Area briefs for the week of Aug. 13

Community event for The Sheridan Story 
Chapel Hill Church will host a community event to raise funds and support for The Sheridan Story 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will be held in the CHC parking lot, 4888 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.

“The Sheridan Story is a nonprofit organization that connects churches and schools to provide food to kids who do not have any on the weekend,” said Peter Herzog, discipleship pastor at CHC. “At one elementary school in Apple Valley alone they have 100 kids (out of 950 at the school) on the program. That’s just one school in District 196.”

Attendees will be able to: purchase tickets for multiple family-friendly activities such as live music, bounce house, food trucks; meet Princesses Ana and Elsa from Tiny Diva Princess Party; bid on silent auction items and more. The main goal of the event is to raise funds for The Sheridan Story.

The Sheridan Story facilitates a partnership between community organizations, such as churches, and schools. The church or organization sponsors a school, which encompasses investing in the relationship with the school and also paying for, packing, and distributing food directly to the children. The Sheridan Story provides the logistical, sourcing, and organizational expertise necessary to execute the process of providing a weekend food supply. The goal of the partnerships is to feed hungry children while developing a lasting relationship between the community and the school. Learn more by visiting

For more details about the festival, visit

Mrs. Dakota County search begins
Married women living in Dakota County can apply for the title of Mrs. Dakota County. The winner will represent the county in the Mrs. Minnesota pageant April 29, 2017, at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

Competitions in the pageant are personal interview, fitness wear and evening gown. There are no talent or swimsuit competitions.

Those interested in applying should request a biography form at: Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537. An online application can be found at Call 952-432-6758 or email [email protected] for more information.

Magical comedy at Galaxie Library
The Galaxie Library in Apple Valley will host a “back-to-school family event” featuring Normando the Great, winner of the Las Vegas funniest magician award, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. There is no cost to attend.

The library is at 14955 Galaxie Ave. For more information, call 952-898-1358.

Lakeville building report for July 
The city of Lakeville has issued building permits with a total valuation of $119,247,367 through July 2016. This compares to a total valuation of $114,208,268 for building permits issued through July 2015.

Lakeville issued commercial and industrial permits with a total valuation of $14,587,000 through July 2016 compared to a total valuation of $26,859,000 during the same period last year. The city also issued permits for 217 single-family homes through July 2016 with a total valuation of $67,396,000. This compares to 205 single-family home permits through July 2015 with a total valuation of $64,874,000.

The city issued permits for 41 townhome units through July 2016 with a total valuation of $9,169,000. This compares to 17 townhome permits issued through July 2015 with a total valuation of $4,097,000.

Lakeville had the highest number of residential permits issued in the Twin Cities for the month of July as well as year-to-date, according to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Learning Buddies volunteers needed
DARTS Learning Buddies program is seeking volunteers to help students, teachers, and schools improve academic skills for students.

The intergenerational program is celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting students in 46 elementary schools throughout Dakota and Scott counties.

Learning Buddies volunteers work with students for one to two hours a week throughout the school year in the areas of reading, math, and science. Transportation is provided by DARTS at no cost to the volunteer.

Volunteers undergo an initial orientation as well as ongoing training opportunities during the school year.

Contact Erin Walloch, Learning Buddies program manager, at 651-234-2227 or [email protected] to sign up or visit to learn more.

Job Transitions Group meets Aug. 16
Char Dobbs will present “Be Your Authentic Self – Inside and Out!” at the Aug. 16 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.

Guns & Hoses event is Aug. 13
The sixth annual Guns & Hoses event will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at all Wild Bill’s Sports Saloons, including its Apple Valley location at 15020 Glazier Ave.

The benefit for fallen law enforcement officers was founded by Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon in 2010 and is a primary funder to the Minnesota chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and Backing The Blue Line, raising over $125,000 for the organizations.

A $10 donation at Guns & Hoses grants attendees free drinks and access to fire wing eating contests, face painting, silent auctions, bean bag tournaments, a raffle for a year-long membership to Fractional Toys, and more.

All active duty police officers eat free from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 13.

For more information, call 952-432-2455.

Karen Johnson (photo by The Imagery Portrait Studio of Burnsville)
Karen Johnson (photo by The Imagery Portrait Studio of Burnsville)

Eagan woman named to nonprofit board 
Karen Johnson, of Eagan, will serve a two-year term on the board of directors for Soroptimist, a global volunteer organization of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. As a board member, Johnson will participate in strategic planning and program development to increase the organization’s collective impact on women and girls around the world.

Johnson is a member of Soroptimist International of Twin Cities, one of 1,300 Soroptimist International of the Americas clubs that empower women and girls through volunteer projects in local communities. A member since 1987, Johnson has held several leadership positions including region governor, district director, and club president and treasurer.

Johnson is a substitute teacher and Mary Kay beauty consultant. She holds a master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas, a master of science degree from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Nebraska. In addition to her Soroptimist activities, Johnson serves as board member of the Global Women’s Network and also volunteers with the Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church.

Donate books for fall sale at Galaxie Library 
Friends of Galaxie Library are seeking used books for their Fall Book Sale. Used books in good condition can be dropped off at the library, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley. A collection box is located in the library entrance under the community bulletin board.

Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. A special preview sale will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13 for Friends of Galaxie members. Annual dues are $10 individual; $15 family; and $2 student. Dues may be paid at the door at the preview sale.

County officers sworn in 
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office held a formal swearing-in and awards ceremony Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dakota County Courthouse in Hastings.

Four new correctional deputies, six general duty deputies, a correctional deputy corporal, and a general duty deputy sergeant were sworn in by Sheriff Tim Leslie.

They include:

Correctional deputies: Scott Blehm, Caleb Kocher, Samuel Polito, Martin Stewart.

General duty deputies: Jennie DeVane, Amanda Jaskowiak, Joshua Johnson, Joseph Oliver, Jamie Scherf, Ryan Van Gundy.

Correctional corporal promotion: Tim Parker.

Sergeant promotion: Blake Pederson.

An awards ceremony recognized deputies, officers, park rangers and citizens for their outstanding achievements. Highlights included Sgt. Dawanna Witt’s National Sheriff’s Association award for Explorer Advisor of the Year, and Sgt. Matt Schuster’s Life Saving Award for the use of Narcan (naloxone) to save a person’s life who was overdosing on heroin.

Other awards included:

Citizen Certificate of Recognition: Kent Peine.

Group Award: Deputy Ryan Googins, Deputy Andrew Leko, Det. Sean Qualy, Deputy Brian Smidt, Deputy Gordon Steffel, Sgt. Matthew Wayne.

Sheriff’s Award of Merit: Sgt. Scott Durdall, Sgt. Dawanna Witt.

Commendation Medal of Merit: Det. Tim Fletcher, Northfield Police Sgt. Scott Johnson, Northfield Police Officer Joshua Nelson, Deputy Tony Welin, Det. Ryan Olson.

Lifesaving Awards: Special Duty Deputy Ryan Holmquist, Minnesota Conservation Officer Joe Kulhanek, Minnesota Conservation Officer Vuthy Pril, Park Ranger Judah Wimbley.

Boy Scout Troop 205 celebrates 50 years
Apple Valley Boy Scout Troop 205 is holding a 50-year reunion, anniversary, and birthday celebration from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at American Legion Post 1776, 14521 Granada Ave. All current and former Scouts, leaders, parents and families are invited to attend. There will be a short program, a picnic-style dinner, and games and activities.

Organizers are looking for photos, memorabilia, stories and comments from the past 50 years. Troop 205 began in 1966 with nine boys. David Maxson was the first Scoutmaster and the troop grew to 24 scouts that first year. It was initially chartered by the Lebanon Recreation Association and met at the old Lebanon Town Hall.

The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. RSVPs are requested. For complete details, to register and RSVP, go to Facebook at “Troop 205 Is 50!”

Trunk Highway 52 closes Aug. 12-15
Trunk Highway 52 in Dakota County will be closed 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, for road work.

The closure will stretch from Trunk Highway 19 in Cannon Falls to Trunk Highway 50 in Hampton. During this time, northbound motorists will be detoured east on Highway 19, north on Highway 20 and west on Highway 50. Southbound motorists will be detoured at Highway 50, south on Highway 56 and east on Highway 19.

A detour map is available at, search “County Road 86.”

The closure is part of the County Road 86 Interchange at Highway 52 project. In case of inclement weather, the closure will occur the following weekend.

The project includes construction of a bridge, ramps, loop, reconstruction of 1.3 miles of County Road 86 from Highway 52 to the east county line, replacement of two culverts crossing Highway 52 and closure of two median crossovers. These improvements aim to increase safety and improve traffic flow at this intersection.

For more information on Dakota County road construction projects, go to, search “current road construction.”