Area briefs for the week of Sept. 1

Drop-off events for hazardous waste

Dakota County residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics at one-day drop-off events in Farmington and Burnsville.

• Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farmington Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive, Farmington.

• Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burnsville Maintenance Facility, 13713 Frontier Court, Burnsville.

Items that will be accepted at no cost include paint, fluorescent bulbs, fertilizers, pesticides, batteries, solvents, gasoline and oil. TVs and monitors have a $10 fee, but all other electronics like printers, laptops, hard drives and vacuums will be collected for free. No medicine, sharps, yard, business or farm waste will be accepted.

Dakota County partners with cities on multiple hazardous waste drop-off collections throughout the year to make it convenient for residents to properly dispose of household wastes that don’t belong in the trash. If you can’t make a collection, stop by The Recycling Zone in Eagan for year-round household hazardous waste and electronics recycling.

For more information or to see a complete list of accepted items, visit and search “one-day collections.”

Constitution Day ‘Open Courthouse’

The Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings will open its doors to the public Friday, Sept. 15, as part of a Constitution Day “Open Courthouse” event.

During the event, visitors will be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the courthouse, hear presentations from judges and local justice system officials, and attend an information fair designed to highlight justice system programs and services available in the community.

The open house event will run 12:30-4 p.m., beginning with a short welcoming presentation featuring local judges, county commissioners, and two justices from the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The event is being held to help mark Constitution Day, a federal day of observance during which Americans reflect on the rights and freedoms granted to them through the signing of the United States Constitution.

“Minnesota is fortunate to have a justice system that is recognized nationally for its innovation, effectiveness, and commitment to providing equal access to the law,” said Minnesota First Judicial District Chief Judge Kathryn D. Messerich, who is chambered in the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings. “We are excited to give our community an opportunity to see their justice system up close, and learn more about the people and partnerships that work to keep our community safe and preserve our rights and freedoms.”

Information about the event is posted at

For the safety of all attendees, visitors will be required to pass through a security screening checkpoint before entering the courthouse.

The Dakota County Judicial Center is located at 1560 Highway 55 in Hastings. Directions are available at Free public parking is available.

Class: Master Recycler/Composter

Individuals who live or work in Dakota County are invited to participate in the last Master Recycler/Composter class this year.

Classes will be held Thursdays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville. A $30 fee covers course materials and optional field trip transportation. Scholarships are available.

Participants will learn how to inspire others to reduce waste; understand the ins and outs of recycling, hazardous waste, composting and more from regional experts; and join outings to landfill, organics and recycling facilities.

Once classes are complete, participants volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work with other volunteers and county staff.

“This program is worth one evening out of your week,” said a current Master Recycler/Composter recently. “You will not only learn how you can make an impact within Dakota County but also how local business is working to solve environmental issues within Minnesota.”

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, visit and search master recycler or call Jenny Kedward at 952-891-7043.

The deadline for registration is Oct. 1.

Program wins state award

Way to Work, a Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services program in partnership with Eagan-based ProAct Inc., county and state level human service agencies, was named a 2017 Minnesota State Government Innovation Award winner. The effort helped place people with disabilities in competitive jobs.

Way to Work assisted 94 individuals at ProAct, placing 32 in competitive jobs. Thirty-two others are actively engaged in community-based job searches and 21 are developing their career plans.

Way to Work accepted applicants at ProAct through June 2017, but the best practices learned through the program are expected to continue here, and through the statewide service delivery system administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. A video about the project is viewable at

Dakota Woodlands receives grant

Dakota Woodlands shelter in Eagan has received a $2,000 grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless to better prepare homeless children for learning.

With support from Open Your Heart, Dakota Woodlands is able to provide after-school tutoring, advocacy for homeless families arranging school transportation, school supplies including shoes and other special clothing needs, school fees, school pictures and the arrangement of on-site weekly Early Child and Family Education sessions.

Support group meets on Thursdays

Thrive! Family Support is a new program that seeks to bring help, hope and healing to families affected by substance abuse and addiction.

The Thrive! Support group is a faith-based group that combines weekly topics with interactive group discussion and one-on-one mentoring, if desired.

Thrive! currently meets every Thursday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. in Burnsville at Woodpark Office Building 2, Room 221, 1020 E. 146th St.

For more information on other support group locations, education, resources or Thrive’s help-line visit the website

Thrive! is a program of Breakthrough Ministries.

‘Who Done It Hike’

The South of the River Recreators will present the “Who Done It Hike” Saturday, Sept. 9, at Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville.

This all-ages hike includes clues along the Ritter Farm Park Trail that will help participants solve a mystery. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the park.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the park. Call Lakeville Park and Recreation at 952-985-4600 with questions.

Progression Course for Teens in Burnsville

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free, six-session course designed to empower young people to take charge of their lives and deal with the issues they are facing in a healthy and effective way. The course helps teens understand how to maintain good mental health; how to recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder; how to help friends, siblings and parents understand what they are going through and different types of treatment options.

It will be held in Burnsville on Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridges Education Center, 152 Cobblestone Lane, in the Maple Room.

Registration is required.

For information, or to register for this class, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at


Job Transitions Group meets

Nancy Burke will present “Get Hired Over 50” at the Sept. 5 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.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs

Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at or call 952-985-4600.

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.

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, Sept. 12-Oct. 24, 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.

Burnsville dance team has BBQ Dinner fundraiser

The Burnsville Blazettes dance team is having its annual BBQ Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4-7 p.m. Dinner includes shredded roast pork or shredded smoked chicken, mac and cheese, potato chips, coleslaw, lemonade, and cookies.

BHS girls hockey car wash fundraiser

The Burnsville High School girls hockey team is having a car wash fundraiser 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at River Hills Automotive, 2825 Cliff Rd E, Burnsville.

Cost is $15 per person, age 5 and under eats for free with a paid adult.

Event will be held at Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville.

All proceeds will benefit the Burnsville Blazettes.