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Lakeville November 8, 2013 | Volume 34 | Number 37
Lakeville, Charter face off Payment of fees in question by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Lakeville officials say the city’s longtime sole cable provider, Charter, violated its contract and owes the city $565,928 for failing to pay fees specified in its contract with the city, Charter says Lakeville officials deferred implementation of the fees and never asked for the money before, despite two audits since signing the franchise agreement in November 1998. Debated is whether Charter was to have been paying the city 50 cents per-subscriber for an educational and governmen-
tal (“EG”) fee since Charter (then Marcus Cable) entered into a franchise agreement with Lakeville. Attorney Jane Bremer, representing Charter, also argues the time of collection allowed by the statute of limitations has long past ended. “We don’t agree with the city on this matter,” said Charter spokeswoman Kimberly Noetzel. “We believe Charter has always been in compliance.” The issue, debated by city and Charter officials and attorneys for about a year via email, letter, private meetings and phone
Poll worker Ken Burmeister was busy on Election Day at Lakeville South High School, Precinct 6. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)
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I-35 traffic delays to resume in 2014 MnDOT did not finish freeway road repairs by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Chorales to combine The Minnesota Valley women’s and men’s chorales will perform two shows in Apple Valley next weekend. Page 21A
After months of traffic headaches, all lanes on Interstate 35 through Lakeville have reopened, but the reprieve is temporary. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will again reduce north/south traffic to single lane this spring, but instead plans to close the southbound side of the interstate to complete road repair work originally anticipated to be finished this month. Drivers have endured traffic backups on the interstate, and as a result around the city, since May as crews worked on the northbound side of
the highway. That work turned out to be more extensive than expected, and combined with a wet spring, progress slowed, said MnDOT spokesperson Kirsten Klein. “It was a lot more work than they had anticipated,” Klein said. “There were a lot more concrete repairs needed.” This month, road crews will put finishing touches on I-35’s northbound shoulders and temporary lane closures are expected, she said, but all lanes will be open in both directions for the winter. Weather permitting, MnDOT will close southSee I-35, 15A
A voter wore a Lakeville South High School jacket as she cast her ballot Tuesday. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)
A great big yes Levy passes with 69 percent support by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Voters said a huge yes to the Lakeville Area School District’s 10year, $5.6 million annual operating levy question, passing the measure with 68 percent of the 11,768 ballots cast. The ‘yes’ levy voters held the lead all night as election results came in
Lakeville leaders hope to rally groups, resources
The Lakeville North girls soccer team suffers defeat at the state soccer tournament. Page 13A
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The Swift family – Kris and Dan Swift, daughter Katie and son Jonathan – with foreign exchange student Bia Zaramella. (Photo submitted)
INDEX Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . 4A Announcements . . . . 15A
Lakeville woman promotes cultural exchange program
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 13A
CCI Greenheart matches families, students
Classifieds . . . . . 16A-19A
Kris Swift and her family have hosted two international students and they will welcome a third, Lauranz PiA Lakeville woman’s love for teach- tamic, in January. ing teenagers and travel led her to “He loves soccer, skiing, music open her home to exchange students See EXCHANGE, 12A and encourage others to do likewise.
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‘Thrive by Five’ event focus: preschoolers
Heartbreak for girls soccer
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and were posted by on the district’s Facebook page. “I’m just so grateful to the community,” District Superintendent Lisa Snyder said. “So many people voted, and that alone is such a positive testimony. People are listening and engaged with our district whether they voted for the levy or
by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Lakeville community leaders are planning a forum to raise awareness about school readiness. The event at Lakeville City Hall at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, will include information and collaborative opportunities for organizations to merge existing resources to address school readiness, an issue City Administrator Steve Mielke said affects the greater community in poverty levels, language barriers and students falling behind in school. Mielke said 360 Communities led an effort, at the Lakeville City Council’s request, in 2012 to organize a community convening group that reviewed numerous social issues affecting the community it could address. Some of the issues explored included housing, transportation, public safety and aging, but
Mielke said they determined school readiness as the issue that influenced so many others it “rose to the top.” People on the community convening group included representatives from government, the faith community, education and business. Members present expressed a desire to see that Lakeville children are ready to learn and succeed when they enter kindergarten, according to a Jan. 10 Bush Foundation blog post by Brian Knapp, president of Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. He wrote that the group determined it would focus on increasing community awareness and identifying and addressing barriers to success, including hunger, lack of housing and a caring adult. Committees were formed that focus on See THRIVE, 15A
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