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December 14, 2012 | Volume 33 | Number 42
NEWS High school choices expand Senior high students at both Lakeville schools will have expanded opportunities in business and STEM next year. Page 3A
Neighbors step up in tragedy Christmas spirit alive on Livery Lane
OPINION Toys for Tots deserves gifts U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, relates why the Twin Cities Toys for Tots drive deserves the support of area residents. Page 4A
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Flames devoured Doug and Dorothy DuSold’s New Market Township home Oct. 9 when they were out of town. Neighbors cared for their daughter and have gone to extraordinary lengths to help the family recover.
by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
Holiday magic in Lakeville SimpleGifts, the six-piece music ensemble founded by virtuoso guitarist Billy McLaughlin, comes to the Lakeville Area Arts Center next week. Page 19A
Neighbors’ generosity has left a local couple counting their blessings in the midst of devastating loss. Five-thousand miles separated Doug and Dorothy DuSold from their 23-year-old daughter Cass at around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9, when she narrowly escaped barefoot from their intensely burning New Market
Township home. The DuSolds had just landed in Rome for a long-planned vacation when Doug powered his cell phone and it came alive with text and voice messages from concerned neighbors. Leading Dorothy from an airport line, Doug said, “First, nobody was hurt. Second, let’s sit down because it’s bad.” “I never knew a fire could engulf a home that quickly,”
said the DuSold’s Livery Lane neighbor Liz Shannon. “There were flames shooting up from the middle of the home and out of the roof.” Next-door neighbor Cherie Browne said they did not know about the fire until Cass knocked on their door and asked them to keep her dog and cat while she and other neighbors searched for the family’s two other cats.
Cherie described the fire as “an inferno,” and said she heard glass windows breaking and blowing out from its force. High winds fueled concerns that flames would spread to neighboring homes, all on several-acre lots, and the woods on Livery Lane, in the Ellingboe Estates subdivision, said Elko See TRAGEDY, 10A
Ironman rolling out of Lakeville Bad weather, increased expenses, ridership decline cited by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
After 13 years, the annual Ironman bike race is rolling out of Lakeville and into Washington County. Jon Ridge, the event’s ride director, said the April 28 race will be held in the St. Croix River Valley in 2013 to give riders fresh scenery and routes. In an earlier email message to Lakeville city staff, he also said the last four years have been financially Photo by Rick Orndorf difficult for the Ironman The Ironman bike ride will be moving from its longtime event due to poor weather, start and finish line at Lakeville North High School to Washington County in 2013. See IRONMAN, 11A
FHS could join South Suburban Conference Basketball season tips off Farmington wins tight game, Lakeville South nearly pulls off upset, and Lakeville North opens 3-0. Page 13A
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Farmington applies for 2014-15, decision up to the School Board by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
The opponents for Farmington High School athletics and activities could look very different in the coming years. Farmington was informed on Tuesday that the group of 10 schools in the South Suburban Conference approved its application 10-0 to join the league in 2014. The next step is getting approval from the Farmington School District 192 Board, which meets again in January. “Before we applied we Photo by Rick Orndorf had a dialogue with coaches, so this isn’t something that Farmington High School had its application for acceptance comes as a surprise,” Farm- into the South Suburban Conference for sports and ington athletic director activities competition unanimously approved by a council of conference principals. The next step will be to seek See CONFERENCE, 10A Farmington School Board approval.
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Leaving behind a lonely place Exiting Farmington City Council Member Julie May says debate is sorely lacking by Jennifer Chick SUN THISWEEK
It’s been a lonely four years for Julie May, who ends her one and only term on the Farmington City Council this month. The woman who ran and won on the slogan “I’m just so sick of it,” has tired of the fight. May describes herself as a fiscal conservative who always stayed true to her beliefs, even as that put her as the only dissenting vote on many financial issues. “More money can’t be the only answer all the time,” she said. “I’ve been somewhat of a broken record over the last four years. ... But I’ve stuck to those principles, and oftentimes, I’ve been stuck on the lonely side of the vote. It’s hard to be the only one sometimes saying ‘no.’ ” May describes herself as an average Joe who was never overly involved in activities and groups. But several years back, after she wasn’t selected for the Planning Commission, she decided to run for City Council. “Instead of complaining, I decided to run for counSee JULIE MAY, 11A
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December 14, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville
Education School Board OKs lower levy for 2013
New tool to find child care providers available
Burke says budget challenges are ahead; final iPad lease approved by Jennifer Chick SUN THISWEEK
Due to bond refinancing, the Farmington School Board was able to approve a tax levy one-half percent, or about $97,000, lower than last yearâ€™s levy. At Monday nightâ€™s regular meeting, the board approved the tax levy on a 5-to-1 vote. Board Member Tim Burke voted against the tax levy after his amendment to remove $403,864 from the levy for alternative teacher compensation failed. The alternative teacher compensation levy is part of the negotiated contract between the district and its teacher union to provide performance pay when teachers reach certain milestones, said Finance Director Carl Colmark. Removing the levy would have had no effect on the current teacher union contract but could have affected negotiations for the 20132014 contract. The 2013 tax levy will bring in $18.9 million for the district. The district estimates its 2013-2014 budget to be approximately $85
million spread over six funds â€“ general, food service, community service, debt service, other post-employment benefits (OPEB) trust, and OPEB debt service. The general fund is the largest at 70.6 percent, or $60 million of the budget. Salaries and employee benefits make up 80 percent of the general fund expenditures. The Farmington School District will not be setting its final 2013-2014 budget until this summer so the tax levy had to be based on preliminary numbers. â€œSchool districts are on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30,â€? Colmark said. â€œWe have no idea at this point until we start going through a budget process, through the winter and spring, almost into summer, and also wait for activity such as the state legislative session, before we know what is going to happen with our funding sources and our expenditure budgets. Bottom line, as you prepare to levy a property tax for next year, you canâ€™t tie that as directly to the budget as cities and counties do.â€?
During the tax levy presentation, Colmark pointed out that the district had reduced its debt service by approximately $600,000 since 2011 through refinancing bonds. In October, the board approved a bond refunding that resulted in a savings of $370,995 for the district. â€œHad you not taken that action as a school board, instead of looking at almost a $100,000 decrease, you would have been looking at at least a half million dollar increase in your property tax levy,â€? Colmark said. From 2010 to 2013, property taxes have decreased by about 17 percent, he added. At the end of the meeting, Burke, who voted on the tax levy issue for the last time as his term ends in January, said the next School Board would need to address the financial challenges facing the district. â€œChanges need to be made,â€? he said. â€œIssues have to be dealt with, and I think Farmington should be a leader in the area. It will be difficult, but it will put the district on firm ground going forward.â€? The board also approved
the fourth and final lease agreement with Apple for 3,555 iPad minis as the district works toward a one-toone goal of an iPad for each student. The vote followed a lengthy discussion as board members questioned the proposal to approve the final lease before the first iPads have been sent home with students. â€œI have concerns with investing this money and not even having the chance to get a feel for what happens when they go home,â€? Board Member Julie Singewald said. High school students are scheduled to take home iPads next week. â€œMy support is a leap of faith that we are going forward with a plan,â€? said Board Member Brian Treakle said. â€œYou guys are on the hook. Weâ€™re on the hook ... but we will definitely be watching for results.â€? Singewald amended the motion to wait until the second meeting in January to approve the lease, but her motion failed. The board voted five to one to approve the lease, with Singewald voting no.
Parent Aware, a new easy-to-use rating tool designed to help Minnesota parents find high-quality early learning programs that help children prepare for kindergarten, is expanding to Dakota County in 2013. To date, parents in Dakota County have had to rely on their own networks and other resources that fall short on measuring kindergarten readiness for child care referrals. By July 2013, more than 50 area providers will be rated and searchable via www.parentawareratings.org. More rated providers will continue to come online as the ratings expand statewide in 2014 and 2015. Parent Aware is a voluntary program. Providers who volunteer to be rated receive access to quality improvement grants and consultants who coach them through the improvements needed to increase quality. Parent Aware-rated providers also receive free marketing materials and access to the growing number of families using www.parentawareratings.org to shop for child care and early learning programs. Providers interested in receiving a rating in the first half of 2013 need to sign up by Jan. 1, 2013. Providers that sign-up by Jan. 1 will also have access to a one-time $500,000 pool of additional quality improvement funding. For more information and to sign up, providers can visit www.parentawareratings.org/providers.
College News Bemidji State University, 2012 summer graduates, from Farmington: Amanda Michalak, B.S., elementary teacher education; Jennifer Roiger, B.S., nursing.
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City Meetings Monday, Dec. 17 City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 Econ. Dev. Comm.- CANCELLED Wednesday, Dec. 19 Parks, Rec., & NR.- CANCELLED Thursday, Dec. 20 Planning Comm.- CANCELLED
Reception The public is invited to attend a reception for outgoing Mayor Mark Bellows and Council Member Laurie Rieb. Monday, Dec. 17 6 p.m. City Hall lobby 20195 Holyoke Ave.
Toys for Tots Collecting items through Dec. 18 Bring new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items to: t Lakeville City Hall t Lakeville Police Department t Water Treatment Facility t Central Maintenance Facility Sponsored by the Lakeville Police Department
Job Opening The City of Lakeville is requesting bids for janitorial services for eight City-owned properties. Bidders conference, facility review, and tour will be held on Dec. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the Water Treatment facility located at 18400 Ipava Ave. Copy of the Request for Bids is located on the City website at wwwilakevillemn.gov. Contact Finance Director Dennis Feller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skate with Santa at Hasse Arena Saturday, Dec. 15, 5:15 â€“ 7:15 p.m. Hasse Arena, 8525 215th St. W. FREE with a food shelf donation (Otherwise a $4 per person rate applies) All ages welcome. Come and enjoy holiday music, games, and fun. Enter to win in various prize drawings including a free session of Learn to Skate lessons. Bring your own skates or you can rent them. Skate Rental: Various sizes available for $3 per pair.
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Recycle your holiday lights program If youâ€™re changing out your old lights for new LEDs, donâ€™t forget to â€œRecycle Your Holidaysâ€? by recycling any old lights! The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), in partnership with the Clean Energy Resource Teams, is again offering Recycle Your Holidaysâ„˘ for the 2012-2013 holiday season. This first-of-its-kind effort in the country began in 2009-2010. Take this opportunity to combine recycling with energy efficiency. Get rid of broken light strands and upgrade to new, high-efficiency LED holiday lights. According to the Department of Energy, running LED holiday lights on one 6-foot tree for 12 hours per day for 40 days can save 90% or more energy when compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights. Over the
past two years, Recycle Your Holidaysâ„˘ has saved 2.7 million kWh with 280,000 pounds of lights because recycling is more efficient than creating new metal from scratch.
Drop off locations through Jan. 16: City Hall M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All Lakeville Liquor Stores M-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sat. 9 a.m. -10 p.m. Ace Hardware stores
Comment on budget, tax levy There is still time for residents to provide comments or ask questions about the 2013 budget and/or tax levy. Since the final budget has not yet been voted on by the Council, the City will accept additional public comment on the budget and/or tax levy prior to adoption at the Monday, Dec. 17 City Council meeting. Since the adoption of the preliminary budget and tax levy in September, the City Council has reduced the
proposed levy to less than the 2012 levy. Assuming the City Council adopts the new levy, the City taxes on the average Lakeville home (valued at $214,600) will be $20 less than the actual 2012 City taxes. Taxpayers are encouraged to watch the Dec. 3 budget and tax levy presentation made by Finance Director Dennis Feller online on the Cityâ€™s website on the City Council page. Scroll down to Council meeting archives to play the video.
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SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville December 14, 2012
‘The heart’ of Lakeville schools retires Lewis’ 22-year influence extended beyond classrooms by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
Lakeville School Board Member Kathy Lewis did not seek re-election in November, but the 22-year incumbent may not have seen her last election campaign. “I’m not ruling out coming back,” Lewis said. “Stay tuned.” Lewis, citing family reasons, announced in August she would not seek re-election to the board where she helped guide unprecedented growth and change in the district. School Board Chair Judy Keliher said Lakeville was “small-time farmville” when Lewis was first elected in 1990 and many doubted Lewis’ predictions of district expansion. “I remember this so clearly,” Keliher said. “She was one of those who were sure we were going to grow this fast. All of a sudden we were building schools every other year.” Lewis said she decided to run for the School Board after voters turned down a levy to build a new high school. The lone high school in the district was the current Kenwood Trail Middle School, built in 1975. Three years after Lewis was elected to the board, Kenwood was converted to serve junior high students
and Lakeville North was built. The project proved a bellwether. “That was quite an accomplishment,” Lewis said. “That really started to help transition and position Lakeville from being a community on the fringes of the metro area to being a much greater presence. It was a hallmark of the growth going on, and all of a sudden people realized what was happening.” While the 1990s was the decade of growth, Lewis, a cardiac nurse at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, said the 2000s became the “decade of the brain.” Brain research heralded to the district a focus on learning styles and Lakeville schools expanded curriculum options, including broadening students’ advanced placement class options from two to 19. Lewis also oversaw the popularity of the district’s allday kindergarten pilot program, offered in two elementary schools in 2005, blossom into a district-wide option. “We weren’t sure parents would appreciate it,” Lewis said. “They have to pay for part of it, and we were not sure if it would have support.” The all-day option remains a popular choice par-
ents are still willing to help fund today. Fellow board members say Lewis’ passion is helping children, as exhibited by her service as Lakeville’s representative on the District 917 board, a district created and funded through a coalition of local school districts to serve special needs students. “She is really committed to our special needs students,” said School Board Member Bob Erickson, Lakeville’s former city administrator. “Her role at District 917 is significant.” That commitment has made a lasting difference for students, as Lewis worked to establish the district’s Mental Health Task Force to provide support and resources for students and their families dealing with issues like learning disabilities, grief and loss, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and self-injury/cutting. Lewis said before the task force existed, students being treated for depression for several weeks would return to school and be buried in work. “This could cost them just about everything,” Lewis said. “They had so much to make up. It could cost them a scholarship because they can’t finish on time.” Now, the district has established processes to help
Kathy Lewis students receive the information and education they need without being so overwhelmed with work that it decreases their ability to complete it, Lewis said. (More information is available under “health services” on the district’s website, www.isd194. k12.mn.us.)
Heart Restart Lewis’ involvement in the community goes beyond the School Board. She is the “community champion” of Lakeville’s Heart Restart program, a local initiative that teaches residents how to use CPR and an automatic external defibrillator to allow fast response to cardiac arrest victims. Nationally, only 7 percent
of people survive sudden cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital setting, said Lakeville police Chief Tom Vonhof. “The quick application of CPR or an AED by a trained bystander can be the difference in survival for a sudden cardiac arrest patient,” Vonhof said. “Even if it is only a few minutes until the emergency response arrives.” He called Lewis “the one driving force behind” Lakeville’s Heart Restart, meeting with him several years ago to discuss its implementation. She has since recruited volunteers, held trainings and helped fundraise to get defibrillators installed in public places throughout the city. At last count, Vonhof said there were 73 of the units in Lakeville churches, schools and businesses and over 6,000 residents have been trained in bystander CPR and AED use. “She’s one of those people who has a lot of energy and she puts it toward positive things” Vonhof said. “She’s a very neat lady.”
Lewis said she is excited about the opportunities the new focus will offer students and is eager to see plans forwarded. Incoming School Board Member Terry Lind, former principal of JFK Elementary, said Lewis’s involvement has “brought heart” to Lakeville schools. “She’s very passionate about her position,” Lind said. “She brought kindness to the board.” Keliher said she will miss Lewis’ “bubbly personality” and her input as a board member. “She’s so honest and open with the community,” Keliher said. “You never have to guess where she stands on an issue. She’s not afraid to stand up for the right thing, even though it might be very tough.” As the district faces difficult budget decisions, Lind said he plans to carry on Lewis’ legacy of “putting students in the center when making decisions.” “Her focus was always the children,” Lind said. “And, that’s the one thing I want to continue.”
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STEM, business academies planned for high schools by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK
There are big plans brewing for Lakeville high school students in 2013. At Lakeville North, instructors are proposing streamlining business classes to create a two-prong business academy pathway. Lakeville South will pilot a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) academy, that also offers pathways of academic concentration. Both academies include real-world opportunities and are intended to give students advantages to follow their dreams, whether stepping into the world of work, applying to universities or seeking oth-
er post-secondary education options. The district is also going to allow students to take classes at either high school if there is room and they can provide their own transportation, said Dana Cronin, dean and assistant principal and Lakeville South. South science teacher Bob Curry and chemistry teacher Jason Just presented the STEM Academy proposal to the Lakeville School Board at a Dec. 11 meeting. They described two pilot courses proposed as stepping stones to the STEM Academy, both offered to students in grades 9-12 with no prerequisites. Curry would lead an en-
gineering class where innovation is encouraged through hands-on exploration, discovery and problem-solving activities that reflect real-world application. Students will build and design projects, vie in competitions and explore engineering career options. “We think that STEM is a different way of thinking,” Currie told board members. “It teaches kids to innovate, be creative. It makes them take more math and science classes.” With the program, Just’s engineering technology class would include focus on scientific background, such as why an iPhone needs a five-volt charger (and why not to plug
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it into a 10-volt one), digital tools, wired and wireless networks and problem-solving techniques. He called iPads a “critical component” of the course. Just was one of about 90 teachers district-wide to earn iPads for his classes through a competitive grant the district offered. Just will continue teaching chemistry classes with three options: A general chemistry class, a more rigorous honors course and an Advanced Placement chemistry class for higher-level students. Curry said student excitement about STEM was obvious when he had some of them to work on a project as a demonstration when he presented the program to the Curriculum Advisory Committee. “I told him there was like two minutes,” Curry said. “They wouldn’t stop doing it. They kept doing it the entire time I was talking. It’s the way that kind of stuff works with the kids. It’s going to be huge.” While only offered in the high schools next year, the goal is to go K-12 with the STEM Academy curriculum, Curry said. In an interview, Just said future plans may involve a Cisco course, networking, biomedical applications or de-
veloping products that reflect how things work in nature. School Board members were enthusiastic about the plan, with Roz Peterson calling it “awesome” and “really exciting.” Board members were equally excited about the business academy opening at Lakeville North. Mike Zweber and Cindy Nolan, Lakeville North business, marketing and technology instructors, will offer students two options: an Advanced Business Academy for high-achieving students and Career-Oriented Business Ready Academy for students who may be ready to pursue a career right after high school. Nolan said ABA would be open to juniors and seniors who plan to seek a business career, taking one class each semester until senior year, when students would complete an entrepreneurial mentorship and a hybrid (a portion of it completed online) accounting class. By taking the classes sequentially, they could also test out to earn industry certificates in topics like financial literacy or sales. “We think (that) really bolsters their resume as they move on beyond high school,” Zweber said. Mentorship and internships meet junior and senior
job shadow requirements, and ABA students can earn college credits while completing their high school requirements. COBRA is focused for students more interested in pursuing a vocational track and would offer classes that allow them to complete job shadow requirements, math credits and take advantage of opportunities for on-the-job training. “We want to help the average kid feel empowered while they’re in school,” Zweber said. Courses are broken into quarters, with new topics each quarter, and they could also earn a certificate in customer service and sales. Class topics will include finance and economics until as seniors they would take highend business classes. Lakeville North Principal Marne Berkvam said in the future, it is hoped both North and South are able to offer both academies at their schools. “I’d love to have a STEM Academy here,” she said. “And I’m sure (Lakeville South Principal) Scott (Douglas) would love to have a business academy there.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. email@example.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
December 14, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville
Opinion Toys for Tots is a cause worthy of support by John Kline SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK
A record 247 million people around the country shopped during the recent Thanksgiving weekend’s “Black Friday” sales, spending more than $11 billion. In Minnesota, more than 200,000 shoppers were expected to visit the Mall of America with hopes of finding the “perfect” gifts for friends and family. Despite new shopping records, America is in its slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, and 23 million Americans are looking for work. Unemployment remains near 8 percent nationally and 6 percent in Minnesota – figures that don’t take into account the many who have given up looking for a job entirely. A month removed from the last election, Americans continue to debate – around dinner tables and on these very opinion pages – how we got here and what it is going to take to get our economy moving again. While lawmakers in Washington and around the country debate policies to move our nation forward, we cannot discount the important work being done by everyday Americans to serve those in need.
John Kline Those of you I have had the good fortune to represent over the years know I have a special place in my heart for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Founded in 1947, the effort began when Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in California collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Last year, despite the sluggish economy and strain on reserve forces, Marines distributed more than 16 million toys to more than 7 million children – including 218,000 toys for almost 154,000 Minnesota children. Many of the gifts Toys for Tots provides, such as books, games, and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social, and recreation development of these children. Staff Sgt. Malek Neman of North
Branch is overseeing the Toys for Tots Minneapolis warehouse this year. Already, Neman estimates more than 17,000 toys have been donated and are currently housed in his warehouse. “We’re ahead of the game and ahead of what we’ve done in the past,” Neman said. A Missouri boy’s battle with leukemia brought him and his family to Minnesota for world-class treatment. When a giant 4-foot stuffed monkey arrived at the warehouse, Neman knew instantly where it belonged. “We’re going to bring that huge monkey to the boy in the hospital and a bunch of other toys to his ward and try to make their Christmas a little bit better,” he said. Even though collections are ahead of pace this season, the more toys the Marines collect, the more children they can serve. The Twin Cities warehouse is in special need of toys for teenage boys and girls. Neman reports that nail art and One Direction (English-Irish boy band) items are among the top requests for teenage girls, and kendamas (a toy used for the classic cup-and-ball game) are one of this year’s top toys for teen-
age boys. Regardless of what you choose to donate, Neman encourages giving with your heart. “Whenever you can help people out, you should,” he said. “It’s more or less your duty to help other people out – if you’re able. That’s how I was raised and that’s what I believe.” If you would like to join me in supporting the Toys for Tots effort, please bring your new unwrapped toys to one of numerous drop-off sites in the 2nd District. The last day for donations is Dec. 19. Please visit one of the following websites to find a drop-off site near you: Dakota, Scott, and Carver counties – http://minneapolis-mn.toysfortots.org Goodhue and Wabasha counties – http://red-wing-mn.toysfortots.org Rice County – http://faribault-mn. toysfortots.org Le Sueur County – http://mankatomn.toysfortots.org John Kline represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional district. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.
Metro nonprofit offers school supplies to teachers by Don Heinzman SUN THISWEEK
It’s Christmas all year long for over a thousand metro area teachers and staff who receive free school supplies at a novel nonprofit store called Companies to Classrooms. Seven years ago, Cary Weatherby, a Bloomington mother who has business experience, realized companies and corporations needed to get rid of surplus office supplies and inventory that teachers and students could use. She rented some space in Bloomington, and soon companies found it was easier and cheaper to donate their outdated supplies and equipment to Weatherby who began to give them away to teachers. Over seven years “Santa” Weatherby and her volunteer “elves” have given teachers $1.7 million in donated school supplies from pencils to office furniture. During this past year, over a thousand teachers from the Bloomington, Richfield and Shakopee school districts have come to this amazing free store in Bloomington for supplies ranging from pencils, paper and crayons to yoga mats and office furniture.
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Don Heinzman As a result, hundreds of students have supplies they otherwise could not afford, and teachers have fewer outof-pocket costs for their own supplies. (Teachers on average spend $700 a year of their own money for supplies.) Any teacher and staff member can go online (firstname.lastname@example.org), request a list of surplus items, put in an order and pick them up at the free store, 8301 Grand Ave., in Bloomington. Weatherby got the idea for this exchange while visiting with Ridgeview Elementary School teacher Debbie Rhode. She offered Rhode some surplus alphabet stickers and she was thrilled to get them. Weatherby then realized teachers needed extra supplies they couldn’t afford. She adapted a model plan that linked companies with a need to get rid of sur-
plus and used supplies with teachers who needed them. Weatherby has 500 donors and companies on her Christmas list. “I was amazed to see what corporations were willing to give away,” she said, pointing to rows and rows of shelves overflowing with “stuff ” teachers can use. Target Corporation even donated and installed the shelving. At least 100 teachers a week come to the 8,000-square-foot warehouse in Bloomington where they are allowed to select 15 different kinds of items a month for their students. One afternoon, teachers filed in, showed their identification cards and picked up a clipboard to track their selections. Becky Smith of Metro South Bloomington selected pens, scissors, rulers and other supplies to carry out the Under-21 Diploma program. Art teacher Adam Miller of Richfield picked up anything he could find, since he has a very limited budget. Weatherby beamed. “I love this job, because everyone likes us.” She and her husband Scott have two children. She has mostly volunteered her time. The “Grinch” in this story, howev-
er, is financing the operation that this year required up to $60,000. Paying the monthly rent of $5,000 to an understanding landlord is always a challenge, because revenues come from companies, foundations, grants and private donors. Next year, Weatherby dreams of raising $150,000 to pay the rent, and hire a store manager and a volunteer coordinator so that more school district teachers and students can be served. Her Christmas wish: “I hope to find a millionaire with ties to education who understands how many supplies teachers need.” You can find her and her volunteer elves by calling (952) 888-7708 or email@example.com. I’m sure I speak for many teachers in wishing Weatherby, her staff, volunteers and donor companies a Merry Christmas for running this free store – a gift that just keeps on giving. Don Heinzman is an editorial writer and columnist for ECM/Sun Newspapers. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.
Letters Counting their blessings To the editor: After the disaster we count our blessings, not our losses. We arrived in Rome for a long-planned vacation only to be told that we must immediately come back home because our home and everything in had been destroyed by fire, however, no one was hurt. The news was hard to hear and it took us a while to realize that everything we owned was in the luggage we were carrying. Before we landed in Minneapolis, our insurance company had arranged for living accommodations for us including our pets. In our absence, our neighborhood had taken in our daughter and pets and made sure she had what she needed. Throughout the next few weeks we had so many reasons to say thank you to everyone that it changed our focus from disaster to gratitude. Our neighborhood recently held a special Christmas party where everyone gifted us a Christmas tree ornament, which was appreciated so much it is hard to put into words. At the party our neighborhood friends told us of the heroics performed by the four fire departments that battled a fire that could have easily spread to
other homes. Our home was located far from public water utilities and at the end of a very long driveway. The New Market, Lakeville, New Prague and Burnsville fire departments battled a huge fire with extremely high winds. We are told the flames were hot from hundreds of yards away with toxic smoke hindering efforts to subdue this fire. The firefighters were hindered by a driveway that would not allow multiple fire trucks, so the firefighters had to manually carry hoses and equipment hundreds of yards at a pace that left them exhausted. We were told that the firefighters were running back and forth to their trucks at a pace that had them falling to the ground for rest while dealing with intense heat and toxic smoke. The fire was extinguished and contained through heroic efforts. We don’t know how to adequately say thank you. The people around us have shown us that there are far more valuable things than we lost in the fire and perhaps the greatest blessing is to have your eyes opened to the blessings around us. We will have a blessed Christmas and we wish the same for all. DOUG and DOROTHY DuSOLD Lakeville
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information about advertising in the 2014 calendar or if you do not receive a 2013 The 2013 Farmington calendar. Community Calendar will arrive in mailboxes soon Walking and will include photos taken by people who live, work, opportunities or attend school in Farm- at schools ington. Farmington Public The 2013 photo contest Schools offers free walking winners are Wendy Draeger, Joseph Gentry, Cris Gerster, opportunities in various Jason Jensen, Katie Loesch, school buildings throughHeather Loveland, Krys- out the Farmington School tal Ludgate, Tanner Mor- District, during non-school ris, Jenny Olmanson, Sarah hours. Each building has set its Strumberger and Deanna hours according to buildWeniger. ing use, events and activiCall (651) 280-6905 for ties. Residents interested
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Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland steps off the new Metro Red Line bus that will serve as the vehicle for rapid transit on Cedar Avenue; with Red Line service set to begin in late spring of 2013, Hamann-Roland and other community leaders toured the bus Monday at the Apple Valley Transit Station. Using bus-only shoulder lanes, the Red Line will provide station-to-station service from the Apple Valley Transit Station to the Mall of America, with additional stops at 140th and 147th streets in Apple Valley and the Cedar Grove station in Eagan.
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Sharla Norlander Evelyn G. Sharla Beth (Tauer) Norlander Anderson was born on August 19, 1969 in Minneapolis, MN to parents Michael and Sandra (Fluegge) Tauer. She was the youngest of three children. Some of her fondest childhood memories were family road trips in the station wagon traveling around the United States, being teased and loved by her older brothers Darren and Ron. Sharla’s childhood years were spent in Burnsville, graduating from Burnsville High School. Following high school, Sharla graduated from St. Cloud Cosmetology College. She was employed by National Beauty Supply, where she was a buyer and spent much of her time traveling for work. Through mutual friends, Sharla was introduced to Bruce Norlander at a Halloween party. After that introduction, and dating a couple of years, they were married on November 14, 1997 at Edinborough Park in Edina. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Alexsandra and Joseph. With the birth of her children, Sharla decided that she wanted to be a stay at home mom. In addition, she did daycare for other families for approximately nine years. Her favorite charge was her nephew Keaton. As the kids got older, she decided to work outside the home. Sharla accepted a job at Bestmark, where she was employed for the last six years. She started out editing, and eventually was asked to manage quality control, do program development, and training for the company. She enjoyed Pokeno night with her girlfriends, going up to her friends cabins in Wisconsin, playing games to the wee hours of the morning, throwing parties, and creating ginger bread houses during Christmas, which was her favorite time of the year. She also enjoyed her time teaching Sunday School and attending Bible Class. Her life was the happiest when she could be around family and friends, but the time with her children was something very special. She loved taking Alex, Joe and their friends to the park and movie theatre and attending all of their games. She had endless energy when it came to the kids. Always putting the needs of others above her own, she was loved by many. A caring, compassionate woman of quiet faith, Sharla entered God’s arms on the morning of December 5, 2012 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis following a brief illness. Forever loved, Sharla will be deeply missed by her husband, Bruce; children, Alexsandra and Joseph; mother, Sandra Tauer of Burnsville; brother, Darren (MaryJo) Tauer of Prior Lake; sister in law, LuAnn (Mike Stone) Tauer-Stone of Shakopee; parents in law, Dennis and Patricia Norlander of Duluth; brothers in law, Dave Norlander of Bloomington, Mark (Dawn) Norlander of Prior Lake, Steve Norlander of Duluth, Paul (Kristin) Norlander of Duluth; many nieces and nephews and friends. Sharla is preceded in death by her father, Michael Tauer and brother, Ron Tauer. Arrangements by Ballard Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee
Age 85, of Rosemount, passed away peacefully on December 5th, 2012 at the Augustana Health Care Center. She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Josie Lynn Anderson; her parents; and her brother, Hilary Chwialkowski. Evelyn is survived by her children, James, Jerald (Teresa), Michael (Julie) and Mary (Patrick) McCoy; her 9 grandchildren, Zach McCoy, Louis Anderson, Trebor Anderson, Kailey McCoy, Jenna Anderson, Josh Anderson, Lauren Anderson, MacKenzie McCoy, and Benjamin Anderson; 3 sisters, Adeline Kurowski, Bernadette Pietruszewski and Diane Shore; nieces, nephews and friends. A very Special thanks to Dakota County Public Health, DARTS and Augustana Health Care Center for all of their wonderful and generous help, care and concern for Evelyn. Her memorial service was held on Monday, December 10 at 11AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount. Her burial will take place in the church cemetery at a later date. The family wishes that all memorials be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Arrangements for Evelyn were handled through the Apple Valley Chapel of Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331.
Lillian M. Thompson Age 89, of Farmington, MN passed away on December 9, 2012 at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Lil was born on March 17, 1923 an grew up in Bixby, MN., were her dad owned and operated the Bixby Dance Hall. Lil enjoyed working there very much, and even met her husband Roy there. After she married Roy, she became a child care provider out of her home, which she loved to do. Lil enjoyed taking care of children and people in general and even took care of her mother until her death at the age of 101. Lil enjoyed gardening and canned a lot of her own vegetables. She also enjoyed bingo and doing many types of crafts. She was a former member of the Farmington Lutheran Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Roy M. Thompson. Survived by nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Services was held 6 PM Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the White Funeral Home Chapel, 901 3rd St. Farmington (651 463 7374) a visitation was held 2 hrs. prior to service. Private Interment at the Farmington Lutheran Cemetery. A special thank you to Trinity Care Center in Farmington and Three Links Care Center in Northfield for all there compassionate care for Lil through the years.
Patricia C. Helding Age 73 of Elko, MN passed away December 9, 2012. She is preceded in death by her sister; Alice and brother, Robert. Survived by her husband, Jerry; sons, Eric (Jennifer) and Neal (Cheryl); and her grandson, Gavin; sisters, Mary Aspinall and Phyllis (Joe) Zelenski; also by other loving relatives and friends. Memorial Service, will be 11AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Highview Church (26690 Highview Avenue) Farmington. Memorial visitation is one hour prior to the service at church. White Funeral Home Lakeville (952)469-2723 www.whitefuneralhomes.com
Anderson Kirsebom Jeffrey and Denise Anderson of Eagan announce the engagement of their proud daughter Heather Marie Anderson to Chad Ryan Kirsebom, son of David and Julie Kirsebom of Apple Valley. Heather is a 2009 graduate of Eagan High School/School of Environmental Studies. She received her B.A. in ASL Interpreting from North Central University in 2012, and currently is pursing her Master Degree in Public Health at Argosy University. Chad is a 2009 graduate of Eastview High School/School of Environmental Studies. He received his B.S. in Graphic Design at the Art Institute December of 2011. Currently he is working as a designer at an advertising firm in downtown Minneapolis. The couple met while attending the School of Environmental Studies and attended Oak Hill Church. The wedding is planned January 19, 2013 at the Minneapolis City Hall in the afternoon.
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Three area lawmakers return to Capitol Morgan, Carlson, Masin helped swing control to DFL Party by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK
The start of the legislative session will see a wave of new lawmakers who aren’t really new. A double handful of former area lawmakers – legislators with office-holding experience ranging from a couple of terms to decades – will take the oath of office in January with no more fanfare than given the most inexperienced freshmen. They don’t care. “It’s always an honor to serve,” said former Rep. Will Morgan, DFL-Burnsville, a two-termer sent back to the State Capitol after a loss by voters two years ago from the swing-district paradise of Dakota County. He defeated Lakeville Area School Board Member Roz Peterson in a very close race to represent a House district created when new lines were drawn for
2012. District 56B covers a portion of Burnsville and northwest Lakeville. Two former lawmakers from Dakota County also returning are former Sen. Jim Carlson, DFL-Eagan, back after a loss to Ted Daley and two years out of office. Former Rep. Sandra Masin, DFL-Eagan, is also back after a loss to Diane Anderson with legislative directory citing her newly won third term as “nonconsecutive.” Carlson said in a recent news release he is encouraged by the national and state economic news. “Our nation has come a long way in the past four years,” Carlson said. “President Obama’s leadership has kept the nation on its feet and Minnesota is starting to feel the impact of his efforts.” Carlson was referring to
the better than anticipated state revenue numbers released by State Economist Tom Stinson. Carlson is set to serve as a member of the K-12 Education Committee. “Giving our schools the funding they need to function at a high level needs to be a top priority and that starts will paying back the funding shifted from their budgets in recent years,” Carlson said. “Great schools equals a great state workforce which means an investment now is an investment in Minnesota’s future.” He said the session will be challenge but offers a great opportunity. “We have the ability to create a balanced and responsible budget that puts our state on the path to long-term fiscal health,” he said. “This means focusing on the state’s future, not just
the current budget cycle.” The area legislator returning to the Capitol with the longest legislative history is former Rep. Ron Erhardt. Erhardt, of Edina, ran afoul of Republicans, under whose banner he served for 10 terms in the House, by voting to override former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a transportation-finance bill. In a closely watched race, Erhardt, who has often said his stripes may have changed but not his core beliefs, defeated his Republican challenger as a newly minted Democrat. “I’m not going to be vindicative,” Erhardt said of dealing with Republicans. But he may razz House Republicans, who like Senate Republicans are now the minority, from time to time, Erhardt explained. A former Republican
transportation committee chairman, Erhardt will chair the House DFL Transportation Policy Committee. The area lawmaker who has been away the longest is former Rep. Alice Johnson, DFL-Spring Lake Park. Johnson, who served seven terms in the House before retiring with her husband to surf-fish from a retirement home in Texas, is returning to the State Capitol more than a decade after cleaning out her desk. Unsettled local DFL politics brought Johnson back into the fray to defeat Republican Sen. Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, months after Johnson returned from Texas with no intentions of running for anything. “They’d (voters) be shaking their heads in agreement with me,” she said of her campaign pitch that
the deliberative process was broken and needed to be mended. Johnson, who served 14 years in the House, feels a certain tentativeness in returning to St. Paul. It’s a big change, she noted. But some of her future Senate colleagues, such as Senator-elect Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo, and Senator-elect Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, are people she served with previously or knows. “I think Democrats are very concerned about that,” Johnson said of pushing the DFL agenda too strongly, of overreaching. “And I think that’s healthy.” The new legislative session begins Jan. 8. T.W. Budig can be reached at email@example.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.
Dakota County man found guilty of plot to kill county attorney Man convicted of drug charges was James Backstrom’s neighbor by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK
A 49-year-old former Inver Grove Heights man and Rice County Jail inmate was found guilty of conspiracy to commit firstdegree premeditated murder after he tried to hire another man to kill Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. The court found that John Stephen Woodward, who is about two years into an eight-year sentence on methamphetamine charges, tried to pay another inmate $10,000 to murder Backstrom. Woodward was acquitted of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder against Dakota County District Judge Rex Stacey, who presided over Woodward’s 2007 drug conviction, according to a Rice
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County complaint filed in September 2010, and of conspiracy to commit firstdegree assault against a witness who testified against him. Prosecutors said that Woodward hired Thomas Ray Jackson to murder Backstrom in December 2010, on the day Jackson was scheduled to be released from prison, and had his wife give an attorney $2,500 as a down payment. Initially, Jackson told the attorney the money was for a truck, but eventually reported the murder-forhire scheme after he determined Woodward’s intentions were real. The county provided videotape evidence of Woodward giving Jackson a map to Backstrom’s residence and details about his normal route to work.
The plot allegedly was hatched during jailhouse conversations between Jackson and Woodward, who described his previous relationship with Backstrom as “best buddies.” According to the complaint, Woodward allegedly told Jackson how he could do it, giving him the route, location of the hit and instructions to shoot through Backstrom’s vehicle window. Jackson turned the information over to investigators. Investigators entered as evidence recorded conversations between Woodward and Jackson detailing the plot to murder or seriously maim the female witness. Among the details Woodward discussed with Jackson were where to dis-
pose of the weapon, arrangements for sending remaining payments after the murder, and the address of the woman. The complaint states Woodward requested that Jackson beat the woman severely, break her arms with a baseball bat and leave her in the woods. He allegedly told Jackson to do whatever he needed to the woman’s boyfriend if he were to interfere. Third on Woodward’s plan was the murder of Stacey, which was to be in the Sturgis area the following August. In a statement to employees in 2010, Backstrom said he asked that Woodward’s drug case be prosecuted in Rice County to avoid conflict of interest, noting that he witnessed frequent short-term auto-
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jury today, and I wish to express my appreciation to the Rice County Attorney’s Office for their hard work in obtaining this conviction,” Backstrom said in a written statement that was reported in the Star Tribune. The statement said he would refrain from commenting further until sentencing. The Star Tribune reported that Woodward’s defense attorney said they plan to file a motion asking for a new trial based on the defense being prohibited from telling the jury in closing arguments that Rice County District Judge Thomas Neuville dismissed the charge concerning Stacey.
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New views House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, indicated House Democrats will take a sharp, skeptical appraisal of JOBZ. But some argue the whole tax incentive as business bait approach ought to be tossed out. Former Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis official Art Rolnick, senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, has long opposed tax incentive zones. In general, offering tax incentives is a zero-sum game, he explained. “It’s a bidding war,” Rolnick said. States that place higher value on education funding, for instance, are forced to compete against other states that do not. Beyond this, financial institutions, not government, are best judges of business worthiness in terms of financing. The tax incentive issue needs to addressed nationally, Rolnick explained. “You can’t just unilaterally withdraw,” Rolnick said of a given state backing away from offering tax incentives. More than 8,000 state and local economic development agencies nationwide compete to retain and attract businesses through the use of preferential taxes and subsidies, Rolnick said in testimony before Congress in 2007. According to a recent article in the New York Times, Minnesota spends at least $239 million per year on incentive programs – about $45 per capita. Dayton Administration officials indicated Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton views the use of tax incentives as constructive. The governor heard a lot about JOBZ this fall in listening sessions in Greater Minnesota, said Dayton Press Secretary Katharine Tinucci in an email. “There are certainly aspects of the program that are valuable and the governor is interested in finding a way to continue providing valuable incentives to companies across the state,” she said. DEED Commissioner Katie Clark offered the See JOBZ, 11A
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TRAGEDY, from 1A New Market Fire Chief Todd Friedges, who had called in backup support as he drove to the scene. “I saw a glow in the sky, so I knew we had something big,” Friedges said. He said when he arrived about four minutes after Cass’ 911 call, the back of the home was engulfed and flames were shooting 20 feet in the air. “It was huge,” he said. About 40 to 50 firefighters from Elko New Market, Lakeville, Prior Lake, New Prague and Burnsville would join to battle the toxic smoke and fire in the wind, facing intense heat while dragging hose hundreds of yards up the rural driveway too narrow for trucks to travel. “We were told that the firefighters were running back and forth to their trucks at a pace that had them falling to the ground for rest, all the while dealing with intense heat and toxic smoke,” Doug wrote in a letter to Sun Thisweek. “The fire was extinguished and contained through heroic efforts. We don’t know how to adequately say thank you.” Doug and Dorothy knew nothing of the intensity of the situation as they franticly arranged reservations on the first flight home. Neighbors had not wanted to tell them too much over the phone and concentrated on comforting the horrified Cass,
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who with the DuSolds’ consent, spent the night with the Shannons. “Their main concern was their daughter,” Liz said. “Doug said houses are one thing, but I want you first and foremost to please take care of my daughter.” Neighbors already were offering the Lakeville North graduate help and support. “We were all reassuring Cassandra that it would be OK,” said Liz’s husband, Frankie Shannon. “The neighbors began pulling together, making sure she had clothes, was warm and cared for, had money and offered a place to stay so she had what she needed.” Sometime during the early morning hours, Cass rescued her family’s second cat in a neighbor’s driveway. Before leaving to a doctor appointment the next morning, Cass was also joyfully reunited with Loki, the family’s remaining cat that she had feared dead. Liz and Cass rushed the frightened, waterdrenched animal to the vet, and with oxygen, medical care and a shampoo to get the smoky smell out, Loki is now back to her delightfully cantankerous self. The next day, neighbors brought food and took Cass shopping for clothes and other necessities since she had run out of the house in her pajamas. “She said she didn’t need anything,” Liz recalled. “We said, ‘Sweetie,
you have no shoes.’ ” Doug said seeing ashes left of the home they built in 1995 was “like a kick in the gut,” and they realized everything they owned was in the luggage they were carrying. “When we got back, many neighbors saw us drive up,” Doug said. “They came over and gave us hugs. They asked if there was anything they could do. … There was a lot of conversations, and of course, everyone said we could stay with them. We said the insurance company was taking care of everything.” Undaunted, neighbors purchased a portable storage unit for the family to store any belongings that were salvageable; among the most heartbreaking losses were photos and a baby grand piano Dorothy played. “She is an exceptional piano player,” Frankie said. At first, the DuSolds stayed at a hotel that accepted pets, but the insurance company has moved them into the Lakeville condominium one of their neighbors offered them. Neighbors also made sure the family had some Christmas cheer. Mike and Cherie Browne hosted the neighborhood’s annual Christmas party last weekend, and each neighbor surprised the DuSolds with at least one special ornament. “These are nice ornaments like you would have
collected yourself over the years,” Doug said. Lowell and Carrie Grimm gave them some porcelain bell ornaments that had been in their family for generations. “As opposed to them all being brand new ornaments, we wanted to make sure people understood that ornaments on Christmas trees can be a reflection of family over time,” Lowell said. Despite losing all their possessions, Doug said they are thankful that no lives were lost in the blaze, and humbly grateful for the firefighters’ work and the outpouring of support from their neighbors. “What they have done changes our focus away from the disaster to the blessing of people around you,” Doug said. In his letter, he added, “the people around us have shown us that there are far more valuable things than what we lost in the fire and perhaps the greatest blessing of all is to have your eyes opened to the blessings around us.” The couple is planning to rebuild on the same lot. “Someone said ‘you’re empty nesters – you can go anywhere in the country and live,’ ” Doug said. “We talked about it, and this is the place we want to live. I can’t imagine a better neighborhood.”
CONFERENCE, from 1A mer said. The current Farmington Jon Summer said. “We’ve enrollment would place it in enjoyed our time and rela- the middle of South Suburtionship in the Missota, but ban Conference schools, but there’s some changing dy- it’s the top in the Missota. namics in Farmington.” In the South Suburban The application was most schools enroll around based on projected enroll- 1,700-2,100. ment for Farmington High In the Missota, only School and the fact that Shakopee has more than schools in the South Sub- 1,500 students enrolled in urban are much closer than the high school with most some in the Missota. schools in the 800-1,200 The the current 10-mem- range. ber SSC was created in 2009 The school’s travel exwith nine former Lake Con- penses and efficiency is also ference teams along with a factor. former Missota school PriThe Missota Conferor Lake. ence includes schools from The SSC features larger Chaska (34 miles away) schools such as Apple Val- and Red Wing (40 miles) ley, Burnsville, Eastview, that are all greater distances Eagan, Rosemount, than Bloomington Jefferson Bloomington Kennedy, (22 miles), which is the most Bloomington Jefferson, distant SSC school. Lakeville North and Lakev“When you look at what ille South, which all play in you need for early releases the big-school classification and how late kids are comin nearly every sport. ing home, they’re getting Projected Farmington home pretty late and misshigh school enrollment in ing school,” Summer said. 10 years puts the school at The average distance for more than 2,200 students, a Missota school is about 28 according to Summer. miles. In the South Subur“We are fortunate geo- ban it would be 12.6 miles. graphically that we’re startAs far as remaining coming to look a lot like the petitive, Prior Lake also schools around us,” Sum- made the jump from the
Missota to the South Suburban in 2009. Last fall the football team won a share of the conference title and played at the state tournament. “On any given year that competitiveness goes up and down,” Summer said. “This is more about what we were becoming and what we were looking at as a community.” If approved by the School Board, Farmington would begin to play in the SSC in fall 2014. Summer is aware that rivalries with certain schools have formed through the years, including competition for the Tractor Trophy with the Northfield football team. “Certainly there were coaches that will miss those types of rivalries, but it wasn’t strong enough to say we shouldn’t move forward,” Summer said. There would still be an opportunity to play Missota teams in nonconference games. Summer also mentioned the opportunity of added activities. “There are a lot of programs that are school-sponsored that we don’t have here or in the Missota,” Summer said. “Things like chess and skiing. It gives us the opportunity to look at the programs they’re offering and explore enhanced opportunities.” Farmington has also run into trouble of finding enough competition. The football team has five levels of play, but not every school in the Missota has five football teams to play against. Shakopee is also reportedly applying to be in the South Suburban Conference. It’s application was approved by its School Board on Tuesday. Farmington is completing the process in reverse by applying first.
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felt like we were a part of the Lakeville community,â€? Ridge said. The new ride route will include the communities of Scandia, Stillwater, Afton, Lake Elmo, Marine on the St. Croix and Oak Park Heights, offering â€œvastly differentâ€? terrain from Lakeville, the group stated in an email blast to its cyclists. All the routes will start from the Washington County Fairgrounds and are between 15 and 100 miles. Riders can choose the length of route that is best for them. For the first time, the event will not include the Minnesota Gran Fondo, a timed event, so organizers can focus on running the Ironman. â€œWe remain committed to getting everyone out on their bike and encouraging the next generation of riders,â€? the organizationâ€™s email message stated. Local leaders were told in November of the changes planned.
Lakeville police Capt. John Arvidson in an email thanked Ridge for allowing the city to be a part of Ironman. â€œFrom our vantage point it appeared each year ran smoother than the previous yearâ€? Arvidson wrote. â€œIt was always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.â€? In its 45-year history, Ironman has attracted over 100,000 cyclists of every level with short routes for new riders and families and the more challenging 100mile option. Ironman, started in 1967 with about a dozen participants has grown to include 4,500 to 5,000 riders per year, Ridge said. Adult registration is $30 and children register for $15. Funds raised support the nonprofit organization Hostelling International.
be there, especially for me. The dynamics of the group had to change.â€? Although May is glad she ran for City Council four years ago, she has been surprised and frustrated at how slow change happens in government. And though May said she can come across as cold and too much to the point, it was never easy for her on the council. â€œI certainly had a hand in how it went as well,â€? she said. â€œBut every Monday morning, I got knots in my stomach knowing I had a council meeting coming up.â€? She hopes her term led to more transparency within the city government. She was glad to help the council start prioritizing future construction planning but wished that plan had developed further to include funding. â€œThe only answer canâ€™t only be going out with your hand out,â€? she said. â€œThere is just no more money. People canâ€™t afford anymore.â€? As she leaves the council,
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Cougar boys basketball falls in overtime Panther basketball ‘Unselfish’ South nearly defeats St. Paul Johnson
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The Lakeville South boys basketball team fell moments short of yet another upset on Tuesday night. The Cougars had St. Paul Johnson, the No. 4 ranked team in Class AAA, on the ropes on Tuesday night, only to watch it slip away in the final 20 seconds. The Cougars fell behind early, only to take a 39-34 lead late in the first half. South held a lead through most of the second half, but late turnovers got the Governors back into the game. Up 82-78 with 23 seconds left, the Cougars couldn’t hold on as St. Paul Johnson put in a controversial buzzer beater to send the game into overtime. “We had it there, but we turned it over three times,” head coach John Sheehan said. “You play so aggressive for so long, but you take one play off. It was frustrating. In my mind that game was over. We need some lights on the scoreboard.” St. Paul Johnson rode that hot streak into overtime to win 95-92. The Cougars got a chance to see the Governors fullcourt, up-tempo, five-seconds or less offense, which should help them prepare for the tough South Subur-
Boys team loses a lot to graduation, still expect to contend by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
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Lakeville South’s Corey Larson (5) fights for control against St. Paul Johnson on Tuesday in a 95-92 overtime loss. ban Conference schedule. was hard to shake just how Wayzata Trojans on Dec. 7 “We knew it was going to close South came to defeat- giving the team an idea of be an up-and-down team,” ing the No. 4 ranked team in what could be possible this Sheehan said. “We like to Class AAA. season. play that way, too, they just “We were right there, but Based on what Sheehan played it faster than we can our kids can walk out with has seen through the first do it.” their heads up,” Sheehan few weeks, this makeup Sheehan could have said. could be something special. chalked it up to a learning South was coming off “At this stage of the year, experience for a young team a 71-61 victory against the with just three seniors, but it Class AAAA’s No. 8 ranked See COUGARS, 18A
Last season was perhaps the best season ever for the Lakeville North boys basketball team. The Panthers were 30-2 overall, tied for the South Suburban Conference title and lost to Osseo by two points in the state championship game. “Our success last year has raised the bar for this year’s team,” head coach John Oxton said. “Even though we have a lot of new players, their level of expectations is still very high.” It’s going to be tough. Spring graduation took several stars including Brett Rasmussen, Tyler Flack, Ryan Saarela, Joel Oxton, Devin Shockley, Trey Heid and Tyler David. The football season also delayed the start of the season for several returning members. The three senior starters Kyrell Newell, Zach Creighton and Grant Erickson were members of the football team that was busy up until Nov. 23 playing in the Class 6A state championship. “Our football guys are
slowly getting their basketball legs back,” coach John Oxton said. “Right now it’s affecting our shooting the most. I expect us to be a good shooting team and we are struggling in that area so far.” The boys missed a week of practice as the only seniors on the roster, but unlike several football players, the three made it through the season relatively healthy. Joining the seniors at the opening tip-off are juniors JP Macura and Bronson Bruneau. Oxton will look to Connor Flack and Daniel McKinney first off the bench with Nick Dorfman, Alex Reiland, and Drew Stewart competing for playing time. “Time will tell in regards to how many players we will use,” Oxton said. “I really feel you need at least nine players in the long run to be successful in the style we play.” One might conclude the Panthers might not be able to pick up where they left off last year with several new starters, veterans coming straight from football and See PANTHERS, 18A
Tigers win third straight Boys basketball on the upswing those races. Even though we still have a fairly young team we feel we have the exSince losing the season perience and ability to help opener to Rochester John our seniors compete for a Marshall 85-70 on Nov. 30 title.” it’s been nothing but fun for It’s been a team effort the Farmington boys basfor the Tigers with different ketball team. players leading the team in The Tigers defeated scoring every night. Rochester Mayo 71-54 on But Wyandt knows it will Dec. 4 and Hastings 77-38 be tough in the Missota with on Dec. 7. seven of the eight teams avBut perhaps the most eraging more than 60 points exciting game was a 97-95 per game. overtime win over Spring “We just want to keep imLake Park on Tuesday in an proving and learning from up-tempo shoot-out. experiences so we can be The Tigers came back in contention at the end of after falling behind by 12 our conference season and points to take what seemed heading into section play,” like a comfortable lead. Wyandt said. “We feel our Spring Lake Park hit conference is loaded this some key three-point shots year and it will be extremely and forced the Tigers into tough each night. We hope some costly turnovers to that prepares us for section keep it close. Photo by Andy Rogers play against some excellent Lakeville North’s Sam Petrick (19) collides with an Eastview defender in a 6-2 loss to the But in the end Farmteams.” ington had what it took to Lightning Tuesday night, the first of the year for the Panthers. The Tigers will be tested hand Spring Lake Park its at 7:15 p.m. Friday against first loss of the season. one of those key Section It’s been an encouraging 1AAAA teams with a trip start for a team that sported to Lakeville North. The one of the younger lineups Lakeville North stumbles late against Eastview Panthers started the season in the Missota Conference 3-0 with a win over No. 2 last year going 10-16 overall by Andy Rogers from No. 7 Eden Prairie on er had 28 saves. SUN THISWEEK Edina. and 6-10 in the conference. Thursday and a trip to No. Lakeville South lost to The Lakeville North 6 Burnsville at 2:30 p.m. on No. 2 Edina 6-1 and No. 5 Hill-Murray 5-0 to open the boys hockey team’s fast Saturday. season. start came to a halt on TuesCougars Unranked Rosemount day night against Eastview. Caylee Alves leads list of returning athletes will come to town for a 5:30 The Panthers started challenged by Andy Rogers p.m. game on Saturday. the season winning three Lakeville South boys SUN THISWEEK straight, outscoring opThe Lakeville South gymponents 14-2, but lost its hockey team lost to Eagan, Tigers slip nastics team is coming off first game of the season 6-2 the No. 10-ranked team in to Eagles one of its best seasons in reagainst South Suburban Class AA, on Tuesday night The Farmington boys cent memory. Conference rival Eastview. 6-5 dropping its record to 1-3 on the season. hockey team lost a tight The Cougars finished secThe Panthers held an The Cougars held an game against Apple Valley ond in the South Suburban early 1-0 lead off a Jack early 4-1 lead thanks to two 1-0 on Tuesday night, dropConference, second in the Poehling goal with assists goals by Patrick Lauderdale ping the team’s record to Section 2AA tournament from Jack Diercks and Nick and saw three girls compete Poehling in the second pe- and one each from Nick 3-3. Farmington outshot the individually at state: Kaila riod, but in a span of about Swaney and Mack Farley, but Eagan scored five times Eagles 26-25, but didn’t find Seurer was 18th all-around; four minutes Eastview took in the remaining 22 minutes. the back of the net. Kylie Prouty was 22nd on a 4-1 lead. Weston Baumann scored The Tigers were coming the bars and 29th on the Nick Poehling cut the the other goal and Ben off a convincing 8-1 vicfloor; and Caylee Alves was Lightning lead to two earFreemark and Justin Dotory over Section 1AA ri29th all-around. ly in the third off a power eden each had two assists. val Owatonna on Saturday. It was the best season for play with assists from Jack Lakeville South since the Poehling and Diercks, but Goalie Tyler Schumacher The seven-goal margin was its largest since December Cougars qualified for state Eastview added two more had 29 saves. The 1-3 record might 2010 when the Tigers beat in 2008 as a team. by game’s end. have something to do with Simley 10-2. “I think all of that exciteNorth was coming off a the caliber of teams on Justin Hyytinen had a ment made us work harder 5-2 victory against Apple South’s schedule. All four hat trick, Jack Erickson had than we have before during Valley on Saturday in a games were against protwo goals and an assist, and the offseason, and made us game it never trailed. The grams ranked in the top 20 Alex Aubrect and Jordan extra excited for this season,” Panthers outshot the Eagles in Class AA. Lugowski each had a goal returning senior Alex Bak40-18. The Cougars won the and an assist. Goalie Austin ken said. Diercks, Conner Hyden, Photo by Andy Rogers Angelo Altavilla and Blake team’s first game of the Krause had 19 saves. Of the three girls who Two of the other vicqualified, Alves is back lead- Lakeville South’s Caylee Alves performs her beam routine Rutt scored in the victory. season on Saturday beating No. 15 Prior Lake 4-3 in a tories came against fellow at a meet earlier this season. ing a young program anxTristen Hazlett helped out ious to build off last year’s nitely catch the spectator’s Alicia Morrison, who will with four assists. Goalie thriller after falling behind Section 1AA teams Roch3-1. Two Cougar goals were ester John Marshall and success. eye. I have high expectations help fill the holes in the line- Will Dupont had 16 saves. Rochester Century. “She is looking awesome for Caylee as I see her has a up. The Panthers opened scored in the final minute. Swaney scored the winAnother section team, and really developing as one state competitor again. With the season with a 3-0 win “Both have worked hard ner in the final second with Rochester Mayo, will pay a of our strongest leaders on her work ethic and dedica- over the offseason to gain against Rochester Mayo the team,” head coach Ash- tion to the sport, she will end higher-level skills and are on Nov. 27 and a 6-0 win assists from Lauderdale and visit at 3 p.m. Saturday. ley Grover said. “She is per- her high school career on a leading by example in the against Rochester Century Cameron Jackson. Lauderdale, Baumann Andy Rogers can be reached forming higher level skills great note.” on Dec. 4. gym,” Grover said. and Leo Steinmetz scored at email@example.com on all events and has a new The schedule will get The Cougars have two the other goals. Schumach- or facebook.com/sunthisweek. floor routine that will defi- other seniors, Bakken and See GYMNASTS, 18A a little tougher with visit by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
“We played a lot of young guys last year and took some lumps with the hope of a more polished team this year,” head coach Shane Wyandt said. The good news is most of the lineup is back including leading rebounder Nick Varner, leading scorer Darren Beeken, along with veterans Johnny Dittman, Mac Bassett, Alex Chadwick and Eli Rockett. The Tigers could go deep on its bench as well with Zach Speikers, Jordan DeCrook, and Tyler VanWinkle all vying for time. “All of those guys above play major roles for us,” Wyandt said. “We feel confident in all of these guys and don’t really think of having a starting five but rather a top nine.” With a strong mix, Wyandt has high expectations for the Tigers this season. “We feel we have a team that will surprise some people and can compete with the top teams in our conference and section,” Wyandt said. “We feel we will be in the conversation in both of
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December 14, 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville
Health a concern for Tiger gymnastics Panther gymnastics remains a contender Farmington returns several key gymnasts by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
Gymnastics is a tough sport. You’re swinging upside down on bars, tumbling on the floor, and vaulting yourself in the air in hopes of landing softly on the mat. That tends to be a little rough on the body. For the Farmington gymnastics team, lately the focus has been on healing almost much as refining skills. The Tigers have three varsity gymnasts who are injured and will spend the next few weeks cheering on their teammates. Kylie Wharton has an ankle sprain and hopes to be back by January. Amanda Davenport has a broken toe, fractured in five places, and might be back by midJanuary. Tahra Eckert is out for now, but could be back soon. The team’s top gym-
nast from last year, Nadia Lorencz, chose to focus on track and field after winning a pair of state titles last spring. As for the girls who are healthy, they’re working hard and coach Lynn Bauman is excited about their potential. Kiana Lord leads the list of returning gymnasts. She finished 19th in the allaround at state in 2011. “She’s coming back strong now, just building up to perfection,” Bauman said. “My expectations are high for Kiana if she keeps her positive attitude and work ethic.” She will lead a group that includes Kathryn Beckett, Rachel Kiminski, Maddie Timerson, Kenzie McCuddin, Taylor Schmaltz, Kyla Bauman and a few others that will bounce back and forth between junior varsity and varsity. Floor exercise is prob-
ably the team’s strong event. “Beam also, if we stay on,” Bauman said. “Injuries are a concern and bars are too, due to new rules.” For now the girls are more focused getting healthy, staying healthy and improving. With a full deck expected come January, Bauman believes the girls have the potential to reach some very high scores. Bauman said the Tigers are aiming for the school record, which is 141.275. Last weekend the girls finished second at the Winter Warm-Up Invitational in Austin with 126.50 points. Lord was the team’s leader, finishing second on bars, fourth on floor and third all-around. Timerson was third in the vault.
Despite losses to graduation, North remains stacked only senior, as a key allarounder, meaning she participates in all four events: the balance beam, floor exercise, bars and vault. “She has worked real hard and is ready to go for her senior year,” Homan said. “She is a very strong leader and role model for this young team.” Young is the key word there. Nowicki leads a group of talented underclassmen who should be around for several years. Emma Johnson, Rachel Okins and Megan Lemley, key contributors as eighth-graders last season, are now a year older with state tournament experience. “They all have trained very hard in the offseason with great coaches to increase their skill levels,” Homan said. “They want to return to state this year.” Okins took 22nd on the vault at state and Johnson was 24th on the beam indi-
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It will be a challenge for the Lakeville North gymnastics team to top its accomplishments from last season. In 2011-12, the Panthers won the South Suburban Conference and finished fifth at the state tournament. Since then, the Panthers lost Ashley Myers to graduation, who was sixth allaround at state and fifth on the floor exercise, along with classmates Maddy Shinn and Bree Flug, who played lead roles in the quest for state last season. “We still have a strong core of girls returning,” head coach Teri Homan said. “The loss of strong talent made the returning girls work even harder in the offseason. The girls have set some high goals for the team, which with the work ethic in the gym, are Andy Rogers can be reached very achievable.” at firstname.lastname@example.org The Panthers still have or facebook.com/sunthisweek. Ashley Nowicki, the team’s
vidual. All three competed at the state team meet. They’ll have sophomores Bailey Elbers and Alyssa Woodbury’s ability along with that of eighth-grader Paige Banham to help gather up some points this season. Beam and vault should be the team’s strength this season, but bars might take some work. “It’s a tough event, especially with a such a young team,” Homan said. Graduation might have taken the biggest hit out of the floor exercise event. “We lost three very strong tumblers, which is hard to replace,” Homan said. The girls traveled to Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson on Tuesday beating them both with a team score of 134.4. Nowicki was the top all-around gymnast with a 34.65. The Lakeville North Invitational is scheduled for Jan. 12.
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Top: Lakeville North girls basketball head coach Andy Berkvam (middle) was honored on Tuesday night for winning his 400th game on Dec. 1 as he poses with Simone Kolander (30), Taylor Stewart (32), his daughter Cassie Berkvam (3) and Taylor Augustine (23).
Right: Lakeville North’s Taylor Stewart (32) goes up for a shot against Hopkins on Tuesday night. The No. 1-ranked Royals handed the Panthers its first loss of the season 69-62. The Panthers play its first South Suburban Conference game at Lakeville South at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cougars are on a two-game winning streak after victories against Red Wing and Minneapolis Washburn.
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•Tuesdays 6:30pm & 8pm (Mixed)
The Noon (Mixed) Origina
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Open, mixed ACA & 8pm (Open) Speaker Meeting
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(MN# BC215366) •
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6-10-15-20 Yd Dumpsters
Don't Want It - We Haul It! Call Scott 952-890-9461 AACE Services - Hauling
Rubbish Removal/Clean-Up Containers for Rent 5-18cu/yds Since 1979 952-894-7470
Status Contracting, Inc.
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MDH Lead Supervisor
Dale 952-941-8896 office 612-554-2112 cell “Soon To Be Your Favorite Contractor!”
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R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION Any & All Home Repairs
Concrete Dumpster Service Carpentry Baths & Tile Fencing Windows Gutters Water/Fire Damage Doors Lic•Bond•Ins Visa Accepted
All Home Repairs! Excell Remodeling, LLC Interior & Exterior Work One Call Does it All! Call Bob 612-702-8237 or Dave 612-481-7258
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I'm a PCA & am willing to do: Senior Home Care. Ann 612-616-4999
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Jack's Twin City Painting
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Steve 612-532-3978 Ins'd
Dakota Home Improvement Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Drywall, Tile & Flooring CC's accept'd 952-270-1895
Painting & Drywall Ceiling & Wall Textures
Wall Paper Removal INTERIOR EXTERIOR
Will meet or beat prices! Int/Ext, Drywall Repair
Home Tune Up
DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC 952-469-6800
Jack of All Trades Handyman
Specializing in residential & commercial repairs & maintenance. Fully insured. Lic#20639540
Locally owned & operated
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Roof Snow Removal & Ice Dam Steaming. Insured 612-226-5819
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Roofs, Siding, & Gutters
952-883-0671 Mbr: BBB Tree Removal Silver Fox Services
* ROOF SNOW & ICE REMOVAL
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A Family Operated Business
A Good Job!!
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Al's Seasonal Services
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2 Years Dried
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OAK & BIRCH, 2 YRS DRIED
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No Subcontractors Used.
Window Cleaning 651-646-4000
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Pleasant View Memorial Regal Enterprises Inc Gardens Burnsville: GethRoofing, Siding, Windows semane Garden, Sect 12-D, Gutters. Insurance Work. Lot 1 & 2 (2 spaces, 2 vaults Since 1980. Lic. BC 51571. & 1 memorial) $1,400/BO.
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A Fresh Look, Inc. Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts
Good Things To Eat
Roofs, Siding, & Gutters
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CAYERING LAWN SERVICE
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Credit Cards Accepted
Roofs, Siding, & Gutters
• Monthly or Per Time Res. & Commercial
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BOB’s General Contractors Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984
Business Services Building & Remodeling
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l Interior / Exterior Painting l Texturing l Drywall l Deck Staining l Epoxy Resin Garage Floors l Fine Finishing & Enameling
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Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing
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East Frontage Road of I 35 across from Buck Hill - Burnsville
PearsonDrywall.com 35 yrs taping, ceiling repair, remodel 952-200-6303
Trusted Home Builder / Remodeler
Notices & Information
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Chimney & FP Cleaning
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PINNACLE DRYWALL *Hang *Tape *Texture*Sand Quality Guar. Ins. 612-644-1879
Cabinetry & Counters
It could be yours. Call for details. 952-392-6862
(952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834
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Commercial and residential pressure washing Decks strip & seal, roof washing, house washing, concrete cleaning and staining. Full exterior washing.
Our job is to make you look good!
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Jack Russell/ Beagle Pups. Purebread. 2 mos old, $100. 218-879-8171 or 218-879-5183
Apple Valley/Lakeville border: 3 BR, many updates pets OK. $29,900 financing avl. 612-581-3833
Burnsville: Rambush Estates
2200 sq ft Manuf. Home One level living. Living rm + Family rm w/fplc., whirlpool tub in master bath. $1655/mo.
Farmington, Immediate openings (all ages), Licensed, 14 yrs. Experience. Call 651-463-2815
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Duplexes/Dbl Bungalows For Rent
AV: LL Duplex 1 lg BR, 1 BA, All appls & utils. inc. Shared: Gar/laundry $800 Avl now. No/smk. 952-432-3269, Aft. 4Pm: 612-207-4867
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women; and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.
LV: LL of newer TH, ¾ BA, walk out, $550 include utils, high spd int & cable. No Pets. 612-790-5043
Apartments & Condos For Rent
Apple Valley 2 BR, 1BA, att.gar, W/D, pool $950/mo. Cats OK 612-8044364
Apartments & Condos For Sale
Fgtn: 1 Rm Effic'y Apt. $500/mo. Utls. Included. 952-469-2604
Help Wanted/ Full Time
Seeking entry level carpenter. Strong candidate will have some experience framing or other similar carpentry work. Must be comfortable with heights and heavy lifting. Must provide own transportation to south metro area. Call Chris at 612-749-9752
Immediate full-time opportunity available with Business distributor of stainless Opps & Info steel pipe, tube & fittings. Duties include stocking Advertising Disclaimer shelves, picking orders, & Because we are unable to loading trucks. Local decheck all ads that are liveries. Class B license placed in our media, we required. Forklift exp. encourage you to be safe helpful. and be careful before givApply to: Robert-James ing out any important Sales, 9601-B Newton Ave information such as credit South, Bloomington MN card numbers or social 55431. security numbers, when responding to any ad.
PCA positions available in Burnsville for a quadriplegic client. Shifts are 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm, 7 days/week. All ADL's included. Experience and commitment to the job necessary. Call Molly with All Home Health at (952)814-7400.
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Thomas Allen Inc. Full time Primary Program Counselor (South St Paul)
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Schwieters Companies is hiring entry level to experienced finish carpenters. Please call 612-328-3140 to schedule an interview. Top Benefits & Pay: tools/medical/dental/401k www.finishcarpenters.com
Dodge of Burnsville’s highly rated Service Department is looking for a Full-time Advisor for a current opening on our service team. Apply in person.
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651-460-6160 McLane Minnesota / 1111 West 5th Street Northfield, MN 55057 • Lobby Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5pm ©2010 McLane Company, Inc. All rights reserved. EOE
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Lakeville South Alpine Panther Alpine teams plans on going downhill fast pumped about the snow Moltzan back leading the Cougar Alpine team by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK
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The most successful Alpine skiing coach Lakeville South has seen since its inception is back. Mark Moltzan will be head coach of the boys and girls Alpine teams after taking a few years off after his daughter Paula made the U.S. Ski Team during her junior year of high school. Paula Moltzan has spent the past few seasons in Vail, Colo., to attend the Vail Ski Academy. Mark Moltzan coached at Ski Club Vail during his stay as a resident in the parental unit. After Paula graduated last spring, Mark Moltzan returned to Lakeville. When the Alpine head coaching job at Lakeville South was offered, he quickly accepted. “I really enjoy coaching and working with high school athletes,” Mark Moltzan said. “I was happy (Lakeville South athletics director) Neil (Strader) offered me the head coaching
job when I returned.” Strader is probably happy to have him back, too. Paula Moltzan isn’t the only downhill skier who had success at Lakeville South during Mark Moltzan’s previous tenure, when he coached the girls team only. The Cougar girls won three straight state titles from 2008-2010, were runners-up in 2007 and had the individual state champion four years in a row. Now leading the boys and girls programs, Mark Moltzan brings some of his knowledge of coaching at Vail to the slopes at Buck Hill in Burnsville. “We’ve been working hard on a progression of new U.S. Ski Team drills called SkillsQuest,” Moltzan said. SkillsQuest is part of the Alpine Training System designed to motivate and reward athletes for working hard and improving. It includes activities for skill, techniques, tactics, conditioning, equipment prepara-
tion, performance psychology and racer management. Leading the South girls team is Amanda Larson, sister of three-time state champion Nikki Larson. She is back after placing 21st at state last season. Larson is joined by senior captains Allie Korsa and Cat Olson, along with ninth-graders Olivia Horsager and Kaitlin Kanfield. The boys team has three strong seniors in Travis O’Brien, Erick Lindberg and Nick Benz. Seventhgrader Brandon Wentworth is showing promise, Moltzan said. “Both teams want to compete at state. They have been training hard and putting in extra hours on snow to prepare for this season,” Moltzan said. “Thanks to Buck Hill’s snow making, the warm weather has not been an issue and we got on snow right after Thanksgiving.” The team’s first race is Thursday at Buck Hill.
Few sports are as directly affected by the weather as downhill skiing. The Lakeville North Alpine teams have been on the slopes for a few weeks on the man-made snow at Buck Hill in Burnsville, but it hasn’t been ideal. “It’s been a bit of a soft start with the warm weather and lack of snow early season,” head coach Jacob Olsen said. “Most of the kids have had only one or two practices in gates so far this season with tonight being the first opportunity for any high school team to set gates in the snow at Buck Hill.” The slow start gave the Panthers time to get back to the basics with drills and free skiing. Now that natural snow is abundant, Olsen is particularly excited about the potential of the Lakeville North girls team. With Courtney Kavanaugh, Briar Smith, Alex Knutson and Micaela Lewis back, the outlook is promis-
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never out of the picture,” Olsen said. “This season I would really like to see my captains, Bryce Kossack and Matt Xi, make it up to the state tournament. They are both very committed to the team and are motivated to get our younger guys into the mix at the conference races this season.” Sam Spangler and Austin Juaire are relatively new to the sport of ski racing, but this will be their second year on the team and Olsen is hoping to see improvement. Another up-and-comer is Andrew Lawrenz, the Minnesota State High School League’s first-ever mono-skier (sit-skier). “While he is not yet eligible to race varsity, we were very excited to get him racing and he is ripping so far this year,” Olsen said. “I am excited to see how he competes this year with the rest of the kids. I am hopeful that he will be turning some heads.” The team’s first meet is Thursday at Buck Hill in Burnsville.
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balance of unselfish players who could all score if needed as evidenced by six players in double figures against St. Paul Johnson. Sorenson led with 20 points, Iverson had 19, Kairis with 14, Johnson scored 14, Larson had 12 and Richter had 10. “It makes it fun,” Sheehan said. “Six years of coaching this is the (most fun) team I’ve had. They want to be challenged. There’s nobody on this team that thinks they deserve more. Everybody has accepted their role. ” Sheehan also says he could go deep on his bench. “I truly feel like we could go 17,” Sheehan said. “They know they’re going to get a chance. That’s exciting.” The Cougars will welcome Rosemount to town Dec. 21 for a 7 p.m. tipoff following an eight-day break. The Cougars will head to Rochester for a holiday tournament on Dec. 27.
this is the most unselfish team I’ve had,” Sheehan said. “They play hard. It’s going to be an exciting season. Win or lose, we’ll give you an exciting game. When this team gets going they could be scary good. They’ll come out to play. They won’t give up.” The Cougars are relying on three seniors Cory Larson, Jordan Johnson and Zach Richter along with a mix of juniors in Luke Iverson, Tyler Lattery, and Cody Kairis. Classmate AJ Westrude is out with an injury until after the new year. He’s also giving the ball to an eighth-grade point guard Jack Sorenson. “He doesn’t act like (an eighth-grader),” Sheehan said. “He’s a great kid. He plays like a varsity player.” And giving several minutes to sophomore Grant Mosser. He feels he has a good PANTHERS, from 13A several underclassmen playing key roles. But at 3-0, the Panthers look like a contender in both the South Suburban Conference and Section 1-4A playoffs again. The Panthers opened the season with a commanding 77-52 victory over Rochester John Marshall on Dec. 4. The Panthers held John Marshall to 18 points in the first half and scored 45 in the second. Macura led all scorers with 24 points. Erickson added 14, Stewart put up 10 and Creighton 10. They followed it up with a 71-59 victory against Edina, which opened the season ranked No. 2 in the state, on GYMNASTS, from 13A
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SUN THISWEEK - Farmington - Lakeville December 14, 2012
Thisweekend SimpleGifts brings holiday cheer to Lakeville Music group started by virtuoso guitarist Billy McLaughlin to perform Dec. 18 by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK
The story of SimpleGifts begins with Billy McLaughlinâ€™s disease. A virtuoso on the guitar whose harp-like â€œfinger tappingâ€? technique launched him into the top 10 on the Billboard music charts, McLaughlin was diagnosed in 2001 with focal dystonia, a neuromuscular disease that rendered him incapable of playing his own music. Not long after, he founded SimpleGifts, the six-member holiday music ensemble thatâ€™s set to play the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18. SimpleGifts was a way for McLaughlin to continue playing professionally while his solo career dissipated due to focal dystonia, he said of starting the group in 2002. He developed a unique two-finger guitar-playing technique for his role in SimpleGifts, which also
incorporates Celtic whistle, piano, violin and female vocals to present traditional holiday carols and hymns with a modern flair. The group has released four holidaythemed CDs; the latest, â€œThe Star Carol,â€? includes classics such as â€œJoy to the Worldâ€? and â€œO Come All Ye Faithful.â€? In addition to SimpleGifts, McLaughlin â€“ a White Bear Lake resident and winner of multiple Minnesota Music Awards â€“ has been working to revive his solo career, and he released the album â€œInto the Lightâ€? in 2007. Astonishingly, for his solo work the right-handed McLaughlin taught himself to play guitar left-handed. That feat of wizardry is chronicled in the documentary film â€œChanging Keys,â€? which aired on PBS in 2010. McLaughlin described learning to play guitar left-handed as â€œunbelievably frustrating,â€? and a
positive attitude was key. In fact, he taped a fortune cookie saying to the dashboard of his car in 2001 â€“ â€œMany people fail because they quit too soonâ€? â€“ and it remains there to this day. SimpleGifts will take the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $28.50 and can be purchased at www.LakevilleAreaArtsCenter.com. More about the band is at www.simplegiftsmusic. net. Andrew Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/sunthisweek. ............... Photo submitted
Billy McLaughlin (back left) and SimpleGifts incorporate Celtic whistle, piano, violin and female vocals to present traditional holiday carols and hymns with a modern flair.
theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy.odden@ ecm-inc.com. Books Minnesota National Guard Lt. Col. Mark Weber will read from his book, â€œTell My Sons,â€? at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Free. Comedy Tom Clark, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Laugh Lines Comedy at GrandStay Hotel, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley. Tickets available at www.hahatickets.com or by calling (651) 528-8454. Hawaiian Kermit Apio, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Laugh Lines Comedy at GrandStay Hotel, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley. Tickets are $20 for the early show, $25 for the late show. Both feature laughs, food and drinks. Late show features free champagne toast at midnight, party favors, music and dancing. Tickets available at www.hahatickets.com or by calling (651) 528-8454. Louie Andersonâ€™s â€œBig Baby Boomer,â€? 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from $29.95 to $101.95 for VIP tickets and a pre-show meet and greet. Purchase tickets at the box office or by phone at (952) 895-4680. Concerts Silver Bells Christmas Show featuring The Diamonds, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from $51 to $17 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. Girl Singers of the Hit Parade Christmas Show, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Burnsville
Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $19 at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.
Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) 953-2385. Ages 12-18. Dance Free admission. Free snack and Heartbeat Performing Arts writing workshop with Guante. Centerâ€™s 15th anniversary Jewelry Club, 1 to 3 p.m. show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Friday, Dec. 14, at the Eagan Art at Eastview High School. Tick- House. Cost: $15 per class. Regets are available at Heartbeat istration required: www.eaganartPerforming Arts Center for $20 house.org or (651) 675-5521. for adults and $18 for children Mystery Art Night at the under 12. Tickets will be $25 at Eagan Art House from 7 to 9 p.m. the door. Information: (952) 432- Friday, Dec. 14. Cost is $25 to 7833. preregister or $30 at the door. Supplies and light refreshments Exhibits provided. Information: www.eaâ€œColor, Motion, and Land- ganarthouse.org or (651) 675scape,â€? an exhibit featuring the 5521. works of Mary Lingen, Joonja Sample Saturday at the Lee Mornes, and Nanci Yerma- Eagan Art House from 1 to 5 p.m. koff, is on display through Dec. Dec. 15. Pastel painting sampler 15 in the gallery at Burnsville workshop. Supplies provided. Performing Arts Center, 12600 Cost: $20. Registration required: Nicollet Ave. www.eaganarthouse.org or (651) An acrylic painting exhibit 675-5521. by Sue Kemnitz is on display Adult painting open studio through Jan. 30 at Lakeville Area from 9 a.m. to noon the first and Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. third Fridays of the month at the Information: (952) 985-4640. Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Theater Information: (651) 675-5521. Chameleon Theatre Circle Music Together in the Valwill present â€œReturn to the For- ley offers classes for parents bidden Planetâ€? at 7:30 p.m. and their infant, toddler and preDec. 13-15, and 2 p.m. Dec. 16, school children in Rosemount, at Burnsville Performing Arts Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tick- Valley. Information: www.musicets are $20 for adults; $17 for togetherclasses.com or (651) students, seniors, and groups of 439-4219. eight or more. Tickets can be purThe Eagan Art House offers chased at the box office, or via classes for ages 4 through adult. Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 For a complete listing go to www. or ticketmaster.com. eaganarthouse.org or call (651) â€œIrving Berlinâ€™s White 675-5521. Christmasâ€? will be presented Dan Petrov Art Studio in Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-30, by Burnsville offers oil painting The Playâ€™s the Thing Productions classes for beginners, intermeat Lakeville Area Arts Center, diate and advanced skill level 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are painters, www.danpetrovart.com, $13 and can be purchased online (763) 843-2734. at www.lakevilleareaartscenter. Teens Express Yourself com or by calling (952) 985-4640. with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Workshops/classes/other Burnsville, www.BrushworksS-
family calendar a.m. to noon, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Free, but registration required at www.lakeville-rapconnect. Saturday, Dec. 15 com. Information: (952) 985Christmas in Sugarland, 4600. open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Blood drives Church and School, 151 E. The American Red Cross County Road 42, Burnsville. will hold the following blood Activities include skit, songs, drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS cookie decorating, crafts, (1-800-733-2767) or visit redgames, and more. Free. Infor- crossblood.org to make an apmation: www.goodshep.com/. pointment or for more information. Sunday, Dec. 16 â€˘ Dec. 14, 12:30 to 5:30 Free practice ACT test, p.m., Easter Lutheran Church 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sylvan â€“ By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Learning, 170 Cobblestone Road, Eagan. Lane, Burnsville. Bring a calcuâ€˘ Dec. 15, 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 lator. Reservations: (952) 435- p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 6603. To receive test results, W. County Road 42, Burnsville. parents must be present at a â€˘ Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., follow-up appointment. Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Santaâ€™s Helpers Kids Road, Eagan. Cheer Clinic by the Eastview â€˘ Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., High School competition cheer Dakota County Regional Chamteam for students in grades ber of Commerce, Unisys, 3199 K-8, noon to 4 p.m., in the Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. gym. Parent performance at â€˘ Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Cost: $35, includes Culverâ€™s, 3445 Oâ€™Leary Lane, T-shirt, pom-poms, snack and Eagan. more. Information/registration: â€˘ Dec. 19, noon to 5 p.m., www.leaguelineup.com/east- Culverâ€™s, 17800 Kenwood Trail, viewlightningcheer. Lakeville. â€˘ Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29 Walmart, 7835 150th St. W., Winter Birds, all ages, 10 Apple Valley. To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: darcy. email@example.com.
theater and arts briefs choolofArt.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. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www. savageartstudios.com or (952) 895-0375. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages, www.lakevillemn.gov, (952) 985-4640. Rosemount History Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, (952) 255-8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaun Johnson/ Big Band Experience Shaun Johnson, Emmy Award winner and lead vocalist of Tonic Sol-fa, will bring his Big Band Experience to Burnsville Performing Arts Center for a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, concert. The holiday performance will raise money for Wishes and More, a charity that provides extraordinary experiences for children fighting life-threatening conditions. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 9822787 or ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit www.bigbandexperience. com or facebook.com/ shaunjohnsononline.
â€˜Mid Life Vicesâ€™ set March 7 at BPAC Tickets for The Four Bitchinâ€™ Babesâ€™ March 7, 2013, performance of â€œMid Life Vicesâ€? will be on sale beginning Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $39 and $34. The show is a celebration of â€œWhine Women and Song!â€? that aims to hysterically journal the lives of the Baby Boomer generation.
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763-479-3000 www.K-BID.com Closes Dec. 16
Mildon Brothers Hot Tubs & Swim Spa
2012 12’ Swim Spa, 31 Stainless Steel Jets, 1400 Gallons, 6 Fountains, Underwater Lighting, 2 Swim Pumps & 1 Therapy Pump; 2012 8’ Dynasty, Seats 6 w/a Lounger, Fountain Jets, 425 Gallons & LED Lighting; 1996 6 Person CalSpa Hot Tub, Digital Controls, Cover, 42 Jets & Light; Tiger River Spa, 2 Pumps, 20 Jets & Good Shape; Elite Spa Seats 8 People; Marquis Spa Seats 6 & Wood Exterior. Log on today to BID!!!
Close Dec. 16
We Sell Your Stuff Auction 140
1999 Audi A6Q, All Wheel Drive, Leather Seats & Keyless Entry; 1995 Chevy Camaro, Nice Tires, Six Alpine Speakers & New Paint; 1997 Chevy Silverado, 5 Passenger, New Clutch & Seats are in good shape; 2003 Oldsmobile Alero, Power Locks & Windows & Runs/Drives well; 2007 Princecraft 14Ft. Jon Boat, Mercury 4 Motor & Guide Trolling Motor & 1991 Lakes & Rivers by Crestline Trailer. Log on today to BID!!!
Closes Dec. 17
North Central Services Felling FT20, Snow Plow 2012
2011 Felling Trailer w/ 20 Foot Wood Decking, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5 Passenger 4 X 4 Sport Trac, Portable Fish House w/ Drop Down Trailer System & 4 Angling Holes, 1941 Allis Chalmers Tractor, Meyer Snow Plow, 1983 Pace Arrow by Fleetwood, Aluminum Garage Door, Hitachi Rotary Hammer Drill, Boat Tires, Tractor Tires & Split Oak Fire Wood. To make your bid make sure you visit us online TODAY!!!
Closes Dec. 18
WBL December Consignments I
Data East Heavy Barrel Arcade Soldier Shooting Game, 1998 2R 500 Arctic Cat Custom Chameleon Paint, Books, Dearborn Propane Room Heater, Danish Desk w. Pull Out Shelves, Antique Tables, Swivel Barber Shop Mirror, Lawnboy Push Mower w/ Leaf Bag, Johnson Snowmobile Cutter/Sled, Tires, 2002 Suburban 3rd Row Seat, Tools, Hubcaps, Bicycles & More. To take a closer look visit us online & make your bid NOW!!!
Closes Dec. 18
K & C Auctions Minneapolis Ocean Tech 57
Laptop & Desktop Computers Including: IBM Thinkpad, Apple iMac, HP Compaq, Dell & HP Compaq Mini; Uniden Cordless Telephones, LCD Montitors, USB Instant Video Interface, Wireless Plantronics Headsets, Projector, USB Camera, Philips Portable DVD Player, Troy Micro Tuner Secure Toner, Car Tape Deck, Toledo Scale, VHS Camcorder, Printer, International Travel Converter, Canton Subs & Much MORE!!!
Closes Dec. 16
White Feather Trading #20
1999 Dodge Ram Pickup, 2 Door Cab, 4WD, Short Box, Very Clean & In Excellent Condition; 2004 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Door Wagon, Recently Updated Transmission & Alloy Wheels; 1999 Chevrolet Metro Sedan, Great Gas Mileage & New Tires; 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3 Door Van w/ All Wheel Drive; 1950’s Child High Chair & Much More. To view these great vehicles online visit us at www.K-Bid.com today & bid NOW!!!
Closes Dec. 17
J.A.X. of Benson Sale #134
1996 Chevrolet Pickup Truck, GM Pick-Up Aluminum Wheels w/ Covers, 1753 UK Half Penny used in Early America, Large Assortment of Collector Coins, Tonka Vehicles, Vintage Dresser, Union Leader Tobacco Can, Pin Ups, Pyrex, Home Décor, Porcelain Dolls, Christmas Décor, Bowling Ball & Bags, Rod & Reels & Much More. Log on today and check out this great auction with unique items by visiting www.K-Bid.com NOW!!!
Closes Dec. 17
A.B.I. Auctions for Business and Industry Auction 32
Dake Corporation 150 tTon Tire Press, American Manufacturing Company Scissor Lift, aHytrol Conveyor Company scissor Lift & Conveyor, Onyx Stealth Floor Burnishers, Welders, Hoists, Industrial Fans, GE, Westinghouse, Dayton & Other Motors, Fluke Ti30 Thermal Imager, Buss Plugs, Air Conditioner Control Panels Including: Hubbell AC Connector, AllenBradley, Westinghouse, Siemens & a whole lot MORE!!!
Closes Dec. 18
December Firearms, Original Artwork & Sporting Auction
Remington Sportsman 58, Winchester Model 100, Ruger Super Hawk, CZ 9 mm W/ Two Clips, Large Variety of Original Painting/Pictures w/ Frames, Assortment of Ducks, Deer Head Mount, Duck Mount, Bafflehead Mount, Burris Landmark Telescope, Statues, Big Chief Snow Shoes, Signed Footballs, Baseballs & Basketballs, Home Décor & Much More. To make your bid make sure you visit us at www.K-Bid.com TODAY!!!
Closes Dec. 19
D.A.M. Lowry, MN Sale 1
1959 Oliver Cleet Track Dozer, 1990 Lincoln Town Car, 1975 Dodge Motorhome, Double Stall out House, John Deere 16 Ft. Cultivator, 18 Ft. Drag w/ Fold Up Wings, Bottom Plow, Allis Chalmers Utility Tractor, Horse Drawn Cultivator, Portable Fish House, John Deere Riding Lawn Mowers & Cultivator, Craftsman Snow Blower, Colt 250cc Snowmobile, Cream Separator, Power Tools, Home Décor & Much MORE!!!
Closes Dec. 16
2000 Chevy Suburban 1500 4 X 4, Power Options, Push Button 4WD, 5.3 Liter V8, Great Conidition & Bonus has a Fresh Oil Change; 2001 Ford Ranger 2WD w/ Reliable 5 Speed Manual Transmission & Gas Savings 2.5 Liter 4 Cylinder Engine, Alpine CD Player, Comes w/ 3 Extra Tires. If you are in the market for a new automobile that are in great condition then do not wait any longer & log on to make your bid TODAY!!! Closes Dec. 17
Christenson St. Paul Estate, China, Silver, Antiques
Closes Dec. 17
Advanced Sales Consignment Auction #33
Closes Dec. 18
D.A.M. Osakis 4040 JD Front Wheel Assist Tractor
• Wheelchairs And Cushions • Scooters • Bath And Shower Aides • Walkers And Accessories • Seat Lift Chairs • Orthopedics And Specialty Pillows • Hospital Beds And Accessories • Aides For Daily Living
Closes Dec. 18
Violin. These are set up and ready to play for your Christmas gatherings. Are you looking for a new hobby? Are you in the market for a new Violin? This auction is featuring Violins all expertly tuned by Violinist Amundson Violin: ¾ Size German Steiner w/ Excellent Wood Selection Circa 1900 comes w/Coffin Case & Bow; Full Size Violins w/Coffin Cases & Bow w/ New Hair. To make your bid on one of these fantastic musical instruments visit us online and get your new Violin before CHRISTMAS!!!
D.A.M. Osakis Commercial Coffee, Espresso & Cappuccino Machine Have you dreamed of opening your very own coffee shop? This auction is here for you featuring a La Cimballi Commercial Cappuccino, Ristretto, Latte & Double Latte Beverage Machine, Recently Serviced & is Ready to Start Brewing, Less than 10,000 Cups Brewed so is basically New. To make your bid visit us at www.K-Bid.com and view this machine in more detail and start your New Inexpensive Business TODAY!!!
Closes Dec. 20
J.A.X. of Benson Sale #135
Rogers Surplus Equipment
1997 Chevrolet 2500 Suburban LT, Henderson Dump Box & Lift, Dual Auger Snow blowers, Poly Spray Tanks, Ace RotoMolt Vertical Poly Tank, Olathe Sweeper, SUV Tailgate Spreader w/ Motor & Controls, Skidsteer Snow Bucket, Berlin Industries Bucket Sander, Snow Wolf 9ft Push Plows, John Deere Mower Deck, Western Icebreaker, Bonnel Push-NPlows & Much More. Log on today to www.K-Bid.com & BID!!!
John Deere 4040 MFW European Year, Early to Mid 80s Horsepower, Rated 100hp Engine, Has a JD 4050 Engine, Minimal Hours on the Hydraulic Manufactured Front Wheel Assist Quad Range Transmission, Wonderful Tires, New Fuel Pump, Muffler, Air Filter, Engine Oil & Filter, 2-6 Volt Batteries, Fuel Cap Operator Manual 3 Point Hitch 1 SCV Purchased w/ Low Hours. To make your bid log on today and bid NOW!!!
Closes Dec. 19
Custom Sales December Trailers
Are you in the market for a new trailer? Do you have tools or sport utilities that you need to travel with? This auction is the one for you as it is featuring some 2013 Cargomate Enclosed Trailers, 2011 Cargomate Factory Holdover, 2006 Pontiac G6, Rounded Top & Sides 2013 Enclosed Trailer, 1996 Polaris Sport & Large Assortment of Truck Rims. To make your bid visit www.K-Bid.com view these items & get yours NOW!!!
Close Dec. 17
Antique Coca-Cola Machine, Di-cast Coca Cola Collectables, Wooden Fishing Lures, Fishing Decoy, Pictures, Oak Rocking Chair, Beer Signs, Glass Lamps, Tools Including Saws, Drill Brace’s & Squares. Collectables Plates, Antique Toys, Hat Boxes, Barbie Dolls, U.S. US Military Items, Furniture, Bedroom Set, Silver Trays & Much More. Visit us online at www.KBid.com to view these auction items & Bid online NOW!!!
Whiteford 14 foot Isuzu Truck, Chrysler 300c, Suburban, Dodge,
1996 14 FT Isuzu NPT Turbo Diesel, Shelving w/Truck & Recently Updated; 2005 Chrysler 300M w/ HEMI Engine, Fast, 22” Rims, Heated Leather, Sun Roof, Updated Parts & 6 Disc CD Changer; 2003 Volvo SUV 7 Passenger SUV, AWD, Leather & DVD Entertainment Center; 1999 Volvo S80 T6, Heated Leather Seats, Daily Driver & Sun Roof; 1999 Suburban 5.7 Vortec that seats 9 & One Ton1996 Dodge Ram. Log on NOW!!!
Closes Dec. 17
Are you looking for some unique pieces for your home? Are you a collector? Check out this auction featuring: German Made Cukoo Clock , Kerosen Lamp, Wall Clock w/ Pendulum & Has Amazing Chimes, Oneida Sterling Silver Flatware, Dishes & Carving Knives, China Cabinet w/ Glass Shelves & Lights, Oak Curio Cabinet w/Mirrored Background, Teapots Vases, Saucers & Much More. Log on today to make a BID!!!
Closes Dec. 16
Empire Wholesale Truck Auction #2
GCS Outdoor Sportsman's Christmas Sale
Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator, Trolling Motor, CLAM Portable Ice Fishing Shacks, Hunting Knives, Instant Garages, Inflatable Boats, Tonneau Truck Covers, Hunting Stands & Blinds, ATV Accessories, Antler Chandelier, Fire pits, Boat Seats, Camping Gear, Pet Accessories, Duck Decoy Weight Retrievers & Much More. Preview the item that you want & make your bid on your new Outdoor Gear online TODAY!!!
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