Sun Patriot The Waconia Patriot, Carver County News and Norwood Young America Times Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. Boni contests Metropolitan Council I&I charge Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:49:34 +0000 By Lorrie Ham

The city of St. Bonifacius recently sent a letter to the Metropolitan Council appealing an Inflow and Infiltration (I and I) surcharge and questioning the accuracy of the 2015 municipal wastewater charges.

The Metropolitan Council had adopted a 3.5 percent increase in the wastewater budget for 2015. Combined with a $145,250 surcharge for an excessive I and I event on June 19, 2014, the city will see a 74 percent increase in its wastewater charge from the Met Council, due to the amount of metered wastewater leaving the city.

“There is no meter to actually track the wastewater that is coming out of St. Boni,” Mayor Rick Weible said at the Sept. 3 city council meeting.

A sewer flow meter is located in the Met Council’s lift station in Minnetrista, east of St. Boni.

When the meter is read, deductions are made to account for Crown College sewer south of St. Boni in Laketown Township and Minnetrist’s Turtle Creek housing development.

In her letter to the Met Council, City Clerk Brenda Fisk said the deductions are not actual usage, but based on Crown College’s pump run time and a daily average for Turtle Creek. The city sees the $198,058 charge for 2015 as being inaccurate billing to St. Boni utility customers, she added.

The city is also appealing the $145,250 surcharge for excessive wastewater generated during a June 19 storm.  The letter claims that the surcharge billing is also the result of the flow meter in Minnetrista. A communication from the Met Council states the “community” surcharge is $145,250, although St. Boni is being billed for 100 percent of the charge. The city questioned which portion of the surcharge would be billed to Crown College, Laketown Township or Minnetrista.

The city requested that an accurate surcharge be determined by having the Met Council install a flow meter entering St. Boni city limits on County Road 92 and an additional flow meter exiting St. Boni on Kennedy Memorial Drive at the east city limits.

Mayor Weible noted that the city had spent enough money on improvements over the past two years to get at least a portion of the surcharge mitigated.

In another matter, the council unanimously approved the preliminary 2015 tax levy. The total proposed levy of $618,823 represents a 2.4 percent increase from the 2014 levy. The council will hold a Truth in Taxation public hearing in December, following which the final levy will be certified. The final levy can be less, but not more, than the preliminary levy.

Highlights of the budget include an increase in the police contract with Minnetrista, proposed 3 percent wage increase for city staff, increase in public works capital outlay for purchase of a plow truck and a proposed increase in water rates, which were last raised in 2011.

In other business, the city council:

• directed the planning commission to review the city’s sign ordinance. Weible suggested that business owners and members of the public be invited to a planning commission meeting later this fall. Weible feels the ordinance is too restrictive. Other councilmembers expressed concerns that the ordinance was not being enforced.

“Enforce the ordinance or get rid of it,” said Councilmember Joe Arwood.

• reviewed a community center rental agreement and made suggestions for changes. The agreement will have to be approved before the community center can be rented. The facility is expected to be completed by Election Day, with rentals to begin sometime after that.

• approved a pay request to Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineering firm, for sanitary sewer improvements and miscellaneous landscaping items for the city’s street improvement project in the amount of $44,516.02.

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9-18-14 Waconia Patriot Datelines Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:48:31 +0000 Senior Center

TUESDAYS – The Waconia Senior Center is open on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. Come and socialize.

Legion, VFW events

Waconia American Legion holds a sheephead tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and a Texas hold ‘em tournament at 7 and 9 p.m. on Fridays. Waconia VFW holds meat raffle Fridays at 7 p.m., bingo at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Women of Waconia

Women of Waconia is a group of volunteer women who come together for community service and socializing among its members. Members can choose what service projects are of interest to them and new ideas are encouraged. For more information about the group, visit its Facebook page or email

NAMI support group

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 – The NAMI support group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Waconia Moravian Church located at 209 2nd St. E. The NAMI walk will be held at 1 p.m. at Minnehaha Falls Park on Sept. 27. The community is welcome to join the Carver County group, which is called Baby Steps-Carver County.

Cub Scout recruitment

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 – New member sign-up for Cub Scouts will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at area elementary schools, including those in western Carver County. This one night sign up is designed to make joining Scouting simpler and easier for prospective members and their families. Online sign-up website:

Win a shopping spree

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 – Mackenthun’s Fine Foods and the Waconia Band Boosters are sponsoring a Homecoming Kickoff. Buy a square yard of the Waconia football field and have a chance at winning a two-minute shopping spree at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, a &75 or $50 gft card, or one of seven additional cash prizes. Tickets are available from band members and at the gate of the homecoming football game.

Pillow Fluff event

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 – The Young America Ladies Auxiliary #1783 will hold the annual Pillow Fluff at Lano Lanes (305 Wilson St.) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pillows are cleaned, deodorized, sanitized, and fluffed. Custom made new pillows, down comforters are available for purchase.

Y@H Club event

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 – Young At Heart (Y@H) Club members and their guests will gather in Safari Island parking lot for carpooling to Schram Vineyards for a picnic and wine-tasting party at 4:30 p.m. Sign up at SI front desk. BYO picnic lunch. For more info, contact Glenda Noble (952) 442-1890.

Pet adoption event

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Eden Prairie. Cats, dogs available. Info: (952) 368-3553 or

ECFE Safety Fair

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 – Parents and young children are invited to the annual ECFE Family Safety Fair from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Waconia Fire Station.  Firefighters, deputies and paramedics will share information about safety. Children can practice “Stop, Drop and Roll,” have their teddy bears checked out by paramedics, meet SPARKY, jump in a bounce house, get faces painted and ride on a fire engine. Prizes, doughnuts available. Info: (952) 442-0613.

Square dance event

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 – Spend a Saturday and learn the basics of square dancing. Attire is comfortable clothing and shoes. Solos, couples and families are welcome. The class is sponsored by Westonka Comm. Ed. and held at Grandview Middle School in Mound starting at 9:30 a.m. Potluck lunch part of the fun. Info: or (952) 472-0006.

Hog Roast at Faith

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 – Faith Lutheran Waconia invites the public to a Hog Roast lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  During the event, check out the new fellowship hall and fall programming. Meal tickets available at Waconia Faith Lutheran. Info: or (952) 442-2101. Visitors and referring members entered into a fabulous prize drawing.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 – St. Bernard’s Catholic United Financial in Cologne will host a Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast at St. Bernard’s School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pork Chop Dinner

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 – St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bongards will hold a Pork Chop Dinner (two chops) and Quilt Raffle from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Public Health Shot Clinic

MONDAY, SEPT. 22 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) provides immunizations, or shots, to residents who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover shots, from 3 to 5 p.m. Shots for adults and children available. Fee is requested for each shot, but no one will be denied service if unable to pay. Information or appointment: (952) 361-1329.

Waconia Chamber Luncheon

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 – Learn all the details of the ISD 110 School Referendum during the Waconia Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Clearwater Middle School. Presenter: Supt. Pat Devine.  Open to the public. There is a cost to attend. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 19 by contacting (952) 442-5812.

Early Childhood screening

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 – District 110 staff offers Early Childhood Screening to check a child’s overall development and health. Recommended screening age: 3 1/2 to 4 years. Screening will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.

LHS Pork Chop Dinner

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 – The Mayer Lutheran High School Pork Chop Dinner fundraiser will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Mayer Lutheran High School. Tickets available at the door. Host: MLHS Boosters. Sponsor: Carver County Pork Producers.

2014 Art Wander

SEPT. 26-28 – The 2014 Art Wander: Edge of the Big Woods studio tour will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Self-guided tour of 13 studios in Waconia, Mayer, Chaska, Watertown, and Carver features various mediums. Info:,

WHS 1989 Reunion

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 – The Waconia High School Class of 1989 will celebrate its 25 year class reunion at Lola’s Lakehouse in Waconia at 7 p.m. Drink and appetizer specials. Casual, no formal dinner. Music.

VFW Steak Fry

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 – The Waconia VFW will hold a steak fry at the clubhouse in Waconia, 125 First St. W., from 5 to 8 p.m. Steak or chicken, baked and cheesy potatoes, cole slaws, dessert.

Veterans Open House

MONDAY, SEPT. 29 – Have you served in the military? Do you have a family member or friend you wish to honor for their military service? Come to an Open House that will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center and learn more about the new Carver County Veterans Memorial and Registry that will be coming to western Carver County. Info: Stan at (952) 657-2169.

Auxiliary Open Forum

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., the public is invited to attend an open forum featuring ISD #110 Supt. Pat Devine. Held at the American Legion in Waconia.

Red Johnson concert

SATURDAY, OCT. 4 – Red Johnson, a charter member of the Country Music Association, will be in concert at 7 p.m. at the Waconia American Legion (233 S. Olive St.). Cowboy poetry reciter Rich Bellert will also perform. Tickets available at the Legion from 3 to 10 p.m. daily. Info: (952) 442-5340.

St. Bernard’s Chili Feed

SATURDAY, OCT. 4 – St. Bernard Parish in Cologne will hold a Chili Feed & Sheephead Tournament after the 4 p.m. Mass. Enjoy live music by the Free Spirits, and a chili, chicken soup and hot dog supper, cash raffle, sheephead tournament (starts at 6 p.m.). Tickets for cash raffle available at the door. Drawings are from 6 to 9 p.m., cash prizes range from $50 to $500. Need not be present to win.

Waconia FD fall breakfast

SUNDAY, OCT. 5 – The Waconia Fire Department will hold its Fall Pancake, French Toast and Sausage Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Waconia Fire Station (26 S Maple St.). Tickets available from firefighters or at the door.

Early Childhood screen.

OCT. 9-10 – District 110 staff offers Early Childhood Screening to check a child’s overall development and health. Recommended screening age: 3 1/2 to 4 years. Screening will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.

Star Chasers Cabaret

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 – Star Chasers Cabaret will perform at Sovereign Estate Vineyard and Winery in Waconia starting 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction followed by four course Oktoberfest meal. Cabaret features Power Company alumni Jackie Olson, Andrea Dalen Beduhn, Bridget Ayers Looby, with special guests Jared Oxborough and music by Sabby White and the Furnace. Tickets:

Steak fry dinner

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 – A steak fry dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive Street, Waconia). Includes baked potato, cole slaw, bread, beverage.

Hanson’s Haunted Barn

SATURDAY, OCT. 25 – Hanson’s Haunted Barn will be held at Hanson’s Fun Farm, 14880 50th St., Mayer. Music and Wagon Rides through the Haunted Woods: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kids activities and prizes hosted by the DandyLions: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Haunted Barn Tours: 7 to 9 p.m. or until the line ends. Food donations for Friends for Life Food Shelf. Money donations will be given to help Jordan Pearson’s family make their home wheelchair accessible. Info: Kris, (612) 702-3609, or Edie, (612) 384-8378.

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HEROs – Fostering resiliency in our children Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:35:45 +0000 HEROs Logo color_HRGrowing up has never been easy. Throughout our journey from infancy to adulthood, we all face adversity — it is a natural part of life. Today’s children face daily stressors and difficulties, and these are at times coupled with other setbacks such as: family problems, serious illnesses, personal crises, or painful losses. They may also experience the added difficulties with learning, social interactions, or personal mental health.

As adults, it is our job to help foster resiliency, the ability to cope or ‘bounce back from setbacks.

As a parent, it is very difficult to observe our children struggling and experiencing adversity. However, it is important to remember that our challenges in life often lead to our greatest learning experiences.

Therefore, it is vital to help teach and guide our children through these lessons and develop positive coping strategies that are necessary to successfully overcome obstacles. When children or adolescents are able to independently overcome a challenging battle, they often improve their self-confidence and develop the belief that they are capable of handling any difficult situation.

Here are some ways to help foster resiliency for our youth:

• Overall healthy life style: help to prepare the mind and body to be more resilient;

— Eat healthy

— Get enough sleep

• Preschoolers ages 3-5 need 11-13 hours/night,

• Children ages 5-12 need 10-11 hours/night, and

• Teenagers need a little over nine hours/night;

— Regular exercise

— Meditate or engage in some quiet time (this means turning off all electronics)

• Modeling positive attitudes and optimistic thinking help encourage a “can do” problem solving approach in our children;

• Encouraging children to independently problem solve and, if necessary, help remind them of a time that they were successful at overcoming an adverse situation;

• Fostering positive adult relationships to help our children experience feelings of support and of connectedness;

• Sharing personal success stories to help them develop their own coping strategies.

As parents, we cannot protect our children against all of life’s unexpected and painful events; however, we can teach them about resiliency and developing a sense of competency when they face adversity — and they will face adversity.

By teaching resiliency, we give our children and adolescents the ability and confidence to stay calm under pressure, “bounce back” from setbacks, maintain job performance during times of pressure, manage school/work/extra-curricular activities effectively, minimize the adverse effects of stress, and generally live a happier more satisfying life.

When growing up in today’s world, it is important for children to develop positive coping strategies.


Promoting the Power of the Positive is a monthly column by the Waconia HEROs Coalition. This month’s column was written by Melanie Kray, representing the coalition’s Health Sector.

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Public invited to Minnesota’s largest family reunion on Sunday, Sept. 21 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Kevin, Christine, Charlie and Manny Stevensen of Waconia. (Submitted photo)

Kevin, Christine, Charlie and Manny Stevensen of Waconia. (Submitted photo)

Generations of Minnesota families have been touched by adoption. Since 1865, more than 46,000 children have been united with families over a combined 275 years of service through Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, now serving as partners in adoption.

These two organizations, marking milestones in their history — 150 years for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and 125 years for Children’s Home Society — are inviting Minnesotans touched by adoption to attend the state’s largest Family Reunion celebrating adoption at Luther Seminary Field (corner of Como Avenue and Eustis Street) in St. Paul from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The event is free and open to the public.

“Our Minnesota neighbors, for 150 years, have stepped forward to provide stable, loving families for children who need them,” said Jodi Harpstead, who is the chief executive officer for both organizations. “In many ways, adoption has come full circle from our pioneering outreach decades ago to include older children and sibling groups.”

In 1865, Pastor Eric Norelius and his Lutheran congregation near Red Wing opened their doors to serve children whose parents had died or were unable to care for them. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota traces its history to this outreach work that grew to include adoption so that children could grow up in nurturing, permanent homes.

Twenty four years later in 1889, Rev. Edward P. Savage launched a similar mission for children, particularly to meet the needs of children who were part of the orphan train movement. That early work in child welfare later became known as Children’s Home Society of Minnesota.

Harpstead said that the need for families today is especially important for older children, sibling groups, children with medical or developmental special needs, or histories of abuse or neglect. This profile is true in both international adoption and in the adoption of youth living in foster care in Minnesota.

The fun and festive Adoption Family Reunion will feature “Share Your Story” video booths, an authors’ tent featuring writers and their books on adoption, history exhibit, performance by “Riders on the Orphan Train,” a children’s activity zone with games and entertainment, cultural dance performances, adoption resources, food trucks and family photos. Admission is free.

As part of the anniversary celebration, individuals and families are being invited to share their adoption experience online with a story, photograph, memorabilia, poetry or artwork and also register for the event at


Waconia family shares its adoption story


Have you met Manny? If you have you will never forget him! He is our little guy with a HUGE personality and a charming disposition.

Manny is so lucky because he has an amazing mom and dad from Colombia who wanted the best for him. Granted, we never met them or learned of their story, but we believe and have shared with Manny the love that they have for him. We remember his parents every year on “ Gotcha Day” as we light a candle and thank his parents for their generosity. How lucky he is! Hence Manny’s nickname from his Papa Florie who calls him “Lucky” (Grandpa’s 13th grandchild).

Our adoption experience has changed our lives in so many ways. We look at life differently as we try to slow down our hectic schedules and appreciate the simple things in life, like parts of Colombia. We are not just Americans, we are now Colombian Americans as we embrace his culture and appreciate his Latino roots.

Manny joined our family in 2012, one week before turning 1. Manny lived at Ayudame in Bogota until being united with us. Manny was welcomed by his big brother, Charlie, and his doggies. The two of them bring the fire and light into our home daily! Manny’s “Latin Fire” is what makes our family colorful and complete! He is not “just a 3 year old boy” — he is unique and special. He is the puzzle piece that finishes our family!

Our family wants to thank Children’s Home and Ayudame for bringing our family together. So when you see Manny out and about make sure you say “Hi” to him because he will definitely have A LOT to share with you!

The Stevensen Family – Christine, Kevin, Charlie and Manny

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Monitoring for zebra mussels Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:29:03 +0000 By Madeline Seveland, Carver County Water Management

We know zebra mussels as small fingernail size mussels with brown and yellow stripes. But before we see the actual shell encased mussel, zebra mussels can be living in a lake or river as veligers.

Veligers are free swimming zebra mussel larvae and are so named for their cilia (slender hair-like structures) covered organs called vellum which they use to swim and eat.

Since veligers are free swimming, aren’t seen with the naked eye, and can be found anywhere in the water of a lake or river, their presence in a lake can go unknown until they become established.

The risk is that by the time adult zebra mussels establish and are discovered the easily transportable veligers will have already been carried to another lake. Veligers can be transported anywhere water is carried including bait water, ballast water (boats, jet skis, wake boards, etc.), hollow trailers, or if drain plugs aren’t pulled.

This past summer, Carver County Water Management Organization (WMO) began veliger sampling on Lake Waconia; determined to be the most at risk lake within the WMO for an infestation. Sampling for veligers helps staff know if an infestation has occurred before we find adult mussels, and provides an earlier chance to notify lake users and prevent the infestation from spreading.

Veliger monitoring is done in the summer months when the water temperature is warm enough for breeding conditions. Veliger sampling is done by performing plankton tows.

A “tow” involves lowering a fine-mesh net into the lake almost to the bottom, then pulling it up through the water column to get a sample at all levels of lake depth. The sample is then collected in a plastic bottle, labeled, preserved and shipped to a lab for analysis. Staff at the lab sift through the sample and look for the presence of veligers. WMO staff collected samples at four sites on Lake Waconia, once in July and once in August. Thus far, samples have not indicated any veligers present.

In addition to veliger monitoring, staff have installed 15 zebra mussel monitoring stations in 10 lakes: Bavaria, Brickyard, Courthouse, Eagle, Fireman’s, Goose, Hydes, Reitz, Swede and Waconia. Stations consist of PVC plates and are installed in early May and will be removed in early October and to check for the presence of zebra mussels. Lakes around Chanhassen and Victoria are often within Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s boundaries instead of WMO, but MCWD is also doing veliger monitoring on a number of their lakes.

Help prevent the spread of zebra mussel and other aquatic invasive species by following these three steps: Clean, Drain & Dry.

Clean: Clean plants, mud, animals and fish from all equipment that touches the water. Rinse equipment with high-pressure, hot water.

Drain: Drain water from your boat, motor, live well, bait bucket and swimming equipment before transporting it. Do not dump the excess water into storm drains or other bodies of water.

Dry: Dry everything that came in contact with water for at least five days to be sure you have destroyed veligers or young zebra mussels. Store your boat on land if possible.

Sign up for the CCWMO newsletter at to keep up on zebra mussels and other lake and river updates.

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9-18-14 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:28:04 +0000 WP-LTEparkedcarCMYKReferendum is in best interest of the community

To the editor:

Nov. 4 you will be presented with a question – will you vote yes for education and pass the tax-neutral building referendum? There are so many great, necessary reasons to pass this referendum. Here is why I am voting yes.

I have a three children, two attending Bayview and one attending Clearwater. The schools, simply put, are crowded. For the past six years, I have watched the number of students steadily increase. The schools desperately need more room, at every level.

First in the proposal is a much needed new elementary school in Waconia (off Airport Road near Target), and upgrades to both Bayveiw and Southview, that will allow our district to continue to offer excellent K-5 education. The location for this new school is ideal, serving the expanding area located southeast of Waconia.

The high school is so crowded at passing time the students need to walk sideways down the halls. The proposed expansion of Clearwater Middle School to become the new Waconia High School will give the district the space it needs right now for these students. Using the current Waconia High School as the new middle school (6-8th) and ECFE building affords both of these educational programs the space they need, and much needed green space for the preschool programming.

Also in the proposal, new fields for soccer, football, baseball and new tennis courts. I would love to have my children’s soccer games held in Waconia instead of traveling all over the area to use other fields.

A new entrance off Highway 5 to Clearwater Middle School/Safari Island is also in the proposal, giving much needed traffic relief to Community Drive for both the proposed Waconia High School and Safari Island.

The proposed building referendum is in the best interest of the district and our community. It uses all the current spaces that we have paid to build/upgrade and adds on as necessary for our current and future growth. And it does this all without raising the building bond portion of your taxes. I urge you to Vote Yes with me on Nov. 4.

Dana Geller




Citizens, let’s set a good example for the children

To the editor:

At Waconia High School the other day, as the usual dozen cars were waiting in line to pick up kids, someone dared to leave the eight-foot center sidewalk momentarily unoccupied and I was treated to the experience pictured here. An adult motorist raced up past everyone waiting, pulled her vehicle halfway over (thus taking up space in both lanes), got out of her car and ran inside, leaving the vehicle parked as you see it.

I’ve seen a lot of colossally selfish driving practices at our schools, some from teens, but more from parents whose personal needs at that moment apparently outweigh everyone else’s needs or the safety of the kids flooding out of school.

When you’re running late, have 15 other things going on, are in a hurry, mind is elsewhere, are on your phone, have errands to run, etc., it might be helpful to take just a moment to remember that all those other people sitting there also have priorities and urgencies that are at least as important as yours.

Let’s try to show our kids good examples of orderly, turn-taking, non-selfish behavior. After all, it’s kind of our job, isn’t it? Seriously. Everyone, it’s a new school year — please don’t be this person.

Steve Lieb


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Catch the Star Chasers Cabaret on Oct. 11 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:25:08 +0000 Here, WHS choir director Aaron Olson works with his former students, Olson and Dalen Beduhn, for the Star Chasers performance. (Submitted Photo)

Here, WHS choir director Aaron Olson works with his former students, Olson and Dalen Beduhn, for the Star Chasers performance. (Submitted Photo)

If you love Waconia Show Choir, you won’t want to miss the upcoming performance of the Star Chasers Cabaret, a group featuring alumni from the show choir program. Star Chasers will perform at Sovereign Estate Vineyard and Winery in Waconia on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a dinner cabaret show followed by a four-course Oktoberfest meal. The event will feature Power Company alumni Jackie Olson, Andrea Dalen Beduhn, and Bridget Ayers Looby, with special guests Jared Oxborough (one of the top young performers on the Minnesota musical theater scene) and music by Sabby White and the Furnace. For information on tickets, visit


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Waconia High School selects homecoming court Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:24:57 +0000 WHShomecomingcourtCMYKThe 2014 Homecoming Court at Waconia High School was announced on Monday, Sept. 15. The court includes, front row, from left: Juniors Lauryn Mattson and Alex Carrabre and sophomores Lauren Dirnberger and Justin Schultz; middle row: Freshman Charlie Gove, seniors Trina Rinke, Claire Sites, Emily Zempel, Emily Shaw, and Hannah Killian, and freshman Taylor Lange; back row: Seniors Kyle Johnson, Alex Bujold, Nathan Glynn, Brady Kamish, and Jon Butz. The traditional pepfest and coronation ceremony will take place in the high school gymnasium at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)


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9-18-14 Down Memory Lane Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:18:52 +0000 By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago- Sept. 16, 2004

The Waconia boys soccer team extended its winning streak to three games with a 5-1 victory at St. Michael-Albertville. Waconia has outscored its opponents 17-11 and is undefeated in the conference and on the road this season.

Jason and Amy Theis of Waconia announce the birth of their daughter, Brynley Lauren, born on Aug. 21. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Diane Theis of Waconia. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Cindy Shults of Colorado.

MACKENTHUN’S COUNTY MARKET: Super Coupons: 8 piece deli fried chicken-$3.98. Ten lb. bag local russet potatoes – 38 cents.

Nickle Day Specials: “Egg-Cetera”-Coffee just 50 cents with any breakfast. Hamburger and fries – $5.

Waconia High School homecoming royalty were selected this week. King and queen candidates are Meghan Fredrickson, Ben Timm, Brianna Johnson, Nate Waldvogel, Natalie Maiser, Tyler Stahn, Jackie Jensen, Aaron Cook, Kari Luce, Brady Gibbs, Darby Steiner, and Dan Klingelhutz. Pages are Blair Bost, Andy Newman, Chelsea Honebrink, Jason Brandenburg, Meghan Durkin and Andrew Armit.

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF WACONIA Upcoming Day Events: “The Lion King” at the Orpheum; “Christmas of Swing” at the Great American History Theater;  “Boone & Erickson” at the Old Log Theatre.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 14, 1989

Workers finished the restoration project at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia this week. After summer in which Mass was conducted in the school, the congregation will have its service in the church this weekend.

Mayer – The Lutheran Hour Rally will come to Mayer this Sunday. The outdoor event will be held at the Lutheran High School. Dr. Dale Meyer, speaker for The Lutheran Hour Christian radio program, will deliver the message. The song leader will be Bill Niebuhr of Norwood. The LHS band, directed by Paul Schiff, will also perform, as will the Klemp Family Singers of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Cologne.

Little Emily Van Kirk was entertained by “Beans the Clown” at the Waconia State Bank open house Sept. 8. Emily is the daughter of Joseph and Cindy Van Kirk of Waconia.

St. Joseph Catholic School began this school year with a new principal and a new social studies teacher. Debbie King will be the principal and Timothy Drake will teach sixth through eighth grade social studies.

Happy 40th Birthday Al! September 17. Love, Lynette & Tracy.

Cologne – Best wishes to Mary Salonek and Chris Grimm who were married last weekend.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 17, 1964

St. Bonifacius – The St. Bonifacus Saints Baseball team won its second state crown at Brownton on Sunday. Members of the team include: Howard Wroge, Vir Logelin, James Heitz, Ronnie Logelin, pitcher Stans, John Ryski, Don Jorrissen, Albert Ebert, Renee Valanciano, Howard McMillan, Ron Quast, scorekeeper, Steven Thurk, Ron Wartman, Don Schulz, Ronnie Ess, Larry Schuler, Arnie Ebert, Don Carruth, Corky Gothman, Al Provo, Ken Maiser and the bat boys, DuWayne Ebert and Robert Vanderlinde. St. Bonifacius won all five of its games in the tournament, its brilliant mound staff giving up just four runs in five games.

Waconia’s newest business, “La Olive Via” has been opened at the corner of Olive and First Streets by Ray and Marcella Erhard. This new establishment features pizzas and a complete Dairy Fountain Service.

A committee chaired by Ray Weinzierl, with Fred Fredrickson, Harold Bollinger and Henry Lobitz, was appointed at the meeting of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce to investigate the possibility of Christmas Lighting for the streets of Waconia.

Finding her wedding ring that was lost 30 years ago in a garden, Mrs. William Alsleben of west of here, with tears in her eyes, declared; “God was with us to lead me to it.” When it was found it looked like new.

New Germany – Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stahlke and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Stender took a drive around Lake Superior on Labor Day weekend.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 14, 1939

Wayne Laitala, of Chisholm, arrives in Waconia next Monday morning to take charge of the commercial department of the Waconia High School. The new teacher comes to the high school to take the place of Mr. Stenehjem in the commercial department. Mr. Stenehjem has been in charge of two departments—commercial and music.

Waconia’s famous football 11 is stepping into South Dakota for a night game with the Watertown high school, South Dakota’s state champions for two consecutive years. The game will be played in the South Dakota city. Anyone wishing to ride to the game call Coach Al Knutsen at the high school. Coach Knutsen reports prospects at Waconia promise to be the best on record, and it is for sure Captain Stan Radde is one of the big reasons. With Radde’s 265 pounds figured in, Waconia’s line this year will average 190 pounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Connors returned Saturday, after a week’s vacation, with relatives at Albert Lea.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 18, 1914

Cologne – Burglars broke into the train depot Saturday evening and took $15.72 from the cash drawer.

The Waconia Fair was a glorious success! “Dainty” and her two baby fawns were the center of attention and proved to be a worthwhile attraction. Had there been an elephant class in the cow department we believe that E. J. Aikins would have taken honors on a gold platter with his Holstein bull. The beast certainly was some bull and weighed 2,340 pounds. In the parade the St. Joseph school float took first prize, $20, for the most attractive. Arthur Pofahl won second, while O. J. Kuntz took first in the automobile class and Carl Seltz’s machine took second. The judges were from Minneapolis.

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9-18-14 Carver County Sheriff’s Report Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:17:49 +0000 Wednesday, Sept. 3

Suspicious activity was reported on the 400 block of Lewis Avenue in Watertown.

A report of suspicious activity was made on the 800 block of Vista Boulevard in Waconia.

Suspicious activity was reported in Young America Township.

Fire alarms were reported to have gone off on the 100 block of Westminster Avenue in Watertown.

Thursday, Sept. 4

An adult male was booked and released for disorderly conduct on Spruce Street in Waconia.

A hold-up silent alarm reportedly went off on Faxon Road in Norwood Young America.

A possible Internet scam was reported in Norwood Young America.

Numerous calls from a cell phone were made to 911 in Watertown.

Friday, Sept. 5

A possible scam was reported on Beach Road in Waconia.

A window screen was damaged on County Road 10 in Watertown. Damage was estimated at $25.

A car caught fire in a garage on the 500 block of Newton Avenue in Watertown.

A Norwood Young America man was arrested for violation of a protection order on 5th Street in Waconia.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Theft of cash and coins, estimated at over $24,000 was reported on Central Avenue in Norwood Young America.

Sunday, Sept. 7

An Eden Prairie man was arrested for domestic assault and property damage on the 100 block of Poplar Ridge in Norwood Young America.

Monday, Sept. 8

A juvenile male was cited for drug paraphernalia in Waconia.

Theft from a vehicle, estimated at $2,600 stolen, was reported on 81st street in Victoria.

Theft from a mailbox on County Road 155 in Watertown was reported.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

A Watertown man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding in Waconia.

Theft of gas was reported on 200 block of Newton Avenue in Watertown.

Burglary and property damage was reported on Highway 212 in Young America Township.

An audible burglary alarm was reported on 500 block of 3rd street in Waconia.

Property damage was reported on 2nd Street in Waconia. Glass was reported in the street and yard.

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