Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:56:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Three-way battle is expected at state Class AA swim meet http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/three-way-battle-is-expected-at-state-class-aa-swim-meet/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/three-way-battle-is-expected-at-state-class-aa-swim-meet/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:56:25 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144081 Stillwater, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka finished the boys swimming and diving regular season as tri-leaders in the State Coaches’ Association rankings.

They will have a chance to settle the issue in the State Class AA Meet Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Prelims will begin at 6 p.m. on the 6th and the finals will begin at 6 p.m. on the 7th.

As usual Section 6AA will be well-represented at state with section champion Eden Prairie and runner-up Minnetonka, plus a very competitive Edina team and some fast individuals from Chanhassen.

Eden Prairie edged Minnetonka 507-487 in the battle for the section title Feb. 28 at Edina’s Art Downey Aquatic Center. Edina was third at 340, followed by Chanhassen 214, Shakopee 201, St. Louis Park 154 and Hopkins 134.

“Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are the two best teams in the state,” said Edina’s Art Downey, who is in his 59th year as the Hornets’ head coach. “Our team had a great day in the section finals. We have some good individuals going to state along with all three relays.”

Eden Prairie opened the section meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay as Austin Pham, Griffin Back, Josh Withers and Jordan Greenberg went 1:34.57. Minnetonka finished second with Erik Gessner, Thomas Pederson, Marco Conati and Joe Hanson. Edina took third place with Tommy Joas, Will Lindell, Brett Weicht and Devin Palm. St. Louis Park was fourth with the team of Nathan Beneke, Nils Rykken, Nate Stone and David Salamzadeh. The teams from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Edina qualified for state.

Sam Schilling and Ryan Current of Minnetonka went 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle with Schilling swimming 1:41.35. Also going to state by time standard is Chanhassen’s Jack Dahlgren.

Six swimmers from Section 6AA will advance to state in the 200-yard individual medley. They are led by Back, the champion from Eden Prairie, who won the section crown in 1:52.05. The others are Dolan Craine from Chanhassen, Lindell from Edina, Pham from Eden Prairie and Pederson and Bastien Ibri from Minnetonka.

Three Section 6AA swimmers will advance to state in the 50-yard freestyle. Eden Prairie’s Greenberg won section honors in 21.51. He will be joined at state by Weicht and Willett from Edina, who placed second and third in the section.

The top six divers in Section 6AA are, in order, Tommy Heil from Eden Prairie, Josh Theis from Shakopee, Charlie Greene from Edina, Eric Conniff from Shakopee, Heston Balenger from Edina and Connor Flatum from Eden Prairie.

The top six in the Section 6AA Meet all qualified for state in the 100-yard butterfly. In order of finish, they are Withers from Eden Prairie, Weicht from Edina. Marco Conati from Minnetonka, Markus Paulson-Luna from Minnetonka, Stone from St. Louis Park and Patrick Cummings from Eden Prairie. Withers’ winning time was 50.60.

Five swimmers from Section 6AA are going to state in the 100-yard freestyle, led by the champion, Greenberg from Eden Prairie, who swam 47.07 in sectionals. The other qualifiers are the runner-up, Willett from Edina, and three Minnetonka swimmers, Current, Joe Hanson and Adam Stettner.

Minnetonka’s Schilling cruised to a win in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:39.52. The only other state qualifier from Section 6AA is Chanhassen’s Dahlgren, who placed second in 4:47.13. Stephen McMahon of Eden Prairie placed third in sectionals and Spencer Allen of Hopkins was fourth.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, there are four state qualifiers from Section 6AA. Eden Prairie won the title with Greenberg, Back, Will Green and Withers swimming 1:25.29. Edina finished second with Weicht, Evan Lebakken, Palm and Willett, while Minnetonka placed third with Current, Joe Ackerson, Ethan Li and Schilling. Chanhassen is going to state, as well, with Ryan Mohr, Alex Bock, Craine and Dahlgren.

Four swimmers, three of them from Minnetonka, qualified for state in the 100-yard backstroke. Hanson of Tonka won the section title in 53.15. Eden Prairie’s Pham was second, followed by the Tonka duo of Marco Conati and Gessner.

Section 6AA had a bonanza in the 100-yard breaststroke with seven state qualifiers. Back from Eden Prairie advances as the champion after swimming 57.82 in sectionals. Runner-up Lindell from Edina swam 59.41. Qualifying by state standard were Craine from Chanhassen, Zachary Corbin from Eden Prairie, Bock from Chanhassen and Pederson and Vladi Nillissen from Minnetonka.

The meet concluded with four section teams qualifying for state in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Minnetonka team of Current, Hanson, Pederson and Schilling won the title in 3:09.35. Eden Prairie finished second with McMahon, Withers, Pham and Corbin. Chanhassen placed third with Mohr, Craine, Griffin Deck and Dahlgren and Edina was fourth with Palm, Lebakken, Lindell and Willett.

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

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Bloomington cable television schedule, March 6-12 http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-cable-television-schedule-march-6-12/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-cable-television-schedule-march-6-12/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:52:10 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144128 Cable Channel 14 TV Listing

Friday, March 6

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Feb. 27 to March 12

6:30 p.m. Olson Elementary Talent Show

8 p.m. Boys Hockey Section 2AA: Holy Angels at Jefferson

10 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 4-10

10:30 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Appalachian Trail and Volunteer Commitment

11 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: E-Cigarettes & Continued Tobacco Marketing to Kids

11:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “McFarland, USA”

Saturday, March 7

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Feb. 27 to March 12

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 4-10

7 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Dr. Julie Sullivan, President, University of St. Thomas

7:30 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Sheriff Richard Stanek – Run, Hide, Fight – Surviving an Active Shooter Event

8 p.m. Cinema Judge: “McFarland, USA”

8:30 p.m. Kennedy Masterworks Band Concert

10 p.m. 2015 3AAA & 2A Dance Tournament: Jazz/Funk & Awards Ceremony (Afternoon)

Sunday, March 8

6 p.m. Bloomington HRA Seminar: Choosing and Installing the Right Tile for Your Home

7 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Vocational Trip to Germany

8 p.m. Cinema Judge: “The Duff”

8:30 p.m. Arts in the Parks – Everett Smithson Band

10 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Feb. 27 to March 12

10:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 4-10

11 p.m. Commission Updates: March

11:30 p.m. Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Monday, March 9

6 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Feb. 27 to March 12

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 4-10

7 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: STRIVE Banquet

8 p.m. Creekside Older Americans Month: Mike Lynch

9 p.m. Bloomington HRC: Naturalization Ceremony

10 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: Home Energy Efficiency Opportunities

10:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “Focus”

11 p.m. Chamber: B.E.E.R. – Jessica Schultz 2014 Olympic Curling Team

Tuesday, March 10

6 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Avishkaar – Center for Science, Arts & Technology

7 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: Heart Safe Communities

7:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 4-10

8 p.m. Husky New: March 10

8:30 p.m. Valley View Middle Morning Show: March 9

9 p.m. Chamber: Investing in Real Estate as a Young Professional

10 p.m. League of Women Voters: Changing the Face of Immigration

11:30 p.m. BPD Roll Call: Feb. 27 to March 12

Wednesday, March 11

6 p.m. Cinema Judge: “The Lazarus Effect”

6:30 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 11-17

7 p.m. Creekside Older Americans Month: Mike Lynch

8 p.m. Bloomington HRC: Naturalization Ceremony

9 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: Home Energy Efficiency Opportunities

9:30 p.m. Bloomington Rotary: STRIVE Banquet

10:30 p.m. Husky New: March 10

11 p.m. Valley View Middle Morning Show: March 9

11:30 p.m. Commission Updates: March

Thursday, March 12

6 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: Perfect Patios – Bachman’s Landscaping

7 p.m. Bloomington Home Improvement Fair: The Design Build Process

8 p.m. Commission Updates: March

8:30 p.m. Cinema Judge: “The Lazarus Effect”

9 p.m. Bloomington Today: March 11-17

9:30 p.m. League of Women Voters: Changing the Face of Immigration

11 p.m. Chamber: Investing in Real Estate as a Young Professional

The Bloomington Channel 14 daily schedule starts at 6 p.m. and repeats every six hours for the next 24 hours. Other local channels are BEC-TV 15 (952-681-5900); and BCAT 16 (952-563-4980). For more information check cable Channel 96, TBC14.org or call 952-563-8874.

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Bloomington community calendar, March 6-12 http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-community-calendar-march-6-12/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-community-calendar-march-6-12/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:46:25 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144120 Friday, March 6

ROTARY CLUB OF BLOOMINGTON DAYMAKERS

When: 7:29 a.m.

Where: Hilton Minneapolis-Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington

Info: daymakers.org

CONCERT CHOIR & VOCAL ENSEMBLE

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: bit.ly/nccmusic

Saturday, March 7

CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC JAM

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 952-563-4944

FREE FAMILY FLICK: “THE LEGO MOVIE”

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Mall of America, Bloomington

Info: bit.ly/moafff

Sunday, March 8

WOMEN’S MAPLE SYRUPING IN YOUR BACKYARD

When: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul

Info: bit.ly/ftsnelling

CRITTERS CLOSE UP

When: 3-4 p.m.

Where: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington

Info: tr.im/critters

Monday, March 9

FAMILY STORY TIME

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 612-543-5775

BLOOMINGTON NOON ROTARY

When: Noon

Where: Hilton Minneapolis-Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington

Info: bit.ly/bnrotary

BLOOMINGTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Educational Services Center, 1350 W. 106th St., Bloomington

Info: 952-681-6400

Tuesday, March 10

TORO PROSE TOASTMASTERS

When: Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: 8111 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: bit.ly/toroprose

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 952-835-0789

Wednesday, March 11

BLOOMINGTON BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB

When: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Where: La Quinta Inn, 5151 American Blvd. W., Bloomington

Info: bit.ly/bloptimists

SYSTEM MASTERS TOASTMASTERS

When: 12:10-1 p.m.

Where: Southpointe Office Center, 1600 W. 82nd St., Room 135, Bloomington

Info: david.gunderson@libertymutual.com

TEEN ANIME CLUB

When: 3:30-5 p.m.

Where: Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 612-543-5800

Thursday, March 12

CRIBBAGE

When: 12:45 p.m.

Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: 952-563-4944

LOAVES AND FISHES DINNER

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Info: loavesandfishesmn.org

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Bloomington community line, March 5 http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-community-line-march-5/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-community-line-march-5/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:59:40 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144131 Olson Middle School violinist Joey Holzman performed with the Minnesota Middle Level Honors Orchestra recently at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Holzman, an eighth-grader and member of the eighth-grade and honors orchestras at Olson Middle School, was among Minnesota’s top string players in grades 7-9 who performed during the Minnesota Music Educators Association conference.

The following Bloomington students received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Alexis Clausen, B.A., geography, international studies; Carissa Valeri, B.S., biology, psychology; Jamal Zayed, B.A., economics.

Miriam Harries of Bloomington was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The following Bloomington students received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Scott Buell, B.B.A., business, management; Katie Griffith, B.S., education and human sciences, elementary education; Marc Low, B.A., arts and sciences, criminal justice; Erik Olson, B.B.A., business, marketing and Spanish; Riley Petersen, B.B.A., business, accounting.

Laura Bee and Benjamin Lundeberg of Bloomington were named to the fall semester chancellor’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.: Christopher Beeth, Jeffrey Nicholas, Michael Williamson.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.: Rebecca DeBlieck, Anne Gathje, Kaitlyn Grausam.

Kevin Handt and Bryce Wildenauer of Bloomington were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Minnesota State University, Mankato: Haylee Barnum, Hayley Bujalski, Huyen Cao, Jennifer Carlson, Camren Carlyle, Joey Cheam, Nguyet-Nhung Colvin, Emily Cramer, Sarah Cramer, Jason Cross, Ellen Dobbins, Ashley Elgard, Carolyn Enright, Kathryn Forster, Morgan Hanlon, Michele Hoerdt, Chelsea Jeanson-Ham, Ryan Kutzler, Anne Mongare, Timothy Mullenbach, Andrew Orosz, David Ostrom, Larissa Pepinsmith, Keaton Reuben, Cory Rickheim, Anna Williams, Tannah Zayed.

Susan Ma of Bloomington was named to the fall semester dean’s list at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Hannah Aamot, Elizabeth Alonzi, Rochelle Altobelli, John Barnett, Nicole Berrien, Christine Boelter, Patrick Boldenow, Leroy Bondhus, Madeline Brechlin, Spencer Buchanan, Caleb Carlson, Jackie Chan, Jonathan Chao, Kelsey Cline, Aleta Davannavong, Afomia Desalegn, Trisha Devine, Katherine Duncan, Alexis Dunlop, Chloe Edwards, Rilyn Eischens, Kaliyan Fricke, Rothanna Fricke, Corinne Gamble, Glen Gilbertson, Nicole Haffield, Hailey Hetland, Cori Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Sophie Kasahara, Justin Kispert, Sarah Kispert, Benjamin Kobold, Andrea Larson, Joseph Lieb, Adam Lord, Amanda Lord, Parker Loving, Maverick Manzke, Julia Marek, Emily Mohr, Kaitlin Mundstock, Madeline Murdock, Timothy Murphy, Brian Naae, Amy Ngo, Anh Nguyen, Ryan Olstad, Praveen Pallegar, Zachary Postler, Emily Reudelsterz, Andrew Sako, Andrew Schmidt, Scott Shao, Nan Sinchai, Nawang Singhe, Samuel Skavnak, Kimberly Sperry, James Sullivan, Shea Sullivan, Alissa Swain, Francisco Tenorio, Kasey Thayer, Bao Phuc Tran, Tram Tran, Michael Tu, Cody Tucholke, Emma Vacanti, Kirsten Vacura, Jessamine Von Arx, Anna Wattman, Enoch You, Lauren Zenk, Lucy Zhao.

Jeremy Burling of Bloomington was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Oluwatosin Ayeni of Bloomington was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Morris: Ruby DeBellis, Megan Jacobson, Amy Lamb, Sophia Mitchellette, Cory Schroeder.

Rosanna Taylor received a M.S. degree in occupational therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The following Bloomington students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.: Courtney Batterson, Sarah Gwazdacz, Casey Haffield, Adrian Ng, Abigail Schoenecker, Caitlin Lively, Janell Lorton, Morgan Nordby.

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Bloomington Kennedy choir named champion in Waconia http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-kennedy-choir-named-champion-in-waconia/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/bloomington-kennedy-choir-named-champion-in-waconia/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:21:12 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144305 Bloomington Kennedy High School’s varsity show choir, Rhythm in Gold, was named Grand Champion at the Star Power competition in Waconia.

The group won best vocals honors and tied with Bemidji High School for best set visuals. Junior Ellie Monson was named best female soloist within a set, and senior DeShawn Cavanaugh earned a Show-Stopper award for the second time this season. The group was also honored with the People’s Choice award by popular vote of competition spectators.

Kennedy’s prep division women’s choir, East Side Swingers, was named Grand Champion in its division as well. The group’s preliminary performance qualified it to compete against varsity level choirs, including Rhythm in Gold, in the finals. Their performance earned fifth runner-up, and sophomore Sophie Emery earned a Show-Stopper award for her performance.

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Your Spouse: Great Advisor http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/your-spouse-great-advisor/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/your-spouse-great-advisor/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:00:03 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?guid=cc82024f3a631fa1d87e89cc324e8c46 Your best planning is perhaps closer than you think: Ask your spouse. It’s not hard, but asking does take courage and a willingness to hear a sometimes brutal truth.

You’ll get the truth. Almost no one will tell you the complete truth about a business idea, let alone the brutally frank kind. Your employees are afraid you’ll fire them. Ditto your professional advisors. Your business peers probably don’t care enough to disagree with you.

Maybe one source besides your spouse will tell you the truth: a peer-to-peer business group (and then only if the group is any good). A surprising amount of the time, it’s up to your spouse to tell you the truth.

This becomes especially true if you’re thinking about leaving your business. Literally everyone else who’s a stakeholder will give an opinion on this subject that might not necessarily be in your best interest. Most will tell you that your leaving is a terrible idea: Your employees will instantly fear losing a job; your suppliers will worry that the new owner won’t buy from them; and your advisors know that once you sell, you won’t be a client anymore.

The tough questions. Really, how many people actually take you to task for your really dumb ideas? If you’re like most business owners, you have a tough skin that helps you get through the day. And your spouse is probably one of the few who can pierce that exterior to ask tough questions.

Also, your spouse won’t let you off the hook. At times it’s uncomfortable – and it’s almost always valuable, at least in terms of business advice.

What makes this idea good? I come home with what I know is a great idea and I tell my wife, Suzanne. She then often gives me one of those are-you-out-of-your-mind looks and says, “So what’s so good about it?”

Ever had that exchange with your spouse? If so, you know how valuable this feedback can be, though you probably hate to hear it.

Make sure your spouse understands. Lots of times – and I do mean lots – I come up with an idea that I think is brilliant. My co-workers listen silently, which of course I take to mean a testimony to the idea’s brilliance. When I try to explain it to Suzanne, though, she often looks at me with a total lack of understanding.

It’s not her fault; it’s mine. I didn’t think the issue through enough to explain it to anyone else. More importantly, if you can’t explain your idea so he or she understands, you probably don’t understand it, either.

Your spouse helps check your premises. When you think about selling your business, talk it over with your spouse. Explain why you think it’s a good idea, and invite your wife or husband to poke holes in your theories. If your spouse breaks out laughing, check your premises.

Your spouse is your best partner not just for life, but for planning, too. When you first tackle the biggest questions, you want bounce your ideas off a very tough audience.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Josh Patrick is a founding principal of Stage 2 Planning Partners in South Burlington, Vt. He contributes to the NY Times You’re the Boss blog and works with owners of privately held businesses helping them create business and personal value. You can learn more about his Objective Review process at his website.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Your best planning is perhaps closer than you think: Ask your spouse. It’s not hard, but asking does take courage and a willingness to hear a sometimes brutal truth.

You’ll get the truth. Almost no one will tell you the complete truth about a business idea, let alone the brutally frank kind. Your employees are afraid you’ll fire them. Ditto your professional advisors. Your business peers probably don’t care enough to disagree with you.

Maybe one source besides your spouse will tell you the truth: a peer-to-peer business group (and then only if the group is any good). A surprising amount of the time, it’s up to your spouse to tell you the truth.

This becomes especially true if you’re thinking about leaving your business. Literally everyone else who’s a stakeholder will give an opinion on this subject that might not necessarily be in your best interest. Most will tell you that your leaving is a terrible idea: Your employees will instantly fear losing a job; your suppliers will worry that the new owner won’t buy from them; and your advisors know that once you sell, you won’t be a client anymore.

The tough questions. Really, how many people actually take you to task for your really dumb ideas? If you’re like most business owners, you have a tough skin that helps you get through the day. And your spouse is probably one of the few who can pierce that exterior to ask tough questions.

Also, your spouse won’t let you off the hook. At times it’s uncomfortable – and it’s almost always valuable, at least in terms of business advice.

What makes this idea good? I come home with what I know is a great idea and I tell my wife, Suzanne. She then often gives me one of those are-you-out-of-your-mind looks and says, “So what’s so good about it?”

Ever had that exchange with your spouse? If so, you know how valuable this feedback can be, though you probably hate to hear it.

Make sure your spouse understands. Lots of times – and I do mean lots – I come up with an idea that I think is brilliant. My co-workers listen silently, which of course I take to mean a testimony to the idea’s brilliance. When I try to explain it to Suzanne, though, she often looks at me with a total lack of understanding.

It’s not her fault; it’s mine. I didn’t think the issue through enough to explain it to anyone else. More importantly, if you can’t explain your idea so he or she understands, you probably don’t understand it, either.

Your spouse helps check your premises. When you think about selling your business, talk it over with your spouse. Explain why you think it’s a good idea, and invite your wife or husband to poke holes in your theories. If your spouse breaks out laughing, check your premises.

Your spouse is your best partner not just for life, but for planning, too. When you first tackle the biggest questions, you want bounce your ideas off a very tough audience.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Josh Patrick is a founding principal of Stage 2 Planning Partners in South Burlington, Vt. He contributes to the NY Times You’re the Boss blog and works with owners of privately held businesses helping them create business and personal value. You can learn more about his Objective Review process at his website.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Edina Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is March 8 http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/edina-lions-club-pancake-breakfast-is-march-8/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/edina-lions-club-pancake-breakfast-is-march-8/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:38:24 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144323 The Edina Lions Club will present its annual pancake breakfast to raise funds to support the PACER Center. The breakfast has been scheduled 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 8, at South View Middle School, 4725 South View Lane.

Admission for the pancake breakfast is $8 per person with proceeds benefiting the PACER Center.

PACER Center is a parent center for families of children and young adults with any disability. PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

The Lions Cub of Edina has been serving the community since 1947.

The 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make the Lions Club the world’s largest service club organization.

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Richfield waits on money for tunnel http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/richfield-waits-on-money-for-tunnel/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/richfield-waits-on-money-for-tunnel/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:26:42 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144139 As Richfield awaits funding for a potentially transformative transportation project, the main hang-up is the Motel 6 occupying the southeast corner of the city.

The motel stands at the site of a planned 77th Street tunnel that would pass under Cedar Avenue, linking Richfield to the airport and opening the city up to a wave of redevelopment. That’s the hope anyway. But first, the property owner must sell.

The problem? The state bonding money secured for the project last spring cannot legally be used for property acquisition, Rep. Linda Slocum (D-Richfield), explained during a meeting that covered a wide range of topics as legislators, Richfield City Council members and city staff gathered Feb. 27.

When the Legislature voted on last year’s bonding bill, Richfield’s underpass was named as a destination for some of those funds. Although specific amounts were left out of legislation, Slocum said she was told Richfield can expect to see at least $15 million.

“I think we’re going to see the money, but it’s going to be a fight,” she said following the meeting with the city.

At least some money, though, is supposed to be on the way soon. Slocum said that Commissioner of Transportation Charlie Zelle promised up to $2.5 million would be released for the project early this month. That money would be designated for planning and design costs, and could help loosen some other revenue streams to get the project going.

“If we can at least get through the design, then the project will score much better in the Met Council’s grant program,” said Metropolitan Council Member Steve Elkins, who attended last week’s meeting.

But the hope, Mayor Debbie Goettel said, was to undertake the planning and land acquisition process concurrently, in time for a fall ground-breaking, a time frame that is rapidly closing.

“The longer we delay, the more this is going to cost, too,” Goettel said.

The immediate mission is to find money to acquire the Motel 6. The Minnesota Department of Economic Development is one entity the city hopes could help with that.

Even with the $15 million supposedly coming from the state, Richfield will still likely have to find $7 million to $8 million for the underpass, according to Slocum. Additionally, acquiring the hotel would likely take some money from the city in addition to whatever help is found, according to City Manager Steve Devich.

The city at least can take solace in knowing that Richfield’s coveted tunnel was named specifically in the bonding legislation, “so they have to honor that,” Slocum said.

She displayed her frustration, however, pointing her ire toward the property that she says stands in the tunnel’s way – “that wonderful business, the Motel 6,” she said facetiously before noting the property’s status as a popular source of Richfield police calls.

“Why isn’t it labeled a nuisance property? Let’s help them go,” she said.

MnDOT stalling?

When the Legislature last year approved the bonding bill in question, cash was also set aside for the tunnel funding, since it was known the bonding money itself could not be used for property acquisition, according to Slocum. But now, that money is under the auspices of MnDOT, which doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to hand it over, Slocum said.

“MnDOT’s tongue literally lags on the floor when they see money,” she said, “because they haven’t seen money for … a good decade.”

The result, she added, is a “stall, stall, stall” mindset.

Devich hopes MnDOT would at least relinquish half the earmarked funds now – $2.5 million for the planning and designing and $5-6 million for construction. While that money arrives, the city could continue working on funding the property acquisition, he proposed.

Goettel outlined the stakes in play as she noted an ambitious project for Richfield’s east side that would be at least partially reliant on the tunnel and the access it would provide. That
futuristic project, she told the four legislators in attendance, proposes bringing an indoor farm and other progressive food-focused operations to Richfield’s Cedar Avenue corridor.

“The only reason that that development would happen to that extent … is because of access” from the proposed tunnel, Goettel said.

Proposals such as that are enough to keep city leaders motivated to bring the tunnel to fruition.

“It’s so important,” Devich said. “So we’re going to keep fighting.”

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

 
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Edina star apparently can play tomorrow http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/edina-star-apparently-can-play-tomorrow/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/edina-star-apparently-can-play-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:59:58 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144318 Edina High boys hockey fans can breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon.

Edina boys hockey captain Dylan Malmquist, injured against Bemidji Thursday, March 5, should be back on the ice when the Hornets play the state semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Xcel Energy Center. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Edina boys hockey captain Dylan Malmquist, injured against Bemidji Thursday, March 5, should be back on the ice when the Hornets play the state semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Xcel Energy Center. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

The leg injury that captain Dylan Malmquist suffered in a 6-4 first-round State Class AA Tournament win over Bemidji Thursday apparently will not keep him out of tomorrow’s 6 p.m. semifinal game tomorrow at Xcel Energy Center.

In the third period, with Edina holding a 5-2 lead, Malmquist was hit in the back of the leg on a shot by teammate Garrett Wait. Malmquist had to be helped off the ice by Edina High trainer Steve Tschida. He went to the dressing room and did not return to the bench.

Edina fans, of course, feared the worst. Some of them thought it might be a knee injury or that he had tweaked his ankle. The leg was bruised, but that was suspected to be the extent of the damage.

“Dylan was going hard to the net when the puck hit him, “ said Wait.

After Malmquist went out, Edina gave up two goals, and Bemidji was down 5-4 with 57 seconds remaining. The Lumberjacks pulled their goaltender, giving Edina center Casey Dornbach the chance to score his team’s sixth goal of the game with two seconds remaining.

Edina had a big first period with three goals and then matched Bemidji’s two-goal output in the second period to take a 5-2 lead into the second intermission.

Matt Masterman, the senior captain who led Edina with two goals, said, “Bemidji might have been a little shaky in the beginning, but they came back strong in the second period.”

Edina pumped in three goals in the first six and a half minutes of the first period. Masterman initiated the scoring on assists from Casey Dornbach and freshman defenseman Clayton Phillips at 2:18. Then Parker Mismash scored from Malmquist and Wait at 4:10. Wait’s unassisted goal at 6:28 made it 3-0.

Bemidji scored twice in the first minute of the second period when Rocky Copiskey and Jake Leitner, their two leading scorers, lit the lamp.

Edina came back with Bram Scherer’s goal on a rebound of Ben Copeland’s shot. Masterman scored from Dornbach and Henry Bowlby to restore Edina’s three-goal cushion.

Goals from Bemidji’s Jack Johnson and Mike Forseth made things a lot closer, but Edina was able to persevere.

“When Bemidji was behind 3-0, they weren’t going to lick their wounds and go home,” said Edina head coach Curt Giles.

On the contrary, the Lumberjacks rallied twice.

“You can have some momentum changes in a game like this,” said Giles. “You have remember these are high school kids, not pros. The positives we took out of this game? Hey, we won. And we advanced.”

“We had to stay the course,” said Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo. “We tried to keep Edina to the outside and make them go the full 200 feet. They transition quickly with the puck, and they crash the net hard. We haven’t seen a team like them all year.”

The win boosted Edina’s season record to 25-1-2.

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

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Eagle girls soar in section quarterfinals http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/eagle-girls-soar-in-section-quarterfinals/ http://current.mnsun.com/2015/03/eagle-girls-soar-in-section-quarterfinals/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:54:37 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=144315 Eden Prairie got off to an impressive start in the Class 4A, Section 6 girls basketball playoffs last week.

Eden Prairie ninth-grader Christianna Carr (43) scored 26 points to help the Eagles defeat Minneapolis South 85-60 in the Class 4A, Section 6 girls basketball quarterfinals March 3 at home. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Eden Prairie ninth-grader Christianna Carr (43) scored 26 points to help the Eagles defeat Minneapolis South 85-60 in the Class 4A, Section 6 girls basketball quarterfinals March 3 at home. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

The seeded Eagles overpowered No. 6 seed Minneapolis South for an 85-60 quarterfinal victory over the Tigers. That triumph advanced Eden Prairie into the semifinals against second-seeded Minnetonka (22-5) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. The Eagles have compiled an 18-9 record.

Championship game is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Minneapolis Roosevelt.

Eden Prairie built a 35-23 halftime lead over Minneapolis South and outscored the Tigers 50-37 in the second half.

Ninth-grader Christianna Carr netted a team-high 26 points in the victory over South. Emma Boehm and Rachael Platt also scored in double figures with 16 and 11 points respectively.

 

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

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