Sun Current Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:06:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NCC’s Campus Cupboard recognized by MnSCU Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:06:28 +0000 Normandale Community College’s Campus Cupboard received the 2013-14 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for innovative student affairs program.

The Campus Cupboard was created prior to the 2012 fall semester for students who come to school and don’t have the financial means to eat every day. Normandale created the Campus Cupboard in collaboration with Good in the ‘Hood, a Bloomington partner organization that focuses on acts of kindness as a means of transforming individual lives, families and communities.

Student volunteers at the Campus Cupboard check students in, help them get food, keep the cupboard clean and organized, and assist with marketing and resource development.

This year the number of unique students served increased to 563, and the total food items distributed increased to 15,906. There were 60 service leaders and volunteers that contributed time to the Campus Cupboard.

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Emotional time for Eagle football squad Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:39:00 +0000 ep21football

Eden Prairie is seeking its fourth consecutive large-school state football championship this fall after defeating Rosemount 28-7 in the Prep Bowl finals a year ago. Providing leadership for the Eagles (left to right) are senior tri-captains Andrew Nemecek, Jake Halvarson and Thayson Clay. (Sun Current staff photo by Greg Kleven

When will Eden Prairie’s football domination end at the state level? The Eagles have been Minnesota’s king of the prep football hill for the past two decades winning nine state titles under the leadership of head coach Mike Grant and his experienced and talented staff.

Eden Prairie claimed its latest Prep Bowl large-school title last November defeating Rosemount 28-7 in the Metrodome. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-0 record after winning the Class 6A crown.

Eden Prairie fans will get two-early season games to witness the 2014 Eagle team in action. EPHS will travel to Minneapolis South for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game Wednesday, Aug. 27. Then three days later, the Eagles host Oak Park Academy of Winnipeg in a 1 p.m. game at Aerie Stadium.

It will be an emotional experience for both teams next Wednesday when Eden Prairie takes the field against Minneapolis South. The Tigers are mourning the loss of one their football players. Sha-kym Adams, 15, drowned while swimming with teammates Aug. 6 at Lake Nokomis.

Eden Prairie sent 40 players and coaches to the reviewal for Adams last week.

“We wanted to pay our respects to the family of Adams,” said coach Grant. “His parents appreciated our presence at the reviewal.

“We have a lot of respect for the Minneapolis South players and coaching staff.

“I think we all realize how important it is to appreciate every day when a tragedy like that happens.”

Eden Prairie players have also had to deal with the emotional loss of one of their teammates.

Sophomore Adam Daggs of Eden Prairie is still hospitalized with fractured neck bones suffered when he was hit by a car while riding his bike two weeks ago. Doctors have surgically placed a metal fuse in his neck according to members of his family.

Eden Prairie football players have been going door-to-door to raise funds to help cover some of Daggs’ medical expenses. They have been mowing lawns for donations as well.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks emotionally for our players, but they will be ready to play their best against both Minneapolis South and Oak Park Academy,” said Grant.


Returning starters

Eden Prairie graduated many all-conference, all-metro and all-state players off that 2013 team. But don’t look for the Eagle championship dynasty to crumble this season.

The Eagles return many key offensive and defensive starters from that title squad and should be ranked with the best in the state again this season. Last fall, Eden Prairie was ranked No. 1 in the state from the first to last game.

Grant expects big things from his 2014 squad.

“We feel good about this team even though we graduated many talented players from last year’s championship team,” said Grant. “This group will have the chance to prove itself this season.

“For me, the start of football is exciting. I’m fortunate to be around great kids and their families. The best two hours of my day are spent working with these players on a daily basis.”
Eden Prairie will rely on leadership from its senior tri-captains. Andrew Nemecek (6-2, 235) returns at center while Thayson Clay (5-10, 155) provides a valuable receiving threat for the Eagles. Eden Prairie’s other captain is defensive end Jake Halvarson (5-10, 200).

In past seasons, Eden Prairie’s coaching staff places many of their best all-around athletes on defense. And the Eagles’ defensive unit will be loaded again with quality performers.

Returning defensive starters are junior linebacker Carter Coughlin (6-3, 205), junior defensive back J.D. Spielman (5-8, 165), junior tackle Connor Novak-Goar (6-2, 255), senior defensive end Scott McNeill (6-2, 205), senior linebacker Bill Koop (6-1, 190) and senior cornerback Blake Cashman (6-1, 195).

Eden Prairie will be less experienced on the offensive side of the ball. Nemecek is back to anchor the line at center. Senior tight end Josh Lanasa also received valuable playing time last season and came through with several key touchdown receptions.

Senior Will Rains joins the Eagle football program after moving with his family to Eden Prairie this year. Rains (5-11, 215) started the past two seasons as a running back at Eastview and rushed for about 3,000 yards.

“Will has looked great in practices and gives us an experienced back,” said Grant. “But we have about 10 other running backs that have played that position at some time during their football careers.”

Senior Belal Omar (5-7, 160) will be counted on for carries along with such backs as Cashman and Spielman.

Eden Prairie graduated its top three rushers from last season — Dan Fisher, Anthony Anderson and Charlie Venable. And the Eagles must find a replacement for graduated quarterback Ryan Connelly.

Coach Grant lists seniors Ben Ose (6-0, 165) and Grantham Gillard (6-3, 190) as his top two quarterback candidates.

Eden Prairie likes to control the football with a punishing rushing attack. Grant doesn’t believe that trend will end this season.

“I feel good about our offensive line,” said the Eagle coach. “We have big linemen who are also athletic.”

Senior Kyle Rademaker (6-3, 260) is expected to start at left tackle. Senior Joe Fahning (6-1, 220) and junior Michael Swanson (6-2, 250) will see plenty of minutes as guards. Junior Jeff Athey (6-3, 225) is a candidate for tight end.

McNeill will be counted on for punting duties. Brandon Gould has the inside track on kicking duties.



Contact Greg Kleven at



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Bloomington planning trip to Twins game Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:44:49 +0000 Bloomington Human Services is planning an afternoon trip to Target Field for an interleague game between the Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The game is 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. A bus will depart from Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., at 11 a.m. and return at approximately 4 p.m.

The cost is $25 and the registration deadline is Sept. 2.

Registration: 952-563-4944.

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Eden Prairie Senior Center calendar, Aug. 22-28 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:37:48 +0000 Friday, Aug. 22

9:30 a.m. Men’s Coffee Group (Woodchucks)

9:30 a.m. Bread Day

9:30 a.m. Silver Sneakers Yoga

Noon: Movie Matinee

Noon: Partner Bridge

12:30 p.m. Party Bridge

1 p.m. Pinochle


Monday, Aug. 25

8:45 a.m. Senior Singles Coffee Klatch

9:30 a.m. Shopping in Eden Prairie

10 a.m. Current Events Discussion Group

Noon: Duplicate Bridge

1 p.m. Crafting


Tuesday, Aug. 26

8:30 a.m. Silver Sneakers Classic

9 a.m. Greeting Cards

9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold

9:30 a.m. Bread Day

9:30 a.m. Biking Club

10:30 a.m. Tai Chi

12:30 p.m. Party Bridge

1 p.m. Cribbage


Wednesday, Aug. 27

1 p.m. 500 Card Game

6 p.m. Walking Club


Thursday, Aug. 28

8:30 a.m. Silver Sneakers Classic

9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold

10 a.m. Mahjong

12:30 p.m. Hand and Foot/Canasta Card Game

1 p.m. Cribbage


All events are held at the Eden Prairie Senior Center, 8950 Eden Prairie Road, unless otherwise noted.

Info: 952-279-8050 or

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Bloomington Police Department to hold predatory offender notification meeting Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:05:02 +0000 The Bloomington Police Department will hold a Level 3 Predatory Offender notification meeting Thursday.

The meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Crosspoint Church, 9801 France Ave. S.

Darren Steven Marks moved into Bloomington on July 28. His history includes sexual contact with an adult female victim who knew him at the time of the incident.

Marks is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court.

Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Bloomington Police Department will attend the meeting to provide information on public safety.

Info: 952-563-4900.

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Eden Prairie School Board discuss superintendent contract Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:53 +0000 Eden Prairie School Board members discussed the next steps for offering Supt. Curt Tryggestad a new contract in 2015.

While all board members agreed on offering Tryggestad a new three-year contract starting July 1, 2015, they spent more than an hour negotiating when, or if, to set the end date to the negotiations process with consideration for the district’s fall referendum.

The contract discussion followed the announcement of findings from the board’s annual superintendent evaluation, which declared Tryggestad in compliance on all of the board’s executive limitation policies. The board stated that they were pleased with his performance in these areas which provide the boundaries and operating expectations he must operate within.

The board found varied results in their ends policies. Ends policies designate the results for which the organization exists, the recipients or beneficiaries of those results, and the worth of the results or the results for certain recipient groups.

“We are pleased with the achievement gains made in a number of academic areas, but recognize there are some areas that fell short of expected progress,” the report stated.

The report went on to say that the board is pleased with Tryggestad’s overall performance.

“We support the leadership he has shown in making changes within the district, and look forward to continued progress in student achievement,” it  stated.

All board members were in agreement to start the contract negotiation process as soon as possible, but it was the time limitations that proved to be a debatable topic. Some members said they would like to allow for plenty of time for Tryggestad to consider and counter an offer, while some said they would like to see the process completed as soon as possible.

“Letting the process drag on looks like a lack of commitment,” Boardmember Elaine Larabee said.

Boardmember Karla Bratrud countered, saying, “I don’t feel compelled to rush. We are asking for a referendum to be passed, if it doesn’t pass we will be in a money crunch. I don’t want to commit to a number for the highest paid salary in our district.”

Several board members suggested an end date by the end of the year. Boardmember Holly Parker said the board doesn’t need an end date, but that she would like to see the process completed by the end of September.

“I want see this completed before the referendum to show this community that we are committed to the district and committed to the superintendent in the long term,” Parker said.

Bratrud said pushing the contract decision to be made before the referendum is “disrespectful to the community.”

The board reached a consensus to begin the negotiations process on a three-year contract for Tryggestad by authorizing the negotiations committee to gather data on contracts at neighboring districts to be discussed during a workshop on Aug. 26.

“We have ends that need to be achieved and flowed from the superintendent down,” Board Chair Ranee Jacobus said. “I understand we have made some big investments and it will take a while to see. We’ve really only seen one year of results from Curt, two years this fall. We will see how things have gone and see where that all falls out.”

The school board plans to use the workshop time to look at parameters for a new contract by taking the existing contract and looking at other district’s contracts.


Contact Natalie Conrad at or follow her @EPSunCurrent.

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The front page of the Aug. 21, 2014 Eden Prairie Sun Current Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:14:36 +0000 You can find the Eden Prairie Sun Current on sale at the following locations: City Hall, Eden Prairie School District, Jerry’s New Market, Kowalski’s Market, Shady Oak BP, Eden Prairie Liquor, Community Center, Dunn Brothers and the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.


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The front page of the Aug. 21, 2014 Bloomington Sun Current Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:13:31 +0000 You can find the Bloomington Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Penn Lake Library, Bloomington City Hall, Cub Foods, Festival Foods and Lunds.


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The front page of the Aug. 21, 2014 Richfield Sun Current Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:11:52 +0000 You can find the Richfield Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Augsburg Library, Richfield Chamber, Richfield City Hall, Lunds and Walgreens.


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The front page of the Aug. 21, 2014 Edina Sun Current Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:10:39 +0000 You can find the Edina Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Edina Community Center, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Edina City Hall, Byerly’s and Jerry’s Foods.


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