Sun Current Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:20:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Edina candidate questioned on CPA status Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:50 +0000 Edina City Council candidate Blake Johnson took issue with a statement made in another city council candidate’s ad that ran in the Oct. 30 edition of the Edina Sun Current.

Johnson said the ad’s statement, “Bob Stewart is the only CPA running for city council,” is inaccurate because he is also a certified public accountant.

Stewart said he has been trained as a CPA and has passed the CPA exam.

Johnson said, “I communicated with Bob via email and phone regarding the ad and he apologized for the error.  He also acknowledged the error on his Facebook site.  I accept Bob’s apology and wish him the best.”




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Leif Holter Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:14:26 +0000 Leif   Holter

Age 99, longtime resident of Richfield. Retired owner/operator of Leifs Standard Service and Normandale Standard. Past President of Richfield Optimist Club and Richfield Chamber of Commerce. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida-Mae and siblings, Arne Holter, Ralph Holter and Ruth Sather.
Survived by son, David Holter; daughter, Dianne Jarrett and husband, Jerry; grandsons, David Potts (Lara) and Brian Potts (Ryoko); great-grandchildren, Chris and Emma Lynn Potts.
Memorial service Friday (Nov. 14 ), at 11:00 AM at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, followed by a luncheon and interment at Ft. Snelling.
Memorials to Hope Presbyterian Church or Richfield Optimist Club, P.O.Box 23495, Richfield, MN 55423.
Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226

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Beatrice J. Fors Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:14:22 +0000 Beatrice   J.  Fors

Beatrice Joyce (Nordenstrom) Fors loving wife and mother passed away peacefully at home on Sat, Oct. 18th at the age of 88. Loving wife of late Gunner Fors, she is survived by her sons Gary, Greg and Brad. Memorial Service will be held on Tues, Nov 11th at 6:00 PM at Emmaus Free Lutheran Church 8443 2nd Ave S, Bloomington, MN. All are welcome.

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Eden Prairie’s state title bid falls short Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:12:13 +0000 Eden Prairie’s defense was stingy throughout the State Class AA Girls Soccer Tournament last week at St. Cloud State University. The Eagles allowed only one goal in three games but still fell one victory short of winning the championship.

Eden Prairie’s Meghan Verkinderen (12) tries control the ball while defended by Lakeville North’s Olivia Bruce (middle).  Eagle teammate Maddie Milbrath (right) attempts to assist Verkinderen on the play. Eden Prairie blanked Lakeville North 2-0 in the state AA semifinal soccer tournament game Oct. 22 at St. Cloud State University. Verkinderen was one of three Eagle players selected to the state AA all-tournament team. (Photo by Bill Jones of ECM Newspapers)

Eden Prairie’s Meghan Verkinderen (12) tries control the ball while defended by Lakeville North’s Olivia Bruce (middle). Eagle teammate Maddie Milbrath (right) attempts to assist Verkinderen on the play. Eden Prairie blanked Lakeville North 2-0 in the state AA semifinal soccer tournament game Oct. 22 at St. Cloud State University. Verkinderen was one of three Eagle players selected to the state AA all-tournament team. (Photo by Bill Jones of ECM Newspapers)

Third-seeded Eden Prairie lost 1-0 to Eagan in the AA title game Oct. 30. The Eagles, making their third consecutive state appearance, had to settle for the runner-up trophy after tying for third a year ago.

Eden Prairie earned a spot in the title contest after edging Anoka 1-0 in the quarterfinals Oct. 22 and defeating Lakeville North 2-0 in the semifinals Oct. 28.

But the Eagles couldn’t find enough offense to top Eagan in the finals. Eagan junior forward Jade King scored the game’s lone goal with 14 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first half.

Eden Prairie managed only two shots on goal against the Wildcat defense. Eagle sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Eliasen finished with four saves.

Eagan claimed its first state girls tennis title and finished the season with a 21-0-1 record. Eden Prairie posted an impressive 17-3-1 record under the guidance of coach Noel Quinn.

Three members of the Eden Prairie squad were named to all-state AA tournament team. Those honorees were Eliasen, senior attacker April Bockin and junior defender Meghan Verkinderen. Bockin and Verkinderen served as Eagle co-captains this season.

“It was hard to lose that championship game after coming so close,” said Eden Prairie’s Bockin, Minnesota’s 2014 Ms. Soccer award winner. “It was rough on our seniors having the season end with a loss.

“But this team left everything it had on the field against Eagan. We just couldn’t score against Eagan.”

Bockin scored for the Eagles during a 1-0 state quarterfinal victory over Anoka Oct. 22. She netted her goal in the 19th minute of the first half. Goalkeeper Eliasen and the Eden Prairie defense preserved the shutout.

Eden Prairie defeated second-seeded Lakeville North in the semifinals. Bockin scored her 25th goal of the season with 20:09 left in the first half. She finished the season with 38 points and is headed for the University of Minnesota next fall.

Sophomore Naomi Rogge added an insurance goal for the Eagles with 29 minutes remaining in regulation. Eliasen stopped five shots to aid Eden Prairie’s shutout performance.

The future continues to look bright for the Eagle girls soccer program. Verkinderen will be one of several returning starters for Eden Prairie next season. She can’t wait for another chance to compete at state.

“This season was one of the best experiences I have had playing for Eden Prairie,” said Verkinderen. “I am extremely proud of the way our team played throughout the season.

“We knew we had a chance to place high at state after placing third in last year’s tournament. And we continued to play well as a team, especially in the playoffs.

“This was an experience I will never forget,” added Verkinderen.

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Herb Perry: The citizen’s candidate Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:06:47 +0000 Voting for the best candidate makes all the difference in the world between good government and dysfunctional government. So how do you choose for offices like city council where the candidates don’t make the news that much? Here is the system I use: I look at their professional backgrounds to see what skill sets they will bring to office.

This is what I found out about the Richfield City Council candidates:

Herb Perry is a former public affairs director for CBS Broadcasting. That says to me that he has an analytical mind. That’s important because a city council member has to make decisions about complicated matters facing the city. He’s currently a certified public accountant. A professional who knows how to keep an eye on money would be an asset on the council. I must say I am impressed with Herb Perry’s background.

Michael Howard is the communications director for one political party over at the state legislature. While I normally would think a good communicator is an asset, I’m uncomfortable about introducing that to the Richfield City Council.

I believe both candidates are well-intentioned individuals. But after evaluating the facts, I’m going to vote for the citizen’s candidate: Herb Perry.

Vern L. Luettenger


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Vote for Kirsch, Mumbleau Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:54:35 +0000 To the editor:

I am supporting Marty Kirsch for Richfield mayor. Marty has previously served three terms as mayor. In my opinion he was the best mayor Richfield has ever had.

I am supporting Dean Mumbleau for state representative in District 50A. Dean supports family values and his background makes him well-qualified to serve in the state Legislature.

On November 4th, vote for Marty Kirsch for mayor and Dean Mumbleau for state representative.

Ralph Gilbertson


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Edina Police Report, Oct. 13-19 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:15:59 +0000 For Oct. 13 through Oct. 19, the Edina Police Department answered the following calls:

Oct. 13 – Damage to a chiller was reported at 5650 Lincoln Drive, causing $50,000 in damages.

A trailer, valued at $5,000, was reported stolen at 5705 York Ave.

A 26-year-old Stewartville, Minn., man was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing worth $393 was allegedly shoplifted from Macy’s.

A domestic disturbance was reported on Arbour Lane.

Glasses frames, valued at $6,385, were reported stolen at Southdale Center.

A threatening email was reported on the 5000 block of Monterey Avenue.

Oct. 14 – A 66-year-old Edina man was arrested for fourth-degree DWI at 6766 York Ave. after a traffic stop.

A laptop and phone, no value given, were reported stolen at 5575 78th St. A former employee allegedly took the items and didn’t return them.

A 39-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for possession of stolen property and a 33-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after fragrances totaling $280 were allegedly shoplifted at Macy’s.

Cash was reported stolen from a cash register at 6801 York Ave.

Oct. 15 – A 23-year-old Edina man was arrested for third-degree DWI at Interlachen Road and Blake Road after a traffic stop.

A Knox Box was reported removed from the front entrance wall of a building at 7330 York Ave.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested for theft at Southdale after clothing worth $180 was allegedly shoplifted at JCPenney’s.

A domestic disturbance was reported on France Avenue.

Oct. 16 – A passport was reported stolen at 6324 Barrie Road.

Sunglasses were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 4800 block of Sunnyside Road.

Sunglasses and phone chargers, total value of $445, were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 4300 block of Mackey Avenue.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a driveway on the 5800 block of Creek Valley Road.

A projector, valued at $450, was reported stolen from Southdale Center.

A 28-year-old Minneapolis woman was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing worth $55 was allegedly shoplifted at Finish Line.

A $649 phone was reported stolen from a display case at 6555 York Ave.

Fraudulent activity on a credit card was reported.

Oct. 17 – Fraudulent financial activity was reported.

A tip jar, valued at $25, was reported stolen at Starbuck’s at Galleria.

A $1,200 laptop was reported stolen from an office at 7101 France Ave.

A 33-year-old Minneapolis woman was arrested for theft at Southdale Center after clothing worth $656 was allegedly shoplifted at Macy’s.

A 33-year-old Edina woman was arrested for third-degree DWI at Highway 100 and 70th Street after a traffic stop.

Oct. 18 – A 32-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was arrested for third-degree DWI at Xerxes Avenue and 64th Street after a traffic stop.

A 43-year-old Minnetonka woman was arrested for third-degree DWI at Highway 62 and Tracy Avenue after a traffic stop.

A 29-year-old Eden Prairie man was arrested for domestic assault on Colony Way.

A $400 bicycle was reported stolen from a garage on the 4600 block of Concord Terrace.

An 18-year-old St. Paul man and an 18-year-old Columbia Heights man were arrested for theft at Cub Foods, 6775 York Ave., after miscellaneous items totaling $281 were allegedly shoplifted.

A $300 phone was reported stolen from a vehicle at 7651 France Ave.

A 44-year-old Edina man was arrested for domestic assault on Barrie Road.

A 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were arrested for underage drinking and driving and underage consumption of alcohol at 47th Street and France Avenue after a traffic stop.

A vehicle’s window was reported smashed at 3912 Sunnyside Road.

A 38-year-old Brooklyn Park man was arrested for fourth-degree DWI and fleeing police on Highway 100 after a traffic stop.

Oct. 19 – Playground equipment and garbage cans were reported spray painted at Lewis Park, 7300 Cahill Road.

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Be safe on Halloween Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:12:02 +0000 The Edina Fire and Police departments are encouraging children to have a fun and safe Halloween, especially while out trick-or-treating.

“With a little preparation, parents can ensure their children will have a happy and safe Halloween,” Edina Crime Prevention Specialist Molly Anderson said.

Residents should keep in mind the following safety tips on Halloween:

• Choose a Halloween costume that doesn’t have long-trailing fabric that could easily get caught in something.

• Since masks can restrict vision, use face makeup instead.

• Provide your child with a flashlight or glow stick to increase their visibility. Parents can also secure reflector tape to a child’s costume.

• Make sure all costume props are soft and not to bulky or hard to carry.

• Make sure children look both ways when crossing the street.

• Discard all candy that has become unwrapped and do not accept homemade goods.

Edina Fire Marshal Jeff Siems also encourages residents to remember that fires are a possibility. Decorations are the first thing to ingnite in more than 900 house fires reported each year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Every two out of five fires start from a candle.

Residents are reminded:

• It is safest to use battery-operated candles in pumpkins and laterns instead of real candles.

• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are easily flammable. Keep these decorations away from all open flames and heat sources.

• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

• Tell children to stay clear of open flames. Be sure they know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Info: 952-826-1610 (police department) and 952-826-0330 (fire department).

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Editorial: Suburban homeless housing should be built Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:03:43 +0000 Hundreds of youths are homeless in Hennepin County’s suburbs on any given night.

They are on their own to feed and shelter themselves, many of them homeless through circumstances outside of their control or because being homeless is safer than their home life.

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative has set out to help 39 of those homeless young adults, ages 18 to 22, with a proposal to construct 66 West, an apartment building in Edina where young adults experiencing homelessness in the west suburbs can find permanent housing. Along with leasing a studio apartment, services will also be provided to help these young people complete their education and find jobs. The housing proposal began when a group gave tarps to young people who were homeless and an Edina resident, driving on Highway 169, saw the tarps being used as shelter.

The project is the first of its kind in the western suburbs and we strongly support it.

66 West is proposed on a site guided for medical use by Edina’s Comprehensive Plan, although a bank currently exists on the property. The site, across the street from Southdale Center, was chosen based on availability of transportation on the nearby Metro Transit bus line and the potential of jobs in Edina’s medical offices, restaurants and retail stores. The Edina City Council approved last month the changes needed for the housing proposal to move forward and be constructed.

A lawsuit filed against the city of Edina in Hennepin County District Court is requesting the court void the Edina City Council’s approvals and direct the city of Edina to deny the 66 West project. The plaintiffs, Citizens to Preserve the Edina Regional Medical District, argue that they will not be able to have the full and safe use of their properties if 66 West moves forward.

Homeless young people are living as a hidden population in our suburbs and it is a situation that is becoming worse, said Mikkel Beckman, the director of Hennepin County’s Office to End Homelessness.

The latest one-night homeless count in Hennepin County found 459 homeless young people and only 5 percent of them were living outside, Beckman says.

Suburban residents often believe that homelessness is only a problem that occurs in Minneapolis because they don’t see people living on their suburban streets. The reality is that people can become homeless or are homeless regardless of whether they live in Minneapolis or the suburbs. Homeless young people are already finding shelter in Southdale Center’s food court, Fairview Southdale Hospital’s waiting room and the Southdale Library, all within a few blocks of the proposed 66 West site.

These young people must make their way from the suburbs to Minneapolis if they want to seek shelter, often finding the shelters in Minneapolis are already full. Homeless adults ages 18 to 24 must stay in adult shelters because Hennepin County lacks age-appropriate services for them. Young adults need different shelters and services than older adults to become independent, stable adults, according to the county’s Office to End Homelessness.

Beacon’s 66 West proposal will begin to address this growing problem in our suburbs with a type of housing that is recognized by the National Alliance to End Homelessness as a best practice to end homelessness.

Young people who are experiencing homelessness should not be equated with criminals, drug addicts or sex offenders, as 66 West opponents have classified them in recent months.

Wilder Research’s most recent statewide homeless count in 2012 found that nearly half of all unaccompanied homeless youth were physically abused as a child and a quarter were sexually abused as a child. Twenty-eight percent of female youths reported domestic abuse at home as the reason they were homeless. Of the homeless youth who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender, 29 percent said this was a contributing factor to their homelessness. Being told to leave or being locked out of their house were the main reasons youths were homeless, according to Wilder Research.

Many suburban residents grew up in supportive families with parents guiding their children to adulthood, being there when they needed help and teaching them the skills needed to become a responsible adult.

Not all those in the suburbs have that support system in place and they are not less deserving of that support. The suburbs need projects like 66 West to give a helping hand to those among us who need it.

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Edina graduate completing around-the-world mission trip Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:28:03 +0000 A 2009 Edina High School graduate is completing service projects in 11 countries in 11 months.

Matt Carlson, pictured on the left, is in the middle of completing service projects in 11 countries in 11 months in Adventures in Missions’ World Race. (Submitted photo)

Matt Carlson, pictured on the left, is in the middle of completing service projects in 11 countries in 11 months in Adventures in Missions’ World Race. (Submitted photo)

Matt Carlson is completing Adventures in Missions’ World Race with seven teammates on the team “Forerunners,” in which each person lives out of a backpack during the duration of the trip.

He began his journey in the Dominican Republic. He and his teammates then spent August in Haiti and September in Honduras. He’s spending October in Guatemala, enjoying getting to know the people, and working with elementary school-age children and on various building projects.

He’ll be traveling to Zambia in November. Future projects include working with churches, building projects, teaching English and doing street ministry in Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia.

To follow along on his journey or to donate to the mission trip, visit

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