Sun Current Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 E-cigarettes regulated in Edina Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:57 +0000 E-cigarettes are now included in Edina’s ordinance regulating cigarettes. The ordinance also includes electronic delivery devices in the definition of tobacco-related devices, requiring any business selling these items to hold a city tobacco license.

E-cigarettes cannot be used in bars and restaurants; offices or workplaces; retail stores; common areas or rental apartments; buildings, hotels and motels; public transportation; work vehicles if more than one person is present; home offices with one or more employees onsite; educational facilities; auditoriums, arenas and meeting rooms; day cares or health care facilities. It doesn’t prohibit smoking outdoors, except in city parks, regardless of distance from a building.

The Edina City Council approved the change at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Info: 952-826-0466 (Community Health Administrator Jeff Brown).

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Letter: Faulty math used in police call comparison Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:36 +0000 To the editor:

In your cover article about the 66 West project, Lee Blons, the executive director of Beacon Interfaith, is quoted as stating: “The average is 1.4 police calls per month per property, which is lower than the number of police calls for the Colony (of Edina).” What Blons fails to mention is that the Nicollet Square property has 42 units while the Colony at Edina has just over 300. Blons offers a not only a skewed perspective, but also faulty math.

I do hope the city council will give more weight to those who live in the 55435 zip code and less to outsiders. Please do not take the Beacon disinformation at face value; they speak only to further their own agenda.

Mary Cassell


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Letter: Edina students need more time to eat lunch Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:03 +0000 To the editor:

Are you required to eat your lunch in 10 minutes and throw away what you can’t finish?

At Creek Valley elementary School, I was taught to “Go Out And Make a Difference.” I was a fifth-grade student last year at Creek Valley. The school policy is 20 minutes, but I never had 15 minutes to eat.

I have good manners, but I could never finish my lunch. I would be so hungry, I would sneak food to the bathroom in the afternoon. I kept track of the time I had to eat for 20 days. The average time to eat was about 10 minutes, the longest was 14 minutes, and the shortest was 6 minutes. The other 10 minutes were spent waiting to be called in from recess, going to our lockers, washing our hands, waiting in line to get our food, and sometimes waiting in the classroom. All of this must be accomplished during the 20-minute time to eat.

Creek Valley should increase the 20-minute lunch period. First, there is not enough time to eat in about 10 minutes. Second, when we have more time to eat we have better nutrition and you are healthier. Third, when you eat healthier, it takes more time to eat. Fourth, you waste less food. Finally, nutrition and learning go hand in hand and several studies recommend longer lunch periods.

Haley Paulson



Haley is an 11-year-old who is heading into sixth grade at Valley View Middle School.

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Bloomington cable television schedule, Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:41:02 +0000 Cable Channel 14 TV Listing

Friday, Aug. 29

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Aug. 14 to Sept. 11

6:30 p.m. Indian Mounds Grade 1: Eensy Weensy Spider

7:30 p.m. Jefferson Band Pops Concert

10 p.m. Bloomington Today: Public Safety

10:30 p.m. Chamber Business Matters – Bloomington Police Crime Scene Investigation

11:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Saturday, Aug. 30

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Aug. 14 to Sept. 11

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: Public Safety

7 p.m. Bloomington State of the City 2014

8 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

8:30 p.m. Football: St. Louis Park at Jefferson

Sunday, Aug. 31

6 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Block Captains’ Workshop: Kick Off & K-9 Demonstration

7 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Block Captains’ Workshop: Environmental Health

7:30 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Block Captains’ Workshop: Emergency Preparedness

8 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Get On Up”

8:30 p.m. Arts in the Parks – Everett Smithson Band

10 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Aug. 14 to Sept. 11

10:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: Public Safety

11 p.m. Commission Updates: August

11:30 p.m. Bloomington Gold 2014: Power Company

Monday, Sept. 1

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Aug. 14 to Sept. 11

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: Public Safety

7 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: Bathroom Dos and Don’ts – Bath Fitter

8 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: LED Lighting, the Hows, Whats and Where to Buy

9 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Kirk Anderson, Rotary Club Radio

10 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Steve Peterson – A Reflection on City Council Service

10:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Into the Storm”

11 p.m. Continental Ballet: Invitation to the Dance

Tuesday, Sept. 2

6 p.m. Arts in the Parks – Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys

7:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: Public Safety

8 p.m. Inside Jefferson Football: Sept. 2

8:30 p.m. Inside Kennedy Football: Sept. 2

9 p.m. Bloomington Community Foundation Legacy Award – David Fong

10 p.m. Medalist Concert Band: Art into Music

11:30 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Aug. 14 to Sept. 11

Wednesday, Sept. 3

6 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: Discover Bloomington

7 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: LED Lighting the Hows, Whats and Where to Buy

8 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Kirk Anderson, Rotary Club Radio

9 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: Bathroom Dos and Don’ts – Bath Fitter

10 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Steve Peterson – A Reflection on City Council Service

10:30 p.m. Inside Jefferson Football: Sept. 2

11 p.m. Inside Kennedy Football: Sept. 2

11:30 p.m. Commission Updates: August

Thursday, Sept. 4

6 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Students Together Respecting the Importance and Purpose of Education in Schools

7 p.m. Bloomington Crime Prevention Association: Grant Awards Ceremony 2013

8 p.m. Commission Updates: August

8:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

9 p.m. Bloomington Today: Discover Bloomington

9:30 p.m. Medalist Concert Band: Art into Music

11 p.m. Bloomington Community Foundation Legacy Award – David Fong

The Bloomington Channel 14 daily schedule starts at 6 p.m. and repeats every six hours for the next 24 hours. Other local channels are BEC-TV 15 (952-681-5900); and BCAT 16 (952-563-4980). For more information check cable Channel 96, or call 952-563-8874.

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Bloomington community calendar, Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:37:12 +0000

Saturday, Aug. 30


When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road



When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Air National Guard Museum, 670 General Miller Drive, St. Paul



When: 10 a.m.

Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Mall of America, Bloomington



When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Bloomington Visitor Center, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E.


Sunday, Aug. 31


When: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul



When: 1:30-4 p.m.

Where: Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington



When: 3-4 p.m.

Where: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington



When: 3 p.m.

Where: Bloomington Visitor Center, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E.


Tuesday, Sept. 2


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 3601 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

Info: 952-922-0880

Wednesday, Sept. 3


When: 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 763-416-2608 (Doug)


When: 5 p.m.

Where: Charaka Community Support Program, 7888 12th Ave. S., Bloomington


Thursday, Sept. 4


When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington


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Richfield School Board members get laptops in cost-saving move Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:17:46 +0000 The thick packets of information that Richfield School Board members receive before each meeting are still delivered to their doorsteps by hand, but that is about to change.

Under the leadership of a new administration, the school board will now receive the packets – 50-70 pages each – in electronic form, a measure estimated to save almost 50 percent over the old system.

The old process meant Executive Secretary Pat Vaughan was “literally driving to people’s houses to deliver” the packets, Supt. Steve Unowsky explained during a Monday, Aug. 18, school board meeting. The board, receptive to the plan last week, will formally vote Tuesday, Sept. 2, to put the new process into action.

To facilitate the move to electronic
distribution, each of the six board members will receive laptop computers from the district, at a cost of $676 each, for a total of $4,056. Under Director of Technology Anthony Padrnos’ plan, the computers will be replaced every three years.

“$4,000 seemed like a lot of money when I first looked at it,” Unowsky said.

But he had Padrnos run the numbers. Padrnos found that despite the cost of the computers, electronic packet distribution will save the district about $4,000 over the course of the three-year replacement cycle. That is considering the ink, paper and copying costs of the old system, and does not factor in the time it takes to deliver the packets, according to

It will also allow board members “the opportunity to review materials more efficiently,” he added.

Board members normally receive the packets Friday afternoons, giving them the weekend to prepare for their regular Monday meetings, which take place bimonthly during the school year and once per month in the summer. The new process should give them a day’s jump on their homework, according to Unowsky.

The board will receive traditional laptops instead of other options such as iPads, because those tablet devices don’t allow users to have multiple applications open at once, Padrnos said, meaning it would be inconvenient to execute tasks such as taking notes on a word processing program while also reading a PDF file.

Also, Padrnos gravitated away from alternatives like Chromebooks due to security issues. Chromebooks rely on web-based programs, which Padrnos concluded would pose a greater threat to security and the privacy of documents.

Under his plan, board members will download the information packets in PDF form from the district website. More sensitive information, such as that regarding personnel issues, will be emailed to board members at their district email addresses.

Boardmember Tim Pollis wondered whether the new system would be better served by using a four-year replacement process, considering that board members’ terms last that duration.

While Unowsky left open the possibility that board members might have the option to stretch the lifespan of their computers, Padrnos explained that the cycle proposed under his plan was in keeping with the three-year cycle used for computers throughout the district. It would allow the board’s computers to be acquired as part of the district’s bulk purchases, he said.

According to Unowsky, the district will be prepared to implement the electronic system in time for the board’s expected Sept. 2 approval.


Contact Andrew Wig at or follow him on Twitter @RISunCurrent.

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Eagles tame Tigers in football opener Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:16:51 +0000 There was no letdown for defending state 6A champion Eden Prairie during its football opener against host Minneapolis South Aug. 27.

The Eagles, ranked first in state pre-season polls, lived up to their high rating by defeating the Tigers 48-6 before a large and emotionally-charged crowd at Minneapolis South’s athletic stadium.

South players entered that season-opening game against Eden Prairie with heavy hearts. The players were dealing with the tragic loss of their 15-year-old teammate Sha-kym Adams, who drowned in Lake Nokomis during early August.

Adams would have been a sophomore wide receiver for the Tigers. The school held a pre-game ceremony in honor of Adams and presented his parents, Kimberly Adams and Sharrod Rowe, with their son’s No. 17 jersey and letter jacket.

Eden Prairie showed its respect as the Eagle cheerleaders presented Adams’ family with roses. The Eagle marching band was also on hand for the game.

“It was a great night and atmosphere at South,” said Eden Prairie coach Mike Grant. “It was a wonderful pre-game ceremony and our band’s performance helped make the night more special.”

Coach Grant indicated a week ago that he has great respect for the Minneapolis South players and coaching staff. But there was not much the Eagle coach could do to keep down the final margin of victory. Eden Prairie played everybody on its roster in the victory against the over-matched Tigers.

Eden Prairie, three-time defending state champion, bolted to a 25-0 first-quarter lead. Will Rains sprinted 28 yards for one touchdown. He is a senior running back after playing the last two seasons with Eastview before his family moved to Eden Prairie.

J.D. Spielman returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and Blake Cashman scored on a 42-yard interception return for the Eagles. Rains finished first-quarter scoring on a 1-yard run.

Both teams scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Alec Hetherington ran 1 yard for an Eagle score. South’s lone touchdown of the game came on an 85-yard pass.

Brandon Gould kicked a 29-yard field goal before halftime as EP increased its lead to 34-6.

Eden Prairie added one touchdown in each of the final two quarters. Belal Omar scored on a 5-yard run and Tom Swartout powered his way for a 3-yard TD run.

“I thought our offensive line played well,” said Grant. “And we were able to play everybody in the game.

“Sixteen different players carried the ball for us in this game.”


Contact Greg Kleven at

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Does your dream include a log home? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:46:19 +0000 LogHomesIt’s probably safe to assume that almost every Minnesotan has their idea of the perfect getaway in the northwoods next to a lake.

We’ve probably marveled at the craftsmanship at a favorite resort lodge or a well-constructed vacation home, the finely woven log construction and natural beams, the gleen of polished wood, and said, “Some day…”

Well, some day does come. Log Homes MN, based in Walker, Minnesota, has been making those dreams a reality for 35 years, building custom homes  for clients throughout the state on their favorite tract of land. Log Homes MN works often with extended families. In fact, their number one source of business is referral, clients telling friends and family members.

Log Homes Minnesota has the expertise and flexibility to start at the blueprint state with every client … so your log home can be whatever you want it to be. The home is designed to meet your needs and budget and enhance your property.

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Their customer testimonials are impressive:

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In 2002, the beautiful wooded lot next door to us became available. We contacted Steve Larson again and decided to build a second home with Log Homes MN on the new lot. Our second home was a modification of the first, similar in some respects, but also very different in others. The building process, however, was the same – efficient and enjoyable. The second home was completed in May 2003. Building a second home with the same builder within 2 1/2 years of the first building experience says a lot about the builder. I’m not looking to build a third house soon but if we were we would build it with Log Homes MN. We found that their costs were competitive, they completed things when they said they would, their “builders” were craftsmen, their subs were easy to work with and respectful. We couldn’t be happier with the product that we received from Log Homes MN and we do not hesitate in recommending them to anyone considering building a home.”

Log Homes Minnesota is located just north of Walker, which is in north central Minnesota, right on highway 371. You can’t miss it, as they have three model homes, that provide the perfect opportunity to view the outstanding quality up close and give you plenty of ideas to incorporate into your dream home.

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Edina to discuss conflict of interest policy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:48 +0000 A potential conflict of interest policy for elected and appointed city officials will be on the docket for discussion at a future Edina City Council work session.

The Edina Planning Commission began working on a conflict of interest policy in June. Councilmember Josh Sprague asked during the Aug. 4 city council meeting for a draft conflict of interest policy be presented to the council Aug. 19 that would create a standard policy for the council and all of its advisory boards and commissions. Councilmember Joni Bennett said Aug. 19 that she likes a uniform policy for both elected and appointed officials.

The draft given to the council during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, was based on the city of Brainerd’s conflict of interest policy. Bennett said the city will take public comment on the policy before it’s adopted because it applies to boards and commissions also, while Councilmember Ann Swenson clarified that the council wasn’t planning to take action on the draft policy Aug. 19.

State law regulates conflict of interest for local officials, but it received a failing grade in an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity.

The Edina school district already has a conflict of interest policy in place regulating school board members, adopted in 2009, and regulating district staff, adopted in 2012.

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Upcoming demo of Pentagon Park buildings Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:45 +0000 The buildings on Pentagon Park south of West 77th Street are set for demolition later this fall.

The building housing the Cradle Club is the exception, and Hillcrest Development is working on finding a long-term solution for the day care within Pentagon Park. That building will be demolished at a later date, Hillcrest Development owner Scott Tankenoff told the Edina City Council in his quarterly update on the project Tuesday, Aug. 19.

He clarified that they don’t have buildings yet designed for the south property and the council hasn’t approved anything. He said he anticipates being at council sometime next year with those plans. The building designs will go through the sketch plan review process and the formal Planning Commission and Edina City Council approval process, he said.

They plan to begin removing the asbestos and lead-based paint from the buildings on the south property around Labor Day and demolition will begin in the late October-early November timeframe, he said. During the project, they’ll also be tracking the volumes of hazardous material taken out, recycled materials that go off site and recycled material that stays on site, he said. The purpose is to understand how much material is going into or kept out of a landfill, as well as gas used or trucks being kept off the roads because materials don’t need to be transported to a landfill.

Hillcrest Development is planning to host a demolition event at the start for city officials, people involved with Pentagon Park and neighbors.

They’ll also be setting up a website with project updates and information for the public, along with a place for people to submit questions, he said.

Prior to the demolition, the six-story south tower will be used for fire department training for Edina and the surrounding cities, he said. Councilmember Ann Swenson noted that it’s rare for the department to have a six-story building like that available for training. Law enforcement and SWAT may also be able to use the building for training, Tankenoff said.

With all the Pentagon Park’s blighted three-story buildings, it can provide space for future police and fire department training, benefitting the community because its first responders will be able to train more, but Pentagon Park won’t become a permanent training facility, he said. Swenson added that the city will notify neighbors prior to a training exercise.

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