Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:39:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letter: Loon provides great leadership http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-loon-provides-great-leadership/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-loon-provides-great-leadership/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:28:34 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139270 To the editor:

In the upcoming general election, I respectfully ask voters to support an outstanding candidate to continue to serve as State Representative for Eden Prairie—Jenifer Loon.

I have worked with Rep. Jenifer Loon on many projects and issues impacting our city, particularly transportation improvements. Jenifer provided great leadership in bringing together a bipartisan group of legislators from surrounding communities to support the rebuilding of the 494-169 interchange. She also reached out to our U.S. Senators, Congressmen and the Secretary of Transportation to move the project forward. As Chair of the I-494 Corridor Commission, I have worked to prioritize highway projects at all government levels so that Eden Prairie residents benefit. Jenifer has been a thoughtful and effective leader at the State level on these issues, offering insights on the process and suggestions for overcoming obstacles.

In addition to transportation, Jenifer has made the startup and success of small businesses in our State a top priority, and thousands of jobs have been created in our State as a result. Her depth of knowledge, gracious style, and well-reasoned logic make her the sound choice for Eden Prairie residents of all political persuasions to vote to return Jenifer to continue her work for us in St. Paul. Please join me in supporting Rep. Jenifer Loon.

Brad Aho

Eden Prairie

Aho is an Eden Prairie City Council member.

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Edina does it again! 18 straight! http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/edina-does-it-again-18-straight-2/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/edina-does-it-again-18-straight-2/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:02:26 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139277 One of the best things about playing for the Edina High School girls tennis team is knowing that you’ll have a good shot at winning state every year.

Tri-captain Mackenzi Marinovich of the Edina High girls tennis team poaches a point at the net during the Hornets’ 6-1 win over Prior Lake in the state Class AA finals Oct. 22 at the University of Minnesota. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Tri-captain Mackenzi Marinovich of the Edina High girls tennis team poaches a point at the net during the Hornets’ 6-1 win over Prior Lake in the state Class AA finals Oct. 22 at the University of Minnesota. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

When Caitlyn Merzbacher joined the program after moving here from Ohio last fall, she found out in a hurry how serious that mission can be.

She quickly moved into the No. 1 singles position and helped the Hornets win their 17th-consecutive state Class AA team championship. As a bonus, she won the state singles title two days later.

The Hornets made it 18 straight by beating Prior Lake 6-1 Oct. 22 at Baseline Tennis Center. Edina had three points in the bank to one for Prior Lake when Merzbacher finished off Prior Lake’s Savanna Crowell, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

After the match, Merzbacher talked about what it’s like to play for Edina.

“Every year here is amazing,” she said. “This championship is extra special for me because it’s my senior year.”

Merzbacher is one of three Hornet captains, along with Mackenzi Marinovich and Kelly Reger. When they hoisted the state team trophy at 6:06 p.m. on the 22nd, it solidified their place as captains in the history of the program. Every Edina captain dreams of that day – the day when they can say they continued the tradition.

Merzbacher’s title-clinching match was not going to go three sets if she had anything to say about it.

“She [Crowell] is one of the best players in the state,” said Merzbacher. “She doesn’t give up.”

When Merzbacher secured the final point in the second-set tiebreaker, it was if a weight had been lifted off her shoulders, and the team’s shoulders, as well.

There were two doubles matches left on the courts, and feeling a surge of momentum from Merzbacher’s win, the Hornets secured those points.

Marinovich and her partner, seventh-grader Nicole Copeland, were pushed to the limit in first doubles, but held on for a dramatic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (6) victory over Prior Lake’s Grayce Petersen and Chloe Hall.

At third doubles, in another three-set match, Edina’s Mikaela Burns and Isabelle Ouyang beat Sydney Soeffker and Alison Wagner 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier winners for Edina finished quickly. Sophia Reddy slammed the door on Nicole Keller 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Reger downed Charlotte Bowles 6-4, 6-0 and Margaux Boyer set down Kayli French 6-1, 6-2.

Hannah Hankinson and Katie Engelking of the Hornets dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to the Prior Lake team of Taylor Jackson and Dani Keller.

Earlier this season, Edina head coach Steve Paulsen asked if there was a secret to winning 17 state titles in a row.

His answer? “There is no secret.”

On Oct. 22, the answer was still the same. By winning the state-championship match, the Hornets finished the season with a 22-0 dual-meet record.

Quarterfinal win

Edina swamped Mounds View 7-0 in the opening round of the state team tournament Oct. 21.

Merzbacher won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. At second singles, Reger scored a 6-0, 7-5 victory. Boyer was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at third singles in another quick match. Michelle Ip scored the point at fourth singles, 6-3, 6-1.

Marinovich and Copeland won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles, setting the stage for a doubles sweep. Hankinson and Engelking prevailed, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2 and Burns joined Sofia Stevenin to win 6-4, 6-2 at third doubles.

Semifinal romp

Mahtomedi offered some resistance in Edina’s semifinal match, eventually taking a point at fourth singles, but the Hornets won all other points in a 6-1 victory.

Merzbacher coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emily Cooper, while Reddy had a similar match, beating Erin Hoffman, 6-0, 6-1. Reger took the third singles point, 6-4, 6-4.

Marinovich and Copeland won 6-3, 6-4 at first doubles in a competitive match with Olivia Paradise and Maggie Riermann. Hankinson and Engelking dominated in a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles. Burns and Ouyang were tested at third doubles. The first two sets were split 6-4 and 4-6 with Mahtomedi’s Madison Fernandez and Emily Fraser. Because the team winner had been decided, the match was settled in a pro set, which the Edina team won 11-9.

Contact John Sherman at john.sherman@ecm-inc.com

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Edina runners ready for state http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/edina-runners-ready-for-state/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/edina-runners-ready-for-state/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:59:13 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139274 This has been a difficult fall season for Edina High’s No. 1 boys cross country runner, senior Logan Ramlet.

Logan Ramlet (256) of the Edina High boys cross country team heads down the final hill during the Section 6AA Meet Oct. 22 at Gale Woods Farm. He finished fifth to earn a state berth. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Logan Ramlet (256) of the Edina High boys cross country team heads down the final hill during the Section 6AA Meet Oct. 22 at Gale Woods Farm. He finished fifth to earn a state berth. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Three separate bouts with bronchitis have cut into his training time and also affected him in races, but like a true champion, he is making a strong push at the end of the season.

Ramlet earned a trip to state with his fifth-place individual finish in the Section 6AA Meet Oct. 22 at Gale Woods Farm. He turned in a 5K time of 16:01. Hopkins senior Joe Klecker won the race in 15:27 and was followed across the finish line by Wayzata runners Connor Olson, Jaret Carpenter and Ian Eklin. Wayzata finished first with 28 points and Hopkins earned the second team berth out of Section 6AA with 59 points. Edina finished just out of the money with 67.

“I worked harder today to stay toward the front,” Ramlet said after the race. “I felt better today, but the bronchitis is still affecting me.”

This is the third time Ramlet has qualified for state. Three Edina teammates will join him in the State Class AA Meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Olaf College. They are Jack Manderscheid, Jonathan Shirley and Sam Thomas.

Edina’s girls qualified for state as a team by finishing second behind Wayzata in Section 6AA. Wayzata had 46 points to 56 for the Hornets. Minnetonka was third with 74.

Sophomore Amanda Mosborg and junior Sarah Conlon led Edina. Mosborg placed fifth with a 4K time of 14:43. Conlon was sixth in 14:52.

Other places and times for Edina were: Emily Kompelien (12th in 15:04), Brynn LiaBraaten (14th in 15:09), Julianne Logan (19th in 15:16), Hannah Mitchell (25th in 15:31) and Tate Sweeney (27th in 15:37).

“We kept telling ourselves that we’d beat Minnetonka,” said Mosborg. “When we did, it was incredible.”

Contact John Sherman at john.sherman@ecm-inc.com

 
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Letter: Vote for Bev Aho http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-vote-for-bev-aho/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-vote-for-bev-aho/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:25:34 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139268 To the editor:

As voters, sometimes we may feel we don’t know much about those who are running for judge on the ballot, and may even fail to vote on them at all.

This year, we have the opportunity to elect someone who is well known to our community as a legal professional, businessperson and devoted volunteer. Bev Aho, a long time resident of Eden Prairie, has decided to run for a position as Hennepin County judge. Bev is an excellent and highly qualified candidate we can all be proud to vote for in the November 4th election.

Not only is Bev a practicing attorney in Eden Prairie where she has substantial courtroom and appellate work experience, she also brings an MBA to the job with applied business experience that makes her a stand out for judicial service.

I have known Bev for a number of years, partially because our spouses are both public servants representing Eden Prairie. But my work with Bev extends beyond to community service. Her extensive work as a volunteer in the community shows her commitment to making Eden Prairie a better place for all residents. She is a highly visible, caring community leader that gives tirelessly to many important causes. Bev Aho is a woman of outstanding character and integrity, someone we can wholeheartedly trust to make important and impartial decisions as a judge.

For these reasons, I enthusiastically applaud Bev’s decision to run for Hennepin County Judge. When voting, be sure to flip the ballot over on and vote for Bev Aho for Hennepin County Judge, District 61.

Doug Loon

Eden Prairie

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Letter: Ron Case’s 2014 Local Election Picks http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-ron-cases-2014-local-election-picks/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-ron-cases-2014-local-election-picks/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:25:03 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139266 To the editor:

Mid-term elections at a national/state level don’t seem to get people as excited as Presidential elections Part of it may be that we feel so powerless as just one vote. But locally, our individual votes can really make a difference. Here in Eden Prairie there are some extremely important races whose outcome could have a huge impact on our City, our quality of life, and the value of our homes.

First, please vote yes twice for the Eden Prairie School District referendum. Do it for our schools, because we can’t stay “next practice”, cutting edge, and change-ready without adequate funding. Do it for our children, because educating the next generation ensures America’s future. And if that’s not convincing enough, do it for your home value. Young families choose to move where the best schools are. We compete with Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Edina. We can’t afford to be perceived as falling behind.

Second, please vote for Sherry Butcher Wickstrom and Kathy Nelson for Eden Prairie City Council. Things at the City level are going so incredibly well right now: A strong and vibrant local economy, new construction, well-maintained public amenities, some of the lowest tax increases and tax rates over the last several years compared to any of our neighboring cities, and high resident satisfaction marks on our recent surveys. Sherry and Kathy are a large part of all of this success. We need them back on the Council.

And finally, please vote for Bev Aho, an Eden Prairie resident, for Hennepin County Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Seat 61. Judge elections in Minnesota are non-partisan. Bev Aho is running on the strength of her character, her years of commitment to the rule of law, her love of family and community, and her belief in our democratic values. When you vote, flip the ballot over to the back side and please cast your vote for Bev Aho, Hennepin County Judge.

Ron Case

Eden Prairie

 

Case is an Eden Prairie City Council member.

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Shakopee man charged with operating vehicle under the influence, severely injuring co-worker http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/shakopee-man-charged-with-operating-vehicle-under-the-influence-severely-injuring-co-worker/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/shakopee-man-charged-with-operating-vehicle-under-the-influence-severely-injuring-co-worker/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:56:16 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139201 An MTS employee underwent emergency surgery after a co-worker allegedly crashed into the victim driving a forklift while intoxicated.

Anthony Laurence Johnson, 38, of Shakopee, was charged with one count of criminal vehicular operation – great bodily harm – under the influence of alcohol (felony) for alledgedly causing the severe accident, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The following is an account of the incident according to the criminal complaint:

Police officers were dispatched to MTS, a company that creates equipment for mechanical testing and simulation, in Eden Prairie on Oct. 20 due to an injury sustained by an employee. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim on the ground bleeding severely from his leg. They soon learned that the victim had been struck by a forklift driven by Johnson.

Paramedics arrived and put a tourniquet on the victim’s leg to help control the bleeding. The victim was transferred to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair his femoral artery which had been severed by a forklift tine.

While at the scene, Johnson told officers that he was driving a forklift and was coming down an aisle when he hit a “skid” and lost control of the forklift, causing the back end to swing around and strike the victim. Johnson admitted to consuming alcohol prior to coming to work. He was administered the Breathalyzer test and blew a .116. Officers also put Johnson through Field Sobriety Tests, the results of which indicated that he was under the influence.

The victim reported that he had his back turned to Johnson and was struck from behind and pushed into the tine of another forklift by the defendant’s forklift. The victim said he was pushed a second time into the tine before Johnson finally backed his forklift away. The victim said that his left thigh was punctured by the tine and led to the severing of the artery.

Johnson is currently in custody. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Contact Natalie Conrad at natalie.conrad@ecm-inc.com or follow her @EPSunCurrent.

 
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House of Prayer hosts flu shot clinic http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/house-of-prayer-hosts-flu-shot-clinic/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/house-of-prayer-hosts-flu-shot-clinic/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:36:05 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139172 A public flu shot clinic takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 7625 Chicago Ave., Richfield.

A mist will be available for ages 2-49, while the standard trivalent shot and a high dose shot will be offered for ages 65-plus. Call the church office at 612-866-8471 to sign up for a time slot.

Participants must bring insurance cards or use the cash payment option. KARE-11 and MVNA, a community health services organization, are sponsoring the clinic.

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Historian to discuss internment camps http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/historian-to-discuss-internment-camps/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/historian-to-discuss-internment-camps/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:30:09 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139115 A former manager of Fort Snelling will present a program about life in the fort’s Dakota internment camps this weekend.

Author and military historian Stephen Osman will discuss life in the internment camps from 1862-64 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Bloomington Old Town Hall, 10200, Penn Ave.

Osman’s presentation, based upon government records, newspaper accounts and personal diaries, will precede the Bloomington Historical Society’s annual meeting, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

Info: 952-881-4327.

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‘Clue: The Musical’ makes for a Halloween murder mystery http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/clue-the-musical-makes-for-a-halloween-murder-mystery/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/clue-the-musical-makes-for-a-halloween-murder-mystery/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:19:21 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139160 During rehearsal last week, Clue Character Mrs. White, played by Geneva Larche, brandishes a knife during the tense scene preceding the murder of Mr. Boddy as part of “Clue: The Musical.” Nearby, Mr. Green, played by Cal Nasset, grips a crowbar. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

During rehearsal last week, Clue Character Mrs. White, played by Geneva Larche, brandishes a knife during the tense scene preceding the murder of Mr. Boddy as part of “Clue: The Musical.” Nearby, Mr. Green, played by Cal Nasset, grips a crowbar. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Murder goes with dessert for the latest production to come from the Richfield Lutheran Youth Theatre Company.

The high school-aged performers, coming from Richfield, Bloomington and south Minneapolis, are adapting the classic board game Clue as a musical this weekend, greeting their audience for an immersive experience at Richfield Lutheran Church.

Theater-goers will be welcomed as guests at Mr. Boddy’s mansion, where they will be seated cabaret style. The who-dunnit will unfold as the guests are served dessert. In accordance with the game, the audience will receive “deduction cards,” which they will use to determine just who killed Mr. Boddy.

The musical’s interactive elements are a first for the performers, who will mingle in-character with the audience before the show, dropping hints about their potential motives for killing the victim. The actors will have to think on their feet in a first for the theater company.

Mr. Boddy, played by Simon Mitbo, is helpless as a violent throng converges above, moments before his murder in “Clue: The Musical.” The lights flash during the scene, leaving it up to the audience to deduce the culprit in the slaying. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Mr. Boddy, played by Simon Mitbo, is helpless as a violent throng converges above, moments before his murder in “Clue: The Musical.” The lights flash during the scene, leaving it up to the audience to deduce the culprit in the slaying.

“We’ve never had to come out and talk to the audience before the show,” said Erin Clemens, who plays Miss Scarlet.

Breaking the third wall is just one of the group’s recent developments. Richfield Lutheran’s theater company continues to add new elements to its productions. The lights and sound system in Fellowship Hall, which serves as the theater, have become increasingly elaborate in the company’s 14-year history.

“Our sets, our lighting, our sound – we’re always growing it,” said Director Mary Beth Weibel.

Clue will benefit from one of the theater’s most recent editions, a revolving stage that will allow the show to easily transition from one of Clue’s famous rooms to the next, as the audience tries to determine the culprit, the weapon used and the room where the crime occurred. Showing three nights this weekend, “Clue: The Musical” will feature a different ending for each performance.

The cast of “Clue: The Musical” belts out a number during rehearsal last Thursday for their upcoming performance. From left to right, the singers are Jake Kastl, Mivi Nguyen, Cal Nasset, Erin Clemens, Geneva Larche and Elisabette Hinze Francis.

The cast of “Clue: The Musical” belts out a number during rehearsal last Thursday for their upcoming performance. From left to right, the singers are Jake Kastl, Mivi Nguyen, Cal Nasset, Erin Clemens, Geneva Larche and Elisabette Hinze Francis.

While the revolving stage makes for quicker scene changes, it also makes for more work for one of the performers.

“Yeah, it’s really tiring,” said Alex Berg, who plays Detective Parker but is also tasked with manually rotating the stage.

That work will contribute to a performance that is being put on by a cast of relative stage veterans. The cast is comprised of high-schoolers, but some have more than 10 shows under their belt with the Richfield Lutheran Theatre Company. Most of them aren’t members of the church.

“This is our big community outreach,” Weibel said as she explained the mission of the theater company.

The church’s theater program also includes younger performers. About 40 of them, ranging from toddlers to eighth-graders, are working on another show: “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Showtimes for “Clue: The Musical”:

• Friday, Oct. 31 (Come dressed as Clue characters for a costume contest) – doors open 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. curtain

• Saturday, Nov. 1 – 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 2 – 2 p.m.

Tickets (including dessert and cabaret seating) are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Purchase them by calling the box office at 612-861-2265.

Richfield Lutheran Church is located at 8 W. 60th St., Minneapolis.

Contact Andrew Wig at andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com or follow him on Twitter @RISunCurrent.

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Raising the creepy quotient in Richfield http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/raising-the-creepy-quotient-in-richfield/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/raising-the-creepy-quotient-in-richfield/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00:28 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=139134 Scott Manis inhabits his giant Grim Reaper costume as he provides a preview of his chillingly decorated yard earlier this month. Joining Manis are his daughter and her friends from the neighborhood surrounding the Manis residence on the 2000 block of West. 68th Street. From left to right are Elise Melendez, 11; Lucy Schuller, 12; Grace Scribner, 11; and Manis’ daughter, Tricia Manis, 11. Joining the crowd is the pit bull mix, Diesel. (Sun Current staff photos by Andrew Wig)

Scott Manis inhabits his giant Grim Reaper costume as he provides a preview of his chillingly decorated yard earlier this month. Joining Manis are his daughter and her friends from the neighborhood surrounding the Manis residence on the 2000 block of West. 68th Street. From left to right are Elise Melendez, 11; Lucy Schuller, 12; Grace Scribner, 11; and Manis’ daughter, Tricia Manis, 11. Joining the crowd is the pit bull mix, Diesel. (Sun Current staff photos by Andrew Wig)

A visitor to Scott Manis’ Richfield home couldn’t help but ask the question: That coffin sitting in your front yard – that’s not a used model is it?

“Actually, it is. That’s what makes it so creepy,” Scott Manis gleefully assured his guest as he showed off his Halloween display earlier this month.

That word, “creepy,” is one that Manis invokes repeatedly when describing his front yard, situated on the 2000 block of West 68th Street in Richfield.

The word is apt for much of the scene, whether it’s the gently used coffin, or the dead leaves covering the sidewalk, or the flowers intentionally left to wilt in their beds, or the pall produced by three fog machines. There’s also the 10-foot Grim Reaper, the rows of headstones poking out of the ground, and some surprises that won’t be spoiled in these pages.

The yard is “creepy” enough that some don’t dare enter, said Manis, who is in his second year staging the elaborate Halloween display.

“We have a lot of people that just don’t want to come up,” Manis said, recalling the hesitance shown by some of last year’s trick-or-treaters.

Manis’ job as a garbage man helps him accumulate some of the appropriately dilapidated objects for his display, such as the leaning black archway that greets visitors. So it makes sense the yard has gotten more foreboding this time around.

New this year is the what Manis calls the Undead Sled, which is where that previously owned coffin comes in.

The Undead Sled, a mini drag racer of sorts, was custom fabricated around the coffin, which comprises the vehicle’s body and cockpit. Manis found it on Craigslist, saying the shiny beige receptacle was once used at a crematory to display bodies before they would be incinerated.

“I was happy to take it off his hands,” Manis said.

Manis was still working earlier this month to get the Undead Sled running, hoping to have it ready to go in time for Halloween.

His 11-year-old daughter, Tricia, has already volunteered to get behind the wheel, drawing on her own drag-racing experience. Tricia says her western Richfield neighborhood offers outstanding trick-or-treating grounds – “They give out full candy bars,” she said – but she plans to stay back and help terrify those who dare enter her domain, the ghoul standing between trick-or-treaters and their prize.

“You only get the treat if you make the effort for it,” Tricia advised.

 

Scott Manis plays with his dog, Diesel, who inspired him to collect pet items to be donated to the Animal Humane Society and Safe Hands Animal Rescue in Minneapolis.

Scott Manis plays with his dog, Diesel, who inspired him to collect pet items to be donated to the Animal Humane
Society and Safe Hands Animal Rescue in Minneapolis.

A rescue dog cause

The Manises are not in it just to terrify their neighborhood; they are collecting donations for a cause inspired by their pit bull mix, Diesel. The Manises say they adopted Diesel after he was rescued from life as a “bait dog” in a dog fighting operation. It meant he was used as an object for other animals to attack as they were trained to fight, Manis explained, showing the scars on the dog’s leg as evidence.

With the value of rescue dogs in mind, Manis has set up a bin at the yard’s entrance for donations of items such as tennis balls, bones, plus food and toys for pets, all of which will be given to the Animal Humane Society and Safe Hands Animal Rescue in Minneapolis.

Although he was the inspiration for the collection drive, Diesel is not meant to be another scary element of the yard display, despite the breed’s reputation and his past trauma.

“He’s pretty happy-go-lucky for what happened to him,” Manis said.

Back to the subject of pretend horror, this Halloween yard could have been spookier still, but the intervention of a neighbor meant the hearse parked on the lawn had to go.

Manis laments that development, but his wife, Heather Manis, is likely fine it.

“She’s not a big fan” of the display, her husband said.

On Halloween, Heather Manis will still play a role in the frightening operation, though, handing out items (small toys, not candy) to trick-or-treaters.

“She’ll be the friendly face unless I can convince her to put on some zombie makeup or something,” Scott Manis said.

She may not endorse the horror show that currently exists outside her front door, but Heather Manis will still get a chance to leave her mark on the yard this year. She’s in charge of the Christmas decorations.

Contact Andrew Wig at andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com or follow him on Twitter @RISunCurrent.

 
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