Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:23:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Former Edina sculptor publishes memoir http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/former-edina-sculptor-publishes-memoir/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/former-edina-sculptor-publishes-memoir/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:15:56 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140147 Elizabeth Sweder, who lived in Edina from 1972 to 2000, published her first book, a memoir entitled “The Red Cottage.”

Sweder was a sculptor in Edina and was a member of the Edina Art Center, where she exhibited in juried art shows and won the People’s Choice award for a sculpture portrait.

After her daughters graduated from Edina East, she began to take classes at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She returned to the University of Minnesota in 1990 and completed her bachelor’s degree in sculpture.

She began writing about her childhood and family history four years ago. In 2000, she and her husband Don retired to Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, near the red cottage she spent every summer of her youth except for two years during World War II.

The red cottage became the one constant and safe haven for a young girl born near the end of the Great Depression. Her father worked for the government during the war and the family moved many times before settling in Minneapolis when she was in sixth grade.

A book launch and signing event is 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.

Info: lizswedertales.wordpress.com.

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Bloomington snuffs out public e-cigarette use http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/bloomington-snuffs-out-public-e-cigarette-use/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/bloomington-snuffs-out-public-e-cigarette-use/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:15:52 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140209 As cities grapple with how to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes in their city, Bloomington has deemed their use to be akin to that of traditional cigarettes, and voted unanimously to prohibit their use in public settings, including the retail shops that sell the devices.

Amendments to the City Code approved at the Bloomington City Council’s Nov. 17 meeting also include a new restriction for the sales of cigars. Bloomington cigar retailers will no longer be permitted to sell individual cigars that are priced less than $2.60.

The amendments were aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine products, and in the case of the electronic delivery devices commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, the amendments are aimed at protecting bystanders from e-cigarette vapor and enforcing the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

“This will prohibit use of e-cigarettes in the same places that smoking of tobacco is prohibited,” said Bonnie Paulsen, the public health administrator of the city’s Public Health Division.

The move to treat e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes was met with plenty of opposition, particularly as it applies to the retail businesses that sell the products.

For the ownership of one Bloomington business, the prohibition of their use inside their Lyndale Avenue store will have a significant impact.

“It would seriously damage our business model,” said Nathan Affield, an employee of Smokeless Smoking, the city’s first e-cigarette retailer, which also has a lounge area for its customers, similar in ambiance to a coffee shop.

Owner Tim Koester said that the company, which opened its Bloomington store less than two years ago, expanded the size of its strip mall location last year at a cost of more than $100,000. When the company’s initial conditional-use permit was granted and amended to allow the expansion of its lounge, it seemed to indicate that their business was valued as part of the Bloomington business community, even if it was never promised that the company wouldn’t be subjected to increased restrictions in the future, Koester said.

Smokeless Smoking, which operates a handful of retail locations and sells products online, won’t fail as a result of the changes in city policy, according to Koester. But the company won’t need the 3,200 square feet it leases, and it won’t recoup its investment in the lounge, he noted.

The issue brought out proponents of the restriction and several opponents to it, many arguing that, at minimum, retailers should be permitted to allow the use of e-cigarettes in their stores.

E-cigarettes do not involve smoke, flames or tobacco. The devices heat liquid – typically flavored and containing nicotine – to create water vapor. Users inhale and exhale the vapor, much like cigarette smoke.

Affield said that using the devices in the retail store is important for testing and troubleshooting them, and for allowing customers to sample the various flavors of liquid available for the devices. Not being able to sample or test a device inside the store would effectively push customers and employees into the parking lot of the business, 25 feet away from the door. He compared the sampling of e-cigarette liquid to buying a car without test driving or buying a television without seeing a display model in operation.

Councilmember Tim Busse asked why e-cigarette liquids were different than beer sold at a liquor store. Although samples may be available at a liquor store, customers aren’t able to sample every beer in the store before making a purchase, Busse noted.

Koester said it’s not burdensome for an e-cigarette retailer to provide samples, as opened containers don’t result in waste the same way open bottles of beer would at a liquor store. Providing samples of e-cigarette liquids is the industry standard, and something many industries would do if it were practical, he added.

Smokeless Smoking co-owner Angie Griffith noted that residents across the street from her storefront were not in favor of having her customers congregating in the parking lot of her business rather than inside the store, and argued against treating her customers – who use e-cigarettes for smoking cessation – the same as smokers. “You may very well be stigmatizing something we will all one day look back on as the greatest harm reduction tool since condoms or seatbelts,” she said.

The owners and employees of Smokeless Smoking were joined by several others in lobbying for the freedom to use e-cigarettes at Bloomington businesses, particularly retail businesses.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, called the city’s proposal an impediment to business and said the proposal should be named the “Minneapolis vape shop protection and expansion act of 2014,” suggesting that Minneapolis is preparing to follow the lead of other major cities, including New York, in exempting e-cigarette retailers from use restrictions.

Cap O’Rourke, director of government relations for the Independent Vapor Retailers of Minnesota, said that Bloomington would be the first city in Minnesota to enact a sampling ban with existing e-cigarette retailers in their city, and shared the concern that the restriction would merely drive customers to other cities.

Continued effort

Paulsen detailed the city’s several-month process in arriving at the recommendations before the council, and said the recommendations continue the work of the city from 2004, when the council restricted smoking in public places, places of employment, parks and outdoor seating areas of bars and restaurants.

The code amendments would help reduce the introduction of tobacco and nicotine products to youth, according to Paulsen. She said several studies indicate the use of e-cigarettes by teens is increasing.

“The rise in youth use is alarming,” she said.

She cited the marketing of e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to smoking and the use of flavorings, such as cotton candy, as enticements toward the youth market.

The vapor from e-cigarette use is not without chemicals.

“The risk to human health with the emissions remain uncertain,” she said, noting there’s a lack of long-term health data pertaining to e-cigarettes.

“Air containing e-cigarette aerosol is less safe than clean air,” she said.

Bloomington’s proposal comes on the heels of state law enacted earlier this year prohibiting indoor use of e-cigarettes in hospitals, government-owned buildings, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities buildings and schools, Paulsen said, noting three counties and 15 cities in Minnesota have enacted similar restrictions as those proposed in Bloomington, including Edina and Eden Prairie.

Nick Kelley, a doctor and member of the Bloomington Advisory Board of Health, was unwilling to sign off on the safety of e-cigarettes.

“There’s a lot of things we don’t know,” he said. “The science is not very clear.”

Betsy Brock, research director of The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, expressed concerns about the prevalence of e-cigarettes and use by students, noting that while cigarette use by students is down according to a state survey, e-cigarette use is increasing.

“No amount of nicotine is safe for youth,” she said.

She questioned the value of e-cigarettes as cessation devices. While they are touted as helping smokers break their habit, “they do not prevent addiction,” she said.

After hearing arguments on both sides of the proposal, the council briefly considered one caveat, whether or not to exempt retail stores from the e-cigarette amendments. Councilmember Dwayne Lowman said he would support the proposal as presented, but was open to considering the exemption.

Councilmember Jon Oleson wasn’t willing to exempt retail stores in perpetuity, but was willing to prolong the end result.

“We owe it to the current vaping shops in the city to give them a window of time,” he said, suggesting they should have two years to continue offering samples in their stores.

His motion to that effect was defeated 5-2, however, with only Lowman joining him in support.

Without the two-year extension, e-cigarette retailers will have to cease in-store sampling when the code amendments are published, which usually takes 10-14 days, City Attorney Sandra Johnson said.

“I’m almost embarrassed that we’re late on this,” Councilmember Tim Busse said, noting the city has been looked to as a leader on clean air issues in the past.

“The science isn’t solid,” he admitted, but noted that given the history of the tobacco industry, nobody will be surprised years from now when long-term effects of the product are revealed.

“I don’t accept the argument that there isn’t enough information out there,” Mayor Gene Winstead said.

Although e-cigarettes may be a good cessation device, that doesn’t make their use a healthy alternative, he noted.

“The science is in favor of this ordinance,” Councilmember Andrew Carlson said.

Cigar sales

The proposal to increase the minimum price of single cigars to $2.60 took a backseat to the e-cigarette discussion, and it drew modest discussion throughout the evening. The price increase applies to all cigars sold in packages of less than five, and is aimed at reducing youth access to low-cost cigars, which could be found in the city for as little as $1, according to Paulsen. The increased price for single cigars should cause youth to think about their choice to use a cigar, and that should help prevent youth initiation to tobacco through cigars, Paulsen explained.

Preventing the use of nicotine by youth makes it less likely that they will use tobacco products as an adult, she noted.

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Northern powers test Edina skaters http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/northern-powers-test-edina-skaters/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/northern-powers-test-edina-skaters/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:14:44 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140287 Northern powers Roseau and Warroad visited Braemar Arena to clash against the Edina High girls hockey team last weekend.

Edina girls hockey goalie Anna Goldstein turns away a Warroad scoring opportunity in the second period of a 3-3 tie Nov. 22. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Edina girls hockey goalie Anna Goldstein turns away a Warroad scoring opportunity in the second period of a 3-3 tie Nov. 22. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

It was a tough twosome for the Hornets, who lost to Roseau 4-3 on Friday and tied Warroad 3-3 on Saturday.

Following the Warroad game, Edina captains Katie Murney, Emma Schatz and Taylor Williamson discussed the prospects for the season.

“The loss to Roseau was a wake-up call,” said Williamson, a returning All-State player and University of Minnesota recruit. “If we do what we’re supposed to do, we’re good enough to win state.”

Going into the Roseau game, Edina had won four in a row to open the season – all by at least three goals.

Facing more adversity against the Northern teams was a good thing.

“Today [against Warroad], we protected our goal the best we could,” said Schatz. “Anna [Goldstein] kept us in the game.”

Goldstein finished with 26 saves.

“We knew coming in that Warroad would dump the puck in and put the pressure on, so we came out and played that way,” said Williamson.

Edina led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Lolita Fidler, but Warroad stormed back with three goals in the second period and led 3-2 at the second intermission. Williamson scored Edina’s second-period goal.

The Hornets drew even on the power play in the third period when Williamson converted Murney’s assist.

“We had to make some adjustments after the second period,” said Murney. “Our coaches told us to loosen up. We believe in our teammates, and we’re giving a full-team effort.”

In the game against Roseau, the Hornets were on the verge of a win throughout the evening, as they built a commanding 39-17 edge in shots on goal.

Roseau goalie Jenna Baumgartner was the difference-make with 36 saves. The only player she couldn’t stop was Emily Oden, who led the Hornets with her first hat trick of the season. Sophie Slattery had two assists, while Grace Bowlby and Richardson each had one.

“Our younger players are adjusting well to varsity hockey,” said Williamson. “Everyone is very competitive. That’s what’s special about our team.”

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

 
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Edina begins Snowplow Hotline for residents http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-begins-snowplow-hotline-for-residents/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-begins-snowplow-hotline-for-residents/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:14:41 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140289 The Public Works Department has created a Snowplow Hotline for residents to call during winter to stay up-to-date on snowplow plans.

The hotline phone number is 952-826-1628. The hotline will be updated with a  recording of up-to-date information on the forecast and the Public Works Department’s plowing schedule to inform residents of what to expect before, during and after a storm.

“Residents can stay current on information throughout plowing events. They can listen to the plan and if they have questions or comments, they can leave a message,” Public Works Director Brian Olson said.

Streets Supervisor Shawn Anderson said, “It’s going to help the residents know what’s going on as far as when we’re plowing, why we’re waiting to plow and more. … When they look out their window at night and see it’s snowing, residents can call and be informed about what time the plows will be out to clear their street.”

Info: 952-826-0376 (Public Works).

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Edina earns six All-Lake football berths http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-earns-six-all-lake-football-berths/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-earns-six-all-lake-football-berths/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:09 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140279 When the Lake Conference football coaches met recently to choose the all-conference football team, six Edina players were among the 30 selections.

Edina senior quarterback Charlie Smith threw 14 touchdown passes during an All-Lake football season this fall. (Photo by John Bloom - Contributing Photographer)

Edina senior quarterback Charlie Smith threw 14 touchdown passes during an All-Lake football season this fall. (Photo by John Bloom – Contributing Photographer)

Coach Reed Boltmann of Edina was pleased that opposing coaches recognized his players – seniors Ben Boone, Justin Douglas, Patrick LeCorre and Charlie Smith, junior Evan Holm and sophomore Brock Boltmann..

“I wish we could have won a few more games,” coach Boltmann said, looking back on the Hornets’ 2-7 season. That mark included a 1-3 record in Lake Conference play. “Every team we played this season realized that they were in a battle,” Boltmann assured.

Edina played one of the toughest schedules in school history, as Hornet opponents included three of the final four teams in the state Class 6A tournament – Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Rosemount. The Hornets lost to those three teams, and also to DeLaSalle, a Prep Bowl finalist in Class 4A.

Leading Edina’s All-Lake selections is Boone, a repeat choice from last season. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound captain led the Hornets in pass receiving yardage and was voted the team’s Offensive MVP.

“Ben was a constant focal point in our offense for three years,” said Boltmann. “He’s a great kid, a good receiver and an excellent blocker.”

Douglas, Edina’s biggest offensive lineman at 6-5 and 285 pounds is another “excellent blocker,” Boltmann said.

“Justin moves like a 250-pounder,” the coach said. “He is a great team player and very loyal to the team and his friends. From what I saw this year, Justin is one of the best linemen in the Lake Conference.”

LeCorre made his mark as a punter and kicker. He is a four-year letterman.

“This is Patrick’s third year on the all-conference team,” said Boltmann. “He was a tremendous asset to the team in giving us points and field position. His punting average this year was 41 yards. Pro teams would like to have that.”

LeCorre is looking for a Division I football offer. He played soccer and football as a ninth-grader, but gave that up to kick the football exclusively after that.

Smith threw 14 touchdown passes, while tossing for more than 1,700 yards this fall.

“Charlie had a pretty amazing year,” said Boltmann. “He had missed all of his junior season after breaking his wrist in a car accident. He’s a smart kid, and also a very humble kid. I give him a lot of credit for his effort and his leadership.”

The two Hornet underclassmen on the All-Lake team are standouts in the defensive secondary.

Holm scored three defensive touchdowns this season – two on pass interceptions and one on a fumble recovery. His stats helped him earn Edina’s Defensive MVP award.

“Evan is a fantastic shut-down corner,” said Boltmann. “He has a real knack for sticking with receivers and has a bright future in the game.”

In addition to starring in the secondary, Holm excels on kick returns.

Brock Boltmann, the coach’s son, is the only sophomore on the All-Lake Conference team. In addition to finishing third on the team in tackles behind linebackers Preston Carroll and Shea Harris, Brock played wide receiver on offense and also took some snaps at quarterback.

“I don’t like to brag about my own son,” said coach Boltmann. “He’s a hard-working kid, who takes pride in being a three-sport athlete. We will probably play him at quarterback next year. He can run and throw.”

In addition to the six all-conference picks, Edina has five players who earned All-Lake honorable mention. They are senior wide receiver Charlie Black, junior defensive linemen Tom Doyle and Devan Hunt, sophomore running back Parker Rickert and junior offensive tackle Bennett Helgren.

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

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Eagle girls earn No. 1 state ranking http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/eagle-girls-earn-no-1-state-ranking/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/eagle-girls-earn-no-1-state-ranking/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:01:34 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140267 There are high expectations for the Eden Prairie girls hockey team this season. The Eagles placed fourth in the state AA tournament last winter and finished with a 21-9 record.

Charly Dahlquist (9) is one of top returning scorers for Eden Prairie’s No. 1-ranked girls hockey team this season. She is serving as one of the Eagles’ four captains along with Angie Heppelmann, Lauren Boyle and Ashley Astor. (Sun Current file photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

Charly Dahlquist (9) is one of top returning scorers for Eden Prairie’s No. 1-ranked girls hockey team this season. She is serving as one of the Eagles’ four captains along with Angie Heppelmann, Lauren Boyle and Ashley Astor. (Sun Current file photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

Eden Prairie returns 20 of its 22 tournament players and its coach Jaime Grossman is looking forward to bettering last year’s record.

And the Eagles haven’t disappointed their coach in early-season action. Eden Prairie is ranked first in the state with a 6-0 record.

“We have set high goals for our team this season,” said coach Grossman. “This squad has been three years in the making.

“We had only two seniors on our state tournament squad a year ago and will skate three solid forward lines and use seven different defensemen. We are playing well so far, but it will be hard to get to state because we will be carrying a target on our back being ranked No. 1 in the stat.”

Eden Prairie’s biggest win of the season was a 4-3 triumph over previously No. 1-ranked Hill-Murray Nov. 18. Naomi Rogge scored twice for the winners. Lauren Oberle and Ashley Astor added one goal each. Goalie Whitney Padgett made 17 saves.

“We played really well for the first two periods against Hill-Murray but were hurt by penalties in the third period,” said coach Grossman. “It was a big win for us and we played up to our ability.”

Eden Prairie blanked Blake 5-2 Nov. 20. The Eagles demonstrated their scoring depth as five different players scored in the win. Providing one goal each were Heppelmann, Rachel Werdin, Rogge, Astor and Lauren Boyle. Goalie Alexa Dobchuk stopped 20 shots.

The Eagles beat Farmington 6-2 Nov. 13 as Kate Rydland scored twice. Charly Dahlquist, Werdin, Rogge and Allison Koloski came through with one goal apiece. Padgett tended goal and finished with 14 saves.

Eden Prairie blanked Eastview 6-0 Nov. 11. Padgett preserved the shutout by making 12 saves.

Eagle scorers were Oberle, Dahlquist, Rogge, Boyle (2) and Abby Hystad.

Eden Prairie opened the season with an 8-1 triumph over Centennial Nov. 6. Heppelmann provided a hat trick in the victory. Other goals came from Kelly Wolfe, Werdin, Boyle, Koloski and Anna Gravelle

The Eagles earned a 4-1 victory over Elk River. Oberle, Heppelmann, Astor and Dahlquist netted one goal each. Padgett was credited with 24 saves.

Eden Prairie’s captains are Dahlquist, Heppelmann, Boyle and Astor.

Contact Greg Kleven at greg.kleven@ecm-inc.com

 
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Edina Spirit Store opens Nov. 28 http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-spirit-store-opens-nov-28/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-spirit-store-opens-nov-28/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:59:41 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140266 The Edina Athletic Booster Board is opening its Spirit Store Friday, Nov. 28. The store is open noon to 5 p.m. every day through Dec. 27, at the Neighborhood Ice Cream Shoppe, 6137 Kellogg Ave.

Extended hours begin Tuesday, Dec. 16. The store includes Edina sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets, hats, mittens, scarves and pullovers. All proceeds go the Edina Athletic Booster Club to support Edina High School athletic teams.

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He’s The Lord of the Rings http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/hes-the-lord-of-the-rings/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/hes-the-lord-of-the-rings/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:57:59 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140260 Dick Gaughran is the kind of guy most people would like to have as an their uncle.

You know, the guy who comes over for Sunday dinner. He watches football, doesn’t say to much and always cleans his plate. Then he thanks you profusely for preparing the meal.

There is that side to Dick Gaughran, but there’s another side, too.

Since 1962, Gaughran has had a passion for coaching high school sports. As of fall 2014, he has coached a total of 133 sports seasons. He’s not exactly a specialist. During his 53-year career, he has been a head coach in track and wrestling and an assistant coach in football and baseball.

Gaughran’s friend Ron Kosteliz, formerly the head football coach at Edina High, said, “Dick is the only coach in Minnesota history to win the Butch Nash Award as the assistant football coach of the year and the Rob Fornasiere Award as the assistant baseball coach of the year. These are state-wide awards that every assistant coach would love to win.”

While those awards mean a lot to Gaughran, he has another distinction that is even more significant. He has won more state-championship football rings than any coach in Minnesota high school history. The first one is emerald-green and signifies the championship Gaughran helped Edina-West win in 1978. The other rings came Gaughran’s way as an assistant to Mike Grant at Eden Prairie.

Grant has one fewer ring than Gaughran, and if the assistant coach has his way, it will stay that way.

Gaughran said, “I always joke with Mike that I’ll retire the same year he does.”

Neither coach appears to be going anywhere. They share a passion for coaching kids that runs a lot deeper than winning championships.

“We want the kids to feel good about what they’re doing,” said Gaughran. “That’s what it’s all about. I always want to be the coach who puts his hand on a player’s shoulder and tells him, we can do this together.”

Gaughran, who coached on Stav Canakes’ staff at Edina before coming to Eden Prairie, said, “I learned a lot coaching with Stav and I’ve learned a lot coaching with Mike [Grant].

“Stav knew the game of football – both sides of the ball. Mike calls a great game. He only has seven plays, with a few wrinkles, but they’re plays that work. Both Stav and Mike liked to surround themselves with good people. Mike is probably the easiest person in the world to work with. He never tells his assistant coaches how to coach. He trusts us to use drills that will get us ready for Friday night.”

Gaughran is in charge of the punt and kickoff-return teams and also mentors the running backs.

He said he has had a great time this year, working with Eden Prairie’s star transfer, senior Will Rains.

“Will is spectacular,” said Gaughran. “He’s one of those backs who smells the roses.”

By that Gaughran means Rains has a nose for the goal line.

How it began

Gaughran’s love of sports began when he was growing up in Austin, Minn. in the late 1950s. Austin was a powerhouse in every sport back then, and Gaughran loved playing for a winner.

Although he pooh-poohs his own athletic achievements due to extreme modesty, Gaughran was a starter at linebacker for the Austin football team as a sophomore. That almost never happened during that era.

“I had six older brothers, and I always tagged along with them,” said Gaughran. “A football hit me in the face one time. And I couldn’t get the basketball up to the rim at first, but I kept coming back for more. We wrecked the mower every year, cutting the long grass so we’d have a place to play on the farm.

“On the football field, I didn’t know much about the game, but I could hit,” he continued. “I guess that’s why I was out there.”

Gaughran went on to play college football at South Dakota State, and it was there that he figured out he’d be happier teaching than farming.

Following his graduation in 1962, he signed on at Blooming Prairie High School as a teacher, assistant football coach and head track coach.

His only move

Gaughran’s only move as a teacher was from Blooming Prairie to Edina in 1968. He coached in Edina for 30 years and a total of 90 seasons, never taking any time off from sports.

“I am so thankful I’ve been able to spend time with kids all these years,” said Gaughran, who is 75 years old. “I am proud that I have never said a swear word in front of the kids I’ve coached.”

However, there have been times when he disciplined players.

“When I was coaching baseball at Edina, we had one kid who Jim Luther [head baseball coach] and I weren’t sure about,” Gaughran recalled. “We were getting off the bus for a sophomore game, and this kid had his cap on sideways. I told the bus driver to take him back to the school. I told the kid, ‘You’re not ready to play, son.’”

The player got the message.

“We never had any trouble with him, and he was in the starting line-up as a senior,” said Gaughran. “The message I sent was: You’re going to do it the Edina way.”

The EP way

The Edina way became the Eden Prairie way when Gaughran switched schools. He joined Mike Grant’s staff when Grant moved from Forest Lake to Eden Prairie in 1992.

“The 23 years with Mike have been great years,” Gaughran assured. “I was in the right place at the right time, and I am so thankful that Mike made me a part of his coaching staff. There is a story behind each one of these championship rings. Everyone in the coaching profession works hard. I feel like this is my calling. My philosophy is, treat people with kindness.”

Gaughran tells his players that they’ll go a long way in life by showing kindness toward others.

“I also tell them, ‘Love your parents’ and ‘Extend yourself to others,’” Gaughran said.

As a high school coach whose career has spanned six decades, Gaughran often finds himself reflecting on the past, yet he lives in the present and focuses on the future. With one season ending last weekend, he is already thinking about the 2015 Eden Prairie football season.

“We have great kids here,” he said. “And for every great kid, you almost always have great parents. The best part of the day for me is my time with these kids on the practice field. Earlier this season, I was in pain, then one morning I woke up and the pain was gone. Maybe it went away when I was thinking how wonderful these kids are.”

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

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Edina Police Reports, Nov. 10-16 http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-police-reports-nov-10-16/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/edina-police-reports-nov-10-16/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:56:22 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140255 For Nov. 10 through Nov. 16, the Edina Police Department answered the following calls:

Nov. 10 – Clothing totaling $796 was reported stolen from North Face at Galleria.

Nov. 11 – An 11-year-old boy was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing totaling $110 was allegedly shoplifted a JCPenney.

Nov. 12 – A 2004 Buick LeSabre, valued at $4,500, was reported stolen from an underground garage in a burglary at 3434 Heritage Drive.

A Segway, valued at $7,000, was reported stolen from an underground garage in a burglary at 3420 Heritage Drive.

Tires and wheels, total value of $500, were reported stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot at 7151 York Ave. In a second incident, tires and wheels totaling $300 were reported stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot at 7151 York Ave.

A computer, valued at $2,598, was reported stolen from Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way.

A microscope and copper, total value of $19,000, were reported stolen from a building being demolished at 4900 W. 77th St.

Clothing totaling $652 was reported stolen from Cole Haan at Galleria.

Nov. 13 – A victim reported providing account information under fraudulent circumstances.

A vehicle window was reported damaged at 7200 York Ave.

Cash and luggage, total value of $70, were reported stolen from a vehicle in a burglary at 7200 York Ave.

A 27-year-old Roseville man was arrested for theft and possession of shoplifting gear at Southdale Center after clothing totaling $1,301 was allegedly shoplifted at Macy’s.

A 14-year-old girl was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a 20-year-old Richfield man was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana at 6629 Cornelia Drive.

Nov. 14 – A 1993 Geo Prism, valued at $500, was reported stolen in a robbery at 5600 Xerxes Ave.

Tools, valued at $1,170, were reported stolen from a storage unit at 7520 Cahill Road.

A 52-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for possession of hypodermic needles at 7200 Cahill Road.

Clothing totaling $1,172 was reported stolen from Ann Taylor at Southdale Center.

A $500 phone was reported stolen from a table at 5816 Lincoln Drive.

License plates were reported stolen from a vehicle at 7250 York Ave.

Nov. 15 – A 26-year-old Eden Prairie man was arrested for domestic assault on France Avenue.

A violation of a harassment restraining order was reported on 70th Street.

Nov. 16 – A disturbance was reported on York Avenue.

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Stars skate to three straight wins http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/stars-skate-to-three-straight-wins/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/11/stars-skate-to-three-straight-wins/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:49:21 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=140241 Holy Angels girls hockey squad is off to an impressive start under the direction of head coach Lenny Vannelli.

Holy Angels’ Madysen Palmer (8) pushes the puck out of the reach of Benilde-St. Margaret’s player Ingrid Lundberg and away from Stars’ goalie Maddie Schertler during a 3-2 overtime loss Nov. 22 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. (Photo by Mark Trockman-trockstock.com)

Holy Angels’ Madysen Palmer (8) pushes the puck out of the reach of Benilde-St. Margaret’s player Ingrid Lundberg and away from Stars’ goalie Maddie Schertler during a 3-2 overtime loss Nov. 22 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. (Photo by Mark Trockman-trockstock.com)

The Stars, a cooperative team with Richfield, have compiled a 3-1 record including a 2-0 triumph over Minnehaha United Nov. 18.

Annika Duryea scored a short-handed goal for the winners. Abby Welsch netted the other HA goal with assistance from Madison Hastings. Goalie Maddie Schertler made five saves.

Holy Angels’ offense was clicking during an 8-2 victory over St. Louis Park Nov. 15. Maddie McGuire came through with two goals. Scoring one goal each were Madysen Palmer, Welsch, Madison Hastings, Duryea, Michaela Hoffmann and Isabel Bianchi. Shertler stopped 16 shots while tending goal.

Holy Angels blanked the St. Paul Blades 7-0 Nov. 12 as Bianchi recorded a hat trick. Other goals were scored by Palmer, McGuire, Mary Kate Eiden and Welsch. Shertler earned another shutout by making 24 saves.

The Stars’ lone loss was a 3-2 overtime defeat to Benilde-St. Margaret’s Nov. 22 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center arena. Bianchi scored both goals for Holy Angels. Welsch and Kate Cressy assisted on that goal.

Holy Angels goalie Schertler had another strong performance and finished with 45 saves.

Holy Angels will travel to the New Prague holiday tournament Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29. The Stars face Minneapolis at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Parade Ice Garden.

Boys hockey

Holy Angels defeated Providence Academy 9-1 Nov. 20 at home in its opening boys hockey game. David Hillen contributed a hat trick in the win.

Joseph Sullivan scored twice for the winners. Netting one goal each were Cooper Sande, Patrick Gazich, Rex Riley and Marshall Barnes.

Sullivan picked up three assists and Gazich had two assists. Getting one assist each were Barnes, Isaac Baron, Sande, Austin Style, Teagan Thostenson and Owen Larson.

Holy Angels goalie Sean Daley made 34 saves in the win.

Holy Angels will meet St. Thomas Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Richfield Ice Arena.

Contact Greg Kleven at greg.kleven@ecm-inc.com

 
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