Lakeville community briefs, Oct. 18

Downtown business group sponsors Halloween event
The Downtown Lakeville Business Association is sponsoring a trick-or-treat event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the post office mall.

The free event will feature a kiddy costume contest and parade for children up to age 10, pumpkin decorating (pumpkins supplied), trick-or-treating at local retailers and Hermey the Clown.

Boy Scouts host breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 269 is hosting a breakfast buffet and omelette bar from 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at VFW Post 8790, Upper 208th St., Lakeville. Cost is $8 at the door. For more information, contact Charles at 612-840-9143.

North Creek cleanup set Oct. 26
Lakeville Friends of the Environment is hosting a cleanup of North Creek from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Volunteers should meet at Steve Michaud Park, formerly North Park. Wear appropriate attire, boots and gloves. Bags will be supplied.

Meet for coffee and treats at the wooden play area before heading out to clean the creek.

Call Debbie at 952-250-3320 with questions.

Lakeville seniors
All events are held at Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Senior center inquiries can be directed to Linda Walter, senior coordinator, at 952-985-4622 or [email protected].

Care options information – A representative from Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging will be at Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, to give a presentation on Living Well at Home/Long-Term Care. Sign up by Oct. 23. At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, a presentation on Health Care Directives will be offered.

Life Line Screening – Life Line Screening will offer noninvasive preventive health screenings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Register by contacting Mirjana Wick at [email protected]. Within 48 hours of registering, LLSA will call to confirm an appointment time and collect $139 payment. Heritage Center will receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends.

The Japanese-American Experience in World War II – Sally Sudo will give a first-hand account of her family’s internment at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho during World War II from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Cost is $4. Sign up with payment by Nov. 7.

Old World Christmas Market – Travel Dec. 10-12 to the four-diamond Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., which features an indoor pool, fitness center, spa and gift shop, along with a German restaurant. The Old World Christmas Market is reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany. This trip also features a tour of the Kohler Design Center, a horse-drawn hay wagon ride through the snow-covered roads of Elkhart Lake, and a visit to the Wreath Factory in Plymouth, Wis. The cost of this three-day motor coach tour is $510 per person (two per room), or $605 (one per room); final payment is due Nov. 1.

Vacancies on Scott County Citizen Advisory Committee
The Scott County Board of Commissioners is looking for interested citizens to serve on the following advisory committees. Members of advisory committees are provided with a per diem and mileage reimbursement for attendance at meetings. Those with questions or who are interested in serving on one of these committees can contact Deb Brazil at [email protected] or 952-496-8601. For more information regarding a specific committee, visit, click on “Your County Government,” then “Citizen Advisory Committees” or “Boards & Commissions.” Some of the vacancies have incumbents who are eligible to be reappointed for another term.

All Hazards Committee: There is one at-large vacancy on this committee. It meets quarterly.

Board of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Commission: There are seven vacancies, one in each commissioner district and two at-large vacancies. The boards meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Community Corrections Advisory Board: There are currently three vacancies on this board in Commissioner Districts 1, 2 and 3. Advisory board members are appointed to serve two-year terms and are eligible to serve three terms. This board meets every other month on the fourth Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Community Development Agency: Currently, there is a vacancy on this board in Commissioner District 2. The CDA meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Extension Committee: There is one vacancy in Commissioner District 1. The committee meets four times per year at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Human Services Resource Council: The resource council consists of three representatives from each commissioner district. There are 11 vacancies on the council, with vacancies in all the commissioner districts. Members serve two-year terms and are eligible to serve three terms. The committee meets quarterly on the third Monday at 6 p.m.

Library Board of Advisors: There are two openings on this board, one each in Commissioner Districts 4 and 5. The Library Board of Advisors consists of one representative from each commissioner district. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve three consecutive terms. The board currently meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Each year, one meeting is held in each of the seven branch libraries and the Scott County Law Library and four meetings are held at Library Administration in Shakopee.

Mental Health Local Advisory Council: There are three at-large vacancies on this council. Anyone with an interest in mental health services may apply. The council meets every other month on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Parks Advisory Commission: There are seven vacancies on this commission, one each in commissioner district and two at-large positions. The commission typically meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Scott Watershed Management Organization Planning Commission: There are currently vacancies representing the Southwest portion and the Credit River Watershed as well as two at-large positions. The commission consists of seven members representing specific watershed areas. This board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m.

Illegal Halloween contact lenses carry risks, warns Lakeville eye doctor
Dr. Jonathan Schorn, Focus Eye Care, Lakeville, is president of and spokesperson for the Minnesota Optometric Association. He offers a warning about the risks of readily available, illegal costume contact lenses that seem so fun for Halloween.

If lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from an eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage eyesight.

The Optometric Association urges people to talk to their eye doctor first and obtain a prescription before incorporating decorative contact lenses as part of a costume.

Decorative contact lenses purchased over-the-counter put the wearer at risk for bacterial infections, allergic reactions and significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.

The association offers the following recommendations for all contact lens wearers:

• Wear contact lenses only if they are fitted and prescribed by an optometrist.

• Do not purchase contact lenses from gas stations, video stores or any other vendor not authorized by law to dispense contact lenses.

• Never swim while wearing contact lenses. There is a risk of eye infection when contact lenses come into contact with bacteria in swimming pool water.

• Make sure contact lenses are properly cleaned and disinfected as instructed by an eye-care professional.

• Wash hands before handling and cleaning contact lenses.

• Never swap or share contact lenses with anyone.

• Never sleep while wearing contact lenses unless they are extended-wear lenses specifically designed for that purpose.

For more information about the risks associated with decorative contact lenses, or to find additional resources about contact lens hygiene and safety, visit or

Lebanon Hills enjoys the limelight
Fitness magazine Runner’s World has named Lebanon Hills Regional Park’s trails as its “Trail of the Month.”

Lebanon Hills, one of seven parks within the Dakota County Parks system, spans nearly 2,000 acres and features more than 20 miles of trails for various types of use, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It has multiple trailhead options, including Holland Lake, Jensen Lake and the Visitor Center trailheads.

Runner’s World is a fitness magazine published monthly throughout the United States and featured online via almost a dozen international websites.

For more information, visit and search Lebanon Hills.

Christiania Lutheran holds lutefisk dinner, bake sale
Christiania Lutheran Church, 26691 Pillsbury Ave., Lakeville, will hold its 31st annual Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26. Settings are 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. with a bake sale starting at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger. Call 952-461-2283 Tuesday-Friday through Oct. 25 to purchase tickets.

Fair Trade Sale set Nov. 2
St. John Neumann and St. Thomas Becket Just Marketplace Ministry will host a Fair Trade Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the social hall at St. John Neumann.

Products include handcrafts and food items made by economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers. The sale of the items provides a sustainable livelihood for these small-scale producers. Representatives will be on hand to tell the stories of the people behind the products and how fair trade helps the artisans and farmers.

The Fair Trade Sale is not a fundraiser. More than 90 percent of the purchase price goes directly back to support the artisans and farmers that produce the product.

Cash or checks preferred.

St. John Neumann Church is at 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. For more information, contact Jeanne Creegan at 651-681-9575.

Divorce info session slated in Burnsville
People considering divorce or in the early stages of divorce can attend a free informational event from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Summit Executive Offices Suites, 1500 McAndrews Road W., Burnsville.

An open format will allow participants to get answers and direction.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call Terryl Johnson at 952-431-0805. Sponsored by Divorce Financial Directions in Burnsville.

Cheerful Givers receives award
Eagan-based Cheerful Givers has received a 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Cheerful Givers received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with Cheerful Givers online at

Cheerful Givers’ mission is to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags so that less fortunate parents can recognize their child’s one special day with a gift. More information is at

County hosts classes to help parents transition to licensed child care
Dakota County Social Services is hosting two classes this fall to give parents a chance to learn more about making the move to licensed child care. Information will be offered about safe infant sleep practices and Minnesota child care safety regulations, and parents will be given tips to create effective relationships with their child care provider.

Classes are scheduled for the following times and locations:

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m., at the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St. Paul, rooms 110 A and B.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m., at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, room L139.

No registration is required to attend. For more information, call 952-891-7400.

New Sociables to meet Nov. 4
The New Sociables women’s group will hold its monthly meeting at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley.

Bachman’s floral designer Karen Ortiz will share tips on Christmas decorating.

The group is open to all women looking to meet new people and to join in on the activities offered. It meets the first Monday of the month at the church.

Vermillion River Watershed open house set Oct. 22
Every 10 years, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization updates its plan that defines top issues and priorities for managing the water resources in the 335-square-mile Vermillion River Watershed in Dakota County and southeastern Scott County.

The organization will kick off the 2015 watershed plan update at a meeting for stakeholders and the public from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. W., Farmington.

A brief presentation, summary of issues and priorities identified so far, and addition of new topics, will take place from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by an open house until 6 p.m. when the public can talk one-on-one with staff about additional issues to include in the new plan.

This is the first of several meetings planned to ensure the 2015 Vermillion River Watershed Plan incorporates the best ideas of people who live, work or play in the watershed area. No registration is required to attend.

Those who cannot attend may submit written comments via mail to VRWJPO, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124. Comments can also be emailed to Mark Zabel at [email protected] or Melissa Bokman at [email protected].

For more information, call the organization at 952-891-7000.

Workforce Investment Board appointments
At its meeting Oct. 1, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners appointed Claire Giancola-Belmares, director of talent acquisition – Thomson Legal at Thomson Reuters, and Vance Boelter, plant manager at Lettieri’s in Shakopee, to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board.

Giancola-Belmares will fill a vacancy on the board representing large business in the private sector. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, holds numerous certifications and maintains memberships in various human resource associations and boards.

Boelter will fill a vacancy on the board representing small business in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the food manufacturing industry and currently oversees production operations, quality, maintenance, safety and research/development projects at Lettieri’s.

The Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board oversees employment and training programs in Dakota and Scott counties and is a state leader in developing innovative programs administered through WorkForce Centers in Burnsville, Shakopee and West St. Paul.