Star News The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:52:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Basketball: Elk boys stymied by STMA 53-39, four-game streak ends Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:32:45 +0000 St. Michael-Albertville, looking like a top seed in Elk River’s section, shut down the Elks 53-39 on Saturday afternoon, the day after the Elks beat Andover 92-62.

Thousand-pointer Jackson Greenwaldt netted 18 points, Jaylen Hackos 15 and Trevor Rothstein 14 for the host Knights, whose 17-3 record is best in Section 8AAAA.

Matt Keller sank 22 points for the Elks but the rest of the squad managed just 17 more. Mitchell Weege was next with eight points. Trent Pink, junior center who’s usually in double digits, got in early foul trouble and scored just one point.

The Elks (11-8), who had a four-game winning streak snapped, will host Park Center on Tuesday.

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Hockey: Elk River boys get late goal to tie Duluth East 1-1 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:31:34 +0000 by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

On paper, this season appears to be Elk River’s best chance to reach state since their last trip in 2005, what with perennial champion Duluth East struggling around the .500 mark all season.

However, the unranked Greyhounds crumpled that paper a bit on Saturday night, battling No. 6 ranked Elk River to a 1-1 tie on the Elks’ ice, in a riveting, hard-fought game as evenly-played as the score indicates.

The Elks were down until Jax Murray scored with 2:38 left in the third period, on the only power play for either team in the game.

“Whatever their record is, we know Duluth East will always compete hard and they have great coaching,” said Elk coach Gordie Roberts.

“I thought it was a great game, but it would have been a very disappointing 1-0 loss. To be down like that and capitalize on the only power play of the night, that was a credit to the kids. The referees did a great job letting players play.”

Duluth East, which has won six consecutive Section 7AA titles and ousted the Elks in five of those years, has a 10-9-2 record this year and recently lost to Anoka, whom the Elks (16-4-1) have beaten 8-1 and 5-0. However, that meant little once the old rivals squared off Saturday night.

“We told the kids, these are the types of games they are going to be facing in the section,” said Roberts. “We have some work to do — we need to work on three or four things in practice — but I would take a 1-1 tie in a great hockey game like this one, all night long, over beating a below average team 8-2.”

The Greyhounds’ young defensive group blocked numerous shots and made the Elks work for every opportunity.

“We had a system and a plan in place, and we stuck with the plan we had, and it seemed to work out,” said Brendan Brooks, Greyhound assistant coach, who took the helm with head coach Mike Randolph absent. “Our defensive group is very young and this is how we have been wanting them to play all year. They haven’t always done it, but as a group they played exceptionally well tonight.”

Garret Worth drilled Duluth East’s goal 2:10 into the second period, assisted by Matt Lyttle.

That lead stood up until the Greyhounds were called for holding late in the third period and the Elks got the power play goal. That was the only man-advantage for either team in the game; each team was a man short for two minutes in the second period.

With 2:38 left, Murray pounced on a rebound after a strong shot by Matt Kierstad caromed off the goalie’s shoulder. Kierstad and Reggie Lutz were credited with assists and Peter Jones also played a key role.

“We talked all night about getting traffic on their goaltender,” said Ben Gustafson, assistant coach. “Peter did a good good job in front of net on the power play, causing traffic and ‘screens’ on their goalie. Matty got the puck through and Jax obviously was in good position to get the rebound and score.”

The game couldn’t have been much more evenly played with the Elks launching 35 shots and the Greyhounds 34. East senior goalie Gunnar Howg made 34 saves, many of them hard shots off the body. Elk sophomore Ben Meyers made 33 stops, including a one-on-one breakaway in the last minute of regulation.

“Their goalie played a great game and so did ours,” said Roberts.

Action remained fierce in the overtime, with neither team getting the winner but both coming close. The Greyhounds smacked one against the pipe in the last half-minute. The puck wound up in the slot with both teams whacking at it. Fortunately the Elks got control of it and dodged a bullet.

The Elks will host Totino-Grace on Tuesday.

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Viewpoint: Minnesota fourth most expensive state for child care Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:53 +0000 Child care strains the budgets of many families in Minnesota, where the average cost of all-day care for one child is $901 a month, or $10,812 per year. These costs make Minnesota the fourth most expensive state in the nation for child care.

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to cut taxes for working families who are struggling to afford quality care by expanding the state’s Child and Dependent Care Credit. We were able to meet some of those who would benefit when the governor announced his plan last week.

Tameya Clark was forced to make a tough decision a few years ago because she couldn’t afford the high cost of child care for her son, Diante. So, like many other Minnesotans, Clark decided to leave her job as an executive assistant to stay home and take care of Diante, now 5.

“With my son in child care full time, over half of my income was going to pay child care costs,” Clark said. “This left us very little money to afford family bills and expenses.”

Michelle and Jake Steffan faced a similar choice last year when they had their second son, Linden. The Steffans decided Michelle would temporarily stop working as a physical therapist to stay home with Linden, now 9 months old, and his brother, Xavier, 3.

Michelle wants to return to work part time, but the $425 weekly cost for child care is a concern.

“Anything I make working would go away immediately to put both boys into day care,” she said. “So I’ve been home for about a year.”

The Child and Dependent Care Credit helps working families pay for care by letting them claim part of the expense on their state tax return.

Dayton’s plan extends the credit to more families and increasing the credit for most who qualify.

That would help the Steffans, who don’t qualify now but would receive a credit of $1,200 under the governor’s proposal.

“I love what I do. I am really excited to go back to work,” Michelle Steffan said. “And this tax credit will really help make that possible.”

The governor’s plan will save real money for thousands of Minnesota families with young children or other dependents, such as aging parents and family members with disabilities. The plan:

•Extends the credit to 92,000 new Minnesota households (for a total of 130,000).

•Increases the maximum credit to $2,100 (from the current $1,440).

•Puts an average of nearly $480 back in the pockets of families who qualify.

•Allows more middle-class families to qualify by increasing the income cap from the current $39,000 to $124,000 (for those with two children).

Strengthening our middle class in this way is good for everyone. Families win when parents and caregivers can balance their responsibilities – at work and at home – in a way that makes financial sense for them. And we all win when Minnesotans can keep working while they build a family and ensure their children are well cared for while they work.

“Now that my son is in kindergarten, I will be able to go back to work,” Tameya Clark said. “The child care tax credit will offset the cost of before and after cost for Diante.”

Dayton’s plan increases economic security for thousands of Minnesotans. It is a $100 million investment in our working families and in the future of our state. — Cynthia Bauerly (Editor’s note: Cynthia Bauerly is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue.)

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Editorial cartoon for Jan. 31, 2015 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:21 +0000 Editorial cartoon for Jan. 31, 2015.

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From the Editor: Police need to feel the public’s support while at work Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:11 +0000 When Krista Miller awoke to the news of an officer-involved shooting at a New Hope City Council meeting Tuesday morning, she was stunned.

The Elk River woman’s only hope was that a community prayer meeting for the providence and protection of law enforcement she orchestrated the Sunday before helped keep two officers alive who had been shot in a confrontation with a man who opened fire on police after two new officers were sworn in moments earlier.

Some of the drama on Jan. 25 was captured on video in New Hope’s council chambers where the shots were heard and one bullet reportedly came through a doorway. Council members and city staff took cover under direction of one of their fellow council members who was also a Minneapolis police officer.

Police outside the council chambers, who were congratulating their two newest officers, shot and killed the man who opened fire on them.

“It wasn’t out of vengeance that the officers did this,” Miller said. “It was done to protect themselves and the others who were in the building.”

Miller is concerned that people have lost sight of reality and are taking an unwarranted dim view of law enforcement. She also says that the media is cultivating many of the negative stereotypes of police in America. She came to this conclusion after visiting the Mall of America and then hearing about the protest that happened the following day there.

Miller was appalled at the negative tone directed at law enforcement. It bothered her that this type of storyline came out of her own state of Minnesota.

When she prayed about it that night, she asked what could she do. The answer she discerned was to hold an event of her own, one that would lift up law enforcement and pray for officers who put their lives on the line day in and day out.

About 50 people attended the event held at Central Lutheran Church in Elk River. Speakers helped dismantle some of the stereotypes and softened the image of police and county deputies.

Miller, a prayer intercessor at Hardy and Stephens Counseling in Elk River, said there will be another meeting this year. She’s hoping no later than this fall. It could come sooner.

The prayers at this first meeting addressed the choices officers have in their daily lives, including some that are those split-second decisions. They talked about the hope they can have and how important it is to have that hope be continually stirred. They talked about trust that’s needed between the public and them.

The prayers also addressed officers’ servant hearts and that they remain that way.

The prayers also addressed the media, asking media outlets to tell the truth and to be compelled to tell the positive sides of all the good officers of the law do.

Barb Hinkle, who works with Miller, was one of the attendees. She was blown away by it. She said she has always respected police and the law enforcement profession, but the speakers opened her eyes to give her a better understanding of what it’s like to live in the world that officers of the law live in.

“They can’t come home and talk about their day, like you or I can,” Hinkle said. “They can’t go out with their family without a heightened awareness because they never know who they might encounter.

“We’re all grateful to have police there when we have an emergency, but some of us might resent seeing lights (from a police squad) when we’re pulled over for a routine traffic stop.”

Among the speakers were detective Eric Balabon, who Miller said did an excellent job expressing the needs and hardships of those in law enforcement from a personal perspective.  Lonnie Titus, the chaplain for the Minnesota House of Representatives, also spoke. So did others like Jim Beard, pastor of United Methodist Church, who spoke of a goddaughter who is in law enforcement.

Thank you to Miller for orchestrating this. Thank you also to the people who were willing to speak and put a face on officers of the law. It’s good to know another meeting, one more widely publicized, is in the works. Our community should fill Zabee Theater.

Such gatherings are needed to bring balance to the discussion on matters such as race relations. What’s happening in America is not an us vs. them.

While flames of distrust are being fanned, there needs to be efforts to put water on falsehoods. I’m also convinced America is not as down on law enforcement as one might think. The same can be said for race relations.

A classroom of Adult Basic Education students, mostly Hispanic speaking, concluded the same thing recently when they talked about their experiences in the Elk River area. They talked of working hard and making an honest living, and they too found reports on the evening news troubling.

They questioned what if for every report on poor race relations there were more 10 reports on positive race relations? What if the same were true of law enforcement professionals?

They pointed to a video that went viral on Facebook showing Missouri officers (yes, Missouri) pulling people over for following the traffic laws and presenting unsuspecting motorists a $100 bill that had been donated.

It was clear even before they were given the cash, race relations were not as they are being portrayed in America’s Heartland.

But here’s why I think it’s so critical for counter messages to surface. Think about young men and women considering a career in law enforcement. Think of the two that were just sworn in down in New Hope being among the officers shot at.

At what point do they reconsider such careers? At what point do veterans on police forces lose hope? What they see and do on a daily basis is unfathomable to most. I have to believe that an encouraging word from members of the public, a prayer service dedicated to lifting them up and efforts to show the good officers of law are doing in their community would go a long way to strengthen police forces and the communities they serve. — Jim Boyle, editor 

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Viewpoint: Powers and impact of the Met Council to be felt Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:08 +0000 You are going to hear a lot from legislators on how to fix the Metropolitan Council this session.

It has limited power to tax, and it has power to run sewer, water, mass transit highways and parks systems and to help plan and regulate growth in the seven-county metropolitan area.

The Met Council has around 4,200 employees, and in 2012 it had an expenditure budget of almost $780.31 million.

If you live in Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Anoka, Carver, Dakota and Scott counties, the council’s decisions could affect you.

The council has approved Thrive MSP 2040, which will guide the growth of the region.

The sticky political point is the 17-member council and its chair are all appointed by the governor. You’ll hear that the council should be elected or at least it should have some elected officials on it. Defenders of the appointed process say the council is accountable to an elected governor.

It’s clear, however, that the concept of a regional planning council and its running of the transit, sewer, parks and water systems has been accepted by most local governmental leaders and city staffs, with the exception, perhaps, of cities on the fringe.

There are two uprisings against it now.

One is coming from the influential Kenilworth corridor area in Minneapolis that opposes the proposed light rail line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie that the council must approve to get federal funds. Proposals for the line, which would cross a channel connecting two lakes, suggest it could run in a tunnel or on a bridge.

The other opponents are county commissioners from Scott, Dakota, Carver, Washington and Anoka counties who are upset with the council’s transportation committee’s allocation of transit funds.

How does the council affect you? Steve Dornfeld, former government reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press and Met Council’s former director of public affairs, recently described how the council and its influence have grown since it was started in 1967.

It operates the metro sewer system, which is far different today than in the 1960s when contaminated water was running into the Mississippi River and Lake Minnetonka, and private wells in the inner ring suburbs contained sewage waste.

The council operates the Metropolitan bus system, different than in 1970, when the council bought Twin City Lines and its 635 buses that were 15 years old; 86 were banned from public streets.

It operates the regional park system that has saved valuable land near waters from being turned into housing developments, shopping centers and sanitary landfills.

Through the use of an imaginary line, it has prevented housing developments from leapfrogging all over the region area and preventing urban sprawl.

The opposition proposes that the council be elected and be more accountable to the public. They suggest perhaps a hybrid council of half elected and half appointed, that terms be staggered and that local officials have some say on the appointees.

Meanwhile, the public, mostly unaware of the council, is not pressing for a change.

Why not? Because it’s working.

If it were elected, it could become politicized and we’d have the gridlock as members would make decisions involving tradeoffs: I’ll vote for your park if you’ll vote against the Southwest Light Rail, or I’ll vote for a road in your district if you’ll vote for extending the sewer lines.

Some, like Myron Orfield, a former legislator who drafted legislation that helped create today’s version of the Met Council, says such horse trading is just part of the democratic process.

Gov. Mark Dayton has just appointed a new council chair, Adam Duininck, who has the right credentials for this time in the council’s growth.

He should realize that in the main, the council’s job of coordinating and planning the growth of the region largely is accepted by the general public. — Don Heinzman (Editor’s note: Don Heinzman is a columnist for ECM Publishers Inc.)

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Court File No. 71-PR-14-151
Estate of
Milton Gilbert Schwarzkopf
a/k/a Milton G. Schwarzkopf,
It is Ordered and Notice is given that February 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River, MN 55330, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the Decedent, dated December 27, 2007 and separate writing(s) under Minn. Stat 524.2-513 (Will), and for the appointment of Bonita Sams, whose address is 14480 37th Street, Clear Lake, MN 55319 as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an UNSUPERVISED administration.
Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat 501B.41, subd. 5.
Dated: January 13, 2015
Patricia A. Kuka,
Court Administrator
By: Erin Boettcher
Attorney for
Estate of Milton G. Schwarzkopf
Bradley V. Larson
Metcalf, Larson & Mutk P.C.
313 West Broadway, P.O. Box 446
Monticello, MN 55362-0446
Attorney License No: 60379
Telephone: (763) 295-3232
FAX: (763) 295-3132
Published in the
Star News
January 31, February 7, 2015

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Court File No.: 71-PR-15-6
In Re:
Estate of Jarrod Victor Fondie,
It is Ordered and Notice is given that on February 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at the Sherburne County Government Center, 13880 Highway 10, Elk River, Minnesota 55330-4608, for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of heirs of the decedent, and for the appointment of Kyle Fondie, whose address is 1195 119th Ave NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448, as personal representative of the decedents estate in an unsupervised administration.
Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with the full power to administer the estate, including the power to collect all assets; to pay ail legal debts, claims, taxes, and expenses; to sell real and personal property; and to do all necessary acts for the estate.
Notice is also given that, subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: January 15, 2015
/s/ Patricia A Kuka,
Court Administrator
By: /s/ Erin Boettcher
Craig A. Erickson (MN# 0027121)
Rachel M. Knutson (MN# 0390450)
Erickson & Wessman, P.A.
1300 NE Godward St, Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Telephone: (612) 465-0080
Facsimile: (612) 465-0084
Published in the
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January 31, February 7, 2015

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Breckheimer Quiet Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:10:34 +0000 LAND TITLE SUMMONS IN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF LAND
Court File No. 71-CV-14-593
In the Matter of the Application of:
Drew Breckheimer a/k/a Drew T. Breckheimer a/k/a Drew Theodore Breckheimer, single,
To Register Title to the following described real estate situated in Sherburne County, Minnesota, namely:
That part of Government Lot 3, Section 31, Township 34, Township 34, Range 27, Sherburne County, Minnesota described as follows: Commencing at the northwest corner of Government Lot 4, also being the West Quarter Corner of said Section 31; thence South 1 degree 28 minutes 11 seconds East, assumed basis of bearings, along the West line of said Government Lot 4, a distance of 1308.31 feet to the northwest corner of Government Lot 3; thence South 88 degrees 51 minutes 48 seconds East, a distance of 1501.29 feet to the southeasterly right of way line of Sherburne County Highway Right Of Way Plat No. 4; thence continue South 88 degrees 51 minutes 48 seconds East, a distance of 74 feet, more or less, to the shoreline of Eagle Lake and the point of beginning of the property to be described; thence return North 88 degrees 51 minutes 48 seconds West, a distance of 74 feet, more or less, to the southeasterly line of Sherburne County Highway Right Of Way Plat No. 4; thence southwesterly along said Right of Way Plat along a non-tangential curve concave to the northwest having a radius of 881.83 feet and a central angle of 6 degrees 38 minutes 42 seconds, a distance of 102.27 feet, the chord of said curve bears South 27 degrees 25 minutes 15 seconds West, a distance of 102.21 feet; thence South 30 degrees 44 minutes 36 seconds West tangent to said curve, a distance of 412.93 feet; thence South 60 degrees 25 minutes 49 seconds East, a distance of 20 feet, more or less, to the extension of the shoreline of Eagle Lake across the mouth of the outlet of Eagle Lake; thence northeasterly along said extension of the shoreline and the shoreline of Eagle Lake, a distance of 557 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning.,
Sherburne County; State of Minnesota, DNR; Steven A. Smallish; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS); Caliber Funding, LLC; Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association, n/k/a Connexus Energy; XYZ Corporation, ABC Partnership, John Doe and Mary Roe, all whose true names are unknown, also all heirs and devisees of any of the above named persons who are deceased; and all other persons or parties unknown, claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real estate described in the application or amendments therein,
You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Application of the Applicants in the above entitled proceeding and to file your answer to said Application in the Office of the Court Administrator, Sherburne County, within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons upon you exclusive of the date of service, and if you fail to answer the Application within the time aforesaid, the Applicants in this proceeding will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein.
Witness, District Court Administrator, Sherburne County, District Court at Sherburne County Government Center, 13880 Highway 10, Elk River, MN 55330, on December 29, 2014.
By: Tammy Sable,
By: /s/ David J. Meyers,
Examiner of Titles
Dated: December 16, 2014
Bradley V. Larson (#60370) Attorneys for Applicant
313 West Broadway
P.O. Box 446
Monticello, MN 55362-0446
(763) 295-3232
(763) 295-3132 fax
Published in the
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January 31, February 7, 14, 2015

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Adventures in Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:09:59 +0000 MINNESOTA SECRETARY
Minnesota Statutes, 333
The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable customers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.
Adventures in Aviation
19628 Wilson Street NW
Elk River, MN 55330
Carters Classic Cleaning, Inc.
19628 Wilson Street NW
Elk River, MN 55330
I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath.
DATE FILED: January 23, 2015
SIGNED BY: Nancy A. Carter
Published in the
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January 31, February 7, 2015

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