Area briefs for the week of July 29

Candidates expected to face off at GOP breakfast meeting
Fifteen candidates for state or local office are expected to give their views on key issues and get feedback from Metro Republican Women members at the group’s Aug. 13 breakfast meeting in Mendota Heights. The president of the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women, Pam Myhra of Burnsville, will provide a statewide perspective and an update on federation activities at the Saturday morning session at Mendakota Country Club.

Candidates presenting at this gathering of veteran political activists and observers will receive feedback on both policies and persuasion from the group and have an opportunity to attract support.

Myhra, who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for four years, will talk about the political outlook in the state and the growth of the federation. She will also present awards to the most active volunteers over the past two years.

The Aug. 13 event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., a buffet breakfast at 8:45 and the program at 9 at Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive in Mendota Heights. The cost is $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $10 for students. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged.

Those interested may go to metrogopwomen.org to pay online or to make a reservation and pay at the door. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Stuff the Bus in downtown Lakeville 
The Downtown Lakeville Business Association and Lakeville Area Community Education will hold a Stuff the Bus event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in Pioneer Plaza. The free event encourages people to donate school supplies while they enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities in historic downtown Lakeville.

Lakeville Area Public Schools’ Smart Bus will accept donations of new school supplies for the Ready, Set, Achieve program which supports local area children as they prepare for the start of the school year. The bus will be located on Holyoke Avenue, next to the Community Education Building (8755 Upper 208th St.).

Activities will include a project from Watch Me Draw! Art Studio, songs from Music in the Valley, storytelling, a Lakeville Parks and Recreation Puppet Wagon performance at noon, and Community Education games.

Coupons from area businesses and samples from Toppers Pizza will be distributed. In addition to the event, the Farmers Market will be held across the street in Market Plaza from 12-5 p.m.

More information is at www.downtownlakeville.com.

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

Storytime for All Ages, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Crazy Harry Plays with Electricity, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Ages: 8-12.

Library Picnic and Storytime, 12-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Ages: 2-8.

Bill the Juggler, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, outdoors (bring a chair or blanket). Ages: 2-12.

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

Book Bingo for Teens, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Ages: 12-16.

Legos and Duplos at the Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Ages: 2-12.

Make & Take: Summer Craft Fun, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Ages: 3-10.

Storytime for Babies, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Ages: 0-2.

Kindergarten Here I Come Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Ages: 3-6.

Ten Pigs Traveling Trunk Show, 2:30-3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Ages: 0-6.

Waggin’ Tales, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Ages: 5-10.

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

Job Transitions Group meets
Catherine Byers Breet will present “So, What Do You Do for Work?” at the Aug. 2 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Easter Lutheran Church – By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

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

Farmington Afternoon Book Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. The group will discuss “After You” by Jojo Moyes.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. 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.

Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle & Jam, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Take turns leading dances and songs with rhythm instruments, puppets and plush toys as Wendy sings and plays guitar. Ages: 2-10.

Teen Game Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. 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.

Dakota County earns third place in 2016 Digital Counties Survey
Dakota County earned third place in the 2016 Digital Counties Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Dakota County was one of two Minnesota counties to be named to the list. Hennepin County was tied for eighth place in the 500,000 residents or more population category.

Dakota County was third in the 250,000-499,999 population category. This marks the 11th time Dakota County has been named in the survey’s 14-year history.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.