Area briefs for the week of July 1

New members appointed to Workforce Development Board
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has appointed two new members to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board.

Marcus Thomas and Doug Suchanek were appointed during a board meeting on June 21. Thomas will represent the private sector and Suchanek will represent organized labor.

Thomas, principal owner and office manager of Bolton & Menk Inc. in Burnsville, is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He manages about 75 employees and has overseen $100 million in municipal infrastructure projects for more than 20 Minnesota cities and counties. Thomas is involved with organizations and boards throughout the state, including 360 Communities, Burnsville Rotary and Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.

Suchanek is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110. He is involved in contract negotiations and completes various maintenance and representational duties on behalf of the Local 110. Suchanek currently sits on the board of directors for the St. Paul Federal Credit Union and has volunteered for numerous organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Our Troops and Disabled Veterans.

The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board oversees employment and training programs in Dakota and Scott counties. It develops programs administered through WorkForce Centers in Burnsville, Shakopee and West St. Paul.

Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs 
Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at, at the parks and recreation office, or call 651-322-6000 for more information.

Water Park Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 18-21. Participants will go to water parks in Edina, Apple Valley, Hastings and St. Louis Park. If an outdoor water park is closed due to the weather, activities take place at the Rosemount Community Center. Drop off and pick up at the Rosemount Community Center Gym, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Cost: $124. Register by July 11.

Skateboard Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to noon July 11-14, presented by Sports Unlimited. Camp is for beginners and those ready to learn more advanced tricks. Individual skills and tricks include balance, stopping, turning, ollies, nollies, heel flips and kick flips. A skateboard and helmet are mandatory. Kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards are highly recommended. Campers are required to bring a helmet, water, snack and apply sunscreen. The Rosemount Skate Park is located in Schwarz Pond Park, north of the Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Friday, July 15, is inclement weather make-up day. Register by Tuesday, July 5. Cost: $96.

Duct Tape and Clay Summer Camp, ages 5-11, 9:30 a.m. to noon July 18-19, Rosemount Community Center. Spend one day creating cool duct tape projects and one day playing with clay. Creations will include a duct tape bag, a coil pot and more. Bring a beverage and a nut-free snack. Register by Tuesday, July 5. Cost: $62.

Learn to Skate Lessons – Summer session is open for registration. Lessons are held on Mondays from July 6 to Aug. 24. Visit to find information on class levels and available times. Cost: $75.

USTA QuickStart Tennis Program, ages 5-12 – Morning lessons are available throughout the summer at Charlies Park, 3155 144th St. W. Visit to find information on available sessions and times. Cost: $36.

30th annual Run for the Gold, Youth Shamrock Sprint and Family Fitness Walk, Saturday, July 23, at the Rosemount Community Center. Choose the 1-mile and/or 4-mile run, the 1-mile or 4-mile Family Fitness Walk, or for kids 8 and under, the free youth Shamrock Sprint. All events take place at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Paved trails will be used for the run route. Course maps will be available at the run.

1-mile and/or 4-mile Run for the Gold: Preregistration entry fee (received by noon on Tuesday, July 19): $12, age 14 years and under (includes T-shirt); $16, age 15 years and older (includes T-shirt).

Day of registration entry fee: $15, age 14 years and under (includes T-shirt); $20, age 15 years and older (includes T-shirt).

Day of race registration/check-in/start times:

8 a.m. – 1-Mile Fun Run

8:05 a.m. – 1-Mile and 4-Mile Family Fitness Walk

8:25 a.m. – 4-Mile Fun Run

8:30 a.m. – Half-Mile Youth Shamrock Sprint

For details or to register online, go to

Scout uniform collection through July at Pilgrim Cleaners
To help families who have difficulty purchasing uniforms for Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts, Pilgrim Cleaners and the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America are launching the ninth annual Scouting for Uniforms collection.

During the month of July, all 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations in the metro area will accept Scout uniforms during regular business hours. Pilgrim Cleaners will then clean them and provide them to Northern Star Council, who will distribute the uniforms.

To find the closest Pilgrim Cleaners, visit

Uniforms may also be donated at both Northern Star Council BSA offices at 393 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul, and 5300 Glenwood Ave. in Golden Valley. The offices are open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The emphasis is securing as many blue Cub Scout uniform shirts as possible. These are in the highest demand and are difficult for the council’s uniform exchange to keep in stock.

Those who don’t have a uniform, but still wish to contribute, can donate online at

Checks for monetary contributions are also encouraged, and  checks should be made to “Northern Star Council BSA” and dropped at Pilgrim Cleaners or mailed to Pilgrim Cleaners, Attn: Uniform Drive, 3217 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs
Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at or in person at 20195 Holyoke Ave.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $26 at the Lakeville Parks and Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., or call 952-984-4600. Pick up tickets at City Hall.

Sports Unlimited Camps, Monday-Thursday, July 11-14.

• Skateboard Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Rosemount Skate Park, 13787 Dodd Blvd. Cost: $96.

• Soccer, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $101.

• Game On, ages 4-6, 9-11 a.m., Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $88.

• Sand Volleyball, ages 5-12, 1-4 p.m., Antlers Park, 9740 201st St. W. Cost: $101.

Lynch Summer Tennis Camps, June 27-30 and/or July 11-14.

• Young Hitters, ages 5-7, 9-10:30 a.m., Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave. Cost: $82.

• Junior Hitters, ages 8-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave. Cost: $82.

Junior Development Tennis, ages 8-15, 9 a.m. to noon July 11-14, Century Middle School. For intermediate and advanced players. Cost: $120.

Puppet Wagon, June 20 to Aug. 5. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the shows. For the 2016 schedule, log onto under City Departments, Parks & Recreation tab.

Kaybiru Kids Triathlon (Pan-O-Prog event), ages 8-13. The Tuesday, July 5, triathlon will start with a half-mile kayak leg from the beach at Antlers Park on Lake Marion, 9740 201st St. W. After kayaking, participants will transition to the 2-mile bike ride loop and will finish with a 1-mile run. (All distances are approximate). Ages 11-13: first heat is at 9 a.m.; second heat is at 9:30 a.m. Ages 8-10: first heat is at 10 a.m.; second heat is at 10:30 a.m. Prior to the kayak segment, participants will be given a brief introduction to kayaking; a life jacket will be provided. Participants will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled heat time. Participants need to bring a tuned-up bike, bike helmet and running shoes. Cost: $25.

Heritage Library children’s programs
The Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville, will host the following children’s programs:

Library Picnic and Storytime, 12-1 p.m. Friday, July 1. Ages: 2-8.

Make & Take: Fairy Houses, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Ages: 6-12.

Schiffelly Puppets, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 6. Ages: 2-10.

Wilderness Survival with Dakota County Parks, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Registration required. Ages: 10-15.

Movement and Dance with Maj-Lis Jalkio, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7. Registration required. Ages: 7-9.

Sidewalk Chalk Day, 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 8. Ages: 2-12.

Teddy Bear Band: Pan-O-Prog Kids Day Event, 12-2 p.m. Friday, July 8, Aronson Park, 8250 202nd St. W., Lakeville. Ages: 3-10.

Seed Art Mosaics, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Ages: 10-15.

Storytime for All Ages, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Children’s Book Carnival, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14. Ages: 4-10.

Dino Poop Fossils, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 15. Ages: 8-12.

Stop Motion Animation with Ogobild, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Registration required. Ages 10-15.

Zendoodle, 2-3 p.m. Monday, July 18. Registration required. Ages: 8-14.

Snap Circuits and Little Bits, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19. Registration required. Ages: 8-12.

Ten Penny Tunes, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 20. Ages: 2-12.

Lakeville Puppet Wagon, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 21, outdoors (bring a chair or blanket). All ages.

Storytime for Babies, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 22. Ages: 0-2.

Craft Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 25. Registration required. Ages: 4-16.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Tournament, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. Registration required. Ages: 9-16.

Robots in the Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27. Ages: 2-8.

Color Me Christmas, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Ages: 3-12.

Drawing Minions, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 29. Registration required. Ages: 6-12.

Waggin’ Tales, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30. Ages: 5-10.

Registration begins two weeks before an event. To register, call the library at 952-891-0360 or visit

These library programs are free. For more information, call 952-891-0360.

Chief deputy sheriff graduates from FBI academy 
Joe Leko, Dakota County chief deputy sheriff, graduated June 10 from the 264th Session of the FBI National Academy, a professional development course for United States and international law enforcement leaders.

The 10-week academy serves to improve the administration of justice in law enforcement agencies, both at home and abroad. Participation is by invitation only and is extended to law enforcement executives through a nomination process.

The program is comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs on the FBI Campus in Quantico, Virginia. With classes offered in leadership development and physical fitness, participants collaborate with each other on current issues and experiences. The program provides officers the opportunity to create partnerships across state and national borders.

Leko, a 19-year veteran of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, was appointed chief deputy in January 2015. He was promoted to captain in 2011, and has served as the commander of the Dakota County Drug Task Force. Leko worked in narcotic and gang investigations for six years. Additionally, he served 11 years as a member of the SWAT Team and was a certified explosive breacher.

Area legislators honored 
State Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, and Reps. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan, and Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, were among 31 state lawmakers honored as 2016 Legislators of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities.

The honor recognizes legislators for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the 2016 legislative session.

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

Farmington Afternoon Book Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. The group will discuss “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety” by Jimmy Carter.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Join other knitters in a casual focus group. Learn new stitches, get help with unfinished projects, or just enjoy new friends while knitting. Other crafters welcome.

Clay Cats and Dogs, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7. Hear a pet story, learn about cats and dogs and use color mixing and sculpting to make your own to keep. Presented by Abrakadoodle. Registration required. Ages: 3-12.

Teen Game Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. Play board games and Wii with friends. Ages: 10-16.

Waggin’ Tales, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Read aloud to a therapy dog. Ages: 5-10.

Library Chess Club, 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 9. Play with a friend or other chess fan. Open to all levels. Ages: 6-16.

The Friends of the Farmington Library are now collecting gently used, recently published books for their book sale in August. Donations can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours.

Anti-drug/violence contest winners
This school year marked the 28th year for the Dakota County Attorney Anti-Drug/Violence poster contest, open to fifth- and sixth-grade students attending public and private schools throughout Dakota County. The contest encourages students to make their own positive statement in opposition to drug abuse, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence. Contest winners will have their posters depicted in the 2017 Dakota County Attorney Anti-Drug/Violence calendar available mid-September.

Winners include: Dejah Dedeaux, Highland Elementary; Laney Schwartz, Westview Elementary; Melina Solorzano-Cruz, Cedar Park Elementary; Leah Willingham, Lakeview Elementary; Abby Bluml, Sioux Trail Elementary; Bridger Cook, Westview Elementary; Tanner Kronberg, Highland Elementary; Emily Hodgin, Sioux Trail Elementary; Rylee Colin, Sioux Trail Elementary; Olivia Montgomery, Cedar Park Elementary; Matthew Reinardy, Randolph Elementary; Kellen Otte, Randolph Elementary; Emma Scott, Lakeview Elementary; Keandre Lee, Sioux Trail Elementary.

Honorable mention recipients include: Benjamin Abell, Cedar Park Elementary; Akshara Ande; Cedar Park Elementary; Lizie Bryant; Cedar Park Elementary; Trevor Cloutier, Cedar Park Elementary; Kristine Joseph; Cedar Park Elementary; Marea Nielsen, Randolph Elementary; Mariya Pritchard, Randolph Elementary; Isabel Solorzano-Cruz, Cedar Park Elementary; Kaillie Sorem, Randolph Elementary School; Tatyana Soukchareun, Highland Elementary; Samhita Thummala, Cedar Park Elementary; Lydia Voss, Westview Elementary; Hayley Wees, Highland Elementary School, Jessica Wilhelm, Highland Elementary; Ian Young, Highland Elementary.

The winners and honorable mention recipients were recognized at a May 25 award ceremony. Posters will be displayed in the 4th of July parades in Eagan and Apple Valley. The 12 winning posters will be featured in the Dakota County Attorney’s booth at the Dakota County Fair Aug. 8-14.

Immunization clinics for July
Dakota County Public Health provides low-cost immunizations for eligible children and adults. Check (search “vaccines”) or call 952-891-7528 for eligibility guidelines, vaccine availability or to schedule an appointment.

July clinics at Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Suite 286, Apple Valley:

• Tuesday, July 12, by appointment only.

• Tuesday, July 19, walk-in from 4-6 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 26, by appointment only.

Bring all immunization records with you to the clinic. A donation of $21 for each vaccination is suggested, but persons who qualify for reduced-fee immunizations will not be turned away if not able to pay the donation. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.

For more information, call the Immunization Hotline at 952-891-7999.

Historical society receives grant for Civil War project
The Dakota County Historical Society has received a $17,670 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to publish a book that collects six articles about the Civil War and one article on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Books will be distributed in Dakota County.

MHS awarded nine grants statewide as part of the Historic Recognition Grants Program. The program was created through an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2015 session. This one-time appropriation is an effort to carry on the work done by the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force.

Wills appointed to surrogacy commission 
State Rep. Anna Wills, R-Rosemount, was appointed to the Minnesota State Legislative Surrogacy Commission earlier this month.

The bipartisan, bicameral commission will meet to discuss how the legislature should approach the growing questions surrounding surrogacy, specifically commercial surrogacy. Currently, there is nothing in Minnesota state statute that addresses the commercial surrogacy industry.

“Addressing commercial surrogacy in our state is long overdue, and it is essential that we start discussing measures that define safe and ethical practices,” said Wills. “I look forward to addressing these issues with fellow legislators and stakeholders.”

The commission’s first meeting on June 28 consisted of a brief overview of the surrogacy issue in Minnesota over the past few decades. Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, and Sen. Alice Johnson, DFL- Spring Lake Park, were elected co-chairs.

Commission meetings are open, and the public is invited to attend. For upcoming meeting dates, go to

4-H team wins scholarships 
A team of Dakota County 4-H members won first place in the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge held June 21-23 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The program is part of an effort to create excitement about agriculture and expand the pipeline of youth studying agriculture and pursuing agriculture-related careers.

4-H asked teams of Minnesota youth to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. Over the past nine months, the youth worked with adult mentors and agriculture experts to identify their issues and develop their solutions using science and engineering practices.

The Dakota County 4-H Vaccine Warmer Team’s project was to develop a portable vaccine warming pouch for farmers to use when vaccinating livestock in the winter. Vaccines lose their efficacy at temps below freezing.

Team members are Peter Breimhurst, John Breimhurst, Erik Lundstrom, Haakon Larson. The team is coached by Ann Lundstrom and Gary Larson.

Each member of the first-place team was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used at any accredited university, college or trade school.

Judges for the challenge were Alisha Ryan, AgStar Financial Services; Cara Soukup, Minnesota Corn Growers Association; Whitney Place, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Steve Olson, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association; and Roy Johnson, Cargill Animal Nutrition.