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Lakeville August 2, 2013 | Volume 34 | Number 23

NEWS A rousing raid at the fair The Dakota County Fair promises lots of action this year, including a mock shootout with a legendary outlaw. Page 3A

OPINION Helping parents be aware 360 Communities is working with area groups to help make parents aware of quality child care opportunities. Page 4A


Raising children without a home Homelessness among families triples in past four years - Third in a series by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

LaTeasa spent years building a comfortable life for herself and her children only to lose everything: her job, her home, her sense of stability. Following the birth of her second child in 2012, LaTeasa (who asked that her last name not be used) was laid off from her job of 12 years as a telecommunications repair specialist and found herself unable to work due to complications from her pregnancy. The 38-year-old single mother kept the family afloat for several months by turning to personal savings and her retirement account as well as child support. With her savings soon exhausted, LaTeasa found herself unable to afford the rent on her Woodbury home. With nowhere to

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Homelessness in Dakota County go, she and her two children were homeless. “I had to face the fact that we couldn’t live in Woodbury anymore,” she said. “I don’t know if I could prepare myself for that.” LaTeasa ended up sleeping in her truck with her infant son, while her 18-yearold son stayed with a relative. The family turned to area homeless shelters, but they were full and the family was placed on a waiting list. On her own since she was 17 years old, LaTeasa had never faced homelessness and

Dakota Woodlands provides free on-site child care services for its residents while they work, attend school or go to appointments. (Photo by Jessica Harper) was devastated. “I felt like a failure,” she said, fighting back tears. Now residing at a homeless shelter in Eagan, LaTea-

sa and her children are among the growing number of homeless families in DaSee HOMELESS, 10A

Council urges caution at first glance of budget City predicts continued development uptick

Curtain call Lakeville playwright Jennifer Cockerill will see the debut of her play “A Certain Age” at this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival. Page 23A



Susan and Tim Hatch, of Lakeville, with their dog Rebel. (Photo by Laura Adelmann)

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Local dog’s ordeal may help find brain cancer cure by Laura Adelmann

Youth soccer closes summer season Lakeville was one of the sites of the state summer youth soccer tournament. Page 17A

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Rebel’s seizures started in the middle of the night last March, a halfhour long grand mal-like nightmare of convulsions that scared and concerned the springer spaniel’s owners, Tim and Susan Hatch. “We thought it was epilepsy,” Susan Hatch said. The 8-year-old dog, Susan Hatch’s best pal since college, had been

acting lethargic for months, rejecting food and opportunities to take walks; the couple had chalked it up to old age. It’s a common reaction, said Dr. Liz Pluhar, the University of Minnesota veterinarian who treated Rebel for what was discovered to be glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM, an aggressive, deadly and common form of brain cancer in dogs and humans. It is the same cancer


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that took the life of Ted Kennedy at age 77, just 13 months after his diagnosis. Susan and Tim Hatch had turned to Pluhar at the suggestion of their veterinarian for possible inclusion in a unique trial treatment program to study a potential cure for brain cancer that could work in humans, too. Rebel was accepted into the program and sched-

About a year after settling a contentious debate over city funding for the Heritage Center project, Lakeville City Council members are holding the line on new spending for the facility in 2014. Council Member Kerrin Swecker, a project proponent, said at a July 24 budget work session she would only approve regular maintenance costs for the Heritage Center next year, estimated at $11,608 in a draft 2014-15 budget proposal. City staff had proposed also spending $29,363 for capital expenses at the Heritage Center, the city’s former police station remodeled to house its senior center, Yellow Ribbon organization and the Historical Society. The $1.09 million project, primarily funded by the city, had been the subject of numerous heated City Council discussions for more than a year before being approved on a 3-2 vote in 2012. Swecker had been the swing vote to move the

project forward, but was the first at the workshop to raise concerns about spending more public funds on the building at this time. “I cannot and will not support any additional funding for the Heritage Center until we get it paid off,” Swecker said, adding the city should seek donations for amenities cited in the budget that included audio-visual equipment, an ice machine, commercial coffee maker and dishwasher. Swecker said she would help find donors. Council Members Colleen LaBeau and Doug Anderson agreed with Swecker, and council members unanimously also rejected spending a proposed $60,000 for an electronic sign in front of City Hall that would advertise community events. The budget draft proposed a $24.3 million levy that included replacing the Police and Fire departments’ computer systems, adding video tape in police squad cars for $175,000 and a voice recognition system for $65,134 that allows officers to dictaSee BUDGET, 10A

Despite neighbors’ concerns, the Lakeville Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a church group’s plans to convert a residential home into a church building, and per city code, build a 14-stall parking lot. The commission, on a 5-2 vote, also recommended the Lakeville City Council deny Minneapolis Meeting Rooms Inc. (Plymouth Brethren Christian Church) a variance to the city’s sideyard setback requirement of 30 feet, in part because they did not think it was a

significant hardship. Plymouth Brethren Christian Church member Tom Chellberg said the zoning requirement detail was overlooked, and church member Jerry Holman said without the variance, they would have to remove part of the building’s garage, making it hard to resell and adding expenses to the approximately $250,000 to $300,000 of remodeling work planned for the home. The group plans to remove walls in the 1970 home, located on a corner lot at 9880 192nd Street, to allow space for a maximum of 40 people. See HEARING, 15A

Plymouth Brethren Church member Tom Chellberg addressed the Lakeville Planning Commission at a July 25 public hearing. Many neighbors spoke in opposition to the group’s plans that trigger city code requiring the installation of a parking lot in a residential neighborhood. (Photo by Laura Adelmann)


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Weber named general manager of ECM Publishers ECM Publishers, which operates 51 publications in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, has named Mark H. Weber as the new south region general manager. Weber will office in Eden Prairie  and will

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County Tribune, which are published weekly in the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. Weber joins ECM Publishers with a strong sales and marketing back-

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The Night to Unite effort strengthens neighborhoods by encouraging people to get to know one another and meet law enforcement, public safety, and government leaders. Representatives from Lakeville police, fire, or the City Council plan to stop by each party. There is still time to schedule a party by going to www.

$POTUSVDUJPO6QEBUF Work on the I-35 portion between Elko New Market and the Burnsville split has begun. Motorists can expect to see temporary off-peak lane closures as crews build crossovers and make preparations for the upcoming traffic switches. The long-term, head-to-head traffic switch is tentatively scheduled to begin on or around Aug. 26. The road will be reduced to a single lane north of CR 50 on weekends prior to the Aug. 26 date. I-35E: Both north and southbound traffic on I-35E, between Diffley Road and the I-35/35W/35E split has been shifted to their designated side of the roadway. The roadway will remain single lane as crews remove the crossovers, barrier and re-stripe the roadway. Crews will begin the removals on the southbound lanes and they expect all lanes north and southbound to re-open by Aug. 6. There will still be two weekend closures of I-35W between Hwy. 13 and the I-35/35W/35E split, one for each direction of the roadway. The first weekend closure is tentatively scheduled to begin on Aug 9. For more information on this MnDOT project, visit the City website at www.

Night to Unite is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota and local law enforcement communities. If you are not attending a neighborhood party, you can still participate and send a message of neighborhood unity by turning your porch light on from 7 to 10 p.m.

5K Trail Run Tuesday, Aug. 6 Ritter Farm Park 19300 Ritter Trail Cost $10 Pre-Register at www.lakeville-rapconnect. com and enter program #6417 or call 952-985-4600. Day-of registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Run starts at 6 p.m. Event includes door prizes and a post race social. Sponsored by Runner’s Gate, Life Wellness Center & Lakeville Parks & Recreation

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New at the Dakota County Fair: A Mock Dillinger raid Dakota City offers daily entertainment with old-time twist by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Infamous Depressionera bank robber John Dillinger and his gang escaped through Farmington at one point late in his career after a gunfight in Hastings, so the story goes. Apparently, the Farmington sheriff department was alerted by authorities that he was coming through Farmington and this was a good chance to capture him. Considering the size of Farmington at the time, the sheriff didn’t have much manpower, so the department set up a small road block. “Supposedly, Dillinger just drove past it,” actor Devin Steben-Anderson said. “I guess they fired a few rounds at the cars, but Dillinger just ignored it. They lost too many men at the Hastings’ shoot-out.” Dillinger went on to rob a few more banks in Ohio and Indiana before dying in a shoot-out in Chicago in 1934. Steben-Anderson hopes to capture Dillinger’s spirit as the main actor during a mock bank raid performance at 4 p.m., Aug. 10 and at 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Vermillion State Bank within Dakota City at the Dakota County Fair. The reenactment is purely fictional. It will feature Dillinger and his gang as they drive through Farmington, rob a bank, and eventually get into a shoot out with local police

at Monticello and the Three Sisters section. The Three Sisters section demonstrates what Native Americans grow including corn, pole beans and squash, which are all dependent on each other. The beans use the corn stalks as a trellis and the spiny squash vines keep the animals away. Thomas Jefferson gardens feature flowers and vegetables and the remaining sections have vegetable varieties that were available from 1860-1930.

and FBI agents. The reenactment will feature about 10 cars from the era, and star around 15-20 actors: Seven gangsters, three officers of the law, bankers and villagers. Many of the same actors regularly perform a World War II service during Armed Forces Day at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in May. In previous years, the fair featured a cowboy shoot-out, but this year they wanted to freshen up the act. The reenactment is one of many new features during the fair in Dakota City Heritage Village, which comes to life with costumed interpreters and activities of 100 years ago. Dakota City is a 1900 era rural village that also features a blacksmith shop, newspaper office, schoolhouse and millinery shop.

Other events • There will be a tractor parade every day at 1 p.m. featuring about 150 tractors. • The drugstore will sell root beer, food, ice cream and raffle tickets. • Live music at the bandstand will feature the Summer Pops Band led by Apple Valley’s Rich Clausen, young violinists and accordion players Ed Brezina and Maynard Ohm. During the week other musicians and demonstrators can be found on porches. • The millinery will feature hat making. • Lakeville author Gordon Fredrickson will be selling his books in the library. Dakota City Heritage Village is always looking for volunteers for events, school programs and tours. If interested, call 651-460-8050 or visit for more information. More information about the fair can be found at www.SunThisweek. com/tag/Dakota-CountyFair-2013.

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Curator Lynn Stegmaier will have displays on “Winter Life in Minnesota” and hanging vintage quilts in the museum. “When winter came there were a new set of chores,” Stegmaier said. “Folks did not just sit around and wait for spring.” Residents collected wood for the stove, harvested ice blocks of ice for summer, went ice fishing, laced up the ice skates, went for sleigh rides, and Deven Steben will play John Dillinger in a shoot-out reenactment at the Dakota Counglided down hills on their ty Fair. (Photo submitted) sleds. Eastling, Shane Lord, Em- p.m. Saturday. There will The show features several ily Scinto, Aria Stiles and be matinees at 2 and 5 p.m. Chautauqua musical numbers about The Chautauqua Tent the town of Nicols, mak- Tim Bunting playing vari- Thursday and Sunday. Shows will have perfor- ing moonshine, electricity, ous characters based on Garden district mances of “Footprints on Jesse James, the South St. Minnesota history. Chautauqua shows The gardens located the Prairie,” written and Paul stockyards, and life begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the southwest corner directed by Pete Martin, on the prairie. It stars Eric through Thursday. Friof Dakota City feature Email Andy Rogers at throughout the week be- Peltoniemi, Dewey Roth, day’s only show is at 6 p.m. two sections including the hind the drug store. Jennifer Merhar, Marissa and shows are at 5 and 7 Thomas Jefferson gardens


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360 Communities Child Care Aware working to promote Parent Aware by Mischelle Ulrich SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The first five years of life are crucial in the healthy cognitive development of a child. Many children spend a good portion of those first years in a child care setting, so it is important to help parents and providers develop strong child care programs to ensure children arrive at kindergarten prepared and ready to learn. 360 Communities Child Care Aware, a member of the Child Care Aware of Minnesota network, partners with child care providers, family, friend and neighbor caregivers and community organizations to promote the quality of child care in Dakota County. Our belief is that the entire community benefits when families are able to access high quality child care. There are currently 871 licensed child care providers in Dakota County. This can make choosing a child care provider a daunting task for any parent and this decision can have lasting impacts on a child’s development. A 2010 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study found that the quality of child care in the first several years of life has a noticeable impact on a child’s cognitive development and academic achievement as far out as a decade later. The study, which followed

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Mischelle Ulrich over 1,300 children for more than 10 years, found that negative effects of poor child care endured through age 15. Quality child care provides the educational foundation children need to be ready for school. To make it easier for parents to choose quality care and for providers to differentiate themselves to the public, Child Care Aware of Minnesota is rolling out a new tool to help empower parents across Minnesota to make good child care choices for their children. Parent Aware is a new four-star rating system that aims to provide parents with an objective tool to judge the quality of day care settings while, at the same time, enhancing the quality of child care in Minnesota. When parents see the Parent Aware rating for a provider, they can be assured that the program has volunteered to have their program assessed using a number of proven quality indicators. Each star rating represents a level of training and best practices implementation achieved by a child care

provider. If a provider has a one star rating, it does not mean they are a poor child care provider. Rather, it means they have begun the rating process and have demonstrated a commitment to quality child care. If a provider has a Parent Aware rating, it is a sign that they are ahead of the curve and are taking steps to ensure they are implementing the best practices to prepare young people for kindergarten. For each star level, quality is measured in four areas: • Physical health and well-being • Teaching and relationships • Assessment of child progress • Teacher training and education All participating programs have: • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn and grow • Placed a focus on children’s health and safety Jackie Yernberg, early childhood director of Lighthouse Explorers Christian Child Care in Rosemount, says the process of obtaining a Parent Aware rating is hard work and a lengthy process, but it is worth it because parents, child care providers, and

most importantly, children benefit. “Without a shadow of a doubt, this process demonstrates quality early childhood programming,” Yernberg said. “Quality is measurable. It can be measured by positive staff-child interactions, the growth of children through developmental milestones, the pride the child-parent-teacher share when effort, achievements and affirmation are working hand-in-hand.” Dakota County providers who are interested are encouraged to call me for more information at 952-985-4045. New groups of providers start every July and January. Watch for more information about Parent Aware in the coming months. Parents, if you currently have a child care provider, consider talking to them about Parent Aware if they are not yet rated. Everyone can learn more about Parent Aware at or by calling 888-291-9811. Mischelle Ulrich is supervisor of 360 Communities Child Care Aware, a member of Child Care Aware of Minnesota. 360 Communities provides support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency. More is at or call 952-9855300. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Sloppily stored garbage bins To the editor: I recently saw a interesting July 15 story in the Star Tribune regarding what some cities are doing to avoid sloppily stored garbage and recycling bins. They are finding that too many homes are storing bins in front of or beside their garages when they should be storing them inside their garage. In Lakeville we are seeing the same problem. For those who have a one car garage, storing them inside maybe a problem but most often it is occurring with residences which have two or three garage stalls. It would be much more pleasing for your neighbors and for the city of Lakeville if the bins would be stored inside. And, the city could avoid having to create an ordinance to address this potential blight problem. LARRY SCHLUTER Lakeville

Clausen helps move the state forward To the editor: With the 2013 legislative session in the rearview mirror, a few observations. I think the session demonstrated how to do the work of governing – the job legislators are elected to do. It made positive strides for our state to improve the economic outlook, invest in education and address our budget issues and our newly elected senator helped make those things happen.

Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, worked for his constituents and with members of the Republican caucus and compiled a list of noteworthy accomplishments for a first-term senator. With his education background, he authored the bill funding all-day kindergarten. As vice-chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, he helped freeze tuition in our state college and university systems and increase financial aid for college students. These investments in our children, and our future, will pay dividends down the road. The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and surrounding counties comprise the 44th largest economy in the world, due in part to our educated workforce. This is an investment we must make. Clausen supported economic development projects in Rochester, a 3M research complex, expansion of the Mall of America, Emerson Process Management and Baxter Pharmaceuticals, in addition to tax-increment financing (TIF) for two projects in Apple Valley. Again, investments in the future for the state and for the quality of life for Minnesotans. It is easy to complain about things that didn’t get done, about raising taxes, about paying back (or not paying back) the school shift from the previous session, and more. But we seldom acknowledge the things that did get done. I thank Clausen for the hard work he did on our behalf. We don’t move forward by standing still, and Clausen didn’t get elected to stand

still or stand in the way. We all know there is more to do, and with Clausen working for us, we have made a start in making Minnesota a state that works again. JUDY FINGER Apple Valley

Kline’s jobs fair falls short To the editor:’ Last week, Brooke Dorobiala wrote a self-congratulatory letter to the editor in Sun Thisweek thanking the 700 participants who attended John Kline’s Career and Jobs Fair in Eagan. While it is critical that we match unemployed people to quality jobs, I fear that Kline’s efforts are too little too late. He lacks a vision for the future. The narrow-minded focus of Kline’s local events and legislative efforts highlights his lack of emphasis on preparing constituents for jobs of the future. This contrasts strongly with Mike Obermueller’s history of supporting early childhood education, robust public schools, special education, closing the achievement gap, affordable higher education, and practical job training. A job fair sounds like it seeks to help constituents. But what is a “career” fair? Take a look at some of the corporate and educational institutions participating in Kline’s event: Argosy University, Brown College, DeVry University, Empire Beauty School, GlobalScholar/Scantron, Herzing University, Interstate Truck Driving School, ITT Technical Institute, Rasmussen College, The Art Insti-

Correction An article about Lakeville’s process to hire a new police chief last week incorrectly quoted Council Member Colleen LaBeau as saying the city’s police department had added a fourth captain. LaBeau did not specify a number, but only discussed changes in the department, which include expansion to three captains, not four. Sun Thisweek regrets the error.

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tutes International MN, and the University of Phoenix. These organizations have one thing in common: all are for-profit companies. Interestingly, for-profit universities or their executives contributed $116,000 to Kline’s congressional campaign last quarter. Rather than striving to match out-of-work constituents with jobs, Kline seems intent on providing his buddies with a chance to market themselves to the public. Kline’s abysmal legislative record also shows that he is looking out for his pals, not his constituents. Real leadership would not just seek to stem the tide of unemployment, but look toward a bright new future by re-training people unprepared for 21st century jobs and providing students with opportunities to succeed. Our current congressman shows his lack of commitment to these ideals every day, whether it be through his bill decreasing federal K-12 education funding below sequester levels, refusing to lock in borrowing rates that give students certainty in their loans, or failing to implement meaningful displaced worker programs. If you think the 2nd District deserves something more than Kline’s occasional self-promoting job fair, vote for Obermueller in 2014. ERIK SPRINGER Northfield

Farm Bill needs revision To the editor: I was upset to learn that the U.S. House’s version of the Farm Bill contains a section created by Iowa Rep. Steve King that would nullify state laws protecting food safety, the environment, and animal welfare. As an example, numerous states

have passed laws protecting mother dogs trapped inside puppy mills, yet these laws would be repealed by this Farm Bill. Fortunately, the Senate doesn’t have this dangerous provision in its version of the Farm Bill. It is my hope that Rep. Collin Peterson, R-Minnesota, who is expected to be in the bill’s conference committee, will work to ensure that the Steve King language doesn’t make it into the final Farm Bill when the two branches of Congress combine their wording. That would help rectify a scary situation our representative is partially responsible for. FREEMAN WICKLUND Lakeville

Valuing parks for decades

portant decisions that need to be made to preserve the natural systems in this park for future generations to enjoy.” A mid-90s DNR Natural Resources Survey reported: “Management and development of (Lebanon Hills) should take these rare features into account … should be valued as examples of pre-development natural resource communities for the enjoyment of park visitors … not viewed as empty spaces to construct more facilities. Limited park lands cannot accommodate all uses requested by the public. … Lebanon Hills is a significant natural resource … because it is the last remaining large habitat of this type in northern Dakota County … elevated in importance each time development takes place in the surrounding area. … Development in Lebanon Hills should be part of an integrated, comprehensive plan with other parks … preserving the natural communities not available at other sites.” The County’s 2008 Park Plan includes developing new trails through most county and regional parks. This greenway corridor will include 200 miles of bike trails. Up to five of the trails are proposed to connect in Lebanon Hills. To preserve Lebanon Hills, the greenway could use existing trails around the park and not bulldoze through this valuable natural resource. A trail hub … perhaps the new Whitetail Woods in central Dakota County. County residents value the parks natural resources for recreation and education … we have for decades. That is a fact.

To the editor: County Commissioner Tom Egan wrongly accused those who oppose pavement in Lebanon Hills of creating their own facts. In truth, protecting the natural character of Lebanon Hills has been a priority of citizens for decades. The 1980 Master Plan states: “It is imperative that the utilization of these natural resources is placed in proper perspective and that each be protected to avoid destroying something that could never be restored to its original state.” The 1994 Dakota County Parks Policy states: “Dakota County believes that all of its citizens should have opportunities for recreation and be able to enjoy nature in settings unhindered by the pressures of development.” The 2001 Master Plan states: “Although human use issues will continue to be of interest to citizens of the region, these pale HOLLY JENKINS in comparison to the im- Eagan

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MnDOT plan discussions hit the road Commissioner Zelle travels to talk transportation systems, costs by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The numbers don’t add up, but Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle isn’t throwing up his hands. “I don’t think the number is scary,” Zelle said of $12 billion in unfunded needs confronting MnDOT over the next 20 years. “I think the number is achievable.” Zelle, of Minneapolis, wants to tell his story to the people of Minnesota. And he’ll get his chance. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has been urging Zelle and MnDOT officials to take to the road to show Minnesotans the kinds of transportation systems they can have — first-rate, passable — and what the visions will cost. “Let the people of Minnesota decide,” Dayton said recently. Zelle has been traveling, recently appearing before the Metropolitan Council. Not that the commissioner views MnDOT’s 20-year State Highway Investment Plan, which he presented to the council, as

a gem. Just the opposite. “This isn’t our vision,” Zelle told the council. But there’s simple, telling arithmetic. Some $30 billion in transportation needs is detailed in MnSHIP, but the investment plan identifies $18 billion in secure funding. The investment plan contains other thoughtprovoking numbers. For instance, half of state highway pavement is more than 50 years old. More than a third of state highway bridges are more than 50 years old. Although the plan in the second 10-year phase calls for a focus almost entirely on infrastructure preservation, the number of state roads and bridges in poor condition will double and perhaps triple within 20 years, according to MnDOT. But Zelle will choose his words carefully when meeting the public. “I think that’s always a very delicate balance,” he said of linking given projects to funding increases. With transportation projects, things can happen, Zelle explained. “We don’t want to be so specific that it appears we are giving a promise,” he said. Transportation advocates applaud Zelle’s mission. “We’re thrilled he will be

Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle has been urged by his boss, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, to travel the state and talk about transportation and the system the public can expect for their transportation dollars. Zelle, pictured during a hearing in the past legislative session, said in his travels he’ll also being doing a lot of listening. (Photo by T.W. Budig) out advocating,” said Margaret Donahoe of Minnesota Transportation Alliance. Donahoe suggested Zelle drum on several things, one being trans-

portation is key to the state’s economy. Business people really do calculate the condition of highways, the proximity of airports, in deciding locations, she said.

Donahoe — like Lona Schreiber, Met Council member — urged Zelle to stress the dedicated nature of transportation funding. That is, gas tax dollars, for example, can’t be diverted by lawmakers to fix the State Capitol roof. “It really does mean that there’s a locked box,” Donahoe said of constitutional dedications. Former Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg said Zelle will do a great job advocating for transportation. Zelle needs to carry the message that the state needs a statewide, broad-use, interconnecting transportation system, Tinklenberg said, that is efficient, reliable and safe. “The fact the number (budget gap) is enormous is not a good excuse for doing nothing,” Tinklenberg said. If the administration crafts a transportation initiative, it must be broadbased, he said. “You can’t just have one part,” Tinklenberg said, ascribing the collapse of the past legislative session’s transportation funding initiative in part to a toonarrow approach. Donahoe agrees. Even with transit, highway conditions are important, she said. Buses are not immune to potholes and congestion, she added. Zelle indicated to the

council the business community is still smarting from tax increases last session. “I remain very optimistic,” Zelle said of buy-in from business. His meetings with CEOs and others in the business community have been positive, he said. Last session the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce did not support transportation tax increases. The chamber is currently forming its 2014 legislative agenda. In its investment plan, MnDOT cites a number of factors eating away at transportation dollars. One factor is inflation, which, over the course of 20 years, could reduce the funding buying power by 60 percent. Increased fuel efficiency and fewer miles being driven – the mileage peaking in 2004 – cut away at gas tax revenues. Dayton opposes increasing the gas tax. “It’s certainly possible,” Donahoe said of crafting a transportation finance package that does not include a gas tax increase. Tinklenberg, now a lobbyist, said there are no transportation funding short cuts. “In transportation, you get what you pay for,” he said. Email T.W. Budig at

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White Bear Lake poses a simple question: Where did the water go? In part, down the drain; not exactly, but White Bear Lake does illustrate the complexities of water, a resource scarce in parts of the United States and often taken for granted in water-rich Minnesota. That is, until lakes shrink and water tables fall – until now. “If you want to hear anxiety, talk to a public works director whose (city) well is sucking air,” said Tim Kelly, administrator for the Coon Creek Watershed District in Anoka County. Lawmakers and other officials are trying to learn more about, and plan for the better use of, the state’s water resources. In the past legislative session, lawmakers slated an additional $6 million per year for groundwater monitoring, for instance. “I would not characterize our current situation, or anything in the near future, as a crisis,” said former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam, now of the Freshwater Society. “(But) we’re depleting a groundwater supply that we’re fairly ignorant about.” The Metropolitan Council is active, currently studying means of lessening the pumping of aquifers — geological sponges, which, as believed with White Bear Lake, can lower surface water levels when depleted. Aquifers underlie the metro and the rest of the state. They can recharge but some very slowly; the water pumped from them can be 30,000 years old. In the metro, increased reliance on groundwater has taken place. According to the Met Council, 60 years ago, less than a quarter of the water used in the metro was groundwater. More than 75 percent was surface water — water drawn from the Mississippi River, for instance. But during the 1980s, as the suburbs pushed out, groundwater usage surpassed surface water

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usage. Currently, about 75 percent of the water used in the metro is groundwater. Groundwater is the source of drinking water for 75 percent of Minnesotans and 98 percent of the state’s nearly 1,000 community water systems, according the Environmental Quality Board. “That caused a lot of decline in the aquifer levels in many places,” Ali Elhassan, Water Supply planning manager for the Met Council, said of groundwater use in the metro. The metro area is growing — some 500,000 additional residents by 2030, it’s projected. Current groundwater modeling suggests the Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer, the most used aquifer in the metro, could be 40 feet lower in some areas of the metro in the future than today. Some officials argue the region’s current groundwater use is unsustainable. A Met Council map shows a dark oval in southern Washington County, indicating a Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer drawdown of 30 to 40 feet by 2030 due to anticipated increased pumping. The map shows scarlet blotches across southern Washington County and parts of Dakota County, indicating more than a 50 percent drawdown of the aquifer. Exceeding the 50 percent threshold, Elhassan said, means the DNR steps in and tells you to find another source of water. “Looking at White Bear Lake, it’s an indication. It’s a symptom, rather than a problem,” Elhassan said, expressing sympathy for those living along the shoreline. Although White Bear Lake is the best-known example of the interplay of groundwater and surface water, others exist. Ramsey Wetlands, Brooklyn Park Wetlands, Seminary Fen and Savage Fen along the Minnesota River are other examples of surface water being affected by groundwater, according to the Met Council. Besides affecting sur-

Groundwater chart courtesy of the Metropolitan Council. face water, declining aquifers can threaten city wells. Met Council officials are exploring ways of having more cities use surface water. They look to the rivers. “We are a water-rich state,” Elhassan said. The St. Croix, Mississippi and Minnesota rivers represent trillions of gallons of water flowing through the metro. St. Paul and Minneapolis use a fraction of the river water, according to the Met Council. According to the city of Minneapolis, the city’s average withdrawal from the Mississippi River — the city’s sole source of water — averages about 21 billion gallons per year. Met Council groundwater modeling suggests that if 24 metro communities of the region’s 186 communities shifted to using river water, the aquifer drawdown would slow or even begin to reverse in some areas. “Instead of water levels going down by 40 feet, we have a rebound of about 15, 10 feet in some places, 5 feet in other places, which is a very sustainable scenario than just relying on groundwater for the future,” Elhassan said. According to the council, 16 metro cities currently rely on the Mississippi River for water. Minneapolis sells water to Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, Columbia

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pensive, he said. While groundwater costs about 1 cent for 10 gallons, Minneapolis charges a less than a nickel for the same amount of surface water. “It’s too cheap,” Blaine Mayor Tom Ryan said. Ryan, who argues for conservation, points to automatic lawn sprinklers gushing water during rainstorms as one example of squandering water. “I don’t think it’s an emergency yet,” Ryan said of water issues. “But coming up, it (water issues) will be talked about.” People are paying more attention to water issues, Kelly said. “I think White Bear Lake is a chapter in that,” he said. But as long as water continues to flow from the tap, he added, some will ask, “‘What’s the problem?’ Email T.W. Budig at

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Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam, now of the Freshwater Society, suggests stricter enforcement and a regional approach as means of better addressing groundwater. Pumping without the proper permit is a misdemeanor, said Merriam, who serves on the ECM Publishers’ Board of Directors. That is, if someone is pumping more than 10,000 gallons per day without a permit, someone could call their county attorney and report the crime. But given that county attorneys are busy, it’s unlikely a water crime would be prosecuted, Merriam said. One way around this, Merriam suggested, is

granting the DNR authority to exact administrative penalties. The DNR is already involved the well permitting process. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has administrative penalty authority, as does the Minnesota Department of Health, he said. But Merriam said convincing lawmakers to support administrative penalties by the DNR is problematic. In addition to sharper enforcement, Merriam suggested the metro take the same approach to water as it did with municipal sewage. Years ago, individual cities, such as Anoka, for instance, had their own sewage treatment plants. Now metro sewage treatment has been centralized under the control of the Met Council. “I think it would make

sense — a metropolitan system — for groundwater, surface water and municipal water supplies,” Merriam said. “Instead of every community figuring out how they’ll meet their water needs, oblivious to what their neighbors are doing or others are doing in the aquifer, we could have some overall management,” he said. But a League of Minnesota Cities’ official expressed concern about granting the Met Council, for instance, authority over the water supply. Cities have billions of dollars invested in their water systems, said Craig Johnson of the League of Minnesota Cities. The Met Council hasn’t invested a nickel. Tim Budig is at

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Shane Anderson’s presence will be hard to miss at the 2013 Uptown Art Fair. The Apple Valley artist was commissioned to create the commemorative print for this year’s art fair, which runs Aug. 2-4. The piece he created, “Uptown Turnaround,” juxtaposes cartoon images of Minneapolis’s Uptown neighborhood past and present to tell a story about how the area has evolved over the past 50 years. Once Anderson had completed the piece, art fair officials transformed “Uptown Turnaround” into a poster and incorporated it into promotional materials and art fair mer-

Anderson chandise. “I spent a lot of time gathering input from people close to Uptown and the Uptown Art Fair,” said Anderson. “Every image in this painting has a meaning for the Uptown

area and community, and each piece of this painting has a purpose and a place.” Anderson said he was commissioned to do the piece based on the strength of his commissioned print for the 2011 St. Paul Winter Carnival. It’s the latest in a series of highly visible art pieces Anderson has undertaken – his work has also adorned several statues in the Peanuts and Diggin’ Dinos series that are scattered throughout St. Paul, and he recently completed illustrations covering two Goldie Gopher statues for a promotional art series at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. While he began exhibiting his work at art fairs in

2007, Anderson said he’s been interested in art all his life, and started developing a sense for illustration in middle school. “I would always be doodling – in middle school I would doodle cartoons all over my notebook covers,” he said. “I grew up with ADHD and doodling kind of helped me focus.” Anderson, who saw the unveiling of his commemorative print at a July 20 ceremony in Minneapolis, will have a booth at the Uptown Art Fair this weekend near the Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue intersection. More about his work is at Email Andrew Miller at

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trees found through a tree inventory to be in good condition, said Terry Schultz, director of parks, recreation and natural resources. Those are generally the larger ashes, he said. Another 1,200 are in poor condition and will be removed and replaced, he said. Slightly more than half of Burnsville’s 40,885 ash trees are on private property. As emerald ash borer spreads, the city has authority to order trees removed. But it will promote treatment and plans to negotiate the same low treatment rates for trees on private property the city will pay for public trees. “I’m hearing that a lot of folks are already starting to treat their ash trees on private property,” Schultz said. “I think a lot of our residents are pretty well aware of it. We do our best to let folks know what’s coming and what their options are. “We suggest they treat their ash trees like we do. If they have one that’s in poor condition, they might want to take it down and replace it with another species. If it’s a nice one and part of your landscape, you might want to consider treating it.” The city welcomed the free organic treatments at City Hall and will watch the treated trees over time to measure the organic product against chemical insecticides, Schultz said. “We’re probably not going to really know how well it works until we actually have EAB,” he said. “It may be a while until we have an outcome.”

Burnsville unleashed its first defenses against emerald ash borer July 25 when some ash trees at City Hall were injected with an organic insecticide. The treatments are just a precursor to the campaign the city will begin next spring to protect some 2,800 public boulevard trees from the deadly ash borer beetle. Its larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting a tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. The nonchemical treatments at City Hall were courtesy of Twin Citiesbased Rainbow Treecare, which consulted with Burnsville on its plan to contain the coming threat to the city’s tree canopy. Rainbow treated 15 to 25 trees with TreeAzin, a Canadian product the company distributes. Small green bands are tied around the treated trees, which Rainbow emerald ash borer specialist Troy Mason said should be retreated every two years. “They’re very big,” Mason said. “They’re very healthy. They’re very vital. They’re very important trees.” The city has a 10-year, $3.5 million plan to protect public trees from emerald ash borer. Infestations spread slowly, since the beetle flies only about a quarter mile a year. It takes four to five years for emerald ash borer to kill a tree, Mason said. The beetle has been discovered in Minneapolis and St. Paul and at Fort Snelling, but not yet in Burnsville. Burnsville will hire John Gessner can be reached contractors to treat about at 952-846-2031 or email 2,865 public boulevard

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HOMELESS, from 1A kota County. Homelessness among families in Dakota County has more than tripled in the past four years from 116 in 2009 to 434 in 2013, according to the county’s January pointin-time survey. Children make up nearly half (48.9 percent) of the county’s homeless, which is also on the rise. Homelessness among those under age 18 in Dakota County has doubled from 246 in 2009 to 491 in 2013. Dakota County is outpacing the state, which saw homelessness among families rise 4 percent between 2009 and 2012 to 3,546. Homelessness among two-parent families, however, jumped 22 percent, according a 2012 study by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The study is the most recent statewide data on homelessness. Children make up one-third of the 10,214 homeless people in Minnesota.

Finding shelter LaTeasa’s struggle took a heavy toll on her teenage son who began to emotionally distance

Dakota Woodlands provides free on-site child care services for its residents while they work, attend school or go to appointments. (Photo by Jessica Harper) himself from her, she said. “He was disappointed in me,� she said. “I couldn’t do anything but assure him it would be temporary – that I would rebuild and get back on my feet.� Despite the family’s strife, LaTeasa’s son graduated in June from high school and is con-

sidering attending college. “That was one of the happiest moments to watch him walk across the stage,� she said. Later that month, the family moved into Dakota Woodlands, a homeless shelter in Eagan for women and children. The shelter’s 22 bedrooms have been consis-







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tently full over the past two years, said Beth Bromen, executive director of Dakota Woodlands. As area shelters fill up, many families are turning to their vehicles, Laundromats and city buses for shelter, said Barb Nicolazzi, the shelter’s program manager. “We used to think of it as being an inner city thing,� Nicolazzi said. Growing numbers of people are turning to those places before going to a shelter, she said. When Dakota Woodlands opened 30 years ago, it provided housing and support for young unwed mothers. But as societal views and area needs changed, the shelter turned its focus to homeless families. Though families are provided with a private room filled with multiple beds, they must share bathrooms and living space with other residents. A small computer room is available for residents to search for jobs or do school work, and a “shop� full of donated items provides a place for residents to purchase inexpensive necessities. Residents also work together to prepare meals for the entire shelter and share chores. Parents can bring their children to the fenced backyard to play

on donated playground equipment. Transportation is provided for school-age children to attend their home school district for the remainder of the school year. A small on-site day care provides free child care for residents while they attend school, appointments or go to work. An estimated onethird of Minnesota’s homeless are employed. The shelter’s residents commonly struggle to afford reliable transportation so it provides free bus passes and other resources. Many residents, such as LaTeasa, struggle with mental health issues. While addressing her own health issues, LaTeasa tends to the needs of her 21-month-old son, who was recently diagnosed with autism. Upon coming to Dakota Woodlands, she was connected with psychological care and supportive services. Mental health problems are common challenges for residents at Dakota Woodlands, Bromen said. “When things are going well, it may be in check, but when everything goes downhill, it becomes difficult to manage,� she said.

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budget discussions continue. As the city is growing, Feller said service demand is on the rise and reviewed the draft budget’s proposal to add staff in multiple departments. Requests include hiring an assistant fire chief position for $106,825, a fleet supervisor position to manage maintenance of more than 400 pieces vehicles and equipment for $90,460 and adding an engineering technician position for $65,925, which would be funded with project fees. The draft budget also proposes hiring one additional police investigator in 2014 and 2015 for $87,561 per year and a part-time code enforcement officer in 2014 for $22,370. Anderson asked for more information to determine whether all the positions are needed and if technology or improved processes can help increase efficiencies. “I want to caution us to just assume that just because our population’s growing, it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to add more staff,� Anderson said. Mielke said there should be discussion about staffing levels, noting that next year the city would like to add a Public Works employee, so as city streets multiply, there are enough plow drivers to provide prompt clearing services the residents expect. Mielke and Feller reviewed community trends that are affecting the budget, including the growing need for digital forensic evidence ($11,932 for software, hardware and training) and $14,470 for two seasonal community

treports without needing additional staff to transcribe them. Also included in Lakeville’s proposed draft budget was an $82,392 increase over the next two years to adhere to a legislative mandate that cities and police and fire department employees must increase pension plans contributions. Overall, City Administrator Steve Mielke and Finance Director Dennis Feller cited optimistic statistics that showed increased development, while noting the proposed budget assumes continued growth in the city. Council members urged fiscal caution, indicated a preference for more scaled-back proposals and asked staff to prioritize requests, citing concerns about keeping levy increases down. Feller said median home values in Lakeville rose from $216,900 in 2011 to $225,000 in 2012 and foreclosures dropped from 1,985 to 1,525 in the city during that same time. New construction in Lakeville increased from 2011 to 2012, and Feller said the numbers reflect the pre-recession levels for single-family building permit numbers of 2006. LaBeau, a realtor, urged caution, noting some of the development activity may be delayed by wet weather or involve bank-mitigated properties. She said increased lot prices are expected, and that could curtail some of the activity. Feller will change the preliminary budget to anticipate fewer than the 315 residential permits in 2014 as an option for council to consider as

Staff members work with residents to set goals, obtain a GED, if needed, search for a job and obtain permanent housing. “Our goal is to help give people the tools they need so they go out of here much healthier and prepared than when they came in,� Nicolazzi said. Though families are permitted to stay at Dakota Woodlands for up to two years, residents, on average, stay for about two months, Bromen said. About 60 percent of residents move on to permanent housing, while the remaining 40 percent find other temporary housing options. Finding housing has become an ever present challenge for residents at the shelter due to recent changes to subsidy requirements and funding, Bromen said. “Now subsidies are far and few in between, leaving many in limbo,� she said. LaTeasa is currently on a waiting list for affordable housing and could be waiting for about a year. With homelessness on rise and market-rate rents skyrocketing, growing numbers of families find themselves waiting for affordable housing. A 2012 study by the Wilder Research Center found that 41 percent of Minnesota adults surveyed were on a waiting list to get housing with the average wait time of 11 months. Another 15 percent were unable to get on the list because it was closed. Despite these obstacles, LaTeasa said she hopes to return to the workforce and find stable housing. LaTeasa is looking to study security networking through online classes at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Pipestone. She says that one day she hopes to own her own business. Jessica Harper is at or service officers for more park monitoring at Lake Marion, where police are reporting a significant increase of incidents, especially on sunny weekends. Anderson urged city officials to think creatively about other options at Antlers Park, suggesting leasing out a concession stand that would add an overseeing presence there and possibly earn the city some money. Another trend cited in the draft budget proposal is a new $45,000 reserve in anticipation of an infestation of the emerald ash borer and a new city forester position for $89,690. Mielke said when the ash borer infestation hits, there will be “pandemonium� for four or five years when it starts killing ash trees. “So, is the plan to just cut these trees down?� Mayor Matt Little asked. “We don’t have a plan,� Mielke said. “That’s part of what we want to try to do is be prepared.� Anderson and LaBeau also requested options and a priority list so council could determine what to add instead of subtract from the budget proposal to make the process more understandable. Swecker also requested information about cost implications of delaying requests, such as inflation. Cities have the option to set the maximum amount in September, but can reduce it until adopting the final budget Dec. 16. Feller said he will incorporate council requests into the Aug. 28 budget work session. Laura Adelmann is at laura.

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& New food rules cause conflict in school cafeterias BY ROXI REJALI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Have you been to a school cafeteria lately? The menu choices might surprise you: salad bars, black-bean salsa and pizza with whole-wheat crust. They’re designed to meet new federal nutrition standards that have shrunk portion sizes, trimmed fat and sodium, and increased fruits and vegetables. Familiar cafeteria items like corn dogs, chow mein and chicken nuggets are still on many menus, but they‘ve been modified to meet the new guidelines, which took effect in the 2012-13 school year. Standards set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 aim to stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, which increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Seventeen percent of children are obese and the obesity rate has tripled since 1980, federal data show. The national school lunch program feeds more than 31 million children. School districts must meet federal nutrition standards to

receive meal subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Not everybody is on board with the new food rules. Across the country, news reports showed that some older students protested the new meal plans, complaining that the smaller portions weren’t big enough for active students. Students in Kansas produced a popular YouTube video titled “We Are Hungry.” In Minnesota, schoollunch participation dropped 3.7 percent last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. State officials are analyzing data to understand reasons for the decline, said Deb Lukkonen, the department’s supervisor for school nutrition programs. She acknowledges that the drop may be partly due to changes in nutrition standards, but expects participation to rebound this year as students adjust to the new choices. “Absolutely, there were some challenges at the beginning of last school year, from a lot of things,” she said. “The bottom line was, we were

making meals healthierfor kids. How can you argue with that?” Middle-school and high-school students in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district had an especially hard time adjusting to the new meal rules, said Wendy Knight, food and nutrition services coordinator. Under the new standards, garlic bread could no longer be served with spaghetti because of limits on calories and carbohydrates, Knight said. Students weren’t happy when they were told they could replace the garlic bread with fruits and vegetables, she said. “They wanted their garlic bread back and they didn’t want to have to take fruits and vegetables,” she said. While Knight supports the goal of healthy meals for students, she’s concerned about the impact on the district’s foodservice budget. Between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, the district served 6 percent fewer meals, resulting in a $246,000 loss of revenue, Knight said. Knight received ”many, many” phone calls from

parents last year, complaining that their children were still hungry after eating the smaller portions. Many of the students were athletes. School board chairman Rob Duchscher said he heard stories about students tossing uneaten cafeteria food into garbage cans and bringing bag lunches from home. The combination of smaller portion sizes and meal price increases may have caused students to drop school lunches, Duchscher said. Ten-cent price increases two years in a row means that elementary students will pay $2.30 for lunch, while highschool students will pay $2.45 in the 2013-2014 school year. The price increases were mandated by USDA. By requiring all school districts to charge an amount closer to the “full lunch price” set by USDA, the increases aim to strengthen the districts’ financial standing and fund improvements required by the new nutrition standards, according to agency documents. Despite the drop in school-meal revenue, the

district has no plans to abandon its meal program, Duchscher said. Last year’s changes didn’t have the same impact on all Dakota County school districts. In the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district, participation in the lunch program grew 4.1 percent last year, said Roxanne Williams, food and nutrition services director. “We knew the regulations were coming and we started a year ahead,” she said. “We’ve always been a district that’s promoted fruits and vegetables. So I think you have to sell it and be positive about it.” Rules requiring more fruits and vegetables were especially difficult to implement because many children don’t get those items at home, she said. The transition for the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan district was “relatively uneventful,” said food service director Jeff Wolfer. Last year, the district registered a “slight increase” in meal participation among the district’s eight public schools. Students have become

accustomed to new healthier eating habits due to several initiatives, Wolfer said. Salad bars have been offered for at least five years and elementary students have been “taste-testing” fresh fruits and vegetables through a USDA program providing classroom snacks. Responding to complaints from students and school districts, USDA temporarily revised its rules last December to allow larger servings of meat and whole-grain products for the upcoming school year. At the RosemountApple Valley-Eagan school district, Knight hopes the changes will be enough to win back students who stopped buying school lunch last year. That means that students may get garlic toast with their spaghetti again or a slice of cheese with their burgers. “It will just be food-service employees doing the job they know how to do and qualified to do and trying to get our customer base back,” Knight said.

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Sometimes, a brownbag lunch can be the best option. Families may be concerned about cost of cafeteria food or kids may not like the food there. Lunch is critical to children’s health and well-being. Kids who skip lunch may have trouble concentrating on schoolwork, lack energy for sports and after-school activities and are more likely to overeat junk food after school, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A lunch should supply one-third of a child’s daily calorie needs. Aim for a balance of food groups, including lean meat and protein, whole grains, fruits and veg-

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HEARING, from 1A Lakeville City Council members will make the final decision about the Plymouth Brethren Church’s plan at its Aug. 5 meeting. Holman said although they built a larger church building in a residential neighborhood on Idaho Avenue in 2011, they prefer to meet in smaller groups for worship and the Lord’s Supper. He said the congregation includes about 100 members, and they plan to expand in Lakeville as the church grows. The group’s plan for the residential home concerns neighbors who filled half the City Council chambers at a July 25 Planning Commission public hearing about the proposal. Residents cited issues about the aesthetics of putting a parking lot in a residential area, declining property values, increased traffic, safety, and the potential for the unlit parking lot to create problems in the neighborhood. They also presented a petition against the project signed by 59 neighbors asking that city officials reject the plans, in part predicting the parking lot would be “a blight to the surrounding residential areas.� Neighbor Lawrence Schweich questioned how 14 parking stalls would be enough to accommodate a building that has room to

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Models wanted Old Navy will be hosting a fashion show at KIDSPO. In the coming weeks, the newspaper will offer information about how to apply to be a model in the fashion show. The random contest will be open to youths ages 4-12. In addition to the fashion show, KIDSPO will offer food from Green Mill, a chance to meet some characters from Sesame Street Live, funky hairdos offered Studio Bodair and leaps into the sky on one of Airmaxx’s trampoline launch pads. Advanced discount activity wristbands are on sale for carnival games and activities. Visit for details and information.

fit 40 people, and Monica Carlson questioned why the church group was not seeking a more industrial area to build. “I’m really struggling with this,� she said. Jennifer Hansen said the back of her home will face the front of the new site; she raised questions about how the property would be maintained. Tom Garncarz said the parking lot is proposed at a road that is the main entrance and exit to their home. “I’m concerned about the economic value of my property,� he said. “The first thing people will see when they turn into my neighborhood is a parking lot.� There were also questions about the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church itself, which Holman described to Sun Thisweek as “exclusive,� noting the church is made of families who practice separation from people outside their religion. Several of the neighbors said at the hearing that they support churches and attend church, but questioned why a church would seek to meet in a home located in a residential neighborhood. Tom Garncarz told Planning Commission members, “I support people who want to support their faith, but you’re dropping it right dead smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood.�

uled for brain surgery April 6, 2012. Coworkers at their Lakeville pet grooming business, Fancy Paws, all knew what to do to get Rebel through the seizures; the team helped cover the shop whenever Rebel needed an emergency vet visit. “From the time Rebel was diagnosed until he was accepted into the project and scheduled for surgery, he went down so quickly,� Susan Hatch said. By the day of surgery, the situation had grown even more dire. “Rebel’s brain swelling was so much that he was unresponsive,� Susan Hatch said. “It was horrible.� Rebel’s tumor was behind his right eye and, by the time it was removed, had grown to cover half his brain. “They cut a triangle in his skull, and his tumor was pushing out,� Susan Hatch said. “He was in so much pain.� Pluhar said the treatment uses the broken-down tumor cells in a vaccine that, a few weeks after surgery, is injected back into the patient in the arm or leg. “The theory is that the body would fight the tumor itself,�

Blain Eggum said they moved into the neighborhood because the development offers a rare opportunity to live on acreage while in the middle of the city. There are large lots in the area, and some can be subdivided to build another home. “I object to the fact that there’s a parking lot in this setting,â€? Eggum said, stating that the plans would “take away everything ‌ we moved here for.â€? Florence Vork agreed, calling it “ridiculousâ€? to put a parking lot in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and Robert Lane asked what criteria is used to identify the organization as a church. “I’m not sure I’d call this a church,â€? Lane said. “It’s a meeting room.â€? City attorney Roger Knutson said Minneapolis Meeting Rooms Inc. meets the legal description of a church, which includes having a creed or doctrine, form of worship and distinct religious history. Plymouth Brethren Church member Chellberg said the church has existed for years; according to the Minnesota Secretary of State, Minneapolis Meeting Rooms first filed as a domestic nonprofit corporation in 1956. Chellburg told Planning Commission members the home will only be used for quiet worship activities, addressing some neighbor concerns that the

Susan Hatch said. Pluhar explained doctors are trying to harness the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack the brain tumor. Rebel responded so well to the surgery, Susan Hatch said he was “like a different dog.� She said Rebel was 100 percent “back to himself,� eating and running around. It was such a difference that they felt bad for not recognizing how ill he had been. Rebel also responded well to the treatments, which, unlike chemotherapy or radiation, do not cause illness and, in most patients, have virtually no side effects. The spaniel went through a multiple-week schedule of vaccines like a champ, and, at his one-year checkup in April, still had no sign of brain tumor growth, although he is being treated for a recent sinus problem. Pluhar said the study benefits dogs, but is primarily being conducted to help people suffering from GBM tumors in the future. In clinical studies, the brain cancer acts and reacts virtually the same for dogs and humans. For years, standard treatment for the fast-growing cancer has involved radiation and

property could eventually become a homeless shelter our soup kitchen. He said the church members have been in Lakeville for six years, will be good neighbors, and will maintain the property. Their church building on Idaho Avenue has a manicured lawn and no signs on the property, and Lakeville police reported there have been no calls to their property. Holman said their church does not advertise, prefers private worship and its members street preach downtown. He said they do not have an individual website, but directed anyone interested in finding out more about them to visit www. Chellburg said they plan to use the building twice weekly, and traffic will be minimal. Dempsey said the church building is expected to generate 50-60 trips per week, fewer than the 70 trips per week typically generated by a single family home. The comments did little to appease neighbors concerns. Five-year Lakeville resident Kerry Singh received applause when she asked commission members to reflect on all the people who have written and spoken in opposition to the parking lot. “So many people are against these plans,� she

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chemotherapy, which have strong side effects and greatly diminish a patient’s quality of life. “We’re trying to find alternative care,� Pluhar said. Initial results of a 2011 University of Minnesota Medical Clinic study of the safety of the vaccine have been positive, and Pluhar said a second clinical study for people is getting ready to begin. Rebel continues to inspire. For the second year in a row, he is scheduled as a featured patient at a neuro-oncology symposium, highlighting the results, and he has nearly completed certification as a therapy dog. Susan Hatch said they would like to bring Rebel to visit children in the hospital who have the same kind of tumor. “He’s an easy tool in explaining what happens,� Susan Hatch said. “It’s easier for a child to hold him and have people explain to them what’s going on. We can show them Rebel made it through the same thing, and everything is going to be OK.� For more information on the research, go to www.cvm.umn. edu. Laura Adelmann is at

said. “Not the people, just the plans.� City Planner Frank Dempsey said Lakeville zoning allows religious institutions in residential districts. Lakeville takes efforts to ensure the different use is compatible with the neighborhood, and Dempsey described some of the 18 stipulations ultimately recommended for the project, including the installation of landscape screening to visually buffer the parking lot and the removal of the parking lot if the building were no longer used as a religious institution. Although the city does not regulate church hours, multiple stipulations were recommended with the proposed plans, including banning the church property from being used for commercial or residential purposes. Stipulations also mandate daily litter control and requires the property use to comply with any federal, state or county regulations. Wall signs are not allowed on the property, and any future expansion of the building or parking lot would require a conditional use permit. The site plan shows four additional parking spaces may be constructed in the future, and one of the project’s recommended stipulations also bans any church parking on any public street. In denying the group

a setback variance, most Planning Commission members said the group was knowledgeable about the city’s code when it purchased the property. In seeking the variance, Chelberg said they had missed the provision. Following the meeting, Holman said he respects the city officials, the process and the neighbors, noting they would be good neighbors. “It’s human nature to say not in my back yard,� Holman said, adding that their presence, and they way they keep their properties does not decrease the value of any surrounding properties. Planning Commission Chair Brooks Lillehei said he appreciated all the comments. “I hope you continue to live here and prosper here, and recognize that the majority also spoke to the religious freedoms we have and that we celebrate in this great United States,� Lillehei said. Residents who spoke at the meeting afterward expressed frustration that the Planning Commission recommended the project, and several said they felt their concerns were not heard. Many said they would continue to pursue the issue with the Lakeville City Council. Laura Adelmann is at laura.




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State tourney closes youth soccer summer Local teams involved in 14 title games

district tournament you had to worry about 16 other teams, where now you have to worry about eight. But you still have to play good baseball for four days to win it.”


The summer youth soccer season closed last week with state tournament games in Lakeville, Shakopee and White Bear Lake. Fourteen teams from the Sun Thisweek coverage area reached championship games at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association summer state tournament including the girls Under-15 Classic 1 title game, where Burnsville defeated Lakeville 2-0. Several Lakeville teams got to play in their hometown at Steve Michaud Park, the site of state tournament play for the U11 through U13 boys and girls. Lakeville boys teams won the U11 Classic 1 and Classic 2 titles, defeating Eau Claire, Wis., 5-2 in Classic 1 and Orono 5-1 in Classic 2. Chanhassen/Chaska beat Lakeville 2-1 in the girls U11 Classic 3 final. Tonka United edged Lakeville 3-2 in the girls U12 Classic 2 final, and Minnesota Thunder Academy defeated Lakeville 4-0 in the girls U13 Classic 1 final. Lakeville earned a state title in the girls U16 Classic 3 division, defeating Gitchi Gummi 2-1 in the final. Valley United earned two state championships, beating Owatonna 3-1 in the girls U12 Classic 3 final and knocking off Central Minnesota 2-0 in the girls U17 Classic 2 division. Dakota Rev teams reached three championship games but lost all

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Action gets heated as players from Lakeville Soccer Club (white jerseys) and Minnesota Thunder Academy go to the ground in pursuit of the ball during the girls Under-13 Classic 1 championship game Tuesday at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association summer state tournament. MTA won the game 4-0 at Steve Michaud Park in Lakeville. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy) three. Tonka United defeated Dakota Rev 2-0 in the girls U11 Classic 1 final. In girls U11 Classic 2, Central Minnesota beat Dakota Rev 4-2. Minneapolis United was a 4-2 winner over Dakota Rev in the boys U17 Classic 1 title game. Eagan Wave reached the championship game in the boys U15 Classic 2 division but lost to Eden Prairie 4-1.

Legion changes The last two years Burnsville, Eastview and Lakeville North all reached the state American Legion baseball tour-

Burnsville Legion back in state tournament

nament. That could not happen this year because of a change in the state Legion playoff structure that placed Eastview and Lakeville North in the same Sub-State tourney from which only one team could advance to state. Eastview won that tournament. Burnsville won a different Sub-State tourney and will join Eastview at the state tournament that begins Friday in Edina, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie and Richfield. The changes grouped the state’s Division I Legion programs into 15 Sub-State brackets with roughly the same number

of teams. That is a departure from the previous district tournament system in which there were wide disparities in the number of teams per district. Because of that, some districts got as many as four teams through to the state tournament, while others got only one. That led to a large number of state tournament qualifiers coming from the southern and western suburbs. This year’s tournament is still suburb-heavy, with 10 of the 16 qualifiers coming from the metro area. Eastview Thunder coach Bob Klefsaas said he’s not convinced it’s a

Apple Valley High School incoming senior Tyus Jones had 20 points, eight assists and three rebounds in helping lead the Howard Pulley Panthers to a 79-72 victory over Each 1 Teach 1 in the championship game of the AAU 17U Super Showcase basketball tournament last week in Orlando, Fla. The Panthers, based at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, also got 25 points and 10 rebounds from De La Salle incoming senior Reid Travis. They fell behind E1T1 by 11 points early in the game before coming back. E1T1, based in Florida, won the Nike Peach Jam tournament in July, an event the Panthers also played. The Super Showcase likely ended Jones’ AAU basketball career. He now turns his attention to high school basketball – Apple Valley is defending state Class 4A champion – and selecting a college. Jones has said he is still considering Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor and Minnesota. He has not set a date for a decision, although it’s likely to be on or before Nov. 13, the first day of the early National Letter of Intent signing period for basketball.

better playoff system. “We’ll have to see how it goes at the state tournament, but our Sub-State tournament had several teams that I think could go to state and do very well,” Klefsaas said. “We’re happy to have won it, but Eagan, Lakeville North and Prior Lake are very good teams, too. It’s kind of disappointing only one of us gets to go. I hope they’ll look at tweaking it.” Said Burnsville coach Greg Nesbitt: “It’s similar to a high school section tournament, except that you usually get a day off Email Mike Shaughnessy at between games in the high mike.shaughnessy@ecmschool sections. In our old

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Cobras have mix of veterans, youth by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

For Burnsville players Tyler Hanson and Bo Hellquist, the state American Legion baseball tournament will be nothing new. They will be in it for the third consecutive year. Their experience at handling the pressure of a state tournament could be invaluable to the halfdozen Cobras players who just finished their sophomore year of high school and will be in the state tournament for the first time. Burnsville goes into the state tournament, which begins Friday, as the No. 1 team in the Minnesota American Legion baseball rankings. While the Cobras have some veteran players, they’re not necessarily a veteran team, coach Greg Nesbitt said. “We brought back six from last year, but of those six, three played parttime,” Nesbitt said. “So it’s a fairly new team. We have six sophomores on the roster. “We do have some guys with experience, which is good. The sophomores have helped us a lot, too. We’ve also won some close games, which can only help us going into the state tournament.” The Cobras needed to win some close games just to get out of the Sub-State 5 tournament that concluded Sunday in Apple Valley. After winning their first two games in the tournament comfortably, they lost to Woodbury Blue 4-0 in the winners’ bracket final July 26. That left Burnsville needing to win three games over two days to win the Sub-State title. The Cobras routed Apple Valley 14-1 on July 27, edged Inver Grove Heights 3-2 on July 28 and came back from an early

two-run deficit to beat Woodbury Blue 4-2 in the championship game. “We’ve been pitching well and playing good defense, and we’ve hit just enough,” Nesbitt said. Now the Cobras will see if that formula works in the state tournament. Burnsville is scheduled to play Alexandria in a first-round game at the 16team, double-elimination tourney at 1 p.m. Friday at Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie. The championship game will be 1 p.m. Monday at Braemar Field in Edina. Burnsville was third in last year’s state tournament, missing out on a chance to move on as the top two teams advance to regional play. “You need a fast start in the state tournament,” Nesbitt said. “You don’t want to lose the first day because that could mean playing a lot more games later. You also need to have some pitching depth, and we’ve got seven or eight guys we feel comfortable with.” The Cobras have talent throughout the lineup. Hanson, who will go to the University of Minnesota, is one of three June graduates of Burnsville High School who have signed with Division I or II college programs. The others are Cooper Maas (North Dakota) and Aaron Rozek (Minnesota State, Mankato). Tyler Hill (Truman State) and Hellquist (Minnesota-Duluth) are college players who were able to return to the Cobras this summer. Logan Vermeer pitched in the Sub-State championship game, with Luke Hansen closing it out. Rozek, Maas, Tyler Hanson and Zach Smith are some of the other pitchers available for the Cobras in the state tournament.

Lakeville native Aaron Crandall (left) braces for a shot during an NHL players charity game July 25 at Rosemount Community Center. Crandall was one of several college players invited to participate in the game, which also featured players such as Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues captain David Backes. Crandall will be a senior at Minnesota-Duluth next season. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

Sports Briefs Lakeville North Juniors tryouts

able at by emailing or by calling 952-512-5647. Priority and a one-hour time The Lakeville North Juniors Volleyball Club will block will be given to those who register in advance. hold traveling team tryouts for girls in grades 4-6 this Walk-ins will be taken if time is available but are not month at Lakeville North High School. guaranteed. Tryout sessions are 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, and Aug. 15. For more information, go to Players who plan to try out should register online at by Aug. 5. Teams will play in the South Suburban Fall Volleyball League in TAGS open houses September and October. For more information, conTAGS Gymnastics will hold open houses at its tact Janis Goehner (612-245-5080) or Tracey Weaver Apple Valley (Johnny Cake Ridge Road and County (952-892-1721). Road 42) and Eden Prairie (Hwy. 212 and Shady Oak Road) locations from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5. For more information, go to High school sports physicals or call 952-431-6445 (Apple Valley) or 952-920-5342 Twin Cities Orthopedics, in partnership with vari- (Eden Prairie). ous Twin Cities primary care groups, is offering free Minnesota State High School League qualifying sports physicals at six locations, including one in Burnsville. LV South fall sports signups Physicals will be offered at the Burnsville location The Lakeville South High School activities depart(1000 W. 140th St., Suite 201) from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6. ment is asking students registering for fall activities to The screenings are intended for generally healthy do so by Aug. 8. athletes without any known, pre-existing health Fall activities start Monday, Aug. 12. Studentproblems. Athletes with diagnosed health conditions athletes will not be allowed to practice if eligibility should consult with their physicians for more in-depth requirements are not completed. physicals. The school’s mandatory parent-athlete-coach meetAdvance registration is recommended and is avail- ing is 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the high school auditorium.


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County Briefs Citizens Climate Lobby to meet The Dakota County chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Park, 860 Cliff Road, in Eagan. The meeting is open to those interested in learning more about the environmental group. For information, call Debbie at 952250-3320 or visit http:// citizensclimatelobby-mn. org.

Dakota County Field Day The Dakota County Field Day for farmers and agricultural professionals will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at a site south of Hastings. Increasing fertilizer nitrogen efficiency in corn is the major focus of this year’s on-farm research. Dr. John Lamb, extension soil scientist, will lead a plot tour that compares practices and products designed to better match fertilizer availability with crop needs. Increasing nitrogen use efficiency also helps maximize profitability for the farmer while minimizing environmental risks. A corn rootworm clinic also will be offered at the event. Dave Nicolai, extension educator, will demonstrate how to evaluate corn roots for damage and lead a discussion on managing corn rootworm resistance. Two Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units will be offered. Grilled brats will follow the morning tour and clinic. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held at the on-farm research site, located on Knox Path, just south of Hastings. From Hastings, drive south on Highway 61, turn west onto 170th Street and follow signs to the field tent

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Dakota County Public Health provides reducedfee immunizations for eligible children and adults. Check www.dakotacounty. us (search “vaccines”) or call 952-891-7528 for eligibility guidelines and vaccine availability. August clinics are: • Tuesday, Aug. 13, by appointment only, Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Suite 286, Apple Valley. • Tuesday, Aug. 20, walk-in from 4-6 p.m., Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. • Tuesday, Aug. 27, by appointment only, Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Suite 286, Apple Valley. For more information, call the immunization hotline at 952-891-7999.

Weekend Highway 3 closure starts Aug. 2 Motorists will encounter delays and a detour in Rosemount as Highway 3 closes between 142nd Street West and 140th Circle beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The closure, which will be east of Rosemount High School, will have a signed detour using County Road 42, Pilot Knob Road and McAndrews Road. The roadway is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5.

Dakota County and other governmental agencies and cities will hold an Aug. 14 open house for the public to learn about business development along the recently opened METRO Red Line. The METRO Red Line Market and Development Study, which is funded by the Corridors of Opportunity initiative of the Metropolitan Council, is identifying strategies to encourage transit-supportive development and redevelopment around six stations along the route: Lakeville-Cedar in Lakeville (future Red Line station); Apple Valley Transit Station, 147th Street and 140th Street in Apple Valley; Cedar Grove Transit Station in Eagan; and Mall of America Transit Station in Bloomington. The final report for the study will be published this fall. The public can learn more about the project, view draft recommendations and share comments on the future of station areas at the open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Apple Valley Transit Station, 15450 Cedar Ave. S., Apple Valley. Visitors can come and go at any time during the event. For more information, contact Dakota County Transit Specialist Joe Morneau at 952-891-7986 or joe.morneau@co.dakota.

St. Mathias Fun Fest St. Mathias Parish of Hampton will hold its annual Fun Fest on Sunday, Aug. 25. The festival will be held on the church grounds at the corner of Highway 50 and County Road 47 in Hampton. Festivities will include a polka Mass at 11 a.m., featuring Dale Dahmen and the Polka Beats. A food stand and a dessert stand will open following Mass. Other activities will be a silent auction, pot of gold, bingo, games, a beer stand and slot car races. The country store also will be open. Country music singer Ron E. Cash will entertain throughout the day. An auction will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Online school hosts party MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 online public school, will host a free bowling party from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Brunswick Zone XL Lakeville, 11129 162nd St. Participants will interact with other families interested in learning about online education, get their questions answered and bowl for free. The event is open to the whole family. Space is limited. Register online at or call 800-3826010.

Flower & Foliage Show winners Winners of the 23rd annual Lakeville Area Garden Club Flower & Foliage Show held July 13 include: A n nu a l s / B i e n n i a l s Class 1: First place, Lora Cable, Red Gerbera Daisy; second place, Joyce Vessel, Red Zinnia; third place, DeLaine Phillips, Baby’s Breath “miniature pink.” Perennials Class 2: First place, Lori Peterson, Delphinium “blue/ white”; second place, Lora Cable, Delphinium “dark knight”; third place, Virginia Windschitl, “queen of the prairie”; third place, Virginia Windschitl, Monarda “pink bee balm.” Foliage Class 3: First place, DeLaine Phillips, Hosta “fluctuant variegated”; second place, Virginia Windschitl, Hosta “med.

Green”; third place, Joyce Vessel, Elephant Ear “colocain.” Flowering Branches/ Fruited/Coned/Berried, Class 4: First place, Natalie Flaningam, Eng. Rose “generous gardener” Non/ Mem; second place, DeLaine Phillips, Raspberry “wild black”; second place, Joyce Vessel, Hydrangea “Annabelle”; third place, Natalie Flaningam, Eng. Rose “Othello.” Bulbs: Lillies/Callas/ Dahlia, Class 5: First place, Lora Cable, Asiatic Lily “orange”; second place, Lora Cable, Asiatic Lily “tango maroon/ white”; third place, Lori Peterson, Asiatic Lily “yellow.” Miscellaneous, Vines/ Any Other, Class 6: First place, Virginia Windschitl, Clematis “bourbon”; second place, Virginia Windschitl, Sweet Pea “lathyrus latifolius”; third place, Virginia Windschitl, Clematis “white paniculata.” Best of Show (tie): Lora Cable, Asiatic Lily “orange”; Lori Peterson, Asiatic Lily “yellow.” Sweepstakes winner: Virginia Windschitl.

Heritage Library children’s programs The Heritage Library in Lakeville will host the following children’s programs: Chapters and a Craft: James Herriot’s Animal Tales, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Listen to tales of pets followed by a chance to design your own ideal pet. Ages 5-12. Summer Vacation Storytime, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Stories, rhymes and activities about taking a summer vacation. All ages. Storytime for Babies, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Stories, songs and actions rhymes for children up to 24 months and their caregivers. The 20-minute program will be followed by open playtime with age-appropriate toys provided by the library. Seed Mosaics with ArtStart, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. Ages 8-14. Registration required beginning Monday, July 29. Chapters and a Craft: Jan Pienkowski’s Fairy Tales, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Listen to some classic fairy tales, then decorate your own royal

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Lakeville Parks and Recreation activities Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at or in person at 20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $24 online at or at the Lakeville Parks & Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Pick up tickets at City Hall. Nature Tot Time – Fly Like A Butterfly, ages 3-5 and caregivers, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Ritter Farm Park, Ed Mako ELC, 19300 Ritter Trail. Cost: $10. Safety Camp, grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 12 and 13, Antlers Park, 9740 201st St. W., Lakeville. Cost: $32. Junior Golf Lessons, ages 8-12, Aug. 1215, Crystal Lake Golf Course, 16725 Innsbrook Drive, Lakeville. Cost: $80. Lynch Summer Tennis Camps, ages 4-12, Mondays through Thursdays, various times and dates, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $26/$56/$84. Cheer Camp, ages 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-8, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $107. Lacrosse Camp, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-8, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $99. Pedal the Parks, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Antlers Park, 9740 201st St. W., Lakeville. Cost: $5 per family. Flag Football, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12-15, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $99. Soccer Camp, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12-15, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $99. Snag Golf Camp, ages 6-12, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 1215, Bunker Hill Park, 6755 Gerdine Path, Rosemount. Cost: $99. Bird Banding, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 25, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Cost: $2 for ages 10 and older, free for children under 10. Advanced Naturalist Camp, ages 9-15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29-30, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Cost: $80.

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952-461-5155 Lic. 2017781

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• Patios • Rock • Mulch • Plantings • Skid Work • Draintile •Ret. Walls etc.




Gifford's Bobcat Service Auger•Backhoe•Level Bar Concrete/Asphalt remove Flex hrs. 952-461-3717 Modern Landscapes •Retaining Walls •Paver Patios •Design & Installation “Committed to Excellence” 612-205-9953

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

Dun-Rite Roofing\Siding Locally owned & operated!




Tree Trimming/Removal & Stump Grinding.

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

BBB Accredited “A” Rating Registered W/Dept of Agriculture. 16+ Yrs Exp. No Job Too Big or Small

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Tree Service

Credit Cards Accepted



Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters




Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

The Original

Retaining Walls Call Butch 612-644-4836



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August 2, 2013

SUN THISWEEK - Lakeville

LAKEVILLE Townhouse For 17160 Hamilton Dr. 8/1-2 8Rent 6pm. HH, furn, cloz, tools, AV TH! 2BR/1.5 BA, SteelCase u-shaped desk antiqs, books, sno blower Fplc., W/D, lg. Kitch, unit. Like new! Reduced to LAKEVILLE $600 Plymouth 715-571-1920 17460 Halifax Path 8/2 9-5, $1200+utils. 651-437-8627 8/3 9-3pm. Furn, cloz, LV: 3BR, 2.5 BA, TH. Medical sporting gds, HH, exercise. Off Dodd Rd & Cedar $1325 Supplies Avl 8/15. 612-868-3000 LAKEVILLE Electric Scooter, like new! 18121 Jamaica Path Aug. 3 Rental Used twice. New $2,100; 9-3pm. Ikea furn., electronics, Exer equipmnt. A/C, Now $1,100. 763-571-4792 Information mower, XL mens cloz. vacuum , HH & much more! SAINT LOUIS PARK Misc. Until August 31, 2013 we Wanted LAKEVILLE are accepting applica8075 173rd St. W. 8/17 8-4pm tions for our waiting list   WANTED   TVs, A/Cs, sm appls. Elecfor 1BR, 2BR & 3BR units. Old Stereo / Hifi equip. tonics, tool chst, shop vac. Qualified low income Andy 651-329-0515 furn, coll. Art, model cars. family rent is based on Buying Old Trains & Toys 30% of family income. LAKEVILLE STEVE'S TRAIN CITY To apply, send a self Don't Miss It! addressed stamped 952-933-0200 All Saints Church envelope, or stop by: 5th Annual Garage Sale th Musical Oak Park Village Apts Aug 14-17 Early Bird 7267 ยฝ W. Oak Park Sale - Wed. 4-8 ($3 Adm) Instuments Village Dr. Thur 9-6pm, Fri 9-2pm Spinet Piano - FREE St. Louis Park, MN 55426 Sat. 8 - Noon 1/2 Price Needs tuning, you move. 952-935-9125 & $3 Bag Sale Equal Housing Opportunity Please call 763-476-4293 19795 Holyoke Ave.








Garage Sales


Minneapolis 26th Annual Sale Temple Israel Sisterhood

2324 Emerson Ave South

Apple Valley

Church Wide Garage Sale

Christus Victor Lutheran Church Located at: Palomino & Cedar Ave

Fri, 8/9 (10am - 8pm*) Sat., 8/10 (9am - 2pm) *Early Bird Special: Pay $3/family and shop from 9-10 am before the official garage sale opens

APPLE VALLEY 13106 Heritage Way (off Palomino) 8/8-8/10 9-5pm HH, cloz, deck furn, electronics, instruments, toys. APPLE VALLEY 8635 Hunters Way 8/10-11th 9-5pm. Furniture, tools, & much misc! Apple Valley Daycare Closing / Moving Sale: 8/2 (8-5), 8/3 (8-2), Toys, books, equip, cloz. th

8070 Upper 146 St. West Apple Valley

Hunters Woods Annual Sale Thurs & Fri, Aug 8-9 (8-5)

8795, 8895, 8924, 8928, 8970, 8976, 8978, 8984, and 8994 all on Hunters Way

Bloomington HUGE multi family sale 8/8-9 (8-5) & 8/10 (8-12, ยฝ price). 82 & 13th Ave South

Lakeville Mobile Hm to share: Smoker OK. Cable incl. $450mo 952-435-3152

Minnetonka MOVING SALE โ€“ 7/31, & 8/1-2-3 (8am-5pm) Cash only. 3308 Chippewa Rd

Castle Rock STORAGE 6X 8 just $39 Outside starts at $29 crstoreandstorage@ 651-463-4343

Minnetonka Multi-Family 8/1-2-3

9218 & 9224 4th Ave. So.

Bloomington Multi-Family: Sat. only, 8/10 (8-4). Old Shakopee Road & Normandale Blvd Bloomington: Estate Sale 10717 Washburn Ave S August 9th-11th (9a-5p) See Craigs List. Brooklyn Park Church Rummage Sale 7/31 (5-8p) $3 Adm; 8/1 (8-7); 8/2 (8-5) - $4 Bag day & ยฝ Price. 7708 62nd Ave. N.

EAGAN Extraordinary Sale! 3756 Burgundy Dr. 8/2-3, 9-4pm collecti., antqs, furn & HH Eagan: Huge Garage Sale 1 Day Only! 8/9 (8a-5p) HH, fish house, video games, furn, cloz, jewelry, knickknacks. 1324 Windcrest Av

6900 Southdale Road

Edina Moving! 8/2-3 (9-3) Furn, HH, lawn & more! 7013 Lee Valley Cir Excelsior Huge Moving Sale! 8/1-3 (9-5) GREAT DEALS! 20720 Idlewild Path (55331)

Plymouth: Multi-Family 7/24-26; & 7/31 - 8/1-2 (9-5) HH items, furn., books, kids cloz. 12310 26th Av N Richfield: Moving Sale 8/8-9-10 (8-6) Military, Wmn & Jr cloz (M-XL), etc. 7227 Elliot Ave South

St Louis Park Church โ€“ Fundraiser 2941 Rhode Island Ave S 7/27 & 8/3 Boutique ST LOUIS PARK HUGE SALE! Aug 2-4; 9-5, New cloz, shoes, watches, dvds/cds/records, small appliances 6831 W 23rd St St. Louis Park Aquila Neighborhood Annual Sale! Sat., 8/3 (8-4). North of Knollwood Plaza.



Agriculture/ Animals/Pets Pets

Lost Cat: B&W, large, long hair, 1 black ear, 1 white, blue collar. 952-469-6800



Family Care Child Care

Diane's Daycare - Pilot Knob & 140 St. Apple Valley. Opngs all ages.Call for more info 612-384-2289 Farmington Fun Loving! Lic'd. Ages 2+. Preschool prog. Theme days. $50 Off 1st Week Special! Kelly 651-460-4226

Self Storage- Inver Grove Heights-8 x 20 units Secure and Dry: 651-983-7796




Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747 Drivers: $5,000.00 sign on bonus for 2008 and newer. Lease Purchase options with financial assistance Average truck last week $3200 including fuel surcharge. Owner Operators, this is one of the best stable companies you can contact. Triplecrownsvc. com or Call: 888-992-5609 Education

New Horizon Academy is accepting resumes for Teachers at our Burnsville Transit and East Apple Valley locations. Candidates must be Teacher qualified under MN Rule 3 guidelines. We offer 401K, tuition reimbursement, child care discounts, plus more. For more information or to schedule an interview call Annette at our Burnsville site @ 952-746-5650 or email or Paige in Apple Valley @ 952-423-6690 or E.O.E.

Health Care

MDS/Medicare Team Leader

St. Lucas Healthcare Community St. Lucas is strategically located 30 miles south of twin cities close to I-35. We are looking for a MDS/Medicare Team Leader who will be responsible for coordinating the MDS/Medicare process for a 30 bed Transitional Care Unit. Must posses a RN Minnesota Nurse License. Qualified individuals will have comprehensive knowledge of the MDS plan process, Medicare, assessments, and experience in long term care. The ideal candidates will posse strong attention to detail, prior supervisory experience, and work with minimal supervision. If you meet these qualifications and are an enthusiastic team player and looking for a new opportunity, please send resume to: Sheri Ferguson, HR Director St. Lucas Healthcare Community 500 First Street SE Faribault, MN 55021 Sheri.ferguson@ EEO/AA

nication, organizational and computer skills. Must be detail-oriented, able to work independently and multi-task while meeting deadlines! This is a full-time position, Monday โ€“ Friday. Competitive pay and benefits package. Call Stephanie at 952-895-6752 or fax to 952-736-8552 or email at



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CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES TWO GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AT CITIZENS Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lakeville Branch, is expanding their team and is looking for 2 high performing people with great attention to detail skills to take care of our clients in a fast paced environment. If you are a people person with an outgoing personality this is the position for you. Responsible for executing financial transactions, researching and resolving client questions and balancing a cash drawer. Citizens continually receives a 5-Star Superior Rating by Bauer Financial, and has been in the banking business for 137 years. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a trusted financial institution. This position is a high profile client contact person and requires a professional appearance. Full-time and part-time opportunities available, this will include some Saturday mornings. Full-time position includes a benefit package. Experience preferred but will train the right person. Submit your resume to:


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McLane Minnesota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway, is currently seeking qualified candidates to join our team! McLane, a wholesale grocery distributor, has been in business for over 119 years and continues to grow each year! Our Minnesota location has recently added additional customers and must fill team driver positions immediately. If you want home time, a secure paycheck, and make over $60,000, in your first year, apply now. Program runs until August 31st. Drive for the best, drive for McLane!

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$1,000 Hiring Bonus!! Custom Remodelers is a Twin City based multi-million dollar home improvement company. Due to an over abundance of leads, we are in need of 2 more sales people for our siding and window divisions. Qualifications: โ€ข Willingness to learn โ€ข Highly motivated โ€ข Career oriented โ€ข Sales experience preferred but not required. We offer: โ€ข Qualified appointments โ€ข Paid training โ€ข Trip incentives โ€ข $100K potential If you are seeking a change to a strong, reputable company, Call Mike or Ryan at 651-784-2646 (507) 664-3038 Fax: (507) 664-3042 McLane Minnesota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway, is currently seeking qualified candidates to join our team! McLane, a wholesale grocery distributor, has been in business for over 100 years and continues to grow each year! Our Minnesota location has recently added to our portfolio of outstanding customers and must fill the following positions immediately. Administrative asst / accounting clerk M-F Days $12.60/hr. must have previous accounting and admin exp, AS degree pref Full Case Grocery Selectors 7:30 am Start, M-F $13.30/hr Candy Repack Selectors 6am Start, M-F $11.25/hr High School Diploma or GED required. We are seeking candidates with a good work history, great attendance record. Must pass drug screen, physical (if required) and background check. Some positions require additional skills. If you are interested in joining the McLane Team please email or fax your resume, stop in to fill out an application.

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FT Sheet Metal Installer Wanted Must have 3 yrs exp. in new housing & remodeling. 952-492-2440

To care for 5 elderly adults in Eagan.

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Growing Distribution Company in Burnsville hiring

Call Rob 612-670-1380

for Sales Rep, Merchandiser, and Warehouse. Competitive Pay and Benefits Available. Send Resume to

Trinity Campus Housekeeper: PT - PMs Duties include cleaning, assisting with laundry and operating basic cleaning equipment. Candidates must be able to work independently.

Leaps and Bounds Child Care in Rosemount Now Hiring Full Time Assistant Teacher Application available at http://www.leaps Or fax resume to 651-322-1478. Call 651423-9580 with questions

NAR / Restorative Aide: PT - Flex Hrs Duties include assisting residents with ambulation, range of motion and dining. Must be a self starter and independent. Experience preferred. Candidates must be on the Minnesota Registry.

Cook & Diet. Aide -

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Warehouse/Food Packaging/Assembly/ Seasonal & Skilled Positions . Open house every Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm in our Chaska and Bloomington office. Bring proper I9 documentation. Call (952)924-9000 or E-mail:




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Chloe is a 3-1/2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Chloe loves to run around in the yard, but her favorite thing to do is cuddle with you. She would love short walks and prefers to be the only dog. She has a short haircut for summer, but her hair is beautiful when grown out and groomed. She is looking for a home without young kids. Contact her foster Kim at 952-270-5541 for more information. Adoption fee $225. You can see all our dogs at or come to the Apple Valley Petco on Saturday from 11-3!


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St Barnabas Lutheran Church

ROSEMOUNT 3385 McAndrews Rd 8/3 & 8/10 10-3pm. Lots of bargains!

HH, furn., cloz, holiday, plus!

Regency Home HealthCare is seeking part time day, evening, and overnight PCAs to care for individuals in their homes. Help needed in the Mendota Heights and Hastings areas. Responsible for assisting with client cares, food prep, light housekeeping, and laundry. Must be compassionate, have great attention to detail, excellent problem solving, communication skills, and must have a valid driver's license. If interested please submit online application at or fax resume attn: Allison @ 651-488-4656. EOE

CNC Machinist-W. Bloomington machine shop looking for CNC Machinist.Fax resume : 952-944-7872

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Plymouth Annual Rummage Sale


Bloomington Multi-Family 8/1-3 (8-4)



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New Hope 8/8-9-10 (9-6) Electronics, cloz, kitch., Longaberger. 3749 Gettysburg Ave. N.

Richfield: Multi-Family Furn., HH, truck equip., DVD, Wmns. cloz. 8/1-2 (8-5) 7438 13th Ave. South

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Based in Fridley, MN but drivers are allowed to take their truck home. Highlights: • Signing Bonus. • Home weekly if needed or can run longer for a high income. • Drivers are allowed to take their trucks home. • Excellent Benefits, food and clothing allowance. • We run 2011 and newer well maintained equipment. • We can accommodate one small pet. The company runs paper logs with an excellent safety record. Compensation: After probationary period we offer full benefits including low cost health insurance, food and clothing allowance. All breakdown time is paid on an hourly basis and driving will be pay based on percentage of load. A salary review is completed after 125 days and the first year with the potential for salary increases. Requirements: • Must have a CDL A license with one year of experience. Will consider military driving experience. • Must be able to handle chaining, strapping and tarping flat bed loads. • Must be able to pass a background check and full physical. Contact Pete: or 763-571-9508


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Medical Receptionist Mental Health Clinic seeks a team player, who is detail oriented. Flexible hrs/job share. Medisoft/EHR exp. a plus! Mail cover letter/resume to: Oak Ridge Center 14665 Galaxie Ave #140 Apple Valley, MN 55124

Substitute Teachers

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District Visit for more details


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Swimming Instructors The Family Swim School of Eagan & Lakeville is accepting applications for individuals interested in delivering swim instruction in an ideal teaching & learning environment. Applicants require high energy & a background working with children. Paid training.

Lakeville 952.435.1898 Eagan 651.686.6225

Quick Lube Technician

I35W & Cliff Road




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Maintenance Person Ecumen, the most innovative leader of senior housing and services, is seeking a maintenance person in their Centennial House of Apple Valley location. A non-profit, Ecumen has been named 7 straight years as a “Best Place to Work” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Our mission is to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live. The maintenance position would perform a variety of maintenance duties including building maintenance, basic plumbing and electrical, cleaning, snow and ice removal and turnover of resident rooms. Qualified candidates need a high school diploma or GED, maintenance experience, knowledge of computers, must have a valid driver’s license, possess good verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to work with seniors. Boiler license preferred.

If interested in the position, please fax your resume to (952) 891-4780 attention Janis.

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

Activity Coordinator (Ref. #830) (Long-term Care Center) .5 FTE (40hrs/2wks). Required Qualifications: Eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body; or have 2 years of experience in a social or recreation program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in an activities program in a health care setting; or be a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or have completed a training course approved by the state of Minnesota. Licensed or registered if applicable by the state of Minnesota. Preferred Qualifications: Strong communication skills, experience in Geriatrics, familiarity with RAI process, Federal and State regulations, and computer skills; including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

Physical Therapist #825/Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Come see what we have to offer! Our highly respected therapists provide preventative and rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote well-being. Join our team of talented and experienced staff in a progressive rehab organization managing a diverse caseload of orthopedic and musculoskeletal related disorders including sports injuries, work related injuries and post-operative cases in our outpatient rehab clinic, located in Northfield, MN. The ideal candidate will have current licensure in physical therapy and three years of therapy experience. As part of the Northfield Hospital & Clinics system, we are located along the Cannon River just south of the Twin Cities, and serving patients in the Northfield and south metro communities as an independent health system.

Pharmacy Technician #824/Pharmacy Join our team of talented and experienced staff in a progressive pharmacy department to serve the patients in the hospital, cancer care/infusion center and long term care center. This technician role will prepare and dispense medications including documenting in the electronic medical record and completing sterile preparation of infusion medications. The ideal candidate will have previous hospital pharmacy technician experience and solid understanding of aspect technique.

Please visit for further details and to complete an online application! Questions contact humanresourcessupport@ or call 507-646-8170 Northfield Hospital & Clinics is an Equal Opportunity Employer




UNITED PRAIRIE COOPERATIVE at New Town ND is seeking a Manager of Business Operations. Responsibilities: Manager of Business Operations is responsible for divisional profitability, sales, new product/market development, reporting, purchasing, resale pricing, inventory control, customer service, asset maintenance, environmental compliance, and other duties as assigned by the CEO/General Manager. This supply very successful cooperative is located in NW ND with great recreational opportunities. Company owned housing is available. Email resume to: CHS National Director of Placement, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bismarck ND 58503 or call 701/220-9775

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August 2, 2013

SUN THISWEEK - Lakeville

theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. Concerts Music in Kelley Park featuring An Evening with MacPhail Jazz, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase. Empowered, free outdoor human trafficking awareness concert, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Rain location: Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Featuring: Grayshot, Ben Rosenbush and The Brighton. “Bailes y Musica de Mariachi de Mexico” by Los Alegres Bailadores and Mariachi Flor Y Canto, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods, Eagan. Free ($5 suggested donation). Rain location: Easter Lutheran Church, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Information: www.caponiartpark. org. John Butler Trio, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $56. Information: The Whitesidewalls Rock ’n’ Roll Revue, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, as part of the Wednesday in the Park Concert Series at Civic Center Park, 75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville. Free. Rock ’n’ Blues Fest with Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer & Pat Travers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $54. Information: Rosemount High School Band, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Central Park Amphitheater, Rosemount. Sponsored by Rosemount Area Arts Council. Free. Carly Rae Jepsen & The Wanted, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $60. Information: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $68. Information: Summer Salon, chamber concert of classical music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. Donation of $20, checks and cash only, is suggested. Proceeds will support the church’s music programs. Information: 952-890-7877 or Events/festivals Vintage Band Festival, Aug. 1-4, Northfield and nearby communities. Information: http://vintagebandfestival. org. Dakota County Fair, Aug. 5-11, Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. W., Farmington. Information: 651-463-8818, Exhibits “My Minnesota” photography exhibit by Dean Seaton runs throughout August at Dunn Bros. Coffee, 1012 Diffley Road, Eagan. Theater “Peter Pan,” July 31-Aug. 3, Eagan Summer Community Theatre, Eagan High School auditorium. Enter lower east lot. Tickets: $15 for age 13 and older, $10 for children age 12 and younger. Box office open from 4-6 p.m., 651683-6964. “The Music Man,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3 and Aug. 9-10; 2 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 11; Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third St., Northfield. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Information: 507-645-8877, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Presented by The Play’s the Thing Productions and ISD 191 Community Education. Tickets: or 800-982-2787. “Everybody Loves Opal,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 16-17, 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Presented by Expressions Community Theater. Tickets: $14.50 at or 952985-4640. Workshops/classes/other MacPhail Center for Music offers summer camps for

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students ages 3-18. Information: or 612-321-0100. Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle, 4-5 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. Adult painting open studio, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: 651-675-5521. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5-7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville, www., 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), 952736-3644. 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 1-3 p.m. Information: 651-675-5500. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at 651-315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30-4 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/ class. Call Marilyn 651-4637833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m. to 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 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, 952-255-8545 or

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The Minnesota Percussion Trio employs an unlikely array of instruments – among them five-gallon buckets, paper, tin cans and modified sporting equipment – for its “Clicks, Claps, Clunks!” show, which will be presented at Caponi Art Park on Aug. 6 as part of the summer-long Family Fun Tuesdays series held weekly in the Eagan art park’s sculpture garden. All of the Family Fun Tuesdays events run from 10-11 a.m. and admission is free with a $4 per person suggested donation. The park is located at 1220 Diffley Road. (Photo submitted)

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Ring Mountain Creamery, Dunn Brothers Coffee, and the Eagan Commu“Interaction & Fu- nity Center. For more information, sion,” an exhibit by artists Geneva Costa and Sara call 651-675-5521. Hanlon, will be on display Aug. 1 through Sept. 8 in Plane prix at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center gallery, 12600 Paragon Nicollet Ave. For more Paragon Odyssey 15, information, call 952-895- Burnsville, will hold the 4679 or visit www.burns- Paragon Plane Prix paper airplane-flying contest in conjunction with Disney’s Harvest of Art “Planes” movie on Saturday, Aug. 10. The contest call for entries will be 30 minutes before The Eagan Art House the first showtime of the will hold its eighth annual day. Information: 952 Harvest of Art commu- 892-3456, nity art exhibit from Sept. mDpgR. 8 through Nov. 1. The exhibit is open to all south- Movie night for of-the-river artists, ages 8-18 and ages 19-plus. All couples media are accepted. Paragon Odyssey 15, The registration fee is Burnsville, will offer Siz$15 for up to two pieces of zling Summer Movie artwork for ages 8-18 and Date Night at 7:30 p.m. $20 for up to two pieces Monday, Aug. 12. The of artwork for ages 19 and movie will be “Elysium.” older. Register by Aug. 19. Cost is $20 per couple Complete exhibit guide- for two general admislines are available at www. sion movie tickets, a large popcorn and one pretzel The exhibit opening M&Ms. Information: will be 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 952-892-3456, http:// 8 at the Eagan Art House. The exhibit will then be divided to go on display at the Eagan Art House, Savage church Easter Lutheran Church, stages ‘Joseph’

Bridgewood Church, 6201 W. 135th St., Savage, will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. The production is a fundraiser for the church youth programs. Members of the cast and crew include residents of Burnsville, Savage, Prior Lake and other area communities ranging in age from 5 to 65. The performances are free. Funds will be raised through a raffle of youth services to the community, a bake sale and a freewill offering. For more information, contact Mark Hubbard at 952-594-2970 or mark.

‘America’s Got Talent’ tour Acts from Season 8 of the “America’s Got Talent” television show will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, for $39 and $49. Information: 952445-9000 or mysticlake. com.

family calendar Trio, 10 to 11 a.m. in the Sculpture Garden at Caponi Art Park, Eagan. $4 per person donation suggested. InFriday, Aug. 2 formation: 651-454-9412 or Relay For Life of Burns- ville begins at 6 p.m., BurnsPlant health diagnostic ville High School Stadium, clinic by the Dakota County 600 Highway 13, Burnsville. Master Gardeners, 6-8 p.m., Information: www.relayforlife. University of Minnesota Exorg/burnsvillemn. tension, 4100 220th St. W., Suite 101, Farmington. Free. Saturday, Aug. 3 Junk Market, 8 a.m. to Wednesday, Aug. 7 5 p.m., Towne and Country Eagan Market Fest, 4 Shopping Center, Burnsville. to 8 p.m., Eagan Festival Hosted by Touch of Home Grounds. Farmers market, Furnishings. Free admission. entertainment by Armadillo Rain or shine. Jump. Information: www. Citizens Climate Lobby – Dakota County meeting, or 651-675-5500. 9 a.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Bowling party hosted Center, Lebanon Hills Park, by MTS Minnesota Connec860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Infor- tions Academy, 6-8 p.m., mation: Debbie at 952-250- Brunswick Zone XL Lakev3320 or http://citizensclimat- ille, 11129 162nd St. Free. Register online at www.ConMovies in the Park, or call “Zookeeper,” at dusk at the 800-382-6010. Central Park Amphitheater near City Hall, Rosemount. Saturday, Aug. 10 Bring blankets and lawn Prince of Peace 5K Famchairs. Weather-related up- ily Fun Run, 7 a.m., Sunset dates: 952-985-1790, option Pond Park, northwest corNo. 6. ner of County Road 42 and Burnsville Parkway, BurnsSunday, Aug. 4 ville. Registration/check-in: Windmill Animal Rescue Body Kneads Massage parkDays, Wagner Park, Elko New ing lot. Race: 8 a.m. Raffle: Market. Walk for the animals, 9 a.m. Information: www. food, games, theme baskets, silent auction. Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. Walk starts at Reunions 9:30 a.m. Park festivities and Reunion for all 1960s games begin at 10:30 a.m. Farmington High School Pledge sheets available at graduates beginning at 6 www.windmillanimalrescue. p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Farmcom, at Windmill Feed & Pet ington Carbone’s (former LeSupply in Elko New Market or gion). Just drop by. by calling JoAnn at 507-2100118. Ongoing Marriage Encounter Tuesday, Aug. 6 weekend, Aug. 17-18, Mt. Family Fun Tuesday – Olivet Conference and ReClicks, Claps, Clunks! with treat Center, Farmington. Inthe Minnesota Percussion formation: www.marriages. To submit items for the Family Calendar, email:

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Thisweekend Lakeville playwright makes Fringe Festival debut Stage comedy ‘A Certain Age’ runs through Aug. 11 at HUGE Theater Jennifer Cockerill jokes that she took up writing because drinking heavily wasn’t a practical option. A professional actor turned stay-at-home mom, Cockerill will see the debut of her play “A Certain Age” at this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival. The stage comedy centering on middle-aged life isn’t the Lakeville resident’s first foray into writing – Cockerill has penned skits and holiday programs for her church, Prince of Peace in Burnsville, and last year created a humorous blog called “Gone Bionic” dealing with her hip replacement. A friend from Cockerill’s acting days, Elena Giannetti, saw Gone Bionic and encouraged her to try writing something for the stage.

Jennifer Cockerill “Elena said, ‘You made hip replacement funny – you should write a play,’ ” Cockerill recounted. “And as I started to write, I kept coming back to my own experiences. I realized there just isn’t a lot of material out there

about being a woman in your 40s and 50s.” The collection of comedic vignettes comprising “A Certain Age” touch on teen text-speak, yoga classes, hockey mom banter, and other experiences that women with teenage and college-age kids can relate to, Cockerill said. Giannetti is directing the play, and Andrew Cooke, musical director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, wrote original music for the show. “A Certain Age” opened Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 11 at HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets for the play can be purchased by going to and searching “A Certain Twin Cities actors Shelli Place and Teri Parker-Brown star in “A Certain Age,” a Age.” —Andrew Miller stage comedy written by Jennifer Cockerill of Lakeville. (Photo submitted)

Marching into the park

The Rosemount High School marching band will be showcasing its talents Aug. 8 at Rosemount’s Central Park Amphitheater as part of the summerlong Thursdays in the Park performance series hosted by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. The marching “Everybody Loves Opal” cast members are, from left, Scott Lessman, Joe Conely, band, which has earned seven consecutive state championships, is now preparing for its Peggy Miller, Shawn Bakken, Karen Ell and Mike Reardon. (Photo submitted) nationally televised appearance at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., in January. The Central Park concert starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. More information is at (File photo)

Comedic skullduggery in ‘Everybody Loves Opal’ Expressions play runs Aug. 9-18 in Lakeville Murder attempts – at least bungled ones – are the stuff of comedy in the latest production from Lakeville-based Expressions Community Theater. “Everybody Loves Opal,” which plays the Lakeville Area Arts Center Aug. 9-18, centers on middle-aged recluse and packrat Opal, who lives in a mansion at the edge of a city dump and is targeted

by three career criminals seeking to collect on Opal’s life insurance policy. The humor develops as the crooks try to “do in” Opal – with a collapsing ceiling, drugging her and setting her house on fire, staging a hit-and-run accident. Moose heads stuffed with money further complicate matters. The show is directed

by Erin O’Brien of Burnsville, and the six-actor cast includes Shawn Bakken, Joe Conely, Karen Ell, Scott Lessman, Peggy Miller and Mike Reardon. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10 and 16-17, and 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18. Tickets are $14.50 and are available at and 952-985-4640. —Andrew Miller


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