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A snow princess and snow queen from Occasions with Character pose for a photo after visiting with Claire and Lydia Thompson during the Washington County Library sponsored Princess Party at Hugo City Hall Saturday, Nov. 3. Find more photos on page 20.

CENTERVILLE — Time was rapidly running out for the Centerville City Council and LaValle Drive resident Frank Zimny at the council’s Oct. 24 meeting. Council members needed to vote on four agenda items pertaining to the Bay View Villas, a development proposed for the former Waterworks Beach Club and Grill site, in time to transition over to a joint workshop scheduled for 7 p.m. At 7:10, as members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Economic Development Authority gathered and waited patiently for the end of the regular meeting, council put aside its deliberative ways, asked a few final questions, took a collective deep breath and voted unanimously to approve four scheduled actions. The council approved a rezone of the property from R-3 and B-1 to R-2A; a conditional use permit for a planned unit development; a revised developer’s agreement and a fi nal plat. As an additional action, the council SEE BAY VIEW VILLAS, PAGE 13

Service mentality leads to 23-year military career BY SHANNON GRANHOLM EDITOR

HUGO — Scot Wesolaski grew up knowing the importance of service. “My family continually served the community. The focus wasn’t on them, it was on making our community better,” he explained. “I saw that in them and their actions drove my actions. “My goal has always been to serve,” he said. Wesolaski, who has lived in Hugo since 2006, is originally from Greenfield, Wisconsin. While he was young, his family owned a business and both his parents frequently volunteered their time. Wesolaski’s mother



volunteered as a crossing guard at a school and his father served as a Boy Scout leader and little league coach. He always knew he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps but wasn’t quite sure in what capacity he could serve. After graduating from high school, Wesolaski attended the University of Milwaukee for one year before he decided to join the U.S. Air Force, where he spent a 23-year career before retiring in 2008. After he graduated in 1989, he was offered the opportunity to fly. He attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1990 SUBMITTED and got his commission as a 1st lieutenant. Hugo resident and veteran Scot Wesolaski volunteers his time with the Hugo SEE VETERAN, PAGE 12 S


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Glen Simonson demonstrates how to use GOBAGIT to easily fill a bag of leaves in no time. GOBAGIT works with bags of different sizes and materials.


CENTERVILLE — Day after day, Glen Simonson was fed up with wasting time and putting stress on his body while picking up leaves from his yard and garden. “It was really a pain. After bending down and picking them up and bending down and picking them up, by the end of the day my back was sore. It took a long time, and I was tired of it,” he said. “I started to think about how I could make something that would hold the bag open, make it easier to get leaves in and yet be portable.”


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Simonson, a longtime resident of Centerville, was determined to come up with a solution. After several iterations, Simonson developed a product he was happy with—GOBAGIT. GOBAGIT is an American-made product that holds open bags of different sizes and materials and attaches to a hand cart for easy mobility. It can be wheeled around your yard, workshop or worksite to easily clean up messes while reducing stress to your back and body. Once a bag is full, it simply wheels to the curb, compost site or roll-off dumpster. “There certainly are other things out there that you can collect leaves with, but so many of them fall short,” Simonson explained. “Just the other day, I was walking down the street and there were three people trying to fi ll one bag. Two people were down on their hands and knees trying to scrape the leaves in while the other was holding the bag open.”

In addition to leaves, Simonson said the product has also helped him clean his garage, which is often full of sawdust from woodworking. GOBAGIT also reduces waste, by allowing bags to be reused. It also works with biodegradable bags. “When I would go to the compost facility, I noticed all the discarded plastic bags that were being tossed after homeowners dumped their waste,” he said. GOBAGIT can be assembled in minutes, Simonson said, and if a customer prefers to purchase it already assembled, he will do it for a small fee of a few dollars. With Simonson’s new invention, perhaps people can spend a little less time picking up leaves off the ground so they can look up and enjoy the fall colors. Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or

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Slightly more Minnesota children received vaccinations for influenza in the 2017-18 flu season compared to the previous season, according to national data released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, health officials remain concerned that too many children remain unvaccinated for influenza each year. That leaves children vulnerable to serious illness and even death from influenza and its potential complications. CDC released the National Immunization Survey (NIS) data this fall as part of its kick-off of the #FightFlu campaign, a partnership with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and others to protect more Americans from influenza this year. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has joined the effort. According to CDC estimates from the NIS, approximately 62 percent of Minnesota children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received vaccinations during the 201718 influenza season. That rate was similar to but up slightly from estimates for the previous two years, which were just over 60 percent. The overall national rate of coverage was 57.9 percent, a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from the previous season. The survey showed that vaccination coverage varied by state and age group. “Protecting slightly more Minnesota children from influenza last year is good news, especially given the lack of a no-shot, nasal spray option, but we still have too many children left unprotected from this potentially serious disease,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “The flu vaccine protects those who receive it as well as those in the community who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions.” Five children died from influenza or related complications during last year’s flu season, and more than 6,400 Minnesotans of all ages were hospitalized for influenza. CDC says 74 percent of the 172 pediatric deaths nationwide in 2017-18 involved unvaccinated children. Most of them did not have any underlying health conditions. Health officials noted that these numbers underscore how severe influenza can be and that vaccination is the best tool available to fight influenza. “Since children can’t make the decision to get vaccinated themselves, it’s up to parents and health care providers to make it happen,” said MDH Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann. “Parents should ask their health care provider about influenza vaccine and providers should check the vaccination status of patients at every visit and strongly recommend vaccination.” MDH is partnering with pediatricians to get more children vaccinated against influenza this year. “The American Academy of Pediatrics



percent of Minnesota children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received vaccinations during the 2017-18 influenza season


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recommends all children ages 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year, ideally by the end of October,” said Dr. Lori DeFrance, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP). “Parents should be aware that the flu can cause serious complications — even in healthy children. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect them from outbreaks in schools, day cares and communities.” The survey’s data for Minnesota show differences in coverage between age groups. The rate for children 6 months through 4 years (75 percent) is significantly higher than the rate for children 5 through 12 years (65 percent). Coverage falls even more for adolescents 1317 years (50 percent). That suggests influenza vaccination may be related to “convenience” or how often children of different ages visit their health care provider. It’s more difficult to get school-age children in to see a provider during the school year. Ehresmann noted that there are greater opportunities for influenza vaccination today so there are fewer excuses for not vaccinating children, especially school-age children and adolescents. “Many clinics will be offering walk-in hours for influenza vaccine over the next few months, so check with your home clinic,” Ehresmann said. “Also, most pharmacies and convenience clinics offer walk-in vaccinations for influenza. Some local public health agencies also offer the vaccine.” It’s a good idea to call ahead and make sure that your clinic has vaccine formulations available if you have younger children, because they need specific types of vaccine. Pharmacists can vaccinate children 6 years and older. More information on the national influenza vaccination coverage data can be found at More information on influenza and influenza vaccination can be found at www.; click on the link to MDH’s Vaccine Clinic Look-Up site to search for vaccination clinics near you, including clinics that offer free or low-cost vaccines.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced last month. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400. Also this year, for the fi rst time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account. People may create or access their account online at To learn more, please visit

Half-million deer hunter season begins The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expects half a million hunters to participate in this year's deer season, which began Nov. 3. Hunters will have additional deer hunting opportunities because deer numbers continue to rebound across the state, according to the DNR. Many areas now have populations at or above goal levels. Hunters should follow the three tenets of safe fi rearms handling: Treat each fi rearm as if it is loaded by keeping finger off the trigger; always control the muzzle of the fi rearm; and be sure of the target and what is beyond. Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters, so it’s always important they wear a safety harness and follow other safety guidelines. The DNR requires hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota (including deer permit area 255) to have their harvested deer tested for chronic wasting disease during opening weekend. Mandatory CWD testing also will occur in much of southeast Minnesota during the opening weekend of the 3B season, Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Hunters can find information about CWD testing locations and procedures at For more information on deer hunting in Minnesota visit or call 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Submitted by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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DNR reminder: Avoid early ice With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers have a message: stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present. “Each year we see people going out on the ice before giving it enough time for a solid freeze. People unexpectedly fall through and, sadly, lives have been lost because it was just too soon to be out on the ice,” said Regional Enforcement Manager Capt. Cory Palmer. “While no ice is 100 percent safe, we recommend following the DNR ice thickness guidelines before heading out.” “On average, three to four people have died each winter season on Minnesota water over the past decade,” cautioned Lisa Dugan, DNR boat and water safety outreach coordinator. “Most of those deaths occurred with someone operating a snowmobile or ATV on the ice.” Ice thickness may vary greatly across a single body of water, making it important to check the ice conditions before heading out. “In addition to checking conditions and being prepared with an ice safety kit, the most important piece of equipment to have on the ice is a life jack-

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et,” Dugan said. “By wearing, not just carrying, a life jacket, the odds of surviving a fall into extremely cold water increase and could save your life.” Once out on the ice, a safety kit is a good idea, should the ice give way. An ice safety kit should include rope, ice picks, an ice chisel and tape measure. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. DNR ice thickness guidelines and more resources are available at Submitted by Department of Natural Resources


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o you think you're special? The answer to that question — based on variables like genetic heritage, family of origin and life experiences — strongly points to the conclusion that yes, we are all indeed unique in some way. During a recent phone conversation with my father I was reminded that my nephew Josiah, who is currently serving overseas in the Army and was quoted in an October article in “Stars and Stripes,” shares his name with an ancestor who fought at the battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. My father, who enlisted in the Army during WWII at the age of 17 and was staAngle of tioned at MacArthur’s headquarters in Japan following the war, View expressed pride at this extended family lineage of military service. Paul Dols I’m not exactly sure how we got on the topic, but I recall sharing with a coworker the fact about the ancestor on my mother’s side of the family tree who fought at the battle of Bunker Hill. He politely listened and then shared that his wife (who was originally from the east coast) could trace her ancestry back to the family that owned the land where the historic battle took place. Similarly, a former editor responded to a column I wrote after being inspired by “Mayflower: A Story of Community, Courage, and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick. I had read the book with heightened interest because I was curious to see if any of my ancestral connections to the pilgrims were noted. I also found the book to be fascinating because it described a much more vivid reality than the accepted mythology many of us learned in grade school — including the complex relationship the Pilgrims had with the Native Americans. According to Philbrick, the Pilgrims likely would have perished during the first winter without the assistance of Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe. After expressing her interest in the column, the former editor shared that she also had an ancestral connection to this time in history and was a direct descendant of Massasoit. At the time I thought, wow, what a small world, while any notions of exclusivity concerning my family heritage were put into perspective. Years before the emergence of services like my father conducted extensive research into our family’s history, tracing the roots back to Gundrada, the daughter of William the Conqueror. I shared this bit of trivia with a friend and he said that his family could also trace their roots back to William the Conqueror. Apparently William was prolific, because a significant segment of the population with family origins back in England are his descendants. Searching back into family history, I suspect most of us hope to find inspirational, heroic and influential figures, but the real findings turn out to be more nuanced — and human. As a checkered example, the name of Benedict Arnold makes an appearance on a side branch of my family’s ancestor chart. Regardless of our origins, I believe that one of the most defining and unifying factors that every human being alive on the planet shares is that we are all descended from survivors, many of whom overcame significant adversity. While we certainly face many challenges in present day life, the reality is that we probably have access to opportunities far beyond what our ancestors might even have imagined. I sometimes struggle to remain optimistic about the future, but think we still have a lot to be thankful for and believe we can gather some positive reassurance from the unique contributions and perseverance of those who came before us — from royalty to laborers and everyone in between. Paul Dols is photojournalist/website editor for Press Publications. He can be reached at 651-4071238 or

Loss of local newspapers threatens democracy


f you’re reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations! Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it’s in print or online, you’re doing a vital service for your hometown, and for democracy as a whole. (Go ahead and take the rest of the day off.) It’s no secret that local journalism is in trouble, and has been for quite some time. to a Movers and According 2017 report from Pew Research Shakers the Center, the weekday circulation Lata Nott for U.S. daily newspapers has been on the decline for 28 consecutive years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that between 1990 and 2016, the number of news- paper employees in the U.S. declined from 456,300 to 183,000. Despite the vitriol that publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post attract from the Trump administration, it’s not the national news media outlets that we need to worry about. Their subscription numbers are on the rise. It’s the smaller newspapers that serve local markets that are suffer- ing. Many are chronically understaffed. Some have shuttered altogether. A map created by the Columbia Journalism Review re-

agent for these revenue-generating projects, as mismanaged projects can be exposed by investigative reporters employed by the local newspaper. When a newspaper closes, this monitoring mechanism also ceases to exist, leading to a greater risk that the cash flows generated by these projects will be mismanaged.” In other words, local newspapers provide a public good, one that can be measured in dollars and cents. The problem is that today’s marketplace doesn’t really reward them for this. A listicle about amazing dogs will always generate more ad- vertising revenue than coverage of a city finance committee meeting. (You know which one you’re more likely to click on. Just admit it to yourself and move on.) But the latter article could actually prevent municipal corruption. Even if no one reads it, public officials are more likely to behave ethically when they know they’re being monitored. As citizens, we tend to take this effect for granted. Maybe we need to stop thinking about our local newspapers as businesses that need to turn a profit and start thinking about them as utilities that we need to finance for our own good. Lata Nott is executive director of the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. Contact her via email at lnott@, or follow her on Twitter at @LataNott.

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Growing great garlic


s fall approaches, it’s time to clean up the garden and consider planting garlic for next year’s harvest. With a small amount of effort, you can grow great garlic right here in Anoka County that meets all your culinary needs. Growing great garlic starts with variety selection. You can find many options at garden centers, in seed catalogs and at local garlic festivals. Avoid selecting garlic found in grocery stores as it is most likely a variety suited for California climates. The garlic that performs well here is the hard neck type. A friend recommends Music (mild, rich flavor) and German Extra Hardy (strong flavor, great roasted). I have had good results with Deerfield Purple (mild, rich flavor) and Duganski (big, bold flavor). Garlic prefers well drained soils rich in organic matter with a pH between 6-7. A soil test to determine your soil pH is available from the University of Minnesota for a $17 fee. See http:// for more information. Planting site preparation starts in September with weed removal and the addition of compost or well-rotted manure to the soil. In October, plant your garlic one to two weeks after the fi rst killing frost but before the ground freezes. Separate the Gardener’s individual cloves from garlic bulb a day or Grapevine the two before you plant. Dave Haupert The largest cloves tend to produce the largest garlic bulbs. Plant the cloves in a double row 6" apart along the edge of the garden. This makes weeding and watering easier. For multiple rows, allow 30 inches between the set of double rows. The clove is planted with the base two

“With a small amount of effort, you can grow great garlic right here in Anoka County that meets all your culinary needs.” to three inches deep with the pointed end facing up. To grow larger bulbs, plant each clove 5-6 inches apart. Watering at this point will help the cloves form roots and improve next year’s performance. As the ground freezes, add about 4 inches of winter mulch. A mulch of straw or dry leaves helps protect the planting from the freeze/ thaw cycles of winter. Once spring arrives, remove the mulch to allow the soil to warm. As shoots emerge, add a high nitrogen fertilizer and return the mulch to preserve moisture and reduce weeds. Avoid fertilizing after the fi rst week in May or bulb formation can be delayed. Keep the bed weed free and watered as your plants grow. The flower spike of the garlic ap-

pears in mid to late June and is known as a scape. Once the scape starts to curl, remove it so the growth energy is directed into garlic bulb formation. Scapes are delicious and are similar to a mild garlic chive. They can be used fresh (pesto is delicious) or dried for later use. In early July it is harvest time. Once half of the leaves on the plant have turned yellow/brown, harvest by loosening the soil with a garden fork and remove the plant. Allow the bulbs to dry in a shaded, well ventilated space with the leaves still attached. Save some bulbs for next fall’s planting and enjoy the rest. Bon appétit! Dave Haupert is an Extension Master Gardener Intern in Anoka County.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Take issue with Chamberlain’s column I appreciated Sen. Roger Chamberlain’s column on single-payer health insurance in the Oct. 25 issue of the Hugo Citizen. However, I take issue with him at several points. He writes about medical care decisions, saying “… single payer means politicians, political appointees and government agencies will make those decisions for you.” There is a serious problem with that rationale. It simply does not recognize that under our current system, and especially pre-ACA, huge and very profitable health insurance companies make decisions for us. Why is that better? Those decisions are often driven by a profit motive, often at the expense in terms of both dollars and health of the insured. Next, Sen. Chamberlain claims that “the cost of single-payer (health insurance) is astronomical.” The fact is that the cost of private health insurance is astronomical! Many people cannot afford any insurance. Others face bankruptcy. Total expenditure on health care in the U.S. is about 18 percent of GDP. In countries with a single-payer system, it is about 11-12 percent.

Third, the column states that medical research will stop or be drastically reduced. No evidence is given for that statement. It is simply an opinion. The senator goes on to say, “… given what we know about government inefficiency, and given that you don’t trust politicians and lobbyists, why would you want to turn over an incredibly important and personal decision like health care to a government-run bureaucratic monopoly?” I fail to understand why politicians are so often denigrating and running against the very thing they are running for? It is simply not logical nor helpful, since it adds to the growing negativity toward government. I am grateful for the fi nal part of his article where he admits that a combination of government and private programs is essential. It is the nature of that combination and balance that is the key. I worry that balance will be tilted in an unhealthy direction as the Republicans in Minnesota and the U.S. Congress have been seeking to do. Meanwhile, I do thank Sen. Chamberlain for his work on our behalf. Gary F. Anderson Hugo

COMMUNITY BRIEFS American Legion Auxiliary craft show The Hugo American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Hugo American Legion, 5383 140th St. The show will feature handmade items, holiday decorations and much more. All proceeds support Auxiliary programs.

gown and fitness wear (there is no swimsuit competition). The contestant will select a platform of her choice that she will spend the year promoting. Married women can apply online by Nov. 26 at or email the state director at For more information, visit

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Washington County Library cardholders can now unlock special deals at participating businesses throughout the county thanks to the Show Your Library Card initiative.

Unlock special deals with your library card Washington County Library cardholders are used to presenting their library card to borrow a variety of materials, but now they can show their library card at several Washington County businesses to get special deals and discounts. Show Your Library Card is a new countywide program that partners Washington County Library with area businesses. Library cardholders receive unique offers and discounts on goods and services at participating businesses just by showing their library card. The program is free for library cardholders, and there is no fee for businesses to participate. Participating businesses are listed on the Washington County Library website, receive promotion through the library’s social media accounts, are included in the seasonal Show Your Library Card brochure and receive a Show Your Library Card window cling to indicate their partnership. For more details, a list of participating businesses and promotion offerings, visit WashCoLib.Link/ShowYourLibraryCard.

Kick off the holiday season with Christmas at the Courthouse at the Washington County Historic Courthouse Nov. 16-18. Whether it’s a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Historic Courthouse has memorable experiences for all. The Gala Preview Fundraiser will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Guests are invited to sample local beer from Lift Bridge Brewery and wine from Saint Croix Vineyards, and hors d’oeuvres provided by Kowalski’s, Scheel’s Catering, Acapulco and more. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. The Holiday Bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18 Attendance is free, including all the holiday bazaar offerings and treats. Santa will also make an appearance from noon to 3 p.m. The Washington County Historic Courthouse is at the corner of Third and Pine streets in Stillwater. For more information, email historiccourthouse@ or call 651-275-7075.

Search for Mrs. Washington County announced Applications are now being accepted for the title of Mrs. Washington County. Mrs. Washington County will have the honor of representing the area at the Mrs. Minnesota International pageant held in Minneapolis on March 22 and 23. If selected as Mrs. Minnesota International, she will receive a prize package and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2019 Mrs. International Pageant on July 15 and 16 in Charleston, West Virginia. Each contestant competes in interview, evening

BUSINESS BRIEF Village Pine Custom Gunsmithing grand opening Villiage Pine Custom Gunsmithing, located at 5611 152nd St. N (Suite 3), Hugo, will host a grand opening from 1 to 7 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 23. Customers who bring the ad from the Nov. 22 issue of The Citizen will receive 10 percent off all parts, accessories and gunsmith labor. For more information, contact 651-330-9199 or visit

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HUGO, CENTERVILLE & LINO LAKES Where: Hugo Fire Station When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Details: Hugo fi reSaturday, Nov. 10 fighters will be collectWhere: Waters Edge ing toys and non-perishHUGO SENIOR CLUB Community Center, able food items. When: 1 p.m. Monday, 15290 Farnham Ave. N. Contact: www. Nov 19 and the 3rd MonHugo or the day of the month Details: Items on disHugo Fire facebook page Where: Rice Lake Cen- for more information or play by local crafters. tre, located 1.5 miles east see our ad in this week’s GOOD LIFE SENIOR of Hwy. 61 on Co. Road 8 Citizen for details. LIVING THANKSGIVING at the east end of Hugo FOOD DRIVE & OPEN Public Works building. HOUSE Details: Meet to disNEIGHBORHOODS When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. cuss upcoming events, NEARBY Saturday, Nov. 10 including the Lions Where: Good Life Christmas party for all ‘ONE MAN, Senior Living, 5260 127th Hugo senior citizens TWO GUVNORS’ St. N., Hugo planned for Dec. 4 at the When: 7:30 p.m. Details: Bring in Legion. Refreshments Thursdays, Fridays and non-perishable food served. After the meetSaturdays; 2 p.m. Sunitems for local food ing various games will days, through Nov. 11 shelves. be played. Where: Hanifl PerContact: 651-426-1335 Contact: 651-429-0883 forming Arts Center, or or barbconnolly1958@ 4941 Long Ave., White HUGO SENIOR Bear Lake CITIZENS PLAY ‘500’ CRIBBAGE Details: Lakeshore When: 12:45 p.m., When: 12:45 p.m. Mon- Players Theatre’s updatNov. 15 & 29, and the 1st day, Nov. 26 and the 4th ed take on “The Servant & 3rd Thursday of every Monday of the month of Two Masters” tells the month Where: Rice Lake tale of Francis Henshall Where: Rice Lake Centre, located 1.5 miles as he juggles multiple Centre, located 1.5 miles east of Hwy. 61 on Co. bosses in 1960s England. east of Hwy. 61 on Co. Road 8 at the east end Tickets $20; preview Road 8 at the east end of Hugo Public Works tickets $15. of Hugo Public Works building. Contact: 651-429-5674 building. Details: Senior citor Details: Hugo seniors izens from Hugo and FRIENDS FALL meet to play “500.” Resurrounding communiBOOK SALE freshments and coffee ties are invited for an When: 10:15 a.m.-7:30 will be served. All senior afternoon of Cribbage. citizens from the area Coffee and refreshments p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8; 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. are invited. Bring a served. Centerville resifriend. dents needing a ride can Friday, Nov. 9; and 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Contact: 651-429-0883 contact Pete Nadeau @ Nov. 10 or barbconnolly1958@ 651-429-1514. Where: Stillwater Contact: 651-429-4413 lic Library, 224 Third St. SPRUCE TOP MEMORY CAFE N., Stillwater When: 1:30-3 p.m. WORKSHOP Details: Book sale When: 5-8 p.m. Thurs- Wednesday, Nov. 28 and fundraiser to support day, Nov. 15 the fourth Wednesday of the library collections Where: Lebens Floral the month and programs. Bag sale and Garden Center, 16155 Where: Rice Lake all day Saturday. Forest Blvd. N., Hugo Centre, 6900 137th St. N., Contact: 651-275-4338 Details: Materials pro- Hugo or vided for a DIY spruce Details: People with top and evergreen pot dementia and their care- STILLWATER LADIES NIGHT OUT to make a front entry givers can learn about When: 5-8:30 p.m. festive. Registration $50. community resources Contact: 651-488-6707 and connect with others. Thursday, Nov. 8 Where: 100 Main RSVP. AMERICAN LEGION Street, Stillwater Contact: 651-789-4015 SPAGHETTI DINNER Details: Downtown or jwest@familymeans. When: 5:30-7 p.m. shops offer discounts, org Thursday, Nov. 15 drink specials, food samHUGO FIRE TOY Where: Hugo Amerples, fashion tips and dec& FOOD DRIVE ican Legion, 5383 orating ideas, followed by When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. , 140th St. drawing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Details: All you can Contact: 651-342-1386 or mainstreetstillwater


eat spaghetti, salad and rolls; $8 for adults, $4 for children. Contact: 651-255-1432

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When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Where: White Bear Lake City Hall, 4701 Highway 61 Details: Free public forum featuring retired MN Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson on the topics of redistricting, gerrymandering, voter ID and more. Contact:


When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Where: White Bear Lake United Methodist


American Legion Auxiliary Craft Show WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10

WHERE: Hugo American Legion, 5383 140th St. DETAILS: Annual craft show

Church, 1851 Birch St. Details: WBLUMC’s social justice group welcomes Professor Duchess Harris. Free community event. Contact: 651-429-9026 or


When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Where: Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Lake Details: Shop for locally-grown foods and products. Contact: forksinthe


When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Where: Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N., Scandia Details: 3-course coffee party and tour of five historic buildings. $15/person; reservations required. Contact: 651-433-5054;


When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 10 & 17 Where: Warden’s House Museum, 602 N. Main St., Stillwater Details: See seldom displayed dresses and accessories of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Admission $5; WCHS members free. Contact: 651-439-5956 or


featuring handmade items, holiday decorations and much more. All proceeds support Auxiliary programs.

CONTACT: 651-429-0487

Saturday, Nov. 10 Where: Parkview United Church of Christ, 3737 Bellaire Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Free concert featuring “Songs We Love to Sing.” Bring donation of food, cash or check. Contact: 612-867-2171


When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Where: Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake Details: Local genealogist Sherri Marier will provide hands-on navigation and tips using the library version of and other online genealogy tools. Free, but registration required. Contact: 651-275-7300 or


When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Where: White Bear VFW, 4496 Lake Ave. S. Details: Celebrate the Marines with birthday cake. Contact: 651-426-4944


When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Where: St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church, 171 Elm St., Lino Lakes Details: Performance supports the Powerpack weekend food program for Centennial students through a freewill offering.

Contact: powerpack


When: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 Where: Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N. Details: Free reading by White Bear author of “Marcel’s Letters,” a 2018 finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards. Books available for signing. Hosted by the AAUW. Contact: 651-770-1730


When: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 Where: St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1965 E. County Road E. Details: Nancy Koester will discuss her Minnesota Book Award-winning book “Harriet Beecher Stowe: a Spiritual Biography” with emphasis on Stowe’s education, teaching and writing. Sponsored by AAUW NE Metro; free and open to the public. Contact: 651-765-4990


When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Where: Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake Details: Ken Noyes leads introductory course on Microsoft Word, good for beginners or those needing a refresher. Registration required. Contact: 651-275-7300 or


When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Friday of the month. Materials provided. Registration required. Contact: 651-275-7300 or


When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Families can watch a movie at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark. Receive a glow stick with a food donation. No registration required; call for movie title. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity



Holiday Open House – White Bear Lake WHEN: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 WHERE: Downtown White Bear

retailers; check website to confi rm date and time

CONTACT: downtownwhitebear

When: Nov. 16-18 Where: Sport Expo Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine Details: Instructional seminars, product demonstrations, kids fishing pond, celebrity anglers. Contact: www.nsc


When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 9 a.m.-3 DETAILS: Shop early at local p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; Gala 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: North Oaks Where: First Presbyte- how people with very Golf Club, 54 East Oaks Thursday, Nov. 15 rian Church, 4821 Bloom different viewpoints can Where: InterContinen- Road, North Oaks Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Tour homes come to understand one tal St. Paul Riverfront Details: Learn the another beyond stereoHotel, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E. in North Oaks decorated three steps to prevent for the holidays. Shop types and find common Details: Guest speaksuicide - Question, Perers John Turnipseed and the boutique for a unique ground. $20 online in suade & Refer. Like CPR, advance. Dr. Tom Blee. Purchase selection of unique clothQPR is an emergency tickets online. Contact: scv ing, jewelry and gift response to someone in Contact: stpaulprayer items. Home Tour tickets Free and open to $35; Lunch $25. events/conversationsanyone 16 and older. Contact: 651-484-8585 of-the-valley/ LUTFISK AND Contact: 651-645-2948 or northoakschaguild1. MEATBALL DINNER ‘FRAUD & IDENTITY ext. 114 or org THEFT: IT CAN HAPPEN When: Thursday Nov. EDUCATION IN SOCIETY TO YOU’ CHRISTMAS AT 15, multiple serving WITH CENTER OF THE HISTORIC When: 6 p.m. Wednes- times THE AMERICAN COURTHOUSE Where: Gammelgarday, Nov. 14 EXPERIMENT Where: Stillwater Pub- den Museum, 20880 When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. When: 7-8:30 p.m. lic Library, 224 Third Olinda Trail N., Scandia Saturday, Nov. 17 & 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. Tuesday, Nov. 13 St. N. Details: Traditional 18; Preview Gala 6:30-9 Swedish Smorgasbord Where: Liberty Details: Washington served at Elim Lutheran p.m. Fri, Nov. 16 Classical Academy, 3878 County Attorney Pete Where: Washington Highland Ave., White Church, sale at the GamOrput offers experience County Historic CourtBear Lake melgarden Butik. and practical advice house, 101 W. Pine St., Details: Education in Contact: 651-433-5053 to prevent becoming a Stillwater or gammelgarden Society speaker series victim of identity theft. Details: Historic site with Dr. Mitch Free seminar is open to decorated for the holistein, founder and senior the public. days. Live music, open fellow at the Center of the WORLD WAR I Contact: 651.430.8665 tea room, vendors and IN WHITE BEAR LAKE American Experiment, or guided tours. Photos When: 6:30-8 p.m. on the topic “Why Do with Santa 10-4 pm. American Students Do So ‘ONCE ON THIS ISLAND’ Thursday, Nov. 15 Contact: 651-275-7075 -THE MUSICAL Where: Wildwood Poorly in International or When: 7 p.m. ThursLibrary, 763 Stillwater Comparisons?” Free and day, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. Road, Mahtomedi open to the public. 23RD ANNUAL 16, Saturday, Nov. 17; 2 Details: Presentation Contact: 651-772-2777 or libertyclassical by Maureen Raymond p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET of the White Bear Lake Where: Chautauqua Finer Arts Center, 8000 When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -in-society-featuringArea Historical Society. No registration re75th St. N., Mahtomedi Saturday, Nov. 17 mitch-pearlstein Details: Performance quired. Where: First Presby‘BEYOND Contact: 651-426-2042 by Mahtomedi High terian Church of Stillwater, 6201 Osgood Ave. N. POLARIZATION: School students. Tickets or $10-$13. Fall preview for Details: Wide variBRIDGING THE RED/ older adults hosted by ety of fair-traded items LET’S MAKE STUFF! BLUE DIVIDE IN COMMUNITIES’ students from Mahtome- FELT TREES including handicrafts, When: 11:30 a.m.-1 When: 2-3:30 p.m. Fri- foods, toys, clothing and di Generations at 4:30 more; gifts of donations p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. day, Nov. 16 Contact: zephyr to nonprofits; reusable Where: Lake Elmo Inn Where: Hardwood fabric gift bags of all Event Center, 3712 LayCreek Library, 19955 ton Ave. N., Lake Elmo Forest Road N., Forest sizes. Contact: 651-439-4380 Details: Hear from Lake GREATER ST. PAUL Bill Doherty, co-founder PRAYER BREAKFAST Details: Creative class or fpcstillwateragm. When: 7-8:30 a.m. of Better Angels, about for adults every third Lake



When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 & 18 Where: Forest Lake Area High School, 6101 Scandia Trail N. Details: Crafters, vendors, food and music. Contact: 715-557-1785 or


When: 2-2:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake Details: Children in grades 2-5 will learn sequencing (an important part of coding) while teaching Bee-Bots (robotic bees) to run obstacle courses. Registration required. Contact: 651-275-7300 or


When: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, 2640 E. Seventh Ave., North St. Paul Details: Pinewood Derby car races, prizes, silent auction, walls of wine and beer, barbeque sandwiches, desserts and refreshments available for purchase. Tickets online. Contact: DerbyNight2018


When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 Where: Five wineries throughout the St. Croix Valley Details: Enjoy sampling local cheeses and wonderful chocolates at participating wineries. Contact: 3riverswine \


Contact: 651-275-7300 or


When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 Where: Running Aces “Laugh Your Ace Off Comedy Club”, 15201 Zurich St., Forest Lake Details: Headliner Steve Gillespie, featuring Cheryl Anderson and hosted by Senthil Rajasekharan. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 day of show. Contact: 651-925-4600 or


When: 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 Where: Tri Fitness, 1338 Highway 96 E., White Bear Lake Details: Thanksgiving Day 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run. Donations of food and money encouraged to benefit local food shelves. Contact: trifitnesswbl. com


When: Friday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Nov. 25 Where: Stillwater Area High School Auditorium, 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N. Details: Family-friendly version of the classic Christmas ballet featuring students and professional dancers from St. Croix Ballet. Contact: 651-439-2820 or


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NOVEMBER 8, 2018

HUGO POLICE REPORTS The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: • A Forest Lake man, 70, was cited at 4:23 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 14000 block of northbound Forest Blvd. N. for passing on the right shoulder after Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed the motorist pass their squad and the vehicle behind them. • A White Bear Lake girl, 14, a White Bear Lake youth, 17, and a Hugo boy, 14, were all issued juvenile citations and turned over to their parents at 12:46 a.m. Oct. 2 at Hugo Elementary School in the 4000 block of Heritage Parkway N. for curfew violation and for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a motor vehicle. Deputies on routine patrol happened upon them sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot behind the school with the interior lights on. After deputies smelled marijuana, and the youths admitted to smoking it, a search of the vehicle was on. Deputies also found a grinder, multiple e-cigarettes, a pocket knife and other paraphernalia. • A resident in the 5000 block of Oneka Lake Blvd. at 9:21 a.m. Oct. 2 reported receiving “the typical grandparent scam attempt” that morning. No loss occurred. • A vulnerable adult in a group home in the 5000 block of 129th Drive N. at 10:12 a.m. Oct. 2 reported the theft of $240 from a lock box he kept in his closet. Although the complainant suspected a certain staff member because of recent thefts, that employee denied taking the money. Deputies determined that anyone else could have accessed his room if he had left it unlocked. • A resident in the 7000 block of 177th Street N. at 6:49 p.m. Oct. 2 reported that someone had thrown a pumpkin at her mailbox, causing her mail to be scattered all over the street. No license plate information was retrieved. There was no damage to the mailbox. • A Hugo man, 61, was cited at 9:56 a.m. Oct. 3 on westbound 170th Street N. and Keystone Avenue N. for speeding 65 mph in a 55 mph zone by eastbound deputies who clocked him at 75 mph. The motorist admitted to going too fast and that he had just passed the bus that was behind him. The motorist’s attitude was described as good. • A Maplewood man, 45, was arrested at 10:58 a.m. Oct. 3 in the 5000 block of 149th Street N. on a Ramsey County warrant after deputies were called out to a domestic abuse incident. A woman had reported that the subject threatened to kill her if she didn’t hand over a dog to him. After deputies had already transported the suspect to jail, the complainant called and said she wanted the case dropped and that she would recant. The complainant was advised that the case would continue nonetheless. • A metal chest containing syringes and drug paraphernalia was reported found in a vacant lot in the 14000 block of Forest Blvd. N. at 2:52 p.m. Oct. 3. The chest containing the syringes was transported and entered into evidence. Deputies advised the public works employee who reported the find to seek emergency medical attention immediately if he were to notice any injuries caused by contact with the items. • A resident in the 6000 block of 151st Street Court N. at 6:43 p.m. Oct. 3 reported that a man had turned up at her home and had taken something off her roommate’s key ring before leaving. The subject later turned up to return the item from the key ring. Deputies explained the harassment restraining order process to the complainant and advised her to get one. • A Hugo woman, 39, was cited at 4:17 p.m. Oct. 4 in the 13000 block of southbound Forest Blvd. N. for illegal passing after deputies on routine patrol observed her pass a left-turning vehicle on the right shoulder. The motorist said that the vehicle behind her “did it too.” • A Hugo man, 38, was cited at 7:56 a.m. Oct. 5 on westbound 147th Street N. and Forest Blvd. N. for operating a wireless communications device and a motor vehicle at the same time after deputies on stationary patrol in a nearby parking lot observed him pull up to the red light while holding a cell phone on the steering wheel and manipulating the screen. The driver told deputies that his wife had texted him that Direct TV had quit working and that their children were upset. He was looking up the number to phone the provider to restore

their service. This was the fi rst time he had ever done this, the driver said. Deputies described the motorist as being polite. • A resident in the 6000 block of 145th Circle N. at 11:10 a.m. Oct. 5 reported receiving a voice message regarding her son being suspended and to call the “fraud department” at the number provided. When the complainant called the number, a male with a heavy French accent answered. However, the complainant did not give out any personal information. • A Mahtomedi youth, 15, was arrested at 12:22 a.m. Oct. 6 in Mahtomedi for reckless driving, fourthdegree assault on a peace officer, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, third-degree damage to property and driving a motor vehicle without a valid license, following a pursuit that originated on northbound Forest Blvd. N. at 125th Street N. It all started when deputies attempted a traffic stop for a missing headlight. They observed the motorist continuously flick his headlights off and on, whereupon deputies turned their flashing lights on. The subject drove away at a high rate of speed, pulled a U-turn inside a cul-de-sac, struck the squad car mirror head-on, drove onto lawns and lost control of his vehicle. Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies called to the scene maneuvered the subject to a stop, where Washington County Sheriff’s deputies ordered the driver out of the vehicle and pointed their duty weapons at him. Deputies’ report closes by saying that they “placed him into custody without incident.” • Kids riding a go-kart in the street were reported by an anonymous complainant at 8:49 a.m. Oct. 6 in the 15000 block of Enfield Avenue N. However, the homeowner said that although his kids were riding earlier, they only ride in the yard and always wear helmets. • An Aitkin woman, 29, reported the theft of a fi rearm at 3:00 p.m. Oct. 6 from her former residence in the 4000 block of Elm Drive N. When she was unpacking, she noticed that the gun was not in its usual place in a fi ling cabinet. The complainant suspects her ex-boyfriend’s son, who has a history of stealing items from her and pawning them for heroin money. The complainant didn’t want to press charges, but just wanted money back for the gun. When deputies tried to contact the subject, however, they were unsuccessful. • A Hugo man, 38, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Oct. 6 in the 12000 block of Foxhill Avenue N. for domestic assault following an altercation in which he violently grabbed the arms of his partner and pushed her against a door in their bedroom. The subject told deputies the two of them hadn’t been getting along lately, and that she had punched him three times in the face. The complainant said it was two times and she did it to get away from him before she grabbed their three small children and hid in another bedroom. • A resident in the 6000 block of Goodview Trail Court N. at 8:17 p.m. Oct. 17 reported her ex for violating a harassment restraining order by texting her mother and by referring to the complainant as “her” several times. Because the subject didn’t ask the complainant’s mother to contact the complainant or pass messages along, no violation occurred. • A Hugo woman, 42, was cited at 11:21 a.m. Oct. 16 on Goodview Avenue N. and 130th Street N. for speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone after Washington County Sheriff’s deputies traveling westbound on Egg Lake Road observed the subject traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The motorist said she thought the speed limit was 45 mph. • A resident in the 8000 block of 170th Street N. at 2:25 p.m. Oct. 17 reported the door to her mailbox damaged and her mail lying in her driveway. The complainant also reported a suspicious black truck in the area. Deputies advised the complainant to contact the post office to have her mail withheld until the mailbox is repaired. • A Shafer man, 19, was cited at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 17 on westbound 170th Street N. and Jeffrey Avenue N. for speeding 74 mph in a 55 mph zone after deputies clocked him on radar and followed him at a matching speed. The driver stated that he knew he was speeding but that he was traveling at only 72 mph. • A Blooming Prairie man, 40, was cited at 2:22 a.m. Oct. 18 in the 12000 block of southbound

Forest Blvd. N. for driving after revocation after deputies pulled him over for a missing headlight and conducted a computer check. The motorist admitted to knowing about his revoked status. A licensed driver in the passenger seat took over behind the wheel for the rest of their trip. • A Roseville man, 18, was issued a written warning at 10:16 a.m. Oct. 18 on Goodview Avenue N. and 150th Street N. for speeding and a verbal warning for expired proof of insurance. • A Buffalo man, 37, was cited at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 18 on eastbound Oneka Lake Blvd. at Goodview Avenue N. for speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone by westbound deputies performing stationary radar patrol, who clocked him at 46 mph. • A resident in the 14000 block of Foxhill Avenue N. at 11:12 a.m. Oct. 18 reported receiving two automated voicemails stating that a lawsuit had been initiated on her behalf by the government. Deputies advised the complainant that it was all a scam. • A counterfeit $20 bill was reported passed at 10:25 p.m. Oct. 18 in the 14000 block of Victor Hugo Blvd. N. by a group of high school juveniles using it to pay for items they had bought. The reporter stated that she didn’t believe the youths knew about the counterfeit bill and that they were eventually able to pay with real currency. The counterfeit bill was taken into evidence. • A Forest Lake man, 25, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 14000 block of southbound Forest Blvd. N. on a Washington County warrant for misdemeanor disorderly conduct after deputies on routine patrol conducted a random National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check on his vehicle’s license plate number. After the computer run came up positive for expired status and deputies noticed that the driver’s side mirror was missing, they conducted a traffic stop. After identifying the motorist by his Nevada identification, deputies conducted a further NCIC check back in the squad car and came up with the outstanding warrant. • A Wyoming woman, 23, was cited at 12:39 p.m. Oct. 20 on 170th Street N. and Jeffrey Avenue N. for speeding 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. • A street light in the 5000 block of Frenchman Road was reported knocked over by a red pickup truck at 1:44 a.m. Oct. 21. Hugo Public Works was notified. • A Brooklyn Park man, 32, was cited at 10:11 a.m. Oct. 21 in the 6100 block of Egg Lake Road N. for speeding 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. • A resident in the 12000 block of Ingersoll Avenue N. at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 21 reported the delivery of a phishing e-mail asking for $1,000 in bitcoin and claiming to know that the complainant had looked at child porn. The complainant knew he had not looked at child porn and, therefore, recognized the phishing expedition. After the complainant told deputies he wanted to report the incident to the FBI, deputies gave him the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Web site address along with further information. Deputies also advised the complainant to block the e-mail address. • A Lino Lakes man, 44, was arrested at 6:24 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 4000 block of Victor Path for misdemeanor domestic assault and fourth-degree intentional damage to property following an incident in which he turned up at the home of the complainant upset that she had left a bar with another man. As he entered her garage, he yelled at her, pushed her to the ground, hit her, ripped off her necklace and threw it into the yard. He also damaged a vehicle at the site. Although he had plenty to say to the complainant, he had nothing to say to deputies. • A White Bear Lake man, 60, was reported at 10:53 a.m. Oct. 22 for failing to pay for the $30.15 in gas he pumped at the SuperAmerica station in the 14000 block of Forest Blvd. N. The staff at the gas station correctly retrieved the license number of the black PT Cruiser, as well as an accurate description of the driver, who was contacted via phone and received a voicemail message to pay for the gas. • At 5:28 p.m. Oct. 22, an employee at Hugo Elementary School in the 14000 block of Francesca Avenue N. reported that sometime during the day her vehicle was backed into by another vehicle with a trailer hitch and sustained a large dent to the front passenger side bumper. Loretta Harding

NOVEMBER 8, 2018



CENTENNIAL LAKES POLICE REPORTS The Centennial Lakes Police reported the following incidents: • An officer responded to the 3800 block of Lovell Road in Lexington Oct. 17 to assist a community service officer with a male who was complaining about traffic. The officer arrived and spoke to the male, who was uncooperative, angry and refused to give his information before leaving. • Police responded to a phone call report in the 100 block of South Drive in Circle Pines. The caller advised an unknown suspect removed the front license plate and was now

committing crimes with it. The plate was entered as stolen. • Police spoke to a resident from the 9500 block of Dunlap Avenue in Lexington Oct. 18 who said fraudulent purchases were made on his wife’s credit card. Officers gathered information and advised the male to report the case to his financial institution. • Officers responded to the 0 block of Pine Drive in Circle Pines for a theft report Oct. 18. Unknown suspects broke into a locked trailer at a construction site, taking several power tools. The estimated loss is $5,000.

• An officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 1800 block of Main Street in Centerville Oct. 18. Officers eventually identified and located a male and advised him of his inappropriate activity. • A business in the 7100 block of 21st Avenue in Centerville turned over a counterfeit bill Oct. 19. • Officers responded to a motor vehicle theft report in the 3800 block of Edith Lane in Lexington Oct. 19. The caller advised his 1991 Chevy Silverado was taken without his permission. There are no suspects at this time. • An officer conducted a traffic stop

on a moped for failing to stop in the area of Restwood Road and Albert Avenue in Lexington Oct. 19. The moped was found to be unregistered and was towed from the scene. • Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Lake Drive and Restwood Road in Lexington Oct. 20. A female driver was subsequently arrested for fourth-degree DWI. • Police responded to the 9000 block of South Service Drive in Lexington Oct. 20 on report of a fight. Police along with two males who were involved in the incident determined no charges would be fi led.

LINO LAKES POLICE REPORTS The Lino Lakes Police Department reported the following incidents: • Officers responded to the 7000 block of Centerville Road Oct. 23 to assist the Centennial Lakes Police Department in locating a male who fled from officers. The male was located and arrested for multiple offenses. • Officers responded to a call of a two-vehicle personal injury accident in the 6400 block of Hodgson Road Oct. 23. One driver was bleeding from the head and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. • Officers responded to a disorderly conduct report in the 700 block of Apollo Drive Oct. 23. Two adult females were subsequently issued citations for disorderly conduct. • An officer responded to a call of a hit-and-run property damage accident in the 700 block of Apollo Drive Oct. 24. No one was injured, and the case is under investigation. • Officers responded to a call of a suspicious male taking pictures in 7700 block of Fourth Avenue Oct. 24. The male was not be located by officers. • An officer responded to a possible abandoned postal truck blocking the roadway in the 100 block of Pine Street Oct.24. The officer found the vehicle and contacted the USPS, which arranged a tow for the vehicle. • An officer responded to a report of a dog that had been hit by a vehicle in the 6300 block of Otter Lake Road Oct. 25. The dog was returned to its owner.

patrol was requested. • Officers responded to a call of a two-vehicle personal injury accident in the 7500 block of Lake Drive Oct. 28. One party involved was transported to the hospital by ambulance. • Officers were dispatched to the area of Lexington Avenue and West Road in Circle Pines Oct. 24 on report of a suspicious male in the area. The male fled the area before officers arrived. • An assault was reported in the 4200 block of Woodland Road in Circle Pines Oct. 24. • Officers responded to a phone call theft report in the 8900 block of North Highway Drive in Lexington Oct. 24. The caller advised two bikes were stolen from her shed overnight. The estimated loss was $1,200; however, the bikes were later recovered. • Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage crash in the area of Lake Drive and Griggs Avenue in Lexington Oct. 25. An adult male was cited for driving without insurance and his vehicle was towed from the scene. The estimated damage was more than $1,000. • Officers responded to a license plate theft in the 1600 block of Sorel Street in Centerville Oct. 27. • Officers responded to the 200 block of Little John Drive in Circle Pines Oct. 27 for a warrant arrest. Police records state officers confi rmed the warrant and then entered the house with the consent of the homeowner. The male suspect was arrested without incident and transported to jail.

• Officers responded to a theft from vehicle report in the 200 block of Teckla Court Oct. 25. Officers collected evidence and are investigating the case.

• Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of Flowerfield Road in Lexington Oct. 28 on report of a found knife in a mailbox. Police retrieved the knife and brought it back to base.

• Officers responded to a sexual assault report from the 300 block of Elm Street Oct. 25. Officers received preliminary information and forwarded the case to investigations.

• Officers responded to a two-vehicle personal injury accident in the area of Lake Drive and Lexington Avenue in Lexington Oct. 28. One driver was subsequently arrested for third-degree DWI.

• An officer responded to a call of a severed gas line at a construction site in the area of Lake Drive and Marshan Lane Oct. 25. The gas utility company was advised to respond for repairs.

• An officer stopped for a motorist aid in the 7900 block of I-35E Oct. 16. An adult male was subsequently arrested for a warrant and drug charge.

• An officer responded to a complaint of juveniles ringing the doorbell of the complainant’s house (6300 block of Red Fox Road) and running away Oct. 25. The juveniles were not located. • Officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident with possible injuries in the 6000 block of Centerville Road Oct. 26. The female driver and male passenger reported no injuries, but Lino Lakes Fire was needed to extricate the male from the vehicle due to the damage severity. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the occupants were transported to their residence. • Officers responded to a report of a vehicle fi re in the roadway in the 6300 block of Hodgson Road Oct. 26. Officers arrived and used water cans to control the fi re until the fi re division arrived to put out the fi re. The vehicle was unoccupied. • Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 8000 block of I-35E Oct. 27. The vehicle was found to be stolen and the driver and passenger were arrested and transported to jail. • Officers responded to a report of several smashed pumpkins and a garbage can in the roadway near the 6400 block of 12th Avenue Oct. 27. • Officers responded to a residential burglary report in the 8200 block of 20th Avenue Oct. 28. Officers are currently investigating. • A resident from the 6700 block of Clearwater Creek reported a string of their holiday lights was cut Oct. 28. The suspects are unknown, and extra

• Officers received a phone call regarding a theft of a package in the 700 block of Town Center Parkway Oct. 16. Officers continue to investigate the case. • An officer responded to a neighbor dispute in the

7700 block of Marilyn Drive Oct. 16 regarding a homeowner mowing on the property of the neighbor. Options were discussed. • An officer responded to a neighbor dispute in the 6700 block of East Shadow Lake Drive Oct 16. Part of the complainant’s tree was cut down by a company hired by a neighboring resident without notice or consent of the complainant. • An officer responded for a two vehicle property damage accident involving a school bus at the intersection of Hodgson Road and Ash Street Oct. 17. No injuries were reported and one vehicle was towed from the scene. • An officer took a vehicle theft report in the 6000 block of Hodgson Road Oct. 17. The investigation is ongoing. • Officers were dispatched to a call of juveniles ringing door bells and running off in the 6700 block of Clearwater Creek Drive Oct. 17. An officer checked the area and wasn’t able to locate the juveniles. • An officer took a phone call report involving a theft from motor vehicle in the 1300 block of Timberwolf Trail Oct. 18. The investigation is ongoing. • Officers responded for a two vehicle personal injury accident in the 7300 block of Lake Drive Oct. 18. Officers arrived and gave care to the victim. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the accident location. • Officers responded to a call from a homeowner who reported a male passed out in his yard in the 6800 block of Rustic Lane Oct. 19. The male was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance. • An officer responded to a welfare check regarding a male sitting on the ground on the side of the road in the 6100 block of Bald Eagle Boulevard Oct. 19. The male claimed to have broken his ankle and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. • Officers assisted the State Patrol with a perimeter for a male who fled from the trooper in the area of I-35E and 80th Street E Oct. 20. • An officer responded to the report of a possible sick raccoon in the 2200 block of Foxtail Court Oct. 21. The raccoon did not have any obvious signs of illness and was moved away from the residence. • Officers took a theft from motor vehicle report from the 2300 block of Tart Lake Road Oct. 21. There is no suspect information at this time.


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Aqua Weed Stick: Tool makes boaters’ lives easier BY SHANNON GRANHOLM EDITOR

After Michaela Anderson spent an hour cleaning off her boat last summer, she was determined to make her life, and the lives of other boaters, much easier. This September, Anderson and her boyfriend, Justin Kofoed, launched the sale of a new tool, the Aqua Weed Stick. Anderson graduated from Centennial High School in 2011 and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in marketing and operations management in 2015. She was then hired as a supply chain analyst at the 3M Plant in Hutchinson, Minnesota, where she now works as a team leader (crew supervisor). For 10 years, another big part of Anderson’s life has been bass fishing in tournaments around the country. “In Minnesota, we have laws that require boaters to remove weeds any time they take their boat out of the lake. Being that I fish tournaments, I am going from lake to lake quite a bit, and a lot of them have weeds in them,” she explained. “One common problem I was running into was that my boat was so big that I just couldn’t reach them all, so I was crawling under the boat a lot to try to get them all off. You can get a fine, I don’t want to spread any invasive species and I like to keep my boat looking clean as well.”

One day last summer Anderson spent an hour cleaning her boat. “When I pulled my boat out of the lake, you couldn’t even see any of the trailer beam, it was just all weeds. By the time I was done, I was full of gravel and dirt, I was wet and had weeds all over me. It was really frustrating,” she recalled. On her drive home, Anderson got to thinking there had to be a solution. She came up with an idea and recruited Kofoed, an engineer, to turn her idea into a reality. Last fall the two purchased a 3-D printer and began experimenting with different prototypes for the Aqua Weed Stick. After about 30 versions, they came up with a product they felt was ready for boaters. The product launched in September. Anderson said the product is made in the U.S., as they use a company located in Plymouth for the injection molding process. The product is available in different sizes for boats of different sizes. Although the product is currently only available online, Anderson said they hope to expand availability to local retail stores. For more information, visit


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Centennial grad Michaela Anderson and her boyfriend Justin Kofoed recently released the Aqua Weed Stick.


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Former Lino Lakes resident Michaela Anderson demonstrates how to use the Aqua Weed Stick.

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A ‘royal’ Burger Night


The St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty attended Burger Night at the Hugo American Legion Wednesday, Oct. 24, to recognize the Hugo Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network and support military members and their families and to Knight network volunteers for their service. Led by King Boreas Tom Leonard and Prince of the North Wind Bob Flood, a Hugo resident and network volunteer, royalty members conveyed their honors upon worthy recipients Yolanda Von Itter, now known as the Countess of Caring and Duchess of Dedication; Phil Klein, the Yellow Ribbon Network and City Ruler Royal; Al Spannbauer, the Baron of Beef; and Gayle Spannbauer, Baroness of Burger Night and Czarina of the Smile. SUBMIT SUB SUBMITTED MITTED TED

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Lion District Governor Al Kvistero (left) congratulates Peder “Pete” Pedersen for his 25 years of distinctive service with the Hugo Lions Club.

Hugo Lion recognized for 25 years of service The Hugo Lions Club recently recognized Peder “Pete” Pedersen for his 25 years of distinctive service with the Hugo Lions. His years of continual service with the Hugo Club is not quite that of a "founding member" of the club but does mark a long tenure in time and contribution. The 25 years, even measured in "time," is not the full story of community commitment. Pedersen also logged 18 years prior to his Hugo Lions membership with the White Bear Lake Lions Club. Pedersen has held various positions with the Lions along the way, whether it be the post of past president (White Bear Lake and Hugo), part of the long-term tornado recovery team in 2008, Good Neighbor Days involvement, or planning the upcoming Senior Dinner. Pedersen meets every challenge with a quick affi rmative smile and a fi rm handshake. Pedersen’s community contribution is not limited to his Lions membership. He was a member of the Hugo Parks and Recreation Commission and is still active in a local Habitat For Humanity project, Generation Acres. Certainly, anyone that has worked with him is familiar with his attention to detail and enthusiasm on any project. Moreover, he balances attention to detail with an overarching sense of “for the good of all.” His fellow Lions will tell you he sees both the task and the greater good. Many of us already know what KARE 11 recognized in 2005 with his volunteer work with Amicus, a not-for-profit organization that works with the Department of Corrections, inmates and ex-offenders to build successful lives and stronger communities. Pedersen was the recipient of the 2005 11 Who Care Award, again an example of his commitment and action, to so many causes. Submitted by the Hugo Lions Club


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VETERAN: Continues to serve country FROM PAGE 1

He then attended flight school at Mather Air Force Base and Castle Air Force Base to learn how to navigate KC-135s (used for aerial refueling), which he did until 1997. He then continued his training and flew C-26Bs (used for counter drug work) from 1997 to 2001. In 2001 he went to Little Rock Air Force Base to learn to fly C-130s (a cargo aircraft). From 2003-2005, he flew 125 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I was deployed a lot during my career, all over the world, the south of France, South America, Honduras, Nicaragua, Columbia, Iraq ...” he said. “I really enjoyed it; the travel was unbelievable. One week I would be in Egypt at the pyramids and then, weeks later, at Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.” In 2008, Wesolaski made the decision to retire. “I just decided enough is enough. I was missing way too much.” He then worked in international business development at Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) for a couple of years, then as an industry manager for General Electric Company (GE) intelligent platforms (embedded com-


Scot Wesolaski served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years. During his service, he flew KC-135s, C-26Bs and C-130s.

puting) and in 2012 he started his own business in Hugo, Z Aerospace. “I serve small-to-medium manufacturers who build things for aircraft, tactical vehicles and just keep good people employed in manufacturing,” he explained. “My goal is to educate and train businesses on processes that involve marketing, business development and program/account management in a way that make sense to their product, and where it fits in the application, or solution.” When asked about what

Veterans Day means to him, Wesolaski said, “It is good for our country to recognize that there are some people who have made decisions to serve our country; it is not just a day off from work.” He noted that he is often surprised by the number of people who mix up the meaning of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or

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Planning & Zoning Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Special meetings are posted in the City Hall lobby. Public notices are now published in The Citizen; read them at www.presspubs. com (click on Public Notices).

HUGO CITY CALENDAR Nov. 8: Nov. 12: Nov. 13: Nov. 19: Nov. 20: Nov. 21:

Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. City Hall closed in observance of Veterans Day Board of Canvass 3:30 to 4:05 p.m. City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Historical Commission meeting at 1 p.m. EDA meeting at 5 p.m. Parks Commission meeting at 7 p.m.

LINO LAKES CITY CALENDAR Nov. 13: City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14: Planning & Zoning Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17: Recycling Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CITY OF HUGO WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA ORDINANCE 2018-489 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HUGO, MINNESOTA, AMENDING CHAPTER 2- ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE V- BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, DIVISION 3- PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE COMMISSION, SECTION 2-197 ORGANIZATION AND MEMBERSHIP THE CITY OF HUGO ORDAINS: Section 1. The City Council of the City of Hugo does hereby amend Chapter 2- ADMINISTRATION, Article V- BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, Division 3-PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE COMMISSION, SECTION 2-197 – ORGANIZATION AND MEMBERSHIP to read as follows: (C) One alternate member shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved the City Council. In the event of an absence of a regular commission member, the alternate member shall temporarily fill the seat of the absent member and exercise all powers of the regular member. An alternate member shall be appointed to a three-year term and is subject to the same membership requirements as a regular member. An alternate member is expected to attend all meetings and be prepared to participate and vote when necessary. Section 5. Severability. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction adjudges any part of this Ordinance to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect any other provision of this Ordinance not specifically included with that judgment. Section 6. Effective Date. These amendments shall take effect upon its passage and publication. ADOPTED BY THE HUGO CITY COUNCIL ON October 15, 2018. Tom Weidt, Mayor ATTEST: Michele Lindau, City Clerk Published one time in The Citizen on November 8, 2018.

CITY OF HUGO WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA ORDINANCE 2018-490 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HUGO, MINNESOTA, AMENDING CHAPTER 90 – ZONING AND LAND USE, ARTICLE II – ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT, SECTION 90-31 PLANNING COMMISSION THE CITY OF HUGO ORDAINS: Section 1. The City Council of the City of Hugo does hereby amend Chapter 90- ZONING AND LAND USE, Article II- ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT, SECTION 90-31 PLANNING COMMISSION to read as follows: (6) One alternate member shall be appointed by City Council. In the event of an absence of a regular commission member, the alternate member shall temporarily fill the seat of the absent member and exercise all powers of the regular member. An alternate member shall be appointed to a three-year term and is subject to the same membership requirements as a regular member. An alternate member is expected to attend all meetings and be prepared to participate and vote when necessary. Section 5. Severability. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction adjudges any part of this Ordinance to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect any other provision of this Ordinance not specifically included with that judgment. Section 6. Effective Date. These amendments shall take effect upon its passage and publication. ADOPTED BY THE HUGO CITY COUNCIL ON October 15, 2018. Tom Weidt, Mayor ATTEST: Michele Lindau, City Clerk Published one time in The Citizen on November 8, 2018.

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Cookoff proceeds benefit Yellow Ribbon The Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network received a $1,542 donation from Monica Fry with the Fry Group at the Nov. 5 City Council meeting. Councilman Chuck Haas, network chair, accepted the check. The money was raised from a BBQ cook off in September. “Their enduring support of our military members and their families is greatly appreciated,” Haas said.

BAY VIEW VILLAS: Deadlines closing in FROM PAGE 1

authorized city staff to spend up to $5,000 to remove the bituminous portion of the link between the trail and CSAH 14 and to remove and restore the curb and gutter according to county specifications on LaValle Drive, on the condition that Zimny makes his driveway decision by the close of business on Oct. 28. Because LaValle Drive currently enters CSAH 14 at an acute angle, developers plan to realign that road to meet the county road at a right angle. The reconfiguration of the drive means that the handful of driveways along the old LaValle Drive alignment would be impacted, none more so than Zimny’s driveway, which accesses his home at 7252 LaValle Drive. All activity waited for Zimny, whose property is across LaValle Drive from Outlot A of the future Bay View Villas development, to decide on how he wanted to configure his driveway to link up to the realigned street. Because the heavy equipment was set to start rolling fi rst thing Monday morning, Oct. 29, the developer needed to know Zimny’s wishes in writing by Oct. 28. However,

Zimny said the property lines between Outlot A and his property needed to be surveyed before he could decide. The trouble was, Zimny was going out of town within 24 hours of the meeting and wouldn’t return until November. “Frankie, you gotta make it happen,” City Attorney Kurt Glaser said. “I will come out to your house tomorrow morning at 10 and get you a good measurement,” City Engineer/Administrator Mark Statz told Zimny. “I’m a registered engineer, you know.” The future 7.3-acre Bay View Villas property, at 7265 and 7281 Main St., is located on a narrow strip of land between Centerville Lake and Peltier Lake. The number of new units in the development has been pared down to 18 and will be contained in two groups of homes straddling a cul-de-sac that is accessible from Main Street. The developers, who were originally hoping to break ground as early as August, realized some time ago that it would probably be September; by the night of the meeting, they were hoping that all parties would make deadline to keep the fi rst shovelful of dirt within the October window.

CENTERVILLE TIDBITS The Centerville City Council took the following action at its Oct. 24 meeting:

engineering and legal costs. The developer will deposit $5,000 into an interest-bearing account. To keep the account fully • Authorized an escrow agreefunded, it may be replenished ment for Old Mill Estates in by the developer as requested. preparation for grading per• Approved an escrow agreemit action ahead of final plat ment for Peltier Estates for the approval, which is anticipated purpose of obtaining a grading at the next council meeting. permit. As part of the grading permit, • Approved the Christmas Eve the city requires the posting of closure of City Hall on Monday, funds to an escrow account. Dec. 24. Staff will use personal The city would be authorized time off. to draw from those funds, if • Canceled the Dec. 26 regular necessary, for remediation mea- City Council meeting; subsesures such as site maintenance, quently, there will only be one financial security, ground regular council meeting in cover, screening, grading, a December. stormwater pollution plan, staff, • Approved special assessment

requests from five property owners to waive a public hearing and appeal and to allow assessment of the water lateral benefit fee of $6,500 to be paid over a period of 10 years at 5 percent interest instead of in one lump sum. • Learned from Centennial Lakes Police Department representatives that all the businesses in Centerville licensed to sell tobacco passed a recent compliance check. The council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at City Hall, 1880 Main St. Loretta Harding




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Cougar volley team finishes 18-11 The Centennial volleyball team’s season ended with a loss to Stillwater in the Section 4AA semifinals on Oct. 29. Stillwater, the eventual section champions, won 25-16, 25-7, 25-16. The Cougars posted an 18-11, including two section wins. They are pictured above on the occasion of coach Jackie Rehbein-Manthey’s 300th career win, against Spring Lake Park on Oct. 9. BRUCE STRAND | SUBMITTED

Mountain bike racers a hit at halftime BY BRUCE STRAND SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR


Friends and rival mountain bike racers Chihiro Gustafson left, and Ian Hase, put on an exhibition last month at the Bear vs. Mounds View football game to draw attention to their sport.

crowd, and especially the student section, were cheering like crazy.” Weinberger called it a “brilliant” concept that the kids “hatched on their own,” contacting the ADs, figuring out a format, and spreading the word out to students. The race was video-taped by the Minnesota High School Cycling League, which also provided its veteran announcer Jason Czeskleba to call the race and whip up the crowd. The video had around 80,000 views on Facebook, and a large amount of shares, as of Oct. 29. Hase also wrote a detailed press release on the event with the skill of a seasoned public relations writer.

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Teenage mountain bike racers Ian Hase and Chihiro Gustafson were mulling recently if there was a way to show a big audience how much fun their sport is to watch. Gustafson suggested a race between the two of them at halftime of a football game. It just happened that their respective high schools, White Bear Lake and Mounds View, had a game coming up at White Bear Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 17. “Ian told me one day, ‘Hey, we should do something to put the Minnesota High School Cycling League on the map,’ ” said Gustafson. “I had been thinking of doing some sort of event for the past four years but never acted on it. Ian gave me the push to go and present the idea.” Activities directors Brian Peloquin and Jim Galvin, respectively, were “super on board,” he said, and gave the boys support and resources. So the race was on, and it proved to be quite a hit — both with fans attending the game and on social media in the aftermath. Their two-lap (half-mile) race was fast, furious, and very close, with each school’s rooting gallery rising enthusiastically to cheer them on, clearly enjoying the unusual halftime entertainment. Hase, of White Bear Lake, pulled forward at the end to edge his friend from Mounds View. They proceeded to pedal another lap with hands clasped in a “V” to celebrate the moment. “It was a resounding success,” proclaimed Mark Weinberger, White Bear Lake’s cycling coach. “The

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Bruce Martins, a trainer with the National Center for Youth Development, wrote a Facebook post calling the event “revolutionary.” He added that when the MHSCL started seven years ago, they were inundated with calls from football coaches concerned about losing their athletes, so he was impressed that Hase and Gustafson were able to collaborate with a football game to take a big step in “making high school cycling a legitimate scholastic sport.” The White Bear Lake club team, in its fifth season, has 24 members (20 boys, four girls), up from 13 last year and 10 the year before. Hase is the varsity captain and Tehya Daniels is the JV captain. Kids need a helmet, cycling gloves, a team jersey which they keep, and a quality bike. They are one of 65 teams in the state. Competing on Sundays, they started in late August with a meet in Austin, followed by meets in Rochester, River Falls (WI), Duluth and the finale Oct.

27-28 with 1,500 riders, the Mount Kato State Championships in Mankato. At Mankato, White Bear Lake finished 23rd and Mounds View 28th of 40 teams in Division 2. Hase placed 26th and Gustafson 28th among 52 in the varsity race. Bennet Fischer of Mahtomedi was 25th. Also for White Bear Lake, Daniels was 9th of 25 in JV3 girls and Patrick Levins 18th of 109 in D1 freshman boys. Hase — who has a job fixing bikes at Chilkoot Cyclery and Cafe in Stillwater, while Gustafson works at CARs Bike Shop in Mounds View — had this to say about the Minnesota High School Cycling League: “The league’s mission is More Kids on Bikes. The league helps a lot of kids, who would usually not be in sports, compete and find a sense of community,” he stated. “The core values of the league include inclusiveness, equality, strong body, strong mind, and strong character.”

Swim coach incident aired to school board BY JANICE COLLOVA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WHITE BEAR LAKE — A resident of the White Bear Lake School District reported to the school board during its Oct. 8 meeting that he had been falsely accused by the White Bear swim team of abusing his daughter. He had wished to speak with administration privately about the situation, but after what he claimed was a month and a half of unreturned phone inquiries, he inquired to administration in front of the school board why the accusations would have come up. According to the resident, on Aug. 30 he arrived at his daughter’s swim practice at the White Bear YMCA to share concerns about an unidentified man who was waiting for her outside. Earlier that night the man had been seen peering through the resident’s property, and when confronted by the resident claimed that he and the resident’s daughter needed to be together. The man then left, and the resident followed him to the YMCA. At the YMCA, the resident noticed that the man’s car door was open, and thus was able to overhear the man leave a voicemail for the girl, saying that he was there to pick her up. After this, the resident went into the building and alerted his daughter, who became upset. The resident said that the swim coaches then “swooped in” and took his daughter to a private room, where they asked if her father was abusing her. “My daughter was coerced,” the resident

said, “and then led into a situation that was completely false.” Meanwhile, he was not allowed access to his daughter, as the coaches did not believe he had custody of her. The swim coaches then called the police. According to the resident, police said that the coaches “overstepped, and it was evident.” For legal purposes, the resident’s daughter was then taken to a hospital to be medically examined. Medical teams verified that she was not abused. Since this incident, the resident said that counselors have verified the same. After explaining this story, the resident asked the board why the swim coaches would have accused him of abuse, and why they had been unaware that he had full custody of his daughter when he was listed as a primary contact in the school system. He also asked why his inquiries for an explanation had yet to be returned. The school board’s public forum concluded. Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak and Board Chair Don Mullin said they would converse with the resident about the situation the following morning. “District administrators discussed the issue with the parent and reached out multiple times before the Oct. 8 School Board meeting,” stated Marisa Vette, director of communications and community relations after the meeting. “Following the board meeting, Superintendent Kazmierczak and multiple other administrators followed up with the parent.”

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“BOY ERASED” (R) [SEXUAL CONTENT, INCLUDING AN ASSAULT, SOME LANGUAGE, AND BRIEF DRUG USE.] — An engaging, factually based, well-acted, coming-of-age, realistic, down-to-earth, 114-minute film based on Garrard Conley’s memoir “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family” in which a gay, 19-yearold student (Lucas Hedges) is forced to participate in homosexual conversion therapy run by an unqualified preacher (Joel Edgerton) with other homosexuals (Théodore Pellerin, Xavier Dolan, David Joseph Craig, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Troye Sivan, et al. ) when a classmate (Joe Alwyn) tells his straitlaced, Baptist minister father (Russell Crowe), who owns a car dealership in Arkansas, and concerned mother (Nicole Kidman) that he is attracted to men.

“MID90S” (R) [PERVASIVE LANGUAGE, SEXUAL CONTENT, DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE, SOME VIOLENT BEHAVIOR/DISTURBING IMAGES—ALL INVOLVING MINORS.] — Foul language dominates this emotional, disturbing, realistic, down-to-earth, comingof-age, 84-minute, Jonah Hill film in which a 13-year-old boy (Sunny Suljic), who yearns to fit in and lives with his neglectful mother (Katherine Waterston) and abusive, angry brother (Lucas Hedges), grows up fast in Los Angeles when he seeks a connection and friendship with four pot-smoking, drinking skateboarders (Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, and Ryder McLaughlin) who take him under their wing.

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November started off pleasant enough but then came the weekend. It’s been a tough Fall doing yard work. Unless you have nothing better to do, we haven’t had much of a dry stretch to do leaves. I usually just like to mulch them with my mower. I was able to get a few hours in on Saturday. Granted the leaves were a bit wet still from previous rain, but I was able to get the job done. It looked pretty good. Then came Sunday. A little snow, no collection, some light rain and wind, and thanks to a red oak it didn’t look like I’d done much of anything. We need a nice run of sunny and drier weather.


“WILDLIFE” (PG-13) [THEMATIC MATERIAL, INCLUDING A SEXUAL SITUATION, BRIEF STRONG LANGUAGE, AND SMOKING.] — Beautiful cinematography and landscapes highlight this captivating, realistic, bittersweet, well-acted, moving, critically acclaimed, 104-minue Paul Dano film based on Richard Ford’s 1990 novel in which a sensitive, mature 15-year-old high school student (Ed Oxenbould), who has a part-time job at a photography studio working for a photographer (John Walpole), grows up fast when he watches his mother (Carey Mulligan) struggle to support the household and then become drawn to a wealthy, divorced businessman (Bill Camp) after his proud father (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job as a caddy at the local golf course and accepts a dangerous job fighting wildfires near the Canadian border in 1960. WENDY SCHADEWALD The preceding p films were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, Schadewal Scha dewal who has been a Twin Cities film critic since sinc nce ce 1986. 19 198 98 To see more of her film reviews, log on to to ww ww

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PUMPKIN MANIA: Shortage of trick-or-treaters creates longstanding tradition


Since 2001, the Furchner family has made it a tradition to carve as many pumpkins as they can the Saturday before Halloween with the help of their family, friends, neighbors and strangers.


One of the only rules for the tradition is that no two pumpkins can be carved with the same design.


What originally started out as a ploy to attract more trick-or-treaters has now grown into a family tradition that stretches back for over 40 years. Since 2014, Lino Lakes residents have likely seen carved pumpkins on display in the 400 block of Arrowhead Drive near Shenandoah Park. This year, there were 102 one-of-a-kind jack-o’-lanterns. “It honors my parents,” said Ami Furchner, who took over the tradition back in 2001 with her own family—husband Jason, son Brayden and daughter Josie. “Everything that my parents and grandparents did was always about the kids and that's really what this is. They can come and have fun.” Furchner grew up in Gladstone, Michigan. Because many of her parents' neighbors were elderly, many of the trick-or-treaters would skip their block. “It really bothered my mom,” she said. Her mom was determined to attract some traffic on Halloween, so she started growing pumpkins. As the number of pumpkins began to multiply, her parents switched over to buying pumpkins—by the truckloads. Carved pumpkins lined their driveway, went down the sidewalk and down to the main street to draw in trick-or-treaters. Five years into the tradition, her mother's sister, who lived a couple of streets away, started her own carving tradition. At that point, it became a competition as to who could carve the most pumpkins. Her parents continued the tradition for 25 years. In 2001, Ami decided she wanted to honor her parents by continuing the tradition with her family in Roseville. “Everybody decorates for Christmas, and not a lot of people do it for Halloween,” she explained. “My dad was always very encouraging of us to be artistic and free ... he would always say, ‘There are no mistakes, only opportunities for great art,'” adding that her dad once yelled at one of her teachers after she got in trouble for coloring outside of the lines. Jason, however, was not immediately on board with fi lling his yard with jack-o’-lanterns. “He said absolutely not, there is no way, this is never going to happen, don't even think about it,” Ami said laughing. When Brayden was a year old, they had seven carved pumpkins. “We put them up on risers and when we turned on the Christmas lights (inside), Brayden's face just lit up. I looked at Jason — watching him, I knew we had got him. He complains a lot, but he really likes when they are up and he can visit people.” The Friday before Halloween, all of the pumpkins are gutted and on Saturday at noon the


Brayden Furchner and his girlfriend Brooke Lund carve pumpkins during the carving party Saturday, Oct. 27.

carving party begins. Family, friends, neighbors and strangers all gather at the Furchners and carve until all the pumpkins are carved. Many of their Roseville friends still take part of the tradition as well. The only rule? Each pumpkin has to be unique. The jack-o’-lanterns are then displayed neatly on risers and lit up with LED Christmas lights. On average, there are around 140 on display; this year there were fewer, because of all of the rain, which caused many pumpkins to rot. Ami and Jason were thinking about stopping the tradition after Brayden graduated from high school last year, but Josie wasn't having it—she said they had to continue carving until she graduates from high school in a couple years and maybe longer. While they were out picking out pumpkins, Josie suggested she might go to a nearby community college for a couple of years to keep the carving tradition alive even longer. “People are always welcome to come,” Ami said. “People often feel like they are invading our space, but they can come and look, take pictures.” Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or


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In addition to carving a bunch of pumpkins, Ami Furchner’s parents Mark and Sue Phillips always dressed up on Halloween as Frankenstein and a witch.

“Everybody decorates for Christmas, and not a lot of people do it for Halloween.” Ami Furchner



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Princess Party meet and greet


Above: Evelyn Schroeder, 3, chats with the snow queen and snow princess during the Princess Party at Hugo City Hall Saturday, Nov. 3. Following a story time session, the audience of children and adults formed a line to visit and take photos with the visiting royalty. Far left: Although far outnumbered by the females attending the event, Teo Bosc, 4, waited patiently and got a chance to visit with the princess and queen.

Attorney General calls for ‘distracted driving’ reforms

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson issued a report last month calling on state policymakers to enact legislation to require hands-free only cellphone use while driving, to increase the penalties for texting while driving and to require the suspension of the driver’s licenses of repeat offenders. “We need to change the culture around distracted driving and make it not be OK for people to do this. Drunken driving, which was once largely condoned, is now stigmatized. We should apply some of the successful drunken driving reform measures to distracted driving, which has become an epidemic on the roads,” said Swanson. Calling distracted driving an “epidemic,” Swanson was joined by police, business and labor groups, and families who lost loved ones to distracted driving. She said her findings were based on an assessment of how other states have handled the issue. Swanson’s office also examined texting while driving charges in Minnesota and noted that the problem is not limited to the youngest drivers. In 2017, drivers age 16-29 represented 22 percent of drivers but 47 percent of texting while driving charges; drivers age 30-49 represented 33 percent of drivers but 42 percent of texting while driving charges. Swanson’s office — which has handled over 15,000 driver’s license revocation cases following impaired driving arrests in the last three years — studied the distracted driving reforms utilized in other states. Her report makes the following recommendations: • Prohibit hand-held cellphones while driving. The Legislature should require hands-free cellphone use while driving. If enacted, Minnesota would be the 17th state to do this. This would improve driver safety and make it easier for police to distinguish whether a driver is making a call or texting. • Increase penalties for texting while driving. The Legislature should increase the fi ne for fi rst-time texting while driving to $175. Minnesota law currently imposes a fine of $50 (the same as the fine imposed for driving below the posted limit). The

Legislature should also increase the fines for repeat offenders, using a graduated schedule like many other states (i.e., the fine for a second offense is more than the fi rst, etc.) • Suspend licenses of repeat offenders. The Legislature should require the mandatory suspension of a driver’s license for repeat texting while driving offenses. Several states already do this. For example, Maine requires the imposition of 30-, 60and 90-day suspensions for second-, third- and fourth-time offenders, respectively. Minnesota should follow suit. • More funding for public awareness. The Legislature should appropriate additional funds to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to implement comprehensive, multifaceted, anti-texting-whiledriving campaigns paired with periods of heightened, visible law enforcement activity. Such campaigns can be modeled after successful public awareness efforts that — along with enforcement actions — have led to reduced DWI fatalities in Minnesota in the last decade. The Legislature should also modify Minnesota law to make sure the state does not lose out on federal distracted driving grants. This would include banning all cellphone use by minors while driving, placing the minimum fine for repeat offenders in state law, and requiring Minnesota to adopt a rule requiring distracted driving and texting while driving to be covered on all driver’s license examinations. Swanson notes that distracted driving results in over 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries annually in the U.S. In Minnesota, there are more than 50 deaths each year in proven cases of distracted driving, although the actual number of deaths and injuries is likely much higher. From 2013 to 2017, 265 people were killed in Minnesota and 1,080 suffered serious injuries in distracted driving crashes. One in five crashes resulting in death or serious injury during that period was caused by distracted driving. Submitted by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

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