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Farmington | Lakeville February 15, 2013 | Volume 33 | Number 51

Davis selected for open Lakeville City Council seat Swearing in is March 4 by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

Lakeville City Council members unanimously selected Bart Davis as its fifth member at its Feb. 12 workshop. Davis, a Lakeville Planning Commission member for over six years, will fill the council seat vacated when Matt Little was elected mayor in November. The council is expected to formally approve the appointment at its Feb. 19 meeting, and Davis will be sworn in at the March 4 meeting. Davis’ Planning Com-

mission experience was called “extremely important,” in his selection by Council Member Kerrin Swecker, who was first to share that Davis was her top pick of the seven finalists interviewed. She also said his background and experience would complement the strengths and qualities of the council. “I thought he would be a nice balance,” she said. Council Member Doug Anderson said Davis was also his top pick because he seemed very centered and profession-

al. Council Member Colleen LeBeau said Davis’ interview was “great,” and Little noted that Davis’ experience would allow him to quickly get up to speed on the issues since there is less than two years left for the open term. Members were also impressed with Davis’ business background with U.S. Bank where he is responsible for mobile banking services. In an interview, Davis Photo by Laura Adelmann said he is “very excited” Bart Davis will fill the open Lakeville City Council seat, created when Matt Little was elected mayor in See DAVIS, 12A November.

Pornography: ‘An economy of pain’ Lauren Myracle in Apple Valley The bestselling youngadult author of “Shine” and the “Internet Girls” trilogy is set to talk at the Galaxie Library on Feb. 23. Page 17A

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Keeping school bus drivers at the wheel Farmington resident hopes unemployment compensation for school bus drivers will improve retention by Jennifer Chick SUN THISWEEK

One Farmington school bus driver hopes to change unemployment compensation to include school bus drivers who are not employed in the summer. Kathy Plumley of Farmington drives a school bus for Durham School Services, a bus company that provides buses for Burnsville-SavageEagan District 191. She has been driving a school bus for four years after retiring from IBM. With no unemployment benefits available during the

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summer months, Plumley watches as many of her fellow trained school bus drivers leave in the spring to find other jobs. “We have a lot, a lot, of single parents that decide to get their CDL licenses to drive school bus,” she says, “and I’m seeing them start to leave. I think that’s not right. Those kids are more special than that.” She says the lack of unemployment benefits causes high turnover in a career where students need consistency. See DRIVERS, 12A

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Swimmers take charge Lakeville South and Farmington win conference titles; North runner-up in SSC. Page 10A

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Pornography addiction is a trap seeking to lure, then trap, those who view in shame, destroying relationships and lives. Freedom Weekend will include resources and non-judgemental help for Editor’s note: This story is those struggling with pornograthe third installment in a Sun phy and sexual addiction. Thisweek series on human trafficking that began in the Feb. IN BRIEF 1 edition. All the stories are at Sexual and by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

Pornography is a billion-dollar worldwide predator. It lures with lust and lies, connives and shames, cheapens and steals lives, wrecks marriages, demeans sex and the victims it entices. Some Dakota County men lured through pornography’s broad paper-and-video entryway found themselves trapped, humiliated, shamed and cut off from those most important in their lives. Most of the local men interviewed for this story suffered mental, physical and/or sexual abuse as children, a common experience for sex and pornography addicts, according to nationally known sexual addiction expert Dr. Mark Laaser, owner of Faithful and True, a recovery center in Eden Prairie. He offers workshops for men and women struggling with sexual behaviors including fantasy, masturbation, fetishes and por-

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• Accountability software that blocks porn sites: • Online recovery forum, information: • Sex Addicts Anonymous: • Dr. Mark Laaser: www. faithfulandtrueministries. com nography use. The men who shared their stories in this newspaper said they hope they serve as a warning for others to stop, seek help and claim freedom. Ryan Hanson of Eagan was raised by an inattentive, promiscuous single mother who left him in situations where he was alone, molested and victimized. She eventually married an See PORNOGRAPHY, 13A


Lakeville Area School District voters can plan on deciding the fate of a school levy referendum this fall, but even if it passes the district will face cuts. New projections show the district will need $3.1 million to $3.5 million in cuts for the 2013-14 budget to maintain operations, about $1 million more than first discussed last November. A public process is being planned to receive feedback on the cuts, which will likely be considered by the School

Board in March. Business Services Director Randy Anderson, on the job for about a month, said the change in district finances is due to a variety of factors including rising health insurance costs from the Affordable Care Act, funding cuts and declining enrollment of about 200 students per year. That level of declining enrollment costs the district about $1 million annually, Anderson said, and he reviewed birth rates that show the district’s shrinking student popuSee LEVY, 12A

Lakeville artist’s painting selected for state stamp by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

A Lakeville artist’s acrylic painting of two male turkeys has won the 2014 Minnesota wild turkey stamp contest. Stephen Hamrick’s painting, “The Challenge,” depicts two turkeys challenging each other for a female turkey in a wilderness setting. Hamrick said he referenced photos he has taken over his years as an avid outdoorsman to create the painting in about one week’s time. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources, the stamps may be purchased with hunting and fishing licenses and proceeds will be used to promote turkey habitats and run conservation programs. His painting won over 14 other entries, all unsigned to ensure unbiased judging, and while he will receive no compensation, Hamrick retains marketing and reproduction rights. Hamrick has been a professional artist for 31 years, and is a self-described “outdoors person” with a passion See STAMP, 2A

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Tom Hamrick, a Lakeville professional artist, holds the winning entry of two male turkeys for the state turkey stamp. Behind him is a sequel painting featuring a male and a female turkey. times for the trout stamp “Walleye is the only and once for the pheas- one I haven’t won,� Hamant and duck stamp; he rick said. “I do want to also won the 2004 turkey get them all, definitely.� stamp.

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Farmington Fire Department adds new engine New technology makes its safer for firefighters

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The Farmington Fire Department added a new fire engine to its fleet. by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Hopefully the only time Farmington residents will see a fire engine on the move will be at a parade. But if needed, the Farmington Fire Department has the latest in engine technology at its disposal. The department added a new 2013 Pierce Impel Pumper Fire Engine last month to its fleet. It will serve as both a fire engine and method to carry rescue equipment. It replaces a 1986 Ford Rescue Truck. The department was running into problems if one of its fire engines was out of commission due to repairs. That left

the team short-handed in troublesome situations. “Something was in the shop half the time,� Fire Marshal John Powers said. “This will hopefully help in case we need to be in two places.� Motorists might feel the new fire engine before they see it. One of the updated features is a rumble effect to go with the siren “almost like a subwoofer,� Powers said. “It will help alert other drivers. You can feel the truck behind you. The siren sounds a little different, too.� It features brighter light bulbs to alert traffic and more reflective

material in the back. Other technology upgrades include headphones to help communication and protect firefighters’s ears. There are other safety features to help prevent injuries such as better seat belts and locked-in air tanks. “The safety for the firefighters is the biggest upgrade,� Powers said. The fire engine has the ability to carry 750 gallons of water and pump 2,000 gallons per minute. It includes a foam spray for rural emergencies where water is unavailable, and unmanned hose. The $585,000 truck was built by Pierce Manufacturing facility in Appleton, Wis., and paid for by a loan from Farmington’s water division. The truck hasn’t responded to any fires yet, but it’s been out on a few medical calls. The Farmington Fire Department is made up of 52 paid on-call firefighters, has a service area of 88 square miles and provides services for the townships of Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka serving approximately 25,000 citizens.





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Farmington senior goalie Austin Krause, reportedly upset about playing time for himself and his classmates on the boys hockey team, purposely scored on his own goal giving Chaska a 2-2 tie Tuesday night. In the video posted on YouTube by a student, Krause can be seen scoring, removing his gloves, raising his middle finger and saluting the bench as he leaves the ice. “It’s a show of un-

sportsmanlike conduct and there is an immediate and dramatic impact on us — not just on the hockey team and coaches, but on our high school and community,� Farmington High School Principal Ben Kusch said on Wednesday. Posted on YouTube Tuesday night, the video and incident was reported on Wednesday morning by Deadspin, Yahoo and Sports Illustrated, as well as discussed by area radio morning shows. Chaska went on to win the game 3-2.

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Opinion That all of them may be one... by the Rev. Paul Jarvis SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” – Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples in the Gospel of John 17: 20-21 Christians are supposed to be together! The movement among Christians promoting Christian unity, as everyone knows, is the ecumenical movement. It is the attempt by Christian Church – in its broadest sense, throughout its various traditions – to practice what Our Lord prayed for on the night before he died for us. During one recent week, all sorts of Christians prayed for unity as Christ wills it. Not necessarily how any particular tradition or individual Christian would like to see it … which is usually in conformity with one’s tradition. As one of the first congregations established in Rosemount, we at St. Joseph Church have considered it our duty and privilege to join in this prayer for unity. In fact, as an assembly and as individuals, St.

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Rev. Paul Jarvis Joe’s parishioners are right now praying for individual Christian communities, by name, within Rosemount and neighboring cities. We’re praying that they grow in doing God’s will. Loving God … others … oneself. We ask that other communities pray for ours. Praying for each other is important, but just the beginning. Christian disciples of different traditions also need to spend time with each other. We might just learn something. And move beyond misinformation and prejudice. I have found in my life that when folks only associate with like-minded people, virtually living in separate worlds, it’s relatively easy to “them”-ify others. To think “them” weird. Perhaps even demonize “them.” Certainly to not give a hoot about “them.” This is why praying for other Christian denominations and congregations during this week of prayer for Christian unity – wishing their well, rather than wishing them gone or corrected or absorbed – needs to be accompanied by breaking through social barriers, and spending time with “them.” To de-“them”-ify other

denominations’ Christians. I ask Christian readers, When was the last time you actually sought out the company of another Christian community’s members? Not to theologically argue or convert. But to get together. The occasional wedding and funeral aside – which are not exactly conducive to interdenominational fellowship – most Christians keep within their sectarian walls. And pastors: When was the last time you sought fellowship with another denomination’s pastor … outside of periodic meetings with community leaders? I’ve been blessed here in Rosemount. When I arrived at my new assignment one and a half years ago, two pastors reached out to me for fellowship: Pastor Per Nelsen of the Community of Hope, and Pastor Bill Goodwin of Lighthouse Christian Church. I now periodically meet with Per for lunch, just to talk. And only incidentally to creatively think of ways to collaborate. I’ve come to expect Bill Goodwin to be good enough to show up at St. Joseph Church events that we’ve invited area congregations to. And I try to return the favor. At St. Joe’s Leprechaun Days Tailgate Party and Fireworks Watch last summer, I humbly let Bill think he won the Commode Race between us. It was quite ecumenical of me. Last Fall, Pastor Karen Bruins of Rosemount United Methodist invited St. Joe’s to join with them in resurrect-

ing a dormant tradition: an ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Thanksgiving Eve. True to the ecumenical spirit, Karen invited me to preach at the service in her congregation. Next year, the St. Joseph family is hosting the extended family’s gathering, and Pastor Bruins will be preaching. Last Good Friday, Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan invited congregations like St. Joe’s into their “Cross Walk.” It was a veritable United Nations of denominations taking turns in carrying that heavy wooden cross. And it was beautiful. Come 11 a.m. on the first Saturday in October, we’re hoping many pastors will join me and Deacon Steve Boatwright in blessing pets, farm animals, exotic beasts at our Blessing of the Animals. I figure half of those at the annual blessing are from other congregations. Praying for other congregations by name, praying for Christian unity is an important beginning. But in order to keep right with Jesus’ farewell wish for us, we need to be together. If you’ve got some ideas of how Christians of all shapes and stripes can come together … just to be together … please let me know. I’ll try them out with my new pastor-friends. The Rev. Father Paul Jarvis is pastor at St. Joseph Church and School. He can be reached at Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Church gives Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t be forgotten by Don Heinzman SUN THISWEEK

Members of a church in St. Bonifacious gave five couples a Valentine they won’t forget – a free wedding worth at least $1,500. Pastor John Braland of the Freshwater Community Church came up with the idea after realizing many couples want to get married but can’t afford the expense of the wedding. So he, his staff and volunteers removed all the barriers by providing at no charge: the wedding license, the space, the photographer, the music, the printed program, the reception and even the wedding cake. Over the “Wedding Weekend” of Feb. 8-10, Pastor Braland married a couple on Friday night and four brides and grooms on Saturday in separate ceremonies to the delight of many guests. The five were picked out of those who responded to an

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Don Heinzman appeal on Facebook. On Sunday of Valentine week, 14 couples renewed their wedding vows. The church supplied 19 sheet cakes for all the couples. Braland explains the reasoning of offering free weddings. Marriage is the bedrock of society. Married couples build better families, and better families make better communities. So you are wondering — what’s the catch? There is none. The couples do not have to be members of the church. In

fact, they don’t even have to be Christians. They did have to attend premarital counseling as part of a “Happily Ever After Marriage” series, to make sure they were ready for marriage. “We said if you say ‘I do,’ we say ‘We do,’ ” he said. Pastor Braland figures that, including a reception, the church is saving each couple up to $2,000. The 900 members of the church are paying the bills, because they believe this is one way to build better families and a better community. Pastor Braland has been getting positive reaction to the free weddings since the story by Todd Moen broke in the Waconia Patriot newspaper. The pastor probably would offer free weddings again on a smaller scale. This is an idea other churches should try, Braland agreed.

What about those who make a living selling wedding services to married couples? The pastor figures there are enough weddings to go around, saying these won’t make a dent in the wedding market. Vanessa Martinson, the church office manager who coordinated the wedding weekend, said, “We want to be a church that gives something and reaches out and helps the community.” With all the sad news lately, she said, it’s nice to have a good-news story that helps people. Come to think about it, that’s the real message of Valentine’s Day. Don Heinzman, an ECM columnist and former editor of the Elk River Star News, can be reached at or Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Student ‘engagement’ declining dramatically – and what schools can do by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK

What can 5- and 6-year-olds learn from building a playground, or high school students learn helping to produce a play, writing a history of their community, creating YouTube videos about the value of Dual (high school/college) Credit Courses, conducting water quality testing, or planning and then building a community garden? The answer is clear: Students who participate in such hands-on, active learning generally will be more “engaged” in their learning. A 2012 Gallup poll of almost 500,000 American students, grades 5-12, helps explain why student engagement is so important. The poll also shows a dramatic decline in student engagement as students move thorough our public schools. How do we “engage” students? • Students at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley have researched and help create exhibits for the Minnesota Zoo. • Students in many communities, including Apple Valley, Eastview, Eagan, Lakeville, the Main Street School for Per-

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Joe Nathan forming Arts in Hopkins, and Richfield have produced musicals that won awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust. • In Little Falls, students in a combined biology/English/social studies class read and wrote about the history of the Mississippi. They also did water quality testing on the river discovering at one point that there was an unacceptably high level of bacteria in the water. • In Houston, students interviewed local residents for an area history. They discovered one elderly woman who had been a member of the French Resistance during World War II, causing them to do a lot of reflection about her high school years. • In St. Paul, students researched, planned and then built a playground

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with a zero budget. It was a very big day in the life of the seven-year old co-chairs of the “sand committee” when six truck loads of sand, that they had arranged for, arrived. Let’s be clear. This is not an attack on teachers. That’s because teachers are being pushed hard to focus on standardized, multiple-choice tests. But as the national Gallup organization points out, we should care about this because “hope, engagement and well being of students accounts for onethird of the variance of student success. Yet schools don’t measure these things. Hope, for example, is a better predictor of student success than SAT scores, ACT scores, or grade point average.” Gallup found that from elementary to secondary school, student engagement drops from 76 to 44 percent. Gallup concluded: “There are several things that might help to explain why this is happening – ranging from our overzealous focus on standardized testing and curricula to our lack of experiential and project-based learning pathways for students – not to mention the lack of pathways for students who will not and

do not want to go on to college.” We want students to read, write and do mathematics. We also want them to be active, constructive citizens. We need to measure whether they are developing hope and a sense that they can accomplish important things.  You can read the report at http:// There are great examples of these applied projects at www.whatkidscando. org. Many families and employers want students who are active, positive, able to work with others … engaged.  Not just people with academic skills.  Academic skills are important, but not enough. Being “engaged” helps many students see the value of and develop those “3-R” skills, along with a belief that they can set goals and make a difference. Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher and administrator, directs the Center for School Change. Reactions welcome, Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Provide a better alternative To the editor: Recent articles have discussed the governor’s proposals to close tax loopholes for higher income earners and broaden the state’s sales tax to include previously untaxed services like haircuts and gym memberships. Critics have protested that his proposals shouldn’t include items that make us healthier. And while there’s no overt criticism of his proposals to close loopholes, no great support has come from crit-

ics who want to endear themselves to wealthier taxpayers anyway. Meantime the governor counsels critics to provide better options to reduce the deficit. This, unfortunately, has been lacking from those who disparage the governor’s ideas. I, for one, admire the governor’s mettle, in being willing to close the revenue gap. It’s easy to sit by and take potshots without providing alternatives. For too long, wealthy taxpayers say they should be able to continue to pay a lower overall rate of tax, as documented in the Revenue Department’s Tax

Incidence Study. They proudly claim the title bestowed on them by George W. Bush of “job-creators.” But many of them have been more than willing to use tax incentives to move jobs overseas. I think it’s time to promote fairness and close some of those loopholes. To those who howl that hurts local industry, I express my doubt. It didn’t hurt us in the bullish ’90s, when we had relatively full employment. Let those who criticize the governor’s ideas provide better alternatives. NANCY HALL Burnsville

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Legislator proposes tax credits for hiring veterans Unemployment rate is 23 percent for state’s vets by T.W. Budig ECM CAPITOL REPORTER

Rep. Anna Wills called her legislation a good first step. A first-term Republican serving Rosemount and a portion of Apple Valley in District 57B, Wills is proposing a tax credit to spur the hiring of military veterans. Minnesota veterans endure an unemployment rate of 23 percent, Wills said. This double-digit rate is starkly contrasted by the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December showing the general unemployment at 5.5 percent. The state’s unemployment rate for veterans is one of the highest in the nation, Wills said. “We’re excited to have broad, bipartisan support,” she said of her bill. Wills lauded the proposal as a “win-win” for Minnesota.

She is teaming up with Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFLMaplewood, in her tax credit proposal. “Totally unacceptable,” Wiger said of the unemployment rate among veterans. Although the lawmakers do not have an overall cost of their proposal, they envision the state offering a $3,000 tax credit for a business hiring a disabled veteran, a $1,500 tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran and a $500 tax credit for hiring a veteran. The taxes generated by getting the 30,000 unemployed veterans back to work, Wills believes, would cover the cost of the tax credit program. Wills and Wiger view their proposal as another tool in veterans employment. Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who appeared at a Capitol press conference for the

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Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, speaks at a Capitol press conference announcing legislation to create tax credits for businesses hiring veterans. Standing to the right of Wills is Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, who is carrying the legislation in the Senate.

bill’s unveiling, spoke of many ripples coming off seemingly small pebbles. Dennis Davis, chief translation officer for Metafrazo, a firm focusing on veteran hiring practices, theorizes the lack of a sizable active-duty military presence in the state contributes to the high unemployment rate. “They don’t understand the culture,” he said of potential employers. Wills’ legislation is supported by veterans advocacy groups, including the Military Action Group, the United Veterans Legislative Council, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans and the Association of the United States Army. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has offered a number of veterans initiatives in his proposed state budget. He is proposing to expand the Minnesota G.I. Bill by $1 million and

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Bill in legislature would regulate dog, cat breeders It aims to reduce inhumane treatment and abuse by Howard Lestrud ECM POLITICAL EDITOR

The current session of the Minnesota Legislature marks the sixth year an animal bill has been introduced to regulate dog and cat breeders. The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill aims to help eliminate dog and cat breeding practices and conditions that cause inhumane treatment and abuse. Regulation is supported in the bill language and would involve registration and licensing, annual inspections and enforcement and penalties. This legislation also aims at preventing the propagation of puppy and kitty mills. Sen. John Marty, DFLRoseville, is chief author in the Senate, says there are “sad illustrations” of dogs and cats being abused in less-than-favorable surroundings. “Lots of breeders are very good breeders, love pets and animals and make a living raising and selling them,” Marty said. Other breeders “cram things more tightly together” and pay less attention to the welfare of animals and are more concerned about making money with their business. The legislation does not target small, hobby breeders that fall below the threshold of 10 or more adult animals and more than five total litters in a year, said Nancy Minion, who for 19 years has run the nonprofit Second Chance Animal Rescue. Animal bills “are tough to get passed,” Minion said. She has worked on animal legislation for 24 years as a citizen, she said. Minion’s nonprofit organization is a member of the Speak Up for Dogs and Cats coalition working to

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areas, she said. One of the opposition groups represents agricultural interests. Minion says they use a “slippery slope argument” that if you regulate dog and cat breeders, then you will come after the farms. “We are regulating the dog and cat breeding industry,” she said. Other opposition comes from breeders. “They’ve never been regulated before and don’t want to be,” she said. There is one situation where breeders are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s when a breeder sells animals wholesale to pet shops or other brokers or breeders. The USDA is not an enforcement agency, however, and only a regu-

latory agency. When the USDA observes unfavorable situations, it issues a violation and asks the breeders to comply and fix the problems. The general public, Minion said, is becoming more aware of abuse of animals and when they notice something that is not quite right, they contact law enforcement more freely. The current legislation was reduced in length after supporters met with breeders. “There are many good breeders in Minnesota,” Minion said. “This is a bill to address a problem, this is a bill not to put anyone out of business, or not a bill to hurt anybody,” she added. The legislation will

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Area Briefs Farmington Library events The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., has planned the following events. Call (651) 438-0250 for more information. • Storytime in the Park, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Trinity Care Center, 3410 213th St. W., Farmington. Stories, games and crafts in an indoor park-like setting. Ages: 0-6. • Guitar Hero, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Ages: 10-15. • Storytime for All Ages, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Stories and activities for mixed-age audiences such as child-care groups and families. Ages: 0-6.

Auditions set for summer dance programs Ballet Royale Minnesota will hold its first audition for its separate July and August Summer Intensive programs at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The dance studio is at 16233 Kenyon Ave., Suite 100, Lakeville. For more information, call (952) 898-3163 or visit

March 2: All generations can share in the fun and win book prizes. • China, Japan, and the U.S. Home Front, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6: Robert Entenmann, St. Olaf professor of history and Asian studies, and Sally Sudo, who was interned with her family in a camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, will offer insights into the historical relationship between China and Japan, and how that relationship affected life on the U.S. home front. Both events are free and open to the public. The Heritage Library is located at 20085 Heritage Drive. For more information, visit, ‘like’ OneBookOneLakeville on Facebook, or pick up an event brochure at the library.

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Giant Step Theatre will perform “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, and 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Lakeville North High School. Tickets for Giant Step Theatre plays are available Reading groups at Lakeville Area Community Education, 8755 Upto meet per 208th St., in downtown The Reading Groups of Lakeville. Presale tickets the Heritage Library will are $6; remaining tickets discuss “Great House” by are $8 at the door. Nicole Krauss at their next meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and 12:30 Input sought on p.m. Thursday, March 7, in regional trail the library meeting room. Dakota County is lookThe reading groups are ing for community input free and open to anyone on the alignment of a fourwho enjoys reading and mile section of the Misdiscussing good books. sissippi River Regional New attendees are always welcome, and no advance Trail that is being planned registration is necessary. through Spring Lake Park The Heritage Library is Reserve. The public is invited to located at 20085 Heritage an open house from 5 to 7 Drive in Lakeville; call p.m. Wednesday, March 6, (952) 891-0362 or visit at Schaar’s Bluff Center, 8395 127th St. brary with questions. E., Hastings, to hear about and offer opinions on variOneBook, ous alignment options. When completed in OneLakeville 2015, the Mississippi River OneBook, OneLakeville Regional Trail will stretch promotes literacy, reading, 27 miles from St. Paul to and community interac- Hastings. It will be part of tion by encouraging every- a 3,000-mile trail that will one to read the same book. connect the Mississippi “Hotel on the Corner of River’s headwaters at Lake Bitter and Sweet” by New Itasca to the Gulf of MexiYork Times bestselling co. To learn more about the author Jamie Ford is this national Mississippi River year’s selection. Trail, visit www.mississipThe book depicts the friendship between a ChiFor more information nese-American boy and a about Dakota County’s Japanese-American girl – greenway system, visit both American citizens – whose ethnic backgrounds dakota. impact their destinies in drastically different ways Snowmobilers during World War II. Upcoming events in- ride for ALS clude: Local snowmobilers • OneBook Bingo, 10 Todd Boyum (Lakeville), to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Todd Heydt (Apple Val-

ley), Steve Jensen (Burnsville), and Denny Minske (Lakeville) each raised $5,000 or more for the 2013 Black Woods Blizzard Tour-A Ride to Fight ALS held Jan. 3 to Feb. 2 in the Lake Vermilion and Two Harbors areas. Through the event, $810,000 was raised for the ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter.

Foundation holds ‘splash’ The Mary Moon Foundation, established in memory of Apple Valley youngster Mary “Moon” O’Keefe, will host its second annual “Make a Splash” event at the Water Park of America from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The event features discounted admission to the water park, games, entertainment, food and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Child-Family Life Services at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Mary O’Keefe lost her battle to a childhood cancer at age 3. In 2011, her parents, Peter and Christine O’Keefe, co-founded the nonprofit as a way to give back to an organization that made a big impact to their family while Mary was hospitalized – ChildFamily Life Services at Amplatz. “From our perspective, the services of ChildFamily Life were just as important as the medical procedures,” Christine said. “They were there the day Mary was diagnosed – blowing bubbles to ease the tension – all the way to the end, when they made a mold of her hand as a memorial.” With the launch of the foundation’s “Make a Splash” event, the O’Keefes have substantially increased their capacity to give back to the organization that made such a difference in their lives. What started as a modest monthly donation of arts and craft supplies to ChildFamily Life at Amplatz, grew to a $13,000 donation in 2012. “I never thought we were going to run a foundation,” Christine said. “It all started with us bringing in craft supplies and then we were inspired to do something bigger.” Last year’s event attracted more than 1,200 attendees and the O’Keefes anticipate a similar turnout this year. They hope to also match last year’s fundraising efforts. If they reach their goal of raising another $12,000 for Child-Life Services, Amplatz will create a perpetual fund that will forever live in Mary’s name.

Tickets to this year’s “Make a Splash” event can be purchased at www. for $12, which is approximately half the price of regular admission to the water park.

Crops Day offers expert advice Strategies for a changing climate will be addressed at the seventh annual Crops Day scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Dakota Electric Association, 4300 220th St. W., Farmington. Changing climate patterns are increasing the complexity of crop management decisions. Rainfall variability, from drought to excessive rainfalls, and warming temperatures have implications for many decisions, including nitrogen fertilizer management and insect pest control. These and other topics will be addressed by University of Minnesota and Natural Resource and Conservation Service experts. Speakers will include Dr. Mark Seeley, Extension climatologist; Dr. John Lamb, Extension soil scientist; Douglas Miller, a Natural Resource and Conservation Service area resource soil scientist; Ken Ostlie, Extension entomologist; and Mike Plutowski, Dakota Electric energy service representative. Lunch and a trade show will follow the morning program. Preregistration is requested by Feb. 21 for this free event. To preregister or for more information, contact Phyllis Bongard at (651) 480-7757 or bonga028@

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• Special Board of Appeal and Equalization – Meets every June in Apple Valley. Dakota County residents interested in serving on a committee can call (651) 438-4418 for an application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and are kept on file for one year. Incumbents may be eligible for reappointment. For information on committees, commissioner districts and specific qualifications, visit www.

Workshops for small farms University of Minnesota Extension will offer its Living on the Land workshop series for small farm and acreage owners from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, March 7 through April 25, at Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. For more information, visit www.extension. or call (507) 332-6109.

Lakeville Rotary students of the month Each month of the school year, the Lakeville Rotary Club recognizes students of the senior class who demonstrate “Service Above Self.” Joshua You was nominated at Lakeville North High School as student of the month for January. You has a 4.29 grade point average and is currently ranked No. 2 in his class. He participates in speech and debate at Lakeville North. Last year, You placed third at the Minnesota state speech tournament in extemporaneous speaking. You is the son of Yuqing You and Yi You. His dean is Paul Donner. Krista Petersen was nominated at Lakeville South High School as student of the month for January. Petersen has been a member of the select Encore a capella singing group for two years. She was the lead in the musical “The Wizard of Oz” and has fulfilled many roles on the drama stage over the years at Lakeville South. She carries over a 4.0 GPA and was a state finalist for speech in story telling. Petersen is the daughter of Volker and Kimberly Petersen. Her dean is John Boche.

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees. Positions are available on the following citizen advisory committees: • Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board – Meets monthly on the third Friday in West St. Paul. • Extension Committee – Meets bi-monthly in Farmington. • Human Services Advisory Committee – Meets monthly in West St. Paul. • Library Board – Meets monthly at varying locations. Miss Czech • Personnel Board of Appeals – Meets for full- Slovak day or half-day hearings as pageant seeks needed in Hastings. contestants • Planning Commission Young women between – Meets monthly or as necthe ages of 16 and 26 can essary in Apple Valley. apply to compete in the

24th annual Miss Czech Slovak MN Pageant on Saturday, April 6, in Montgomery, Minn. Contestants must be of partial to full Czech, Slovak or Moravian descent. Contestants have the opportunity to receive over $1,000 in cash and prizes, and a chance to compete at the national pageant. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, visit

Mobile Pantry arrives at Inver Hills Inver Hills Community College and the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers on Feb. 13 launched Mobile Pantry at Inver Hills, offering free food support for students in need. The Mobile Pantry at Inver Hills is available to any IHCC student who identifies himself or herself as in need of food support. Students “shop” from the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers’ Mobile Pantry, a retrofitted minibus stocked with a variety of healthy food, 70 percent of which is fresh and perishable. Each month, students can receive about 2-1/2 weeks’ worth of food for themselves and members of their families. Gardeners at the Inver Hills Community CollegeMetropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden will supply the Mobile Pantry with hundreds of pounds of fresh produce from May to October from the halfacre garden located on campus. For more information about the Mobile Pantry at Inver Hills, contact a counselor at (651) 450-3508. Information about the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers is found at www.

Farmington man wins nearly $150,000 in state lottery A Farmington man won a $149,090 jackpot recently in the Minnesota State Lottery’s daily Northstar Cash drawing. Steven Northrop purchased the winning ticket at the Kwik Trip at 18290 Pilot Knob Road in Farmington. His ticket matched the winning numbers 7-9-1617-26 drawn the night of Thursday, Jan. 31. Northrop is one of three recent winners of a Northstar Cash jackpot from Dakota County. Joseph Brooks of Hastings won $28,000 in the Jan. 13 drawing, and Crecenciano Ayvar Pulido of Eagan won $25,000 on Jan. 14.

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New business program launches The launch of Open to Business Dakota County will be 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. The event is free and open to the public. Area small-business owners, entrepreneurs, lenders, business service providers, local government and educational institution staff working with small business are encouraged to attend. The program provides free, one-on-one assistance from expert staff, customized to meet the needs of small business owners and operators. Clients receive help in planning and organizing their business ventures, financial management, marketing and regulatory compliance. A smallbusiness loan fund also is available. For more information on the event, visit www. Register online by Feb. 22 at http://opentobusiness. or by calling (651) 675-4465.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, will host the second annual Business Ethics Summit from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, on the University of St. Thomas’ campus in downtown Minneapolis. Business leaders, ethics officers, college students and professors will gather to take part in a dialogue about the critical role business ethics plays in today’s workplace. KSTP’s Tom Hauser will return as event moderator, and Karen Himle, who is on the board of HMN Financial and previously served as vice president of University Relations at the University of Minnesota and executive vice president and president of The Children’s Hospital Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists at this year’s event include: Mary Benhardus, Handi Medical Supply; Dr. Stuart Dalton, White Bear Animal Hospital; Heather Hille, The Toro Company; Keturah Pestel, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; David Rodbourne, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, UST; and Terry Stamman, Twin Cities Siding Professionals. Registration is required and open to the public at

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Education Farmington School Board approves school construction projects by Jennifer Chick SUN THISWEEK

The Farmington School Board approved several large-scale district construction projects at Monday night’s work session. Included in the approvals was $6.23 million for Farmington Elementary School, $1.12 million for work at Akin Road Elementary School and $192,000 at Farmington High School. According to Farmington Finance Director Carl Colmark, the upgrades at Farmington Elementary include remodeling and much needed

improvements inside the building. This will include expansion of the kindergarten classrooms, updating the HVAC system, and expansion of the kitchen cafeteria. Exterior work will be done to replace asphalt and concrete. Because of the age of the building, there is asbestos that also must be removed during the remodeling process. “It’s a fairly aging building that had a lot of deterioration and updating was necessary,� Colmark said. Jorgenson Construction of Coon Rapids

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close the media center. Colmark said the media center is open to the rest of the school with students and staff walking through there during the day. By putting up doors at the entrances to the media center, he said it will keep noise and other distractions to a minimum. At the recommendation of staff, the board did not approve three separate alternative bids for locker replacement, a staff restroom and office remodeling. The district wants to get more input from staff in the building before pursuing those


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In other action The board also changed the format of its meetings. Currently, the board has been having a work session at the beginning of the month with a business meeting to follow two weeks later. Several board members were concerned that during the work sessions, business action has been taken without a period for public comment. The board decided to change its format to business meetings every meeting date with a work session to follow. With this format, business action can be taken with a period for public comment, even on work session nights.

Local teachers vie for state teacher of the year The following local teachers are among the 134 teachers vying for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. • Sharon Shelerud, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage • Chris Caduff, Farmington • Robin Kessler, Lakeville • Steven Albaugh, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan • Brad Johnson, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan • Thomas Scott, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan • Lisa Swanson, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists, and then finalists, culminating in the Teacher of the Year announcement on May 5.

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projects. The board also approved a $192,000 bid from Thelen Heating and Roofing to remove and replace the current science room vent hoods at Farmington High School. When the current vent hoods were installed, the exhausts directed fumes from the science room back into the air recycling system. Although there have been no problems because of this mistake, the district wants to correct the situation so there will be no concerns in the future. To finance part of this construction, the board approved the sale of $2.26 million in Alternative Facility Health and Safety bonds. By doing this, Colmark said the district can complete the projects now and then repay the bonds over an extended period of time. The rest of the construction will be paid through the bond construction fund approved by the district in 2005 for Farmington High School and other building projects. At the recommenda-

Following is the agenda for the 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, special meeting of the District 194 School Board in the District Office.

1. Preliminary Actions a. Call to Order b. Roll Call c. Public Comment 2. Discussion a. Impact Academy Proposal b. 2013-14 Budget Development 3. Adjournment

College News South Central College, Faribault, fall 2012 president’s list, Jeremiah Vail of Farmington. South Central College, North Mankato, fall 2012 president’s list, Nicholas Adolph of Elko New Market. Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., fall 2012 president’s list, Cassidy Parkinson of Lakeville. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., fall 2012 honor roll, from Lakeville – Anthony Joyce, Thomas Joyce, Andrew Kohagen. University of Wisconsin-Madison, fall 2012 graduates, from Lakeville – Maxwell Eichenberger, B.A.; Jada Narveson, B.S., consumer affairs; Kaley Wypyszynski, B.S., human development and family studies. University of St. Thomas, fall 2012 dean’s list, from Farmington – Trevor Ausen, Jacob Cordes, Caitlin Daly, Callie Daly, Alyssa Hauser, Lukas Johnson, Haley Luhman ; from Lakeville – William Abbott, Whitney Abrahamson, Alexandra Baier, Brianna Bares, Amber Baumann, Kristine Baumann, Kaitlyn Benik, Christine Buelt, Benjamin Burk, Wendy Consoer, Jenna Dockter, Kelsi Eichten, Allyson Esades, Bradley Foster, Hannah Freeman, Matthew Goldammer, Amanda Ham-

merseng, Ryan Harjula, Kirsten Haukoos, Shelby Henderson, Amanda Hoffman, Gretchen Hoffman, David Houserman, Erin Jensen, Daniel Johnson, Eugene Kim, Nicole Kroehler, Eric Laubach, Madison Reimringer, Megan Rhein, Margaret Richard, Madison Saarela, Christopher Savageau, Bailey Serbus, Samuel Shreve, Paige Stevens. St. Cloud State University, fall 2012 graduates, from Farmington – Jamie Melton, B.S., aviation, cum laude; from Lakeville – Kellen Augustine, B.S., accounting, cum laude; Jayden Bednar, M.B.A., business administration; Brandon Buckley, A.A., liberal arts and sciences; Kristina Eskuri, B.S., elementary/K-6 education, cum laude; Megan Rangeloff, B.A., psychology; Patrick Sheady, A.A., liberal arts and sciences. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, S.D., fall 2012 dean’s list, from Lakeville – Noah Larson, Victoria Oveson, Joseph Schurch, Carrie Veer. University of Minnesota Rochester, fall 2012 chancellor’s list, Evan Nicolai of Farmington. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, December 2012 graduate, Ashley Christ of Lakeville, B.S., psychology.

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Panther cheerleading team wins national title in Florida Lakeville North tops in Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Few teams were cheering louder or better than Lakeville North at the National High School Cheerleading Championship last weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The 13-member team led by coach Raven Jones won the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division with 90.33 points, one point ahead of secondplace Belle Chasse High School from Louisiana. “It was their best performance of the year,� cheerleading advisor Susan Link said. “They haven’t had a full-hit performance since November. It was a really good time to peak. From beginning to end it was flawless. After watching 30 seconds (of a 2-minute, 30-second routine), I knew they were going to win.�

It was perhaps the best performance in school history. “Progressively we’ve been doing better,� said Link, who has been involved with cheerleading in Lakeville for 13 years. “Sometimes the divisions are harder. Last year we got second at nationals. That inspired them a bit.� Lakeville North’s season was a bit of a Cinderella story that ended at Disney World. Things haven’t always gone as planned, but the North team wasn’t in Florida for a vacation. “People make the assumption that we’re just enjoying the parks, but we have a job to do,� Link said. “We practiced five to seven hours a day while we were there. They usually had to wait until Sunday night before they went on any rides.� In a regional qualifier in

November, the team failed to qualify for nationals. Determined to get back to Florida, the team traveled to Wisconsin for another qualifier in December to earn its spot. “It was not easy to do,� Link said. “It’s been a tough road. You’re trying to appease a whole bunch of people in a subjective situation. We took the subjective out of it and walked in with a performance we knew would qualify.� The team reworked its routine and spent extra time, which paid off with the trip to Florida. But at the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association state meet on Feb. 2 in St. Paul, the team slipped up, finishing fifth in its division. “That was the reverse of nationals,� Link said. At nationals, the team was seeded third of 10 fi-

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The Lakeville North cheerleading team won the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division national title last weekend in Florida. nalists. After nailing its final routine, North jumped over the top two teams to win. “It’s not like the other two did bad either,� Link said. “They really nailed their routines, too.� It was a big year for Minnesota at the NHSCC,

where southern states usually dominate. Bloomington Jefferson, Lakeville North and Minnetonka made Minnesota winners in three of the 15 divisions. Eastview finished in sixth place in the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division. “It’s a southern-driven

sport,� Link said. “They tend to walk away with the most trophies, but Minnesota put themselves on the map this year.� Andy Rogers can be reached at or facebook. com/sunthisweek.

Farmington cheerleading team wins national title at WOW Factor by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

The Farmington High School cheerleading team won a national title at the WOW Factor at the Minneapolis Convention Center last weekend, just a few days after winning a Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association state competition. The 16-member team won the All-Girl Varsity Division 1 with 306.25 points, beating runner-up Madison La Follette High School from Wisconsin. Led by senior captain Ashley Fogarty, sophomore captains Brianna Leonard, Jenna Hensley and Tori Crenshaw, Farmington had the best Photo by Rick Orndorf The Farmington cheerleading team performs at the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches two-minute, 50-second rouAssociation state meet earlier this month. The girls went on to win a WOW Factor tine featuring dances, cheers, jumps, stunts and tumbling. national title last weekend. “They had a better performance both times they competed at WOW Factor Sports Nationals,� coach  Jen Kroshus said. “They


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practice like an underdog — constantly pushing themselves to improve as individuals and as a team. They look at other successful teams and use them as motivation. It makes them work harder and have a goal to achieve.� The point total also earned Farmington the WOW Award grand championship for the highest score in any of the high school divisions. Drive, desire, dedication, hard work, and support for each other is what makes the Farmington team so good, said Nancy Stein, MCCA vendor director. “They love to cheer and perform,� Stein said. This is Farmington’s second WOW Factor national title after winning the Novice title in 2012. This is the second year the girls have had a varsity competition cheer team in

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Sports Farmington swimmers win Missota title Tigers edges out Chaska/Chanhassen at conference championship by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Armed with a deep roster, crafty divers and a few speedsters, the Farmington boys swimming and diving team last weekend won the Missota Conference meet for the second time in three years. The boys edged out Chaska/Chanhassen with a meet score of 537 points, eight more than the Hawks. Red Wing was third, Shakopee fourth and Northfield fifth. Chaska/Chanhassen was slightly favored to win coming in, according to Farmington head coach Ryan Hamen. Chaska/ Chanhassen won a previous dual meet against the Tigers, as well. “We had the boys sit down and showed them our strengths and weaknesses and made sure focus was had by everyone, knowing every race counted,” Hamen said. Going into the final

event, Farmington was ahead by just two points, but Dahlton Bell, Cameron Molnar, Christian Bell and Christopher Kirchmann won the 400-yard freestyle, ensuring the victory in a school-record 3 minutes, 19.67 seconds. Kirchmann was the star of the day for the Tigers, winning the conference title in the 100 freestyle and anchoring the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays. “He worked very hard,” Hamen said. “He still has goals yet to achieve.” Dahlton Bell, Evan Carufel and Christian Bell also swam legs of the winning 200 freestyle relay, and Oliver Chow, Spencer Kabran, Brandon Dion and Carufel won the 200 medley relay. Eric Schimmell (200 individual medley), Chow (butterfly), Kirchmann (50 freestyle) and Carufel (diving) had second-place finishes. The boys now have

some time to relax with the Section 1AA meet beginning on Feb. 21 at the Rochester Rec Center. The Tigers have a goal of winning after coming out on top at the Section 1AA True Team meet. “It has been a goal for several years and the extra work they’ve put in both in and out of the pool has paid off with this conference win,” Hamen said. “We expect to do very well again. We have the advantage of divers at this coming sections and the boys will deliver just like they do every other year. The meet will be close, but the boys have individual as well as team goals they wish to achieve and if those goals are accomplished and end up getting us a win, then that will be an added bonus.” Andy Rogers can be reached at Photo by Rick Orndorf or facebook. Farmington’s Eric Schimmel swims the 100-yard freestyle at a meet earlier this season. com/sunthisweek.

Cougar girls basketball having best season yet Lakeville South falls short in upset bid against Kennedy by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t just one person, but the Lakeville South girls basketball team is in the midst of its best season yet. The girls have tallied 14 victories faster than any other team in school history coming in at fourth in the South Suburban Conference. “I’m proud to be a part of the transformation,” Bree Meier said. “We’re getting a winning mind-set. We’re focused on winning. We can do some damage. We have some strides left, but this is by far the best team we’ve had.” Meier was part of a 1-26 team from 2010-11 along with teammates Grayson Schroeder, Maddie Photo by Andy Rogers Wolkow, Libby Swanhorst, Lakeville South’s Maddie Wolkow (11) drives to the basket against Bloomington Ken- Breanna Kunkel, Courtney Otting, Alexis Halvorson nedy on Tuesday night. and Diamond Miller that

just kept getting better. They’ve become good enough to hang with the top team in the state. The Cougars had a two-point lead at halftime against Bloomington Kennedy, the No. 1 ranked team in Minnesota, on Tuesday night. After falling behind midway through the second half, the Cougars caught up quickly. Wolkow hit a three-point shot with 5:24 remaining to give the girls a 54-51 lead, but Lakeville South scored two points in the next four minutes while Bloomington Kennedy scored 14. “They’ve been there,” head coach Angie IversonOhnstad said. “They have a target on their backs. They proved why they’re the No. 1 team. Times like that we have to find a way to be that team.” Meier made a pair of three-points shots in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough as Kennedy walked away with a 70-63 victory. Was playing a close game against the top team in the state a moral victory?

“As a team we’re not accepting those anymore,” Meier said. “We want real victories. We’re a little happy that we stayed with the top team in the state, but we wanted that (win).” It was back to the gym for the girls the following day. “We know what we need to do, it was just little spots where we didn’t execute,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. “It was little mental mistakes, but they’re all correctable.” Leading up to the game, Lakeville South had won six of seven stretching back to mid-January. The recent stretch has put the girls at fourth place in the South Suburban Conference and on track to have its best season ever. The highest a Lakeville South girls basketball team has ever finished was seventh when the girls were in the Lake Conference in 2007. In every other season the girls were in the ninth or 10th spot when in the South Suburban or Lake Conference since 2006. See COUGARS, 11A

Cougar swimmers win first SSC conference title Lakeville South boys finished 9-0 with win over Rosemount by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

For the first time in school history, the Lakeville South boys swimming and diving team won the South Suburban Conference title. The boys went 9-0 this season in conference dual meets. Their final and most important victory came Feb. 5 when they defeated Rosemount 99-85. “This year’s success was a very nice unexpected bonus,” head coach Rick Ringeisen said. “I knew there were talented guys on the team ... This year for the first time in many years every returning letterman trained in the off-season and it was a huge edge over the competition when the season started.” Out-swimming the Irish was a feat all its own. The last time South defeated Rosemount was during the 2006-07 season.

Rosemount was the South Suburban Conference champion in the first two years of the league’s existence. “The boys felt elated with their accomplishment,” Ringeisen said. Ringeisen said Rosemount was favored going into the meet. “At the chalk talk I outlined more than a dozen places (races within events) that the outcome of the meet would be determined by less than a second,” Ringeisen said. “All but one of those races were scored to our advantage.” The Cougars pulled through, winning two of the three relays and six of eight individual events. Mitch Herrera and Luke Sabal won two events each and Robert Trone and Mitch Hedquist each won one. Diver Lee Bares had his best score of

the season and placed second. But it took more than that to win. The “B” 200-yard medley relay of Ben Sprengeler, Trone, Andrew Lind and Dan Eckerson finished second, ahead of Rosemount’s “B” relay. The “B” 200 freestyle relay with Lind, Trone, Matt Alacheff and Zach Klesch also had a season-best time. Matt Sabal (200 and 100 freestyle), Trent Meyer (200 individual medley), Charlie Ommen (500 freestyle), Eckerson (50 and 100 freestyle), Sprengeler (100 backstroke), Tyler Streit (100 backstroke) and Hedquist (50 freestyle) moved up places while swimming lifetime bests. Near the end of the meet, CoPhoto by Rick Orndorf lin Quan moved up three places with a lifetime best in the 100 Matt Sabal of Lakeville South swims the 100-yard freestyle at the Maroon and Gold Invitational last month at the University of MinSee SOUTH, 11A nesota.

Panther swimmers second in the conference Lakeville North surging into section by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

Going into a swimming meet, coaches usually have an idea of how their teams will perform. It’s not as if it’s the first time anyone has swum a lap – their times are welldocumented. But when the season opened in early December, the Lakeville North boys weren’t sure how

competitive they would be after losing five state-meet qualifiers to graduation last spring. The Panthers lost to Lakeville South on Dec. 7 in their first meet of the season, which ended up being the deciding dual for the South Suburban Conference championship. Lakeville North went on to finish runner-up in the conference, winning

every dual meet except the one against South. “I would not have thought that the NorthSouth meet would have been for the conference title,” head coach Dan Schneider said. Considering the number of seniors who graduated last spring, Schneider Photo by Rick Orndorf called the result a little Lakeville South’s Travis Meyer swims the butterfly at a meet earlier this season. He surprising. helped the Cougars’ boys swimming and diving team win the South Suburban ConferSee PANTHERS, 11A ence.

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Panther gymnasts hoping to land at state Lakeville North favored in Section 2AA by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK

The Lakeville North gymnastics team is hoping to finish its season at the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota next week. To get there, the girls will have to win the Section 2AA meet on Friday. They have a few advantages. First, the section meet is at their home gym at Lakeville North High School. Second, the girls have a good record against all the other teams in the section, defeating Apple Valley, Chanhassen, Eastview, Lakeville South, Prior Lake, Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy in duals this season. The girls are the defending Section 2AA champions and hope to return to state for the third time in four years. Lakeville South and Prior Lake, which have the capability of scoring in the mid-130s, figure to be the Panthers’ toughest opponents. “The section meet will be close,” head coach Teri Homan said. “I feel we will need to score a 140 to win the section meet.” The Panthers finished off the regular season with a 138.625-135.4 win against Lakeville South on Feb. 5. It wasn’t a season high, but gymnastics is an inexact science with judges deCOUGARS, from 10A “It’s attributed to how hard the girls have worked in the offseason,” IversonOhnstad said. “They all want the program to be better. I’m happy the way they’re playing and I know they want more. It’s fun to be apart of.” Most of Lakeville South’s losses this season have come against teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A including Hopkins, Lakeville North,

ciding the outcome. “Our team has been competing strong, just missed the 140 mark at the last meet by a little,” Homan said. “When you rely on subjective scoring, it’s hard to always get the scores you want. The girls have been doing a nice job. We just need to make sure we stay on the balance beam so we don’t give any points away.” The victory ensured a second-place finish in the South Suburban Conference behind Rosemount, the only conference team to beat the Panthers this season. The Panthers scored 140.8, one of their best scores of the season, but Rosemount scored 0.25 points better to win the meet. “We were really hoping to win, but the girls competed hard against Rosemount and came up a little short,” Homan said. Lakeville North’s girls also will have a chance to qualify individually at the section meet. Ashley Nowicki and Rachel Okins qualified for state individually in the vault last season. The Panthers could send a few to state again this year. Nowicki has a seasonhigh all around score of 36.6 with high scores of 9.55 on beam, 9.625 on floor exercise and 9.45 on vault. Okins has a season high Eastview and Bloomington Kennedy. It’s been a team effort for the girls with nine players capable of scoring in double figures in any given night. “Team offense and team defense — we have a lot of good players but not that superstar,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. “That makes our team so dynamic and hard to prepare for.” Katie Quandt was the leader against Kennedy with 12 points. Meier,

of 35.875 in the all-around. Her best event score of the season came on vault (9.425), but she’s also accomplished on floor (9.1) and beam (9.2). Megan Lemley has also scored above 9.0 on vault (9.25), beam (9.225) and floor (9.575). Add the floor exercise talents of Bailey Elbers (8.925) and Alyssa Woodbury (9.175) and North has a chance to get to the University of Minnesota for the state meet.

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cleared the 9.0 mark in the bars with 9.075. Bella Iversen has also come close to breaking the 9.0 mark in both the beam (8.95) and floor (8.975) while Nicole Kroska, Alicia Morrison and Alex Bakken have also nailed high scores this season.

Farmington The Farmington girls gymnastics team placed third at the Missota Conference Championships on Feb. 8 behind the No. 2 Class AA team Northfield and the No. 2 Class A team New Prague. The Tigers scored a season-high 138.8 thanks to a solid performance on the beam and floor exercise. Kiana Lord was second on the floor exercise, fourth on bars, and eighth in the vault giving her a fourthplace finish all-around. Tahra Eckert (eighth allaround), Kathryn Beckett (sixth on floor) and Kylie Wharton (seventh on balance beam) also had moments to shine. The girls hope the high scores will continue on Friday night in Eagan for the Section 3AA championships. The team’s main competition figures to be Rosemount, which has hit a high score of 141.65.

PANTHERS, from 10A “I am very pleased to have finished second,” he said. But swimmers such as Cole Sullivan, Alex Dahlgren, Sam Wilson, Kyle Kleiner, Ryan Young, Jacob Burchfield, Nathan Regan, Andrew Strauch, Zach Smith and Cameron Verby kept the team competitive. Schneider said he believes they all have a chance to qualify for the state meet later this month. Lakeville North’s season included winning the Tiger Relays and placing third at the Maroon and Gold Invitational. Schneider said the victories over Eagan 100-82 on Dec. 13 and against Rosemount 93-90 on Jan. 15 were the highlights of the regular season. “We were not favorites in either meet, but swam well enough to get the win,” Schneider said. “Rosemount helped us a little with a (disqualification) early in the meet.”

The Lakeville South gymnastics team is also a contender in Section 2AA with a season-high score of 136.2 back on Jan. 22 against Eastview. “The regular season was great,” head coach Ashley Grover said. “We improved each week as both a junior and varsity team.” The team chemistry was apparent several times. “It was fun to see the girls pushing each other SOUTH, from 10A and making gains,” Grover said. breaststroke, which gave The girls haven’t qualithe Cougars a 1-3 finish fied for state as a team since and ensured the victory. 2008, but they’ve often sent In the final event, Roserepresentation individually. mount’s “A” 400 freestyle Last season Caylee relay suffered its first loss Alves finished 29th at the at the hands of Lakeville state all-around competiSouth’s Meyer, Adrian tion in 2012 with a 34.8. Sommers, Matt Sabal and This year she’s hitting even Herrera. higher marks with a top It was another badge in all-around score of 35.075. Andy Rogers can be reached a season already filled with accolades. Earlier this seaShe’s landed 9.2 in both the at vault and floor exercise and com. son, the Cougars won the Maroon and Gold Invitational Maroon Division Swanhorst and Schroeder in the section is Blooming- and qualified for the True each scored nine and nine ton Kennedy, so the Cou- Team State meet, where girls scored at least once. gars could get a rematch. they placed ninth. With just a few games “They were disappointThe boys will have a left before playoffs begin, ed,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. few days to celebrate and the Cougars are focused on “They said they wanted to relax as their individual tagetting a top four seed in come into the gym tomor- per will start soon. Section 2-4A, which would row and work on those The Section 3AA premean a home game for the mental lapses. We have a liminaries are Feb. 20 first time. few girls that have been on at Hidden Oaks Middle “We want to get that that 1-26 team and as se- School in Prior Lake. The one win,” Iverson-Ohnstad niors I’d love to send them Cougars hope to send a said. “We’re a team that out on a high note.” bus load of swimmers and teams need to prepare for The section tournament divers to the University of us. We can be a dangerous is scheduled to start Feb. Minnesota Aquatic Centeam.” 27. week. ter for the Class AA state The projected top seed

The Panthers are hoping to continue their strong stride into the Section 3AA meet Feb. 20 and 22 in Prior Lake. The boys will be up against several familiar faces. “Team-wise I am not sure what to expect,” Schneider said. “Rosemount, South, Eagan and Prior Lake all beat us at True Team sections, so fifth might be as good as we can expect, but I am hopeful that we can swim well enough to move up.” One thing that has plagued the Panthers’ scoring sheet has been the lack of divers. But the Panthers are focusing on what they have, not what they don’t. “I hope that we can get all of our relays qualified for state and I am hopeful that we will have a decent group that can qualify for state in individual events,” Schneider said. Andy Rogers can be reached at or facebook. com/sunthisweek. meet at the end of the month. Their main competition figures to be Rosemount, again. Under the section meet scoring format, the Irish are again favored. “They are a very strong team four deep, which is one more athlete than a dual meet,” Ringeisen said. “Plus their divers are going to score big points for them at the section meet. I expect that the Rosemount divers could put up over 40 points for their team.” The goal for the top swimmers is to make it to the finals and advance to the state meet. “If we taper and rest perfect I would like to think we can still be in the meet when the last relay steps up on the block,” Ringeisen said. Andy Rogers can be reached at or facebook. com/sunthisweek.


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DAVIS, from 1A about the opportunity to serve on the City Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe this is an evolution, the next step to provide insight Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gleaned on the Planning Commission,â&#x20AC;? he said. During his interview with the council, Davis noted how his years on the Planning Commission grew his appreciation for what local government does and emphasized his desire for greater community involvement. He said many in neighboring communities have questioned what is going on in Lakeville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to become that model of local government again,â&#x20AC;? he told the council, adding that recent meetings have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite productiveâ&#x20AC;? and demonstrated collaboration and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;teamLEVY, from 1A lation will be an ongoing trend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If (voters) pass a levy at about $500 per pupil, which is about the tolerance level in the last community survey, we would be able to balance our budget for 2014-15,â&#x20AC;? said School District Superintendent Lisa Snyder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But because of declining enrollment, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be looking at going into a cycle of annual reductions of around the $1 million to $1.5 million range starting in 201516.â&#x20AC;? If Gov. Mark Daytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to tax services is passed by the Legislature, Anderson estimated the tax would cost the district anoth-

work approachâ&#x20AC;? to issues. He advocated for a taking long-term view when making budget decisions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;understanding that we may have to adjust based on the shortterm situation.â&#x20AC;? If cuts were necessary, Davis said he would consider areas where resources could be repurposed and larger budget items. He said the city needs to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;more invitingâ&#x20AC;? to development and growth, noting the city should consider the burden taxation puts on businesses, the development community and citizens. Davis suggested the city should evaluate whether the amount it charges for park dedication fees is appropriate since â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer in a (development) boom.â&#x20AC;? Residents are invited er

$100,000 annually. The levy referendum can help the district avoid an additional $6 million to $7 million in reductions in 2014-15, Snyder said. School Board members expressed frustration about the budget challenges at a Feb. 8 workshop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of cutting,â&#x20AC;? School Board Member Jim Skelly said, noting the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial 2011 action that cut $15.8 million over two years and closed Crystal Lake Elementary School. He asked if the district could tap into its fund balance to help buffer cuts. Anderson advised against the idea, noting the district has about

to download an application to fill Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vacated seat on the Planning Commission on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www. ci.lakeville, The city is also taking applications for other boards and commissions, all due by Wednesday, Feb. 20. Other candidates interviewed for the open City Council seat were Craig Manson, Bob Boerschel, Scott Kelly, Karen Wentworth, Don Kurta and Judy Jordan. Council members expressed appreciation for everyone who applied, commented on their high quality and encouraged them to get or stay involved in civic activities in the city. Laura Adelmann is at or sunthisweek.

two weeks of operating expenses in the account, less than half of the average amount kept by most Minnesota districts, and cutting it could threaten district operations. Snyder said the district will work with stakeholders to define a proposal for cutting $3.5 million from the budget, and determine a public process that may include community listening sessions. She encouraged the decisions to be made by March because of the impact they will have on district staffing and on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com or

DRIVERS, from 1A School bus drivers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only transport students, she said, they pass on observations to teachers, serve as spokespersons for the school system and are the first authority figures students encounter each morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The positive (or negative) atmosphere on the bus can set the tone for the rest of the day,â&#x20AC;? Plumley wrote in a draft petition she hopes to circulate to gain support for her idea. Plumley canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why construction workers, landscapers, and even, in some cases, entertainment workers, like actors, stagehands, television producers, ballet dancers, and opera singers, can collect unemployment compensation between seasons when bus drivers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the two months they are unemployed. On Feb. 1, Plumley and two fellow bus drivers, Kim Johnson, Plumleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, who also drives for Durham School Services, and Chris Rinehart, who drives for Marschall Lines out of Farmington, met with state Rep. Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington.

LOCKHEED, from 7A such large footprints is it separates the development from the community,â&#x20AC;? he said. The study explored the possibility of leaving the site as a large office campus, but Hartjes noted there is little demand for it in the current market. The group also presented the option of turning the site into an urban village. An urban village consists of a walkable

According to Plumley, Garofalo said he would do some research into the issue in other states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to pursue it,â&#x20AC;? Plumley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was so wonderful, not just to listen to us and take time out of his schedule, but saying that he and his staff will do some work.â&#x20AC;? Garofalo said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely the law will change because of cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the economy were better and things were going well, it would be an easier sell,â&#x20AC;? Garofalo said in a phone conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the money there to pay for it. When you expand the pool. Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to pay for it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the federal government,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just print money to pay for everything.â&#x20AC;? But, he will study the issue, optimistic that there might be other ways to help those drivers who are struggling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always want our kids bused by the most competent people,â&#x20AC;? Garofalo said. Plumley first learned of unemployment compensation from Wisconsin bus drivers who were subbing

for Durham. Those bus drivers said under Wisconsin law, they are eligible to receive unemployment compensation during the summer. Durham School Services is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second largest student school transportation provider, working in 32 states. In some of those other states, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school bus drivers do receive unemployment compensation. Plumley said with her small pension, Medicare and Social Security, she can stretch her budget to fill the summer months, but for other bus drivers, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breaking my heart that they end up going to other companies that will provide 12 months employment,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard on the drivers, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard on the aides, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard on the students.â&#x20AC;? Plumley drives a bus for students with special needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When one of the kids looks at you and says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love you. Can we play some music?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It makes it all worthwhile. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good profession.â&#x20AC;?

retail area that features on-street parking, small parking lots, and parking structures. These developments often have a central theme, such as upscale fashion. Woodbury Lakes in Woodbury and the Heart of the City in Burnsville are examples of such developments. Once the real estate bubble burst, however, demand for this type of development plummeted within suburbs, Hartjes said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long-term commitment and the marketplace isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there today,â&#x20AC;? he said. Palmquist concurred, adding that Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to the Mall of America would make it especially difficult to create an urban village on the Lockheed site. Although they too donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t foresee an urban village on the site, council members reiterated their desire to see a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly retail development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key with it next to Central Park and walking trails,â&#x20AC;? Council Member Meg Tilley said. Tilley and Maguire said they would also like to see a mix of housing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perhaps condos or senior living â&#x20AC;&#x201C; incorporated into the development. Jessica Harper is at jessica. or







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abusive alcoholic who was also a church deacon. To escape, Hanson’s mother soon took a job that brought her out of town five days a week, leaving Hanson behind. “He basically terrorized me,” Hanson said. As Hanson grew, he became independent of his family “because of the terrible things going on.” He wound up watching hours of pornography during sleep-overs at a friend’s home with an unlocked satellite dish. His interest in pornography grew, a secret he kept hidden from everyone, eventually including his wife. He neglected his family as pornography led him into “deviant things,” including extramarital affairs. Hanson’s marriage did not survive the eventual revelation of his sexual addiction, but he sought treatment and continues with an accountability group; he has been free of pornography since Nov. 15, 2007. He said pornography is part of the “huge infrastructure” of human trafficking, built through “an economy of pain.” Breaking Free, a St. Paul anti-trafficking ministry, reported that about onethird of the prostitution victims it helps have also been used in pornography. Since seeking help, Hanson has remarried and has four children. “When people don’t confront this problem, it can really take control of their life,” Hanson said. “It can take them down a path they never sought originally.” For “Robert,” 51, of Eagan who asked that his last name not be used, that path led to a felony conviction. “In my case online porn led to voyeurism,” he said. Robert began secretly viewing online pornography on his phone, sometimes for hours. “You just lose track of time,” he said. “You look

once, and then the sites are meant to constantly bombard you with new material.” Mark Bellows, former Lakeville mayor and a marriage and family therapist, said pornography is one of most common issues that arises in marriage counseling, and it can trap men or women. “It’s affordable, accessible and anonymous,” Bellows said, referring to the abundance of free Internet porn. “It’s a huge problem in the country and in churches.” He said watching sexual acts stimulates brain chemistry, and as with any kind of addict, over time it takes new and more extreme material to stimulate that same “high.” For Robert, the new material he found online were sites featuring hidden Web cameras. “It’s shots of people who have hidden Web cams on girlfriends,” he said. After viewing that, Robert hid a camera in a bathroom a teenage relative used, but it was discovered. Police issued an immediate no-contact court order. A devastated Robert, who had a spotless record was jailed, charged and pleaded guilty; sentencing is this spring. He is in counseling and working to re-establish family relationships. Dakota County resident James, 44, who asked that his last name be withheld, suffered multiple homosexual rapes during his childhood, became addicted to crystal meth and was a high school dropout. “I got exposed to some really — twisted is the

only word for it — porn early on,” he said. Abandoned by his father as an infant, others took advantage of that void. “I was abused, groomed by someone who got me involved in this gay thing,” he said. “But I’m not gay.” An alcoholic and sex addict, James is plagued with extreme shame, guilt and depression, battles against heterosexual pornography and struggles in relationships. “It emotionally disconnects you,” James said. “You are relying on porn rather than other people. It’s a mechanism that separates you from people.” He said it is not unusual for a sex addict to spend 60 hours per week viewing Internet porn while working full time. “It definitely makes you objectify women,” he said. “I think men do in general, but if you’re in the midst of sex addiction, especially porn, it’s all you can do.” James said he has paid for prostitutes and described the fear of getting caught as an adrenalinebuilder that adds to the “excitement level” while anticipating the meet. “You’re completely high the whole time,” he said, describing the encounters as “never satisfying” and “always a terrible experience” that left him enveloped in guilt. “This is the most shame-based addiction there is,” James said.

Linked to trafficking Many sex addicts turn to prostitutes and human trafficking victims who are usually forced and/

or brainwashed into “the life.” Heather Weyker, a St. Paul police officer who works undercover sex trafficking sting operations around the Twin Cities, said the johns she busts have included powerful attorneys, businessmen, legislators and drug addicts. “You never know what you’re going to get when he walks through the door,” Weyker said. “Some men stink, they’re grossly overweight and they have awful hygiene.” Many of the men leave their wedding ring in the car and tell her a fake name. “Some don’t tell me a name at all,” she said. The “johns,” or “hobbyists,” as they like to call themselves, find her online. Calls seeking sex come immediately after she has posted an ad. “If it’s longer than five minutes, something’s wrong,” Weyker said. Sometimes, the callers are pimps trying to “recruit” her. “They ask if I want to make more money with them,” Weyker said. The offer is a lie; girls almost never keep what they are paid, and many are left at truck stops or motels until they meet financial quotas. Weyker said she has had repeat busts of the same john, including a man she had arrested about two months prior, although neither recognized the other until the man started recounting the time he was busted. As soon as she gave the signal, he realized who she was and barricaded the door with his body. She said she used “defensive tactics” to allow for the arrest. One of the hardest parts of the job are the children, many runaways, she frequently sees being trafficked. “They live in survival mode 24/7,” she said. “It’s awful for them. They live in fear.” She also encounters the traffickers, many of

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

•Ben's Painting•

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

Paint/Stain/Ceilings. We


• Gen. Help & Lic. Elec. • Low By-The-Hour Rates 651-815-2316 Lic EA006385 JNH Electric 612-743-7922

Bonded Insured Free Ests Resid, Comm & Service. Old/New Const, Remodels Serv Upgrades. Lic#CA06197 Lew Electric: Resid & Comm. Service, Service Upgrades, Remodels. Old or New Constr. Free Ests. Bonded/Insured Lic#CA05011 612-801-5364


DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC 952-469-6800 Int./Ext. Painting & Remodeling, 25 yrs, Ins., Ref's. Mike 763-434-0001 Jasper Painting • 20 yrs exp. • Int/Ext. • Free ests. • Refs avl. Lisa 651-208-7838

TEAM ELECTRIC Lic/ins/bonded Res/Com All Jobs...All Sizes Free Est 952-758-7585 10% Off w/ad


Flooring & Tile


Above All Hardwood Floors Installation•Sanding•Finishing “We Now Install Carpet, Tile & Vinyl.” Call 952-440-WOOD (9663)

Full Interior & Exterior



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.


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

Garage Door



Repair /Replace /Reasonable Lifetime Warranty on All Spring Changes

651-457-7776 Hauling


6-10-15-20 Yd Dumpsters

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



0 Stress! 110% Satisfaction!

Status Contracting, Inc.

Kitchens & Baths, Lower Level Remodels. Decks. Wall/Ceiling Repair/Texture Tile, Carpentry, Carpet, Painting & Flooring #BC679426

MDH Lead Supervisor

Dale 952-941-8896 office 612-554-2112 cell “Soon To Be Your Favorite Contractor!” 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed


R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION Any & All Home Repairs

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


l Interior / Exterior Painting l Texturing l Drywall l Deck Staining l Epoxy Resin Garage Floors l Fine Finishing & Enameling Fully Insured Free Estimates 15% Off jobs $1600 or over! Plumbing


A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 060881-PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495 SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


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

Visit for updated news. Painting


Quality Work @ Competitive Prices! Free Estimates.

Ray 612-281-7077

Bsmt finish, bath remodel paint, tile sheetrock Maint. repair, almost anything! 952-447-3587

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 Snow Removal


Gary's Trim Carpentry Home Repair, LLC Free Estimates, Insured. All Jobs Welcome 612-644-1153

Home Tune Up

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

Free Ests. 952-890-2403

Tree Service



Absolute Tree Service Exper. prof., lic., Ins. Reas. rates.

20+ Yrs Experience Roggenbuck Tree Care, LLC. Licensed-Bonded-Insured Call (612)636-1442 952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB Tree Removal Silver Fox Services A Good Job!!

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

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

Al's Seasonal Services

Tree Trimming & Removal Insured Call 763-498-9249 We Accept Credit Cards

Window Cleaning


Window Cleaning 651-646-4000 3000

Merchandise Antiques



Locally owned & operated




7415 Clinton Ave. South February 21-23 (10-6)

Houseful glassware, old cameras, piano, much HH misc., some furn., paperweights, records, duck mounts, more

To Place Your Sale Ad

Contact Jeanne at


Deadline: Mondays at 3pm


Fireplace & Firewood


2 Years Dried

Oak & Birch - $120 763-238-5254

3 yr Oak/Birch 4'x8'x16” $119; or 2 @ $219 Strd indrs, deliv./stacked 612-845-0957

Dry Oak & Oak Mixed 4' x 8 'x 16” - $120; or 2 for $220 Free Delivery




New In Plastic!! $150 MUST SELL!! 763-360-3829 Bedroom Set oak Q sz contemp $400. DR set, oak, leaf 4 lthr chrs $400 952-926-3206

Solid Oak Rnd DR Tbl, 2 lvs., 6 chrs. Exc cond! Asking $350/BO. 612-868-2597 Stanley DR Set, 9 pcs., Exc cond., $500. 2 sofas – $40/BO. Desk - $30/BO. 952-540-6419


Misc. Wanted

Polaris Snowmobile & ATV's. Working & nonworking, any cond. Will pick-up, will pay cash! Call 612-987-1044 WANTED: We Buy Used Gaylord Boxes & Bulk Bags & other Recyclables. Drop Trailer / Baler Programs provided. Call 888-243-4711


Snowblowers & Equipment

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




Boats, New & Used

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



Family Care Child Care

Vintage Occasional Sales

3 Days Every Month!

AV Opngs: French Immersion Mimi's International Daycare 651-242-8566

11 Vintage Shops within minutes - 7 in Carver & 4 in Chaska February 21, 22, 23

Thurs (10-5); Fri-Sat (10-4) Antiqs, Vintage & Seasonal Facebook: The Occasional Shops of Carver & Chaska

Cemetery Lots


Bloomington Cemetery Plots priced at $1200 each Call 1-954-850-5223



Lic. #BC626700


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.

4' x 8' - Delivered. Quantity discounts.

Lakeville, infant/prschl openings avail in lic daycare, 16 yrs exp, Candi at 952-469-4576



Rentals Senior Rentals


in chaska apartments

First-floor Apartment. Handicap Unit, Using a Walker or Wheelchair For 62+ years. Smoke Free Campus.

Available 4/1/2013.


Apartments & Condos For Rent

AV- 1BR, 1BA, Private, Furnished 4 room apt. in my home. $595 per month, plus util, NP, NS, Avail 2/1 952-953-4317, or email: Eagan 1 BR Furn. Apt w/awesome view. $700 inc. utils, WiFi, 40” flat screen tv. 651-454-7179


Come in to Lakeville Court TODAY for great specials! 2 Bedroom Apartments Available Rent Starting At $912 880 sq. ft., heat, water, sewer & trash removal PAID. ALL NEW: range w/selfcleaning oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, counter tops, maple cabinets, flooring, paint and neutral accent wall, Controlled entrance and private single stall garage w/opener. 3 Bedroom Townhomes Available Rent Starting at $986 1226 - 1383 sq. ft., water, sewer & trash removal PAID. ALL NEW: range w/selfcleaning oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, counter tops, maple cabinets, flooring, paint and neutral accent wall and attached private single stall garage w/opener. Call today to schedule your personal tour or visit

Lakeville Court Apartments & Townhomes 20390 Dodd Blvd Lakeville, MN 55044


*Income Restrictions Do Apply



Real Estate Apartments & Condos For Sale

2BR, 2BA $850/1200SF, 2 A/C units & DW lge balcony,Garage $40m Brookside Apartments 16829 Toronto Ave. SE, Prior Lake MN 612-824-7554


Manufactured Homes

Apple Valley/Lakeville border: 3 BR, many updates pets OK. $29,900 financing avl. 612-581-3833



Employment Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad.

Call today to schedule a tour!


Credit Cards Accepted

612-825-7316/952-934-4128 Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters



Townhouse For Rent


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

Senior Discounts

Great Service Affordable Prices 2490






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

Our job is to make you look good!



CAN YOU BE GENTLE AND TEACH BOGIE SOME MANNERS? Bogie is a 5-year-old Bichon mix that has attitude and needs a one-person home. He needs some time to relax and just be before you can be trusted by him. With an experienced home, he can be a great dog! $125. Call Kim 612-578-3350 or see him and other dogs at our adoption day every Saturday at the Apple Valley Petco from 11-3! All our dogs are on to learn more!

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

Senior Rentals


Help Wanted/ Full Time

FT Infant Teacher

Small Christian Childcare seeking fun loving teachers to work with Infants and toddlers in Burnsville Email resumes to:


Outside Sales Rep, Minnesota territory, Supplier of fine paper headquartered in NJ has oppty for a results-oriented person to service long term sales relations & develop new accts. 3-5 yrs exp. Negotiating/closing skills & ability to function in fast-paced env. Career minded person who wants to work hard to establish career. Requires 30% travel. We offer stability, base slry + bonus, 401k, med/dental & more. Send resume to: Roosevelt Paper Co. HR Dept. One Roosevelt Dr, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054 FAX 856-642-1921 EOE

Finish Carpenters

Schwieters Companies is hiring entry level to experienced finish carpenters. Please call 612-328-3140 to schedule an interview. Top Benefits & Pay: tools/medical/dental/401k Immediately hiring for a large food production company located in Shakopee 1st shift starting at 5am no weekends. Pay is $8/ hr. No experience needed!! Apply today at or call (952)924-9000 for more info.

Night-time Operator- for local Sweeping Co. Must have clean driving record. Call: 952-405-2440

CUSTOMER SERVICE BCSI, a business stationery printing company in Burnsville, is looking for an Account Coordinator. We need someone who has graphics/printing education and/or experience with strong communication, organizational and computer skills. Must be detail-oriented, able to work independently and multi-task while meeting deadlines! This is a full-time position, Monday – Friday. Competitive pay and benefits package. Call Stephanie at 952-895-6752 or fax to 952-736-8552 or email at

BANKING Bank of the West is seeking a Financial Services Consultant in Lakeville, MN to foster the growth of relationships within the bank through the sale/service of consumer loan and deposit products for new and existing customers. The qualified candidate will review and complete consumer loan applications with customers, participate in selling and cross-selling products and assist the branch in meeting goals by generating new business. Requires 1-2 years of banking related experience and a High School diploma or equivalent combination of training and experience. For immediate consideration, visit, click on ‘Careers’, search under ‘Lakeville, MN’ and apply to Req. ID #41386. Bank of the West and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. Bank of the West Community Focused Banking


Senior Rentals

Spruce Place Senior Apartments

651-463-2511 2 BRs available

SCOTT COUNTY Shop Supervisor In this position you’ll be supervising staff and operations for the efficient a smooth operation of the County’s Shop. Work will include both oversight and hands-on repair and maintenance of a wide array of vehicles and heavy equipment. MQs: Requires equivalency of an AA/AS degree in auto, truck, or heavy equipment mechanics and five years experience in the repair and maintenance of a fleet of cars, trucks and heavy equipment; two of which must include diesel engine repair. Requires a Minnesota Class A commercial driver’s license and Certification as a Minnesota Vehicle Inspector within 12 months of hire. Strong preference given for supervisor experience in a shop environment and experience in welding & shop scheduling. One must possess strong computer skills with maintenance and Microsoft software in a windows environment. A pre-employment DOT drug test (in accordance with Part(s) 382 and/or 655) is required. Salary Range: $51,358 to $70,685-DOQ. Selection: Rating of Training & Experience. Closing: 2/26/13. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or on the internet at TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let’s work together.


Driver Top Pay, Great Benefits • Great pay-$55,000 to $65,000 • Earn more money with more at home time • Work in a stable, secure environment • Medical, dental, vision, life and 401(k) Requirements • Class A license • Clean driving record & great customer service skills

To apply E-mail: or Fax: (507) 664-3042

McLane Minnesota / 1111 West 5th Street Northfield, MN 55057 • Lobby Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5pm

©2010 McLane Company, Inc. All rights reserved. EOE

Community Editor Sun Newspapers (ECM Sun Group), publishers of community newspapers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, has an opening for a community editor. The editor will be based in the Osseo office & cover the city of Eden Prairie. The beat includes general reporting, government news, features, religion, seniors, & business news. InDesign experience preferred. The successful candidate will have a degree in journalism or related area, & experience reporting for a newspaper in an internship or professionally. Entry level, full time with benefits, including 401(k). Mail or e-mail cover letter & writing clips to: Joseph Palmersheim, Sun Newspapers 33 2nd St. N.E., Box 280 Osseo, MN 55369 E-mail applications may be sent to ECM Publishers, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.


Help Wanted/ Full Time


School Nurse Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center is accepting resumes for a school nurse for our Eden Prairie location. Ideal candidate will have a RN license. Keep your evenings and weekends free. Hours are m-f from 7-1. For more information or to schedule an interview call Heidi @ 952-345-8012 or Email resume to edenprairie@ E.O.E. Education

Toddler Teacher Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center in Eden Prairie is accepting resumes for a Toddler Teacher. Candidates must be teacher qualified under MN Rule 3 guidelines. We offer 401K, health, dental and life insurance plus more. For more information or to schedule an interview call Heidi @ 952-345-8012 or email resume to edenprairie@ E.O.E.

Anchor Block Company has a FT opening for a 2nd Shift Plant Laborer at our Shakopee Plant.

This position will adjust cubing equipment as needed during manufacturing. The laborer must maintain clear communication with coworkers for efficient operation. Apply via email:

or call Human Resources at


Looking for sales people and person to meet insurance adjuster and manage sales team (profit sharing). Contact us 952-239-9680.

Maintenance Electrician, 3rd Shift Truth Hardware, North America's leader in designing & manufacturing of quality operating hardware for windows, patio doors, & skylights, is looking for:

• Various hours/shifts • $13.80/hr • Previous supervisory exp. req. • Bachelor’s degree required

Tree Service



FRAMING Carpenters, Twin cities, Hiring for residential framing. Hard working and self motivated. Send your level of FRAMING experience and desired hourly pay. Job sites across the twin cities area. 40+ hour weeks steady year round. 12-20hr d.o.e.

Sanitation Lead

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

Tree Service


Regency Home HealthCare is seeking part time & full time day/eve/overnights RN/LPN's to provide services to ventilator dependent clients in private homes throughout the metro. Seeking help in White Bear Lake, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Plymouth. 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 or fax resume attn: Stephanie @ 651-488-4656 EOE

Help Wanted/ Full Time

• Mon. – Fri. • 7:30 am start • $13.30/hr

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



Regency Home HealthCare is seeking both part time/full time; day, evening and night PCA's to care for clients in their homes throughout the metro. Seeking help in Mendota Heights, Apple Valley, and Burnsville. Responsible for all client cares, light housekeeping and food prep. Must be compassionate, reliable, have great attention to detail, excellent problem solving and communication skills. If interested please submit online application at or fax resume attn: Stephanie @ 651-488-4656 EOE.


Full Case Grocery Selector

Rsmt 2 Bdrm Duplex 2 car gar. $850/mo. Credit chk. 612-251-0063


Health Care

• Mon. – Fri. • 6 am start • $11.25/hr

Duplexes/Dbl Bungalows For Rent



Repack Selector

Lakeville SPOTLESS BEAUTIFUL TH. 3BR, 4BA, finished LL Call 612-865-7124 LV Compl. Remod. 3 BR, 2 BA, TH. Bkgrd Credit chk req. pd for by applicant. $1250 W/D 612-490-6292

Jack of All Trades Handyman

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

LV: 19108 Inndale Dr Feb 14, 15 & 16th. 10AM4PM. Leather sofa w/recliners, leather recliner & chair, end tables, lamps, triple dresser, dining tables & chairs. Bar stools, Hoverround chair, stair lift, impact drill, scroll & radial arm saws & more.

952-881-2122 763-381-1269

Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts


Carpentry, Remodeling, Repair & Painting Services. I love to do it all! 612-220-1565

5533 Hyland Courts Dr.

Furn., Antiqs, Housewares


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

Dakota Home Improvement Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Drywall, Tile & Flooring CC's accept'd 952-270-1895 Direct Solutions LLC For all your home remodeling & repair needs. Ests. Derrick 952-237-2750

Estate Sales

 Ideal Firewood 

A Fresh Look, Inc.

A-1 Work Ray's Handyman

No job too small!!

Why Wait Roofing LLC

accept Visa/MC/Discvr.

CR Services Int/Ext painting, fully insured 20+ yrs exp. Joe 612-212-3573

Electric Repairs



Ceiling & Wall Textures 35 yrs taping, ceiling repair, remodel 952-200-6303

Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586

Int/Ext Comm/Res 952-997-6888 10% Off

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

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

BBB Free Est. MC/Visa

4 Seasons Painting

Painting & Drywall


Roofing/Tear-offs New Construction

Quality Residential


Bloomington Feb. 16 (9-5)

A Family Operated Business

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

Chimney & FP Cleaning


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Maintenance Electrician, 3rd Shift

Perform all electrical installations, maintenance and repair of company equipment; perform or assist in the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and plumbing systems. A Class A Minnesota Master and/or Journeyman License is required plus 2+ years industrial maintenance experience preferred. Truth Hardware offers a competitive salary and benefit package and is an EOE. Qualified candidates should apply directly to: Human Resources, Truth Hardware, 700 W. Bridge Street, Owatonna MN 55060 or

Now Hiring! Warehouse/ Packaging/Assembly

All shifts. Entry level to skilled positions available. Inbound Customer Service Representatives -Location in Chanhassen -Pay $11/hour -Monday Friday 6 am 6 pm (8 hours within that time) -9 Month contract position Email resume to: or call (952)924-9000 for more info.

Parcel - Dock - Flatbed Vehicles Needed

URGENT - Our customers need you! Elite Transportation is looking for local on-demand delivery drivers w/ their own 2003 or newer car, pickup truck, van, dock truck or flatbed. Dock truck and flatbed operators must have 1 yr experience. GREAT opportunity, GREAT commissions! Mon - Fri daytime hours, home every night! Good driving record, DOT physical and solid English and customer service skills a MUST. Call Jim at Elite, 763-785-0124 or go to www. elitetransportationsys. com/ opportunities for more info.


Roto-Rooter is looking for a licensed plumber to work evenings & weekends. Requirements are, full size white van and desire to make money. We are extremely busy on the weekends. $1000 bonus will be paid 30 days after on the job. No layoffs, year round work! Medical, Dental, 401K & paid vacation. Email resume to: 651-638-9990 ext 7


Sat, Feb 23rd 8am - 2pm Irrigation installation tech, lawn & landscape crew leaders & members, fertilization tech. CurbSide Landscape 12469 Zinran Ave, Savage 952-403-9012

SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville February 15, 2013 15A


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Sr. Systems Admin needed w/ exp. using VMWare, Solaris, Linux, Cisco IOS. Emp. reimbursed travel to client sites beyond normal commute. Telecommuting & home-officing may be available depending on project needs. Resume to: CS Solutions, Inc., Attn: P. Kuttikadan, 4660 Slater Rd., Ste. 110, Eagan, MN 55122.


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Appointment Setters Local remodeling co. Start immediately. Make up to $15/hr. Call Eric 952-887-1613 CHIROPRACTIC ASST. PT for busy Lakeville office. Outgoing, self-motivated, dependable. Attnetion to detail and able to multi-task and prioritize. Answer phones, schedule appts., filing & data entry. Fax Resumes to 952-898-7626

Driver- PT

MRCI is hiring a Driver in Rosemount to work a split shift of 7-9am & 2:30pm 4:30pm, Mon-Fri. No holidays or weekends! Safely transport vulnerable adults in MRCI vehicles. Good driving record and valid MN license required. For more information and to apply please visit or call 800-733-9935.


Help Wanted/ Part Time


Flexible 6-9 hours per week, 3-5 days M-F. Clean public areas of senior apartment building & apartments at time of turnover. 1 yr exp. & great customer service with seniors reqd. To apply complete an application at Ebenezer Ridges 13820 Community Drive, Burnsville, MN. EOE/AA Reliable HCAs for Rsmt & BV group homes. Wkend hours. 651-452-5781

Retail/Clerk PT evenings & Weekends for responsible adult. Apply in person:

Blue Max Liquors 14640 10th Ave S, Burnsville

Social Services

Help Wanted/ Part Time


Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc. Program Counselor (South St Paul) Lots of fun activities!

Position 1: Every or E/O Sat and Sun 9am-2:30pm Position 2: E/O Sat and Sun 2:30p-8pm Work with 4 high functioning fun and active clients! Work one on one, 18 yrs or older, background clearance, Driver's lic., clean record, drive up to 50 miles, lift up to 30 lbs, Stand on feet for majority of shift and use stairs, 1 yr exp. with DD, Seizure and Dementia exp. pre'f, Send cover letter/resume to: Angelar@ More OPENINGS at AA/EOE

Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time



Thomas Allen Inc. Pay up to 0.95/mile. 100% Program Counselor paid fuel surcharge, home weekly. 763-398-4009 (Burnsville)

One weekend per month Sat 8am-7:30pm and Sun 8am-10pm. Work with fun and active clients! 18 yrs or older, background clearance, Driver's lic., clean record, drive up to 50 miles, lift up to 30 lbs, Stand on feet for majority of shift and use stairs, 1 yr exp. with DD, Seizure and Dementia exp. pre'f. Send cover letter/ resume to: Angelar@ More OPENINGS at AA/EOE

NO COVER LETTERS OR RESUMES PLEASE. EOE/AA Expanding company with $billion brand. Looking for people, no experience required. Call 612-987-7104 KNOW ASL? Teach & Care for young woman with ASD. 952-894-1115

Sun•Thisweek Classifieds

WORK! 952.


Nail Technician:

Cole's Salon and Spa Cole's Salon is hiring nail techs. Apply online at http://www.coles apply-online or call 952-892-9207

SALES CONSULTANT LAKEVILLE Seeking enthusiastic and customer focused sales professionals. Average pay is between $35-50k/ year, with opportunities to make $70k+. Apply online to our growing team!


Automotive Vehicles

06 Hyundai Sonata, GLS V6, 65 K, new tires/brakes. Clean! $9,150. 612-669-2052


Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time

1997 Ford LTD Crown Vic. 154,000 miles, runs good! $2000/BO. 952-888-3576

*REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * Get a 4-Room All-Digital Satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW. 1-800-699-7159


Junkers & Repairable Wanted

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

612-861-3020 651-645-7715

$225+ for most Vehicles Free Towing 651-769-0857

Motorcycle, Moped, Motor Bike


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

Vans, SUVs, & Trucks


04 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS, AWD, 4dr, dk brown, PL/PW, CD, cloth int. 86K $6800 Call 612-987-1044


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Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time

Trinity Campus NAR – PT Shifts We are seeking nursing assistants to serve at our senior campus. Duties include assisting residents with their daily grooming, dining needs, ambulating and transferring residents. Candidates must be on the Minnesota Registry.

FT and PT positions available 4-year college degree required

$13 per hour

Construction Coordinator

TRINITY CAMPUS 3410 213th Street West Farmington, MN 55024

Salary Range: $31.31-$39.94/hr - DOQ


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

An AA/EEO Employer

Imaging Quality Coordinator

PT CAREGIVERS 24 Hour Sleepover 8pm Wed. – 8pm Thursday In Bloomington To care for 4 physically challenged women Also 5 hrs/week, $10/hr. CALL FOR DETAILS:

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Steven Derfler, an archaeologist and retired university professor, will discuss his historical novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharaohâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. Based on Derflerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels and research in the Middle East, the book examines a number of â&#x20AC;&#x153;what ifsâ&#x20AC;? concerning history and archaeology in the region. Admission is free to the library event, which is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Authorâ&#x20AC;? series sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. More about Derfler is at

family calendar To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: darcy. event/5169363706# or (952) 882-9300. Feeding Your Dog for Life, 7 p.m. in the conference room at New Market Public Library. Speaker: Dr. Ronald Gaskin of Main Street Veterinary Service. Free. Information: (952) 461-2765,

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Saturday, Feb. 23 Boy Scout Troop Fundraiser and Memorabilia Show, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 3650 Williams Drive, Burnsville. Trade, sell or buy Scout memorabilia. Silent auction items from local businesses. Free appraisals of Scout items. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 445. Information: Bob at (952) 894-2720 or South Metro Polar Bear Plunge, noon, Crystal Beach, 1100 Crystal Lake Road E., Burnsville. Cost: $75. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Information: www.

p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets Comedy can be purchased at (952) Tracy Morgan will perform 985-4640 or tickets@southat 7 p.m. Wednesday, March Information: 20, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Velvet Tones, the senior Ave. Tickets are $49.50 and are adult community chorus of on sale at Apple Valley, will present its anTMorganPAC. Information: nual Spring Festival of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Eastview High School, 6200 W. Dance 140th St., Apple Valley. Free. Ballet Royale Minnesota will present the interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Theater Evening of Art and Danceâ&#x20AC;? Chameleon Theatre Circle at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Completely Holat Lakeville Area Arts Center, lywood (abridged)â&#x20AC;? Feb. 15-24 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets at Burnsville Performing Arts are $12 online at www.Lakevil- Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. or at the Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 box office. Information: (952) for students and seniors and 985-4640. are available at the box office Ballet Royale Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or through or Summer Intensive Programs (800) 982-2787. auditions will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 16233 Kenyon Workshops/classes/other Ave., Suite 100, Lakeville. InforUkulele workshop for ages mation: (952) 898-3163 or Bal- 13 and older will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Rosemount UnitExhibits ed Methodist Church, 14770 A youth art exhibit will Canada Ave. W., Rosemount. be on display from Feb. 25 to Reserve a loaner instrument (or March 10 at the Lakeville Area bring your own) by calling (952) Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke 388-8652 or by email at roseAve. An opening reception will by Feb. be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Mon- 28. Preregistration is required day, Feb. 25. Information: (952) at 985-4640. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ups and Downs of Ten Brushesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Path of Jugglingâ&#x20AC;? will be offered for Lightâ&#x20AC;? exhibit runs through adults by Homeward Bound March 9 at Burnsville Perform- Theatre Company from 7 to 9 ing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Scott Ave. Information: (952) 895- Highlands School in Apple 4685. Valley. Information: (651) 4237925. Music â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Seuss and Meâ&#x20AC;? will be Twin Cities Community offered by Homeward Bound Gospel Choir will perform Sat- Theatre Company for students urday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon, in first through third grade from Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie 3:50 to 4:50 p.m. Tuesdays, Ave., Apple Valley. Free. Infor- Feb. 26 through April 9, at Oak mation: Ridge Elementary School in library or (651) 450-2900. Eagan and from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Apple Valley High School Thursdays, Feb. 28 through will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway 2013: April 11, at Highland ElemenTwilight Zoneâ&#x20AC;? at 7:30 p.m. tary School in Apple Valley. InFeb. 22-23 and March 1-2, and formation: (651) 423-7925. 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Storytellingâ&#x20AC;? will the high school theater. The be offered by Homeward box office is open 11 a.m. to 4 Bound Theatre Company for p.m. Feb. 13-28. Tickets also students in first through third sold one hour prior to perfor- grade from 3:50 to 5:05 p.m. mances. Information: (952) Wednesdays, Feb. 27 through 431-8208. March 20, at Rosemount ElSouth Metro Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ementary School. Information: Cabaret 2013 will be at 7 (651) 423-7925. Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) 953-2385. Ages 12-18. Teen artist gathering at the Eagan Art House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Cost: $3. Information: (651) 675-5521. Adult painting open studio

from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Fridays of the month at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: (651) 6755521. 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) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. For a complete listing go to 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) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, (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 4 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages,, (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) 255-8545 or


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Lauren Myracle’s young-adult fiction has brought her success and controversy. The realistic depictions of teenage life she brought to her bestselling “Internet Girls” series and other works landed the author on the American Library Association’s list of “Most Challenged Books,” based on complaints to libraries and schools, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The 43-year-old Colorado author, who will be visiting the Galaxie Library in Apple Valley on Feb. 23 to talk about her writing as part of the “Teens Know Best” author series, says the “Internet Girls” books touch on many of the pressures and challenges she experienced as a teenager. “The books follow high school girls through sophomore, junior and senior years – they talk about sex, going to Planned Parenthood, drugs – one of them smokes pot and gets busted for buying pot,” she said. “All of these things were part of my teenage rites of passage.” Myracle says her intent with the “Internet Girls” series and other books is to encourage critical thinking among her readers and not, as some have

they’ve also brought the author acclaim. Myracle has received numerous honors from the American Library Association, including the placement of “Shine” on the ALA’s “Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults” list in 2012. She’s also credited with penning the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant-message conversations. For “ttyl” – published in 2005 and the first book in the “Internet Girls” series – Myracle asked some of the teenage girls she’d hired as babysitters to send her transcripts of their instant-messaging conversations from the Internet. “It was a great, fun challenge because you don’t have access to normal writing tools like exposition and setting,” she said of creating “ttyl,” which is a teen-speak phrase short for “talk to you later.” Myracle’s appearance at the Galaxie Library, which Photo submitted is sponsored by the MetWhile some of Lauren Myracle’s books have generated controversy, they’ve also brought the author acclaim. Myra- ropolitan Library Service cle has received numerous honors from the American Library Association, including the placement of “Shine” on the Agency, runs from 1 to ALA’s “Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults” list in 2012. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and admission is free. The claimed, to corrupt AmerMyracle’s 2011 novel near death of her homo- books? library is at 14955 Galaxie ica’s youths. “Shine” probably didn’t sexual best friend. “I have three kids, and Ave. in Apple Valley. “I’m not out to earn a win her any converts One question Myracle actually they’re allowed to quick buck by being sa- among parents who had is frequently asked by read whatever they want,” Andrew Miller can be reached lacious,” she said. “I’m objected to her earlier adults who object to her she said. at andrew.miller@ecm-inc. not trying to write ‘Fifty books. It’s about a girl in- fiction is: Would you let While her books have com or of Grey’ for kids.” vestigating the beating and your own kids read your generated controversy, thisweek.

theater and arts briefs Family Night at IMAX Theatre The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley will host Family Night on Monday, Feb. 18. Admission for the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Mystery of the Nile” is $5 per person. Complimentary Subway sandwich and drink (while supplies last) will be served in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Eagan Theater Company. Purchase tickets at or in person at the Eagan Community Center. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and the performance. A cash bar will be available. Tickets must be purchased prior to March 8. Call Eagan Parks & Recreation at (651) 675-5500 for more information.

Local students in production Logan Daniels and Stefan Marc Chellsen of Apple Valley, and April Bailey and Eric Larson of Eagan are among the cast of Inver Hills Community College Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There

Were None.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and 8-9 in the Fine Arts Theatre, 2500 E. 80th St., Inver Grove Heights. General admission is $5; senior tickets are $4. Information: (651) 450-3588.

Quilt display at Eagan High Quilted Expressions, Eagan High School’s 18th annual quilt exhibit honoring Women’s History Month, will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 2-21, in the EHS Library at 4185 Braddock Trail, Eagan. The exhibit will be closed weekends and March 8. Admission is free.

Eagan Theater Company, in partnership with the Eagan 55+/Seniors, will present “Eat, Drink and Be Murdered” at 6 p.m. March 14 and 15 at the Eagan Community Center. “Chinese Audience members are Open Monday Cuisine” encouraged to show their thru Saturday, Irish spirit by wearing green February or other Irish attire. The 11 am to 9 pm Specials: event is intended for adult Lemon audiences. Irish music and Chicken Dine-In entertainment will begin at $1 off Beer 6 p.m. Dinner will be served Carry-Out and Wine at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Catering performance. 4321 Egan Drive (Cty Rd 42) Savage, MN 55378 Proceeds benefit the Eagan 55+/Seniors and the | 952-894-0800

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