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Lakeville NEWS Motorists attempt rescue Lakeville police captain wants to find those who helped him try to save a life after a motorcycle crash. Page 3A

OPINION High interest in trap shooting Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to hold a high-schoolsanctioned state trap shooting tournament. Page 4A


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Homelessness in Dakota County Homelessness continues to rise in Dakota County as out-of-work residents struggle to find jobs would not have it,” she said. “I never expected that at my age I would be homeless.” At age 50, Stephanie lived a in Dakota She managed to sustain comfortable, middle class, sub- County herself for several years but by urban life. She held a career in 2012 Stephanie lost her home the insurance industry, had a of 26 years. nice apartment in Burnsville “It’s the worst thing that has and was sending her daughter ever happened to me,” she said. off to college. “I went through a horrible deStephanie (who asked that pression.” her last name not be used) nevSince then, Stephanie finds er imaged that in four years she herself sleeping in a different would be homeless. place each night as she couchJust as the recession gained hops among friends and family. momentum in 2008, Stephanie Stephanie is among the was laid off from her job at an “Starting over” is part one growing number of people who insurance company that spe- of an ongoing series on face homelessness in Dakota cialized in workers compensa- rising homelessness in Da- County. tion claims. kota County. Homelessness continues to Though she spent 40 hours climb at a fast pace countya week searching, Stephanie struggled to find wide, despite signs of a recovery. another full-time job, and took part-time and Between 2011 and 2012, homelessness in temporary work. Dakota County increased 20 percent to 1,022 “I did everything I could but the economy people, according to a study by the nonprofit by Jessica Harper



After struggling with homelessness for much of his adult life, Albert Scott enrolled in a photography program at Dakota County Technical College to widen his career options. (Photo by Jessica Harper) Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The county’s actual homeless population is likely much higher, said Madeline Kastler, See HOMELESS, 10A

Pan-O-Prog promises fun, food, entertainment Annual event includes fireworks, parade by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Poet finds wild inspiration An Apple Valley man is writing a book of poetry, inspired by his trips to the Minnesota Zoo. Page 21A


State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, was surrounded by his family, wife Rhonda, daughter Amanda and son Phil as he announced his candidacy for governor Wednesday, June 26, at the State Capitol. Following the announcement, Thompson headed for Duluth, Rochester and Lakeville to share his announcement. (Photo by Howard Lestrud)

Thompson announces run for governor’s seat by Howard Lestrud SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

From the stage to coaching Before working as a coach at a local club, Dima Khrapov toured seven years with Cirque du Soleil. Page 14A

Lake Marion trail completion likely to start this year by Laura Adelmann

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With family and supporters at the Minnesota State Capitol, Thompson on Wednesday, June 26, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, hoping to square off against current Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Following the press conference, Thompson planned to touch down in Rochester and Duluth before concluding the day with an ice cream



Soon, walkers and bikers will not have to use the Interstate 35 frontage road to complete trail travel around Lake Marion. After years of planning, complications and delays, completion of the Kenwood Avenue Trail, also called the Lake Marion Loop, is on track to begin construction this summer. The project will complete the trail around Lake Marion along the south side of 195th Street from Kenrick Avenue to Casperson Park, and run along Kenrick Avenue from the park-and-ride near 185th Street south to 205th Street. Although the $2.2 mil-

lion project price tag is more than Lakeville City Council members wanted, they plan to approve a resolution July 1 to complete the paved walking and biking trail, as Lake Marion homeowners have long wanted, using local, state and federal funds. If the city doesn’t carry out the project, a $1 million federal grant the project received in 2009 has to be returned, and city officials expressed concern at a June 24 workshop that they might not receive it if the city would reapply. Last fall, the trail’s construction bid returned 12 percent above estimates, and the council decided to redesign and rebid it, hoping to See TRAIL, 16A

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The Lakeville community will join to celebrate the 47th annual Pan-O-Prog festival July 4-14. Started as the Panorama of Progress in 1967 to recognize and promote Lakeville’s Airlake Industrial Park, the festival has grown to include more than 50 family-friendly activities and events sponsored by local Lakeville businesses. Returning are community favorite events including the classic car cruise, medallion hunt, grand parade and Fourth of July fireworks. This year, children can enjoy the July 13 Fun Fair at the Lakeville Arts Center parking lot, featuring one of the world’s largest inflatable slides and turtle races. Children can also explore their wild side with

the exotic animal petting zoo that includes a kangaroo, sugar gliders, money lemurs, armadillo and a coatimundi, a raccoon-like mammal with a narrow face. Tradition returns with the Miss Lakeville Pageant at 6 p.m. July 10 at Lakeville South High School, and the grand parade, regarded among the state’s best, is downtown 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 13. The parade will wind down a 1-mile route from Holyoke Avenue and 210th Street north to the corner of Heritage Drive.

About 120 parade units are expected to be included in the parade that typically draws about 20,000 spectators. Cruise night is 6:30-8 p.m. July 12 and will feature more than 500 classic collector cars at least 20 years old that will travel from Holyoke and 210th Street to Cedar Avenue. After the cruise, 150 classic cars will be on display downtown, where visitors will also find plenty of activities, food, entertainment and music. A pet show and K-9 dog is at Antlers Park July 11 and fireworks will be on display July 4 at Lakeville North High School with clowns, concessions and live entertainment, including the band Castaways. Spectators are advised to bring lawn chairs or See POP, 16A

Lakeville first in state to offer ‘Shark Tank’ for kids Young Entrepreneurs Academy starts in fall for sixth- to eighth-graders by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Lakeville middle school students will have an unprecedented opportunity next year to start and grow their own business. The Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, working with the Lakeville Area School District, will offer Minnesota’s first Young Entrepreneurs Academy next year, a groundbreaking program that takes students through the process of starting and running a real business. Chamber President Todd Bornhauser said if the program is successful, it will continue next year and may eventually expand. Next fall, interested students in grades 6-8 attending Lakeville schools, All Saints Catholic School and Christian Life School will

be invited to apply for the academy. Bornhauser said homeschoolers are also invited to apply by contacting the chamber in the fall at 952469-2020. Up to 24 students will be selected to join the academy, which will meet at a Lakeville middle school to be determined for three hours weekly after school October through June. Students will take field trips and meet with professionals like attorneys, accountants, bankers and publicists to develop a business or social movement. Working individually or in a group, they will write a business plan, explore marketing strategies then pitch their idea to an investor panel of Lakeville-area business and community leaders to obtain funding to launch their business.

“This would be the first of its kind in Minnesota,” said Bornhauser, the driving force behind the program who described the opportunity as “Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice.” Investor panel members include Glenn Starfield, owner of Express Employment Professionals and a member of the Lakeville Economic Development Commission. Starfield said the program is a neat opportunity for students who may have untapped creative and entrepreneurial talent. “This is just a new opportunity for kids to get involved in something who maybe don’t play sports or have a fit in other areas,” Starfield said. He credited Bornhauser for taking the initiative to See TANK, 16A

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Creative minds at work Students enjoyed Lakeville Community Education class Camp Invention June 17-21. The class helped inspire creative thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of ways. Students used old electronics equipment parts to make extravagant slingshots for the “Chuck a Duck� into a bucket, created baking soda “volcanoes� and shook a bottle to create a mini tornado. (Photos by Laura Adelmann)

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Job Opening Part-time Liquor Store Sales Associate The City of Lakeville is accepting applications for an immediate opening for a part-time Liquor Store Sales Associate position. High school diploma or equivalent required. Day and evening shifts; Friday and Saturday availability is required. Starting pay is $11.03 per hour. Application deadline is Friday, July 12, 2013. For a full job description and to apply using our City of Lakeville and Liquor supplemental applications, see our website at www.lakevillemn. gov or call 952-985-4400. Completed applications should be submitted to Human Resources, 20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville MN 55044.

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Lakeville police captain first Agencies: Awareness of, data to scene of motorcycle accident on senior abuse is needed Claremont man died in June 22 crash despite lifesaving efforts

try to gain a better airway. Knutson, who has never been first to an accident scene before, said having medical professionals offer to help was reassuring. “Being in a situation like that by yourself is very scary, for lack of a better word,” Knutson said. “Knowing you have other people there who know what they are doing and are able to help talk you through it or remind you of things you are supposed to be doing was very comforting.” Lakeville police, fire and medics soon arrived and took over. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and the crash remains under investigation. Knutson said he never got the names of the nurse, and medic who stopped to help and invited them to contact him at 952-9854805. “It would be a nice way to reach out to them and to say thanks and commend them for all the help,” Knutson said.


Lakeville police Capt. Tim Knutson and bystanders did everything they could to save the 26-yearold Claremont man killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday, June 22. Knutson was off duty and out of uniform, second in line waiting on 202nd Street behind another vehicle to turn onto Cedar Avenue when he heard the motorcycle’s squealing tires. He said he looked in the direction of the noise and witnessed motorcycle driver James Alan Batten II crash into a vehicle that police say had turned left onto Cedar Avenue directly in the motorcycle’s path. Batten was thrown about 20 to 30 feet and laid on his back on the northbound side of the road, Knutson said. The 23-year Lakeville police veteran who was promoted to captain six months ago immediately went into action, pulling his car into the middle of the northbound Cedar Avenue lane and turned on his blinkers to block traffic. Someone called 911,

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and other drivers pulled off the road and directed traffic around the scene as Knutson ran to Batten’s side; a few other bystanders joined him. Battenwas not wearing a helmet; he had no pulse and was not breathing, so Knutson started CPR. A woman ran up, identified herself as a nurse and offered to take over compressions if he became tired, and a man who said he was a medic in the military also offered his assistance. The nurse’s husband ran up with a box of rubber gloves, which Knutson said was helpful. When he felt tired, the Laura Adelmann is at nurse took over compres- laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. sions while he worked to com.

Law students’ app lists warning signs of abuse, reporting agencies, resources by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Public awareness of the elder abuse “epidemic” is key to stopping it, Minnesota S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative officials insist. “It’s so important we get on top of it early,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Tuesday, June 11, at a press conference in St. Paul. No one really knows how many elders face abuse of trust, many times by family members, during the Golden Years. Associate Director Iris Freeman, Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law, said just over the past few years some 30,000 reports of elder abuse have been received by county social service agencies in Minnesota. These numbers do include police reports and reports to other agencies. “Unfortunately, one of our gaps is information,” Freeman said. The most common forms of elder abuse are

Downtown parking lot improvements planned Project will add sidewalk off Howland Avenue by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Touches of greenery, a walkway and lighting are planned as part of a parking lot project set to dramatically improve the back side of some downtown Lakeville businesses. Construction of a city-owned parking lot is planned to begin this fall, replacing a slab of old pitted bituminous with fresh pavement, crisp stripes and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk in downtown Lakeville, fulfilling a goal of the Downtown Development Design Guidelines adopt-

ed by the City Council in 2006. The paved lot, located off of Howland Avenue next to the Lakeville Community Education building and behind stores including Ben Franklin and World of Games, has drainage issues and needs to be repaired, said Community Development Director Dave Olson. Improvements proposed include landscaped islands and lighting elements; a sidewalk and ornamental fence are also planned to be installed along Howland Avenue. A decorative walkway

is proposed to be designed behind the commercial buildings where many cars are now regularly double parked. “Owners, employees ... that are parking right back there are going to have to use one of the stalls now because there will be a walkway put in,” Olson said. The changes will reduce the number of parking spaces by about 10, but Council Member Kerrin Swecker said for the improvements planned, it is worth the loss. Council Member Bart Davis agreed and called

the project “a huge improvement.” The $396,000 estimated cost will be funded with Dakota County Community Development Agency tax increment financing proceeds. Olson said if bids come in higher than anticipated, the project may be put on hold. At a June 12 open house, adjacent property owners and building tenants indicated support for the improvements, Olson said.

physical, emotional and sexual abuse; neglect and financial exploitation. Scott Campbell, a retired Duluth police officer, spoke of a brother wrongfully tapping into their elderly mother’s savings of $115,000, leaving less than $700. About two-thirds of elder financial exploitation prosecuted in Anoka County involved family members, County Attorney Tony Palumbo said. Things are being done. House Judiciary Finance and Policy Committee Chairwoman Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, also a county prosecutor, said “very significant” changes to state law have been made to make prosecution of elder abuse easier. And tougher. For instance, in cases of financial exploitation, exploiters can be charged for every six months of the exploitation, plus face an aggregate sentence. Additionally, restitution can be sought, even if the elderly victim has passed away, she said. To heighten public awareness, the Elders Initiative co-produced with Twin Cities Public Television a 26-minute documentary on elder abuse that began being aired June 16. Working with Hilstrom, law students at William Mitchell constructed a mobile device app, S.A.F.E. MN, that includes a list of signs of abuse, reporting agencies and other tools for law enforcement. The public can download the app for free. Elders Initiative, which grew out of a partnership between the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and Vulnerable Adult Justice Project, also produced a Prose-

cutors Trial Notebook. The notebook includes sample complaints, briefs, sentencing guidelines and other information useful for prosecutors when taking alleged elder abusers to court. “This crime is an abuse of trust,” St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. Warning signs of physical and sexual elder abuse include bruises, pressure marks and internal injuries, often accompanied by inconsistent explanations for how they occurred. Signs of elder neglect includes weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration, a lack of supervision or necessary health aids. Red flags of financial exploitation includes unpaid bills, abrupt asset transfers and a lack of basic financial information. When trying to determine if elder abuse is occurring, experts suggest starting by asking three basic questions: • Is someone taking or using your money without your permission? • Is anybody hurting you? • Are you afraid of anyone? Be mindful, experts warn, not to ask these questions in the presence of a possible abuser. Minnesota, as across the country, will see a surge of elderly residents as baby boomers move into their retirement years. The number of Minnesotans over the age of 65 will more than double over the next 25 years to 1.3 million. According to the League of Minnesota Cities, there will be more Minnesotans over the age of 65 by 2020 than of school age. Email T.W. Budig at

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Lakeville School District’s 2013-14 budget reflects declining enrollment data Online learning option may buffer per-pupil funding loss by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Lakeville School Board members unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget that projects declining enrollment of about 175 students. General fund revenues are anticipated to total $102 million and expenditures are projected at $104 million in 2013-14, according to District Business Manager Randy Anderson. In addition to recent cuts of $3.5 million from the budget, the district is planning to help cover the deficit with a planned general fund spend down of $1.7 million, he said. The district’s projected enrollment for 2013-14 equates to a loss of about $1 million in state revenue, which is projected at $81.6 million. To help increase enrollment and provide options for students, the district will this fall become the state’s first metro district to offer an all-online learning option, “Link12.” Superintendent Lisa Snyder is projecting about 150 students will join the online option to help offset the student enrollment decline. Minnesota’s legislative session ended with a 1.5 percent increase in the state’s per pupil funding formula, an increase from $5,224 to $5,302. Anderson noted the district will also retain about $1.03 million received from

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Opinion Trap shooting is on target for a growing number of teens by Don Heinzman SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

With gun purchases and requests for gun permits at record levels, it’s no surprise to learn that one of the fastestgrowing high school sports in Minnesota is trap shooting. In just four years, this sport has grown from 30 to more than 3,400 male and female shooters from sixth through 12th grades and from three to 115 teams. In trap shooting, the shooters use shotguns with shells and fire at clay pigeons. The winner destroys the most pigeons. The Minnesota State High School League, in a close vote, sanctioned the state high school trap shooting tournament for 2014, just like all of the other high school sports. A state high school trap shooting championship meet also was endorsed by the Minnesota High School Coaches Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals and the

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Don Heinzman Minnesota School Boards Association. In June of next year, Minnesota will be the first in the nation to have a highschool-sanctioned state trap shooting tournament. Recently, 2,039 young shooters competed in the State High School clay target competition at the Alexandria Shooting Park. A team from St. Michael-Albertville won the championship, followed by Hastings, Hopkins, Prior Lake, Jordan, St. Francis, Worthington, Rogers, Wayzata, Alexandria and Elk River. Members of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League hope the high schools will treat this like any other sport with a photo in the yearbook

and a letter for the participants. Proponents of the sport claim it is safe. Since the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League was formed in 2001, there have been no injuries and no school gun policy violations after 3,000 participants have fired 1.5 million rounds. Participants cannot have a shotgun in their car when it’s parked on the school lot. After school, they get their guns and ammo from homes and practice at local gun clubs. They first must pass the Minnesota Firearms Safety Training Certificate to be eligible for the teams. Proponents say the teams are well organized. A minimum of five is needed to start a team and there must be a coach for every 10 shooters. It’s a coed sport, and it’s open to disabled shooters as well. Moreover, it gives kids who can’t make the varsity sports something constructive to do. Proponents point out that the sport

also prepares young people to use a firearm safely and to be careful and accurate hunters. The coaches in the league are all volunteers. Students pay on average a fee of $300 to participate, so little direct payment comes from the school district. All that said, some wonder if under the high school curricular umbrella, teaching students how to shoot a shotgun in a recreational sport and bringing the gun culture into the school house is part of the school’s mission. That’s no longer a question, because high school trap shooting teams are here to stay and the number of participants is continuing to grow. The case has been made that educating students on how to use firearms safely and properly while practicing good sportsmanship are good lessons to teach. Don Heinzman is a columnist for ECM Publishers and a member of the ECM Editorial Board. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Editor to raise money for refugees by striding 100 miles as part of ‘Run for the Border’ by Jonathan Young SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

When I run a 5K, here’s what typically happens: At first it feels effortless, and I think it will be easy. About halfway through the run, I begin feeling fatigued. “Oh good, I’m half done,” I say to myself, followed immediately by, “Oh no, I have to do that much again.” By the end my chest is heaving, sweat is soaking through my shirt, and I want to collapse. Once I recover, I admit, I usually feel great. Running is difficult for me. That’s why I chose to run 100 miles between Memorial Day and July 13 as part of the Run for the Border fundraiser. I wanted to do something challenging to increase awareness of the needs in one of the most war-ravaged places on the planet, the border between Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Thailand. It wasn’t my idea, and I’m not alone. I’m one of many partnering with Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, Burnsville-based nonprofit Venture Expeditions and Feed My Starving Children. I made my commitment after hearing Venture’s president, Ryan Skoog, speak at Cedar Valley. Skoog and his family traveled to the border of Thailand and Myanmar, where he said millions of refugees live in squalor, victims of a civil war that has lasted

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Jonathan Young 63 years. Skoog has visited 42 countries, but what he saw in Myanmar shocked him. “It’s one of the most devastated places with the least amount of work that I’ve seen,” he said. That was largely because the Burmese army forbade organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army from entering the country. During his trip, Skoog asked people along the border how his organization could help. They told him if they didn’t have to worry where their next meal was coming from, they could begin rebuilding their lives. “The idea is moving from survival to developing,” Skoog said. Venture decided to try to get food through Thailand to the border, and Feed My Starving Children agreed to donate the meals. No one had ever brought relief food through the port of Bangkok, Thailand, Skoog said. Four organizations working in the region long-term told him it couldn’t be done. The first shipment took months to get through the port and required a Ven-

ECM-Sun Brooklyn Park community editor Jonathan Young runs to raise funds for Burmese refugees. (Photo by Sarah Young) ture representative to fly to Washington, D.C., to get a signature from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Eventually the food got through. Soon Venture got a call from the World Hunger Alliance asking how it had succeeded. “We told them it was a miracle,” Skoog said.

Venture has shipped more than a million meals to the border, and it’s raising money to ship about 3.2 million more meals to the Burmese refugees. Feed My Starving Children is donating the food, and it costs about 10 cents a meal to ship. To cover shipping costs, Venture is doing a campaign called “Run for the Border” this summer. A few crazies are running 100 miles in four days in July and asking donors to sponsor them. Other runners will go a shorter distance on “Border Day” July 13 or have made commitments to run a certain number of miles before then. The idea is not only to raise money, but also to participate in a way that’s more difficult than simply writing a check. It’s making a personal sacrifice to inspire yourself and others. For me, running 100 miles is a greater challenge and sacrifice than just donating money. I’ll put up with the sweat, soreness and time commitment because this is a worthwhile cause. What cause do you believe in? Have you sacrificed anything for a cause recently? To learn more about Run for the Border go to To support Jonathan’s 100 mile run to feed Burmese refugees, go to Contact ECM-Sun Brooklyn Park community editor Jonathan Young at Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Real convictions or envy? To the editor: Lately I’ve been reading letters from other readers praising Gov. Mark Dayton for punishing the producers in our society to pay for government schools. Although I don’t understand why many liberal Americans believe it is good to force people with higher salaries to pay so much, I believe these people should at least be consistent in their arguments. If you truly believe that “the rich” should be made to pay their “fair share,” then why do you complain about outsourcing jobs to India and China? We are told that people labor in sweatshops in these countries just to make a dollar a day. Yet the “soak the rich” crowd doesn’t want them to have jobs. If these people truly have terrible working conditions and earn so

little, aren’t they really the “working class” and aren’t you in America who earn $20,000 to $70,000-plus “the rich”? Even people on welfare can earn up to $50,000 per year here. That is 50 to 200 times what the citizens of India and China are making for doing the same job. (Since people are worried about jobs going overseas it must be the same, right?). Shouldn’t people demand from Dayton, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken that they have their income taxed at the same 40 to 60 percent rate that they demand from other “rich people” in this country? “But those ‘working class’ people are not Americans,” they say. So what? We hold Mother Theresa up for sainthood for helping Indian citizens. Should we be mad at her for improving their lives? Those who truly believe that “the rich” should be brought down, and that government education is

the best investment we can make, then they should put their money where their mouth is: Encourage companies and politicians to create jobs for the true “working class” in other countries and lead movements to raise taxes to pay for their education. Then and only then will we see it is the power of convictions leading, instead of just plain, oldfashioned envy. HAL CRANMER Lakeville

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innuendo which has been attributed to Democratic administrations, national or local, that her political bias and lack of substantiation become painfully evident. The problem is that far too many members of our society fail to look beyond the hysterical caterwauling to bother to ascertain the truth. The sky is not falling. The Affordable Care Act will, by independent estimates such as the Congressional Budget Office, cut health care costs by the billions once fully implemented; emergency rooms will be freed up for emergencies and not serve as the sole health care providers to millions. Competition among providers will bring down costs, as has already been shown in California. Millions of people will be afforded what government should be duty-bound to provide – decent health care, such as is available in all of the other 138 industrialized nations that recognize the need and the value of caring for its citizens. Ms. Kreitz offers criticisms, but nowhere does she suggest solutions to problems that gnaw at the foundations of our democracy. She states that many doctors are “opting out” or retiring without a scintilla of proof. Her last paragraph is a diatribe against so much as to defy response, except to note that many of her

shibboleths have already been discredited or proven factually incorrect. We face many problems, but they need reasoned solutions and not mindless attacks. I would be remiss to overlook that her criticisms, many which include events that transpired or began under previous administrations, surface now, i.e., she never met an ultra-right position she didn’t like. She suggests “we all move to a better climate and to a state with no tax on income, such as Florida.” Has she noted that 80 percent of Floridians have deemed their current policies unfavorably? I’m staying, but if she can go if she wants. ALAN MILLER Eagan

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alienate his constituency. Kline suggests that this bill is a reaction to the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. On its face, this seems a colorable argument. Except Kline then has to face his own record on women’s health issues, in just the current Congress. In addition to the D.C. bill, he has been a co-sponsor on the following proposed legislation: • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act • Sanctity of Human Life Act • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act • Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-state Exchange Plans (SAFE Act) • Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013 • Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act • Health Care Conscience Rights Act • Life at Conception Act And he has also voted in favor of maintaining command line authority regarding military sexual assaults, contrary to the best interests of women in the military. Kline believes his views are in line with those of his constituents. I guess we’ll find out in 2014.

To the editor: U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, voted recently to pass the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Aside from the fact that this bill is likely unconstitutional and is bad policy, it makes no sense that Kline should take on this issue. It does not appear that this bill RONALD GOLDSER creates jobs in any sense. Eagan And it can only serve to

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Minnesota adds 8,400 jobs in May by Sarah Allen and Kristina Erickson SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

After several months of job loss, Minnesota added 8,400 jobs in May. With this recent surge, Minnesota has now gained over 93 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The spike in jobs can be attributed to the recent turn in weather. A long and wet winter caused employers to hold off on hiring seasonal employees.

As temperatures rise and lakes grow warmer, Minnesotans are finally getting around to their summer activities. Leisure and hospitality sectors gained the most jobs in May at 2,900. Government came in close second at 2,800 and professional and business services gained 2,000 jobs. Additional sectors gained 2,500 between them. Minnesota has added 43,300 jobs over the last year at a growth rate of 1.6 percent. Dakota County’s unemployment rates remain at a five-year low, dropping

from 4.8 percent in April to 4.5 percent in May. Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates for Minnesota remain the same in April and May at 5.3 percent. This compares to the U.S. rate of 7.6 percent in April to 7.5 in May. It was reported in last week’s story that the current national unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. That rate was the seasonally unadjusted rate. Email Sarah Allen at Email Kristina Erickson at

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Key features of the Metro Red Line, which launched its service in Apple Valley and Eagan on Saturday, are that it connects to the Metro Blue Line/Hiawatha Light Rail at the Mall of America and runs every day of the week and so frequently that riders don’t need a schedule. Roadway improvements like bus-only shoulders keep buses moving and buses can signal to traffic lights so green lights stay on longer and red lights go green sooner. More information about the Metro Red Line is at http://metrotransit. org/metro-red-line. (Photos by Rick Orndorf)

Apple Valley American Legion plans Freedom Days events Following are the Apple Valley American Legion’s events planned Thursday, July 4, during Freedom Days. The Legion is located at 14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley, and will have seating outside for 280 with tables and seating in the pavilion for 90. More information: 952-431-1776. Chicken BBQ – 11 a.m. until gone, on club grounds. Cost will be $8 for 1/2 BBQ chicken dinner. Brats, hot dogs, chips and cold pop served by the Post 1776 Auxiliary. Beer Wagon will feature several tap beers. Live band The Authorities will play from 3-6 p.m. outside. (In case of rain the band will be playing inside.) Free outdoor activities for children in-

cluding a face painter and balloon twisting artist. Cash raffles conducted by the Sons of the American Legion throughout the day. Fourth of July raffle tickets will be sold on the grounds at a separate tent and all along the parade route. • $1 per ticket • Need not be present to win • Ticket sales will end at 5:30 p.m. (no exceptions) • Drawing will be held at 6:15 p.m. • A total of $4,100 in prizes will be given away More information about Apple Valley Freedom Days, including a schedule of events and stories about some of the activities, is at

A funeral service and interment were held Friday, June 28, for Rosemount resident and Minnesota National Guard Lt. Col. Mark Weber, who died on Thursday, June 13, after a three-year cancer battle. Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Col. John

Morris offered words of encouragement to a crowd of about 100 people who gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the interment. Family members and friends paid their final respects to Weber as a 21-gun salute was fired and Taps was played. An

American flag was presented Weber’s wife Kristin and three sons – Matthew, Joshua and Noah – and his parents Dennis and Illean Weber. A funeral service was held prior to the interment at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley.

Mankato educator will be assistant superintendent in District 191 Cynthia Amoroso, of the Mankato Area Public Schools, will be the new assistant superintendent in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. She was selected from a pool of candidates following three stages of rigorous interviews, according to incoming Superintendent Joe Gothard, who headed up the selection process. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Education on June 20, and she will join the district on July 1. “I want to thank Cindy for accepting the offer to join District 191 as our

next assistant superintendent,” Gothard said. “We welcome her and are excited about the skills and experiences she brings to our leadership team.” Amoroso has served in several roles and key leadership positions in Mankato. She’s been director of curriculum and instruction since 1998. Amoroso has also been an elementary and high school teacher, assistant principal and reading coordinator. “Cindy’s colleagues refer to her as a ‘go to’ person because of her strong instructional leadership and understanding of

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Author uncovers life of infamous vaudeville stage mom with Farmington roots ‘Mama Rose’s Turn’ delves into Farmington history with help of Dakota County Tribune archives by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Rose Thompson Hovick is the fascinating, misrepresented character immortalized in the musical “Gypsy.” The crazed stage mom who managed the vaudeville acts of daughters Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc captivated the attention of a 12-year-old Carolyn Quinn who saw the play. She asked her parents why it was called a “musical fable” when the story was based on real people. They explained the producers cleaned the story up for public consumption. “Can they do that?” she wondered.

“It got me thinking right away,” she said. As she delved into books about Gypsy Rose Lee and Baby June Havoc, she saw different stories related. “I had a feeling there was a mystery there,” she said, and her curiosity about the story continued throughout her life. Since 2008, Quinn has pieced together the story of the Hovick family after she was surprised to learn her local library had the family’s archive of papers. For five hours, she engrossed herself in the story of the vaudeville romps of the 1920s. Her discoveries are documented in the book “Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mom” published by the University Press of Mississippi scheduled to release Nov. 1. An administrative assistant at a medical school in New York by day, Quinn

Rose Thompson Hovick, the subject of Carolyn Quinn’s book, had roots in Farmington. Her grandparents Mary Herber and Lornze Egle owned Dakota County businesses in Farmington. The Herbers owned the Luxembourger Hof Hotel and the Egles owned the Egle Saloon, later the Egle Hotel with prohibition. (Photo submitted)

form, Quinn claims. “You can’t take a child and force a child to perform,” she said. The divorced mother took the sister act starring Baby June Havoc on the road to the Pantages and Orpheum circuits. But when the depression hit, Louise moved to the burlesque circuit and performed as Gypsy Rose Lee much to her mother’s dismay. “Rose didn’t want to push her into it because it was so low class,” Quinn said. “But it was the depression.” The family remained in the spotlight once Gypsy Rose took off, inspiring the eventual musical. Quinn’s story offers a more holistic look at Mama Rose’s “resourceful and adaptable” lifestyle. While Quinn has never been to Farmington, she is hoping to travel there for a book signing. She describes the books as, “The story of seven strong women – Rose, her grandmother, mother, sisters and daughters – who had 21 surnames between them. Those included her daughters’ stage names, but mostly they were all of the names of the women’s husbands. Rose and her two sisters had eight marriages that I know about – possibly more.” Quinn’s book promises intrigue, scandal along with some Farmington history. “Mama Rose’s Turn” can be pre-ordered on for $23.89.

Mama Rose Thompson Hovick in 1910 (Photo submitted) filled her weekends sifting through correspondences, interviewing family members and reading Dakota County archives about the family. Thanks to the Dakota County Historical Society she was able to uncover the Farmington roots from about the 1860s to 1895. As Quinn delved deeper into the story, she discovered a connection to Farmington she claims was not well known. Before the vaudeville days, gin-brewing in bathtubs, extortion suits, lesbian romps and other scandals that followed Mama Rose, Hovick grew up in Farmington where her family had rooted itself after immigrating from Germany and Luxembourg. Quinn was intrigued

that “First of all that the family owned hotels, because in the musical they acted like this was this blue collar family,” she said. “The musical really misrepresented them. They were really prominent people from Farmington.” Rose’s grandparents were Mary Herber and Lorenze Egle. The Herbers owned the Luxembourger Hof hotel in Dakota County. The Egles owned the Egle Saloon in Farmington, and later the Egle Hotel, which reopened as a hotel during prohibition days. “The whole group was resourceful. Put them down anywhere in the world and they would’ve made money,” Quinn said. “Just like in Farmington it all started billiards, and re-

opened as hotel, after hotel, reopened, later became a candy store.” Rose was born in Wahpeton, N.D., but her three other siblings were born in Farmington. Her father, who was also born in Farmington, worked for the Great Northern Railroad. Rose lived with her grandma at the candy store, which burned down and the family moved toward Seattle. Rose later had daughters Louise and June. Quinn said Rose and 2-year-old June sat in the back of Louise’s dance class. June started dancing in the back of the classroom on her toes. “She was a dance prodigy,” Quinn said. Rose did not force her child to per- Email Theresa Malloy at

News Briefs Heritage Library children’s programs The Heritage Library in Lakeville will host the following children’s programs: • Mixed Nuts, 1-1:45 p.m. Monday, July 8. Slapstick comedy for children of all ages and their caregivers. • Zentangles, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Draw tangle patterns. Ages 10-16. Registration required. • Duck Storytime, 10:3011 a.m. Wednesday, July 10. For children up to age 6 and their caregivers. • Chalk Pastel Flowers with Abrakadoodle, 10:3011:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. Ages 6-14. Registration required beginning July 1. • Chapters and a Craft: Mrs. Noodlekugel, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Children ages 5-12 will listen to the book and then design their own pretend gingerbread creatures. • Musician Paul Spring, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 17. For children of

all ages and their caregivers. These library programs are free. For more information, call 952-891-0360.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation activities Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at or in person at 20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $24 online at or at the Lakeville Parks & Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Pick up tickets at City Hall. Kamp Kermit for ages 4-6, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:303 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, July 15 to Aug. 7, at Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave.; or 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays, July 16 to Aug. 8, at Prairie Lake Park, 18179 Kingsway Path. Cost: $70. Earth Adventures, grades 1-5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11, at Ritter Farm Park, Ed Mako ELC, 19300 Ritter Trail. Cost: $78. Youth Bowling Camp, ages 6-17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, at Lakeville Family Bowl, 20944 Holyoke Ave. Cost: $48. Meteorology 101, grades 2-6, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11, at Ritter Farm Park, Ed Mako ELC, 19300 Ritter Trail. Cost: $78. Nature Tot Time – Slimy & Gooey, ages 3-5 and caregivers, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Ritter Farm Park, Ed Mako ELC, 19300 Ritter Trail. Cost: $10. Buggy for Bugs, ages 4-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25, at Ritter Farm

Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Cost: $83. Puppet Wagon, June 17 to Aug. 9. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. For the 2013 schedule, log onto under City Departments, Parks & Recreation tab. Youth Fishing Contest, all ages, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Valley Lake, 16050 Garrett Path, Lakeville. Free. Children age 13 and younger are eligible for prizes. Participants need to bring their own fishing equipment. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Minnesota Pole Benders. Crystal Caves trip, age 6 and older, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday, July 26. Bus pickup and drop-off at Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $36. Cheer Camp, ages 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon, July 8-11, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Cost: $107. Flag Football, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon, July

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Man gets probation for Eagan robbery by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

A Maplewood man received probation for robbing three people in Eagan. Everett Jacobe-Kwunzell Durr, 21, was sentenced in a Dakota County court on June 18 to five years probation and 90 days in jail. Durr received credit for the 90 days he had already served. The conditions of Durr’s probation include having no contact with his codefendant and abstaining from using or possessing drugs or alcohol. Durr must also submit a DNA sample and pay restitution. The dollar amount has yet to be determined. Durr pleaded guilty on Feb. 27 to second-degree aggravated robbery for a Dec. 30 incident in which Durr and a 16-year-old male robbed three people outside an apartment complex on Greystone Drive. Durr and his accomplice took about $50 and a cellphone from the group. Police found the stolen money and cellphone in an SUV driven by Durr, who was arrested that day. The victims told police Durr pointed a gun at them during the robbery, but one was never found. Jessica Harper is at jessica. or

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Business Buzz Credit union supports students US Federal Credit Union, Burnsville, supported the fifth annual I Love Burnsville essay contest, challenging third-grade elementary school students to complete the sentence “I Love Burnsville because...� The contest was part of I Love Burnsville Week, held June 1-8. US Federal awarded $50 to each contest winner and to their respective teachers to help aid in providing classroom supplies. Winners were Zoie Dundon and Teresa Le-Vu of William Byrne Elementary School and Caitlyn Isenberger of Sioux Trail Elementary School.

Merchants chief to retire Richard L. Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Merchants Financial Group Inc., will retire Jan. 1, 2014. Rodney J. Nelson, MFGI executive vice president and Merchants Bank president of the Winona Charter, will assume the position after Mahoney’s retirement. Mahoney has been with Merchants since 1987 and has served as MFGI president and CEO since 2000. Nelson joined Merchants Bank in 2000, after serving 25 years with the Bremer Bank organization, including 12 years as president, CEO and chairman of the board for the Bremer Bank in Crookston. Merchants Bank has locations in Apple Valley, Lakeville and Rosemount.

Local woman elected credit industry chair Kristi J. Nelson of Lakeville was elected chairwoman of the board of directors of the Consumer Credit Industry Association at its annual meeting in April. She previously served as the organization’s treasurer, vice president and president. Nelson, director and actuary, credit protection and product development at Securian Financial Institution Group, is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield. She is a native of Burnsville.

Executive director named at the Link Beth Holger-Ambrose has been hired effective Aug. 12 as executive director of the Link, a nonprofit organization serving youths and young adults. Previously, Holger-Ambrose was homeless youth services coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and anthropology in 1998, a public affairs certificate in 2004 and a master’s degree in nonprofit management and administration in 2004 – all from Hamline University.

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Engineering firm opens in Burnsville

Apple Valley-based Uponor North America has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota, based on an employee survey project by the Star Tribune. Uponor was ranked 16th on the midsize company list. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions about organizational health, job expectations and employee engagement. The analysis included responses from more than 64,300 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Brierley Associates – a national tunnel, trenchless and underground engineering design firm based in Denver – opened an office in Burnsville in May. The new office is headed by Todd Christopherson, a senior consultant with the firm. Christopherson is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience in structural and geotechnical engineering, commercial construction, design-build construction and construction management. Previously, he was president of Amcon CM LLC,

Mental health services to expand in District 191 by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Four more mental health specialists will work in School District 191 next year under a new contract with Twin Cities-based Headway Emotional Health Services. The district will have 13 specialists in 2013-14 under a $275,000 contract approved June 20 by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board. Two are being added districtwide. Two are being added between Burnsville Alternative High School and Sky Oaks Elementary, which are funding them with compensatory aid tied to concentrations of low-income students. The district will spend $100,000 more under the new contract than it did in the recently completed school year. The alternative high school is paying $80,000 of the total cost,

and Sky Oaks is paying $20,000. Next year will be the third year the district has provided mental health services. Specialist ranks have grown each year. “I haven’t talked to anyone in the buildings that isn’t just thrilled with this,� Board Chair Sandy Sweep said. Though other districts have mental health collaborations, District 191 is said to be unique in extending services across all its schools. The district has been on the “leading edge� in Minnesota and the nation, Board Member Dan Luth said, adding that it’s trying to erase “decades� of stigma around mental-health problems. “The mental health of our students is just as important as their regular physical health,� Luth said. The specialists spend

a construction management firm based in Inver Grove Heights. Christopherson is a member and past chapter president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and previously earned their distinction as “Engineer of the Year.� He is a past state president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America and was recognized with its CM of the Year Award. City Business magazine designated him in 2000 as a member of its “Forty Under Forty� honor recognizing the next generation of community and business leaders. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

Loaves 4 Learning The Loaves 4 Learning customer loyalty program of St. Cloud-based Pan-O-Gold Baking Company has distributed thousands of dollars to schools in the Upper Midwest. Enrolled schools earn 5 cents for each UPC collected from Country Hearth and Village Hearth breads, buns and muffins. The program is open to public and private K-12 schools throughout the company’s distribution area. Schools must register to participate and can earn up to $10,000 per year, which may be used to help fund any area of need the school determines. Program details, school promotional tools and registration information can be found at

Lakeville salon celebration Fantastic Sams at 18445 Orchard Trail in Lakeville will celebrate its fourth anniversary Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, with haircut specials, refreshments, door prizes and more. The event will benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Guests can bring in nonperishable food items or make a $1 cash donation, which Fantastic Sams will match. The Orchard Trail salon is one of three Fantastic Sams locations in Lakeville.

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much of their time with students outside the school day, under agreements with their families, said Lisa Rider, district business services director. The services are needed in “almost every building, if not every building,� Luth said. Headway’s specialists have master’s degrees in a mental health discipline or are in their second year of master’s studies. Students are referred for services mostly by teachers, Ann Meehan, a Headway mental health counselor, told the School Board in January. At the elementary level, most of what she deals with are student outbursts, whether caused by depression, anxiety or a behavior disorder, she said.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocked the Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout June 21. The DNR had already stocked the river with 1,000 fish earlier this spring. However, all the rain this past month raised concerns that the fish may have floated downstream, said DNR spokesman Harlan Hiemstra. With a surplus of rainbow fish at the hatchery in

Lanesboro, the DNR decided to add a second stock to the Vermillion River, which is an unusual move to stock an area twice in one season. “I think it’s a good place to stock them and provide good opportunities for families and kids to fish,� Hiemstra said. The Vermillion River is known as a great trout fishing spot near the Twin Cities because it has clean, cold water that trout need to flourish. In other areas the DNR stocks, recreational anglers

have to catch and release. In Farmington, people can keep the fish. Anglers 16 and older do need a fishing license, which are available online at licenses and click on “fishing license.� The public access points in Farmington are at the Rambling River Park and the Kuchera Entrance. Additional Dakota County public access points are also available on the DNR website. Email Theresa Malloy at

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Apple Valley man arrested after accident, faces DWI charges Repeat offender blows 0.217 in preliminary breath test by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

dard field sobriety tests because they “are whack,� according to the complaint. Mart agreed to a preliminary breath sample, which indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.217. Mart was arrested and brought to the Dakota County Jail. A second blood test about an hour later indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.19. Mart faces two felony driving while impaired charges. The maximum sentence for each charge is seven years and $14,000, because Mart is a repeat offender. He was convicted in Dakota County for driving under the influence in February and August of 2011. He also had his driving privileges revoked in connection to a DUI arrest in Dakota County in 2006.

An Apple Valley man faces two felony driving while impaired charges after crashing into a cable barrier on Highway 52 in Inver Grove Heights at 6:35 p.m. on June 16. The driver, David Ariel Mart, 24, told officers he was just driving too fast. Officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes when talking to Mart, the criminal complaint said. Witnesses told police he had been driving “aggressively in and out of traffic,� it said. Mart told police he had two shots af- Email Theresa Malloy ter work but did not want to take stan-


Dakota Electric awards scholarships Dakota Electric Association has awarded scholarships to 82 area students. The $136,000 donated comes from the cooperative’s unclaimed capital credit fund. Apple Valley High School recipients: Hannah Anger, Nitya Chandiramani, Dahvid Ear, Zi Li, Kellie Metzger, Aubree Mickelson, Fatuma Mohamed, Joy Norton. Burnsville High School recipients: Jesse Beane, Amber Willenburg, David Fredrickson, Raven Klein, Scott Laska, James Matakovich, Britta Riggs, Mikhaila Samz. Eagan High School recipients: Michael Dunlevy, Mohamoud Ibrahim, Brenna Bloome, Evan Esslinger,

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Lakeville South High School recipients: Jacob Blichfeldt, Clay Batton, Jacqueline Geerdes, Evan Keil, Kersten Schmitt, Joshua Tipka, Joseph Stangl, Maranda Miller. Randolph High School recipients: Anna Weidner, Breanna Wille. Rosemount High School recipients: Quan Doan, Kourtney Johnson, Tommy Linder, Cody Merrell, Jenny Lam, Taji Onesirosan, Shane Robertson, Amelia Volkert. Dakota County Technical College recipient: Megan Langfield, Rosemount. Inver Hills Community College recipients: Tara Cajacob, Eagan; Zhihui Chai, Eagan; Gordon Craft, Eagan.

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He wouldn’t say how much the loss of Pawn America cost the festival. The event — which features art vendors and food along with five to six musical acts — costs more than $50,000 to stage, Gustafson said. According to him, Burnsville-based Pawn America said it’s focusing its local philanthropy instead on establishing a Boys and Girls Club in Burnsville and building a Lutheran school, projects long championed by founder and CEO Brad Rixmann. That message came in an email from Pawn America executive Chuck Armstrong, Gustafson said. “We’ve lost a few (sponsors) this last year,” he said, adding that Pawn America’s pullout “kind of broke the camel’s back.” The event also ran into trouble two years ago with the loss of another major sponsor, SKB Environmental, Gustafson said. Organizers scaled back the festival and featured only local talent, headlined by Mick Sterling. The festival, which runs from noon to 10 p.m., typically draws about 15,000 in the course of a day, Gustafson said. Past national acts have included Nick Colionne, Adams, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Jesse Cook, Randy Brecker and Larry Carlton. “There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t talk to somebody in town that talks about that festival and how much they love it,” Gustafson said.

The Art and All That Jazz Festival, a mainstay of Burnsville’s summer entertainment calendar, won’t be held this year. Organizers are pulling the plug on the 2013 event after losing their biggest sponsor, Pawn America, said festival President Dan Gustafson. The festival was scheduled for Aug. 17 in Nicollet Commons Park. The headlining act was Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Gustafson said. It would have been the 10th annual Art and All That Jazz Festival, which Gustafson founded in 2004 as a private enterprise and has run as a nonprofit, with a board of directors, since 2006. “This was my baby. This was my vision,” said Gustafson, a former two-term Burnsville City Council member who didn’t seek re-election in 2012. “We just kind of slowly watched it slip away.” He hopes to present Art and All That Jazz again in 2014. “We need sustained sponsorship,” said Gustafson, who from 1988 to 1991 owned a Minneapolis jazz club called the Roxy Music Cafe. Gessner can “To tell you the truth, I think we need to hook John (952) 846-2031 up with a service organization and make it at work that way.”

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Lakeville Briefs Heritage Library children’s programs The Heritage Library in Lakeville will host the following children’s programs: • Mixed Nuts, 1-1:45 p.m. Monday, July 8. Slapstick comedy for children of all ages and their caregivers. • Zentangles, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Draw tangle patterns. Ages 10-16. Registration required. • Duck Storytime, 10:3011 a.m. Wednesday, July 10. For children up to age 6 and their caregivers. • Chalk Pastel Flowers with Abrakadoodle, 10:3011:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. Ages 6-14. Registration required beginning July 1. • Chapters and a Craft: Mrs. Noodlekugel, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Children ages 5-12 will listen to the book and then design their own pretend gingerbread

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Rising rent The economy and a lack of affordable housing and transportation are among the contributing factors in the recent rise in homelessness, county officials say. As growing numbers of people flood the rental market, the cost of rent in Dakota County has risen by $16.68 (1.86 percent) from 2011 to 2012 with the average monthly rent of an efficiency climbing to $635 and a three-bedroom unit to $1,325. Burnsville has experienced the greatest increase with a $31.59 (3.58 percent) rise in rent between 2011 and 2012. At the same time, landlords are becoming more selective. “Those with better credit history and without criminal records are chosen, and others are left out,” Kastler said. County officials also face the challenge of addressing the different needs of people who temporarily struggle with homelessness versus those who are chronically homeless. “Some people need temporary financial assistance, while others need ongoing case management to identify the entire picture,” she said. “If we don’t handle the underlying issues, we will see people back at our door.” Knowing a client’s mental health, chemical dependency or economic issues can be useful in working with a landlord when finding them housing, Kastler said. Transportation also continues to be an issue for many homeless people in Dakota County, Kastler said. There are only two emergency homeless shelters in Dakota County: Dakota Woodlands, which serves women and children, and Cochran House in Hastings, which serves single men. Due to the county’s limited transit system, commuting between one of the shelters and a place of employment can often become a challenge, Kastler said. Though Stephanie drives to friends and family members’ homes and school, she often worries about rising gas prices. “I sometimes wonder if I will have enough to get back and forth,” she said. County officials say the addition of the MVTA’s


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Star in Leadership Award went to Jessica Kremer who has been employed at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites since pre-opening 2005 as a Catering and Sales Manager. Jamie Dahlen owner of the hotel says, “Jessica is passionate about and creative in her job and it shows as she has dedicated the time and energy it takes to run a busy department working with so many different personalities and diverse events. The hotel does 60 weddings a year plus business meetings and Jessica manages a staff of 20 to keep up with the events.” General Manager Mike Gunderson accepted the award in Jessica’s absence. Star in Customer Service Excellence was proudly accepted by Andrea PickettNelson who is employed by Brackett’s Crossing Country Club’s and runs the concierge desk. General Manager Steve Allen nominated Andrea because “she is considerate, committed, genuine and always willing to go the extra mile to assist making an experience unforgettable. She is a trusted advisor to our members and guests.” Andrea is a board member of the National Concierge Association as well as any community organizations and school activities. Ignacio (Nacho) Vergara accepted his Every Day Hero award with a glowing smile. He has been a hard-working and dedicated employee at Rudy’s Redeye Grill since opening in 2006. Owner Angela Thomas states “Nacho started as a line cook who immediately caught our attention and was promoted in months to supervisor due to his positive attitude, strong work ethic and loyalty to our family business. His overall care and concern of the staff is simply amazing.” Ignacio is now a kitchen manager in the evenings with a bright future. Rising Star Ryan Towle has been employed at Green Mill almost 4 years. Ashley MacDonald, General Manager of the restaurant, says “Ryan is loyal and hard-working employee with a positive attitude. He has worked his way up from a server to a bartender to a supervisor and is extremely knowledgeable of the restaurant and the community. He is always ready to pitch in and help educate new hires, customers and other staff members.” Photography credit to Flint Images, Lakeville

Dakota County Technical College officials say about one in 10 of their students face homelessness. (Photo by Jessica Harper) new Red Line on Cedar Avenue may provide some relief, but additional routes will be needed countywide. Dakota County recently formed a countywide initiative called Heading Home that enlists the help of government, business and faith communities to address homelessness. The goal of the 10-year plan is to prevent people from becoming homeless while ending existing homelessness by examining housing, employment and other needs in Dakota County. A task force is currently studying the scope of homelessness, housing needs among other aspects as part of the plan.

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But Scott soon struggled with the commute between the shelter in Minneapolis and the Apple Valley campus. With winter approaching and nowhere to go, Scott moved into his car. For four months, Scott endured the bitter cold nights in the parking lot of DCTC or nearby businesses. Every night he worried if he would die of hypothermia with the car turned off or carbon monoxide with it on. “I think the man upstairs was watching over me,” he said. Upon hearing of his plight, Stephanie, a volunteer tutor at DCTC, connected Scott with county resources that found him temporary housing in Farmington. Despite her own hardships, Stephanie dedicates much of her free time to serving others. In addition to helping her fellow students, Stephanie volunteers at her Burnsville church’s food shelf. “It feels good to help others,” she said. “I really believe that blessings come from serving.” Stephanie and Scott’s stories are all too common at DCTC’s Apple Valley campus, which sees about one out of every 10 students struggle with homelessness or housing instability, said Lisa Bah, associate dean of business and entrepreneurship at DCTC. “We usually discover it when a student searches for resources,” Bah said. School officials often connect students with the county and nonprofit agencies for assistance. Bah said she and other school officials often see homelessness among older students who lose their jobs. “Many of them never had to rely on formal education for a job before,” she said. “Now they have to start over again.”

Though she continues her search for a job and stable housing, Stephanie holds out hope. She enrolled at Dakota County Technical College last fall to earn an associate degree in business management and plans to pursue a bachelor’s at St. Mary’s University or Strayer University. Stephanie soon realized she’s not alone in her struggle. Albert Scott, who is studying photography at DCTC, has struggled with homelessness off and on for much of his adult life. A welder by trade, Scott most recently found himself homeless after leaving an unstable relationship with the mother of his child. The 46-year-old initially sought shelter at Dorothy Day in downtown St. Paul. “It was a nightmare,” he said. “I got my bike stolen and people were always wanting to mess with me. I didn’t feel safe there.” He left after two weeks and went to Harbor Lights and then Higher Ground in Minneapolis. Scott said he found temporary work for a short time, but was unable to save enough money for an apartment before the job ended. By September, he decided to further his education Jessica Harper is at jessica. or by enrolling in a photogra- phy program at DCTC.

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Plug pulled on this summer’s jazz festival Founder hopes Art and All That Jazz will reappear next year by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The Art and All That Jazz Festival, a mainstay of Burnsville’s summer entertainment calendar, won’t be held this year. Organizers are pulling the plug on the 2013 event after losing their biggest sponsor, Pawn America, said festival President Dan

Gustafson. The festival was scheduled for Aug. 17 in Nicollet Commons Park. The headlining act was Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Gustafson said. It would have been the 10th annual Art and All That Jazz Festival, which Gustafson founded in 2004 as a private enterprise and has run as a nonprofit, with a board of directors, since 2006. “This was my baby. This was my vision,” said Gustafson, a former two-term Burnsville City Coun-

cil member who didn’t seek re-election in 2012. “We just kind of slowly watched it slip away.” He hopes to present Art and All That Jazz again in 2014. “We need sustained sponsorship,” said Gustafson, who from 1988 to 1991 owned a Minneapolis jazz club called the Roxy Music Cafe. “To tell you the truth, I think we need to hook up with a service organization and make it work that way.” He wouldn’t say how much the loss of Pawn

America cost the festival. The event — which features art vendors and food along with five to six musical acts — costs more than $50,000 to stage, Gustafson said. According to him, Burnsville-based Pawn America said it’s focusing its local philanthropy instead on establishing a Boys and Girls Club in Burnsville and building a Lutheran school long championed by founder and CEO Brad Rixmann. That message came in an email from Pawn

America executive Chuck Armstrong, Gustafson said. “We’ve lost a few (sponsors) this last year,” he said, adding that Pawn America’s pullout “kind of broke the camel’s back.” The event also ran into trouble two years ago with the loss of another major sponsor, SKB Environmental, Gustafson said. Organizers scaled back the festival and featured only local talent, headlined by Mick Sterling. The festival, which runs from noon to 10 p.m., typ-

ically draws about 15,000 in the course of a day, Gustafson said. Past national acts have included Nick Colionne, Adams, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Jesse Cook, Randy Brecker and Larry Carlton. “There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t talk to somebody in town that talks about that festival and how much they love it,” Gustafson said. John Gessner can be reached at (952) 846-2031 or email

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Sports Notebook: Players suit up one more time for their schools High school all-star football game is Saturday in St. Cloud by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Some of the top Minnesota high school football players from 2012 will represent their schools one more time Saturday in St. Cloud. Two players from Lakeville North and one each from Apple Valley, Eastview and Burnsville will play for the South team in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium at St. Cloud State University. The all-star game returned to a North vs. South format in 2011, with the Twin Cities area divided roughly in half. Lakeville North graduates Mitch Johnson and Karl Finkel are two of the South team players. Johnson, a linebacker, and Finkel, a defensive

lineman, helped the Panthers reach the state Class 6A championship game in 2012. Johnson will play at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., while Finkel signed with Minnesota Duluth, which has won two NCAA Division II football titles since 2008. Augustana and UMD both play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Apple Valley wide receiver Steven Wilson and Eastview offensive lineman Michael Backus also are on the South squad. Both are headed for the University of St. Thomas, last year’s NCAA Division III runner-up. Burnsville’s Andrew Herkenhoff is a defensive back for the South. State Class 6A champion Eden Prairie has two players on the South team – defensive back Logan Duitsman and of-

fensive lineman Anthony Yost. The 2012 Mr. Football award winner, Osseo running back Bridgeport Tusler, is on the North roster but is not expected to play because of an injury. Players and coaches from 82 schools and 35 conferences will participate in the game. They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. Sixth place for Kampf Former Rosemount High School and University of Minnesota track and field athlete Heather (Dorniden) Kampf finished sixth in the women’s 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Her time was 2 minutes, 0.68 seconds. Alysia Montano won in 1:58.67.

Kampf is a member of Under-18 team member, Asics/Team USA Minne- is ranked 70th among sota. North American skaters. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound NHL Draft forward is scheduled to Some players with lo- join the University of cal ties might hear their Minnesota this fall. He names called at the 2013 helped Apple Valley reach NHL Draft on Sunday in the state tournament in 2010 and played the last Newark, N.J. Burnsville High School two seasons in the USA defenseman Teemu Kivi- Hockey National Team halme was 64th in the fi- Development Program in nal NHL Central Scout- Ann Arbor, Mich. Zach Glienke, the leading rankings of North American skaters. Kivi- ing scorer for an Eagan halme, the son of Blaze High School team that coach Janne Kivihalme, won the South Suburban has a year of high school Conference in 2012-13, eligibility remaining but is ranked 160th among turned 18 on June 14, North American skaters. making him eligible for The 6-3, 190-pound forthis year’s draft. He has ward has signed with the verbally committed to University of Maine. Justin Kloos, the scorColorado College and has played for the Fargo ing leader for a Lakeville (N.D.) Force in the Unit- South team that finished ed States Hockey League. third at the 2012 state Hudson Fasching, a Class AA tournament, former Apple Valley High is 203rd among North School and U.S. national American skaters. The

5-9, 176-pound forward played for Waterloo, Iowa, in the USHL last season, scoring 87 points in 54 games. He led the league with 58 assists and was named to the AllUSHL first team. Kloos also has committed to Minnesota for the 201314 season. Former Lakeville North goalie Charlie Lindgren was ranked 19th among North American goalies. Lindgren, a St. Cloud State recruit, played the last two seasons for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Stampede in the USHL. Last year he was 35-14-2 with a 2.80 goalsagainst average and .900 save percentage. He won the USA Hockey Dave Peterson Junior Goaltender of the Year award. Email Mike Shaughnessy at

Assistant, former player takes reins for Panther girls basketball Shelly Soule will replace Andy Berkvam as head coach by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

For the first time in 23 seasons, the person pacing the sideline, barking orders and negotiating with officials for the Lakeville North girls basketball team will be someone other than Andy Berkvam. The new head coach isn’t coming from far away. Shelly Soule is taking the final step to the head coaching role after being a player and assistant coach for the Panthers. Soule, who has been a Lakeville North assistant for the last four years and a coach at youth camps for the past 11, is taking over as head coach for Berkvam, who took the Northfield boys basketball head coaching job in April. “When Berkvam was leaving for Northfield, I had to apply,” Soule said. “It came a little earlier than I planned but I’m very excited about it. It’s a great opportunity. I’m just excited for the season.” It’s been her dream job for years. “I’ve had other people approach me about different opportunities,” Soule said. “Last

year I was looking into the college game, but I just passed on it. I love where I am. My heart has always been with Lakeville. My dream was always to take over for him.” Not only did Soule coach under Berkvam for the past four years, she was also coached by Berkvam. As a graduate of Lakeville High School in 2004, she was a member of the girls basketball team that was runner-up at state in 2004. She led the team in assists and scored 11.5 points per game that season. She was also a member of the 2002 and 2003 state championship teams. Soule is 12th on the school’s career scoring list and sixth in assists. She said her experience with the Panthers changed her life and she’s anxious to repay the program. “The biggest thing Berkvam teaches is self-motivation and discipline,” Soule said. “I could have gone down a different path in life, but he really set me on to the right path. It’s such a bond and unity with this program. It’s about being a part of a team and something bigger than yourself, and how to be part of a team

and set goals.” She went on to play for Minnesota State University Moorhead on scholarship where she graduated with a degree in physical education and continued to help with summer camps. When she graduated, Soule came back to Lakeville, where Berkvam put her with the traveling seventhgraders, who are now juniors. She also became junior varsity head coach and took over as director of the program’s summer youth basketball camps. For a daytime job, Soule is a special education teacher in Farmington. It should be a smooth transition. “Every single girl in the program I’ve known since they signed up for camp in the second grade,” Soule said. There won’t be many changes in the program. “Following him was scary at first, but we’re keeping all the same traditions and we’ve been like a family,” Soule said. “When (Lakeville North principal Marne Berkvam, Andy Berkvam’s wife) hired me she said she wanted to keep it in the New Lakeville North girls basketball head coach Shelly Soule was a family.” senior captain for the Panthers in 2004. (File photo by Rick Orndorf) See SOULE, 14A

Rookie mistakes A lot can go wrong running a marathon Sun Thisweek Columnist

Andy Rogers Anyone who has participated in any athletic endeavor knows that the outcome is not always what you’d expect. I spend most of the year watching others win and lose, but last weekend, I experienced what it feels like to fall short because of your own mistakes, yet leave with a feeling of genuine achievement. In an attempt to cross out an item on my bucket list, foster a hobby, and better understand athletes as a sports journalist, I ran Grandma’s Marathon last weekend in Duluth, one of the largest 26.2-mile supported runs in the Midwest. I’ve run several half-marathons through the years and I never felt like going any farther than 13.1 miles, but they were becoming routine. I was receiving less “likes” on Facebook with every run, I love the north shore and doing strange things, so Grandma’s Marathon became my next carrot to chase. When the race began in Two Harbors, I was just hoping to enjoy it, but after crossing the finish line a few hours later in Canal Park, my time was at least half an hour slower than my low-end estimation. You experience nearly every human emotion during a marathon and by the end I felt sad. I made the mistake of going out too fast, cramped up, and aggravated an iliotibial band injury. Veteran marathoners likely rolled their eyes at me when I started too fast; apparently it’s quite common among rookies. I ran 98.5 percent of the time, but in the final seven miles I couldn’t run faster than most people were walking. I just couldn’t run through the pain in

a way that felt safe. My race wasn’t perfect. I did see several rookie mistakes, although it’s natural to pick on other people when you’re insecure about your own performance. Here are some tips if you’re planning on running a race from a non-expert who ran one marathon: • You don’t need to bring water. I saw a lot of people carrying water bottles and it was a cool day. While it’s probably nice if you’re out on your own, unsupported, doing a long run on a hot day, there are plenty of water stops along the way during an actual race. For the last 10 miles or so at Grandma’s, they’re every mile. You’re actually in more danger if you drink too much than not enough, and there’s nothing more irritating than needing a bathroom break while racing. Although they’re a nice crutch, every water bottle I saw at the end was still at least half-full. • You don’t need a jacket. It was 50 degrees and foggy Saturday morning and people were dressed for that. After about a mile, 95 percent of those long sleeves and jackets were on the side of the road. You warm up pretty quickly while running. It’s OK to be uncomfortably cold at the starting line. You’re going to feel a lot worse in a few hours anyway. • Don’t worry about anyone but yourself, unless you’re going to run into them. I was passed by about 100 people who were older than me who appeared in worse shape. If I let too much of that enter my mind, I would have just stopped and grabbed a beer one of the spectators was offering. Like anything in life, most people are just worried about how they look, paying little attention to anyone else around them. But watch where you’re going. • Line up properly. Most events have pace setters. For instance, if you want to run the marathon in four hours, there’s a runner with a sign that See COLUMN, 14A

Lakeville South weightlifters heading to nationals The Lakeville South Weightlifting Club will have five representatives competing this weekend at the 2013 USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals in St. Joseph, Mo. Representing Lakeville in the girls 14-15 age division are Tessa Guon and

Alicia Vogel. Brett Fatturi and Eric Rousemiller will lift in the boys 14-15 age division while Connor Rousemiller is in the 16-17 boys division. All athletes qualified for the national meet by participating in a sanctioned USA Weightlifting event

during the Minnesota High School Weightlifting Organization regular season. Participants will compete in both the snatch, and clean and jerk. Athletes get three attempts in each lift and the heaviest successful attempts from each lift are combined to create a total.

Podominick makes Team USA in track Liz Podominick’s dream of competing in the Olympics one day took a big step in a positive direction last weekend. The Lakeville native earned a spot with Team USA after finishing third in the discus at the United States Track and Field Outdoor Championships June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. Her best throw was 199 feet, 1 inch. Her finish was high enough to qualify for the U.S. team for the Interna-

tional Association of Athletics Federations World Championships Aug. 1018 in Moscow.

Burns 12th in heptathlon Lakeville South incoming senior Shaina Burns finished 12th in the heptathlon with 4,569 points at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. Burns was competing against the top athletes

ages 16-19 in the country, including many who are on college teams. Her best individual finish came in the shot put, where she was second overall, throwing 38-5. She also finished in the top 10 in the high jump (53) and javelin throw (10611). Burns’ teammate at Lakeville South, Kayt Larson, ran 2 minutes, 12.04 seconds in the 800 meters, which put her 12th in the preliminary heat.

Lakeville’s Thomas signs with Saints Hoping to shore up their pitching staff, the St. Paul Saints turned to former Lakeville North and University of St. Thomas righthander Dylan Thomas. Thomas signed with the Saints as a free agent on June 17. He pitched on his first day with the team and received his first start against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on June 22. He was recently put on the seven-day disabled list but is eligible to return June 30. A big reason the Saints signed Thomas is because of his success with the Tommies in the past two years. He was the first player ever

to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Augustin Pitcher of the Year award twice while earning All-Conference, All-Region and All-American honors. In the spring, Thomas went 7-2 with a 2.11 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. He earned numerous accolades at St. Thomas. He was named All-MIAC First Team as well conference Pitcher of the Year, Most Valuable Player of the Midwestern Regional Tournament, Midwestern Region Player of the Year, and All-Region First Team.

Thomas graduated from Lakeville North High School in 2009. As a senior he helped the baseball team win the Lake Conference with a 14-4 record. Thomas led the team in RBI and home runs. He also started seven games with a 2.28 ERA. He spent two years at Des Moines Area Community College, where he helped the team win the Region XI Championship and reach the NCAA Junior College World Series. Thomas also pitched with the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League in parts of the 2011 and 2012 summer seasons.

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After traveling the world, he’s teaching local gymnasts

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reads “4:00” who is going to pace to finish in four hours. If you line up too far ahead, you’re going to be in the way. If you need to walk within the first mile, don’t line up with the 4:00 group. And if you’re too far behind, you’re going to be grouchy for a few miles. • As soon as you get to the starting line, head to the portable toilet, even if you don’t need to. You probably will within the next 20 minutes, which is about how long the lines usually last. • Slow down. Email Andy Rogers at In the end, I know no

Instructor is former Cirque du Soleil performer by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

After seven years of touring the globe in the world’s most famous circus, Dima Khrapov was ready to stay in one place for a while. The road, he decided, was no longer the place for his wife – along with his two young children, each of whom was born in a different city while Khrapov performed with Cirque du Soleil. The Russian-born globetrotter is now in Burnsville, teaching boys how to be gymnasts. Since Jan. 1, he has coached the boys competition team at Elite Gymnastics Academy, working with Level 5 gymnasts ages 5 through preteen. While an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil, he performed in places such as South Africa, Brazil and Japan, and U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. On one trip to Los Angeles, his troupe met with the “Governator” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had put his acting career on hiatus while serving two terms as governor of California. But the demands of performing and the constant travel took a toll. “I have so many fond memories” of the Cirque du Soleil, Khrapov said through his friend and interpreter, Alexey Kobrinskii, during an interview at Elite Gymnastics Academy. “To be in the Cirque du Soleil, that was like a dream. But there were days when we would have two performances and two training sessions, and that’s difficult on you physically.” Why Minnesota? “After I left Cirque du Soleil, we spent some time in New York,” Khrapov

said. “We decided we preferred a place like Minnesota to a city like New York. This is similar to my home in Russia (Yaroslavl, about 160 miles from Moscow). There’s snow and cold weather, and even the forestry is similar. But there are a lot more lakes here.” Like many young gymnasts in many parts of the world, Khrapov was hoping to be on the fast track to a spot in the Olympics. That didn’t happen, but a Cirque du Soleil presentation in his city changed the direction of his life. Cirque du Soleil was looking to recruit people with gymnastics backgrounds, and Khrapov fit the profile. The company has several resident shows in Las Vegas and one in Orlando, Fla., but Khrapov went with a touring group. He performed various flips, lifts and other stunts, including a trick in which he jumped on to one end of a teeter-totter to propel a smaller performer into the air. Things don’t always go as planned, of course. One day, Khrapov said, he stumbled while making his entrance to the performance area and almost fell. On the fly, he had to turn it into a trick that would look as if it was part of the show. Some of the other performers initially were confused, thinking that new choreography had been written into the show that they weren’t told about. Khrapov is developing his English, but at a recent training session with his Elite Gymnastics students, he and the boys seemed to have no trouble understanding each other. Khrapov described his style of teaching as a combination of ideas he picked

one really cares about my time, and anyone who knew me three years ago is simply happy that I finished. I learned a lot about myself in the past four months. Training and running a marathon will test and improve your willpower more than anything. If you don’t do something unusual every once in a while, you’ll never remember anything you do. I’ll remember June 22, 2013, for the rest of my life, but hopefully my time in 2014 will be more memorable.

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the girls will have a little more freedom on offense.” Soule is bringing back assistant coach Brian Blascziek and bringing in Angie Craven, another former Panthers player. Craven will run the Red Shoelace Program, which is a weekly meeting with the players to “hold them accountable for decisions they make off the court,” Soule said. Tom Robinson will also join the staff as a varsity assistant.

Lakeville North girls basketball is known for playing a lot of girls and emphasizing defense and rebounding. Soule doesn’t plan on changing that philosophy. “Defense is key,” Soule said. “I won’t say I have one specific philosophy. I’m flexible and I will adapt to the players I have. We’re going to be a lot smaller this year, but we’re going to get after people. Elite Gymnastics Academy coach Dima Khrapov helps Offensively you’ll see some one of his students get on the still rings. (Photo by Mike different looks. We won’t Email Andy Rogers at Shaughnessy) have that big center, but up in Russia and U.S.-style training techniques. “It’s a competitive team, and the kids are competitive, but they’re still young,” he said. “With young athletes, you have to build their confidence. You have to be careful with how you present the material to them. There’s a danger of asking them to do too much, too quickly.” There’s also a danger in making it seem too much like work. In his biography on the club’s website, Khrapov said his favorite skill is a back full twisting somersault on floor exercise. His students probably like that skill, too, but Khrapov said one of his biggest challenges is

making the sport’s tougher skills – such as the still rings – something the students want to do. His Level 5 team finished third at its recent state tournament. Maybe some of the students will decide to pursue gymnastics further. Maybe it’ll be something they do for fun. Who knows – maybe one of them will become a professional acrobat. Whatever happens, Khrapov said, is fine with him. “If we can develop their character and attitude, I’m happy,” he said.


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Following are the Apple Valley American Legion’s events planned Thursday, July 4, during Freedom Days. The Legion is located at 14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley, and will have seating outside for 280 with tables and seating in the pavilion for 90. More information: 952-4311776. Chicken BBQ – 11 a.m. until gone, on club grounds. Cost will be $8 for 1/2 BBQ chicken dinner. Brats, hot dogs, chips and cold pop served by the Post 1776 Auxiliary. Beer Wagon will feature several tap beers. Live band The Authorities will play from 3-6 p.m. outside. (In case of rain the band will be playing inside.) Free outdoor activities for children including a face painter and balloon twisting artist. Cash raffles conducted by the Sons of the American Legion throughout the day. Fourth of July raffle tickets will be sold on the grounds at a separate tent and all along the parade route. • $1 per ticket • Need not be present to win • Ticket sales will end at 5:30 p.m. (no exceptions) • Drawing will be held at 6:15 p.m. • A total of $4,100 in prizes will be given away More information about Apple Valley Freedom Days, including a schedule of events and stories about some of the activities, is at Apple-Valley-FreedomDays-2013.

Job Transitions Group meets July 2 Catherine Byers Breet will present “Top 10 Confessions from the Hiring Side of the Desk” at the July 2 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Easter Lutheran Church, 4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

International Festival of Burnsville is July 13 The annual International Festival of Burnsville will be held Saturday July 13, from 3-9 p.m. at Nicollet Commons Park and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The free festival will feature a wide variety of cultural dance, musical performances, ethnic food, cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Nicollet Commons is at 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine.

Eat Local Farm Tour is July 20 The third annual Eat Local Farm Tour will be held July 20. The tour is sponsored by Twin Cities area food co-ops, including Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville. Eighteen Minnesota farms are on the tour this year. There is a Northeast Minneapolis loop, a Northfield loop, a St. Peter loop, and a new Minneapolis loop of urban farms. All tours are selfguided and free. The hours of operation differ from farm to farm. Visit to see farms on the tour.

Lakeville and Eagan climate advocates head to Capitol Hill A delegation of four members of the South Metro-CD2 chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby attended the CCL’s fourth annual international conference held June 23-25 in Washington, D.C. Former NASA researcher and climate scientist James Hansen was the keynote speaker. The final day of the conference was spent visiting congressional offices to enroll support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax that gives proceeds back to households.

Service News Navy Seaman Apprentice Zoe Crumpton, daughter of Jan and Robert Crumpton of Lakeville, recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va. Crumpton is a 2012 graduate of Lakeville North High School and joined the Navy in February 2013. Andrew Linkletter, a 1997 graduate of Lakeville High School, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the delayed entry program at Navy Recruiting District, Jacksonville, Fla. He will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Apple Valley, Eagan and Eastview high schools were all selected Speech Schools of Excellence at the National Forensic League Speech and Debate Tournament June 1621 in Birmingham, Ala. The three District 196 schools were among a group of only 20 selected for the recognition, which is based on the number of rounds of competition completed by each school’s students during the tournament. Individually, four District 196 students advanced to the finals (top six) in their category of competition. Eastview senior Ashesh Rambachan capped off his high school speech career with a second runner-up finish in international extemporaneous speaking to go along with the national

title he won in the same event last year; his other second-place finish was in 2011. The other three finalists, all from Eagan, are Laurel Scott, second place in original oratory; Emerald Egwim, third place in drama interpretation, and Adam Stromme, fourth place in U.S. extemporaneous speaking. Five other District 196 students advanced to the semifinal round (top 14) in their categories. They are Apple Valley students Georgia Schmitt (seventh place), Patricia Reeves (eighth place) and Nader Helmy (11th place), all in original oratory; and Eagan students Andrew Friedman, eighth place in humorous interpretation, and Justin Wirsbinski, 11th place in drama interpretation.

Filing opens for District 196 School Board Three of the seven atlarge seats on the District 196 School Board are up for election in the Nov. 5 board election. The terms of Art Coulson, Gary Huusko and Mike Roseen expire Jan. 6, 2014. The term of each open position is four years, from January 2014 to January 2018. The two-week filing period for board candidates will open Tuesday, July 30, at 7:30 a.m., and run through Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. Candidates must file during this period to be placed on the ballot. Candidates must be eligible to vote, at least 21 upon assuming office, residents of the school district for at least 30 days before the election, and not registered as convicted sex offenders. Affidavits of candidacy are available dur-

ing office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) in the superintendent’s office at 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount. Completed affidavits of candidacy must be filed at the superintendent’s office by 5 p.m. Aug. 13, along with a $2 filing fee or a petition with at least 500 signatures of eligible voters in place of the filing fee. Five or more voters may also draft a candidate by filing an application on behalf of the candidate. The candidate must indicate his or her willingness to serve by signing the application. The same filing fee requirements and timeline apply. For more information, call the superintendent’s office at 651-4237736.

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THOMPSON, from 1A social in Lakeville. Thompson, 51, hosted the The Dave Thompson Show for nearly eight years. The radio talk show aired on KSTP in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Thompson’s show promoted generally conservative views. Thompson represents District 58, which includes Lakeville and Farmington. He is serving his second term in the Minnesota Sen-

ate. “I believe in Minnesota and in Minnesotans,� Thompson said as he addressed a small gathering at the Capitol. Thompson said he was fortunate to have received a “great education� in a thriving economy. He said he is proud to have raised happy and healthy kids and did not have a rags-to-riches story to tell. He said he grew up in Little Falls with his parents, who owned a motel.





He then later moved to East Grand Forks. During that time, he said, he learned the values of hard work. Thompson pointed to education and to the economy as two major issues that likely will evolve during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Thompson said every youngster should have the opportunity for education and “throwing a little more money at the problemâ€? is not the way to solve it. “We need to have money following kids, not buildings,â€? Thompson said. Once students get out of school, it is important that they find a job in a robust economy, Thompson said. He spoke about using a tax credit to spend education dollars where the schools wish to spend them. He chastised the Democratic-led Minnesota Legislature for spending $2.1 billion to solve a $625 million shortfall. “You people were treated like an ATM machine,â€? he said. “We need to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse. ‌ It is your money, not mine, and I have to be a good steward of your money.â€? Thompson said he wanted business to grow in Minnesota because it will benefit all of Minnesota. “I don’t like having Minnesotans against one another,â€? Thompson said. He said a goal of his as governor will be to “get out of your way.â€? Thompson said he will take the “North Dakota open for businessâ€? sign, turn

it around and say “welcome back to Minnesota.� He said he will be there for that farmer out in the field, for that window maker in Warroad, and for that shoemaker in Red Wing. Thompson was asked what distinguished himself from the other Republican candidates in the race. He said he believes he has the ability to talk to people and has them acceptable of his beliefs and values. “I will be leading all Minnesotans,� he said. Other Republicans in the race thus far for governor are Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Wayzata business owner Scott Honour and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. Senate Minority Leader David Hann has also been mentioned as a possible candidate and told ECM Publishers he will not have an announcement this week, possibly next week, as to whether he may run for governor. Attacking the record of Dayton, Thompson, an attorney, previously told ECM Publishers, “Dayton is taking us in the wrong direction.� Some states are doing what Dayton is doing, increasing taxes and increasing the cost of government, Thompson said. He used the states of Illinois and California as examples. Thompson was asked about his relationship with big labor. He said he was not anti-union but believed it does not serve laborers.

Thompson said if he had been born 100 years earlier, in 1861 rather than in 1961, he may have been a union organizer. “The union machine has become separated from the union,� Thompson said. Looking back at his three years in the Minnesota Senate, Thompson said he was most proud of the fact that he could work across the aisle with other legislators. He said he authored a number of bills that were supported by Democrats. He mentioned being nominated by DFL Sen. Ann Rest for an emerging leaders program in Virginia. He also specifically mentioned Senate File 811, which saved the taxpayers $4 million in health care costs, he said. Thompson was also asked if he might be attacked by the opposition for things he said during his tenure on talk radio. He said that might happen. “I am who I am, and I welcome it,� Thompson said. Minnesota is looking for leadership, Thompson said, “a governor who will walk with you and not in front of you.� Thompson didn’t hesitate to answer a question about abiding by the Republican endorsement process: He said he will abide by it. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL and an Eagan resident, said Thompson’s three years in the Minnesota Senate “paint a troubling portrait� of the chief executive he

could be. “If Thompson got into the governor’s office, he’d look out for Minnesota’s wealthiest citizens and his personal interests rather than serving the average Minnesotans who make this state great,� he said. Following the announcement, several lawmakers confirmed their support for Thompson. Sen. Sean Nienow, RCambridge, said he has offered to support Thompson because he believes he can win the governor’s office. “He is a regular guy and can figure out how to pay the bills of government,� Nienow said. Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, said she chose Thompson as her gubernatorial candidate because she trusts him and respects him. She said she will actively campaign for him if asked. “We agree on a lot of things,� she said. Thompson and his wife, Rhonda, have been married 27 years and are the parents of two children, Amanda and Phil. This past session, Thompson served the Minnesota Senate on the Education Committee, State and Local Government Committee, Taxes Committee and Tax Reform Division as the ranking minority member.

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Lakeville chemical formulating and manufacturing company, said the academy offers the chamber a new way to interact with students that it does not often have opportunity to reach. “Most of what we do in the schools is geared toward high school,� Wentworth said. “This targets middle schoolers and gets those kids thinking about business and entrepreneurship earlier.� Bornhauser said in other states, Young Entrepreneurs Academy inventions have included a new kind of earphones, gourmet peanut butter with chocolate and a customized beaded bracelets business. Student business plans will have the opportunity to take off in Minnesota as well. “The goal is for them to actually take those dollars and move forward with their business venture,� Bornhauser said. Through a partnership with the Lakeville Schools, the chamber will manage

the program, provide a program manager and instructors and coordinate business speakers, mentors, field trip hosts and judges for the competition. Lakeville Schools will supply classroom and computer lab access and space for events that include a CEO roundtable, trade show and graduation ceremony. Lakeville Schools Superintendent Lisa Snyder said she was immediately interested in the program when Bornhauser proposed it because it builds the kinds of skills young people will need to be aligned in the globally competitive workplace. She said parents should encourage their children to apply because it will allow them to cultivate their own passions, learn high-level skills and help them build confidence in their ideas. “I think it’s going to teach us many lessons,� Snyder said. “It will unleash students’ creativity, enthusiasm and passion, and we will see the caliber of work proposals and ideas that come from

students.� She added some of that real-live learning that takes place may be integrated into the middle-level curriculum. She said the academy will remain an after-school club and would not become a class. Bornhauser said he hopes the program has a lasting, positive impact on Lakeville. “I’m hoping that we will be involved with 24 people who are coming back to this community and opening businesses in Lakeville and employing hundreds of people here in this community,� he said. “That would be our goal: developing that next set of business leaders.� Business sponsors so far include Dakota Electric and Ratzlaff Homes, and more are needed. Interested business representatives are asked to contact the chamber at 952-469-2020 for more information.

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change the rules and restrict materials that could be used without telling anyone. “It seems unfair to be put in that situation which is going to cost us a boatload of money,� he said. Another cost driver is the late spring and rainy weather that has put contractors behind schedule and limited available workers. “This has been a difficult spring, and it created really the perfect storm for bidding,� Heil said. Although project costs increased, the city has also experienced a resurgence in single family construction, and will be able to cover its share of the costs using $1.3 million of park dedication funds. Council members debated whether it is a wise

expenditure, considering road repairs needed and ongoing maintenance costs, but determined the city still is growing and trails help attract buyers to the community. Anderson said people have waited a long time for the trail and called it “community need,� as many use the trails around the lake. “It’s a significant segment in our community, and I think it needs to get done,� he said. Funding sources also include a $22,000 Dakota County grant and $2,000 from the Lake Marion Homeowners Association.

posted on the site on Monday, July 8, and at Erickson Drug, CVS PharmacySouthfork Center and Ole Piper Inn-Valley Park. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded to babies who make the most of their time at the annual Baby Crawl July 9 at the Heritage Center, 20195 Holyoke Ave. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. race sure to attract crowds. The Heritage Center is also the spot for pony rides, balloons, clowns and costumed characters during the Pan-O-Prog Bazaar July 1213. A new attraction, the ponies will be at the center 9-11 a.m. July 13; rides are $3 for children ages 10 and younger. Of course, the Pan-OProg food is a big part of the

festival, and this year there are some returning favorites and some creative new ones to try. New foods include deep fried s’mores, an Asian food booth and deep fried Oreo cookies. Other treats available from 38 unique food booths will include homemade ice cream, brat burgers, pork chops, bacon-covered hot dogs, banana and strawberry pie on a stick and chocolate-covered bacon on a stick. For more information about all the events and happenings, as well as local stores that sell the $2 2013 Pan-O-Prog button that is required for many events, go to

bring the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to Minnesota. “Todd just jumped into this thing,� Starfield said. “He’s got a very, very full plate, but he still said we’ve got to do this. I like his cando attitude, and the chamber’s willingness to partner with the schools. It’s good for the community.� Karen Wentworth, a chamber board member and administrative services manager with Hobo Inc., a

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Blacktop & Sealcoating


PICTURE YOUR BEAUTIFUL, NEW DRIVEWAY • Commercial Sealcoating & Striping

(MN# BC215366) •


Bonded • Insured

612-824-2769 952-929-3224

Int./Ext Painting/Staining & texturing. Free Est. 952-474-6258 Ins/Bond Major Credit Cards Accepted


3 Interior Rooms/$250 Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repair. Cabinet Enameling and Staining. 30 yrs exp. Steve 763-545-0506

Carpentry, Remodeling, Repair & Painting Services. I love to do it all! 612-220-1565


4 Seasons Painting

Free Ests.

Int/Ext Comm/Res 952-997-6888 10% Off




•Ben's Painting•

Will meet or beat prices! Int/Ext, Drywall Repair

Paint/Stain/Ceilings. We accept Visa/MC/Discvr.

952-432-2605 CR Services Int/Ext painting, fully insured. 20+ yrs exp. Joe 612-212-3573 DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC 952-469-6800 Exterior Painting Many yrs exp. Free Ests. Teacher. Low Rate, Ins. Fred Kelson 651-688-0594

Offering Complete Landscape Services

Wolf Prints

Ext/Interior Painting, And Repairs. Free ests.


Screened Black Dirt. Bobcat & Demolition Work. 6-10-15-20 Yd Dumpsters

Asphalt Driveways Call Scott 952-890-9461


Full Interior & Exterior



A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 060881-PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495 SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

Aspen Ridge - Competent Professionals Offering Full Range of Landscaping, Irrigation & Lawn Services. Call 651-3226877 to set-up a free estimate & ask about our Spring specials! Liberty Lawn Care Professional Lawn Mowing starts at $25. 952-261-6552




100 OFF


16586 Johnson Mem. Dr. Jordan, MN 55352 Mon-Fri 7:30am - 6:00pm Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Any job over $1000

Present coupon after you receive your bid. Not valid with any other offer or discount.

Family Owned & Operated for Over 40 Years


- We Deliver

Building & Remodeling



952-894-6226 / 612-239-3181

FREE ESTIMATES Insured, Bonded & Licensed No. 20011251

Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586

Greg Johnson Roofing



Dun-Rite Roofing\Siding Locally owned & operated!

Regal Enterprises Inc Roofing, Siding, Windows Gutters. Insurance Work. Since 1980. Lic. BC 515711





Professional and Prompt Guaranteed Results.


PAUL BUNYAN TREE SERVICE, INC. Tree Trimming & Removal Insured 952-445-1812 $0 For Estimate Timberline Tree & Landscape. Spring Discount - 25% Off Tree Trimming, Tree Removal, Stump Grinding 612-644-8035 Remove Large Trees & Stumps CHEAP


AJ's Tree Service

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured A Good Job!!

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

Immaculate Clean-up! Tree Removal/Trimming Lot Clearing & Stump Removal Free Estimates 952-440-6104

612-703-0175 Mbr: BBB Trimming, Removal & Stump Grinding. Easy Tree Service Tree Trimming, Tree Removal, Stump Grinding, Call Eugene 651-855-8189

Silver Fox Services Tree Trimming/Removal & Stump Grinding.

Fully Licensed & Insured

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

Free Estimates

952-883-0671 612-715-2105


Why Wait Roofing LLC Tear-offs & New Construction Siding & Gutters Over 18 yrs exp. Free est. Rodney Oldenburg

612-210-5267 952-443-9957 Lic #BC156835 • Insured We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty


Stump Removal

Al & Rich's Low Cost Stump Removal, Portable Mach. Professional tree trimming & removal. ◆ ◆ 952-469-2634 ◆ ◆

Narrow Access Backyards Fully Insured

Jeff 612-578-5299

Window Cleaning


Rich's Window Cleaning Quality Service. Affordable rates. 952-435-7871

Schools & Instruction


Tennis Lessons

USPTA Pro - 15 years exp. CALL RON 651-292-0043



Nancy's Nook Reading Tutoring Call Nancy 651-230-6284


Merchandise Cemetery Lots


One stacker plot w/two vaults at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. $2500. Cemetary price $4000. Call Pat 763574-9837

Estate Sales



7948 Quail Ave.

NOVAK STUMP REMOVAL Free Est Lic/Ins 952-888-5123

See details:

STUMP GRINDING Free Ests. Best $$. Ins'd Brett 612-290-1213

ROSEVILLE 1674 Stanbridge Ave.


Tree Service


June 29 - 30 (9am-3pm)

Thurs-Sat, 6/27-28-29 (9-4) Entire home loaded - tools, toys, jewelry, art, furn., and more! 612-227-1269

Absolute Tree Service



Exp'd. Prof., Lic., Ins'd. Reasonable Rates. 20+ Yrs Experience Roggenbuck Tree Care, LLC. Licensed-Bonded-Insured Call (612)636-1442


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


New In Plastic!! $150 MUST SELL!! 763-360-3829 Almost new office tables. Good for students. $50 ea. Pickup only. 952-932-9555

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Code #78




• Pulverized Dirt - $12.75 yd • Concrete Edging Starting at $1.29 ea. • Rock Engraving • Colored Mulch $28.00 yd • Bagged Mulch $3.00 2cu. yd


Each Yard OFF of Mulch


See website for all varieties. Exp. 5/31/13 Limit one per customer.





(763) 550-0043 • (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600

3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 • Plymouth, MN 55447


Tree Service


Tree Service

A Fresh Look, Inc.

WORK GUARANTEED • Window & Door $27,800 Replacement 16’x16’ room • Additions • Roofs addition • Basements Call for details • Garages 28 yrs. exp. • Decks • Siding Insurance Claims

No Subcontractors Used.

Tree Service



250 OFF Any job over $2000 OR



Spring Clean-Ups, Weekly Mowing, Gutter Cleaning & Landscaping. 612-990-0945

BBB Free Est. MC/Visa

Call Jeff for

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

A Happy Yard 20% off–New Customers

New Construction

Stump Removal

Landscapes By Lora

Lawn & Garden


Summer Discounts!

Ceiling & Wall Textures

Call 952-334-9840


A Family Operated Business

Painting & Drywall

Retaining/Boulder Walls, Paver Patios, Bobcat Work, Sod, Mulch & Rock. Decks & Fences

763-420-3036 952-240-5533

Gutters * Soffit/Fascia

TOPSIDE, INC. 612-869-1177 Licensed * Bonded * Insured 33 Yrs Exp. A+ Rating BBB

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

Quality Residential

E-Z Landscape

Water Features & Pavers.

* Roofing * Siding

Re-Roofing & Roof Repairs – 30 Yrs Exp Insured - Lic#20126880 John Haley #1 Roofer, LLC. Call 952-925-6156

Aspen Ridge - Competent Professionals Offering Full Range of Landscaping, Irrigation & Lawn Services. Call 651-3226877 to set-up a free estimate & ask about our Spring specials!


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


AB LANDSCAPING Perennial gardens, general landscaping and shrub trimming. Call Al 952-432-7908


952-461-5155 Lic. 2017781

Wouldn't it be nice to come home to a clean house!! 30yrs exp. Call 612-501-7060

Free Estimates

*A and K PAINTING* Family Owned & Operated

952-496-3977 • 952-445-5215

Building & Remodeling

**Mike the Painter Interior/ exterior, Wallpaper, 35 yrs exp, Ins 612-964-5776

Ray 612-281-7077

Dakota Home Improvement Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Drywall, Tile & Decks CC's accept'd 952-270-1895




Serving the Entire Metro Area


No job too small!!

•Full Fertilizing Programs •Wkly/Biwkly Mowing •Dethaching Professional Services Great Pricing! 952-201-1363

Residential • Commercial

Repair • Resurface • Replacement All Work Guaranteed*



Southedge Lawn & Snow •Spring Clean Ups

Quality Work @ Competitive Prices! Free Estimates.

30+ Yrs Exp /Owner Operator

Full Time • Professional Ser. Certified Registered / Insured 29 Yrs Exp. Mike 651-699-3373






Garage Door


Patios- Drives -Gar. FloorsAprons- Bsmnts- Caulking


The Origina

• Gen. Help & Lic. Elec. • Low By-The-Hour Rates 651-815-2316 Lic EA006385

Lawn & Garden



R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION Any & All Home Repairs

All Home Repairs! Excell Remodeling, LLC Interior & Exterior Work One Call Does it All! Call Bob 612-702-8237 or Dave 612-481-7258



Chimney & FP Cleaning

2130 Building & Remodeling

Electric Repairs

Escobar Hardwood Floors Carpet & Ceramic Tile

ways, patios, stamped & colored. Tear out & replace

Radloff & Weber 2110

Since 1971

Concrete Dumpster Service Carpentry Baths & Tile Fencing Windows Water/Fire Damage Doors Lic•Bond•Ins Visa Accepted

Above All Hardwood Floors Installation•Sanding•Finishing “We Now Install Carpet, Tile & Vinyl.” Call 952-440-WOOD (9663)

Blacktopping, Inc.

PINNACLE DRYWALL *Hang *Tape *Texture*Sand Quality Guar. Ins. 612-644-1879

Ed McDonald 763-464-9959



100% Satisfaction Guaranteed


36 yrs exp. Free ests. Ins'd. Colored & Stamped, Driveways & Steps, Sidewalks, Patios, Blocks, & Flrs. New or replacement. Tear out & removal. Will meet or beat almost any quote!

2290 35 yrs taping, ceiling repair, remodel 952-200-6303

Dave's Concrete & Masonry


FREE Estimates

Thursdays 7:30 PM A closed, mixed meeting at Grace United Methodist Church

• Parking Lots • Private Roadways • Overlays





All Types of Concrete Work! Additions, drive-

A Vision for You-AA

Blacktop & Sealcoating

Floors/Walks/Drives/Patios /Camp fire pit's/ Expose colored or stamped Mn lic #0004327 30 yrs exp Call Fritz @ F&B Const

Rick Concrete & Masonry

for the July 4th edition


• Stamped Concrete • Standard Concrete • Driveways • Fire Pits & Patios • Athletic Courts • Steps & Walks • Floors & Aprons


Open Alanon Topic Thursdays 8:00pm AA Closed Topic Mtg.

Ebenezer Ridges Care Center



•Thursdays 6:30pm




Owners on job site

2000 South Suburban Alanon

A+ BBB Member

Closed Big Book & 8pm Closed Discussion 12 pm Closed Topic


Mondays 7pm-8:30pm

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing


St. Paul: 651-227-5502

Dona: 612-824-5773



Minneapolis: 952-922-0880

Self-help organization offers a proven method to combat depression, fears, panic attacks anger, perfectionism, worry, sleeplessness, anxiety, tenseness, etc. Groups meet weekly in many locations. Voluntary contributions.

Notices & Information


It could be yours. Call for details. 952-392-6862

Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

Senior Discounts

Lic. #BC626700 Credit Cards Accepted

(952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834


Great Service Affordable Prices

18A June 28, 2013 SUN THISWEEK - Lakeville Furnishings


BR Set (3 pc.); DR Tbl & 2 chrs; dry sink; wd rocker. All gd cond! 612-345-4288 M. Fields Home Store - 3 blk bookcases w/lights. Ex cond! Blk computer desk w/chair (Gabbert's). For info: Christina 952-897-3589

Medical Supplies


Electric Lift Chair, like new! Paid $3,400. Asking $1,800/negot. 763-545-7700

Misc. For Sale


Samick Baby Grand Piano Blk, w/bnch. Exc. Cond. $1000 952-380-6223

Misc. Wanted


DIABETICS: Changing Meters? Sell us your left over test strips. Unexpired, Unopened, No Medicaid, No Medicare “JD� 952-513-4382

WANTED Old Stereo / Hifi equip.

Andy 651-329-0515

Musical Instuments


Upright Piano, gd cond. U pickup. Loc. In Living rm $200 952-898-2609 Upright piano, in good cond., must pick up loc. in bsmt. $200. 952-471-4963


Garage Sales

APPLE VALLEY 13849 Guild Ave 6/27-29th 9am - Dark! Moving Sale! Furn, tools, HH, & DĂŠcor. Apple Valley Wildwood Ponds TH Sales Multi-Family 6/29 (8-4)

140 th & Pennock Ave.

Bloomington 6/27-29 (8-4) Books (fiction & non-fiction), HH, cloz, dolls, CD's 5313 W. 106th St Bloomington

June 27-28-29 (8-5) 10215 & 10220 Pleasant Ave

If we don't have it - you don't need it! Antiq furn, artwork, cloz, clocks, mens stuff, HH.

You've been here before!

Bloomington Moving Sale 6/27-29 (10-4) Something for everyone! 8418 Clinton Ave. So. Bloomington: 6/27-28 (8-5) 6/29 (8-2) Toys, HH, girls cloz, girls bike, misc, +++ 10517 Louisiana Ave S Brooklyn Park Moving Sale! 8938 Woodhall Cir. Furn, cloz, etc. June 28-29 (8-4) BURNSVILLE 52 Garden Drive Thu 6/27 – Sat. 6/29, 9 to 4pm. Furn., HH, tools, & vintage toys! BURNSVILLE 921 Aspen Dr. 7/11-7/13 94pm, Home/Decor, Furn, Toys/Games, electronics. Crystal 6/27-29 (8-?) Tools - power

& hand w/access., cabinets, outboard motors, snowplow, refrig, HH, cloz, much more!

5607 Regent Ave. North

Crystal Multi Fam! 6/27-29; 9-5pm 2966 Kentucky Ave N. 60� TV/BO, furn, elec, gym mat Eagan: Deerwood Townhomes Garage Sale. June 27-29. Big Furn & HH Items!! Edina Ret. Teacher/Multi-Fam: 6/27-29 (8-5) Classroom resources, books, games, toys, puzzles, lots of furniture & HH. 5648 Woodcrest Dr.


Teachers, Parents, Grandparents, Day Care Providers: Teacher Retirement Sale

6/27-28 (8-5); 6/29 (8-12) Storage containers, craft suppls, puppets, storybks, stuffed story characters, sets of rdg bks, big bks, theme bks, tchr resource bks, bookcases, tchr aids, posters, games, puzzles, LA/Math/Sci activities, suppls, more! Levels K-3, some higher. Sale incl. HH furn. Part of a Multi-Fam Sale 5525 Village Drive ELKO HUGE MOVING SALE 6/28 – 29 (8-5p) HH, kids/adults cloz, antqs, toys, holiday dÊcor++ Indoors – Elko ball field. A MUST SEE SALE! FARMINGTON 19864 Evensong Ave. 6/27 & 28th 8-5pm. Downsizing! Cool stuff! Antqs, furn, collect, HH, silhouette blinds, dÊcor, & garden! LAKEVILLE 17377 Goldenrod Ave 7/10 5-8pm, 7/11 8-6, 7/12 8-4p 7/1 9-1pm Multi Fam Sale! Medina

Golden Valley HUGE! Church Fundraiser All proceeds to accessibility project. Bigger & better

than ever! 10th & final year! Tons of kids stuff, lk.

new snowblower, Bikes: Recumbent, roll top desk, antiq collectibles, lots of brand new space heaters & humidifiers! Medical lift chair, weight bench, China: Haviland, Belleek. Furn, HH, framed artwork, jog. strollers, grills, 1000's of books! 6/27-28-29

(7-6)) 2502 Zenith Ave. N. also visit sister sale benefiting Project Safety Nets: 3723 26½ Ave North

LAKEVILLE MOVING/GARAGE SALE June 27-30, Thurs-Sun, 8AM-4PM, 20705 Hartford Way, Lakeville, 55044, furniture, home accessories, lamps, wall art, new & used clothing, bedding, yard equipment, tools, grill, antiques, hunting gear, golf clubs, books, kitchen items & more. Plymouth

Moving Sale 6/27; 8-7. 6/28 & 6/29; 8-6. HH, patio furn tools misc 17735 12th Av N

Plymouth Multi-Fam 6/27-28 (8-5), 6/29 (9-2) Antiqs, books, tools, HH 12800 Sunset Trl.

155 County Rd 24 June 27-29; Th 9-8, Fri 9-6, Sat 8-12 (Bag Day).

Furn, HH, cloz, sport. goods, kid things & much more!



Lakeshore Property

Lake of the Woods Waterfront Acreage

3-6 plus acre lots with 280'-439' of Rainy River frontage each. Lots priced $99,000-$129,000. Log cabin also available. Possible contract for deed. Visit: For more information call:



Manufactured Homes

Apple Valley/Lakeville border: 3 BR, 1 BA 3 season porch, all remodeled, pets OK. $27,000 Call Dona 612-581-3833

Burnsville: Rambush Estates

2200 sq ft Manuf. Home One level living. Living rm + Fam rm w/fplc. Whirlpool tub in master bath. $1665/mo.




Employment Business

Plymouth: Mega Sale! Opps & Info 6/27-28 (9-6) Kids, adults, toys, HH, classroom mate- OWN YOUR LIFE! Homerials. 16805 19th Ave. No. based easy income system that anyone can do. No St Louis Park Selling. Leaders needed in Patio set, glider, wicker the Twin City area. Once furn, HH. 2820 Cavell in a lifetime opportunity. Ave S, June 28-29 (8-5) Local training/support. Car bonus. Call St. Louis Park 1-877-440-2005 for free dvd. QLTY furn, Wade figures, vint buttons, toys, HH. Serious inquiries only. 6/28-29 (9-5) 3912 W 25th St

St. Louis Park: Multi Family 6/28-29 (9-4) Tools, HH, furn, quilts, yarn, lots 27th St & Alabama Ave S




Boats, New & Used

14' Lund, 9.5 hp Johnson & trailer. $750 firm. 763-657-1841 after 6pm. 14' Tri Hull fiberglass fishing boat, trailer & 30hp Mariner motor. Exc. cond. 763-566-7463 or 612-845-8928 $1895 or B/O. 2006 16.5 ft Lund Classic Ss. Mint Cond. Trailer, Mtr, & Trolling Mtr included $9600. 952-423-7224 Chrysler 17ft, fiberglass open bow-tri hull, Good Cond. *New price $875 612-825-6283

Sporting Goods & Misc


Metalwood Drivers & Fairway Woods & Golf Bags. $6-$10 ea. 763-390-1500


Agriculture/ Animals/Pets Pets


AKC Poodle Standard Pups: chocolate/white, 5 weeks old. 763-434-5303


Family Care Child Care


Farmington Fun Loving! Lic'd. Ages 2+. Preschool prog. Theme days. $50 Off 1st Week Special! Kelly 651-460-4226 Looking to provide Loving Care for your child. PCA & CPR certif. 651-210-6700



Rentals Townhouse For Rent

AV TH! 2BR/1.5 BA, Fplc., W/D, lg. Kitch, $1200+utils. 651-437-8627

Houses For Rent

5400 Lakeville,

2BR, 1BA house in country avail. Mid July For more info call Wes at: 612-868-5165



Warehouse in Great Location! 1000 sq ft heated/lighted, concrete floor, no BA. 12X10 overhead dr. 612-889-8768


Apartments & Condos For Rent

FMGTN -Avail 7/1- 1BR, 1BA, Entire upper level. Util. includ. $950 mo. Nice! Must see: 612-804-7591


Holy Name of Jesus



Real Estate

AAA Cash For Houses Buying Homes Since 1991 612-801-0065



TAZ IS PRETTY RELAXED! TAZ is 7 years old and is sweet and calm. He looks older because of his mature face. He is part Boston Terrier. Last Hope offers a senior citizen discount (55 and up) for Taz! His regular price is $175 which includes a teeth cleaning by a vet that already has been done! Call Katie at 605-695-5126 in Farmington, MN to meet him or come to the Apple Valley Petco this Saturday from 11-3. Read more about him and all others looking for homes at

Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747


Health Care


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


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Cabinetmaker and Installers (Burnsville)

BWS designs, fabricates and installs custom countertops and cabinetry for the residential and commercial markets. We have positions available in our cabinet fabrication and installation department. Related experience or cabinet education a plus. BWS offers competitive compensation in accordance with experience, incentives and benefits.

Corian Fabricator (Burnsville)

BWS a family owned business south of the river fabricates and installs custom countertops -- laminate, solid surface, quartz and granite. We have a position available in our solid surface countertop fabrication department. Experience or related experience in solid surface is a plus. BWS offers competitive compensation in accordance with experience and benefits. Interested individuals can send resume or apply at: Bob's Wood Specialties, Inc. 14200 Ewing Ave S Burnsville, MN 55306 Phone: 952-890-4700 Fax: 952-890-6448

Carpenters Wanted

Established company seeking self motivated, hard working individuals. Excellent pay. Room for advancement. Immediately start. Call Chris at 612-749-9752

Central Station Supervisor & Operator Security Response Service Req'd flex in shift hrs, incl. Wknds. 1 yr call ctr & sup. Exp., computer & multiline phone skills & ability to multi task. Bkgrd check incl. Drug test, criminal hist, and verifiable edu. Full benefit pkg. $13-$14.50 /hr DOE. Cover letter/ resume to jfolden@

Help Wanted/ Full Time

$ Dollars for Driving $ Better than Volunteering Mature drivers earn up to $400+ per week driving passengers to medical appointments in our minivans. Call our confidential info line 24/7

General Factory Openings in Lakeville 10 Openings $8.50 - $10.00 Per Hour Call Personnel Resources at 952-303-3042

Get Your GED NOW! Prep and Test

Like District 196 ABE on FB

800-437-2094 952-431-8316

** Class A Driver

Legal Secretary for small 4 Person office in Lakeville. 952-469-4948 Must have CDL commercial license & clean driving record. Concrete background preferred & ability to run a bobcat. 952-461-3710 or 612-759-3150 Lowell Russell Concrete

ADVERTISING SALES If you consider yourself strong-willed, forceful, determined and persuasive, the ECM-Sun Media Group in Eden Prairie has an opportunity for you! This is a sales career opportunity for a person with a real desire for success. Commission sales, bonuses, and repeat business. Full benefit package. Our parent company, ECM Publishers, operates throughout Minnesota, and we promote from within. If you can communicate effectively and want to work for a great newspaper, send your resume to: or mail it to: Pam Miller ECM-Sun Media Group 10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ECM Publishers, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and drug free workplace.

Farmington Work with Soil,

Plants & Insects - & do Light Maintenance. Crop Characteristics Inc. 651-460-2400


Senior Rentals


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Overbye Transport, Inc., a Lakeville-based trucking co., is seeking a person to work in our Safety Depart. auditing driver daily logs. Previous exp. in driver log auditing is essential.Applicants with exp. in the FMCSRs is preferred. Send resume/cover letter to: bill@


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Line Cooks & Fine Dining Servers Flexible Schedules - days, evenings, weekends and Holidays

Contact Pete: or 763-571-9508

PRODUCTION WORKER Metal-Matic, Inc., a steel manufacturing company is accepting applications for production workers. Starting wage is $11.75/ hour with shift differential Next promotional pay level is $14.31/hour Fully paid medical, dental, life & disability plans. Please call: 612-392-3376 for the application process. Restaurant Private Country Club now hiring experienced:


EMAIL RESUME Sterling State Bank seeks an experienced legal secretary/paralegal with strong administrative skills. Litigation experience preferred. E-mail resumes to LBriggs@sterling Maintenance Facilities Manager Private Country Club seeks exp'd person to maintain/service mechanical areas of all buildings, grounds & pool. Certifications required. Send resume w/salary requirements to: Brackett's Crossing C.C. Attn: Steve Allen - 17976 Judicial Rd., Lakeville, MN 55044

Now Hiring!

Warehouse/ Packaging/ Assembly/ Seasonal Workers All shifts. Entry level to skilled positions available. Call (952)924-9000 or E-mail: OFFICE MGR.for small, Fmgtn.Skilled in cust. serv. org.skills, AR/AP, payroll, tax rprting, Qkbks 32-40 hrs/wk Call Connie: 651-463-2573


Senior Rentals

Spruce Place Senior Apartments

651-463-2511 1 and 2 Bedrooms

Augustana Regent at Burnsville

is a 148-unit independent and assisted living, memory care and care suite facility for seniors. We have a full time opening for an individual with maintenance/custodial experience to do facility maintenance, apartment repairs and turns. We are looking for a team player to help make our department number one in customer service, maintenance and housekeeping. Duties include apartment turns, carpet cleaning, tile floor cleaning, maintenance and repairs of apartments. Qualified applications will have a good eye for detail, strong mechanical ability, common sense, basic plumbing and electrical knowledge, be selfmotivated and have knowledge of floor care and machines. HVAC background and boilers license a plus. Interested candidates should send or fax their resume to:

Jim Sellner • Maintenance Director • 14500 Regent Lane Burnsville, MN 55306 Fax: 952-898-7257 I

WANTED Full-time Class A Drivers Home Every Night • EAGAN service area • Starting Wage $18.00 Class A Drivers to make pick up and deliveries in the twin cities area. No OTR • Weekends off • Paid Time Off Lift gates • Trucks pre-loaded • Repeat customers

To inquire, stop by our Eagan terminal, 2750 Lexington Ave S, Eagan Call 1-800-521-0287 or Apply Today Online at

The City of Burnsville currently accepting applications for a full-time

Salary $20.33-$25.81/hr DOQ



Help Wanted/ Part Time

Rosemount-Farm help for garden, repairs, 10 sheep, 5-10 hrs/wk- 612-865-0303

Applicants must complete an on-line application to be considered. For complete job description and to apply, please visit our website at: Closing date for applications is 07/08/13. An AA/EEO Employer

Building or Remodeling?


Help Wanted/ Full Time



Find a quality builder in Class 2050

Please apply within or online to: Human Resources Manager 3OHDVH DSSO\ ZLWKLQ RU RQOLQH WR +XPDQ 5HVRXUFHV 0DQJHU 1111-13th Ave SE ² WK $YH 6( Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 'HWURLW /DNHV 01 3KRQH Phone: 218-847-4446 Fax: 218-847-4448 )D[ ZZZ EWGPIJ FRP



RV Lots To Own (20’x42’) start at $39,900. Save money on gas and never make another reservation. All lots have lake views and boat slip. Mark 651-270-3226


18096 Browns Lake Road, Richmond, MN 56368

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Inside Sales Account Executive Join our professional sales team and be proud of the products you represent. Sun Newspapers has an immediate opening for an inside sales account executive at our Eden Prairie location. • Be part of a winning team • Enjoy selling once again • Thrive in a setting where you can succeed • Take advantage of great benefits • Fun/Professional workplace If you are organized, proficient on a computer, have exceptional phone skills and a desire to learn, you have found your next career. Send your resume to: Pam Miller at

OUTSIDE SALES ECM-Sun Media Group is currently looking for Outside Sales Executives with at least 1-2 years related experience in sales. Experience in a print or media industry is a plus. The Outside Advertising Sales Executive is responsible for establishing and maintaining profitable relationships with customers on behalf of the company and actively prospecting for new accounts and maximizing sales potential with existing customers.

We are seeking the following qualities: • Strong verbal and written communication skills • Good math skills • Self-motivated and problem-solving • Able to identify and meet customers’ needs and requirements • Identifies prospects, customers, and referral sources • Develops and maintains relationships with customers • Strong persuasive and interpersonal skills • A strong sales aptitude • Able to meet monthly, quarterly, and annual revenue sales goals • Show tact, sensitivity, and professionalism with customers at all times • A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and current auto insurance

Boat for days & never see the same shoreline! New 1 BR, Kitchen, loft, LR with 11’ cathedral ceiling, large deck ~700 sq. ft., air/heat, boat slip, pool, beach, many species of fish. 1 hour from Minneapolis. Sleeps 6-8, furnished, $89,900.

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Sr. Accounting Specialist – Utilities Billing

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Diffley Road, Eagan. Meet the artist 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Seaton’s “My Minnesota” exhibit will be on display throughout August. Theater “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods, Eagan. Free ($5 per person suggested donation). Rain location: Easter Lutheran Church, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Information: “Peter Pan,” free senior citizen performance by the Eagan Summer Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Eagan High School auditorium. Enter lower east lot. Open to seniors 62-plus and disabled adults. No children. “Peter Pan,” July 12-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 3, Eagan Summer Community Theatre, Eagan High School auditorium. Enter lower east lot. Tickets: $15 for age 13 and older, $10 for children age 12 and younger. Box office open from 4-6 p.m. beginning July 1, 651-6836964. Workshops/classes/other MacPhail Center for Music offers summer camps for students ages 3-18. Information: or 612-321-0100. Teen Poetry Jam/Rap Battle, 4-5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) 953-2385. Ages 12-18. Adult painting open studio, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: 651-675-5521. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5-7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School

of Art in Burnsville, www., 651-214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, 952-736-3644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952-736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville (Colonial Shopping Center), 952736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Information: 651-675-5500. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at 651-315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30-4 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/ class. Call Marilyn 651-4637833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m. to noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn 651-463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages, www.lakevillemn. gov, 952-985-4640. Rosemount History Book Club meets 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Robert Trail Library. Information: John Loch, 952-255-8545 or

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Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus will present “Unforgettable: The Love Songs of Summer” at the following parks: • 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Antler’s Park, Lakeville; • 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, Caponi Art Park, Eagan; and • 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington. In case of rain, the July 14 concert will be moved to July 21. The free performances will include well-known love songs from Hollywood, Broadway and pop music, plus patriotic songs to celebrate the holiday. Bring blankets or chairs for seating.

Eagan Art Festival The Eagan Art Festival will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Central Park in Eagan. The event features a juried art show, entertainment, children’s activities and food. Information:

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Jazz vocalist T. Mychael Rambo will perform Friday, July 5, as part of the summerlong Music in Kelley Park concert series hosted by the Apple Valley Arts Foundation. Admission is free to the 6-9 p.m. concert in the park located at Founders Lane and West 153rd Street in Apple Valley’s Central Village, and vendors will offer festival food such as burgers and brats along with wine and beer. The series continues July 12 with a performance by the David Gonzalez Band, followed July 19 by Patty Peterson & Friends. More information about the concerts is at (Photo submitted)

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The International Festival of Burnsville will be 3-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Nicollet Commons Park, 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The free festival will feature a wide variety of cultural dance, musical performances, ethnic food, cultural exhibits, and children’s activities. For more information, visit http://

Composer at Caponi California composer Hugh Livingston will present “Sound and Place: Minnesota” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, as part of the free Summer Perfor-

mance Series at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. Audience members will explore performance in a new way with musicians from St. Paul-based Zeitgeist flitting in and out of the woods. Birdcages hanging from trees emanating sounds recorded from Caponi Art Park will provide a visual element. Children can participate by playing percussion instruments. Livingston is the 2012 McKnight visiting composer with the American Composers Forum. Each year the American Composers Forum selects up to two composers to design and produce their own residencies. Visiting composers spend approximately 60 days in Minnesota, working on projects with a Minnesota community. Livingston selected Caponi Art Park as his partnering organization and will complete his residency this June and July. “Sound and Place: Minnesota” is free, with a $5 per person suggested donation to help make the Summer Performance Series possible. Weatherrelated announcements will be made at Caponi Art Park will host additional events with Livingston in July. On Saturday, July 13, at 8 a.m. birders, landscape architects and landscape designers can walk through the park with Livingston, followed by a group discussion of sound in the context of designed spaces and the musical implications of natural rhythms and harmonies in Minnesota’s landscape. Registration is required; call 651-454-9412 to sign up. Space is limited. Additional events to be announced.

Cannon Valley Fair begins The 98th annual Cannon Valley Fair in Cannon Falls runs July 2 through July 6. Grandstand entertainment includes a car and pickup demolition derby at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. An NTPA truck and tractor pull will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, and the Auto Cross event will be 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Harness racing will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with fireworks at dusk. Also on Saturday will be a concert by Brat Pack Radio Supershow, beginning at 9 p.m. The Grande Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on July 4, with fireworks at dusk. Admission to the fairgrounds is $3 per person per day (children age 5 and under are free), with $8 season passes available. Parking is free. Information: www.

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Apple Valley resident Charlie Curry is assembling a chapbook of poetry inspired by his frequent visits to the Minnesota Zoo. The chapbook will include about 20 of Curry’s poems written over the past eight years. Averaging about three visits a week, the recentlyretired financial consultant walks the 2.5 miles of paths rain or shine, from below zero temperatures to hot summer days. Curry has been a member of the zoo on and off since it opened in 1978. He has been walking the trails regularly since 2005. “It’s hard to not run into him here,” zoo director of marketing Bill Von Bank said. “He always has a smile on his face.” Curry’s time at the Minnesota Zoo has allowed him to observe animals and reflect on their importance or about conservation and education –two of the zoo’s philosophies. “It doesn’t take many visits to the zoo to see how much we’d lose if we lost the animals,” Curry said. But Curry doesn’t visit the zoo just for the animals. Besides getting in some exercise, Curry enjoys observing zoo visitors. “I like to watch people and their interactions,” Curry said. “And I like the quiet days when people just observe. The zoo is a place to come and walk, a place to observe. It’s a place to be.” Curry cites the human

Charlie Curry of Apple Valley has been walking at the zoo since 2005. His observations of zoo visitors inspired a collection of poems he recently assembled into a chapbook. (Photo by Kristina Ericksen) connections, snippets of conversations and the interconnected environment as a few of his inspirations for writing. Growing up, Curry frequented zoos in Madison and Kansas City, though he never had many pets of his own. Curry has been writing since he was a teenager. “They were wretched,” he said of his early works. It was only later in life that he began to take writing seriously. He currently belongs to a poetry group that evolved from a class he took from Juliet Patterson, a Minnesota writer. The poetry group’s members read and critique each other’s work. Curry wrote poetry for sermons while he served as a minister. He has been published in various church newsletters, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal and Community of Christ Magazine. Last year he won the Dakota County

nectedness.” His poems aim to engage readers and “look outward to look inward.” “His poetry is really inspiring,” Von Bank said. “Charlie is a great guy.” Curry is assembling his poems inspired by the Minnesota Zoo into a chapbook. It will contain about 20 of his poems written since 2006. Curry plans on entering it in contests upon its completion. “It’s collected but not finished,” Curry said. For aspiring writers, Curry gives this advice: “Get in the daily grind of writing. Find a voice and something to say.” Curry also suggests trying writing exercises and reading other poets’ work to see their writing strategies. So what’s next for the Apple Valley poet? “More walking, more writing, and more discipline in my writing,” Curry said. He also hopes to produce more chapbooks and poetry collections. For those interested in reading Curry’s chapbook, he can be found walking around the zoo or reached at charliecurry@charter. net.

Library Poetry Contest. “He has a passion for the zoo and for poetry,” Von Bank said. “With his poems he’s connected his two passions together.” When writing, Curry finds taking notes helpful. He reflects over the sights and sounds of the zoo during his first draft, which is then revised and redrafted. Curry has friends and family read over his work for critiques. He then edits his poems, working on them for months at a time. Like many writers, Curry claims his poems are “never finished” and has a hard time putting them down. Email Kristina Ericksen at “You know a poem’s good when people interpret it differently than you intended. It has a life of its own,” Curry said. Curry’s poems are free verse and tend to be short with a reflective and observant tone. Many of his poems are people-oriented and recognize “intercon-

Two healthy bongo calves were born earlier this month at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. They can be seen in the Africa! exhibit at the zoo through Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Zoo)

Bongo calves born at zoo Two bongo calves were born earlier this month at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. The two healthy calves – the first ever born at the zoo – are making their public debut in the zoo’s summer Africa! exhibit. A male calf was born June 6 and a female calf was born June 16. Both calves are doing well and currently weigh approximately 40 and 30 pounds, respectively. Bongos (Tragelaphus eurycerus) are the largest and heaviest forest antelopes. They are found in rain forests with dense

family calendar To submit items for the Geocaching Activity with Family Calendar, email: darcy. Dakota County Parks, ementary school-age children, noon to 1 p.m., Valley Natural Friday, June 28 Foods, Burnsville. Free. RegisOutdoor movie, “The ter by noon June 27 at http:// Smurfs,” 7:30 p.m. seating, showtime, part of Burns- naturalfoods/boxoffice, in-store ville’s “Flicks on the Bricks” se- or by calling 952-891-1212, ext. ries at Nicollet Commons Park 221. in the Heart of the City. Tuesday, July 2 Saturday, June 29 Family Fun Tuesday – MolCar wash by the Burnsville ly and the Magic Boot Puppet Blazettes dance team, 9 a.m. to Show by Open Eye Figure The3 p.m. at the Holiday gas station atre, 10-11 a.m. in the Sculpon Cedar Avenue and Cliff Road ture Garden at Caponi Art Park, in Eagan. Eagan. $4 per person donation Patio installation seminar, suggested. Information: 6519 a.m., Patio Town, 2801 High- 454-9412 or www.caponiartway 13 W., Burnsville. Free. In- formation: 952-894-4400. Tuesday, July 9 Retaining walls seminar, Family Fun Tuesday – Mex10:30 a.m., Patio Town, 2801 ican folk dance with Los Alegres Highway 13 W., Burnsville. Free. Bailadores, 10-11 a.m. in the Information: 952-894-4400. Sculpture Garden at Caponi Art

undergrowth across tropical Africa. They have auburn or chestnut coats with 10 to 15 vertical white stripes running down their sides. Males and females are both colorful, but males are usually darker. Bongos are herbivorous browsers that feed on leaves, bushes, vines, bark, grasses, roots, cereals, shrubs and fruit. The Minnesota Zoo’s Africa! exhibit also includes giraffes, ostriches, wildebeest, addax and guinea fowl. The exhibit is open through Sept. 2.

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Park, Eagan. $4 per person donation suggested. Information: 651-454-9412 or Plant health diagnostic clinic by the Dakota County Master Gardeners, 6-8 p.m., University of Minnesota Extension, 4100 220th St. W., Suite 101, Farmington. Free. Zumba in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville. Free. Information: Reunions Lakeville High School Class of 1978 will hold its 35th year class reunion 4:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the Pavilion at the Minneapolis Gun Club. Cost is $19.78 per person; payment is due by June 30. Visit to receive additional information.

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