Farmington community briefs, Sept. 6

Farmington Library events
The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., will offer the following programs. Call 651-438-0250 for more information.

• Teen Advisory Group, 6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. Ages: 12-18.

• Farmington Library Evening Book Group, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. “The Least Likely Bride” by Jane Feather will be discussed.

• Farmington Library Afternoon Book Group, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Join us for a showing of the film “Seabiscuit.”

• Storytime for All Ages, 10:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Stories and activities for mixed-age audiences such as child-care groups and families. Ages: 0-6.

CDA’s Senior Showcase is Sept. 26
The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) will host its annual Senior Showcase from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. The Senior Showcase features five CDA senior housing developments located throughout Dakota County that will be open for public tours.

Senior Showcase locations include:
• Cameo Place – 3101 Lower 147th St., Rosemount.
• Haskell Court – 140 E. Haskell St., West St. Paul.
• Main Street Manor – 8725 209th St., Lakeville.
• Mississippi Terrace – 301 Ramsey St., Hastings.
• Vermillion River Crossing – 21400 Dushane Parkway, Farmington.

Senior Showcase guests will be able to tour units, ask questions about the Senior Housing Program and meet CDA staff.

Service providers will have information booths at each property about resources that are available to seniors including: CAP Agency, DARTS, Senior Linkage Line and the Rambling River Center.

The CDA is partnering with DARTS to offer bus transportation for those needing a ride.

Anyone interested in riding a bus can call 651-675-4432. Space on the buses is limited and riding a bus is optional.

For more information, call 651-675-4432 or visit

Kids ’n Kinship gala slated Oct. 6
Kids ’n Kinship, a local nonprofit organization that matches children ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors, will hold its annual gala Saturday, Oct. 6, at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville.

The event, featuring Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom as master of ceremonies, will include the music of Tim Mahoney, a sit-down dinner, silent auction, wine cork pull and purse tag pull. The program will include a testimonial by a young adult who was once mentored through the program.

Tickets are $40 each or $280 for a table of eight at Sponsorships are available. More information is at

Kids’ clothing, equipment sale in Eagan
The Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples will hold their biannual Kids’ Used Clothing and Equipment Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21, at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway.

Admission is $2. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for public shopping. Cash, checks and credit cards (3 percent convenience fee) will be accepted.

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Snowboard G team registration
The G Team snowboard team has opened registration for winter training at Buck Hill online at The G Team provides training for snowboarders who have their basic skills to advanced riders. Riders train with professional coaches two to three days a week, can letter in snowboard with their local high school and have competition opportunities.

For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 952-846-4317.

Senior Day at IMAX Theatre
Senior Citizen Day is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo, 12000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley.

Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. The film, “Deep Sea,” will begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $6.50.

For questions or group reservations, call 952-997-9714 or email [email protected].

Dakota County Consortium public hearing set Sept. 12 in Roseville
The Dakota County Consortium (made up of Anoka, Dakota, suburban Ramsey, and Washington counties and the cities of Woodbury and Coon Rapids) will hold a public hearing from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Hawthorne Room in Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville.

The hearing will give the public an opportunity to comment on the consortium’s performance in meeting the housing, community and economic development needs as outlined by the consortium in the 2010 Dakota County Consortium Consolidated Plan and the 2012 Dakota County Consortium Action Plan.

A public comment period on the draft version of the Dakota County Consortium Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2012 is open for citizen comment.

The draft CAPER will be available for review at the Dakota County Community Development Agency, on the CDA’s website at and on the Dakota County website at through Sept. 25. Additional draft copies will be available at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville, Wescott Library in Eagan, Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, and Heritage Library in Lakeville.

Those who wish to testify at the public hearing are requested to contact Leah Petricka at the Dakota County CDA, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan; Telephone: 651-675-4468; MN Relay Service: 1-800-627-3529 or 711; Fax: 651-675-4444; prior to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Those who require special accommodations should contact the CDA at least a week before the hearing.

To submit comments after reviewing the CAPER, send them in writing to the Dakota County CDA, attention Leah Petricka, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, MN 55123; or by fax 651-675-4444.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 13.

Met Council seeks applicants for Land Use Committee
The Metropolitan Council is seeking applicants for vacancies on its Land Use Advisory Committee, which advises the council on land use and local planning issues.

Locally, an open seat exists in District 16, which includes: Dakota County – the cities of Apple Valley, Coates, Hastings, Lakeville, Farmington, Vermillion, Hampton, New Trier, Miesville, Randolph, Nininger Township, Empire Township, Vermillion Township, Marshan Township, Ravenna Township, Eureka Township, Castle Rock Township, Hampton Township, Douglas Township, Greenvale Township, Waterford Township, Sciota Township and Randolph Township; Scott County – Spring Lake Township, Credit River Township, Cedar Lake Township, New Market Township and the city of Elko New Market.

The 18-member committee is composed of members from each Metropolitan Council District, and each metro-area county must be represented. At least half of the members must be local elected officials.

Applicants must live in the district from which they’re appointed and will serve a term that expires in January 2015.

The Land Use Advisory Committee meets every other month, on the third Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

More information, including the application form, can be found at

Completed applications are due Thursday, Sept. 26, to Pat Curtiss at [email protected] or 651-602-1630, or fax 651-602-1358. Questions about the committee can be directed to Deb Detrick at [email protected] or 651-602-1327.

Requirements for energy conservation rebates stressed
As of Sept. 1, homeowners intending to receive an air sealing and insulation rebate from Minnesota Energy Resources, Rosemount, must have the work done by an authorized and certified Minnesota Energy Resources contractor.

Each authorized contractor will have proof of authenticity to ensure quality installation work and rebate eligibility, which will result in energy savings for the homeowner. The scope of the work that qualifies includes adding insulation and air sealing measures where cold air can penetrate to the interior of the residence.

Authorized insulation contractors must adhere to the Minnesota Energy Resources program requirements, have received the national Building Performance Institute installer certification and agreed to random quality assurance inspections.

The goal is to make homes more energy efficient and ensure added value to the homeowner. The Minnesota Energy Resources installer requirement ensures the work is done properly with certified installers whose authorization qualifies for the program rebates.

A listing of Minnesota Energy Resources authorized contractors is available at

More general rebate information is available at