Area briefs for the week of Aug. 25

Signs, barrels warn of illegal passing
Temporary signs and traffic barrels will be placed on McAndrews Road (County Road 38) at Dorchester Trail the week of Aug. 21 to warn drivers about illegally passing traffic on the shoulder of roads.

Police in Apple Valley are increasing enforcement to advise motorists that this is not legal or safe. Dakota County and the city of Apple Valley are working together to increase awareness and public safety.

Passing on the shoulder is dangerous for pedestrians and traffic turning onto side roads. The signs will be up for about a week.

More than 100 attend military appreciation dinner
A total of 118 military members, veterans and their families attended the Aug. 17 Military Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network at American Legion Post 1776 in Apple Valley.

President Paul Chellsen thanked those present for their service to the country and pointed out that the Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network exists to serve veterans, those actively in the military and their families by assisting them in any way it is able.

During the past few months, the group has received many requests for assistance including help moving into a new residence, lawn care assistance and more.

Among the dinner speakers was Christi Fletcher, sales and marketing manager for event sponsor Zvago Central Village, a cooperative community for ages 62-plus coming to Apple Valley’s Galaxie Avenue.

Recent Yellow Ribbon activity included several members participating in the Aug. 14 Bad Apple Golf Tournament and a brat sale fundraiser on Aug. 19 and 20 at Von Hanson’s Meats in Apple Valley.

Current members of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network are Chellsen, vice president Jay Peterson, treasurer Bill Swanstrom, secretary Glenn Sonnee, director of communications Joel Hohenstein, director of promotions Bill Tschohl and American Legion representative Rich Davey. Committee members include Ryan Lynch, Tom Werner, Dick Geiger, Curt Martinson, Jason Rieck and Tom Lawell.

The next Military Appreciation Dinner is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Apple Valley American Legion, 14521 Granada Drive. Registration is encouraged by calling 952-923-5014 or emailing [email protected].

BCTV holds open house
Burnsville Community Television is hosting a free open house 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30. It will be in the BCTV studio in Room C214 on the second floor of Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

The open house will introduce residents to the world of local media and offer an inside look at what it takes to tell local stories.

Those unable to attend can follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bctv14. To follow the conversation and ask questions during the open house, include #bctv in your posts. Facebook/Twitter accounts are not required to read posts but are required to create them.

No-wake restriction lifted on Crystal Lake
The “slow/no-wake restrictions” on Crystal Lake have been lifted as of Tuesday, Aug. 22. Regular boat traffic may resume.

High water levels caused the restrictions to be put in place on Aug. 17.

For more information, contact Burnsville Natural Resources at 952-895-4518.

Buckthorn workshop set Sept. 13
Burnsville is holding a free buckthorn workshop for residents 6:15-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville.

“Take Back Your Woods – How to Win the Buckthorn Battle” will be led by expert land managers from Minnesota Native Landscapes.

Topics will include how to successfully remove buckthorn, how to bring back native plants, maintaining restored woodlands, and city programs available to assist residents with buckthorn removal.

Limited space is available. Register online at www.burnsville.org/buckthorn or by calling 952-895-4543. The workshop is open to Burnsville residents only.

Burnsville Community Home Show
The Burnsville Community Home Show will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road E.

A variety of vendors and activities will take place throughout the day.

Seminars include:

• City of Burnsville: “Permits – When & Why & How to Save Money”

• New Spaces: “Realistic Remodeling – Design & Budgeting”

• BMO Harris Bank: “Loans to Improve Your Home”

• Keller Williams Preferred Realty: “Staging your Home and Preparing it for the Market”

• Firefly Credit Union: “Identity Theft Protection”

Booths and activities will include free document shredding, free blood pressure checks, Fire Department personnel and fire truck, Police Department and Starsky the police mascot. Free kids’ activities include bounce house, carnival games, free hard hats and free wooden dinosaur creation.

The Lions Club food booth will offer cinnamon rolls and coffee for breakfast as well as hot dogs, sloppy joes and chips for lunch.

There will be multiple prize drawings throughout the day. Must be present to win.

The Community Home Show is presented by the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, and sponsors New Spaces, Remodel for Life LLC, Veteran Shredding LLC, BMO Harris Bank, Crown Rental Co. Inc., Fairview Ridges Hospital, Home Depot, Firefly Credit Union and Shippers Resource Center.

For more information, visit burnsvillehomeshow.com or Facebook (Burnsvillechamber).

Skateboarding class for adults
Burnsville Recreation is offering Shred the Park for Adults 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Burnsville Lions Skate Park at Civic Center Parkway.

Skateboarders age 18 and older who are ready to catch some big air will ride alongside professionals at this newly offered skateboarding class.

Participants will shred the park with Zombie and 3rd Lair riders and should bring their own skateboard. Helmets and safety pads are strongly recommended.

Cost is $40. To request a loaner skateboard for use during classes, call Kelly Hansen at 952-895-4514.

For more information about skateboarding programs, visit www.burnsville.org/skateboarding or contact Hansen at [email protected] or 952-895-4514.

Land Conservation Program accepting 2018 applications
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has provided property owners with an opportunity to protect land and water by authorizing a 2018 solicitation for new natural area protection, wetland restoration, and water retention projects.

Those interested in applying for this voluntary program need to complete a preliminary application and submit it by Sept. 15. Eligible property owners will be asked to complete a final application after meeting with program staff. Landowners with substantial natural areas, unique features or rare species, wetlands, degraded wetlands, shoreline, or areas that would serve well for retaining more water on the landscape are encouraged to apply for permanent land protection.

Funding continues to be made available to preserve and protect open spaces in Dakota County. The county works with willing landowners to permanently protect private land by acquiring conservation easements or working with other public partners to purchase the land. Through collaboration, grants and landowner donation, the county has leveraged more than $56.7 million to protect over 11,000 acres of land valued at over $76.3 million.

General information and pre-applications for natural resource protection are available on the Dakota County website at www.co.dakota.mn.us, search “Land Conservation.” For more information, contact Lisa West at 952-891-7018.

Free deicing workshop in Apple Valley
Property and facility managers and other snow and ice removal contractors can learn sensible ways to keep parking lots and sidewalks safe at a free workshop 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Dakota County Western Service Center, Apple Valley.

Attendees will learn practices to save money, protect lakes and rivers, and keep parking lots and sidewalks safe. They also have the opportunity to attain MPCA level 1 certification in snow and ice control best practices.

Topics include application rates and materials, weather conditions and storing materials, environmental effects, selection of materials, and more.

Pre-registration is required by Sept. 8. Email [email protected] or call 952-891-7000 to register. Lunch is provided.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund and matching funds from Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and Dakota County.

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.

Back to School Bag Book Sale, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. Fill a bag with books for $2 or bring your own bag and fill it for $1.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30. Join other knitters in a casual setting. Learn new stitches, get help with unfinished projects, or just sit and knit. Other crafters welcome.

Interviewing Skills, 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Learn how to be more confident, along with strategies to make you stand out from the crowd. Topics covered include types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

Legos and Duplos at the Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Explore the many things you can create with Legos and Duplos. Ages: 2-12.

Friday Fun for Teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Drop in for a variety of fun activities all summer long. Ages: 10-16.

Perennial plant sale at Trinity Care Center
Trinity Care Center is hosting a Trinity Healing Gardens Reconstruction Perennial Plant Sale 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

People can pick their plant on site and volunteers will dig it up for them.

Trinity Care Center is at 3410 213th St. W., Farmington. For questions, contact Joy at 651-460-1166 or [email protected].

Forum on hunger, poverty and refugee issues
A forum on local hunger and poverty issues, as well as refugee issues, is planned 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Burnhaven Library Community Room, 1101 W. County Road 42 in Burnsville. The event, open to the public, is being presented by the steering committee for the fifth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk.

Speaking on local issues will be Anika Rychner, director of self-sufficiency for 360 Communities. She oversees the operation of the agency’s network of five food shelves and two family resource centers in Dakota County. She will address factors contributing to local hunger and poverty and how to be proactive and prevent hunger in our communities.

Expected to speak on refugee issues will be Ben Walen, director of refugee services at the Minnesota Council of Churches. The council, in collaboration with Church World Service and other partners, provides specialized services for refugees to assist them on the path to self-sufficiency. The presentation will include an overview of the current refugee crisis, factors contributing to it and its connection to issues of poverty and hunger prevention.

The fifth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8. The walk is sponsored by CWS, a global aid and development organization. This year’s walk will start at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lakeville at 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 1 p.m. The walk route will cover approximately 4 miles, with a mini-walk of 1 mile also available.

People who are interested in participating in the walk or forming a team may pick up materials at the forum.

One-quarter of the funds raised by walkers and their sponsors will go to local hunger-fighting agencies, 360 Communities, the Open Door in Dakota County and the CAP Agency in Scott County as well. The remainder will support CWS projects around the world.

For the first two years, the South of the River Walk was based in Burnsville, and for the past two years it was based in Apple Valley.

Those wishing further information on the forum or on the walk should contact one of the coordinators: Paula Nordhem at [email protected] or Denise Lewis at [email protected]. Information also is available at www.crophungerwalk.org and on Facebook at Twin Cities South of the River CROP Walk.

Immunization events scheduled for adults and children
To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school – the Dakota County Public Health Department is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Dakota County Public Health offers immunizations for eligible children and adults. Call 952-891-7999 to schedule an appointment or attend an upcoming walk-in clinic on Sept. 14 in West St. Paul or Sept. 19 in Apple Valley.

National Immunization Awareness Month is also the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumococcal disease. Public Health will host walk-in immunization clinics at Prince of Peace in Burnsville on Mondays in October from 12-2 p.m. for adults who are underinsured or uninsured.

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care professionals to make sure they are up to date on vaccines recommended for them.

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Talk to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended. Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/, by visiting www.co.dakota.m.us and searching vaccines for children, or calling Dakota County at 952-891-7999.

Job Transitions Group meets
Kalli Matsuhashi, owner of New Family Beginnings, will present “Self Care in Troubled Times” at the Aug. 29 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Easter Lutheran Church – By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

AV resident wins Kids ’n Kinship award
Apple Valley resident Randy Bailey is the Kids ’n Kinship mentor program’s 2017 Friend of Kinship Award winner.

Bailey helps with the annual bike sale by Apple Valley resident and volunteer Rick Anderson – picking up bike parts, greasing chains, and fixing the bikes up like new. He also supports the Kids ’n Kinship Bowlathon and Gala.

He will be honored at the Sept. 17 gala at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club. Tickets are available at www.2017kidsnkinshipgala.eventbrite.com.

The bike sale is in need of bike storage. Visit http://ricksbikesale.com/ for information.

The next Kids ’n Kinship mentor information session is 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount.

Cochran competes in ARWC
Lakeville resident Molly Cochran, former director of the Lakeville track and field K-5 program, competed earlier this month in the Adventure Racing World Championships in Wyoming as a member of Team Orion 121.

Team members traversed from Jackson to Casper by biking, running, canoeing and trekking.

Family course on mental illnesses offered in Lakeville
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support.

The Family-to-Family course will meet weekly for 12 weeks, 6:30-9 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Trinity Church, 10658 210th St. W. in Lakeville. For information or to register (required), call Joan at 612-205-7080.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs
Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or call 952-985-4600.

Fall brochure: The Lakeville Parks and Recreation and Lakeville Area Arts Center fall brochure is scheduled to arrive in Lakeville mailboxes on or near Aug. 19. Online registration has already started at www.lakevillemn.gov.

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.

Country Heat Live, classes start Sept. 5 – Tuesdays at Lakeville South, 21135 Jacquard Ave.; Fridays at Lakeville North, 19600 Ipava Ave. Low-impact, high-energy dance class set to country hits. First class is free. Call 952-985-4600 or instructor Amanda Ewers, 515-460-5850, for more information.

On Belay, ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville. The class is for any climber looking to improve their rock climbing technique. It covers all necessary skills for top rope belay certification. Open to all skill levels. Cost: $35.

Learn to Skate, indoor skating lessons for ages 3 to adult, one-hour lessons Saturday mornings Oct. 21-Dec. 16 (skip Nov. 25). Several skating levels and times offered at Hasse Arena, 8525 215th St., Lakeville. Cost: $89 per session and $125/P.A.L.S. level.

Who Done It Hike, Saturday, Sept. 9, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Registration: 9:30-9:50 a.m. Hike: 10 a.m. Play Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues, gathering information and solving mysteries. Free.

Soccer Skills for Preschoolers, age 3, 3:15-4 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $38.

Tiny Tots Turf Soccer, ages 4-7, 4:30-5:15 p.m. or 5:30-6:15 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Soccer ball size 3 or 4 required, shin guards recommended for safety. Tennis shoes or soccer cleats required. Cost: $25.

Music Together – free music demonstration classes, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10; 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12; or 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Steve Michaud Park Community Building, 17100 Ipava Ave. Registration required.

Amazing Tots, ages 18 months to 3, 9:20-9:50 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24, Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave. Explore and learn four sports with your child. Cost: $99 child-parent pair.

Amazing Athletes, ages 2.5 to 5, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave. Learn athletic fundamentals along with hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sports include baseball, basketball, golf, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Cost: $99.

Snowmobile safety classes for youth
The Lakeville Sno-Trackers will conduct their annual youth snowmobile safety training classes for ages 11 and older at McGuire Junior High. Classes will be 7-9 p.m. Oct. 10, 12, 18 and 19. The driving test will be in December. Cost is $5 for the materials and driving test. Each student will also pay an online DNR fee of $5 upon course completion.

For information on how to earn your Snowmobile Safety Certificate, contact David Williams at 612-616-2319. Class size is limited.

Those interested in becoming involved with organized snowmobiling and helping to maintain Lakeville area trails can attend any of the Sno-Tracker’s meetings during the season. Meeting are 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month, September to April, at Goodfellas Pizzeria, 20643 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville.

New support group in Burnsville
Thrive! Family Support is a new faith-based support group for family members affected by their loved one’s substance abuse. Thrive! is topical and discussion centered. It meets 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Breakthrough Ministries, Woodpark Office Building, Room 221, 1020 E. 146th St., Burnsville. For more information, visit Thrivefamilysupport.org.

Candlelight vigil for overdose awareness
A candlelight vigil will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, for Minnesota Overdose Awareness Day to honor all those who have lost loved ones as a result of substance abuse and the addiction epidemic. It will be held at Crystal Lake Beach, 1101 Crystal Lake Road, Burnsville.

Participants are welcome to bring a picture of those they’ve lost to add to the memory board that evening.

For more information, contact Pam at 612-554-1644 or Joanne at 952-463-6802.

Red Cross partners with Sport Clips
The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon for each blood or platelet donation during September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11 at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Share Rosemount photos
The city of Rosemount invites its residents to show their pride in their community by sharing photos with the hashtag #MyRosemount.

Residents can submit their favorite photos through the city website at http://ci.rosemount.mn.us/myrosemount. The city may republish some of the photos in promotional materials.

Participants can also tag their photos with #MyRosemount in social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

The project began this month on Night to Unite, when city officials distributed wooden nickels inviting residents to share their photos. Some of the photos have been shared on the city’s social media.

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

Farmers Market. Due to construction in the Community Center parking lot, the farmers market has moved to Central Park, 2893 145th St. Hours are 1-5 p.m. It will remain at the new location until the end of the season.

Learn to Skate Lessons: Register now for Fall Session 1 (Sept. 11 to Oct. 30) and Session 2 (Nov. 6 to Dec. 18). Lessons are held Mondays at the Rosemount Community Center Ice Arena, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Several class levels and times are available. Cost: $75 (includes five free open skates). Registration deadline for Session 1 is Sept. 7.

SORR Mother and Son Morning of Fun, boys 8 and under with an adult, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. For this year’s superhero-themed event, moms and sons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero for a morning of music, dancing, games, projects and more. Each couple will receive a photo keepsake taken by a professional photographer, and snacks will be served. This event is hosted by the South of the River Recreators communities of Apple Valley, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount and Savage. Cost: $30 per couple; $15 per additional child. Registration deadline is Oct. 27, or when all spaces are filled.

Minnesota Energy Resources awards public safety grants
To show support for those who strive to improve public safety each day, Minnesota Energy Resources and its charitable giving organization, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation, are awarding more than $9,000 to six emergency response agencies as part of the utility’s annual safety grants.

Locally, the Lakeville Fire Department has been awarded a $1,540 grant to purchase carbon monoxide detectors.

Including this year’s grants, the WPS Foundation has donated more than $32,000 to help emergency response agencies in the Minnesota Energy Resources service area since the grant’s inception in 2015.

To qualify for a grant, emergency response agencies must demonstrate the equipment or training they will acquire is part of a well-detailed effort to improve public safety. Organizations may also request a grant to fund safety-related projects if they are unique, one-time efforts. Each grant has a maximum value of $2,000.

More information is at minnesotaenergyresources.com, search “safety grant.”

Suicide prevention class in Eagan
A QPR class will be offered 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at St. John Neumann Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide: Question, Persuade and Refer.

QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than 1 million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states.

For more information or registration (required), contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namihelps.org.

Volunteer at the zoo
The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is seeking volunteers to help fulfill its mission of connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. The fall evening orientation session for volunteers will be Monday, Sept. 18.

The zoo is currently seeking adult interpretive volunteers to help educate guests about the 5,300 animals on site, as well as connect people to the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts. Weekend day volunteers are currently the greatest need.

The zoo also is seeking teenagers through senior-agers interested in volunteering in a variety of areas all year long.

Call the zoo’s volunteer office at 952-431-9588 for more information or visit mnzoo.org.

Black Dog Swimming tryouts, registration
Black Dog Swimming is holding tryouts and a registration night 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Eagle Ridge Junior High School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage.

Black Dog Swimming offers year-round practices for swimmers of all ability levels. Swimmers develop swim techniques, participate in swim meets and develop new friendships.

For more information,contact Justin at [email protected] or visit www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=mnbds.

BBB tips for making purchases at the State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is always a sure sign summer is drawing to a close. But in addition to being a great way to cap off a season of fun, it’s also a terrific platform for many businesses to showcase their products, inventions and ideas to enthusiastic fairgoers. The State Fair is an institution, and it’s easy to get swept up in all of the excitement and fun. However, as with all things, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises consumers to take their time and do their due diligence after listening to sales pitches.

“Many people wait all year for the State Fair – it’s a tradition,” said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “It’s also an excellent opportunity for businesses to get in front of potential customers. We just want consumers to make wise purchasing decisions.”

BBB offers the following tips for consumers who attend the State Fair with an eye on making non-food related purchases:

• Research companies for free at BBB.org. BBB Business Profiles are optimized for smartphones. Monday through Friday, you can also call 1-800-646-6222 to speak to live operators. BBB offers customers reviews as well.

• Prior to making payment, get the company’s refund and exchange policies in writing. Also, ask about any guarantees or warranties.

• Collect the company’s physical location and telephone number in case you need to return or exchange an item after the event.

• It’s always a good idea to do some comparison shopping before making a purchasing decision. Keep in mind, however, that the least expensive item may not always be the best value.

• Don’t be pressured to buy. After the demonstration or sales pitch, give yourself some time to think about the purchase. This will help you decide whether or not the item is necessary and a good deal.

• Ask the vendor if a sale price will be honored after the State Fair. If so, you will not feel pressured to purchase the item on the spot.

• It’s important to note that the Federal Trade Commission’s “cooling-off rule,” which normally allows consumers three days to cancel a purchase, does not apply to the following purchases at fairs: purchases under $25; goods or services not primarily intended for personal, family, or household purposes; insurance, securities, or real estate; motor vehicles; and arts and crafts.

• If you are making a purchase where the “cooling-off rule” does apply, and you need to cancel a sale, sign and date a copy of the company’s cancellation form, which they should provide. If you mail the form back to the company, be sure it is postmarked before midnight of the third business day after which you made the purchase. Sundays and federal holidays are not considered business days. Otherwise, bring the form in-person to the company within three days of the date you made the purchase.

“We’re all about businesses making the most of gatherings like the State Fair,” added Adams Loyd. “It’s a get-together with opportunities for all.”

BBB will once again be an exhibitor at the Minnesota State Fair, with a booth in the Education Building. The State Fair runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4.