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Avoids Cedar Avenue realignment by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Under a revised concept, Airlake Airport’s runway could expand without realigning Cedar Avenue. The draft concept, to be proposed for the airport’s 2035 Long-term Comprehensive Plan, extends Airlake Airport’s single runway by 751 feet, increasing

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its length to 4,850 feet. Neil Ralston, airport planner for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the change enhances safety and allows aircraft to carry more passengers or additional fuel. For a typical small business jet, the added fuel capacity could mean another 60-90 more minutes of flight time, Ralston said. The airport’s 2008 plan was to extend the runway to 5,000 feet but required the realignment of Cedar Avenue, adding significant costs.

Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2012 land use policy update for runway protection zones (two-dimensional trapezoidal safety areas identified at the ends of runways to protect property and people), implementing that plan became more difficult, expensive and complicated. “Back in 2008, rerouting Cedar Avenue through the extended runway’s protection zone was acceptable,� Ralston said. “However, with the updated guidance in place,

alternatives to rerouting Cedar Avenue through the extended runway’s RPZ would need to be studied and the FAA would have to formally approve a realignment running through the RPZ.� The revised concept being proposed uses FAA airport design standards, which allows the existing runway protection zone to stay in place and considers Cedar Avenue an existing condition within it. Under the proposal, a gravel road in Eureka Township, 225th Street,

Festival of fun Launch Park to build in Lakeville by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

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Acreage formerly in Eureka Township but amicably annexed into Lakeville in 2006 has recently been approved for development. Launch Park First Addition, located east of Cedar Avenue and Eureka Township’s Airlake Airport and just north of the Lakeville/Eureka border, will include two 46-acre lots within a 99-acre parent parcel. The property’s first development is a 2 8 6 , 0 0 0 - s q u a re - fo o t multi-tenant warehouse/ office building that will be partially occupied by Menasha Packaging, an existing merchandise packaging manufacturer in Airlake Industrial Park. Menasha is leasing 150,000 square feet of space to expand its Lakeville operation.

The project includes the partial construction of a new road, 222nd Street, east of Cedar Avenue, and will be a temporary culde-sac on the property’s east boundary where the building will be located. The road will eventually extend further east. “This is an exciting period of time that we’ve had the opportunity to work on this project,� Lakeville Community Development Director Dave Olson told the Lakeville City Council at its April 3 meeting. He said several concepts for the property have been proposed, and described this one as one of the better-quality proposals considered. The building is proposed to use colored concrete exterior materials, allowed by special action of the city in anticipation of changing city ordinance to allow the material. “It’s becoming a more See LAUNCH, 17A

Housing density likely to increase by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

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Games of skill were all part of the free Family Fun Fest April 8 at Ames Arena in Lakeville. Those who attended enjoyed a wide variety of activities including ice skating, turf games, chair massages and kids’ activity tables. The event concluded with a showing of Disney’s “Finding Dory.�

Lakeville will likely increase housing density plans or risk losing grant funding for transportation under benchmarks defined in the Metropolitan Council’s 2014 regional plan, Thrive MSP 2040. City Council and Planning Commission members held a rare joint meeting April 6 to review the extensive process to update the city’s 2008 comprehensive plan, a blueprint that defines land use and associated uses for the next two decades. The process will include six public meetings to allow input from residents about the proposed growth plans. Several changes in See DENSITY, 17A

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Hope for Tomorrow adult volunteers have met with eighth-grade students in the program monthly during the school year since 1997. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is seeking additional mentors to expand the program.

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eighth-grade students meet with volunteer adult mentors for activities aimed at helping the teens expand their minds to the possibilities life offers. Two-hour sessions include a presentation, activities and individual time with mentors in schools around the metro area that include District 194’s Kenwood Trail Middle School and McGuire Middle School. There are also chapters in middle schools in St. Paul, Eagan, Rosemount, Burnsville and Bloomington. Karen Peterson, executive board chair of Hope for Tomorrow, said they See MENTOR, 17A


be announced April 13. (Check for updates on this unfolding story.) Those candidates selected to continue in the hiring process will spend the day in the district April 21, touring buildings and meeting with various groups. District 194 Communications Director Amy Olson described a busy day for the semifinalists. She said they would meet with groups that include: union representatives of groups that include teachers, clerical, custodial staff, student nutrition and non-affiliated workers; District 194 principals and cabinet members; the business community and parents and the community at large. Information about the time and location of the public meeting was not available at press time. Board member interviews were to take place Friday afternoon or evening, according to Olson who added the schedule was to be decided based on the number of candidates.

District 194 School Board members easily agreed Tuesday night on about 10 questions they will pose to superintendent candidate finalists when they interview them April 21. Board members suggested their own questions and drew ideas from a list of 25 questions suggested by search consultant firm Ray & Associates. The inquiries generally cover topics that include leadership, accomplishments, goals and finances. Board members individually reviewed and rated multiple applications and viewed video-taped segments of the applicants on April 12, then choose semifinalists to interview in person, which Board Chair Michelle Volk previously said was expected to be 3-4 candidates. The exact number of semifinalists was unknown when this edition went to Contact Laura Adelmann at press, but was expected to

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would be moved so its intersection with Cedar Avenue would be about 750 feet south from its current location. Ralston said the road’s relocation is similar but not identical to the 2008 plan. Airlake Airport is primarily located in the township, but a portion of it is in Lakeville. If the airport’s Longterm Comprehensive Plan is approved by the Metropolitan Airports Board

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Ten-year-old Emma Coffey admires the unicorn design she received at the face-painting station during the Home & Garden Expo held April 8 at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley.

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Lewis’ first 100 days on the Hill eventful Congressman discusses his first months in office at chamber luncheon by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Though Congress failed to pass the American Health Care Act, U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, RWoodbury, stands by his support of the bill. “I will be the first to admit our side did not do a good job of messaging,� said Lewis, speaking April 10 at a Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce event at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. The health care bill, which was withdrawn in March after failing to gain enough House Republican support, is something the first-term congressman believes would have worked to resolve the “crisis in health care� brought on by the Affordable Care Act enacted during the

Obama administration. “I spoke passionately on the floor about this — I stand by my support,� he said. “The status quo is untenable.� Health care was one of several topics Minnesota’s 2nd District representative discussed at the chamber event. His talk focused on his first 100 days in office, touching on tax reform, transportation funding and other political matters, along with some aspects of everyday life as a member of Congress. During his first few weeks in Washington, living conditions proved less than ideal. Unable to immediately secure an apartment, Lewis slept on an air mattress in his office. He’s since found living quarters within walking distance of Capitol Hill. One thing that struck him as pleasantly surprising during his first months in Washington, Lewis said, is how many young people are working on Capitol Hill in positions of influence. “Twenty-five-year-olds

are running the world,� said Lewis, noting that his own staff’s legislative director is 28. “These kids are wonderful — they are smart and competent and great. ... That’s a pretty good feeling: There’s hope for the future.� On the political end, Lewis said that, along with health care reform, his chief priorities are tax reform and transportation and infrastructure improvements, specifically as a means of spurring economic growth. “Economic growth solves almost all the problems,� he said. “It’s all about making commerce and business flow more smoothly and getting a rising tide of prosperity in the 2nd District.� About a dozen protesters had assembled outside the clubhouse at the city-run Valleywood Golf Course prior to Lewis’ talk, holding signs and breaking into song as the congressman entered the building. Members of the group told a reporter they want-

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U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Woodbury, spoke at the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce event April 10 in Apple Valley. ed to talk with Lewis about health care, women’s rights and other issues, and to encourage him to schedule an in-person town hall meeting.

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St. Paul public schools hire ISD 191’s Gothard Superintendent’s time in District 191 was transformational by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Searching for a “healer� to lead their district, St. Paul School Board members voted 5-2 Tuesday to hire Joe Gothard as superintendent. Gothard knows the “healer� role well. In July 2013 he became superintendent of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191, which was at a crossroads after the often-turbulent tenure of his predecessor, Randall Clegg. Now Gothard is head-

ing to Minnesota’s second-largest school district, which has been without a permanent chief since June 2016, when the board bought out ex-Superintendent Valeria Silva’s contract. At a press conference Tuesday, a reporter asked if Gothard truly wants the top job in a St. Paul district known for strife, controversy and a School Board shakeup in the last election. “Absolutely,� said Gothard, 45. “You go through a lot of reflection, personally and professionally, when faced with an opportunity of this magnitude. I’ve been very fortunate to have almost four very successful years here in Burnsville-Eagan-

Savage ISD 191 — creating relationships, putting systems in place, making sure there are clear lines of communication, instilling confidence, trust, belief and hope — in a community that really needed it.� The St. Paul board chose Gothard over a second finalist, Cheryl Logan, chief academic support officer for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, schools. “I know this is one of the most challenging jobs in the state of Minnesota and maybe even beyond,� said Gothard, who will go from a district with 9,500 students to one with more than 39,000. “And I, throughout my entire career, have taken on challenges. I think the results, I won’t say they speak for

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Lawmakers take key first step with transportation funding proposals Minnesota lawmakers have had difficulty in turning major transportation legislation into law. It’s been nearly a decade since the Legislature has successfully sent a long-term transportation funding package to the governor’s desk. After the 2016 legislative session ended without a transportation bill, many candidates – now legislators – promised in their campaigns 2017 would be different. Without additional investment, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s annual construction budget could drop by as much as one third in 2018 – at a time when additional investments are necessary to address deteriorating infrastructure and make strategic enhancements to our transportation system. According to Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration, Minnesota is facing an $18 billion transportation funding gap over the next 20 years. In late January, Dayton released a two-year, $45.8 billion budget proposal that included an increase in the state’s gas tax, a measure that Dayton said would cost the average Minnesotan driver $75 a year. Forty percent of new revenues in Dayton’s budget would go to counties, cities

ECM Editorial and townships to repair or replace 1,700 miles of roads and 235 bridges. New funding for road and bridge construction would be provided by initiating a 6.5 percent sales tax on gasoline, bringing the current 1.25 percent base tax on vehicle registration fees to 1.5 percent, and raising car registration fees by $10. Many Democrats favor raising the gas tax, currently at 28.5 cents per gallon. That’s sure to be a point of contention moving forward. The governor has argued that without a dedicated funding source like the gas tax, any new transportation spending would be on the budget-cutting chopping block if a recession hits and lawmakers have to start trimming. We agree with the Republican plan to use general fund revenues generated from the statewide sales tax on auto parts and rental cars to help fund increased investment in our transportation system. It’s a logical first step. Existing revenues that would be shifted from the general fund in the 2018-19 biennium include $296 million from the auto parts sales tax, $64 million from the motor vehicle lease sales tax, $52 million

from the sales tax on auto repairs, and $37 million from the auto rental sales tax. Transportation-related revenue should fund transportation projects. Dedicating the revenues by statute would free the Legislature from having to take action every year to prioritize transportation funding. Does this approach take a little discipline from lawmakers not to dip into the pot of money down the road? Yes, but it takes a lot less discipline than a year-toyear effort. And in the past, those efforts have failed. The omnibus transportation bill approved in late March by the House Transportation Finance Committee boosts state spending on roads and bridges by roughly $2 billion over the next two years and by $6 billion over the next 10 years through a shift in general fund dollars and significant borrowing. That level of funding is long overdue. House Republicans would not raise the state’s gas tax to provide a dedicated boost in transportation dollars, an approach favored by House and Senate DFLers and Dayton. Compromise on a smaller gas tax increase with redirection of auto-related

taxes to transportation would be one way to get things moving this session. Democrats contend the Republican plan would also deal a significant blow to transit across the state, especially in the Twin Cities metro. Now is not the time to be eliminating transit needs. The Senate’s transportation bill dedicates $1.4 billion less over the next 10 years. That difference with the House transportation plan will have to be reconciled before lawmakers can come to the bargaining table with Dayton. Minnesotans depend upon a safe, efficient and reliable transportation network to support the movement of people and commerce. Lawmakers and Dayton must come together to show the people of Minnesota that its government can deliver on this core function of state government. An opinion of the ECM Editorial Board. Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.

One day, one great way to help students and yourself by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

In a single day later in April, you can listen to and help some of the most courageous, eloquent high school students from all over Minnesota. How? By volunteering to judge their presentations at the April 26-27 Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs STARS conference in Bloomington. This is one of the most emotionally powerful and, ultimately, uplifting events I attend each year. Before saying more about the conference, let’s hear from students. Here’s a portion of an award-winning speech by Jessenia, a student at Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River: “During the summer after 10th grade, my dad passed away from a rare type of cancer and his passing destroyed me. ... I felt abandoned again. ... I still remember that day like it was yesterday and it still hurts just as bad as when it happened. My dad was my hero. … After losing my dad, I couldn’t stay at home. I couldn’t stay with my mom because we did not get along. ...

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“I moved in with my oldest brother. ... I remember sitting at dinner with my mom one night and telling her how much life sucked and how miserable I was. … I’m so blessed to have a mom who didn’t give up on me, even when I gave up on myself. My mom told me I needed to stay in school and that I could not drop out. I was very mad at my mom at the time, but thank goodness she was watching out for me. ... “I did not want to go to an ALC because all I thought was it was with people I didn’t want to be around. … At Ivan Sand the teachers give you emotional, verbal and any kind of support you need, and for that I’m blessed. … I now know what it’s like not to give up on someone even when they give up on themself (sic). I can’t count how many times I’ve said

‘screw it,’ but the teachers are right over my shoulder ready to help me.” Here’s a portion of a speech by Aaron, a student at Northwest Passage High School, a charter school in Coon Rapids: “Before I had found my current charter school and MAAP STARS, my life was dark, the everlasting pitch abyss of the night. I never would be the leader and person I am today without STARS. Never be able to have the friends I do now. “While I was growing up through traditional schooling, I was drifting along. Letting others insult and spread rumors about me, expecting it all to get better one day. I was pulled down again and again with despair that I began to believe that nothing will get better. I even was led to bringing others down to feel better, but I wasn’t proud, I hated myself. I was not the Aaron I wanted to be, I was scared to go to school, back to where I wouldn’t find happiness.” Many of the presentations are just as poignant and powerful as these two. The conference features individual and group presentations in areas including entrepreneurship, interviewing, community service, video production and personal

reflections. MAAP is seeking volunteer judges for either or both days. There are no special qualifications except a willingness to listen and comment briefly on student presentations. You can apply here: http://bit. ly/2nJEaRX. The conference is coordinated by the remarkable Patti Haasch. She’s a veteran Minnesota educator, now retired, who has devoted her life to students facing enormous challenges. For more information about the conference, visit Read full copies of several award-winning speeches at Please consider judging. Do it for the students. Do it to remind yourself about challenges some young people face. Do it to learn how some of Minnesota’s finest educators help young people overcome obstacles and blossom like the most beautiful spring flowers. Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher, administrator and PTA president, is director of the Center for School Change. Reactions are welcome at reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Schreiner deserves re-election

that ballot, if you haven’t they should be responsible sit Link service will suffer voted yet, and re-elect Di- adults. I’m not their par- alongside regular route rector Schreiner. ent. bus services. The House bill requires fare increases BUZZ ANDERSON JOHN ZIMMERMAN across all modes of transit To the editor: Eagan Lakeville well above the fare increasDakota Electric memes already under considerbers received ballots this ation, making services like Transit cuts week for the annual elec- Roadsides are Transit Link and Metro tion for board members not garbage would have Mobility unaffordable to to the Dakota Electric some riders on fixed incans local impact Board. Did you set it comes. Metro Mobility aside? Is it in your stack To the editor: To the editor: includes premium services of bills? It is marked in an Last week I took a At a time when the state like Same-Day Taxi Serenvelope that indicates a 30-gallon garbage bag and has a $1.6 billion budget ballot is enclosed. Please collected trash along both surplus, it’s difficult to un- vice and Supplemental take time to open the bal- sides of Kabera Trail from derstand why the Minne- Service that are costly to lot and cast your vote for Kalmar Path to 185th sota House passed cuts to operate and could be elimMargaret Schreiner, a per- Street and then along the transit that would force a inated due to this budget son who is likely the most south side of 185th (in 40 percent cut to basic, lo- cut. Transit Link, a service qualified person to ever Lakeville). I didn’t travel cal bus service. State fund- to connect people in subserve as a board member. very far along 185th be- ing for transit has been urban and rural areas to Her experience, knowl- fore my bag was full and flat for years, while costs the regular transit system, edge, devotion, intelli- I had to return home to to provide the service have faces the potential of total gence, and boldness have dispose of it. How lazy are grown by 3 percent annu- elimination. The House bill picks put dollars in your pocket we that we cannot proper- ally. As our population winners and losers as she believes that the ly dispose of our trash? Of ages, the cost of providing amongst neighboring electric power coming to course, the most disgust- Metro Mobility service your home must be afford- ing part of this was the has been increasing by 5 communities. Some of our region’s suburbs run able and reliable. That has fully loaded diaper that I to 8 percent a year. their own separate tranbeen her focus and will found on the east side of Although the impact remain so as long as she Kabera Trail. Those who cannot be fully known un- sit system and the House is able to continue to serve left the trash behind are til such proposals become bill takes funding from all of us who are members all welcome for me pick- law, what is clear is that Metro Transit to increase of Dakota Electric. Find ing up after them, but Metro Mobility and Tran- their funding. If you live in communities served by Metro Transit like Lakeville, you will see big cuts in service. In Eagan, there will be no cuts. Regionalism is at the foundation of the Twin Cities and this A division of ECM Publishers, Inc. bill divides our region into have and have-not comLaura Adelmann | LAKEVILLE NEWS | 952-894-1111 | munities. Mike Shaughnessy | SPORTS | 952-846-2030 | If passed, this legislaMike Jetchick | AD SALES | 952-846-2019 | tion will devastate the reTad Johnson | MANAGING EDITOR | 952-846-2033 | gion’s dominant transit John Gessner | MANAGING EDITOR | 952-846-2031 | system and force thouKeith Anderson | DIRECTOR OF NEWS | 952-392-6847 | sands more cars onto the PUBLISHER & PRESIDENT . . . Marge Winkelman GENERAL MANAGER. . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Weber LAKEVILLE/DISTRICT 194 EDITOR . . Laura Adelmann DISTRICT 196 NEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tad Johnson

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roads. Regionally, our transit system provides 100 million trips a year and 80 percent of those trips are either people going to work or school. At this critical junction, it is more important than ever that we tell the Legislature why well funded transit service is important for all our communities. STEVEN CHÁVEZ Metropolitan Council member — District 15, representing Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, and Rosemount

We can do this

We know what factors cause this, both natural and human. We can fix this. We must switch to sustainable methods of providing the energy that makes modern life so enjoyable. We can do this, and it will save money and create more jobs than business as usual with fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a wonderful gift because they have locked in their molecular structure some harmful things from the ancient past that, like Pandora’s Box, are not good for humanity to let out again. People of faith are standing up and speaking out that we must respect this life-sustaining gift for what it is by leaving it alone. We can solve this. We will not make life harder. We will not hurt the economy. We must choose right in support of all life on Earth. Interfaith Creation Care of the South Metro is offering an Earth Day opportunity at Shepherd of the Lake church in Prior Lake to learn more about the Economics of Sustainability. On Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m., Jay Coggins, U of M professor of economics, is presenting, “We Can Do This: A Clean Energy Future!” More information is at the church’s website.

To the editor: The Bell Curve of weather phenomena is shifting warmer: more frequent megastorms, Minnesota winters five degrees warmer on average than 1970, more pests surviving warmer winters, tornadoes coming earlier in the season, the first-ever tornado in Massachusetts (and they’ve been watching since the 1600s). I say, “Toto … we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but ironically Minnesota’s climate is becoming like Kansas. I wonder what will become of our wealth and health because all around the world people have settled and built lives around the stability of climate, and now that stability has been BILL MIDDLECAMP shattered. Apple Valley But there’s good news.

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One Book, One Lakeville programs set “The Song Poet� by Kao Kalia Yang is this year’s selection for the One Book, One Lakeville series of programs. Upcoming events at the Heritage Library include: The Hmong Family Kitchen and Garden, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Discover the nutritious and medicinal value of foods from Mhonpaj Lee of Mhonpaj’s Garden, a certified organic farm. Lee will discuss some less

common vegetables seen at local farmer’s markets and demonstrate how to prepare them. Hmong Storytime, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. Hear stories from the Hmong tradition and make a related craft. Geared for ages 5 and older. Through the Eyes of a Refugee: Hmong Storytelling, 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 24. Hmong storyteller and artist Tou Ger

Xiong takes listeners on his life’s journey from the jungles of Laos to the refugee camps of Thailand to the public housing projects of America. His storytelling performance combines humor, folk tales, spoken word and personal stories into a high-energy, engaging program for all ages and backgrounds. For more information, call the Heritage Library at 952-891-0360.

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neighborhoods. As a past teacher, I am concerned about their future for if they are hungry over the weekend, they will not perform well when they return to school on Monday. They will be greatly disadvantaged which leads to future failure. We cannot let this happen. You can help. It costs $130 per school year to provide one child a weekend bag of food each week. The tax deductible donations can be made by writing a check to District 196 Foundation (include “The Sheridan Story� in the memo) and mail to District 196 Foundation Office, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. We will accept any amount. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for your generous support.

from our district, all of whom had been urging Lewis to hold a in-person town hall, were there the greet him. Among the concerns they wanted to hear from Lewis about was Russia’s interference with our election. Since last August there has been an ongoing investigation by the CIA and the FBI about how Russia has interfered with our electoral process. James Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating possible coordination between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia’s attempts to influence the election. Lewis’ response was, “No one in CD2 cares about Russia.� I wish I had kept the letter Lewis sent me in response to my concerns about Russian interference. In summary, he told me he was not on the committee that was investigatWILLIAM H. TSCHOHL ing this. He said if this Apple Valley matter came to the full House he would keep my comments in mind. I guess Lewis should they slipped his mind, remember since he failed to recall any interest from our district. To the editor: U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis was an invited guest of the NIKA DAVIES Dakota County Regional Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Valleywood Golf course on Monday, April 10. Twelve residents

To the editor: As a director for the District 196 Foundation, I can share that we are getting closer to eliminating hunger in our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, there are still 250 students in District 196 who have little to eat on weekends. It is hard to imagine a young person going hungry and not enjoying good weekend meals. With Easter coming, many of us look forward to enjoying a wonderful dinner with family and friends. It is a time when we give thanks for our blessings. At the beginning of the school year the Foundation was concerned about the more than 950 students facing hunger in our community. Thanks to support from churches, businesses and individual donations, we have been able to reduce this number to 250 students. We have a long way to go. Each one of these students is very important. We are confident that the residents of our great city will step forward and join us in our efforts to help these needy children, many of them in our own

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Seniors Lunch and learn DARTS and Thompson Park Activity Center present the next Heritage Society Lunch and Learn Series event 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Jill Freeman from Gentle Transition will share tips and strategies on how to downsize, sort, pack and eliminate clutter to ease the moving process. The Heritage Society Lunch and Learn Series are monthly educational sessions focused on topics and issues many older adults and their families face throughout the aging journey. The event will be at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1220 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. Cost is $5 and includes lunch. Registration is required at 651-403-8300 or tridistrict.thatscommunityed. com, search “Lunch and Learn.�

Apple Valley seniors The Apple Valley Senior Center, 14601 Hayes Road, is home to the following activities, which are organized and run by the Apple Valley Seniors and Apple Valley Parks and Recreation. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 952953-2345 or go to www. Monday, April 17 – Int. Line Dancing, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Stretch, 10 a.m.; Pool, noon; Bridge, 12:45 p.m.; Happy Stitchers, 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 – Quilting Bees, 9 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 9:15 a.m.; Tuesday Painters, 9:30 a.m.; Bike Group, 10 a.m.; Catered Lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Pool, noon; Cribbage, noon; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Hand & Foot Cards, 1 p.m.; Table Tennis, 1 p.m.; Spanish – Intermediate, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19 – Donated Bread, 9 a.m.; Fun Folks on Spokes, 9:30 a.m.; Yoga, 9:45 a.m.; Velvet Tones, 10 a.m.; Morning Stretch, 10 a.m.; Men’s Bowling at Apple Place Bowl, noon; Pool, noon; Dominoes, 1 p.m.; Mahjong, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20 – Defensive Driving, 9 a.m.; Beg. Line Dancing, 9:15 a.m.; New Member Orientation, 10 a.m.; Int. Line Dancing, 10 a.m.; FMSC, 11:30 a.m.; Insurance Counseling, noon; Pool, noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Recreated Cards, 1 p.m.; Table Tennis, 1 p.m.; 500 and Hardanger, 1 p.m.; Color & Chat, 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 – Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.; Women’s Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Fun Folks on Spokes, 9:30 a.m.; Discover Group, 10 a.m.; Morning Stretch, 10 a.m.; Women’s Pool, 11 a.m.; Men’s Bowling at Apple Place Bowl, noon; Members Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

Burnsville seniors The Burnsville Senior Center is located in the Diamondhead Education Center at 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. Call 952707-4120 for information about the following senior events. Monday, April 17 – Sunrise Stretch, 8:30 a.m.; Advisory Council, 9:30 a.m.; Cribbage, 10 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:45 p.m.; SS Flex. Tuesday, April 18 – Scrabble, 10:30 a.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Volunteer Appreciation; Defensive Driving Class, 5:30 p.m.; Line Dancing; SS Yoga. Wednesday, April 19 – Woodcarvers, 8 a.m.; Sunrise Stretch, 8:30 a.m.; Cribbage, 10 a.m.; DARTS CC, 10 a.m.; Chair Tai Chi, 11 a.m.; 500, 12:45 p.m.; Belle Lunch, 1 p.m.;

Defensive Driving Class, 5:30 p.m.; SS Flex. Thursday, April 20 – Foot Clinic, 9 a.m.; Health Insurance Council, 9 a.m.; Belle Scrappers, 9:30 a.m.; Crafters, 10 a.m.; Coffee Talk – MA/VA, 1 p.m.; Defensive Driving Refresher, 5:30 p.m.; Wood Carving, 6 p.m.; SS Yoga. Friday, April 21 – Sunrise Stretch, 8:30 a.m.; Painting, 9 a.m.; Hand & Foot, 12:15 p.m.; SS Flex.

Spring Aging & Wellness Expo Burnsville and neighboring residents are invited to the 2017 Spring Aging & Wellness Expo 2-5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Burnsville Senior Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. The free expo is sponsored by Elder Resource Association South of the River and will feature information on area services for older adults and caregivers. Exhibits will include free health/wellness screenings, information on caregiver resources, medical equipment, housing and home care information. Participants will be eligible for giveaways and door prizes. Pink Cow Ice Cream will provide treats. Other sponsors for this event include The Commons on Marice, Golden Heart Senior Care, Augustana Care, The Rivers, Farmington Health Services, Epilepsy Foundation Minnesota, Ebenezer Ridges Campus, the Burnsville Senior Center and the city of Burnsville. For more information, contact Amber Jacobson at 952-895-4575.

Eagan seniors The Eagan Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for seniors in the Lone Oak Room at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Park-

way. Call 651-675-5500 for more information. Monday, April 17 – Defensive Driving, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Mahjong, 9 a.m.; Zumba (Oasis), 9 a.m.; F&Fab, 10 a.m.; FFL (Oasis), 11 a.m.; Tuesday, April 18 – Quilting, 9:30 a.m.; Euchre/500, 12:45 p.m.; Lone Oak Series: Van Gogh, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 – Coffee, Conversations & Games, 9 a.m.; Brain Fitness, 9:30 a.m.; Hand & Foot, 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 20 – Dominoes, 9 a.m.; Bridge, 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 21 – Drop In Time, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Food for Brain, Part 2, 9:30 a.m.; Zumba (Oasis), 10:15 a.m.; S/B/Yoga (Oasis), 11:10 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.

Farmington seniors The Rambling River Center is located at 325 Oak St. For more information on trips, programs and other activities, call 651-280-6970. Monday, April 17 – Coffee Guys, 9:30 a.m.; Dulcimer Club, 10 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10 a.m.; Recycled Cards, 12:30 p.m.; 500 Cards, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 – Coffee Guys, 9:30 a.m.; Fitness Center Orientation, 9:30 a.m.; Chair Exercise, 10 a.m.; Wood Carving, 1 p.m.; Lady Slipper Garden Club, 1 p.m.; Yoga, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 – Silver & Fit, 8 a.m.; Coffee Guys, 9:30 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10 a.m.; Bridge, 1 p.m.; AMP Healthy Eating and Hydration, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20 – Zumba Gold, 9:15 a.m.; Coffee Guys/Gals, 9:30 a.m.; Newsletter Folding, 10:30 a.m.; Tap Dance, 10:45 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; AMP Intergenerational Connections, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 21 – Coffee Guys, 9:30 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 9:30 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Arts & Crafts Fair Set Up, 1 p.m. Deadline: Tea at the Anoka Historic House. Happy Harry’s Furniture Fundraiser – Stop by Happy Harry’s Furniture in Farmington and mention the Rambling River Center when ordering/ purchasing new furniture. Happy Harry’s Furniture will give 10 percent of the purchase to the Rambling River Center.

All Lakeville Area Active Adults events are held at Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Call 952-985-4620 for information. Monday, April 17 – Yoga, 8:15 a.m.; Computer Tutoring, 9 a.m.; Knitting Class, 9:30 a.m.; Wii Bowling, 10 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10:15 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Flex Fitness 1, 11 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Flex Fitness 2, noon; Texas Hold ’em and Mahjong, 1 p.m.; Spanish Intermediates Class, 2:40 p.m.; Nightclub Two-Step Lessons, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 – Dominoes & Poker, 9 a.m.; Creative Writing, 10 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10:15 a.m.; Fitness Nutrition 1, noon; Party Bridge, noon; Ping Pong, 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Billiards, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 – Poker & Hearts, 9 a.m.; Line Dancing, 9 a.m. to noon; Health Angels Biking Meeting, 10 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10:15 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Flex Fitness 1, 11 a.m.; Pinochle, noon. Thursday, April 20 – Classic Voices Chorus, 9 a.m.; Interval Walking, 9:30 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10:15 a.m.; Red Hat Chorus, 10:30 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Flex Fitness 1, 11 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Flex Fitness 2, noon; Euchre, Hand & Foot, noon; Quilting Group, 1 p.m.; Red Hat Chorus at Augustana Regent, 1:30 p.m.; Tai Chi, 1:30 p.m.; Fitness Nutrition 1, 1:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 3:30 p.m.; “Guys & Dolls� at Lakeville South, 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 – Yoga, 8:15 a.m.; Poker, 9 a.m.; Country Heat, 9:30 a.m.; 500 Cards, 10 a.m.; Day Old Bread, 10:15 a.m.; Stability Ball Exercise, 11:30 a.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Social Painting, 1 p.m.

Rosemount seniors The following activities are sponsored by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department and the Rosemount Area Seniors. For more information, call the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department at 651-322-6000. Monday, April 17 – Bridge, 9 a.m.; 500, 1 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 – Coffee at Cub, 8 a.m.; Bid Euchre, 9 a.m.; AMP, noon; Craft Club, 1 p.m.; Easy Tai Chi, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 – Walking Club, 9 a.m.; Speaker Series, 10 a.m.; Canasta, 10 a.m.; Music Jammers, 1 p.m.; Quilting Club, 1 p.m.; Hand & Foot, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20 – Cribbage, 9 a.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; Yoga, 1 p.m. Friday, April 21 – Euchre, 9 a.m.; Euchre Tourney, 7 p.m.; Bluegrass Concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – 500 Tourney, 12:30 p.m. The Rosemount Area Seniors are located in the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. Check monitors and room schedules at the facility for activity locations.

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Business Business Buzz AV Chamber award finalists

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More than a dozen Anchor Bank employees attended the Burnsville City Council’s Anchor Bank 50th anniversary proclamation on April 4. Receiving the proclamation from Mayor Elizabeth Kautz is Anchor Bank CEO Carl Jones. In addition to being the bank’s 50th anniversary, this year marks the Burnsville branch’s 10th anniversary.

The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors has announced its 2016 award finalists. Business of the Year: GrandStay Hotel and Conference, Keller Williams Premier Realty, Think Mutual Bank. Small Business of the Year: Superior Service Center/Goodyear, Von Hanson’s Meats. Entrepreneur of the Year: Integrative Chiropractic & Performance, Lobash Chiropractic, Precision Approach Aerial Photography, Pure Barre Apple Valley. Volunteer of the Year: Krista Jech, ECM Publishers/Sun Thisweek and Dakota County Tribune Newspapers; Karen Kirkman, Midcountry Bank; Jodi Kurtz, Warners’ Stel-

lian; Tasha Wells, Bridge Realty; Debbie Wessman, Arbonne International. Finalists and winners will be recognized at the Chamber Gala on Friday, May 5.

Zimmer a ‘30 Under 30’ finalist Trent Zimmer, an Apple Valley area real estate professional affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet, has been named a finalist in REA LT O R M a g a - Trent Zimzine’s “30 mer Under 30� Class of 2017 recognition program. Zimmer, 28, was one of 50 Realtors selected from hundreds of applicants.

He has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet’s Apple Valley office since 2013. Zimmer was recently named to the company’s 2016 President’s Circle awarded to the top 6 percent of all affiliated sales associates internationally. “Trent is a consummate real estate professional whose dedication and customer service are almost unparalleled,� said Tony Maurer, branch vice president of the Apple Valley office. “He is very community minded and a great resource to other sales associates who often seek his input and guidance. Trent’s being selected as a 30 Under 30 finalist is well-deserved.� Zimmer is a native of Apple Valley. He is involved in the community and has dedicated much of his time to coaching hockey and football at Apple Valley High School.

Business Calendar To submit items for the Business Calendar, email: • Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., Business After Hours, Lakeview Bank, 9725 163rd Apple Valley Chamber of St. W., Lakeville. Legacy Award Commerce events: winners will be honored. In• Thursday, April 20, 4:30- formation: Tricia Andrews at 7 p.m., Joint Business After Hours, Lakeview Bank, 9725 163rd St. W., Lakeville. Legacy Dakota County Regional Award winners will be honored. Chamber of Commerce Free. Information: Fabiana at events: fabiana@applevalleychamber. • Monday, April 17, 4-6:30 com. p.m., ribbon cutting, Twin City Homes Inc., 3020 145th St. W., Burnsville Chamber of Com- Rosemount. Refreshments and merce events: prize drawing. Information: Lori • Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 Oelrich at loelrich@dcrcham a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber Lun- cheon, Legends Golf Club, • Thursday, April 20, 11:30 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior a.m. to 1 p.m., WomEn’s CirLake. Speaker: Joe Schmit, cle, Southview Country Club, KSTP-TV. Cost: $25 members, 239 E. Mendota Road, West $35 nonmembers. Registration St. Paul. Speaker: Jodi Mayrequired. Information: Tricia ers, owner of Corset Styling Andrews at tricia@burnsville in Edina. Cost: $25. Registra-

tion required. Information: Em- Amy Green at 952-469-2020 or ily Corson at 651-288-9202 or • Thursday, April 20, 4:307 p.m., After Hours, Lakeview Lakeville Area Chamber of Bank Legacy Awards, 9725 Commerce events: 163rd St. W., Lakeville. Regis• Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 tration required. Information: a.m. to 1 p.m., General Mem- Dana Turner at 952-892-9722 bership Luncheon, The 411 or dturner@lakeview-bank. on the 911, Chart House Res- com. taurant, 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville. Speakers: Fire Chief Encourage Her Network Mike Meyer and Police Chief events: Jeff Long. Cost: $30 members • Monday, April 17, 11:30 ($25 early bird discount), $40 a.m. to 1 p.m., Signature Womnonmembers. Registration re- en’s Networking Luncheon, quired. Information: Amy Green Hyatt Regency Hotel, 3200 E. at 952-469-2020 or amy@ 81st St., Bloomington. A cussion with millennial women • Wednesday, April 19, in business emceed by Robin 6-7 p.m., Young Profession- Kocina. Cost: $30 members, als Mixer, Fire Station 4, 9465 $50 nonmembers ($60 at the 185th St. W., Lakeville. Test door). Information/registration: your mettle in the Lakeville Firefighters Course. Free. Registration required. Information: Sales and Marketing Execu-

tives events: • Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SME Presentation on Integrated Marketing: Your ticket to becoming a business celebrity, DoubleTree Park Place Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park. Speakers: Jason Kocina and Heather Champine, Media Relations Agency. How to get more media coverage for your business. Cost: $24 SME members, $45 guests. Information: or Business Networking International events: • Leads to Referrals Chapter of BNI meets 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Vivo Restaurant, 15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley. Information: Helen Peterson, 952-412-0265.

Adams Radio ‘hatches’ oldies station Lakeville-based Adams Radio Group teamed up with the Salisbury (Maryland) Zoological Park to run a monthlong promotion leading up to KOOL Oldies making its debut on April 1. A large egg was placed in an outdoor enclosure where zoo visitors could view it and then go to the zoo’s website and make a guess as to what was in the egg. On April 1, a curious crowd gathered to discover what was about to “hatch.� The egg was opened to revel a stuffed penguin and the announcement of the new KOOL Oldies station at 104.3 and 105.1. The station plays the “best of the 60s and 70s.� Listeners can visit the KOOL Oldies website at to help name the penguin. The winner will receive a 5,000-watt generator.

Job Transitions Group meets Terese Guettler will present “Three Key Steps to Landing Your Ideal Job� at the April 18 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Easter Lutheran Church – By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-4523680 for information.





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Education Local education businesses honored A select group of local prekindergarten early education programs recently earned their Parent Aware Ratings, which lets area parents know that they are using kindergarten readiness best practices. “These folks really deserve a lot of credit for doing the right thing for Minnesota’s youngest children,â€? said Ericca Maas, executive director of Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR), a nonprofit that supports the ratings. “It’s one thing to make claims about quality, but these providers are proving that they are actually using best practices.â€? The local businesses being honored by PASR include: • Valerie Taylor, 816 McIntosh Drive, Apple Valley, vltaylor1964@ • Debra Brodil, 12525 Everest Trail, Apple Valley, Debrabrodil@yahoo. com. • Peggy Gopaul, 15939 Harwell Ave., Apple Valley, psgopaul@charter. net. • Julie Knutson, 1862 Covington Lane, Eagan, sixknutsons@hotmail.

com. • Day By Day Child Development Center Inc., 1565 Cliff Road, Suite 9, Eagan, Heidi Kunst, di • Tierra Encantada Inc., 4130 Blackhawk Road, Suite 140, Eagan, Karina Zumba, info@tier • Doreen Leonetti, 1798 Taconite Trail, Eagan, • Kimberly Neu, 17738 Flint Ave., Farmington, • Marietta Jacobs, 19881 Embers Ave., Farmington, marietta.jacobs@ • Janice Hakseth, 1661 Wyndham Place, Hastings, jhakseth@comcast. net. • Melissa Enke, 16589 Imperial Way, Lakeville, melissaschildcare@gmail. com. • Heidi Neubert, 17811 Flushing Hills Court, Lakeville, hmneubert@ • Julie Imoto, 20275 Indio Path, Lakeville, jrimo • Katie Prose, 6070 178th St. W., Lakeville, • Kathleen Tazelaar

Rients and Shana Janssen, 7783 Grinnell Way, Lakeville, krients81@gmail. com. • Sonshine Learning Center, 680 Highway 110, Mendota Heights, Marie Baker, office@sonshine • Mary Braunwarth and Heather Graham, 14271 Cranberry Way, Rosemount, marybraun • Veteran Dummer, 838 23rd Ave. N., South St. Paul, vcdummer@com These providers all volunteered to adopt kindergarten-readiness best practices and verify that fact by obtaining a Parent Aware Rating. The Parent Aware Ratings are a Consumer Reports-like service that helps parents find child care and preschools in their area that are using kindergarten-readiness best practices. Over the past four years, nearly 3,000 Minnesota programs have earned their ratings. A full listing of rated programs in the area can be found by doing an online search at

Family fun with Koo Koo Kanga Roo in Farmington


Farmington Community Education is kicking off summer with a free family fun night featuring Koo Koo Kanga Roo 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Boeckman Middle School. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, a pop and dance duo, is a family fun dance extravaganza experience for kids and adults of all ages. The live show is packed with zany sing-alongs and choreographed group dancing. Pre-registration is required at www.farmingtonCE. com or 651-460-3200. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A nonperishable food item is a suggested donation for the Farmington Food Shelf. Farmington Community Education will display summer youth camp, class and activity information. Participants will be offered an opportunity to register for drawings for Open Swim and discount class coupons. More information is available at

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School breaks ground

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Christian Heritage Academy broke ground March 1 on its new permanent home at 7320 175th St. W. in Lakeville. Principal Gail Wolfe, Board President Mike Blanchard, teachers, parents and students were present as Wolfe and the Rev. Paul Marzahn, Crossroads Church, cut the ribbon to mark the ground blessing event. The school building will be 29,368 square feet and include 10 classrooms, a STEM classroom, a full gymnasium with a raised performance stage, a nurse’s room, a multi-purpose room that can be used for art and music, and a warming kitchen. The building will open in time for the first day of school on Sept. 11.

Lakeville teacher named a Teacher of the Year finalist Mary Zilge, a vocal music teacher at Cherry View Elementary, is one of 11 finalists for the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. An independent selection panel of 23 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and non-profits selected the finalists from a group of 37 semifinalists. There were 132 Teacher of the Year candidates for this program year. The selection panel meets again

May 6 to conduct individual interviews with each of the 11 finalists and to cast votes for the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Abdul Wright of Best Academy in Minneapolis, will announce this year’s honoree at a banquet at the Radisson Blu Mall of America May 7. Banquet tickets can be purchased at

Oak Ridge Elementary School to celebrate 25 years Current and former students, parents and staff of Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences in Eagan will celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, May 25. Oak Ridge opened in fall 1991 as the 16th elementary school in District 196 and transitioned to a magnet school last year. The anniversary celebration will begin in the morning on May 25 with Leadership Day, highlighting student leadership in Oak Ridge’s first year as a Leader in Me School. There will be a

reception for former students and staff from 4-5:30 p.m., which will include the opening of a time capsule that was filled and buried by students 25 years ago. There will also be tours of the school and an opportunity to see progress on a building addition that is scheduled to open this fall. Following the reception, current Oak Ridge students and their families will participate in the school’s annual PTO Spring Fling. For more information, call Oak Ridge at 651-683-6970.

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Burnsville choir director faces sex charges by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Area disability service companies struggling to find workers

him to save the photos without notifying Akervik. During their online conversation, Akervik admitted to “taking the virginity of a 15- or 16-year-old� and made comments leading to possible identification of the male student, also from BHS. Police contacted the boy, who told them Akervik had invited him to his Burnsville apartment in December 2016. As the two were watching TV, Akervik started kissing the 16-year-old and engaged in a sex act with him. Burnsville police arrested Akervik at the high school without incident on April 10. Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 said it received a complaint on Akervik on Saturday, April 8, and immediately began an investigation. KSTP News reported that Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis suspended Akervik from his part-time job as junior high choir director. Akervik reportedly has a degree from St. Olaf College and worked for the Minneapolis Public Schools from 2010 to 2013. Akervik’s third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The electronic solicitation charge is punishable by up to three years. Akervik made his first appearance in Dakota County District Court Wednesday. Bail was set at $150,000 without conditions and $100,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is May 11.

A Burnsville High School choir director faces felony charges for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student and sending nude photos of himself to another student. Erik Michael Akervik, 29, was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and electronic solicitation of a child. Akervik has been a BHS music teacher since August 2013. “It is a felony under Minnesota law for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student who is 16 or 17 years old, if the teacher is more than 48 months older than the student,� Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a news release. “Criminal activity of this nature is a significant breach of trust of students, their parents and the school community.� The county attorney’s office gave the following account. On Monday, April 10, a 15-year-old male student told a BHS school resource officer that Akervik had sent him sexually inappropriate communications. The student said Akervik had added him as a friend on several social media apps and websites about a year before. Akervik had been communicating with the boy via Snapchat about three weeks before the boy spoke with the officer. Akervik allegedly sent a message saying, “I’d like to get to know you closer and better.� Over two or three days of online conversation, the boy received nude photos from Akervik. The boy later acquired a Contact John Gessner at john.gessner@ third-party phone app that would allow or 952-846-2031.

Group lobbying for increased funding by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The disability services industry is in a bit of a hiring crisis. According to industry professionals, the main issue is pay. Providers such as Midwest Social Services, which has offices in Eagan, offer training and employment services for people with disabilities. They have found challenges in both attracting and keeping employees. Midwest Social Services had the worst turnover in its history in 2016. Almost 70 out of 160 employees left, according to Lyth Hartz, president of Midwest Social Services. Most of the turnover is at the entry level. “We’re fully staffed now (in Eagan), but it’s very likely that will change soon,� Hartz said. “I would say our industry is in crisis. Our agency competes well, but our industry doesn’t compete well with other industries.� When they have an opening, it takes a while to find a good candidate and “sometimes they leave in a few weeks,� Hartz said. While it can be reward-

ing work, it’s also challenging. “You have people’s lives in your hands,� Hartz said. “They’re vulnerable adults. If staff members are trying to raise a family, it can get hard. Many employees have other jobs.� Midwest Social Services invests in their employees who then build relationships with their clients. Building a relationship takes time and when their employees leave, the process starts over. “When it’s changing all the time, you can imagine how that feels on the people we’re helping,� Hartz said. An increase in pay would help retain employees, so industry professionals are asking the Minnesota Legislature for help. Their funding is regulated by the Minnesota Legislature and the Department of Human Services sets their rates. Pay is tied to state reimbursement rates set by lawmakers. According to Mike Burke, the president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, there are an estimated 8,700 unfilled direct support positions in Minnesota right now. The number is growing as pay rates continue to lag behind other industries,

Burke said. The Best Life Alliance, a Minnesota coalition of more than 130 organizations, is asking state legislators to pass a 4 percent wage increase for direct support professionals in 2017 and again in 2018. “Nothing is ever dead in the Minnesota Legislature, but right now it’s not alive,� Hartz said. “Who knows if it will be resurrected, but it looks like it’s not going to happen. Full disclosure here, we need a lot more than 4 percent. That would still leave us short for being competitive with other industries. It’s a statewide issue.� According to the Best Life Alliance, waiver growth has increased about 10.3 percent from 2005 to 2015, compared to a 23.3 percent rate of inflation. Support professionals provide skills training, employment services, community involvement, behavioral supports and life enrichment activities to more than 26,000 individuals with disabilities in Minnesota. They help people with disabilities find jobs within the community and guide them into being more independent. Contact Andy Rogers at

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door on the day of the luncheon. The funds raised support local, national The 50th annual Spring and international mission Salad Luncheon will be 11 work of the United Metha.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, odist Women. April 26, at The Well, a United Methodist Church Chronic illness (formerly known as Rosemount United Methodist support group Church). A Chronic Illness SupIt will include a variety port Group meets 6:30 of salads and pie, served p.m. on the first and third with milk, coffee or tea Mondays of the month and a fresh baked muffin. at Trinity Church, 10658 Cost for a salad plate is 210th St., Lakeville. The $6; a slice of pie is $2 and group offers encouragea child’s plate is $1.50. The ment and hope from othluncheon offers an Express ers who have similar expeLine for a quick lunch riences. Stories are shared, or takeout and a Leisure resources are offered and Line for those who like to prayer is given to those visit over lunch. Hand-tied who suffer from chronic quilts, in a variety of sizes, illnesses. This group also are available for purchase offers tips for navigating as well as half pints of relationships with doctors crab apple butter or jala- and families and for unpeùo jelly. derstanding suffering from Tickets may be pur- God’s point of view. chased 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both those who sufMonday, April 24, and fer from chronic illness, Tuesday, April 25, in the as well as their caregivers, church office at 14770 are encouraged to attend Canada Ave., Rosemount the meetings. They are free (651-423-2475) or at the and open to the public.

There are no expectations on how often or long attendees should come. For more information, visit Trinity’s website (www.trinitychurchmn. com) or contact group coordinator Tabitha Newgard at

Bake sale and boutique A Spring Bake Sale and Boutique will be held at the St. Patrick’s Social Hall 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The event will feature fresh-baked cinnamon and caramel rolls, as well as homemade cookies, cakes and breads. Home party representatives and vendors will also be on hand with a selection of household items, cosmetics and gifts. St. Patrick’s is located at 24425 Old Highway 13 Blvd., northeast of New Prague. St. Patrick Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring the event.

Register for VBS at Real Tree Church Registration is open through May 14 for children ages 4-11 to attend Vacation Bible School daily June 19-23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Real Tree Church, 5 miles south of County Road 50 at 25975 Galaxie Ave. in Eureka Township. Kids will

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Rosemount security worker has four-legged helper Gordon Finley and Frankie keep students safe at high school by Paul Rignell SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Retired after nearly 20 years as a U.S. Marine and a later career in information technology, Minnesota native Gordon Finley now works part time weekdays in a security role at Rosemount High School. As part of his daily shift, it is Finley’s responsibility to ensure the students disperse peacefully from the school halls after their final class hour ends at 2:15 p.m. He secures all doors that are supposed to be locked after school hours. There is also some desk work where he records student attendance data that he gathers from substitute teachers working any given day (regular faculty record their own attendance data). Unlike many other school security officers, Finley works with a partner – and a protector. Finley’s partner is the fourlegged Frankie, a border collie-springer spaniel mix who has been part of Finley’s family and home in Eagan for five years. Frankie has accompanied his owner to work throughout this school year after the dog was certified as a service animal last July through Patriot Assistance Dogs, a training program based in Detroit Lakes. The organization recently received a $10,000 gift from a group of philanthropic motorcycle riders in Zimmerman. Founded by trainer Linda Wiedewitsch, the PAD program serves to prepare dogs for aiding veterans who have been diagnosed with battling post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or a related psychiatric issue. Finley says it was clear

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Rosemount High School security worker Gordon Finley and his dog, Frankie, are with Belle Meene, who sees Frankie every day on her way home and it makes her day, Finley said. that he was battling some form of depression around the same time when his dog Frankie joined the family. Medical staff from the Veterans Affairs health care system in Minneapolis later diagnosed Finley with PTSD. Frankie has been a good friend to Finley throughout their years together, but the bond has grown stronger now that the dog is certified to accompany his proud owner to work and virtually everywhere else, including meals at restaurants and most return appointments at the VA. An exception to their routine of being together at almost every moment happened when Finley was at the VA for a recent colonoscopy, he said. Having survived military service that involved him in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Finley says that life back in Minnesota felt deeply

dark at one point. “My depression got so bad that I couldn’t face sunlight,� he said. Finley adds that he was not friendly to the idea of hosting a dog when a daughter brought Frankie, who had been living in a shelter, to the family home. “I told my wife (Kathy) I didn’t want a dog, but he jumped on my lap and we’ve been friends ever since,� Finley said. “This is my buddy, my pal. He puts a big smile on my face.� Frankie helps his owner to overcome the depression, and the dog is dedicated to its trained role of service. “If I get really depressed, he’ll jump on me. He wakes me up when I’m having nightmares. He picks up on (cues) faster than I do,� Finley said. Their partnership is one See DOG, 13A

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Sports Top female athletes earn Athena Awards St. Paul luncheon will be April 19 by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Athena Awards programs in St. Paul and Minneapolis this spring will honor outstanding senior female high school athletes, including several from Dakota County schools. The 23rd annual St. Paul Athena Awards luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Envision Event Center (formerly Prom Center) in Oakdale. Athletes from Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview, Farmington, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Rosemount will be among those honored at this event. Burnsville High School’s Athena Award winner will be honored at the 45th annual Minneapolis Athena Awards luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Photo by Jim Lindquist/ Photo by Mike Shaughnessy May 5, at the Doubletree Lakeville North’s Temi Carda (left) and Lakeville South’s Jenny Mosser were named their schools’ Athena Award Hotel in Bloomington. Here are capsules of the winners and will be honored at a banquet in Oakdale on April 19. local 2017 Athena Award Class AA team champion- She was a finalist for the to study psychology. She and field. Orr was a threewinners: ship. Ms. Soccer and Miss Bas- will play softball and pos- time all-conference player, sibly tennis for the Pipers. three-time team MVP and ketball awards. Jenny Mosser Temi Carda She was a three-time two-time All-State player. Lakeville South Gabby Sprang all-conference player in She will play volleyball at Mosser is the Lakev- Lakeville North tennis and held the Blaze’s Iowa while studying psyAmy Breckner Carda is an All-State ille South volleyball proNo. 1 singles spot for three chology and pre-medicine. gram’s career leader in basketball and soccer Apple Valley years. Wollmuth is a twokills and is second in digs, player who led Lakeville time all-conference soft- Natalie Snodgrass Breckner is a 10-time blocks and service aces. North to state tourna- letter-winner in soccer, ball player. She listed the She had a state-record 49 ments in both sports. She hockey and golf, and has Blaze’s 2-1 upset of Prior Eastview In addition to helping kills in a regular-season will play basketball at been a captain of the Lake in the first round match against Eagan. The Creighton University next Eagles’ hockey and golf of the 2016 softball play- the Eastview girls hockey UCLA recruit also helped year. offs as her favorite sports team reach the state tournament three consecutive She helped Lakeville teams. the Cougars reach the She is among the memory. years, Snodgrass has a state tournament for the North reach the basket- school’s career leaders piece of USA Hockey lore. ball tournament three of first time and finish third in varsity hockey games Gabrielle Orr She scored the tying goal in Class 3A last Novem- the last four seasons. In played (124) and has Eagan in the final minute of the 2016-17, Carda averaged ber. earned four different team Orr already has started 2016 women’s world Un14.8 points per game for When not dominating awards. She also is a twoon the volleyball court, a Panthers team that won time Academic All-State her college career at the der-18 tournament chamUniversity of Iowa, but pionship game against Mosser has been a con- the South Suburban Con- player in golf. before leaving in Janu- Canada, then scored the championship, tributor to the South track ference ary she helped the Eagan winner in overtime. and field team. She ran the placed sixth in the state Angela Wollmuth volleyball team reach the At Eastview, she was Class 4A tournament and anchor leg for a Cougars’ Burnsville state championship match the leading scorer on three 4x400-meter relay that set finished 28-4. In soccer, she was one A nine-time letter-win- four consecutive years, Lightning teams that quala state record in the 2015 of the state’s top defenders ner in softball and ten- with the Wildcats winning ified for state, taking sixth Class AA meet. That vicin 2015, fifth in 2016 and tory also helped the Cou- as the Panthers made their nis, and a captain in both in 2013, 2015 and 2016. She earned six letters in sixth this year. She also gars overtake St. Michael- sixth consecutive state sports, Wollmuth will atAlbertville and win the tournament appearance. tend Hamline University volleyball and two in track scored overtime goals to

Softball preview: half of SSC teams have new coaches Defending champion Eagan has no shortage of challengers by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Until its teams get a few weeks into the season, South Suburban Conference softball might best be noted for a changing of the guard. Five of the conference’s 10 teams have new coaches this season, including defending champion Eagan, where Christian Duncan takes over for Michelle Harrison. Some of the league’s top players from 2016 were back, however, when the South Suburban schedule began this week.

Lakeville North Coach: Michael Schultz (first season). Replacing: Darwin Rasmussen. Last season: 11-13 overall, 2-2 in Class 4A, Section 1. 2017 so far: 1-0 after a 13-9 victory over Apple Valley on Tuesday. Upcoming: at Rosemount on Thursday, home against Lakeville South on Monday, April 17 (both 4:30 p.m.). Outlook: Schultz hopes to lend stability to a North program that has its third varsity head coach in three years. Returnees include senior infielder Amanda Moncelle, who has signed with St. Cloud State, and junior catcher Paige Anderson. Both were honorable mention all-conference last season. Moncelle, senior infielder Hailey Forshee and ninth-grade infielder Jenna Beckstrom each had three hits in the


Farmington Coach: Paul Harrington. Last season: 14-11 overall, second in Class 4A, Section 1. 2017 so far: 2-0 overall, 1-0 in conference. Upcoming: home against Eastview on Thursday, at Apple Valley on Monday, April 17 (both 4:30 p.m.). Outlook: The Tigers were stung by the loss – at least for now – of captain and starting pitcher Maddie Muelken, who is being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Muelken might return later this spring, Photo by Mike Shaughnessy but Becca Silber has taken Teammates congratulate Lakeville North’s Jordan Peterson after she homered in her over in the pitching circle. team’s 13-9 victory over Apple Valley on Tuesday. Catcher Emily Berdan and infielder Caitie Dully also season-opening victory the other is infielder Tay- mention all-conference are captains. over Apple Valley; Mon- lor Engel. Other return- players last season. celle also drove in three ees include juniors Sophie Eagan runs. Link, Saylor Donnelly Burnsville Coach: Christian Dunand Clarice Tennesen, and Coach: Rachel Keeney can (first season). Lakeville South sophomore Jordan Lang. (first season). Replacing: Michelle Coach: Emily MoreReplacing: longtime Harrison, who coached Apple Valley land (first season). Burnsville softball archi- the Wildcats to the 2016 Replacing: Rob Laden, Coach: Chris Sikich. tect Pat Feely, who remains South Suburban title. who coached Lakeville Last season: 6-16 over- with the program as an asLast season: 21-5 overSouth to the 2014 state all, 0-2 in Class 4A, Sec- sistant coach. Keeney was all, won South Suburban, Class 3A championship. tion 3 playoffs. an assistant to Feely with finished second in Class Last season: 12-13 over2017 so far: 1-3 overall, the Burnsville varsity the 4A, Section 3. all, third in Class 4A, Sec- 0-1 in conference. last three years. 2017 so far: 1-0 aftion 1. Upcoming: home games Last season: 8-16 over- ter an 8-7 victory over 2017 so far: 0-1 after an against Eagan on Thurs- all, 2-2 in Class 4A, Sec- Shakopee on Tuesday. 8-1 loss to Rosemount on day and Farmington on tion 2 playoffs. Upcoming: at Apple Tuesday. Monday, April 17 (both 2017 so far: 2-2 overall, Valley on Thursday, at PriUpcoming: at Shakopee 4:30 p.m.). 0-1 in conference. or Lake on Monday, April on Thursday, at Lakeville Outlook: The Eagles Upcoming: home 17 (both 4:30 p.m.). North on Monday, April are a youthful team with against Prior Lake on Outlook: Many of the 17 (both 4:30 p.m.). 10 players who are sopho- Thursday, home against pieces are back in place for Outlook: The season mores or younger. One Rosemount on Monday, another run at the conferopener wasn’t kind to the of their veterans, senior April 17 (both 4:30 p.m.). ence and section chamCougars, who fell behind pitcher Rachel NiederOutlook: The program pionships. Pitcher Alyssa Rosemount 7-0 after two korn, threw a three-hit has been waiting for the Jolliffe and infielder Tayinnings and couldn’t rally shutout as Apple Valley year Burnsville jumped lor Luecke are returning against one of the state’s defeated Delano 1-0 in the up in the South Suburban all-conference players. top pitchers, the Irish’s first round of the Manka- standings. Maybe this is it. Gabby Sprang. Megan to West tournament last Megan Osterhaus, a soph- Contact Mike Shaughnessy Conrads, a St. Cloud State weekend. Niederkorn, se- omore, is in her fourth sea- at mike.shaughnessy@ecmrecruit, is the shortstop nior catcher Jaycee Lentz son on varsity. Senior in- and one of only two se- and sophomore Sabriya fielder Angela Wollmuth is niors on the varsity roster; Passmore were honorable a returning all-conference

give the Lightning victories over East Ridge and Eagan in the 2016 Section 3AA tournament. She will play Division I hockey at the University of Connecticut.

Ashley Steffes Farmington A three-time all-conference lacrosse player at Farmington, Steffes will continue her career in that sport next year at Butler University, where she will major in healthcare and business. Steffes also was AllState in lacrosse in 2016 and is in her second season as the Tigers’ captain. She was a captain of Farmington’s basketball team last winter and also has competed in cross country.

Gabby Sprang Rosemount Sprang is one of Minnesota’s top softball recruits from the class of 2017, but she actually settled that question years ago. A left-handed pitcher, Sprang verbally committed to Tennessee in 2012 and signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Volunteers last November. Sprang, who has pitched for the Irish varsity since eighth grade, is a three-time all-conference player. She was All-State in 2015 and honorable mention All-State in 2016.

Grace Ennis Trinity Ennis is a three-time All-State runner in cross country after placing ninth in the Class A meet in November. She also helped Trinity to 10th place in the team competition. As a sophomore, she ran for Trinity’s 2014 state Class A championship team, finishing 11th individually. Contact Mike Shaughnessy at

Notebook: spring signings abound The spring National Letter of Intent signing period started Wednesday. Here are some of the local high school athletes who were expected to finalize plans for their college futures: Burnsville: Seyi Aguda, track and field, North Dakota; Bailey Medeiros, volleyball, Nyack. Eagan: Gus Kluender, football, Augustana; Patrick Acton, Nordic skiing, Michigan Tech. Eastview: Tia Donlan, track and field, Concordia-St. Paul; Alexa Hort, Waldorf, volleyball. Farmington: Tyler Wenck, lacrosse, Maryville. Lakeville South: Josh Ess, hockey, Wisconsin; Tanner Sperling, golf, Bemidji State; William Moore, golf, Bemidji State. Lakeville North: Caitlin Peterson, basketball, St. Cloud State; Jordan Peterson, softball, Minnesota-Crookston; Madi Moorhouse, track and field, South Dakota State. Rosemount: Griffin Lanoue, baseball, Xavier.

Moving on Coaches who stepped down from their positions after the 201617 high school winter sports season include Farmington boys hockey coach Lee Goren and Burnsville girls basketball coach Larissa Parr.

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Open house for Kenwood Trail expansion set April 18 Dakota County and the city of Lakeville are holding an open house on the Kenwood Trail Expansion Project 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Kenwood Trail Middle School, 19455 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. Attendees will have the opportunity to review and provide input on: final project layout, visuals of improvements,

construction staging and construction schedule. This is the final public open house before construction begins. For more information about the Kenwood Trail project, visit Transportation/PlannedConstruction/ CR50.

DOG, from 11A of nearly 100 pairings that Patriot Assistance Dogs has assisted with since Wiedewitsch turned her focus to coaching canines for this type of service in 2012. Earlier during a 30-year career of training service animals, Wiedewitsch prepared dogs to assist adult

owners who were visionimpaired or had other physical disabilities. PAD reports that an estimated $10,000 is needed to match and prepare each dog candidate for service to a veteran. A dog undergoes hip and elbow x-rays along with a blood profile and dental and cardiac exams before advancing through the program.

Each PAD dog is microchipped for permanent identification. Training costs along with expenses for supplies (such as collars and leashes) are also part of the $10,000 package. For more about Patriot Assistance Dogs, visit

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A plan to lengthen the Airlake Airport runway without requiring the realignment of Cedar Avenue is being developed. The draft plan proposes realigning 225th Street, a rural gravel road, around the airspace. AIRPORT, from 1A next month, meetings will be held in the city and township this summer to present the draft comprehensive plan and gather public input. The final draft must be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review before being adopted by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. If approved, the extension could be built in 2022-2023, according to Ralston. Lakeville Community and Economic Develop-

ment Director Dave Olson said the airport offers businesses in and around Lakeville one more transportation options to and from Lakeville. Olson said some businesses use the airport for company aircraft as well as private planes that are owned by business owners, He said extending the runway to allow for larger aircraft to use the airport may fill a need or benefit that attracts future businesses. Ralston added the proposed plan enhances the operational safety of the

runway. “We see this as a good thing,� Ralston said. “We’re excited to get it out.�

Annexation Discussions have also occurred for about a year between public officials regarding the potential of providing sewer and water to the airport. The Metropolitan Airports Commission has plans to expand the airport to the south, and MAC Reliever Airports Manager Mike Wilson said there is enough space

to double the approximate 100 hangars currently on the site. He said several hanger owners want to add restrooms and have an area to wash aircraft, but the property would need to be annexed into Lakeville to provide water and sewer. Wilson said the MAC would prefer to get the sewer and water lines in prior to constructing the hangars so they do not have to dig up cement. Eureka Township officials have cited concerns about losing the tax base, and Wilson said the MAC

is interested in maintaining the good relationship with the township, so they have been trying to negotiate an amicable annexation plan but have no agreement. Lakeville City Administrator Justin Miller said at an April 4 City Council and Planning Commission meeting that Eureka Township requested Lakeville provide the water and sewer lines, but city officials were hesitant to do that without a longrange annexation agreement for the airport to become part of the city.

Wilson said extending the airport runway is not dependent on the annexation, but they plan to continue seeking options. “We’re hoping to get some utilities available to that area so when the time is right it can expand, and we can build hangars there and folks can get into the facilities they’re seeking with the availability of sewer and water sewer services,� Wilson said. “There’s multiple ways to do that.� Contact Laura Adelmann at

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Burnsville-Eagan-Savage from Madison, Wisconsin. “I’ve learned a great deal through some things that went very well and some things that we struggled with.“ He’s a proponent of “restorative� discipline practices and said some pilot programs are already underway in St. Paul. “But it does take time, it does take training and it does take trust and belief,� Gothard said. His top priorities for the district are creating stability and a “successbased culture� while promoting “what public schools mean to our communities,� Gothard said.

“It’s a wonderful time for us all to put our hands in and say we’re all in for making SPPS the best it can be,� he said. Gothard was assistant superintendent for secondary schools in Madison before coming to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage. He was also a teacher, coach, high school principal and middle school principal in Madison. The St. Paul board and Gothard hope to finalize a job contract around May 1.



THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: July 1, 2004 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $199,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Eric L. Fossen and Renee I. Fossen, as joint tenants, a married couple MORTGAGEE: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Credit Corporation of Minnesota SERVICER: Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC LENDER: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Credit Corporation of Minnesota. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Scott County Minnesota, Recorder on July 30, 2004 as Document No. A666298 ASSIGNED TO: FV-I, Inc. in trust for Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings LLC dated 11/21/2016 recorded on 12/16/2016 as Document No. A1016779 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Outlot Ten (10) of Lakeview Gardens, Scott County, Minnesota. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 9975 Lower 167th Street East, Lakeville, MN 55044 PROPERTY I.D: 040010190 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Scott THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: Two Hundred Fifteen Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-One and 60/100 ($215,691.60) THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: June 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: in the lobby of the Scott County Law Enforcement Center, 301 S. Fuller Street, Shakopee, MN 55379 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is 6 months from the date of sale. If Mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the Mortgagor must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2017, or the next business day if December 1, 2017 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. “THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.â€? Dated: April 3, 2017 FV-I, Inc. in trust for Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings LLC Randall S. Miller & Associates, PLLC Attorneys for Assignee of Mortgage/Mortgagee Canadian Pacific Plaza, 120 South Sixth Street, Suite 2050 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 952-232-0052 Our File No. 16MN00174-1 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2017 672574

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: March 14, 2007 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $544,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Jill M. McElroy and David W. McElroy, wife and husband MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Bell America Mortgage, LLC DBA Bell Mortgage TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. MIN#: 1000269-0002094100-0 SERVICER: Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC LENDER: Bell America Mortgage, LLC DBA Bell Mortgage. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Scott County Minnesota, Recorder on March 28, 2007 as Document No. A768529 ASSIGNED TO: The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificateholders of CWALT, Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 2007-14T2, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-14T2 by Assignment of Mortgage dated June 16, 2014 and recorded on June 17, 2014 as Document No. A959960 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: That part of the West 894.09 feet of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 113, Range 21, lying North of the South 487.20 feet and South of the Southerly Right of Way line of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company, Scott County, Minnesota PROPERTY ADDRESS: 25363 S DUPONT AVE, ELKO, MN 55020 PROPERTY I.D: 089240117 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Scott THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: Five Hundred Eighteen Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Three and 17/100 ($518,493.17) THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: June 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: in the lobby of the Scott County Law Enforcement Center, 301 S. Fuller Street, Shakopee, MN 55379 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is 6 months from the date of sale. If Mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the Mortgagor must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2017, or the next business day if December 1, 2017 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. “THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.â€? Dated: March 29, 2017 The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificateholders of CWALT, Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 200714T2, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-14T2 Randall S. Miller & Associates, PLLC Attorneys for Assignee of Mortgage/Mortgagee Canadian Pacific Plaza, 120 South Sixth Street, Suite 2050 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 952-232-0052 Our File No. 17MN00025-1 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2017 670431

hearing on Tuesday, April 25,2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eureka Town Hall located at 25043 Cedar Avenue. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to Ordinance 3, Chapter 4, Section 7, Paragraph C of the Township Ordinances pertaining to the definition of Area as it pertains to standards for accessory uses or structures. All persons wishing to be heard on this matter will be allowed to address the Commission. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675283

“I don’t think that should be any surprise that that is very much important to me� given the opportunities afforded him by a “wonderful community,� Gothard said. In St. Paul, controversy over school safety and student behavior mounted under as Silva as she worked to promote racial equity and reduce the suspension rate of black students. “Throughout my entire career I have dealt with students who have misbehaved, as a teacher, as an administrator,� said Gothard, who came to

Contact John Gessner at or 952-846-2031.

Pitch, hit and run competition set Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association is hosting a free Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition for area youth 12-3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Kenwood Trail Middle School, 19455 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at Major League

ballparks and the national finals during the 2017 MLB All-Star Week. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the allaround champion in each division age group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/ waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, contact local coordinator Bill Cook at billydcook2014@


EUREKA TOWNSHIP POSTING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Planning Commission of Eureka Township will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25,2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Eureka Town Hall located at 25043 Cedar Avenue. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to Ordinance 3, Chapter 4, Section 9 of the Township Ordinances pertaining to sump pumps. All persons wishing to be heard on this matter will be allowed to address the Commission. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675275

EUREKA TOWNSHIP POSTING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Planning Commission of Eureka Township will hold a public

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 (Revised 4/4/17) Apple Valley High School Addition & Renovations ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that Independent School District #196, will receive multiple prime sealed bids for the Apple Valley High School Addition & Renovations at the District Office – 3455 153rd Street W. Rosemount, MN 55068 until 2:00pm on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. The work for this bid package includes Contracts for: #0330 C.I.P. Concrete, #0420 Masonry/ Brick/Architectural Precast, #0510 Structural Steel – Erection, #0512 Structural Steel – Supply, #0610 Rough/Finish Carpentry/Demolition, #0741 Metal Panels, #0750 Roofing, #0810 Doors/Frames/ Hardware – Supply, #0833 Coiling Doors, #0840 Aluminum Entrances/Storefronts/Windows/Glazing/ Curtainwall, #0920 Drywall/Plaster/ Caulking/Fireproofing, #0930 Tile, #0950 Acoustical Ceilings/Acoustic Wall Panels, #0965 Resilient Flooring/Carpet, #0990 Painting, #1000 Misc. Specialties – Supply, #1051 Lockers, #1230 Premanufactured Casework, #2100 Fire Protection, #2200 Plumbing & Piping, #2300 HVAC, #2500 Temperature Controls, #2600 Electrical/Communications/ Fire Alarm, #3100 Earthwork/Site Demolition/Utilities, #3210 Asphalt Paving/Curbs/Site Concrete. Reference Specification Section 01 12 00 Contract Work Scope Descriptions for detailed listing of items included in each Contract. A pre-bid conference will be held in the at the District Office – 3455 153rd Street W. Rosemount, MN 55068 – at 2pm, on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. All bids must be sealed and marked for the appropriate contract for which the bid is submitted. Bids shall be submitted in exact accordance with Bid Documents (including Instructions to Bidders and Proposal Forms) and Contract Documents (including Drawings and Specifications) as prepared by Wold Architects & Engineers. Documents will be available on or about April 10th, 2017, for public inspection at Wold Architects & Engineer’s office (332 Minnesota Street,W2000, St Paul, MN 55101), the Construction Manager’s office (7500 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite #300, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427), Minneapolis; St. Paul, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud and Mid-Minnesota Builder’s Exchanges; Reed Construction Data (CMD) and Dodge Data & Analytics Plan Room. Bidders may obtain sets of Bidding Documents by contacting Amber Sager at the office of the Construction Manager, Wenck Construction, 7500 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite #300, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427. Plans will be distributed electronically only. Contractors will be responsible for printing plans if hard copies are desired. The bids shall be accompanied by a certified check, cashier’s check, or corporate surety bond in an amount equal to five (5%) percent of the base bid, as bid security. No personal checks will be accepted. No bids may be withdrawn within 45 days after opening the bids. A bidder may withdraw his or her bid at any time prior to the date set for receiving bids, or authorized postponements thereof. Thereafter, bids may be withdrawn only after 45 days have elapsed after bid date, provided Independent School District #196 has not acted thereon. Bids may be withdrawn only by written request. Independent School District #196 reserves the right to reject any or all bids received and to waive informalities and irregularities in the bidding. Published in the Apple Valley Sun Thisweek Burnsville-Eagan Sun Thisweek Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 7, 14, 2017 672811

EUREKA TOWNSHIP POSTING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Planning Commission of Eureka Township will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Eureka Town Hall located at 25043 Cedar Avenue. The purpose of the public hearing

is to consider an amendment to Ordinance 3, Chapter 5, Section 1 of the Township Ordinances pertaining to the right to farm and to consider an amendment to Ordinance 1, Chapter 4 as it pertains to the definition of Horticulture. All persons wishing to be heard on this matter will be allowed to address the Commission. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675295

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 194 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CRYSTAL LAKE EDUCATION CENTER 2017 DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS 16250 IPAVA AVENUE LAKEVILLE, MINNESOTA Independent School District #194 will receive single prime sealed bids for Crystal Lake Education Center 2017 Deferred Maintenance and Improvements until 2:00 p.m. local time on April 18, 2017 at the District Office, 8670 210th Street West, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bidding documents, including the Proposal Form, Drawings and Specifications, will be on file at the Minnesota Builders Exchange; McGraw Hill Construction/Dodge Plan Center; Reed Construction; iSqFt Plan Room (St. Paul, MN); and from PlanWell at PrivateList.aspx?PrjType=pub Austin Builders Exchange; Mankato Builders Exchange; Builders Exchange of Rochester; Mid Minnesota Builders Exchange (Willmar, MN). This project includes: New operable classroom and gym partition walls, new sinks, and casework. Interior finishes of paint, FRP. American Reprographics Company, 4730 Park Glen Road, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 (952) 697-8800, facsimile (952) 697-8803 will provide complete downloadable sets of the Bidding Documents to prospective bidders and subcontractors. The downloads will be available March 22, 2017. A deposit check in the amount of $25 made out to ARC for each set downloaded via the internet at http:// and clicking on the PlanWell icon, then the Public Plan Room icon, select Crystal Lake Education Center 2017 Deferred Maintenance and Improvements. Make proposals on the bid forms supplied in the Project Manual. No oral, telegraphic or telephonic proposals or modifications will be considered. Submit with each bid, a certified check or acceptable bidder’s bond payable to Independent School District #194 in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish satisfactory Labor and Material Payment Bond, and Performance Bond. Bids may not be withdrawn within thirty (30) days after the scheduled time of opening bids, without the consent of the Owner. The Owner reserves the right to accept any bid or to reject any or all bids, or parts of such bids, and waive informalities or irregularities in bidding. The Owner requires Substantial Completion of the project on or before August 11, 2017. A pre-bid walkthrough has been scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Please meet at the front entry. Board of Education INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #194 Published in the Lakeville SunThisweek, Burnsville-Eagan SunThisweek April 7, 14, 2017 670260

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR QUOTE DUST CONTROL Eureka Township is calling for sealed bids for dust control (containing magnesium chloride) on Township Roads for the year 2017. Bids will be accepted at the Eureka Town Hall, 25043 Cedar Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 until 5:00 PM on May 8, 2017 for review during the Town Board meeting on May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM. A representative must be present and prepared to sign the contract, upon being awarded the bid. The Town Board will award the contract to the bidder offering the best value as determined by the Board. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675366

CITY OF LAKEVILLE PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE REQUEST: 1. Preliminary plat of three lots and one outlot to be known as Lee Lake Subdivision. 2. Conditional use permit for a planned shoreland development

3. Amendment to the Jackson Landscaping planned unit development (PUD), and development stage PUD plans for a 120 dwelling unit multiple family building and a 62,400 square foot self-storage facility 4. Vacation of a public drainage and utility easement (Document No. 3023214) and a public drainage, utility and sloping easement (Document No. 1107262) APPLICANT: Guardian Development of WY LLC LOCATION AND LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject property is located west of I-35 and south of 162nd Street (CSAH 46) in the City of Lakeville, Dakota County, Minnesota and is legally described as follows: All that part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 1, Township 114, Range 21, Dakota County, Minnesota, lying westerly of the westerly rightof-way line of Interstate Highway No. 35 including West Frontage Road, except Parcel 1, Dakota County Right-of-Way Map No. 147 WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard WHERE: Planning Commission meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota QUESTIONS: Contact Planning Director Daryl Morey at (952) 985-4422 or by e-mail at dmorey@ DATED this 11th day of April, 2017 CITY OF LAKEVILLE Charlene Friedges, City Clerk Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 676064

CITY OF LAKEVILLE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON GRANTING OF A BUSINESS SUBSIDY NOTICE is hereby given that the City Council (the “Council�) of the City of Lakeville, County of Dakota, State of Minnesota (the “City�) will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 1, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers located at 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota, relating to the granting of a business subsidy to Launch Properties, LLC in connection with the construction and equipping of a new multi-tenant industrial facility with total building square feet of 286,000 (the “Project�). The building will be located in the City and will increase the tax base of the City, retain full-time equivalent living wage jobs, and create full-time equivalent living wage jobs. The summary of the terms of the proposed business subsidy will be on file and available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk of the City at City Hall during regular business hours prior to the public hearing. After the public hearing the City Council will consider approving the granting of the business subsidy. A person with residence in or the owner of taxable property in the granting jurisdiction may file a written complaint with the City if the City fails to comply with Sections 116J.993 to 116J.995, and no action may be filed against the City for the failure to comply unless a written complaint is filed. All interested persons may appear at the hearing and present their views orally or in writing prior to the hearing. DATED this 14th day of April, 2017 CITY OF LAKEVILLE Charlene Friedges, City Clerk Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 676068

CITY OF LAKEVILLE REQUEST FOR BIDS BID CLOSE: May 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. LOCATION: Lakeville City Hall 20195 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville, Minnesota 55044 Telephone: 952-985-4400 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received, opened, and read aloud at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Lakeville City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota for the purchase of residential water meters. Bidders desiring a copy of the specifications and bid forms may obtain them electronically at www. or from the office of the Public Works Director, 18400 Ipava Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044. The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive minor irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interest of the City. All bids must be addressed to: City Clerk, City of Lakeville, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044. CITY OF LAKEVILLE Charlene Friedges, City Clerk Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 676000

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR SEALED BIDS GRAVEL Eureka Township will be accepting sealed bids for road gravel for Eureka Township roads for the year 2017. Approximate quantities are: r UPOT PG $- B NPEJĂ FE with 8-12% passing the 200 sieve (natural sand and gravel) r UPOT PG $- C NPEJĂ FE with 8-12% passing the 200 sieve (100% crushed limestone) r 2VPUF NBUFSJBMT QJDLFE VQ BU pit or delivered to Township roads BT EJSFDUFE CZ 5PXOTIJQ PGĂ DJBMT BU SBUFT TQFDJĂ FE CZ 5PXOTIJQ DPOtractor. r "MM NBUFSJBMT NVTU NFFU ./DOT 3138-2 standards including -"3 BOE TIBMF DPOUFOU r 2VBMJGZJOH UFTUT NVTU BDDPNpany quotes, testing will also be done on materials as delivered to roads. Bids will be accepted at the EuSFLB 5PXO )BMM $FEBS "WFOVF 'BSNJOHUPO ./ VOUJM 1. PO .BZ GPS SFWJFX during the Town Board meeting on .BZ BU 1. " SFQresentative must be present and prepared to sign the contract, upon being awarded the bid. The Town Board will award the contract to the bidder offering the best value as determined by the Board. .JSB #SPZMFT $MFSL Eureka Township 1PTUJOH %BUF "QSJM 1VCMJTIFE JO UIF -BLFWJMMF 4VO 5IJTXFFL "QSJM

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE BIDS The Eureka Town Board will be accepting sealed bids for road maintenance, including grading, snow removal and general road maintenance. Bid specifications and contract are available through the Clerk’s office by calling 952-469-3736 or emailing: Bids will be accepted until 5:00 PM Monday, May 8, 2017. Bids will be opened Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Eureka Town Board meeting that begins at 7:00 PM at Eureka Town Hall located at 25043 Cedar Avenue, Farmington, MN. A representative must be present and prepared to sign the contract, upon being awarded the bid. The Town Board will award the contract to the bidder offering the best value as determined by the Board. Bidders may obtain a copy of the selection criteria by contacting the Town Clerk. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675344

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR QUOTES CHIP COATING AND STRIPING Eureka Township is calling for quotes for chip coating and striping (including handicapped parking) on the Town Hall parking lot, 25043 Cedar Avenue. Quotes will be accepted at the Eureka Town Hall, 25043 Cedar Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 until 5:00 PM on May 8, 2017 for review during the Town Board meeting on May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675319

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR QUOTE TOWN HALL GROUNDS MAINTENANCE Eureka Township is calling for quotes for grounds maintenance for Town Hall for the year 2017. Quotes will be accepted at the Eureka Town Hall, 25043 Cedar Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 until 5:00 PM on May 8, 2017 for review during the Town Board meeting on May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675759

EUREKA TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR QUOTE STREET SWEEPING Eureka Township is calling for quotes for street sweeping on Township roads for the year 2017. Quotes will be accepted at the Eureka Town Hall, 25043 Cedar Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 until 5:00 PM on May 8, 2017 for review during the Town Board meeting on May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Mira Broyles, Clerk Eureka Township Posting Date: April 11, 2017 Published in the Lakeville Sun Thisweek April 14, 2017 675350

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MENTOR, from 1A encourage the students to dream big, set goals and work hard for what they want to achieve. She said the sessions are rewarding for mentors and participating in them is fun, easy and does not require a lot of time. Some of her favorite activities include taking the students to tour local colleges and businesses. “Their eyes are as big as saucers, because they’re looking around thinking, ‘I could go here?’ � Peterson said. “And they can, because any kid can do whatever they want if they put their mind to it.� Her first mentee came from a loving home, but her mother was ill and, being raised by her father, she needed a female role model. DENSITY, from 1A Thrive MSP 2040 require Lakeville, defined as a “Suburban Edge� community, to meet density targets and build more apartments and townhomes to provide workforce and life-cycle housing. Lakeville’s planning consultant, Dan Licht, told City Council members during a Feb. 27 work session, Thrive MSP 2040 is “more about social engineering than in the past.� According to the Met Council, Thrive establishes the policy foundation used to complete regional systems and policy plans, development policies and implementation strategies that together form the comprehensive development guide. Detailed policies implementing the Thrive policy direction and advancing the five Thrive outcomes will emerge and be formally adopted in the Thrive systems and policy plans for housing, transportation, water and regional parks.

The girl’s father recently shared how much the program helped not only Peterson’s mentee, now in college, but the girl’s two sisters who also were selected by school officials to participate in the program. Peterson, of Eagan, said anyone can achieve their goals; her own life is testament to those who have hard life circumstances that they can overcome. Peterson said her father was a drug addict who was often in jail. “I had an awesome mom,� Peterson said. “She really taught me and kind of showed me I had to take care of myself, and to not be dependent on people, but to kind of forge my path.� She was the first one in her family to pursue education beyond high

school. Peterson went to trade school, worked as clinic manager at Life Wellness Center, and is now in charge of marketing at the center. A former Businesswoman of the Year, Peterson also recently married and is busy raising her four children. “I had everything going against me,� Peterson said. “I could have had a very failing life, and I ended up, you know, I consider myself to be a pretty successful woman and I created my own life.� Students involved in the program have also had the opportunity to listen to panels of successful adults sharing their experiences and their career paths. One panel speaker said she started out playing Snoopy at Mall of America and ended up working in human resources be-

cause she loved the organization. “Hearing their journey is so important for these young people,� Peterson said. “Because they see hope.� The nonprofit is celebrating its two-decade anniversary with a banquet from 5:30-9 p.m. April 20 at the Mendakota Country Club at 2075 Mendakota Drive in Mendota Heights. The event will include a speech by one of the organization’s founders, author and public speaker Linda Bauer, who now lives in Texas, and keynote speaker Joe Schmit from KSTP television. Tickets are $40 and are available at Hope for Tomorrow has eight girls chapters and two boys chapters in the metro area and is seek-

ing to expand locally, but needs additional adult volunteers to participate. She said the experience has been very rewarding for her and she encourages others to get involved. One of those she has successfully recruited is one of her daughters, who is passionate about social issues and was excited to take part in Black Lives Matter protests. “I said to her, ‘If you want to make a change in society, you do it with our kids,’ � Peterson said. “Most adults will not change opinions about things they think, but you can make an impact on these young people.� Peterson said mentors encouraging and investing in the lives of the next generation “is a way to change our future.� She said the students want someone to care

The Met Council’s adopted housing policy plan increases the minimum average residential density from three dwelling units per net acre to three to five dwelling units per net acre, Licht stated in a Feb. 9 memo to city Planning Director Daryl Morey. He said the Met Council’s inclusion of a 2014 housing policy plan “changes the focus of the document from guiding development of regional and local housing policy to effectively mandating the City implement programs, fiscal devices and other specific actions (Minnesota Statutes 473.859, Subd. 4) to achieve affordable housing targets defined for Lakeville by the Metropolitan Council.� Formulas established by the Met Council state that 1,414 dwelling units of the 4,000 dwelling units projected to be added in Lakeville between 2021 and 2030 must be available at less than 80 percent of the area median income. The Met Council plan also increases the emphasis between land use and

transportation, linking transportation funding to city compliance to the housing mandates. Thrive MSP 2040 requires a minimum residential density of 10 dwelling units per acre in areas along the Cedar Avenue BRT Corridor, an increase from the seven units-peracre density Lakeville agreed to in its 2008 comprehensive plan, accord to Licht’s memo. “There are real implications to meeting those benchmarks,� Licht said at the February meeting.

potential of losing transportation funding. “In my mind, it’s not a just a density question,� Anderson said. “It’s about how do we make sure we have the infrastructure necessary to do what we need to do for the next 10 to 20 years as a city, and so we’ve got to look at how all this plays together. The last thing we want to do is come in with really low density and not get the kind of infrastructure we need to have ... We’re going to have to struggle with that.� City Administrator Justin Miller said the Met Council also directs cities to target areas next to transit, as Lakeville is already doing. He added there are plans coming to build apartments on the Jackson Landscaping property on the I-35 transportation corridor. “The things we’re doing, you know, are exactly in line with what the Met Council says we should be doing,� Miller said. Morey said the market demand is growing among

millennials for workforce housing, and the Met Council’s benchmarks reflect that need. Planning Commission Member Karl Drotning said Lakeville does not get redevelopment funding like Minneapolis and St. Paul do. He was responding to Council Member Brian Wheeler’s concern that there are not large areas in the city with attainable housing. “We have all these apartment complexes,� Wheeler said. “That’s great for the 18- to 25-year-old, but what about that 25 and 35, has a couple kids and is trying to get .... a backyard?� Planning Commission Member Elizabeth Bakewicz said Lakeville has a good supply of homes with yards costing less than $300,000. Council Member Colleen LaBeau agreed, noting the city’s downtown and eastern edge have more attainable homes. The city has scheduled six public meetings to gather input from residents.

Joint meeting City Council and Planning Commission members held a rare joint meeting April 6 to review the comprehensive plan process and discuss areas of the city it will most effect, including along Cedar Avenue. Mayor Doug Anderson said workforce housing is needed in Lakeville as businesses grow, particularly around County Road 70 where road improvements are needed, and raised concern about the

about them and need to hear they matter. “If they have someone who just tells them they’re awesome and cares about them, then maybe they can make it, too,� Peterson said. “That’s just our hope.� Contact Laura Adelmann at

LAUNCH, from 1A common type of pre-cast building construction,� Olson said. He said the material offers a wider variety of color options than the current tan or gray exposed aggregate material now allowed. Contact Laura Adelmann at The meetings are all at 6 p.m. and are set as follows: • April 25 at the Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Ave. • April 27 at City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave. • May 9 at the Central Maintenance Facility, 7570 179th St. W. • May 11 at Orchard Lake Elementary School, 16531 Klamath Trail • May 23 at the Central Maintenance Facility, 7570 179th St. W. • May 25 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Lakeville must present its draft comprehensive plan to the Metropolitan Council for review by December. The plan’s primary emphasis is on land use and development, but also includes many interrelated elements including the environment, transportation, parks, trails and open space, community facilities and infrastructure. Contact Laura Adelmann at

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Calling all dancing queens theater and arts briefs BlueNose hosts live music

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BlueNose Coffee in Farmington will host two free music performances this month. Julida Alter and Sean Alter of folkpop band The Blacksmith’s Daughters are set to perform 5-6 p.m. Friday, April 28, and singersongwriter Alison Cromie, who specializes in folk music, will perform 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The coffee shop at 20700 Chippendale Ave. also is hosting a Prince Art Tribute April 2130 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Minnesota pop star’s death. The tribute features artwork by Kristin Hensen of St. Paul. More information is at BlueNoseCoffee.

Tribute band ABBA: ABBAsolutely Fab is set to perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Steeple Center in Rosemount. The performance spotlighting music by Swedish pop group ABBA — whose hits included “Dancing Queen� and “The Winner Takes It All� — is part of a series of tribute-band concerts at the Steeple Center Library hosts organized by the Rosemount Area Arts Council; the next concert is an Elvis/Roy Orbison tribute on May 20. Tick- poetry contest Poets of all ages are ets for the ABBA show are $18 and are available at www. encouraged to celebrate Obituaries

National Poetry Month by submitting original poems to any Dakota County Library branch from April 1-30. Awards and prizes are presented to the top three entries in five age groups: children age 6-8, children age 9-11, teens age 12-14, teens age 15-18, adults age 19 and older. For contest guidelines and submission information, visit any library branch or and search “Poetry.� Winning poets will be announced in May. The Poetry Contest is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation.

Author talk at Steeple Center Apple Valley author Mindy Mejia is set to speak 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Steeple Center in Rosemount as part of the Meet the Au-


Thomas “Pat� Patrick Clemens

LaRae C. Eisele

Thomas “Pat� Patrick Clemens, 72, passed away suddenly on the anniversary of his mother’s death, April 4, 2017 at his home in Eagan, Minnesota. He also resided in Beaumont, California. He was born in Hibbing on July 26, 1944 to Jack and Millie (Coss) Clemens. He graduated from Hibbing High School and received a B.A. from St. Cloud State in 1968. In his youth, Pat worked as a paper boy for the Hibbing Daily Tribune. He also participated in Soap Box Derby and Golden Gloves. Pat was a sales representative for Menley James Laboratories (Sea & Ski), Chiquita Banana and Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals. He founded his own company, T.P. Clemens Laboratories Inc., which he later sold. Pat was involved in the Apple Valley and Eagan school sports community as a coach. He had a weight room in his home that was open to student athletes and he was always available to give the extra help they needed. He was a loyal friend. Whenever he was in Hibbing, Pat spent time visiting his friends’ parents who were living in the area nursing homes. He had many other loves too - - hot rods, Sunrise Bakery, travel, his mom’s fudge - - to name just a few. Pat always kept busy right up to the end. He was working in his yard when he died. All who knew him lost a good friend and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by a daughter Heather Clemens of California; four sisters, Kathy (John) Chuk, Bette Jo (Russ) Cox, Pamela (Rabbit) (Dennis) Elj, Trish (Steve) Raukar; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Millie Clemens. Pat had a love of animals. He cherished his daughter’s pets, Chiquita, Gertie and Turkey. Memorials can be sent to the Humane Society or American Heart Association in his memory. A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held on Friday, April 14th from 2-5p.m. at O’Gara’s Bar & Grill in St. Paul. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Eisele, LaRae C., age 77 of Farmington, MN, died peacefully on April 4, 2017 after a brief struggle with bladder cancer and complications from Alzheimer’s disease. LaRae was born on May 10, 1939 in Hoffman, MN, the daughter of the late Carold and Linnea Lofquist. LaRae married Robert Eisele on Oct. 18, 1958 in Osakis, MN. Bob and LaRae owned South Cedar Greenhouses along with Bruce and Marion Anderson. They sold the business in 1990 and then went on to open The Plant Shed where they continued the whole sale greenhouse business. In LaRae’s free time she enjoyed quilting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Carold and Linnea Lofquist, Randolph Peterson; siblings, Robert Lofquist, Lois Tomford; grandchildren, Jenni Olexa and Tony Birkholz. LaRae is survived by her husband, Robert Eisele; her children, Bonnie Uhl, Brenda Olexa, Robert Jr. (Theresa) Eisele and Brian Eisele; grandchildren, Michael, Ashley and Thomas Uhl, Jeremy and Leah Olexa, Kalani Eisele, Dylon and Adam Eisele; siblings, Howard (Lori) Peterson, Marvin Peterson, Sylvia Pace, Clifton (Mary) Peterson, Vicki (Byron Kuss) Peterson, Donna (Kevin) Halverson, Cindy (Doug) Gustafson, Scott (Trish) Peterson, and Jeff (Lisa) Peterson; also by many nieces and nephews. LaRae requested a private burial and funeral. The family wishes to thank you for your understanding. Online condolences at: White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723

Karee A. Kruger Kruger, Karee A., (Corchran) age 70, of Apple Valley passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on April 8, 2017. Karee and her husband Don owned and operated Apple Valley Amoco for 23 years and later owned and operated three Bresler’s Ice Cream and Yogurt shops including at the Mall of America. Karee is preceded in death by her husband, Don, and parents, Roger ‘Bick� and Sylvia Corchran. Karee is survived by children, Shannon (Mark) Weber & Jon (Erin) Kruger; grandchildren, Jude Weber, Brynn & Macy Kruger; also by other relatives and many, many loving friends. Memorial Service 3 PM Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at White Funeral Home Chapel, 14560 Pennock Ave Apple valley (952-432-2001) with a gathering of family and friends from 1-3 PM. Private interment, will take place at the Woodville Cemetery in Waseca, at later date. Online Condolences at: White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001

Susan Beckwith Matthews (Gallagher) Susan B. Matthews, age 80, of Apple Valley passed away on April 7, 2017. Sue is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Janet Matthews; twin sister Sara Stocker and brother-in-law Bob Stocker. She is survived by her twin daughters Liz (Todd) Paulson and Laura (Chris) Conroy; beloved grandchildren Nathan, Ryan, Carey, Eric and Beth; sister Elizabeth (Jock Wulffson) Matthews and nieces Martha Stocker and Sue (Mike) Melaragno and their children. Memorial service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, April 22 at Apple Valley Villa Chapel, 14610 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Per her wishes memorials will be donated to Presentation Ministries, to which she donated faithfully in memory of her sister Sara. A private interment will be at the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI at a later date.

Vivian V. Staupe Vivian Staupe, age 95 of Lakeville, passed away April 8, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, Oberlin; son, Dale; daughter, Beverly; grandsons, Matthew and Alan. Survived by children, Veronica (Richard) Thomas, Patricia (Dean) Tonsager, Robert (Vicki) Staupe, Richard (Patty) Staupe and Mary Staupe; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; special nephew, Paul Ekness; three sisters and two brothers. Memorial Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Inurnment All Saints Catholic Cemetery.

Stella Finley Grace Sauerbrey Our human hearts are broken, but we trust His plan, as Stella Finley Grace returned to her father on April 4, 2017. She was in the loving arms of her mom, surrounded by her family as she peacefully journeyed home. Our Star Warrior full of Grace, she’ll forever be an angel who has touched our lives bringing joy, and love beyond words. Stella is preceded in death by her siblings, Liberty, Elijah, Eden, Journey, Hope, and Selah; and aunt, Melissa Chaney. She is survived by her parents, Allen and Heather Sauerbrey; siblings, Mikayla, Gus and Morgan, Owen, Zeke, Mary, and Kai; grandparents Ron and Jan Christenson, and Roger and Linda Sauerbrey. Many other relatives and friends. $ )XQHUDO 6HUYLFH RI¿FLDWHG E\ 3DVWRU 3DXO 0F9HW\ ZDV KHOG RQ 6XQGD\ DW 30 DW &KDSHO +LOO &KXUFK 3LORW .QRE 5RDG LQ (DJDQ $ YLVLWDWLRQ ZDV held 2 hours prior to the service at church. Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services is serving WKH IDPLO\ 9LVLW to sign the tribute page and view the memorial video.

Lawrence “Pudge� A. Masloski Loving husband and father Lawrence “Pudge� Masloski, born on October 26, 1933, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2017. Pudge’s large family was his center; especially his wife, Loretta, of 64 years. He was a man of many talents, many adventures and a great storyteller. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery, 2400 Forest Avenue, Anoka, MN.

thor series presented by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Admission is free. Mejia’s new novel, “Everything You Want Me to Be,� follows the investigation of a high school student’s murder in a small town. Her 2012 debut novel, “The Dragon Keeper,� focuses on a zookeeper and the Komodo dragon she cares for as scientific, religious and media forces converge on the zoo after the reptile produces eggs without ever having had a mate. More about the author is at

‘American Roots’ concert in Lakeville The Rose Ensemble, a St. Paul-based vocal and instrumental group, will perform “American Roots: Harmonies that Shaped a Nation� 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, as part of the Coffee Concerts series at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The concert features complimentary coffee and refreshments in the series’ informal cabaret setting, with the musicians providing some background on the pieces they’ve chosen to perform. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and are available online at and at the door. More about the Coffee Concerts series is at coffeeconcerts.

South Metro Chorale concert South Metro Chorale, a 50-voice mixed choir from Prior Lake, will present its spring concert series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church (16150 Arcadia Ave., Prior Lake) and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Christ the King Luther-

an Church (8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington). The theme of the concert is “Love: Agape, Storge, Éros, Philiaâ€? featuring the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn as well as the music of Whitacre, Shank, and more. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at the door, by email at, and at

Arts and crafts fair The Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, holds its Arts and Crafts Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Admission is free.

Young Artists’ Concert at Ames Center Dakota Valley Symphony will present its Young Artists’ Concert and Orchestra Festival 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. The final concert of the symphony’s 2016-17 season features the winners of its Young Artists’ Competition: Pianist Emma Taggart will play Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 25 in G minor� and pianist Noah Qiu will play Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor,� third movement. Members of the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra will join the Dakota Valley Symphony for “Pictures at an Exhibition� by Russian composer Modeste Mussorgsky in the orchestration of Maurice Ravel. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and older, $5 for students. Purchase tickets at the box office, by phone at 952-895-4680 or online at More information is at www.

family calendar To submit items for the be shown from 3-5 p.m. Free. Family Calendar, email: Hosted by Integrative Chiropractic and Performance, Mindful Health, and USA Karate & Platinum Yoga. Friday, April 14 Fish fry, 5-8 p.m., Rosemount VFW Post 9433, 2625 Sunday, April 23 Bowling for Brains, 11 a.m. 120th St. W., Rosemount. All-you-can-eat cod ($11.95), to 2 p.m., Bowlero Lakeville choice of baked potato or (formerly Brunswick Zone XL), cheesy hash browns, soup and 11129 162nd St. W., Lakeville. salad bar; more menu items Includes a silent auction, raffles, available. Information: 651- food, prizes, costume contest and more. Information: bowling 423-9938. Saturday, April 15 Bagging fundraiser for Ongoing Garage sale by the RoseMonica Theis family, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cub Foods, 20250 Heri- mount High School band protage Drive, Lakeville. Features gram, 4-8 p.m. Friday, April celebrity baggers. Theis is bat- 21, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Rosemount High tling cancer. Retreat Yourself, 12:30-4 School. Marriage Encounter, April p.m., Thrive Therapy, 190 S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville. 29-30, Mt. Olivet Conference Tickets: $45.50-$65.50. Infor- and Retreat Center, Farmingmation: http://thrivetherapymn. ton. Register at Information: 651-454com/workshops/. 3238. Emotions Anonymous Monday, April 17 Legal Assistance of Dakota meetings, 7:30-9 p.m. TuesCounty, 1-4 p.m., Galaxie Li- days at SouthCross Commubrary, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple nity Church, 1800 E. County Valley. Receive a free 30-minute Road 42 (at Summit Oak Drive), consultation from a volunteer at- Apple Valley. EA is a 12-step torney regarding family law mat- program for those seeking ters such as domestic abuse, emotional health. All are welcustody, child support or visita- come. Information: http://www. tion. Call 952-891-7135 for more and to schedule an of-the-darkness-walks. appointment. Parent forum with Lakeville Blood drives The American Red Cross police officers, 6-8 p.m., McGuire Middle School cafeteria, will hold the following blood 21220 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS Adult-only event focusing on (1-800-733-2767) or visit red teen issues. Sponsored by the to make an appointment or for more informaMcGuire Middle School PTO. tion. • April 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 18 Consumer law clinic, 1-4 Best Western Premier Nicolp.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 let Inn, 14201 Nicollet Ave. S., Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Get Burnsville. • April 18, 11:30 a.m. to help with consumer law matters such as debt collection, 5:30 p.m., Family of Christ Lugarnishment, credit issues, theran Church, 10970 185th St. foreclosures, contracts and W., Lakeville. • April 18, 1-7 p.m., Church conciliation court with a free 30-minute consultation from a of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark volunteer attorney. This clinic Ave., Farmington. • April 19, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a joint program of Legal Assistance of Dakota County, the Dakota County Western SerDakota County Family Court vice Center, 14955 Galaxie and the Dakota County Law Ave., Apple Valley. • April 20, 1-7 p.m., Christus Library. Call 952-431-3200 for more information and to sched- Victor Lutheran Church, 7510 Palomino Drive, Apple Valley. ule an appointment. • April 21, 12-6 p.m., Augustana Care, 14650 Garrett Saturday, April 22 Doggie Dash 5K by the Ave., Apple Valley. • April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burnsville High School National Honor Society, Sunset Pond, Black Hawk Middle School, 3350 W. Burnsville Parkway, 1540 Deerwood Drive, Eagan. • April 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Burnsville. Begins at 9:30 a.m. for runners; 10 a.m. for walk- Burnsville Alternative High ers. Cost: $10 individuals, School, 2140 Diffley Road, Ea$20 families. Dogs welcome. gan. • April 21, 12-6 p.m., CulRegister at forms/3YTbj0NSMO2rCqge2 or ver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eaat the race. Proceeds go to Pets gan. • April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Loyal 2 Vets. Wellness Expo & Fam- Lifetime Fitness, 5995 149th St. ily Fun, 1-5 p.m., USA Karate & W., Apple Valley. • April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Platinum Yoga, 14879 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Features City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, workshops, bounce house, face Savage. painting. The movie “Trollsâ€? will

SUN THISWEEK - Lakeville April 14, 2017 19A

Thisweekend Small-town love story set against a backdrop of war Lakeville author’s ‘Stars Over Clear Lake’ set for release in May by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Loretta Ellsworth is venturing into new literary territory with “Stars Over Clear Lake.� Ellsworth, of Lakeville, is the author of four young-adult novels, starting with “The Shrouding Woman� in 2002. Her new novel, a love story that begins during World War II in a rural Iowa town, marks her adult-fiction debut. “This story goes back and forth in time between the 1940s and 2005, and my character needed to age with the story,� she said of her decision to break from the youngadult genre. “Perhaps because it was inspired by my parents, who met at the Surf Ballroom, where part of the story takes place, that I felt challenged to write it this way, or just because the story demanded to be told in alternating time periods. “I’m hoping this will be a crossover book, one that will appeal to teens and older people alike.� The novel, which is be-

ing published by St. Martin’s Press, will be released May 2. A launch party for “Stars Over Clear Lake� is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Subtext Books in St. Paul. Ellsworth spoke with this newspaper recently about her writing habits, some of the real-life inspiration behind the new book, and her abiding fondness for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.� Q: What is your writing strategy? Do you have any writing rituals? A: I started writing seriously when my four children were young and I was working as a teacher, so I had to be flexible and write in whatever spare moments I could find throughout the day. Now that I’m no longer working and my children are grown, I find I write best in the morning, but my output tends to be the same as from my earlier years. Q: What’s on your writing desk? A: My desk is rather messy right now, with lots of books and notes, and my computer. I also have

Loretta Ellsworth a lamp, a few inspirational pictures and sayings, a multicolored glass heart, and a cross-stitched butterfly that a friend made for me. And often my cat sits on my desk, too. Q: “Stars Over Clear Lake� features the historic Surf Ballroom near Mason City, Iowa, where you grew up. Are there other elements of this novel drawn from your experiences in Mason City? A: I mention many familiar places in the book, both in Clear Lake and Mason City, and I interviewed two aunts who

regularly went to the Surf Ballroom, using some of their experiences to capture the ambiance and setting of the 1940s. I also named characters after people I knew growing up. Q: What are you working on now? Any book projects in the works? A: I’m working on revising a young-adult novel, and I’m finishing a draft of another adult historical novel based on a true story that took place shortly after the end of World War II in Minnesota. Q: What was the last truly great book you read? A: I loved “All the Light We Cannot See� by Anthony Doerr, and I tell everyone I know to read it. Q: Who is your favorite novelist of all time? A: My favorite book and novelist is “To Kill a Mockingbird� by Harper Lee, a book I reread often and that continues to speak to me. I even wrote a young-adult novel called “In Search of Mockingbird� about a girl who travels by bus from St. Paul to Monroeville in search of her favorite author. Although I never

had the privilege of meeting Harper Lee in person, I did meet many of her friends and relatives, and I know she was personally

given a copy of my book.

“Flemish and Renaissance Oil Painting Method,� 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, River Ridge Arts School, Burnsville. Six weeks of comprehensive study of oil painting for students of all levels. Information/registration: Dan Petrov at 763-843-2734 or Drawing & Painting (adults and teens) with artist Christine Tierney, classes 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, River Ridge Studios, 190 S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville. Information: www.christinetier, 612-210-3377. Brushworks School of Art Burnsville offers fine art

education through drawing and painting. Classes for adults and teens. Information: Patricia Schwartz, www.Brushworks SouthSide Writers, Saturday workgroup for aspiring writers, offering critique, submission and manuscript preparation information, support and direction, 10 a.m. to noon, Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. Information: 651688-0365. Dakota Speakers Toastmasters meets 6-7 p.m. Mondays at Apple Valley Ecumen Seasons Learning Center. Information:

Contact Andrew Miller at andrew.miller@ecm-inc. com.

theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Lake, Prior Lake. Tickets: $29Arts Calendar, email: $59. Information: 952-4966563 or Burnsville Rotary’s A Concert for Caring, 8 p.m. SatEvents Legacy on Ice Figure urday, April 22, Ames Center, Skating Show, “Spin Around 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. the World,� presented by the Under the Streetlamp performs. Heritage Figure Skating Club, Tickets: $35 and $45 at the box 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 1 office, 800-982-2787 and Tick and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Young Artists’ Concert Hasse Arena, 8525 215th St. W., Lakeville. Tickets: $8 adults, and Orchestra Festival by $5 students and seniors. Infor- the Dakota Valley Symphony, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Ames mation: Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Tickets: $20 adults, Exhibits Solo exhibit by Burnsville $15 seniors, $5 students at the artist Annie Young runs to April box office, 952-895-4680 or 28 at the Eagan Community “Americana,� spring conCenter art gallery, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Information: cert by the Minnesota Valley Men’s and Women’s chorales, 651-675-5550. 7:30 p.m. April 27-29, Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 150th Music Bernie King and the Guilty St., Apple Valley. Tickets: $10 Pleasures, 7-9 p.m. Friday, or ($5 for veterans and active April 21, Steeple Center, 14375 service members) at MVWCsS. Robert Trail, Rosemount. or or Part of Blue Grass at the Stee- at the door. ple Center series. Tickets: $10 at or Theater “Side Show,� presented by at the door. Mike Posner and the Leg- The Chameleon Theatre Circle, endary Mike Posner Band, 7:30 p.m. April 13-15, 20-22; 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, Mystic and 2 p.m. April 23, Ames Cen-

ter, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Tickets: $22 adults, $19 students and seniors at the box office, 800-982-2787 or Bravo 2017: Viva Las Vegas, presented by Eastview High School, senior preview 3:30 p.m. April 18; 7 p.m. April 20-22, 27-29; 2 p.m. April 23. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 senior citizens, $5 students at http:// Information: 952-431-8955. “Elvis Has Left the Building,� presented by Eagan Theater Company, 7 p.m. April 21-22, Buck Hill Event Center, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville. Tickets: $42, includes dinner. Tickets not available at the door. Information: www., or 651-456-8116. “Guys and Dolls,� presented by Lakeville South High School, 7 p.m. April 21-22, 2729. Tickets: http://seatyourself. biz/lshs. Information: 952-2323322. “The Miracle Worker,� presented by the Northfield Arts Guild April 21-30, Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third St. W., Northfield. Information:

Workshops/classes/other Brews & Brushes paint night, 7-9 p.m. April 18 at Lakeville Brewing Co. Eat, drink, paint. Cost: $30. Information: 952-469-1234. Register at Ups and Downs of Juggling, presented by Homeward Bound Theatre Company, 6:308:30 p.m. April 25, Scott Highlands Middle School, Apple Valley. Adults. Registration required at District 196 Community Education, 651-423-7920 or Watch Me Draw – Paint & Splash, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. Paint at the studio followed by swimming at McGuire Middle School. Cost: $30. Sign up through call 952-4691234 for more information. Watch Me Draw summer camps at the studio, 20908 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, are open for registration at www. or 952-4691234. 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.

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