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Established 1978, FAMILY LIFE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER (FLMHC) is available for a full-range of behavioral health services. They provide clinical services through its multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, advance practice nurses, psychologists, social workers, nurses and marriage & family therapists. Executive Director Rosalin Chrest is quick to point out that they are a state approved Rule 29 Clinic that provides community care for the prevention & treatment of behavioral & mental illness.

Outpatient services include individual, couples & family therapy, and psychiatric care for individuals experiencing the disabling effects of psychiatric illness. Medication evaluations and psychological testing including the MMPI, MCMI, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Intelligence testing are available. The Center also offers a variety of DBT therapy and anger management groups. Evening hours are available. For more information or scheduling please call: 763-427-7964, ext. 202.

Family Life Mental Health Center

1930 Coon Rapids Blvd NW,

Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Parents from around the world have been fortunate to have a charter school in the Twin Cities area for students grades K-8. DUGSI ACADEMY offers a coed nurturing environment where children are provided an enriched academic learning experience. Administrator Abdulkadir Osman & his accredited staff know that their high-quality approach to education is essential.

Based on an interdisciplinary curriculum, students may experience learning in an individual lesson as well as in a small group setting. This concept acknowledges great respect for the diversity & individuality of each student. The teaching staff skilfully applies structure & freedom, encouraging each student to develop naturally & joyfully, setting no limits on their achievements. Students from many countries tend to learn more from each other. This year Dugsi Academy has been designated a Focus School under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The designation is based on student performance data from 2010 and 2011 that placed their school among the ten percent of schools making the largest contribution to the state’s achievement gap.


Dugsi Academy

1091 Snelling Ave N,

St. Paul, MN 55108


With 16 years of experience in family law, ATTORNEY MARY DRUMMER knows that each client’s situation is unique, and will undoubtedly call for a tailored approach. Her areas of concentration include divorce, paternity, child support, domestic abuse, spousal maintenance, post-decree modifications, parenting time and grandparent rights.

Mary states that the most important step towards a successful outcome in any family law dispute is to define clearly what are each client’s long-term objectives. Then, she works closely with her clients to explore the various legal avenues available to reach those goals. Mary believes it is particularly important in family law to retain the most effective rather than the most aggressive attorney. Providing effective representation while balancing the emotional & financial costs of litigation is what sets her office apart. Mary is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the MN State Bar Association.

Drummer Law Office, LLC

7800 Metro Pkwy, #300,

Bloomington, MN 55425


NEW CITY CHARTER SCHOOL offers a comprehensive, quality education in multi-age classrooms for K-8 students to its diverse student population. Dedicated to creating a caring, safe environment in which children grow socially and emotionally as well as intellectually, New City is the only Twin Cities school that is formally recognized as a Responsive Classroom school. The Responsive Classroom approach is a nationally-used, comprehensive set of highly practical strategies for improving both academic performance & social skills for students.

With about 40% of its students at the poverty level, New City has met the standards of No Child Left Behind since the school’s inception in 2002. It is one of the few schools in the metropolitan area which meets the state standards without narrowing the curriculum down to mostly reading and math. New City offers all students in-depth learning in science and social studies, in addition to reading and math, and teaches writing skills at every grade level.

The certified teachers at New City Charter School deliver their instruction in many ways (logical, kinesthetic, visual, reflective & more) to address different learning styles. The integration of art, music & academics leads students to multiple doorways of learning and creative problem solving. Within this school of approximately 150 students, everyone knows everyone else. Students feel connected to New City, and they enjoy coming to school. Parents are intimately involved with the school by attending New City Circle, a family group that meets twice a month. Leadership opportunities, free/reduced lunch for qualified students, free busing & much more makes New City Charter School a place where your child will succeed!

New City Charter School

229 13th Avenue NE,

Minneapolis, MN 55413


EAGLE RIDGE ACADEMY, a college preparatory K-12 public charter school, opened in 2004 and now is one of the largest charter schools in Minnesota with over 800 students. Their mission is to provide students with a traditional, classical education that demands their best in academic achievement, behavior, and attitude and challenges them to attain their highest potential.

Eagle Ridge Academy offers an academically rigorous, time-tested classical, liberal arts curriculum that: prepares students to be exemplary & knowledgeable citizens; instills a life-long passion for learning; values self-discipline, respect, perseverance and achievement; teaches truth, beauty and goodness; and fosters an appreciation for the USA and her unique role in the world. This spring, Eagle Ridge Academy had the best performance in MN on the 11th grade math standards. The 2012 MN MMR results for the Upper & Lower Schools, respectively, are at the 89th & 93rd percentiles. Openings currently exist in grades 8-12. For all grades, the 2013-14 open enrollment period is October 1 - January 15. Contact Janice Gerheart at 952-746-7760 or


Eagle Ridge Academy

7255 Flying Cloud Dr.,

Eden Prairie, MN 55344


ATTORNEY THERESA A. CAPISTRANT (Traci) understands that divorce presents many dramatic changes and concerns, but also presents various options and solutions. Solving problems using available resources allows her divorce clients to sort out options during an extremely stressful period in their lives. During her legal career, Traci has handled everything from simple, straightforward divorces to complex custody and financial litigation in cases involving custody, paternity, dissolution, post-decree enforcement, child support enforcement/modification, parenting time and custody disputes. She is a Rule 114 Neutral Mediator and has been named a Super Lawyer since 2002.

Traci does not adhere to the “one size fits all” approach. Her legal services are tailored specifically to each client and their family, with personalized and effective legal services. She believes that when the family is involved, no issue should stand-alone.

Capistrant Law, PA

3009 Holmes Ave,

Minneapolis, MN 55408


ATTORNEY JANET GOEHLE provides individualized assistance to clients who are experiencing a family transition such as a divorce, child custody matter, spousal maintenance, child support, parenting time, property settlements, paternity, or are in need of a custody evaluation.

With more then 20 years in a practice devoted exclusively to family law matters and the welfare of children of divorcing parents, Janet has the skills and experience necessary to help you successfully navigate the difficult and often confusing family law process. As a Social Early Neutral Evaluator, Financial Early Neutral Evaluator, Parenting Time Expeditor, Parenting Consultant and Qualified Neutral, Janet is uniquely qualified to assist you in evaluating whether your case would benefit from going through the court system or the Alternative Dispute Resolution process, which can be less expensive. Under either process, you can be confident that Janet will protect you and your assets and provide you with the individual attention you require.

Attorney Janet Goehle

1600 University Ave W, #313,

St. Paul, MN 55104


The Olympics brought the equestrian art of dressage into the news. People of all ages and backgrounds can participate in the pleasures, challenges & excitement of learning to ride; it’s not just for the very rich. SUNBORN STABLES features some excellent lesson horses who can help the most timid rider feel brave. It has large indoor & outdoor rings so riding is year-round. Founded in 2000 by Julie Penshorn, a USDF Certified Instructor & Trainer, Sunborn Stables has three additional teachers and a fabulous working environment where all are welcome and it’s warm in the winter!

The staff at Sunborn Stables helps riders learn to build a trusting relationship with their horses. Parents are thrilled to see their children participate in this wholesome sport that works all the main muscle groups and the right and left hemispheres of the brain. But it’s not just kids who get bitten by the “riding bug!” Sunborn Stables has students from 6 to 66 years old. Sunborn Stables offers group or individual lessons, depending on the needs of the student, in both dressage & jumping. Everyone progresses at his or her own rate. Students learn the complete care of the horse-handling, grooming, saddling, cooling out and care of riding equipment.


Sunborn Stables

24110 Morgan Ave,

Chisago City, MN 55013


More working parents are in search of quality placement for their toddlers, preschoolers & school age children. NUTCRACKER SWEET NURSERY SCHOOL stresses excellence in early childhood care & education and has hours to accommodate most working parents’ needs. They offer preschool education programs designed to promote the physical development, social, intellectual & emotional experiences necessary to help the child begin to realize his or her full potential. Their curriculum encompasses speech, language, gross & fine motor skills, visual & perceptual skills, as well as cognitive skills. They utilize various arts & crafts, and music & movement.

One of the benefits of Nutcracker Sweet is that they care for children ranging in ages from 30 months to five years old in a year-round program. They have a low staff turnover and small class sizes in their newly remodelled facility. Their classes are conducted by certified early childhood education teachers who are also certified in CPR & first aid training. Since 1979, Nutcracker Sweet has provided quality childcare, preschool education & kindergarten readiness.


Nutcracker Sweet

6716 Gleason Rd.,

Edina, MN 55439


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Attorneys Joyce L. Cundy and Kristin A. Huston at CUNDY & MARTIN, LLC concentrate their practice in the intricacies of domestic & family law. Their areas of concentration include divorce, custody, visitation, child support issues, maintenance/support, equitable asset distribution, adoptions, paternity, domestic abuse proceedings, cooperative practice (Kristin) and grandparent rights.

Joyce & Kristin work closely with each client in investigating, analyzing, strategizing & advocating their interests. Their legal fee is intentionally straightforward and reasonable to the wide spectrum of clients they serve. They believe they present a sensitive, caring, comprehensive & tough approach to their practice of law. Joyce & Kristin emphasize that one of the hardest parts of divorce litigation is knowing when to fight and when to settle. With 40 years of combined experience, their keen ability to exercise good judgment makes a real difference. Joyce is a former Child Support Magistrate.


Cundy & Martin, LLC

7900 Xerxes Ave S, #1125,

Bloomington, MN 55431


ATTORNEY ESTHER M. LERMAN’S 30-plus years of experienced in family law and related areas are indispensable to her divorce clients. She believes the first step in a divorce is to protect and stabilize the family’s welfare. Everyone’s financial situation must be evaluated and protected within the resources available to them. Esther’s clients often find that most issues can have an amicable and workable resolution that meets the needs of the parties.

Esther concentrates in contested & uncontested divorces, child custody & visitation, spousal maintenance and post judgment modifications, as well as wills, probate, estates, healthcare directives, powers of attorney and real estate. She maintains a personal commitment to working for the best resolution for her clients concerning the issues of their case. Her goal is to assist them as they face the obstacles and questions that arise in their family matter.




Attorney Esther M. Lerman

1155 Centre Point Dr, #10,

Mendota Heights, MN 55120


The premier riding academy & stable in the area is PEGASUS RIDING SCHOOL. Instructors Anne McKay, Suzanne Wepplo & Alex McKay specialize in teaching beginners all the way up to the most advanced equestrians. They help with individualized instruction that aids in the rider/horse relationship. Founded in classical European philosophies, international caliber education is offered at all levels of dressage, jumping & combined training.

Riding & managing a horse is taught as an art form at Pegasus Riding School. They cover all aspects of horse care and handling in their courses of instruction. The quality & training of the school horses sets Pegasus apart from other riding schools. The previous show careers of the lesson horses enables their non horse owning students to win in the show ring. The all weather facility allows students to ride in 60 degree comfort all winter. Riding is also an excellent form of cardio & core exercise for people of all ages. They are located 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis on Rt. 55.

Pegasus Riding School

4550 Pioneer Trail,

Medina, MN 55340