Area briefs for the week of Aug. 5

Players sought for vintage baseball game
The Dakota County Historical Society will host a vintage baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Pioneer Park in Hastings. Players from teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin will play two matches starting at 10 a.m. Those interested in participating in the match are encouraged to contact the Dakota County Historical Society.

Vintage baseball is generally played by rules of the 1860s. According to Dakota County Historical Society Executive Director Matt Carter, “the entire game in 1860 was governed by less than 40 rules.”

One rule states the pitcher is to stand 45 feet away and pitch the ball underhand to the batter. Once the batter hits the ball, wherever it first hits the ground is what determines if the ball is fair or foul.

Carter went on to say ”the main difference is that fielders do not use a glove.” Gloves were not regularly used until the 1870s and 1880s. Despite not using a glove, players are able to catch a ball that was hit on the fly, or one bounce, to get the batter out.

Vintage baseball was popularized in the 1990s and has gained notoriety in recent years. According to the Vintage Base Ball Association’s website, there are 10 active teams in Minnesota.

No prior baseball experience is required for Saturday’s game. Contact Carter at 651-552-7548 or [email protected] for more details.

Rosemount Citizens Police Academy registration open
The Rosemount Police Department is taking applications for its next Citizens Police Academy to be held 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 3-24 and Nov. 7-21. The deadline to apply is Sept. 19.

The program offers insight into modern-day policing through classroom and hands-on training conducted by Rosemount officers. Training will involve a variety of topics including an overview of department operations, a tour of the police facility, a review of patrol operations, driving under the influence arrests, a narcotics presentation, investigations, crime scene processing, M.A.A.G. (SWAT) and firearms, use of force/self-defense, school-liaison duties, arrests, search and seizure issues, traffic stops, community policing/crime prevention, and the chaplain program.

At the completion of the program, students will be given the opportunity to ride along with an officer.

The academy is free and open to individuals who live or work in Rosemount and are at least 18 years of age. All participants will be subject to a criminal background check.

Applications will be taken until enough individuals have been accepted to fill the next classes. The academy application can be downloaded at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/cpa.

For more information, contact Officer Julie Pulkrabek at [email protected] or 651-322-2012.

Free application support offered for public assistance programs
Dakota County is partnering with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to offer residents free help applying for public assistance programs.

Staff and volunteers are trained to answer questions, help residents apply online and complete application forms. The support connects residents in Dakota and Scott counties to health care, food and cash assistance programs.

Dakota County encourages residents to take advantage of these services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville. Assistance is available 12-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. No appointment is necessary.

Back to school vaccinations in Scott County 
Scott County Public Health offers back-to-school vaccinations 2-5 p.m. on selected Mondays at 792 Canterbury Road S., Suite B231, Shakopee.

The clinic serves uninsured children and adults, and those individuals who have health insurance but coverage does not include vaccines. Available vaccines include those required for day care, Head Start or school enrollment, and other age-appropriate recommended vaccines. Call 952-496-8555 to make an appointment.

There is also a walk-in clinic 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same location. No appointment is needed. For further information, call 952-496-8555.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs
Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov 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.

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. 15-18.

• Mini-Sport Sampler, ages 4-6, 9 a.m. to noon, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $101.

• Starting New at Golf, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Bunker Hill Park, 6755 Gerdine Path. Cost: $101.

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

Lynch Summer Tennis Camps, Aug. 15-18 and/or Aug. 22-25, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave. Students must bring own age appropriate tennis racquet. Friday of each week will be used as a rain date. Cost: $82.

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

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

Pedal the Parks, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, hosted by a Lakeville Friends of the Environment volunteer guide. The “Eastern Exposure” tour ride begins at Dodd Trail Park, 17035 Flagstaff Ave., and goes west into Rosemount near UMore Park. The tour makes a stop at Whitetail Woods, Dakota County’s newest regional park, and returns on a slightly different route through East Lake Community Park. Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family.

Job Transitions Group meets Aug. 9
The Aug. 9 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group will be a breakout session on “So, what do you do for work?” 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.

Historic horse breed inspection is Aug. 6
The American Trakehner Association (ATA) will conduct a Trakehner mare and young stock inspection 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Wishbone Ranch/This Old Horse, 19025 Coates Blvd., Hastings.

This is a rare opportunity to witness a German sport horse breed inspection. Inspector Brad Kerbs will discuss sport horse conformation with an emphasis on conformation and function. He is the chairman of the ATA Inspection Committee, and has inspected over 6,000 horses both in Germany and the U.S. Strict adherence to the original breeding principles has slowly brought the breed back from the brink of extinction and approval of both mares and stallions is required for any offspring to be registered as Trakehners in North America.

The Trakehner is the oldest warmblood breed in the world, originating from the main stud Trakehnen in 1732. Its official name is “The East Prussian Warmblood Horse of Trakehner Origin.” Only some 100 of these horses survived World War II, many with tremendous injuries. Crossing the breed with imported English thoroughbred and Arabian stallions has slowly helped to rebuild the breed.

The original purpose of the Trakehner was as a cavalry mount. Today Trakehners compete successfully in dressage, eventing and jumping. Famous Trakehners include Abdullah, Peron and Windfall, who all have won Olympic medals for the U.S. Abdullah is considered one of the top 50 horses of the century. In the upcoming Rio Olympics, A Little Romance, a dark bay mare, will compete in eventing for Canada, Mr. X for Russia and Imperio in dressage for Germany.

Public attendance to this educational event is free. Wishbone Ranch is the home of This Old Horse, a nonprofit that provides sanctuary to retired, rescued and recovering horses. More information is at http://tinyurl.com/gtlnr7o.

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.

Teen Book Club, 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Teens will discuss “In Real Life” by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. Ages: 10-16.

Facebook 201 for Businesses and Organizations, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. Learn how to optimize your business Facebook page with this presentation on strategic marketing approaches based on audience and organizational goals, and through advertising and promoted posts. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA. Registration required.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. 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.

Friends of the Farmingon Library book sale, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

Teen Game Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Play board games and Wii with friends. Ages: 10-16.

Waggin’ Tales, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Read aloud to a therapy dog. Ages: 5-10.

Library Chess Club, 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 13. 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.

New members named to Flint Hills advisory council
Four new community members have been selected to serve on the Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount. The new members, each whom may serve two consecutive three-year terms, include: Nichole Boehmke, representing Inver Grove Heights; Thomas Bullington, representing Hastings; Ron Elmquist, representing Hastings and Eagan; and Lyndon Nelson, representing Eagan.

In operation since December 1998, the council provides community members an opportunity to discuss issues and make recommendations to Flint Hills Resources regarding environmental, safety, and other issues of concern to the citizens living within close proximity of the refinery. All council members serve in a voluntary capacity. Council meetings are open to the public and are held 6-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, September through May, at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount.

Volunteers needed to help recycle at Dakota County Fair
Dakota County is taking steps to recycle more waste at this year’s county fair in Farmington.

Volunteers are needed at waste stations throughout the fairgrounds to help instruct the public on what to recycle and explain why recycling is important.

No experience is necessary to volunteer. Volunteers receive training, a T-shirt and free admission to the fair on the day of their shift.

For the third year, organic materials like food scraps and soiled paper will be collected and taken to a local facility for composting. Dakota County has taken steps to improve education efforts in 2016 to keep organic materials out of the landfill.

The fair is held Aug. 8-14. Sign up to volunteer by visiting www.dakotacounty.us and search “volunteering” or call Ali Vandercook at 952-891-7552.

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. 17.

Bikers compete in a time-trial format on a 10.5-mile singletrack loop. Awards, door prizes and good times at every race. 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. The series is sponsored by Maple Grove Cycling and Freewheel Bike. Races are for ages 14 and older; helmets are required. More information is at threeriversparkdistrict.org.

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

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

– Tuesday, Aug. 9, by appointment only.

– Tuesday, Aug. 16, walk-in from 4-6 p.m.

– Tuesday, Aug. 23, by appointment only.

Bring all immunization records with you to the clinic. A donation of $20 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.

Mental health support group in Burnsville
A NAMI Connection free peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Burnsville. The group is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets in Burnsville 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road E., in Room 15. For more information, contact Dana at 612-888-4979, or call 651-645-2948.

Community Builder Award nominations open
The city of Burnsville is once again seeking nominations for its annual Community Builder Award. Each year, the award is presented to individuals, community groups and businesses that – through their volunteer or work life – do their best to build a brighter future for Burnsville.

Community building can include helping the environment, volunteering, working with youth, coaching or other events and projects that build community pride. The award has no age limit, and has been presented to individuals from youth to senior citizens. Community groups and businesses may also be nominated. Burnsville residency is not required.

Nominations can be made online at www.burnsville.org/communitybuilder or by sending a typed or printed letter, including the name of the nominee, contact information and reason for the nomination to: Community Builder Award, City of Burnsville, 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337.

The deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Awards will be presented during the Burnsville City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

For more information, contact the city clerk’s office at 952-895-4490 or [email protected].

Angell Aire seeking community heroes
Angell Aire Heating and Air Conditioning, Burnsville, in conjunction with Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems, is seeking nominees for the Bryant Community Hero award.

Up to 40 winners will be named in Bryant’s Midwest territory. Each winner will receive a new Bryant high-efficiency gas furnace valued at $4,000, to be installed by Dec. 31.

“There is no one definition of what makes a hero, but most tend to be unsung heroes who are quietly doing amazing work to improve their community,” said a news release from Angell Aire, a Bryant dealer. “It could be your neighbor, your colleague, your friend or someone you see making a positive impact.”

Nominees must be at least 18, live within 50 miles of the dealer and have a natural gas or propane furnace installed in their home. Nominators must be at least 13. No purchase is necessary to win. No entries from businesses will be accepted.

Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 1 at www.BryantCommunityHeroes.com/Bryant-community-heroes-nomination. On the entry form, be sure to type in Angell Aire for the Bryant dealer.

Angell Aire is located at 12253 Nicollet Ave. S. For more information, call 952-746-5200 or visit www.angellaire.com.

Support group for young adults
Young Adult NAMI Connection is a free support group for teens aged 16-20. A group meets 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Free pizza is served 6-6:30 p.m. The group is facilitated by young adults who live with mental illnesses and are doing well in recovery. For more information, contact NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948.

Watchdog Walkers event
The Apple Valley Police Department will host its second annual Watchdog Walkers event 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. Dogs are welcome at the event, which will be held rain or shine.

The program is designed to encourage dog walkers citywide to serve as extra “eyes and ears” for the Apple Valley Police Department’s ongoing crime prevention efforts. Participants will learn how to become safer walkers, be more aware of various patterns and occurrences in their neighborhood, and how to report what they see.

Apple Valley dog licenses will also be available for purchase, and there will be a reduced-fee vaccine clinic while supplies last. All attendees will receive a free Watchdog Walker reflective tag.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Pam Walter at 952-953-2706 or [email protected].

Youth 1st winners
s eg youth 1st winnersThe Youth 1st award was recently presented to Eagan softball 12A players based on votes from umpires and tournament directors at the Farmington Frenzy tournament. Winners were selected based on good sportsmanship and positive conduct of players, coaches and parents. (Photo submitted)