Apple Valley. Call (952) 4327833 for information.

Painting exhibit opens An acrylic painting exhibit by Sue Kemnitz is on display through Jan. 30 at Lakeville Area Arts Center. Kemnitz is a graphic artist who has designed the Lakeville Art Festival website and marketing materials. The Lakeville Area Arts Center is located at 20965 Holyoke Ave. For additional information, call (952) 985-4640.

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Thisweekend No New Year’s Eve plan, no problem Several events planned to ring in 2013 More events

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Those who don’t have a plan for New Year’s Eve shouldn’t have to worry too much as there are many events planned across Dakota County to ring in 2013. One of the biggest events south of the river will be at Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area, which will have all of its runs open until midnight with a host of activities for young and old alike. The night will include live music, fireworks and the opportunity to ski, snowboard or snowtube down the iconic Burnsville slope. To highlight the night, when the Buck Hill Clock Tower strikes midnight, a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale will light up the hill. Free activities will include: • Kevin Hall’s magic show, as seen on “America’s Got Talent,â€? • Live entertainment including magicians and jugglers, • Tarot card readings and • Glitter Glam Hair-Dos for youths. All activities are free; however, holiday rates apply for lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals. Lift tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. Food and cocktails are available all over the hill, including a special dinner menu to be served in The Whittier Room overlooking Buck Hill. Reservations are suggested; call Diane at (952) 432-6566 x3 or email diane@crystallakegolfcourse. com. In addition to serving food and drinks all night, BuckStone Lodge will grooving with the tunes of the Rhythm Junkies with Dean Weisser & Leslee McKee. Skiers and boarders are invited to join Gabe’s Ski Race or check out Buck Hill’s brand new “airbag,â€? for which there is a cost to use. The airbag is available for a limited time at Buck Hill this season and is used as a safety cushion for skiers or snowboarders who launch themselves off a 15-

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Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area will host a New Year’s Eve celebration at the iconic Burnsville slope. foot high snow jump. The 50-by-50 foot inflatable made by U.S. Airbag has adjustable vents to allow for varying softness. The airbag absorbs the impact force of a skier or snowboarder, greatly reducing risk of injury. Skiers and snowboarders must be 12 years or older to use the airbag. The airbag will be offered at the hill on Dec. 31 until 11 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and Feb. 16-18. Three jumps cost $10, 10 jumps $25, and 20 jumps $40. For more information and to watch a video of people using the U.S. Airbag, visit www.BuckHill.com. The Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn

Dakota County Parks will offer the following New Year’s Eve activity (more at www.co.dakota.mn.us/LeisureRecreation/CountyParks): • New Year’s Eve Party – The ball drops at 7:59 p.m. after an evening of winter festivities that starts at 5 p.m. and includes candle-lit ice skating, hiking and snowshoeing at Lebanon Hills Regional Park and inside at the Discovery Room of the Visitor Center. Slide on the lit sledding hill. Other activities include indoor storytelling, live animals, a magician and much more. Snowshoe rental available, bring your own sleds and ice skates. Hot concessions available for purchase. Fee: $8/person if pre-registered by Dec. 29; $10/person at the door. There is no cost for youths ages 5 to participate. Free onsite and offsite parking with free shuttle available. Guide dogs only. Waiver required. Other events include: • Hawaiian Kermit Apio, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Laugh Lines Comedy at GrandStay Hotel, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley. Tickets are $20 for the early show, $25 for the late show. Both feature laughs, food and drinks. Late show features free champagne toast at midnight, party favors, music and dancing. Tickets available at www.hahatickets. com or by calling (651) 528-8454. • Louie Anderson’s “Big Baby Boomer,â€? 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from $29.95 to $101.95 for VIP tickets and a pre-show meet and greet. Purchase tickets at the box office or by phone at (952) 895-4680.

in Burnsville will provide a free shuttle to and from Buck Hill on New Year’s Eve for hotel guests who take advantage of the Buck Hill rate. Reservations are available by calling (952) 435-2100. More information about the celebration at Buck Hill can be found at: www. buckhill.com/winter/new-years-eve-party. html. Buck Hill is located at 15400 Buck Hill Road in Burnsville, Minnesota. Call (952) 435-7174 or visit www.BuckHill.com for Tad Johnson can be reached at tad.johnson@ ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek. more information.

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