Farmington | Lakeville
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January 25, 2013 | Volume 33 | Number 48
NEWS Taking the temperature in Farmington schools As the flu bug flies throughout the nation, Farmington is, so far, faring better than most. Page 2A
OPINION ECM to focus on education ECM Publishers Inc. will focus its editorial efforts in the coming months to encouraging initiatives to bolster education. Page 4A
Photo by Jennifer Chick
Cueing up for fun
At Farmington Billiards, the pool tables draw people in, but it’s owner Dan Rider’s warm welcome that keeps them coming back. Rider and his wife, Barb, bought Farmington Billiards, 933 Eighth St., in January 2010, when Rider was looking for a way to spend his retirement. At that time, he
was working for the Sara Lee Coffee and Tea Plant in St. Louis Park. He would work at the pool hall until 1 a.m., then get up at 5:30 a.m. to go to his other job. When the plant closed in February 2012, Rider found himself in that retirement phase he had first envisioned two years earlier. For Rider, owning Farmington Billiards was a natural progres-
sion. A love of math led Rider to earn a college degree in mathematics, and pool played into those strengths. “I’ve been playing pool since college,” the 66-year-old Rider said, “and I used to run pool leagues in southern Minnesota. I like the geometry of it, the strategy of it. It’s a sport you can See BILLIARDS, 10A
MnDOT to close I-35E for one month
Major road projects means summer of headaches for drivers
Italian pianist Roberto Plano joins the Dakota Valley Symphony for its “Grieg Meets Verdi” concert at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Page 19A
Lakeville swimmer sets four national age-group records Regan Smith, 10, breaks records in butterfly, backstroke. Page 12A
by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
This summer, I-35 commuters will see road closures, detours and lane reductions as $20 million in bridge and road repair projects stretching from Elko New Market to Eagan begin in May and will include a one-month closure of the flyover bridge at the Burnsville/Lakeville border. “It is going to be a very busy summer,” Nicole Danielson-Bartelt, Minnesota Department of Transportation senior transportation engineer, told the Lakeville City Council at its Jan. 22 meeting. Closures of Lakeville area’s only north-south state highway begin in May when MnDOT will
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Farmington School Board to vote Monday by Andy Rogers The Farmington School Board is scheduled to vote on joining the South Suburban Conference at its Monday, Jan. 28 meeting. The move was discussed Jan. 7, but board members postponed the vote until the business meeting. “I got the feeling that there wasn’t enough time for the work session and it wasn’t the right forum for the public,” said Farmington athletic and activities director Jon Summer, who made a presentation Jan. 7. “By putting it at the 28th it gives people the opportunity to speak for or against.” If approved, it would give Farmington High School new opponents in athletics and activities. Farmington currently is a member of the Missota
Conference. Board Member Julie Singewald said she knew of community members who had concerns about the move. “I had parents share concerns with being able to compete,” Singewald said. “You want the programs to be successful, and I don’t want kids to get discouraged. Parents spend a lot of money on sports.” She said she was cautiously supportive of the move to the South Suburban Conference, but she wanted anyone with concerns to have a chance to speak. The South Suburban Conference, established in 2010, is considered one of the most competitive conferences in the state for athletics. The conference fea-
IN BRIEF This summer promises to be filled with headaches for Lakeville-area commuters as state officils share details of their plans for major road projects on I-35E and I-35W. Those drivers will have to pay attention in early June because once 35E southbound reopens, Cedar Avenue will close for two weeks as Dakota County completes pavement work on that corridor. Once that work is completed, likely mid-June, 35E will be re-
duced to a single lane in both directions for 30 days with some short-term ramp closures that are yet to be determined as MnDOT completes road work. Around June 10, Scott County plans to build a roundabout at County Road 29 and County Road 46, right next to I-35 as well, that will be a full road closure. The project is hoped to be completed by August. By mid-July until the end of the season, work on I-35 will move south and reduce traffic to single lane from the split to County Road 2 as road and bridge repairs are made and cable See I-35E, 11A
Erickson leads arts fundraising group Zaun steps down after many years as president by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
One of Lakeville’s most prominent officials is the new president of the Friends of the Lakeville Area Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the city’s only public arts facility. Bob Erickson, city administrator from 19892004 and a Lakeville Area School Board member, replaces former Mayor Duane Zaun (1983-2000) for the position Zaun held since the center’s opening in 2001. Zaun is credited with bringing the arts center from dream to reality and worked closely with Erickson, an early promoter, to grow community support for the project that
Photo by Laura Adelmann
Lakeville Area School Board Member Bob Erickson is the second person elected Friends of the Lakeville Area Arts Center president. The friends board unanimously elected Erickson to the post, replacing former Mayor Duane Zaun who stepped down from the board after serving since 2001. preserved the historic former All Saints Catholic Church building. In an email, Zaun said he decided to step down because he has been unable to attend many of the Arts Center activities but intends to continue to do volunteer work in Lakev-
ille. He cited the arts as important to help establish Lakeville as a well-rounded community that provides entertainment, programs and space for the growing Lakeville populaSee ERICKSON, 9A
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start redecking the 35E flyover bridge over 35W. “It is probably one of the most difficult bridges in the metroarea to work on, because it has impacts to both 35E and 35W,” Bartelt said. I-35E will close for a month from County Road 42 to the 35E/35W split as the flyover bridge deck is torn down and replaced. I-35W will close May 4 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. as workers remove the deck. It will then reopen. MnDOT’s official detour during I-35’s month-long closing is I-494 to 35W, many commuters will likely use Cedar Avenue as an alternate route.
Move from Missota to South Suburban closer to reality SUN THISWEEK
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The flu has hit Farmington schools, but not as bad as it appears to be affecting other areas. According to Gail Setterstrom, the districtâ€™s health services coordinator and licensed school nurse, all of the schools have students with illnesses ranging from confirmed cases of influenza to strep throat and nausea, but only one elementary school reported 5 percent of the schoolâ€™s population out with influenza-like illnesses last week. By Tuesday morning, all schools were below the 5 percent mark required for state reporting. Setterstrom said the long weekend may have helped students rest and recuperate. â€œWeâ€™re finding a mixed bag of all sorts of things,â€? Setterstrom said. â€œI think last year was kind of a light year, and this is a little more than last year, but it still isnâ€™t the worst.â€? When calling the schoolâ€™s attendance line to report that a student is sick, parents are encouraged to leave details about the type of illness, which helps the district with tracking and reporting that information. Influenza is a respiratory illness and should not be confused with stomach viruses. Influenza symptoms come on quickly and include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, nasal congestion, and body aches. Often children with influenza are too tired and weak to
play. If children are experiencing these symptoms, they should be kept at home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of any type of fever-reducing medicine, Setterstrom said. Then, she said parents should make sure their children are strong enough and have the endurance to make it through the school day before returning. Good resources for parents are CDC.gov and the Minnesota Department of Health. Farmington Schools also has links to information on its health services web page. Setterstrom said parents should contact their local health care providers. Often, those clinics have nurse lines where parents can call for advice as to the type of illness they are seeing in their homes. In the schools, staff members are encouraging students to keep healthy by covering their coughs and sneezing into their sleeves, washing their hands and eating healthy. If children are sick, they should stay home and all chil-
dren should make sure they are getting enough sleep. Setterstrom said itâ€™s not too late to get the flu shot if people havenâ€™t yet done that. If students are sick at school, all Farmington school buildings have nurses on staff to assess the situation. â€œIâ€™m grateful we have nurses, and they do assess and intervene so kids are home sooner and then can come back ready to learn,â€? Setterstrom said. What keeps students healthy are the same habits that adults should follow. Setterstrom said it is not yet the peak of flu season so people must remain vigilant. â€œWe need to be really careful not to spread those germs,â€? Setterstrom said. â€œWash your hands. Thatâ€™s one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy.â€? And sheâ€™s not talking about a quick rinse under the water. She recommends washing for at least 20 seconds with soap. â€œWe are feeling really grateful that at least our school population is staying healthier that what we are seeing in other places,â€? Setterstrom said. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 476 people were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza last week. Since the start of the influenza season, 1,842 have been hospitalized and 60 influenza-related deaths have been confirmed.
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Valentine Date Night Dinner for Vets Lakeville Yellow Ribbon invites veterans and their spouse or significant other to a casual, fun Valentine date night.
Saturday, February 16 6 to 11 p.m. Catered dinner, cash bar Dinner and dance music provided Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Avenue This event is FREE to each veteran and their guest, but registration is required. Register online at www.lakevilleveterans.com
Energy Assistance Program available The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are available for renters or homeowners based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage. The Scott/Carver/Dakota EAP Agency will assist residents whose income is within the guidelines.
Applications are now available. Eligible households receive a primary heat grant that is paid directly to their energy vendor. Households that receive energy assistance are also eligible for additional crisis funding for discounted energy services, disconnect notices, and past due energy bills. To apply for assistance, call (651) 322-3500 to request an application or for information go to www.capagency.org.
Youth Ice Fishing Contest, February 2 Families are invited to join the fun at the 13th annual Youth Ice Fishing Contest Valley Lake Park 16050 Garrett Path Sat., Feb. 2, noon-2 p.m. Ages 13 & under eligible for prizes FREE Kids can fish through one of the many holes cut through the ice on Valley Lake. Everybody can
keep warm with a cup of hot cocoa. Prizes will be awarded for different fish categories. Itâ€™s a great event for the whole family, so bring the parents and grandparents. Participants need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Register the day of the contest. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food shelf.
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Briefs Farmington Library events The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., has planned the following events. Call (651) 438-0250 for more information. â€˘ Pointillism with Abrakadoodle, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Create a picture using only dots of paint. Learn about the artist Seurat and see how he used paint dots to tell a story on canvas. Registration required. Ages: 6-14. â€˘ The Hobbit: Tolkien Trivia, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Ages: 10-15. â€˘ Beyond Computer Basics, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. This class for PC users continues where Computer Basics left off. Registration required. Adults. â€˘ Storytime for All Ages, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Stories and activities for mixed-age audiences such as child care groups and families. Ages: 0-6. â€˘ Every Child Ready to Read Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2. This workshop is appropriate for parents, grandparents, child-care providers and preschool teachers. Continuing Education hours available. Registration required.
â€˜Superâ€™ pancake breakfast set The Farmington Knights of Columbus will host a â€œsuperâ€? pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 3, at Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage links and scrambled eggs, along with coffee, juice and water. Good will offerings will be accepted with proceeds going to DARTS.
Health screening offered Life Line Screening will conduct screenings for stroke and osteoporosis Feb. 15 at Destiny Christian Center, 12119 16th Ave. S., Burnsville. Five screenings will be offered. Packages start at $149. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
Heritage Library childrenâ€™s events The Heritage Library in Lakeville will host the following childrenâ€™s programs: â€˘ Storytime for 2s & 3s, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. For children ages 2 and 3 and their caregivers and siblings. â€˘ Storytime for 4s, 5s & 6s, 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Caregivers and younger siblings may attend. â€˘ Baby Storytime, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Stories, songs, bounces and playtime for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. â€˘ Library Picnic, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the meeting room. A program of stories, songs and activities will follow the picnic at about 12:30 p.m. For children of all ages and their caregivers. â€˘ Books and Beyond: Valentine Fun, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11. A program of stories and a craft about Valentineâ€™s Day presented by the ISD 194 ECFE Advisory Council. For children up to age 6 and their caregivers. â€˘ Indoor Chalk Art, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4. Draw with chalk on long paper â€œsidewalksâ€? in the meeting room. For children of all ages and their caregivers. â€˘ Sing Play and Learn with MacPhail, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Presented by MacPhail Center for Music. For children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Registration required. â€˘ Papercrafts for Children, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15. For children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers. Choose from many possible projects. â€˘ Wagginâ€™ Tales, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Children ages 5 to 12 can read to a therapy dog. These library programs are free. For more information, call (952) 891-0360.
Your Child with Mental Health Needs in the Community,â€? a free workshop for parents of children with behavioral and mental health needs, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Rasmussen College (Room 201), 3500 Federal Drive, Eagan. Advance registration is requested. The workshop is offered by the Minnesota Statewide Family Network, a nonprofit organization working with families of children and youth with mental health needs. To register, call PACER Center at (952) 8389000 or visit PACER. org.
Flood relief deadline nears Landowners requesting flood relief grant funds to assist with installing or repairing land conservation practices must complete and submit an application by Feb. 8. Applications are only available through Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District staff and upon completion of a site assessment of the affected property. Landowners who would like to have a site assessment completed and learn more about the flood relief grant application process should contact the SWCD office at (651) 480-7777.
Citizens Climate Lobby to meet
Dr. Martin Tresguerres of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will speak Saturday, Feb. 2, by national conference call at the Citizens Climate Lobby meeting at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, on the topic of â€œOcean Acidification â€“ Can Corals Cope?â€? Tresguerres is currently working with a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effect of ocean acidification on coral. Heâ€™ll share some preliminary findings from that study. Action planning and Childrenâ€™s discussion will start at 11 a.m. Tresguerres will mental health speak at noon. support For more event inforâ€œFinding Hope, Get- mation, call Deb Nelson ting Help: Support for at (952) 250-3320.
NAMI family support group The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. A family support group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Advent United Methodist Church, 3945 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan. For information, call Connie at (952) 432-9278.
New Sociables to meet Feb. 4 New Sociables, a social club for all women living south of the Minnesota River, will meet at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. Ann Sheridan of 360 Communities and the Lewis House will be the guest speaker. The club welcomes women who are new to the area, who are recently retired or interested in making new friends. For further information call Becky at (952) 236-7122 or Joan at (651) 485-7778.
Valentine cabaret at Spirit of Life Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley, will present a Valentine Cabaret at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by members and friends of the church, including members of the church choir, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Tickets or further information may be obtained by calling the church office at (952) 4232212. The cabaret is a fundraiser for the churchâ€™s Youth Group, which will participate in a mission trip to Middleton, Ohio, in July.
Concordia band to perform at local church The Concordia College band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. The concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call the church at (952) 432-6351.
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Dakota Dentalâ€™s Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley Wakefield and Dr. Bennett Isabella, along with their staff, will provide free dental care to children Feb. 1, as part of Give Kids a Smile Day. The program provides no-cost dental care for children in lowincome homes. Services at Dakota Dental will include preventative oral health care, fluoride treatments, cleanings and sealants, and restorative services such as fillings. In addition to Give Kids a Smile Day, the dental clinic participates in events during the month of February in recognition of Childrenâ€™s Dental Health Month. The dentists speak to school, parenting and church groups and other organizations within the community to advocate for proper oral health care and wellness. Individuals interested in receiving free dental services through the Give Kids A Smile program should be 18 years or younger and need to have a parent or legal guardian accompany them. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (952) 431-5774. Scheduling a presentation for a classroom or youth group may also be arranged by calling this number.
Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation program online at www.ci.rosemount. mn.us, at the parks and recreation office, or call (651) 322-6000 for more information. â€˘ ART-Rageous Art Day, ages 3-1/2 to 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Rosemount Community Center. Presented by Abrakadoodle. Work on fun projects like: Blue dog watercolor, clay horses/fish and a duct tape iPod holder or clutch. All supplies included. Cost is $63. Registration deadline is Feb. 11. â€˘ Mixture Madness, ages 3-1/2 to 6, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 28 through March 14, at the RCC. Explore the world of chemistry by mixing together safe ingredients to make magical crystals, gooey slime and some creative mixtures of your own. Cost is $34. Registration deadline is Feb. 21. â€˘ Sloppy, Gooey, Slimes, grades K-5, 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 8, at the RCC. Explore the properties of a polymer by making and experimenting with different slimes, including a slime that will glow. Cost is $20. Registration deadline is Feb. 1.
Rotary Club donates dictionaries Fifteen members of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley presented free 524-page dictionaries to more than 1,800 thirdgrade students in District 196. The club covers 15 elementary schools in Apple Valley, Eagan and Burnsville. It also provides dictionaries to about five churches in the school district that teach thirdgraders. The Rosemount Lions club covers the schools in Rosemount. Each of the dictionaries costs about $2 and the Rotary Club spends approximately $4,000 annually on the project. Funds for the project come from the annual sale of car raffle tickets, which raised $34,000 last year. The Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Enjoy restaurant in Apple Valley. For more information, contact David Kingsbury at (952) 432-4388.
Robert Trail Library programs Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, has planned the following programs. Call (651) 480-1200 for more information. â€˘ Handcrafted Creatures with the Textile Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Registration required. Adults. â€˘ Valentine Crafts, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. All ages. â€˘ Tin Ornaments with ArtStart, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Materials supplied. Registration starts Jan. 25. Drop-ins fine. Youth. â€˘ Avoiding Fraud, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Presented by FINRA. Adults. â€˘ RAAC â€œMeet the Authorâ€? Steven Derfler, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Derfler, an archaeologist and educator, will discuss â€œIsraelâ€™s Pharaoh.â€? Adults. â€˘ Special Delivery Singers, 7 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The singers will present standards, television theme songs, a sing-along, and a surprise. Adults.
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Opinion Our editorial focus will be on education There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. The task of improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and effective system of public schools throughout the state. The editorial board of this newspaper, comprised of Publisher Julian Andersen, President Marge Winkelman, editors and three lay members, has decided the top priority of the 2013 editorial agenda is to provide the best possible education for our students at all levels. Accordingly, we will focus on specific concerns, recommending and urging passage of targeted legislation this session. We will publish a series of editorials on education, and our Capitol reporters and local editors will be encouraged to update readers on the latest information and the effect of proposed laws on local
ECM Editorial school systems. After the session we will follow up on laws that are passed. Why is this a high priority? While we once thought Minnesota’s educational system was among the country’s top 10 by most measures, a startling U.S. Department of Education study shows this is no longer true. The study revealed that Minnesota tied for 29th in the country for graduation of students who entered high school in 2007 and should have graduated in the 2010-11 school year. The data show that Minnesota’s overall graduation rate was 77 percent, compared with top-ranked Iowa’s 88 percent. Wisconsin and Vermont tied for second with 87 percent. Even more surprising is that 84 percent of Minnesota’s white students graduated from high school after four years, ranking the state 24th. Another concern is the state’s poor ranking comparing white students’ graduation rates to those of minority groups. Only 42 percent of Native
Americans, 49 percent of AfricanAmericans and 51 percent of Hispanic/ Latino students graduate in four years. This gives Minnesota one of the largest graduation gaps in the nation. Minnesota schools have a good record of preparing some students for college. The ACT college entrance scores of Minnesota students who take the tests are high and in some years lead the nation. Recent math and science tests of Minnesota’s fourth-grade and eighthgrade students showed rankings in the top 10 among 63 countries. Yet the number of Minnesota high school students who must take remedial reading, writing and math tests upon entering Minnesota public colleges and universities nears 40 percent. Our editorial board will have as its highest goal backing programs that will improve the system, boost the graduation rate and narrow the achievement gap. We will examine funding to allow every kindergarten student to attend an all-day, everyday program. Another goal will be to target programs that will
enable all students to learn better, particularly minorities. We will focus on school choice and making more vocational-technical subjects available. The board also will take a position on the need for the federal and state governments to fully fund special education so millions of school districts’ operating funds now used to subsidize local special education programs can be used for needs of regular-ed students. When the federal government mandated special education programs at the local level, it promised to fund 40 percent of the cost. Today it funds less than half of that 40 percent. A new system of funding education now making its way through the Legislature will be another important consideration. Our editorial board in its focused editorials and reporting is committed to making sure all students have the educational opportunity to reach their potential and become successful citizens. An opinion from the ECM Editorial Board. Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.
360 Communities appreciates community support for survivors of abuse by Ann Sheridan SUN THISWEEK
A recent University of Minnesota report says that by their 40s, about one-third of Minnesota women have experienced intimate partner violence. More than a quarter of female college students in Minnesota reported being a victim of intimate partner violence, according to the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Center on Women and Public Policy’s “Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota” (2012). These are troubling statistics, and at 360 Communities, we recognize that addressing violence against women and supporting survivors of abuse takes more than 360 Communities Lewis House domestic violence shelters. It takes community: community awareness, community engagement, and cross-sector community partnerships. Fortunately, we have an abundance of these efforts taking place in Dakota County. Individuals, companies and government agencies are more engaged with our domestic violence shelters than ever – providing referrals, volunteering time with our staff and residents, and donating food, money, clothing and much more. The 360 Communities Lewis House staff is bolstered each day
Ann Sheridan by inspirational acts of support from the community. Here are just some of the recent ways people have shown their commitment to supporting survivors of domestic abuse: • Alert community members recognized signs of abuse with their neighbor and drove the woman to our shelter. • Teens from two local schools took the initiative to raise awareness of teen dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault within their schools. • A supervisor at Wal-Mart recognized domestic abuse signs with one of her employees and connected her with Lewis House. • A local business held a holiday work party and its 70 employees used part of the time to walk to our shelter and sing Christmas carols to the shelter residents. • A high school football team regularly visits Lewis House to read to kids. • Police continue to be strong partners
in the fight against domestic violence. Officers are taking more time to understand victim’s stories, and in return, the victims are collaborating with police. • A Burger King in Eagan continues to collect donations for Lewis House at its drive-through window. • Members of a church quilting group regularly donate blankets to our shelters. • A mother brought her 9-year-old twins to Lewis House so they could donate some of their birthday gifts as a way to give back. These acts provide residents of Lewis House a sense of hope and belonging – that there are people outside of our shelter walls that wish them well and have an interest in them healing and starting new lives. The support and services that Lewis House staff and volunteers provide are greatly enhanced by the generosity of the community. In fact, it would not be possible to do this work without it. You can support the valuable work of Lewis House advocates in Eagan and in Hastings as they help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through the difficult process of rebuilding their lives. If you are inspired to contribute in your own way, call (651) 4527288. If you would like to volunteer at
one of the shelters, visit 360Communities.org and fill out our volunteer interest form. Please consider attending the upcoming 28th annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon on Feb. 15, 2013 at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville. The cost is $30 per person and all money raised will support violence prevention and intervention work at 360 Communities. There will be two guest speakers on hand to share their experiences with domestic violence: Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington and survivor Leigh Block. You can find out more or register by visiting 360Communities.org. Ann Sheridan is director of violence prevention at 360 Communities. 360 Communities aims to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency. 360 Communities Lewis House offers a safe haven for women and children. In addition to meeting immediate needs, advocates provide emotional support, resources and court advocacy. 360 Communities Sexual Assault Services provides free, confidential support 24 hours a day to survivors of sexual assault. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.
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A south metro group called Citizens Climate Lobby, including Lakeville Friends of the Environment, will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Galaxie Library in Apple Valley. It is reaching out to members of Congress and Rep. John Kline about fragile environments such as pristine trout streams like the Vermilion River. There are things that can be done to preserve our sensitive ecosystem. It’s time for us to act now, for the kind of world in which our grandchildren will live. Join us on Feb. 2 and learn more.
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To the editor: It was really heartwarming to read Paula Gajewski Mickelson’s guest column (Jan. 18) on bullying in schools and how widespread the problem is. I completely agree that this is a huge problem and I have a great solution for her. Encourage homeschooling. Just think about it. The public schools are run by the biggest bullies of them all — American government at all levels. Want to see some real bullying? Try not paying your taxes. By encouraging homeschooling, we can move kids away from real bullies — people who run public schools. At home, the kids will be in a caring environment where HAL CRANMER the people who truly Lakeville love them, their parents,
To the editor: On Jan. 8, I took the oath of office to serve as your state representative for the third time. It is an honor to work for our common interests at the Capitol, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to try to move Minnesota forward. Minnesotans have made it clear that they wanted to see expanded economic opportunities for our families and businesses. They wanted a balanced budget without tricks and gimmicks. We enter the session with a
$1 billion deficit, and we owe our schools another $1 billion. Legislators must tackle this structural problem and stop kicking the can down the road. Minnesotans want us to have a world-class education system that will grow our state’s economy. They want us to put an end to years of borrowing billions from our schools and making massive cuts to higher education. We need to work together to pay back our schools and make education at all levels a priority at the Legislature once again. I’m interested in solu-
tions that take the best ideas from all sides. I am willing to listen to all suggestions. Good ideas have no party affiliation. I, along with my colleagues, Rep. Sandra Masin and Sen. Jim Carlson, will be holding a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Burnsville City Hall. House Chief Fiscal Analyst Bill Marx will be giving a short presentation on the state budget before the floor is opened up for questions and discussion. If we work together, focus on the priorities I mentioned here and put
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To the editor: Our recent cold weather has had neighbors asking: “What global warming?” Yet in the southern hemisphere it has endangered ice shelves in Antarctica and ice is melting dramatically in the Arct ic at the other end of the globe. Climate change affects us in areas where “normal” weather is more extreme and that means us, in Minnesota. I have noticed how much winter has changed in the past 25 years by how many days I cannot go crosscountry skiing. And I see it in brown mountainsides out west where “evergreens” are no longer green.
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will give them the best education possible. Plus, the student-teacher ratio would be fantastic. Mickelson also says that two-thirds of school shooting perpetrators had experienced bullying. By moving a large proportion of our student population to homeschooling, we may prevent kids from turning into murderers. In addition, we spread the kids out into homes, where it would be very difficult for any potential shooters to shoot more than a brother or sister at most. Another benefit is that many of these homes have weapons to defend themselves (unlike public schools), and citizens would be able to stop the shooter before they did too much damage. We also learn that bullying causes depression and suicide in many high school teens. In a recent press conference President Barack Obama said, “If there is even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.” Although I probably should not be quoting the guy who is the biggest bully of all (just ask the Americans and Pakistanis he has killed with drones), he is right. That is why I would like to join with Mickelson in calling for the end of bullying on all levels. Take your kids out of the schools that are run by bullies and are populated with bullies. Give them the love and education they deserve.
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Sens. Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo Township; Alice Johnson, DFL-Spring Lake Minnesota Exchange Executive Director April Todd-Malmlove will become a fixture Park, and Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, listen to insurance exchange testimony in at the State Capitol in upcoming weeks as insurance exchange legislation working committee. through House and Senate may require stops in a dozen or more committees.
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Insurance health care exchange legislation cleared its first legislative committee with Democratic leaders wanting the complex bill signed by the governor and out the door by the end of March. A Senate committee on a party-line vote advanced on Thursday, Jan. 17, Sen. Tony Lourey’s exchange bill, touching off a flurry of committee hearings in the Senate on the state’s alternative to a federal insurance exchange. The House is expected to hold its first exchange committee hearing next week. Minnesota is one of 18 states that has conditional approval from the federal government to launch its own insurance exchange. Speed is part of the bargain. Because insurance companies must be allowed six months to prepare products to sell in the exchange, a one-stop marketplace where consumers can browse for the best buy, the state exchange must be state law by the end of March. Enrollment is scheduled to begin Oct. 1, with plan coverage starting the first of the year. The exchange is expected to serve more than a million Minnesotans. Lawmakers flatly say they need to bone up on the legislation. “I think other than (Republican Rep.) Jim Abeler and a couple of others … (who) have worked on this for a long time, I would wager most people don’t have a clue,” said Rep.
Jerry Newton, DFL-Coon Rapids. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman James Metzen, DFLSouth St. Paul, held up a diagram of the workings of the exchange — a diagram at a distance resembling the guts of a computer — as evidence of complexity. Does he fully understand it? “I don’t, but I’m learning,” Metzen said after the committee hearing. “I think we can do a thoughtful, good job in the time frame we have.” Minnesota Exchange Director April ToddMalmlov appeared before two Senate committees, detailing the form and function of the exchange. “It’s not just a $110 million website,” she told one committee, referring federal grants for developing the exchange. The exchange is ushering in fundamental health insurance reform, she explained. Todd-Malmlov depicted the exchange as providing consumers with apples-to-apples comparisons of insurance products, with “navigators” to assist them, all with hightech access. Consumers can browse among “gold” or “silver” plans. Eligibility for a given plan can be confirmed in as little as 30 minutes on the exchange, she explained. Individuals and people on Medical Assistance will make up the bulk of the 1.3 million Minnesotans the exchange is expected to serve.
“The exchange is there to make things simple for people,” Todd-Malmlov said. All Americans, under the federal Affordable Care Act, must have health insurance. The exchange budget is estimated at $40 million to $50 million a year. The entity is proposed to fund itself by collecting 3.5 percent of total premiums for individual market and small group market health benefit plans sold through the exchange. By federal law, the exchange must be self-funding by 2015. Legislation calls for the creation of a seven-member board of directors to operate the exchange. Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, an exchange critic, likened the proposed board to a “Met Council on speed.” He expressed concern over insufficient legislative oversight. This concern has been voiced by others. “I favor a lot of detail (in the legislation),” said Abeler, former Republican House Health and Human Services Finance Committee chairman. Abeler is working with Democrats on the exchange in the spirit of crafting the best bill possible. But he believes the current proposal has basic flaws. “This is set up to be so simplistic you don’t even have to think about,” Abeler said. All that technology costs a lot of money. “I think we can do it for much less,” Abeler said.
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Lakeville teen granted Timberwolves wish by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
A Lakeville teen forced to endure pain and medical procedures most of his life recently experienced a dream come true thanks to Make-AWish and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cody Metz, 16, met his favorite basketball player, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, and attended the Jan. 8 home game where he and his parents, Rob and Carol Metz, enjoyed behind-the-bench seats for warm-ups then watched the game from a suite with 15 of Cody’s closest friends. Surprise visitors to their suite included Timberwolves cheerleaders, team mascot Crunch and Love, who appeared bearing a sports bag filled with gifts that included one of his jerseys.
Cody also met other basketball greats he admires, including Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams. The family traveled on the team plane with players to the Jan. 9 game in Oklahoma City, spending the whole day with the team, then sitting behind the bench during the game. “It means a lot,” Cody said of his experience with the team and the players who went out of their way to make him
feel welcome. “For some big guys like that to take time out for a kid who has problems, that meant a lot to Cody,” Carol said. Cody’s wish reflected his passion for the Timberwolves and the sport he has focused on to help fight the unrelenting headaches and nausea that have intensified followed life-threatening surgery Nov. 8, 2007, to remove a rare tumor, initially deemed inoperable because it had grown from his spinal column into his brain stem. “They had to … break off the top two vertebrae to get at it,” Carol said. “Then it’s right at the center for everything in the brain stem, all your nerves, your speech, your breathing, everything is right there.” The family consulted numerous physicians,
Cody Metz, Lakeville, enjoyed time with his favorite basketball player, Kevin Love, as part of his Make-A-Wish-sponsored wish that included traveling with the team to an away game in Oklahoma City. but only Dr. Mahmoud Nagib would take on the risky surgery, a Minneapolis neurosurgeon who studied Cody’s case extensively and met with him numerous times before agreeing to perform the procedure. Carol said they were relived there was an option to remove the tumor that had been discovered years before it started to grow. Cody’s recovery involved a two-week hospitalization, re-learning to walk while battling constant and more intense headaches, but the then sixth-grader maintained his characteristic upbeat attitude throughout physical therapy and rehabilitation. When a physical therapist told him he might have to skip a season playing basketball, Carol said he told her in the
car, “Mom, I can always prove ‘em wrong.” “That is his attitude,” Carol said. “He’s never been a complainer.” Cody said: “I think it’s just not thinking negatively more than it is thinking positively.” His ability to overcome also apparently had something to do with his beloved Timberwolves. While hospitalized, Cody’s pulmonologist made an “unofficial visit” each morning to banter about the latest Timberwolves game. “The Timberwolves really helped him get through it too, because he loved basketball,” Carol said. “He watched them all the time and followed every little thing.” Since the surgery, Cody has suffered numerous procedures, tried scores of different drugs
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Gov. Mark Dayton released his 20142015 budget on Tuesday and said he is keeping his promise to increase funding for education every year he is governor. He said there will be “no excuses, no exceptions.” The governor outlined his plans to make major investments in education and to offer new initiatives for a stronger economy and what he called a fair tax system. These investments are aimed at what Dayton calls a “Budget for a Better Minnesota.” Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Larry Pogemiller were two of Dayton’s biggest cheerleaders. Both said the governor’s newly framed budget may reflect the largest dollar increase for education in the history of Minnesota. Cassellius said she is optimistic that the Legislature will see the value of the budget and the return on the investment in education as being worth that investment. “It focuses on all kids; these increases
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are significant in getting kids ready for school and in making sure that all kids cross the finish line,” Cassellius said. The governor’s budget invests in early education scholarships and provides access to all-day kindergarten for 85 percent of Minnesota kindergartners. The budget also increases K-12 funding by $52 per student. In a media gathering following Dayton’s budget announcement, Cassellius said early learning is the key to everything. It is the key to being successful beyond kindergarten and in post secondary education, she said. He said an increase in higher education funding will prevent tuition increases, will support research and innovation and will align higher education course work and classrooms with the jobs of the future. The budget also includes a 25 percent increase in state student aid to help middle class families afford higher education. The governor said the school funding shift that helped balance the state budget last session will be paid back under a four-year plan. The plan is to pay back $1.6 billion this biennium, leaving $1.1
Lakeville North High School has created two new business academies set to open the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. The academies will offer students hands-on experience in business as well as the ability to maintain their current coursework through other departments at the high school. • Advanced Business Academy or ABA is geared for high-achieving business-minded students who desire rigorous coursework. • Career-Oriented Business Readiness Academy or COBRA is geared for students who want to explore many aspects of business with hands-on learning that can be used immediately in the workforce. Both academies will allow students to gain actual experience in a work setting. Information regarding the academies will be presented at the parent registration meetings in the LNHS auditorium Jan. 28 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Visit the LNHS website for a link to the business academy webpage (www. lnhs.isd194.k12.mn.us) or contact Mike Zweber (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cindy Nolan (email@example.com) for more information.
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Business Business Briefs Brock promoted to officer Eagan resident Lance J. Brock has been promoted to officer at St. Paul-based Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ PA. Brock, a CPA, started with MUCR in 2003 and is a member of the firm’s audit department, marketing committee, and the firm’s mentoring process director.
Staff changes at local eye clinics Barbie Herr has been named optical team leader at the Rosemount Eye Clinic. She has been with the clinic more than three years and has been in the optical industry for 19 years as an ABOcertified optician. Heidi Brooke has been named public relations director for the Rosemount and Yankee (Eagan) eye clinics.
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Total Networx offers new security tool Total Networx, an IT security company based in Burnsville, now offers eBankSafe, a tool that installs a secure browser on a bank account holder’s machine that provides focused protection for online banking sessions. The eBankSafe secure browser blocks all potentially dangerous activities except those expressly needed for the transaction. In tests, even when malware such as Zeus has been installed on the computer, the malware was unable to interfere with the banking transaction. eBankSafe is available now through Total Networx for commercial accounts and retail banking customers.
Employees at Burnsville-based Mackin Educational Resources came together to support local individuals and families in need during the holiday season. Contributions were collected for two community organi- Mackin zations: the Scott Carver expands Dakota Community Action Partnership Agency department food shelf and the DakoMackin Educational ta Woodlands shelter for Resources, Burnsville, women and children. has expanded its New School Services & Special Projects Department Studio with the addition of new transfers tape staff. Formerly known as Opening Day Collecto DVD Patty Skogrand, owner tions, the department reof Apple Valley-based Sk- cently underwent a name ogrand Studios, has been change and personnel helping local families expansion to better rebring their home movies flect its mission and serinto the digital age with vices. New School Services tape to DVD/Blu-ray & Special Projects will transfer. Skogrand Studios of- continue to build and install opening day col-
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Register now for WomEn’s Conference The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual WomEn’s Conference from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Lost Spur Golf and Event Center, 2750 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan. Keynote speakers will be Jennifer “JJ” Schaidler, nationally recognized businesswoman, and Anne Pryor and Kathleen Crandall, networking and personal branding experts. The event also will feature a panel of local executives “Women to Watch.” Early bird registration is $129 with a regular rate of $149. To register or for more information, visit http://dcrchamber. com/womenconference. cfm or contact Jessy Anonni at jannoni@ dcrchamber.com or (651) 288-9202.
Frontier sponsors guest artist Frontier Communications, Burnsville, recently presented a check to the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus as sponsor of guest artist Roberto Plano for the upcoming “Grieg Meets Verdi” concert. The musical event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
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The founder and president CEO of Crystal Lake Automotive on Monday will be recognized as the Lakeville Area Chamber of Comm e r c e ’s 2012 Business Per- Karl son of the Drotning Year. Karl Drotning, 62, started the Lakeville mechanical and collision repair business in 1986 and now employs 26 fulltime workers, over half of whom have worked there for over a decade and include family members. He credits the fun atmosphere as part of the reason for the business’ low turnover. “I enjoy having a good time, and I like to play,” Drotning said. “The shop is my playground, staff and customers are my playmates. I try to keep a positive, up environment, I encourage them to grow personally and treat the staff with respect.” He credits co-owner Jim Siegfried and his many friends and associates for helping him build the business he decided to open at age 36, after already having worked 25 years in the auto industry. Drotning said as a kid he “hung around” his
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MISSOTA, from 1A tures Apple Valley, home of a wrestling team that has been ranked No. 1 in the country in recent years and one of the top-ranked basketball players in the nation in Tyus Jones. And that’s just one of 10 schools. If the move is approved, “the moment they do that I will send a letter to the Missota that we will be done at the end of the 2013-14 school year,” Summer said. Proximity is one of the main reasons Farmington is considering the switch. The average distance for travel to Missota schools is 27 miles. In the South Suburban Conference, it’s 12 miles. The move would cut transportation costs and mean less time spent on the road, district officials say. The South Suburban Conference features schools from neighboring districts such as Lakeville, Rosemount and Apple Valley. Bloomington Jefferson is the most distant SSC school from Farmington. Farmington is the second-largest school in the Missota in terms of enrollment and is growing. In the South Suburban, Farmington would be in the middle. “We’re starting to look more like the neighboring schools,” Summer said. Farmington isn’t breaking new ground. The South Suburban Conference also includes Prior Lake, which left the Missota Conference in 2010. Prior Lake was the Missota’s largest school when it left. “It’s been 100 percent
positive,” Prior Lake athletic and activities director Eric Rodine said of the switch to the South Suburban Conference. “Our farthest trip is 17 miles. It’s great for our parents to be able to see all of our games. It’s helped us compete with schools our size and in our same class.” Prior Lake remained a competitive force after leaving the Missota. The Lakers football team won a share of the South Suburban Conference championship last fall and qualified for state for the second straight season. The boys hockey team is in the top four in the conference this season and is ranked 11th in Class AA, and the wrestling team is ranked No. 3 in the state. Can Farmington hang with the South
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Erickson said he hired a private investigator to find his birth parents after the death of his beloved adoptive parents Adolf and Estelle Erickson. Erickson learned his genetic mother, Marie Sanders, was a respected English teacher and adjunct professor in Wisconsin who had earned her master’s degree in 1945, a rarity for women in that time. “She immersed herself in education for her whole life,” said Erickson who called it an honor to serve as president of the Friends board. With Zaun’s departure, several other members also resigned their seat, indicating it would be a good time for the transition, Arts Center Administrative Assistant Karla Hartmann said. Retiring Friends of the Lakeville Area Arts Center directors are state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, Paige Macklin and Sally Lovelace. New Friends board directors are Gloria Belzer, Julie
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Farmington Billiards owner Dan Rider plays on the snooker table he recently added to the pool hall at 933 Eighth St. It is a 1945 Brunswick Anniversary table refinished by one of Rider’s friends, and what he says is the only snooker table in the south metro area. Rider, 66, has been playing pool since college and bought the business in January 2010. He loves the challenge of the game and the opportunity to meet new people at his pool hall.
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After a long hiatus from pool, Mark Weaver of Inver Grove Heights found himself at Farmington Billiards one day. The friendliness and enthusiasm of owner Dan Rider reminded Weaver why he loved the sport. He has been playing on one of the leagues since last fall.
BILLIARDS from 1A people drove from New Prague to play on the play all your life. My new 5-foot by 10-foot goal is to be at the na- snooker table, a 1945 tional tournament in Ve- Brunswick Anniversary gas and competing when table. Rider’s friend refinI’m 100.” When he heard Farm- ished the table and was ington Billiards was looking for a place where for sale, he thought the it would be appreciated. place was a natural fit. Rider offered to put it The game catered to his at Farmington Billiards, mathematics prowess, where it could draw in and the customers fit his interested customers. He said his is the only snookfriendly personality. Regulars Joe and Kar- er table on the south side en McCauley of Farm- of the metro. “We just keep trying ington play there several nights each week. Karen to build the business,” said it makes a difference Rider said. Much of his marketwhen the owner greets ing comes through Faceyou at the door. Every time his front book and ads at the local door opens with a ding, liquor stores. FarmingRider makes sure he ton Billiards is one of greets the customers, only two pool halls in the whether they are regulars area. The other is locatlike the McCauleys, or ed in Burnsville. Every first-timers. The McCau- year, he hosts the “Rider leys’ friends, Tony and Cup,” where teams play Carol Malbury, also play golf in the morning and at Farmington Billiards then shoot pool in the afregularly because of the ternoon. On Saturday, Feb. 9, atmosphere. “I appreciate Dan’s the annual Minnesota zest for trying to get peo- Pool Association’s Mixed ple in here and promote Scotch Doubles Tournathe game of pool,” Carol ment will play at Farmington Billiards. said. Last Tuesday night Leagues play Sunday through Thursday found several teams nights, with tournaments playing in the Advanced on Friday and Saturdays. League at Farmington Leagues have summer, Billiards. Mark Weaver fall and winter sessions. of Inver Grove Heights Spots are still available was one of those players. every night in the winter He had recently returned session, which just start- to the sport after a long hiatus. ed a few weeks ago. “Dan was so nice Since Rider bought the business, he has been right off the bat, and he building up the leagues, reminded me of what I bringing in players from liked about pool, which as far away as Mankato was the getting out and and Owatonna. Recently, playing pool with your
buddies,” he said. Weaver is in sales and says playing pool is a great way to relax after a stressful day. “You can forget about everything stressful in line and just zone out on the game,” said Josh Halverson of Northfield, another Advanced League player. Former owner Larry Jones does miss the kids who used to congregate at Farmington Billiards. It used to be a place where they would meet to set plans for later, he said. Now, texting has taken away the need to meet up. But Rider said a few kids still play at Farmington Billiards. For instance, April Larson, 12, of Bloomington, has been playing in the Wednesday night league. She traveled to Germany in December to compete in the world youth championships. Although with 16 pool tables and one snooker table, pool play is the main focus of the business, Rider also serves pizza and hot dogs. He is in the process of upgrading his liquor license to strong beer and wine. “I love coming down here,” Joe McCauley said. “It’s a great atmosphere. Everybody gets along with everybody. We’re all friends. At the end of the night, you shake hands and everybody had a good time.” For more information about leagues and upcoming tournaments, contact Rider at (612) 226-7665.
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I-35E, from 1A median barriers installed along that stretch. Lakeville will also be doing road work on 204th Street and within portions of the Valley Park and Clays Acres neighborhoods this summer, but that wonâ€™t require road closures. Bridge painting will close I-35 again for one weekend in August from the split to Highway 13 with traffic detoured using 494 and 35E, which will be open again at that time. A project on I-35 between Owatonna and Faribault will also reduce travel to a single lane this summer. Locally, another major construction project will continue next year. In 2014, Dakota County plans to construct a multi-lane roundabout at County Highway 50 (Kenwood Trail) and County Highway 60 (185th Street), widen the roads from where they intersect to Jurel Way and Orchard Trail. City Council Member Doug Anderson encouraged Bartelt to explore crossover routing to avoid shutting down I-35E, but Bartelt said median barrier at the split to County Road 50 prevents such a plan. â€œThis is a big deal for this community,â€? Ander-
son said, encouraging MnDOT to take another look to see if there is a way to avoid closing the freeway for a full month. MnDOT Planner John Solberg said traffic would not be able to travel south on a north bound 35E. â€œAt that point youâ€™d be putting southbound traffic right into northbound traffic,â€? he said. Anderson and Mayor Matt Little questioned MnDOTâ€™s alternative route plans incorporating 494, stating most people will use Cedar Avenue. â€œFor us who are commuters, the last thing weâ€™re going to do is put ourselves into going east and west on 494 in the morning or afternoon or going north and south on 35W,â€? Anderson said. â€œYouâ€™re crazy if youâ€™re going to make that choice. So the reality is nobodyâ€™s going to do that unless they donâ€™t live here.â€? He suggested officials consider ways to manage increased traffic on more likely alternative routes that may include signal controls and signs to address safety. Bartelt said MnDOTâ€™s alternative routes are really designed for interstate traffic, and the state will send user surveys to local commuters to help estimate what
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kind of traffic volumes can be expected on alternative local routes. MnDOT is also working with Dakota County and the Metropolitan Council to coordinate construction schedules and possibly add transit routes. In and around Lakeville, Swecker said traffic will shift from west to east, filling roads like County Road 50, Cedar Avenue, Highway 3 and even frontage roads through Lakeville and Burnsville. Council Member Kerrin Swecker advocated for MnDOT to hold a public meeting online to inform residents of the plans, calling the community â€œextremely engagedâ€? and â€œvery plugged-in community.â€? Bartelt said they will consider that option, and MnDOT will post signs and provide email alerts about the project updates through its website, www.dot.state. mn.us. â€œThis is a six- to seven-month, one-anda-half season project,â€? Swecker said. â€œItâ€™s nice to see that itâ€™s not a sixyear project â€Ś as much of an impact as itâ€™s going to be this summer â€” itâ€™s going to be difficult â€” Iâ€™m glad to see itâ€™s just one season.â€?
This map highlights the stateâ€™s plans for road work along Interstate 35 starting with May removal of the flyover bridge near the Lakeville/ Burnsville border that will shut down I-35E for one month.
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Budding swim star sets four national records Lakeville’s Regan Smith, 10, breaks record in backstroke, butterfly by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
Like many 10-year-olds, Regan Smith likes to swim. Only, when it comes to racing to the edge of the pool, she’s faster than any kid, ever. Regan set four national records for her age group earlier this month at a club swim meet at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She was the best-ever in the nation in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly, breaking records set by individuals who grew up to become Olympians and NCAA champions. “There’s no guarantee of anything,” said Phil Smith (no relation), one of her coaches with the South Metro Storm Swim Club in Lakeville. “She certainly has the potential.” Regan said she was shocked after setting all those records. “It had always been a huge goal of mine to just set one record,” Regan said. “But when I set four, I couldn’t believe it.” One day she would like to swim in the Olympics,
but for now she’s focused on the state swim meet in March. As a fifth-grader at Oak Hills Elementary, her favorite subject is math. When she’s not swimming, she’s reading, shopping and running, but she always finds herself back in the pool. “I love how interactive it is, to always be with your friends, and I’ve always loved the water,” she said. Physically, she’s a little taller than her peers, but nothing out of the ordinary. “The most impressive thing is that she can hold her form and she’s very strong,” Phil Smith said. “She’s got great core strength and she’s a great under-water swimmer.” Swimming at this level is a year-round activity, but Regan isn’t getting too far ahead of herself. “For better or worse, you have to specialize,” said her father Paul Smith. “She loves it. They’re always cautious with swimmers under the age of 11. There are many examples of kids setting records at 10 that go on to have storied
careers, but there are other examples of kids who got tired and quit. For Regan, it’s more important that she’s enjoying it. Luckily she doesn’t stress out. She’s very unflappable. She does what she wants.” Regan has been with Storm swim club since she was 7 and her coaches picked up on her ability right away. “Her dad didn’t really know what group to put her in,” coach Phil Smith said. “You could tell she held the water well. The manipulation of the water is something you can pick up, but she had a natural grasp of the water.” Her physical ability may be unmatched, but her attitude is what carries her. “She has enthusiasm I wish we could carry into adulthood,” coach Phil Smith said. “She’s always asking about racing. I don’t see a hint of arrogance. Most of the time she comes to practice with a smile on her face.” She holds nine Minnesota records out of the 12 possible, as well. In a few weeks she’ll be greeted with a new chal-
Regan Smith, a member of the Storm Swim Club in Lakeville, set four national records for her age group earlier this month at a meet at the University of St. Thomas. She was named the 10-and-under NAG Swimmer of the Year in 2012. lenge by turning 11, which puts her in a new age group with 11- and 12-year-olds. She’ll still have some of the top backstroke times in the nation, with two years to set more records.
Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
Photo by Andy Rogers
Lakeville North’s Angelo Altavilla (17) defends against Eastview on Tuesday.
Photo by Mike Shaughnessy
Lakeville South’s Leo Steinmetz (right) and Eagan’s Jesse Gabrielle reach for a loose puck during a South Suburban Conference boys hockey game Tuesday night. Eagan won 5-2 to remain in first place in the league.
Cougars regrouping after leading scorer injured Boys hockey team 8-9 but still a likely playoff threat
Panther boys hockey anxious for a win Lakeville North ties Eastview, 2-2 by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
A tie game, even against a top-20 team, can leave some long faces for the Lakeville North boys hockey team, which has two victories since Dec. 13. The Panthers settled for a 2-2 tie against Eastview on Tuesday. “No one leaves happy,” Panther head coach Trent Eigner said. “We want to get back on track. When you’re competitive, even if you lose to a good team, you don’t take any
solace in that.” The Panthers took an early 2-1 lead with goals from Jack Poehling and Jack McNeely with assists from Tristen Hazlett (2) and Jack Sadek. But some Panthers found their way to the penalty box late in the second period opening the door for Eastview. The Panthers gave Eastview 19 total minutes of power play. Eastview entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the state. Since winning the Roch-
ester Kiwanis Class AA tournament over the holiday break, the Lightning have won eight of nine games, including victories against Eagan, Prior Lake and Lakeville South. The Lightning have been riding goalie Zachary Driscoll, who has had 187 saves after five games in January. The Panthers once had a 4-1 record after a 4-3 victory against Eden Prairie, but since then
by Mike Shaughnessy nior forward Patrick SUN THISWEEK Lauderdale, when he sufAt a time when high fered broken ribs after school hockey teams are being checked into the trying to develop chem- boards during a game istry on their lines with last Saturday against South the playoffs about one Rosemount. month away, Lakeville coach Kurt Weber said South’s situation has Lauderdale is expected been thrown into chaos. to miss the rest of the The Cougar boys lost season. Lauderdale’s absence their leading scorer, ju-
was felt Tuesday night when the Cougars stumbled early against South Suburban Conference leader Eagan. South fell three goals behind in the first period and eventually lost 5-2. The Cougars (8-9 overall, 5-6 conference)
Panther girls Alpine skiers win meet
Tiger boys hockey surging
by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
The Lakeville North girls Alpine ski team was hotter than everyone else on a frigid Tuesday at Buck Hill for a seven-team meet against South Suburban Conference opponents. The girls were first beating Eastview/Eagan by 24 points with three girls finishing in the top 10. Courtney Kavanaugh was the fastest Panther, coming in third. Briar Smith was about two seconds behind her at fifth and Bailey Servais glided in at seventh. Three other girls were in the top 30 including Alex Knutson (21st), Micaela Lewis (24th), Anna Konietzko (28th). Tori Knutson’s 35thplace finish was 12 places higher than Eagan/Eastview’s seventh finisher, which helped secure the victory. She made a quick recovery on her second
run and still made it down with a good time. “Without that effort, we may not have placed first,” head coach Jacob Olson wrote in an email. Emily Ray (36th), Courtney Neitzke (39th) and Taylor Hoiland (45th) all crossed the finish line well before other teams’ 8-10 skiers, as well. The girls also finished second out of 22 teams at the Buck Hill Invitational on Jan. 11. The boys team placed sixth overall. Bryce Kossack had the fastest time for the Panthers, coming in fifth, and Matt Xi wasn’t far behind at 11th.
Cougars The girls team placed fifth at the meet. Amanda Larson was the top placer, coming in fourth, and Olivia Horsager was 14th. The Cougar boys team came in at seventh. Travis O’Brien was the top placer, skiing in at 21st.
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Farmington already has better record than last season by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
With a four-game win streak and a record above .500, things are looking up for the Farmington boys hockey team. The Tigers have already surpassed last year’s win total with a 6-4 victory against Faribault on Tuesday night. “We have a very young group that appears to be putting things together at the right time,” head coach Keith Revels said. With nine victories and eight games remaining, the Tigers have the opportunity to put up its best record in years. The 2010-11 boys team finished strong to get 14 victories and the 2005-06 Tigers went on a late run to get to 13. The Tigers fell behind against Faribault on Tuesday, but pulled off its fourth victory in a row thanks to Faribault
sending several players to the penalty box. Three of Farmington’s goals were on the power play. Dallas Tucker had two goals, while Justin Novak and Jack Erickson each had a goal and two assists. Grant Hauswirth scored the other goal. Goalie Gage Overby had six saves in the win. After suffering through a number of close losses, Farmington has left no doubt lately beating Chanhassen 6-2 on Jan. 11, Chaska 4-0 on Jan. 15 and Shakopee 2-0 on Jan. 18. “As of late our goal tending has been more stable and our defensive zone play has been steadily improving,” Revels said. Overby had 30 saves in a shutout against Chaska. The 10th-grader leads the Missota Conference with a save percentage at 91.8 percent. Austin
Krause got the shutout against Shakopee with 18 saves. The scoring has come from a variety of sources including Justin Hyytien, Tucker, Justin Novak, Tanner Grubb and Erickson. Kevin Olund averages nearly an assist per game. “We are very balanced offensively with scorers on all three lines,” Revels said. One thing Revels doesn’t have to worry about is getting the team some experience in close games. In the past few weeks the boys tied rival Red Wing 3-3 and defeated Simley 3-2 in overtime. They also know what it’s like to lose close games. The Tigers lost to Northfield, Rochester Mayo, New Prague and Apple Valley by one goal. The team also lost to Holy Angles, who is lead-
ing the Missota, by two goals. “The only game we really haven’t been in was against Hastings,” Revels said. The recent surge has put the Tigers in good company. In Section 1AA, the Tigers have one of the best records at 9-71 as one of the few teams along with Owatonna and Rochester Mayo with winning records. “We appear to be on track to be playing our best hockey of the season at the optimal time at this point,” Revels said. “We have some things to improve on and time to do so, but I fully expect us to contend come section time.” The Section 1AA tournament begins Feb. 19. Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.
SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville January 25, 2013 13A
Notebook: Tigers win True Team section by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
Photo by Rick Orndorf
Farmington’s Matt Rustad wrestles against Joe Anderson of Coon Rapids at 126 pounds at the Eastview Invitational last weekend.
Venz champion at Eastview invite Illness pinning most of Tiger wrestlers for now by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
The Farmington wrestling team finished 11th of 12 teams at the Eastview Invitational last weekend, but the Tigers still had some highlights. Taylor Venz finished first at 106 pounds, beating No. 5-ranked Christian Bahl of Stillwater 10-2 to win the championship. In the semifinals Venz defeated Alex Lloyd of Shakopee, who was 21-4 leading up to the match. Matt Rustad was fifth at 132 in another tough PANTHERS, from 12A the schedule has taken a turn. Night after night the Panthers seem to be up against one of the top 20 teams in the state. “Losing just wears on guys,” Eigner said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s overtime or a great team you’re playing. We put together a very difficult schedule. We knew what we were in for, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating for the kids.” Playing the likes Burnsville, Bloomington Jefferson, Benilde-St. Margaret, Eagan, Prior Lake and Hill-Murray has taken its toll on the record.
bracket, which included four of the top wrestlers in the state and nine with winning records. Rustad lost to No. 8-ranked Joe Anderson of Coon Rapids 5-4 in the quarterfinals. Anderson went on to finish first. In the fifth-place match, Rustad defeated No. 9 Brandon Peters of Faribault 2-0. He avenged a loss to Peters two weeks earlier. Jamie Scavone also had a fifth-place finish at 220, winning a tight match against Lee Whiteside of Minneapolis South 2-1 in
overtime. With illness taking its toll on the Tigers, the team had just seven wrestlers at the individual tournament. “We are starting to get some guys back from illness and injury, but are probably two weeks away from having everyone back in our lineup,” head coach Chad Olson said. “Our goal is to have everyone healthy and ready to go for (Feb. 8) when we wrestle (No. 12-ranked) Anoka and then springboard that into team sections.”
Some of the losses have been close, such as falling 2-1 to Prior Lake, and 5-4 to Eagan and 3-2 to Burnsville both in overtime. “We’ve had a lot of hard luck losses, but with a young group you have to look at the positives,” Eigner said. The Panthers are giving nine sophomores regular ice time. “We’re a work in progress when you have that many young guys playing,” Eigner said. “If they learn from their mistakes, you feel pretty good about their situation. We’re working toward what we want to be. We should be as healthy as we’ve been all season by
next week. We know that playoffs will have opportunities for us.” No one is doubting the resolve of the players, especially Alex Wood, who tore ligaments in his knee during the football season. He put off surgery until after the hockey season to play for the team. “Whether’s he’s 50 percent or 100 percent, he’s going to give you 200 percent,” Eigner said. “He’s got a brace. They don’t’ make too many like that. He just didn’t want to miss his senior year.” Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.
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Sidney has been one of the top gymnasts for Apple Valley High School over the past two seasons. Selected to the 2012 South Suburban AllConference team, she is performing at that level once again this season. In the team’s last meet versus Lakeville North, earned top scores in the meet on both the bars and the beam. She also finished 2nd in the All-Around point totals. Sidney is the daughter of Dan and Sheila Bethke.
Michael tied the Eagan school record for points scored in a game. He scored 39 points on Friday, January 18th in a win vs. Lakeville South. He shot 15/22 (2 point FG), 1/3 (3 point FG) and 6/6 (Free Throws). He tied the scoring record, which was set in 2001 by Luke Anderson. In breaking the scoring record he also broke the FG Made record by making 16. Michael is a first year varsity player and is averaging 22.7 points per game in helping his team to a 74 start.
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In an event that values depth, the Farmington swimming and diving team apparently has plenty. The boys won the Section 1AA True Team title last weekend in Northfield, qualifying the boys for a trip to the University of Minnesota this weekend for the Class AA True Team state meet. The Tigers swam away from the competition with 825.5 points, beating second-place Hastings by more than 75 points. The True Team format gives points for every member of an event allowing the team’s second and third swimmers to provide valuable points. As evidence for the team’s depth, the Tigers finished first and second in the 200-yard medley relay. They were also the champion in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. Christopher Kirchmann won the 50 freestyle and he was second in the 100 freestyle. Evan Carufel won the diving title and placed third in the 50 freestyle. Aaron Cochnauer (fourth in the 100 butterfly), Eric Schimmel (fourth in the 100 freestyle), Dahlton Bell (second in the backstroke), Spencer Kabran (fourth in the 100 breaststroke), Jonathan Bovee (fourth in diving), Oliver Chow (fifth in 100 individual medley) and Austin Kueck (fifth in 200 freestyle) provided key points for the Tigers.
Cougars to True Team state, too The Lakeville South
boys swimming and diving team will join Farmington at True Team state this weekend after earning one of the fourth wild card spots. The Cougars finished second behind Rosemount in Section 3AA. Mitch Hererra won the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Adrian Sommers was fourth-fastest in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. Robert Trone was second in the 200 IM and third in the breaststroke. Luke Sabal took second in the breaststroke and fourth in the butterfly. The 400 freestyle relay was second and the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays placed third. The Lakeville North swimming and diving team placed fifth in Section 3AA. Ryan Young was the top placer, notching seconds in the 100 butterfly and backstroke. Kyle Kleiner placed third in the 500 freestyle.
Cougar wrestlers second at New London-Spicer The Lakeville South wrestling team was runner-up at the eight-team individual tournament over the weekend behind New London-Spicer, which is ranked No. 7 in Class A. “It is a huge boost for our team heading into the last three weeks of the regular season,” coach Nate Moudry said. “Our guys are showing that hard work does pay off. “I was pleased at the overall performance, especially our light and middle weights.” Shamar Williams also was the tournament
MVP, earning a title at 145 pounds after notching a 7-2 victory against Cain Renner from Eden Valley Watkins in the final. Dalton Petersen, who has battled injuries all season, was the champion at 138 pounds, beating Logan Brink from New London-Spicer 8-1 in the final. Austin Britnell proved to be the best at 170, pinning Wyatt Ross from Princeton in the final. South’s top wrestler, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 195, Tommy Petersen, didn’t have as good of a trip after technically finishing second in his weight class. “Tommy was actually called for an ‘unsportsmanlike’ (in the final) which was a push on the edge of the mat,” Moudry said. “(It) was not a good call by the official, but because the wrestler landed and was hurt, not able to finish the match, Tommy was automatically disqualified and it does go on his record as a loss.” Moudry said Lakeville South will be challenging that call with the Minnesota State High School League, but until then, Tommy Petersen’s record is 28-1. Other place winners include Brady Bastyr (third at 106), Kelby Johnson (third at 126), Bryce Beck (fifth at 132), Jim Almquist (fifth at 152), Nick Zellmer (fourth at 160), Nick Foss (second at 182), Alonte Alexander (third at 285) and Adam Lucast (fourth at 220). Andy Rogers can be reached at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com or facebook. com/sunthisweek.
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The Lakeville South boys basketball team got a much-needed victory against Burnsville on Tuesday night, winning 81-67. It was a welcome break from the previous two games. Prior to Tuesdayâ€™s victory against Burnsville, Lakeville South dropped two close games in a row to Eastview 60-56 on Jan. 15 and to Eagan 83-72 on Jan. 18. Overall, January hasnâ€™t been kind to the Cougars going 1-4 leading up to the Burnsville match. But Corey Larson, who led the team with 28 points, and Jack Sorenson, who had 22, made sure the Cougars got the win against Burnsville, outscoring the Blaze 49-28 in the second half. Lakeville South has its biggest game yet next with a trip to crosstown rival Lakeville North, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, on Friday. The Panthers are coming off a tough 66-65 loss to Prior Lake on Tuesday in a game where leading scorer JP Macura scored 37 points. Last season North defeated South 53-52 and 6959 before finishing runnerup in the state, while South lost in the first round of playoffs. In 2010-11, Lakeville South swept the Panthers 3-0, winning by double digits in all three contests.
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Farmingtonâ€™s Abigail Gallus (12) fights for control in a 60-45 loss to Holy Angels in a Missota Conference girls basketball game last week. The Tigers scored 30 points in the second half, but could not overcome a 14-point halftime deficit. Alicia Hett and Sofia Chadwick each had 14 points and Gallus added 11 points. Kaitlyn Gorden was the leader under the basket with 11 rebounds. Farmington will go to Chanhassen for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.
Lakeville North boys hockey holds fundraiser The Lakeville North Boys Hockey Booster Club will hold its annual Valentineâ€™s Dance and Silent Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Crystal Lake Golf Course. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any hockey parent or by calling (952) 898-5262. Event proceeds will fund new uniforms, equipment, out-of-town tournament opportunities, team-building functions and more.
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theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. email@example.com. Auditions Expressions Community Theater will hold auditions for the office comedy “Wage Warfare” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 5., at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. If required, callbacks will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Information: JAndrewWilkins@gmail. com or (612) 293-0173. Exhibits An acrylic painting exhibit by Sue Kemnitz is on display through Jan. 30 at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Information: (952) 985-4640. “Our Burnsville” exhibit by the Burnsville Historical Society chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society will be on display Jan. 3-31 in the gallery at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. “Cars, Crowds, and Family,” a photographic glimpse into the life of a local racing family, is on display at Dunn Bros., 20700 Chippendale Ave. W., Farmington. Music Erin Aldridge, violin virtuoso, and Beth Gilbert, piano, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Part of the Highview Hills Coffee Concert Series. Tickets are $14.50 adults, $12 seniors and students, (952) 985-4640. “The Legend of Johnny Cash” performed by Philip Bauer, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Lakeville South High School. Sponsored by the Lakeville Area Arts Center and the Lakeville Rotary. Tickets range from $23.50 to $28.50 online at www.LakevilleAreaArtsCenter.com and at the arts center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Theater Rosemount Area Arts Council’s fifth annual Mystery Dinner Theater, “Rock ’n’ Roll Forever,” 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rosemount’s Steeple Center. Tickets are $39 and are available at www.rosemountarts.com.
Workshops/classes/other “Writing Fiction for Teens: Character and Voice,” 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville. Teen fiction writers Loretta Ellsworth and Janet Graber will discuss innovative ways to create fullyfledged characters with authentic voices that readers will root for. Free, but registration required at www.dakotacounty. us/library or (952) 891-0360. Registration is open for spring classes at MacPhail Center for Music. Classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and run through June 9. Information: www.macphail.org or (612) 321-0100. Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) 953-2385. Ages 12-18. Cost: $3 in advance (register at www. cityofapplevalley.org), $2 each per group of 10, $4 at the door. Teen artist gatherings at the Eagan Art House from 3:30 to 5:30 Thursdays, Feb. 7 and March 7, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2 and March 2. Cost: $3. Information: (651) 675-5521. Heavenly Moves Home School Ballet will begin a 10week series of classes for ages 3-9 at 2:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Feb. 8 at Footsteps Dance Studio in Burnsville. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Princess Prep School – Lakeville will begin a sevenweek session for ages 3-9 at 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 4. Information: email@example.com. 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 www.eaganarthouse.org or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters, www.danpetrovart. com, (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville, www.BrushworksSchoolofArt.com, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. 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, www.lakevillemn.gov, (952) 985-4640. Rosemount History Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, (952) 255-8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Prizes and Meatballs, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount. Free admission. Friday, Jan. 25 Pasta dinner offered until 7 p.m. Lakeville KCs Free Throw is $7 for adults, $5 for ages Championship, 5:30 to 8 p.m., 3-12, free for ages 0-2; family auxiliary gym, Lakeville North cap set at $25. Silent auction High School. Boys and girls and raffle tickets available at an ages 10 to 14 can register on- additional cost. Cash or check site for the competition. Infor- only. All proceeds benefit St. mation: Rick Peterson, (952) Joseph School. Information: 457-1381. https://www.facebook.com/ events/236993279767217/. Saturday, Jan. 26 Farmington Community Saturday, Feb. 2 EXPO, 9 a.m. to noon, FarmKick-off Party for Team ington High School. Informa- In Training (TNT), benefitting tion: (651) 460-3200. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Chili supper, 5:15 p.m. Society, 9:30 a.m., Crowne in the Mary Center at Mary, Plaza Hotel and Suites – MinMother of the Church, 3333 Cliff neapolis Airport, 3 Appletree Road, Burnsville. Tickets: $5 Square, Bloomington. RSVP: per person, $20 per family max- http://www.teamintraining.org/ imum; children under 3 are free. mn/firsttimehere/tellmemore or Tickets sold in the Parish Office. (763) 852-3042. Walk-ins welInformation: (952) 890-0045. come. “Tangled” movie, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 to noon, recital hall, Farmington Let’s Freekeh for Dinner: High School, 20655 Flagstaff Discovering Health Through Ave. Free. Concessions sold Freekeh, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Valley during 20-minute intermission. Natural Foods, 13750 County Children must be accompaRoad 11, Burnsville. Bonnie nied by an adult. Sponsored by Matthews, author of “30 Ways Farmington Area Community to Freekeh,” will share ways Education. to incorporate freekeh into Citizens Climate Lobby meals. Cost: $20 for members meeting, 11 a.m. at Galaxie of a Twin Cities food co-op and Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., $23 for nonmembers. Register Apple Valley. Dr. Martin Tresonline at http://www.eventbee. guerres of the Scripps Institucom/event?eid=902262405, in tion of Oceanography will speak store or by calling (952) 891- by national conference call on 1212, ext. 221. the topic of “Ocean Acidification – Can Corals Cope?” All Thursday, Jan. 31 are welcome. Information: Deb Spaghetti dinner by the Nelson at (952) 965-8284. Apple Valley Lions Club, 5 to 8 Youth Ice Fishing Conp.m. at the Apple Valley Ameri- test, noon to 2 p.m., Valley can Legion, 14521 Granada Lake Park, 16050 Garrett Path. Drive. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 Prizes will be awarded to youth for children ages 5-12, free for ages 13 and under for differchildren under 5. ent fish categories. Participants
need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Register the day of the contest. Free. Sponsored by Lakeville Knights of Columbus. Sunday, Feb. 3 “Super” pancake breakfast by the Farmington Knights of Columbus, 9 a.m. to noon at Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Menu: pancakes, French toast, sausage links, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and water. Goodwill offerings accepted for DARTS. Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. • Jan. 25, noon to 6 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville. • Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. • Jan. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Apple Valley Medical Center, 14655 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. • Jan. 31, 1 to 7 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. • Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Park Nicollet Clinic, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville. • Feb. 4, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3930 Rahn Road, Eagan. • Feb. 4, 1 to 7 p.m., Berean Baptist Church, 309 E. County Road 42, Burnsville. • Feb. 5, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.
Friday, Feb. 1 Give Kids a Smile event, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Park Dental Farmington, 511 Elm St., Farmington. Free dental care for children ages 2-15. Patients will be seen by appointment only. A parent or legal guardian must accompany them for the duration of the appointment. Families interested in coming in for dental care should call to schedule an appointment at (952) 303-7028. Family Fun Night with
MOVIES | DINING | THEATER | ENTERTAINMENT | SHOPPING | FESTIVALS & EVENTS Get out and enjoy eagan this weekend Lebanon Hills Regional Park is awaiting your arrival! Lebanon Hills is the largest park in the Dakota County Park System, encompassing approximately 2,000 acres near Cliff Road between Johnny Cake Ridge Road and Dodd Road. The park features nearly 15 miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and ski-skating. The park also features 12 miles of trails for winter mountain biking and over 14 miles of nature trails where one can hike or snowshoe, and pets are also
welcome on non-ski trails. There are snowshoes, skis, and kicksleds for rent. For those 18 and older, a Dakota County Parks Ski Pass is required; season passes are available at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center or on Dakota County’s website and daily passes are available at the Holland Lake Trailhead. For more information on what to do, where to dine and “Everything Eagan” visit eaganmn.com. Connect with the Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.
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Enjoy some rocking’ good times in Apple Valley with a music tribute to Van Halen, a hard rock band that gained fame in the 1970s with lead singer David Lee Roth. School of Rock, Burnsville, will present “The Music of Van Halen” Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 at Bogart’s Place, located in the Apple Place Bowl, located at 14917 Garrett Avenue in Apple Valley. Popular Van Halen music originals include “Eruption,” “Runnin’’ with the Devil,” “Jump,” and “Panama.” Tickets for the event
are available for $5 if purchased in advance from the performers, or can be purchased at the door for $10. Music is scheduled to begin at noon with the Eden Prairie School of Rock’s performance of the bands AC/DC and Pink Floyd. For more information, call (952) 898-7625.
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Thisweekend Fab Four event in Burnsville Jan. 26 Beatles fans will want to be sure not to miss the The ultimate tribute band, the Fab Four, take the stage at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Jan. 26. The Fab Four is called the quintessential Beatles tribute band, credited for its stunning attention to
detail and flawless renditions of each Beatles song, that some audience may believe they have been transported back in time to a real Beatles concert. The live performance takes the audience on a trip through every stage of the Beatles’ music ca-
reer, and includes costume, hairstyle and sound changes from each major Beatles era. Tickets are $37 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center box office and at Ticketmaster.com or available by calling (800) 982-2787.
David Haas and Lori True A concert to benefit Music Ministry Alive! Friday, February 1 – 7:30 p.m. Mary, Mother of the Church – 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville General Admission Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at the door Seniors (65+) and Students (21 & under): $7 in advance / $14 at the door Tickets available at Mary, Mother of the Church and St. Patrick’s Guild, 1554 Randolph Ave., St. Paul Photo submitted
Italian pianist Roberto Plano returns to the Burnsville stage Feb. 10 as a guest artist with the Dakota Valley Symphony.
Classical music – and an oenophile’s bounty ‘Walls of Wine’ drawing will be held at Dakota Valley Symphony’s Feb. 10 concert A unique fundraiser at the Dakota Valley Symphony’s upcoming concert offers guests a chance to head home with a cellar’s worth of wine. Tickets will be sold at the concert for a chance to win one of two “Walls of Wine” – each consisting of 50 bottles of wine donated by symphony members and local liquor stores – with the drawing held during intermission. And while oenophiles may swoon at the prospect of 50 bottles, classical music fans will be equally taken with the symphony’s lineup for the Feb. 10 concert, titled “Grieg Meets Verdi,” at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The symphony is tap-
ping some guest talent for the show. Italian pianist Roberto Plano will be joining the symphony for a performance of Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 16.” This is a reunion of sorts – Plano, a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, also performed with the Dakota Valley Symphony at its 25th anniversary concert at the Burnsville venue in 2011. The “Grieg Meets Verdi” concert’s second piece, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” will see the symphony joined by CORO, an ensemble of Twin Cities vocal soloists, as well as Hymnus, a New Praguebased community choir.
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Celebrate Black History month at libraries
Dakota County libraries will celebrate February as Black History Month with the following programs, which are open to all ages. • Drum Fun and Vocals, Too – Leonard King Jr. highlights the chronology of rhythm development commonly referred to as jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville. • The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir – Enjoy the soulful interpretation of the AfricanAmerican gospel tradition with this choir that creates community across boundaries Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon, Galaxie Li-
brary, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty. us/library or call (651) 450-2900.
In addition to the Wall of Wine drawing, there will also be a silent auction before the performance and during intermission as a fundraiser for the symphony, which is a nonprofit, all-volunteer arts organization. Tickets for the concert range from $5 to $16 and are available at the Burnsville arts center’s box office and through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Ticketmaster.com. More about the Dakota Valley Symphony is at www.dakotavalleysymphony.org. —Andrew Miller
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