Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:25:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mountain bike team finishes season in third place http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/mountain-bike-team-finishes-season-in-third-place/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/mountain-bike-team-finishes-season-in-third-place/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:25:22 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140166 In its second year of existence, the Edina Mountain Bike Team finished the season in third place in the large school Division 1, behind Hopkins and Duluth East. This was the first year for middle school mountain bike teams to race and Edina’s middle school team of seventh and eighth graders finished in 11th place. The team was coached by Tom Kendall, Kristi Trostel and Bill Smeaton.

In addition to racing as a team, students also compete as individuals. The individuals ranking:

Middle school team: Jack Merriam, 13th; Ansel Smith, 16th; Roscoe Markert, 17th; Aiden Swann, 18th; Hans Janovy Meyer, 20th; Daniel Tyson, 21st; Biren Katyal, 22nd; Henry Jackson, 23rd.

High school team: Varsity boys – Jack Ellingson, seventh; Max Ellingson, 22nd; Junior varsity boys – Jason Colestock, second; Frank Delaney, fifth; Sawyer Kane, 13th; Will Battel, 24th; Patrick LaChance, 28th; Kyle Smeaton, 42nd; Sophomore girls – Lydia Reiner, sixth; Sophomore boys – Ben Leonard, sixth; Sam Parmekar, 15th; Anders Nelson, 20th; Caelan Maitland, 24th; Freshmen girls – Anna Lampron, eighth; Caroline Ellingson, ninth; Gabi Mazion, 10th; Freshmen boys – Sebastien Frimat, second; Alec Manderscheid, fifth; Alex Bourgeault, seventh; Matthew Smeaton, 13th; Jack Passolt, 15th; Jack Tyson, 18th; Ben Engen, 19th; Ian Yang, 27th; Ben Dahlager, 28th; Bowdy Gustafson, 30th; Peter Larson, 33rd. (Submitted photos)

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Edina students compete in Miss Dance Team Minnesota http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-students-compete-in-miss-dance-team-minnesota/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-students-compete-in-miss-dance-team-minnesota/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:23:52 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140161 Five Edina High School varsity dance team members, Isabelle Beddor, Emma Caris, Maia Karpinsky, Ananda Wielock and Etta Winje, competed in the Miss Dance Team Minnesota competition Oct. 26 at Eagan High School. Miss Dance Team Minnesota is a dance-based competition with participants from most major high school dance teams in Minnesota. A single winner and a team winner represent the state at the Miss Dance/Drill Team USA pageant in Los Angeles. Emma Caris was awarded fifth place among all seniors with a solo routine in the Miss Dance Team division. She was also selected for Team Minnesota and will be competing with 19 additional award-winning dancers as Team Minnesota in the national competition in March. Ananda Wielock was also awarded second place in the freshman division. (Submitted photos)ed20COdance-2BW ed20COdanceBWBW

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Edina Chorale begins its 30th season http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-chorale-begins-its-30th-season/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-chorale-begins-its-30th-season/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:20:54 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140154 The Edina Chorale will begin its 30th season with two pre-Thanksgiving Day performances.

The first performance will feature the youth choirs from Edina Community Education and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at South View Middle School, 4725 Southview Lane, Edina.

The second performance begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E. Tickets are $15 or $5 for K-12 students, sold in advance or at the door.

The centerpiece of the concert will be American folk songs for string quartet and choir, “In Endless Song: A Mosiac of American Folk Music” by Minnesota’s Daniel Kallman. The Loring String Quartet will accompany the chorale on the piece. The concert will also feature music that helped shape America, including works by William Billings, Woody Guthrie and Aaron Copland.

The Edina Chorale is also hosting a food drive for Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, and concert goers can donate at the concert a nonperishable item for VEAP, a nonprofit that serves residents in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and south Minneapolis.

Info/tickets: edinachorale.org.

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Semi rollover http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/semi-rollover/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/semi-rollover/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:11:27 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140141 A semi-truck rolled over on eastbound Highway 62 at Valley View road around 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, stopping traffic on the highway for about an hour. (Submitted photo by Joseph Palmersheim)ed20PFsemiBW

 

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One person injured in apartment building fire http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/one-person-injured-in-apartment-building-fire/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/one-person-injured-in-apartment-building-fire/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:08:57 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140139 One person was injured in a fire at an Edina apartment building.

The Edina Fire Department responded to reports of a fire alarm sounding at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, on the 6600 block of Vernon Avenue.

Fire crews discovered smoke on the third floor and a resident extinguishing the fire. The unit was significantly damaged and sent smoke down the hallways. An adult female was transported to the hospital after suffering from apparent smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

The Edina Fire Department received mutual aid from the Hopkins, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park Fire departments.

Edina Fire Marshal Jeff Siems reminds residents to have working smoke alarms that are checked monthly, replace the batteries in the smoke alarms twice a year and exit immediately upon hearing a fire alarm sound even if a fire can’t be seen right away.

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Edina teacher saved from choking http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-teacher-saved-from-choking/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-teacher-saved-from-choking/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:08:04 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140137 A Valley View Middle School teacher was saved from choking with the help of three students and a paraprofessional.

Seventh grade social studies teacher Cathy Weller choked on a carrot while she was alone in her classroom Nov. 3.  She went out into the hallway to get help and students Annika Nelson, Grace Goetzmann and Hailey Felt tried performing the Heimlich on her.

Felt ran to get the school nurse when it didn’t work. While she was on her way to the nurse’s office, paraprofessional Erik Vetsch came across the group and dispelled the carrot from Weller’s throat. Weller went to the hospital for X-rays.

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Edina Police Report, Nov. 3-9 http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-police-report-nov-3-9/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-police-report-nov-3-9/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:06:47 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140135 For Nov. 3 through Nov. 9, the Edina Police Department answered the following calls:

Nov. 3 – Four 18-year-old Minneapolis men and a 19-year-old Minneapolis man were arrested for four incidents in Edina. They were arrested for possession of stolen property and fleeing police on the 4600 block of Casco Avenue, with the reported loss of miscellaneous items totaling $301. They were arrested for theft from a vehicle on the 5000 block of Bruce Avenue, with the reported loss of a wallet valued at $162. They were arrested for theft from a vehicle on the 5300 block of Kellogg Avenue, with the reported loss of a wallet and phone totaling $1,645. They were arrested for theft from a vehicle on the 5300 block of Minnehaha Boulevard, with the reported loss of a handicap placard.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for possession of stolen property, giving a false name to police and tampering with a vehicle at 3925 44th Street.

Cash totaling $213 was reported stolen from a cash register in a robbery at 5826 Lincoln Drive.

Nov. 4 – Fraudulent use of a debit card was reported.

A canoe, valued at $500, was reported stolen from a yard on the 6200 block of Sandpiper Court.

Cash totaling $70 was reported stolen from a purse on the 3200 block of 76th Street.

A 20-year-old Minneapolis woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana at 4401 France Avenue after a traffic stop.

Nov. 5 – A 25-year-old Lakeville woman was arrested for second-degree DWI at Highway 100 and 70th Street after a traffic stop.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing totaling $304 was allegedly shoplifted at Macy’s.

A laptop, valued at $1,800, was reported stolen from a vehicle at 5400 France Avenue.

A 20-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing worth $540 was allegedly shoplifted at JCPenney.

A vehicle’s window was reported broken at 5050 France Avenue.

A 24-year-old Edina woman was arrested for fourth-degree DWI at 4356 France Avenue after a traffic stop.

Nov. 6 – A 24-year-old Bloomington woman and a 29-year-old Minnetonka woman were arrested for possession of hypodermic needles at 6604 York Avenue after a traffic stop.

Money totaling $498 was reported stolen at Southdale Center after the funds were transferred in payment for a nonexistent bill.

A monitor and projector, total value of $899, was reported stolen from Church of St. Patrick, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane.

A 41-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for burglary and domestic assault on Xerxes Avenue.

A wallet, valued at $40, was reported stolen from a purse at Pittsburgh Blue at Galleria.

A 23-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for theft at Cub Foods, 6775 York Ave, after miscellaneous items totaling $48 was allegedly shoplifted.

Nov. 7 – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from Walgreen’s, 4916 France Ave.

Nov. 8 – A 14-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted in the parking lot at South View Middle School, 4725 Southview Lane. The case is under investigation and more information was not available.

Patio furniture and a bicycle, total value of $330, were reported stolen from a garage in a burglary at 5146 Lincoln Drive.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing totaling $134 was allegedly shoplifted from Macy’s.

A 36-year-old Hopkins woman was arrested for second-degree DWI and open bottle at Highway 169 and Lincoln Drive after a traffic stop.

Nov. 9 – A domestic disturbance was reported on Valley View Road.

A 37-year-old Edina man was arrested for domestic assault at Malibu Drive and Telemark Trail.

A computer, valued at $2,000, was reported stolen from Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way.

A TV, valued at $699, was reported stolen from a residence in a burglary on the 5800 block of Abbott Avenue.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing totaling $54 was allegedly shoplifted at Macy’s.

Tires were reported damaged on the 5800 block of Kellogg Avenue.

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Letter: Edina City Council should revisit NFL team name opposition http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/letter-edina-city-council-should-revisit-nfl-team-name-opposition/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/letter-edina-city-council-should-revisit-nfl-team-name-opposition/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:04:45 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140133 To the editor:

It’s bewildering that the Edina City Council at its Oct. 21 meeting refused to condemn the indisputably racist “Redskins” team name (“City seeks input on Columbus Day,” Nov. 13). More baffling are the to reported reasons: that the Washington NFL club “doesn’t play or practice in Edina” and that “the city doesn’t comment on commercial speech or names of commercial products.”

Yes, they don’t play here. But the hateful (and harmful) team name permeates our town through TV and the press. And since when is “commercial speech” sacrosanct and inviolable, immune from criticism?

Would our august Edina City Council have been equally reluctant to denounce a nationally pervasive team name that used a derogatory term for African-Americans? If the answer is “No!,” then the anti-“Redskins” resolution should be revived and approved at the next council session.

Sanford Berman

Edina

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Letter: City council members should decline to run for re-election http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/letter-city-council-members-should-decline-to-run-for-re-election/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/letter-city-council-members-should-decline-to-run-for-re-election/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:02:48 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140131 To the editor:

The election on Nov. 4 turned into a referendum on political leadership of the city of Edina, and the voters in Edina decided the status quo was not what they wanted.

With a heavy voter turnout, the incumbent city council member that was up for re-election was resoundingly defeated by three other candidates for the two open city council positions. The incumbent city council members that were not up for re-election and the mayor strongly backed the incumbent who lost.

My suggestion for the incumbent city council members and mayor who are up for re-election in less than two years is to not seek re-election. The next election should be about finding new city council candidates and moving the city forward and not looking back at past mistakes.

I would also suggest the city not renew the contract of the current city manager who was hired by the current city council. The city needs to move forward with new leadership and new ideas including better transparency and accountability.

David Frenkel

Edina

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Cornelia celebrates its cultures http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/cornelia-celebrates-its-cultures/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/cornelia-celebrates-its-cultures/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:58:35 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140098 Cornelia Elementary students and their families celebrated the different cultures represented in the school with its annual Cornelia International Night Thursday, Nov. 13. The evening is meant to bring families together so they can get to know one another, Principal Lisa Masica said.

The evening began with a Tour of the Nations, where families set up information booths about their cultures and countries of origin. The nations included: Australia by the Weinstein family, China by the Yang, Stoneking and Wang families, Ethiopia and Somalia by the Mohamed family, France by the Lukas family, India by the Jain, Pagidimarry, Buzar Barua and Reddy families, Indonesia by the Emmons family, Israel by the Brizinov family, North America’s Anishinaabe tribe by the Bagley family, Russia by the Colville family and South Africa by fifth grade teacher Mary O’Keefe.

Families could also snack on food from East Africa, China, India, Sweden, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Greece and Turkey.

Following the Tour of Nations, students also performed in an hour-long show that highlighted the cultures of Russia, India and China. The evening also included traditional Aztec dances performed by the Minneapolis dance group, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue.

See the Sun Current’s Facebook page for more photos.

 

Fifth-graders kick off the evening by performing a Russian folk dance, led by music teacher LaGretta Lunde.  (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke Cornelia students take turns emceeing the evening’s entertainment. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Cornelia mother Soujanya Madhusudan performs a Bhagyada Lakshmi Dance. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke Students watch their classmates perform at Cornelia International Night. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Smriti Madhusudan performs a salutation dance. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Cornelia students calling themselves the “Sparkling Diamond Group” performed an Indian dance.  (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Cornelia student Sriram Madhu performs on a “mridangam,” a wooden drum from southern India. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Members of Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue performed a number of traditional Aztec dances to the music of a drum for students and their families. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Members of Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue performed a number of traditional Aztec dances to the music of a drum for students and their families. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) The Minneapolis group is led by Susana Deleon. Deleon spoke to the audience in Spanish and English, explaining that tribes in Central America spoke 800 languages before the main language became Spanish. She also explained to students that although they dress like everyone else most of the time, wearing their cultural clothing is a special time when they can celebrate their heritage. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) The dance performances included the Red Dragonfly Dance by Edina High School student Kristie Olson. Olson is also a student at the Minnesota Chinese International School, which uses Valley View Middle School for its Saturday classes during the school year. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Fourth-graders sing “Vande Mataram.” (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke) Kindergartners perform an English dance. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)
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