Area briefs for the week of July 22

Apple Valley Night to Unite is Aug. 2
Neighbors across the city will join on Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the eighth annual Night to Unite in Apple Valley.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and the Apple Valley Police Department, Night to Unite aims to celebrate and strengthen neighborhood and community partnerships.

Night to Unite is designed to:

• Get to know others in your neighborhood;

• Build neighborhood involvement by bringing police and communities together; and

• Bring awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts.

Neighborhoods are encouraged to organize a gathering with their neighbors in support of Night to Unite. Crime prevention information and goodies will be supplied to each neighborhood party in addition to visits from the police or fire department. Night to Unite in Apple Valley continues to support ISD 196 and is asking neighborhoods to collect school supplies for kids in need in the district.

Apple Valley Business Watch will again host its annual Business Watch Picnic in support of Night to Unite at 11:30 a.m. in Kelley Park. Apple Valley Business Watch is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing training and crime prevention information to Apple Valley businesses. The picnic will feature food, socializing, entertainment and raffle prizes. The first 150 will receive a free goody bag. Many local businesses will be set up at the picnic to showcase their company. This event is open to the public.

For more information on Night to Unite or how to get involved, contact Pam Walter, Night to Unite coordinator, at 952-953-2706 or visit the city’s website at

Stearns selected for all-state BASS team 
Matt Stearns, who completed his junior year at Lakeville North High School, was recently honored as one of two Minnesota youths selected to the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society High School All-State Team.

A panel of judges evaluated not only his tournament success, but also his academic achievement and community involvement.

Stearns finished first in the Viking Invitational Tournament on Lake Minnetonka in an 82-boat field. He spends hours of his summer and school year volunteering, which includes mentoring at the Three Rivers Fishing Camp, teaching kids bass fishing techniques and taking them fishing, and drilling holes for the Lakeville youth ice fishing contest.

Stearns was named to the Minnesota All-State Team as one of 64 nationwide student anglers from 36 states, according to a Bassmaster release.

Stearns was nominated by Dave Schueck, who is the head coach of the Lakeville Fishing Team. Schueck and Stearns are founding members of Lakeville’s high school fishing team, which represents both Lakeville North and Lakeville South high schools. They established the team last year and it is now 30-plus members strong. The team meets monthly during the school year and fishes tournaments throughout the summer. For more information, visit

Local 563 treasurer appointed to Workforce Development Board
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has appointed Steven Buck to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board. Buck, who was appointed at a July 12 meeting, will represent organized labor.

As financial secretary and treasurer for the Construction and General Laborers Local 563 Union, Buck oversees the union’s financial activities and maintains all meeting records. He first became a business agent with his local union in 2002 prior to becoming secretary and treasurer. Buck has worked in the construction industry since 1984.

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

Registration open for the Warrior 196 Memorial 5K Run/Walk 
The Warrior 196 Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, on the campus of Eastview High School in Apple Valley.

The event honors and remembers five Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District 196 graduates and armed services members who have been killed in action since 2006 in Iraq and Afghanistan: Capt. Nathanael Doring, Lance Cpl. Daniel Olsen, Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, First Lt. Christopher Goeke, and Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt.

Organizers say the annual scholarships “pay forward” a collective legacy for these young men, through financial assistance to deserving seniors.

Since 2013, the Warrior 196 Memorial 5K Run/Walk has raised $16,000 in scholarship funds to graduating seniors from the four comprehensive high schools in District 196 – Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, and Eastview.

Initially established in 2013 as a charitable trust, by a high school teacher and two Gold Star parents, the Warrior 196 Leadership Foundation expanded to 501(c)3 status in January 2016.

Registration fees for the event are $25 if completed by Aug. 28,  $30 if completed by Sept. 9 and $40 the day of the race in a limited number. The cost to register children ages 12 and under is $15 and the kids 1-mile registration fee is $10.

For more information or to register, go to the website

More information can also be obtained at the Facebook page, or contacting Joel Kiekbusch, event director and member of the Warrior 196 Leadership Foundation Board, at 952-210-0064 or [email protected].

Simon Says Give at US Bank Stadium open house
Mandi Simon, a 12-year-old Eagan resident who is founder and chief charity officer of Simon Says Give, will staff along with a team of student and adult volunteers a Simon Says Give tent during the US Bank Stadium open house July 23-24 in Minneapolis.

The Simon Says Give team is encouraging people attending the stadium gala to donate money or back-to-school supplies in support of the organization’s High Five for Supplies drive. This year’s goal is to support 10,000 kids with backpacks filled with school supplies. To date, Simon Says Give has provided more than 18,000 area students with backpacks and school supplies.

“Being invited as the only nonprofit to participate in the US Bank Stadium open house is an unbelievable honor and we are excited about the opportunity to get thousands of Minnesotans involved with High Five for Supplies,” said Simon. “With 100,000 people expected to attend the US Bank Stadium open house, we really hope to make 2016 our biggest year ever providing backpacks for kids in need when the school year begins.”

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.

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

Adventure Kids Camp – Challenges & Team Building, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-4. Indoor and outdoor group games plus hiking, scavenger hunts, nature and art. Activities include trips to Camp Sacajawea and BASE Camp. Register by July 25. Cost: $106.

Lil’ Adventure Camp, ages 4-6, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Park, 2893 145th St. W. Large and small group games, nature activities and hikes, arts and crafts and special presentations. Camp 1: Animal Adventures & Ocean Explorers, Aug. 1-4, with presentations by Minnesota Zoo and Critters & Co. Register by July 25. Camp 2: Young Scientists & Nature Lovers, Aug. 8-11, with presentations by Minnesota Children’s Museum and America’s Fun Science. Register by Aug. 1. Cost: $76.

Skateboard Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-4, presented by Sports Unlimited. 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, Aug. 5, is inclement weather make-up day. Register by July 25. Cost: $96.

Science Explorers’ Exploring Your Future, grades two-six in the fall, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 4, Rosemount Community Center. Explore different careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Register by July 26. Cost: $48.

Science Explorers’ Stars, Planets and Stories, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 2-4, Rosemount Community Center. Learn about gravity, investigate planets and constellations. Register by July 26. Cost: 50.

Learn to Draw Animals Art Camp, ages 5-11, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 8 and 9, Rosemount Community Center. Use shapes to draw animals such as giraffes, dogs, horses and more. Bring a beverage and nut-free snack. Register by Aug. 1. Cost: $62.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation
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.

Lynch Flag Football Camp, ages 7-12, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 1-4, McGuire Middle School, 21220 Holyoke Ave. W. Learn the fundamentals of football including: catching, passing, kicking and running. Cost: $82.

Safety Camp, ages 8-9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9, Antlers Park, 9740 201st St. W. Families are invited to a graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. Cost: $35, includes T-shirt.

Ritter Critter Camp, ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Learn about the critters that live in your own neighborhood; make nature crafts and play games. Cost: $90.

Sports Unlimited Camps, Aug. 1-4.

• Cheer Camp, ages 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $110.

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

• Pickleball, ages 5-12, 1-4 p.m., Dodd Trail Park, 17035 Flagstaff Ave. Cost: $101.

Lynch Summer Tennis Camps, Aug. 1-4 and/or Aug. 8-11, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave. Cost: $82.

• Young Hitters, ages 5-7, 9-10:30 a.m.

• Junior Hitters, ages 8-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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

Evening Tennis Camp, Tuesdays, July 26-Aug. 16, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave. Cost: $59.

• Young Hitters, ages 5-7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Junior Hitters, ages 8-12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Runner’s Gate 5K Trail Run, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Hosted by S.O.R.R. (South of the River Recreators) in collaboration with Runner’s Gate. The self-timed trail run will feature a post-race social with music, prizes and snacks. Preregister at or register at 5:30 p.m. the day of the run. Cost: $10.

Celebrate Park & Rec Month
Help the city of Farmington celebrate National Park and Recreation Month by attending the following fun events: Party on the Knoll (Wednesday, July 27), Music in the Park (Thursday, July 28), and Movie in the Park (Friday, July 29).

Party on the Knoll will occur at Evergreen Knoll Park and the outdoor pool, 626 Heritage Way, from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Events will include open swim with half-price admission from 1-4 p.m., bubble soccer, kids dance, crafts, mini games, sand toys, water balloons, Hungry, Hungry Hippos – Human Edition, a powerline safety demonstration with Dakota Electric, and a Far Out K9 Flying Disc Experience demonstration. Hop on the free swim bus to enjoy the day of fun.

The Percolators will be playing at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, for the free Music in the Park event in Rambling River Park, 17 Elm St. Bring along a blanket or chair for seating. The Percolators play rock, country, blues, R&B, ballads and an occasional waltz or a polka. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at Farmington City Hall in the expansion space on the second floor, 430 Third St. The event is sponsored by Chemquest, Domino’s, Farmington Liquors, and Xpress Coin Laundry.

“The Good Dinosaur” will be playing at Lake Julia Park, 5105 187th St. W., for the free Movie in the Park event on Friday, July 29, at dusk (approximately 8:40 p.m.). Bring along a blanket or chair to enjoy the movie about the adventure a frightened dino (Arlo) and a Neanderthal boy (Spot) embark on together to find Arlo’s home and family. The event is sponsored by Domino’s, Family Vision Clinic, Farmington Youth Hockey Association, Subway, and the Dental Health Center.

MPCA seeks comments on environmental review of Rosemount asphalt facility
Hardrives Inc. is proposing to add an asphalt blending plant to their UMore Park location in Rosemount. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through Aug. 10.

The EAW is meant to describe the ways in which the proposed project could affect air, water, land use, and habitat, as well as potential community impacts, such as odors, noise, dust, and vehicle traffic.

The new plant will include eight above ground storage tanks which will contain liquid asphalt, chemical additives, and blending agents needed for manufacturing asphalt.

The public is invited to review and comment on the EAW, which is available at The MPCA will use the comments it receives to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide whether a more comprehensive environmental review, an Environmental Impact Statement, is needed.

Submit comments in writing by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 to Patrice Jensen, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194, by email to [email protected], or by fax to 651-297-2343. Copies of the EAW are also available for review at this address, or upon request by calling 651-757-2101. Direct comments to Jensen at 651-757-2343.

Lisa Sammlar (left) and Jennifer Chappuis (right) stand near a poster at the Rachel’s Challenge Summit. (Photo submitted)
Lisa Sammlar (left) and Jennifer Chappuis (right) stand near a poster at the Rachel’s Challenge Summit. (Photo submitted)

Local teachers attend Rachel’s Challenge Summit
Two teachers from the local area attended the June 23-25 Rachel’s Challenge Educational Summit in Dallas, Texas, through a sponsorship provided by Dakota Electric Association.

Jennifer Chappuis, Cannon Falls, District 252, and Lisa Sammlar, North Trail Elementary, District 192, learned strategies to replace bullying and violent behavior with kindness and respect.

Rachel’s Challenge, a nonprofit organization started by the Scott family after the Columbine shootings in 1999, hosts the conference. Rachel Scott, whose life was marked by kindness and compassion, was the first victim in the tragic shootings.

The educational summit provides educators with an opportunity to learn practical classroom applications for social and emotional learning. Speakers at the event included: Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father; motivational speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby; educator Dr. Philip Vincent; educational researcher Dr. Robert Marzano; educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba; and many others.

Dakota Electric has sponsored the Rachel’s Challenge program for many local high schools in the area and saw this as another way to help schools provide a good learning environment.

“I am very glad I was allowed to attend this workshop,” Sammlar said, “because it energized me and inspired me to become an even better Student Advocate, and I will take the lessons I learned and pass them on to staff and other counselors in our district.”

A member-owned, nonprofit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 104,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties.

Optimist Club info meeting set July 26 
The Optimist Club of Prior Lake-Savage is sponsoring the start-up of an Optimist Club in the Lakeville area. An informational meeting is set 7 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville.

Attendees will learn the benefits of being involved with this “Friend of Youth” service and community organization. The club will focus on projects, programs and funds to benefit the needs of local youth in the Lakeville and surrounding communities.

Those unable to attend can learn more by contacting Jim Gruver at 952-445-3138 or [email protected], or Arnie Odefey at 952-288-4312 or
[email protected]. Information about Optimist International is at

Lakeville Police & Firefighters Ball slated Sept. 9 
The Lakeville Public Safety Foundation will hold its second annual Police & Firefighter’s Ball on Friday, Sept. 9, at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club.

Cocktail hour will be 6-7 p.m. Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year awards will be presented from 7-7:30 p.m. with dinner from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Paul Draper, a mentalist from Las Vegas, Nevada, will entertain from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Gaming tables, DJ and dancing, and a silent auction will take place from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Firefighter of the Year sponsor is Country Joe Homes. A sponsor for Police Officer of the Year is needed Information on this sponsorship can be found at

The event offers the community a chance to come together to thank Lakeville police officers and firefighters for everything they do for us every day. All profits from this event go back to the Lakeville Public Safety Foundation and will be used to write grants for public safety related items.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online for $100 each at

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

Evening Storytime for All Ages, 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. Stories and activities ideal for kids and families. Ages: 0-6.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. 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.

Teen Game Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. Play board games and Wii with friends. Ages: 10-16.

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.

Stay away from downed power lines
During this severe weather season, Great River Energy urges Minnesotans to keep safety in mind when around power lines. Harsh Midwestern weather can damage power lines and equipment, creating dangerous situations. Remember:

• If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and immediately call 911 to report it. There is no way to tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Always assume it is live and can carry currents strong enough to kill.

• Never drive over a downed power line if it is blocking your driveway or road. Call 911 to report it and find another route.

• If a power line falls on your car or otherwise comes in contact with your vehicle, stay in the vehicle. Use your cellphone to call 911 and wait for help to arrive.

When severe weather causes widespread damage, outages can sometimes be extended. Threats to public safety are removed first and then established priorities are followed for making repairs that will restore the most members first.

To watch videos about the steps utilities take to restore your power, ideas on how to prepare an emergency kit, food safety tips and more, visit

Dirt Cup mountain bike series 
Three Rivers Park District’s Dirt Cup mountain bike sprint series makes a stop at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Bikers compete in a time-trial format on a 10.5-mile single-track loop. Divisions include men’s, women’s and U-17. Races alternate between Elm Creek Park Reserve, Lake Rebecca Park Reserve and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. Weekly competitors add their top four finishes for a chance at being the Dirt Cup Champion.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Races start at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12. Races are for ages 14 and older; helmets are required. More information is at

Culture Camp at All Saints in Lakeville
La Semana Culture Day Camp, a camp for children adopted from Central and Latin America, will take place July 25-29, at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville.

La Semana is designed to promote self-esteem and foster an understanding of Latin American culture and history. Children learn Latin American crafts and dances, sample Latin American foods, listen to Latin American music and are exposed to written and spoken Spanish. Children also focus on age-appropriate topics related to adoption.

La Semana also includes opportunities for parents to attend sessions focused on raising adopted children.

Registration is open to children who will enter first grade (in the fall following camp) to young adults who just graduated from high school (the spring before camp). Younger children may stay in the church daycare or attend the pre-K or kindergarten programs provided they have an older sibling registered at camp. The camp requires a parent of all kindergarten through 10th grade campers to volunteer in some capacity.

Registration is based on a tiered system. The costs range from $75-$400 per camper. Register at Email [email protected] with questions.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for COTA
A spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser is set from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Lonsdale Legion Club, 115 Second Ave. N.W., Lonsdale.

Proceeds will go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of transplant patient Marty Malecha, 11, of Northfield.

Cost is $10 adults, $6 ages 6-12, $4 ages 3-6, and free for children under 3.