Area briefs for the week of Sept. 15

360 Communities receives donation
Dakota Electric Association, along with CoBank, one of its lenders, recently donated $10,000 to 360 Communities. Dakota Electric’s $5,000 donation was matched by CoBank through the company’s Sharing Success grant program. 360 Communities provides assistance to more than 18,000 individuals each year with a variety of programs throughout the area, including domestic violence shelters, resource centers, food shelves and more. This is the fifth year that Dakota Electric’s donation was doubled through CoBank’s grant program. Pictured, from left, are Dakota Electric board members Judy Kimmes and Ken Danner; Laurie Bolin, 360 Communities; Jerry Pittman, Dakota Electric board; Jeff Mortensen, 360 Communities; Clay Van De Bogart, Dakota Electric board; and Rachel Hanson, CoBank. Photo submitted.

Atkins hosts listening sessions
Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins is hosting public listening sessions Saturday, Sept. 23.

• 10-11 a.m. at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount, 651-480-1200.

• 1-2 p.m. at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E. in Inver Grove Heights, 651-554-6840.

Both events are free and open to everyone.

The listening sessions will give the public the opportunity to learn more about county projects and initiatives, address any issues and meet other citizens. Atkins will provide a brief update on county business before opening the floor to take questions and listen to concerns.

Atkins has been the commissioner of district 4 — serving parts of Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount and Eagan — since the beginning of 2017.

Apple Valley craft and bake sale
The Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary will hold its craft and bake sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at American Legion Post 1776, 14521 Granada Drive.

New vendors will be on hand. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Marlene at 651-423-2493.

Apple Valley Police Explorers with their 2017 award, from left, Alex Walker, Peter Zimmerman, Nicholas Halmar and Erik Vogel. Photo submitted.

Apple Valley Police Explorers open house
The Apple Valley Police Explorer program will hold a recruitment and informational open house 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Apple Valley police station located at 7100 147th St. W.

For the past 28 years the Apple Valley Police Department has been preparing young men and women for careers in law enforcement. Since 1989 the department has sponsored a Law Enforcement Explorer Post. The Explorer Post is designed for those interested in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 21 years and are enrolled in at least the ninth grade in school.

Participants in this program meet weekly with members of the Apple Valley Police Department to learn about topics and acquire the skills necessary to be successful in law enforcement. Some of these topics include: how to conduct traffic stops, respond to bomb threats, crime scene investigation and hostage negotiation.

The Apple Valley Police Explorer Post has won many awards throughout the years, with their most recent victory of fifth place in Hostage Negotiations at the 2017 competition. The Explorer Post competed against 150 other teams from 40 other law enforcement agencies across the state.

Many of those who have participated in this program have become police officers and have had successful careers. Those with a strong ambition to become a police officer or just a general interest in law enforcement are encouraged to join.

For more information about the program, contact the Apple Valley Police Department at 952-953-2700.

Bad Apple Golf Tournament raises over $10,000 for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
On Aug. 14, Bogart’s Event Center and Apple Place Bowl raised $10,595 during the 23rd annual Bad Apple Golf Tournament at Fountain Valley Golf Club in Farmington. The tournament is held to benefit the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks in Apple Valley and Rosemount.

This year 88 golfers participated in the four-person best-ball 18-hole tournament.

Rich and Jan Berry, owners of Bogart’s Event Center and Apple Valley Bowl, support and promote the event, with the support of many business sponsors who provide financial support and prizes for the players.

The funds will be used to help with needs of local veterans and military families. In 2016 the event raised $9,000. This is the sixth year funds from the event have gone to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Special thanks go to Karl Xavier III of Rosemount who is president of the Rosemount Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and special events coordinator for Bogart’s who organized the event for the sixth time.

Xavier served as master of ceremonies for the buffet, silent auction, drawing and presentation of awards, which was held at Bogart’s. Lending a hand from the Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon were treasurer William Swanstrom and directors Ryan Lynch and William Tschohl.

Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon president Paul Chellsen said he was extremely pleased with the fundraising result.

He thanked the Berrys as well as Fountain Valley Golf Club owners Bryce and Carole Olson.

He also thanked the golfers and sponsors for making the event successful.

To learn more about the two groups, contact Xavier at 651-322-2079 or [email protected] or Chellsen at [email protected].

New Girl Scout ice cream social in Burnsville
The Burnsville-Savage Girl Scout service unit is holding a Troop Formation Night and Ice Cream Social 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. Girls and families interested in joining a troop or learning more about area Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend.

This event will be held at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. Interested families can also contact Tamara Whear at [email protected] or visit

Hydrant flushing begins Sept. 18 in Burnsville
Burnsville will begin fall flushing all city-owned fire hydrants on Sept. 18, weather permitting. The anticipated completion date is Sept. 29. Crews will flush hydrants from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Flushing may also take place on weekends.

During hydrant flushing, it is not unusual for residents to periodically experience discolored water, pressure changes and/or an increased chlorine odor.

Visible iron coloration in water is not a health issue, but may impact its aesthetic quality. If residents notice discolored water, they can correct the problem by opening all cold water faucets in their home and allowing them to run simultaneously until the water clears.

Rust remover is available from the Burnsville Maintenance Facility, 13713 Frontier Court, for residents whose laundry has become discolored as a result of hydrant flushing.

For more information, call 952-895-4550 or visit

Provide feedback on short-term vacation rental regs
The Burnsville City Council is seeking public feedback on short-term vacation rental regulations immediately following its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway.

Those unable to attend the meeting can provide feedback online at

In January 2016, the City Council approved an update to the city code clarifying its position that short-term vacation rentals are prohibited.

Earlier this year, the council chose to take a more in-depth look at the topic through its “governance process.” The governance process contains three phases allowing the council and staff to research the use, regulatory environment, local and national trends, and examples of best practices related to a specific topic.

In August, staff presented a white paper as part of the first phase, which provided background information on the topic. The second phase (Sept. 19) will include expert testimony from various perspectives and public comment. The third and final phase (Oct. 17) will consist of council dialogue and a policy decision.

To view the August council discussion, meeting packet and minutes, and the white paper, visit

Grants available for clean energy projects
The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams or CERTs seeks applications for limited financial assistance for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance.

Project funding can support technical assistance services (i.e., labor costs only, such as for a consultant, design professional, installer, or student labor) for projects in all seven Minnesota CERT regions.

CERTs seed grants support labor costs for Minnesota projects. The focus is on community energy efficiency and renewable energy. Projects should be highly visible and replicable, and also spark conversations about clean energy benefits.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 20. Award announcements will be made in early 2018. Learn more and apply today at

Computing award applications open for young women
Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence, and its partners, are seeking young women in high schools across the state with emerging aspirations and accomplishments in technology to apply for the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Program.

Applications are being accepted online through Nov. 9 at

Last year, the Minnesota awards program recognized 32 honorees from across the state for their computing-related achievements and interests. Eight were dually recognized at the national level.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology created the award in 2007 to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related careers.

Awards will be made based on the interests, accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community involvement of young women in computing and technology-related activities. Prizes for the award winners include access to college scholarships, tech devices, cash rewards, and paid internship and job shadow opportunities at Minnesota businesses and organizations.

Winners will be chosen in December and honored by sponsor partners at an April 2018 awards ceremony in Vadnais Heights.

All Minnesota applicants will automatically be entered into the national awards program. National winners will be honored at the 2018 Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase in March 2018.

CROP Hunger Walk is Oct. 8
The fifth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk will step off in Lakeville on Oct. 8.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk will step off at 2 p.m.

It’s not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker.

CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. The pledges and donations made by the walkers and sponsors benefit CWS’s grassroots programs, which are conducted in cooperation with local development groups in many parts of the world.

One-quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. The area beneficiaries of this walk will be 360 Communities, the Open Door Pantry, and the CAP agency. Representatives of these agencies will be present to provide information about the work their organizations do.

Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for one of the local food shelves. Protein items are most needed.

The walk route will be approximately 4 miles, with a rest stop at Cross of Christ Baptist Church, 8748 210th St. W. A shorter walk of approximately 1 mile will also be available.

In addition to St. John’s and Cross of Christ, the other churches currently involved in the walk include Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley; Open Circle Church, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles and St. James Lutheran Church, all in Burnsville; Glendale United Methodist and New Spirit United Church of Christ in Savage; Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington; and Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina.

For more information, contact one of the walk coordinators, Denise Lewis, at [email protected], or Paula Nordhem, at [email protected]. Information also is available at and on Facebook at Twin Cities South of the River CROP Walk. Donations may be made online through the CROP Walk website.

Acorn hunt this month at Lebanon Hills
An acorn hunt runs through Sept. 29 at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. Volunteers are needed to collect white oak and bur oak acorns in the park.

Stop in the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center anytime for a mini-lesson on how to identify the right acorns and receive an official Acorn Collection Bag. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Fridays until 7 p.m.

Dakota County Parks is collecting acorns to plant within the savanna restoration north of Jensen Lake. The planting will be a child-friendly volunteer event celebrating National Public Lands Day on Sept. 30.

Call the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 651-554-6530 for more information.

Volunteer Resources Fair in Eagan
The Dakota County Fall Volunteer Resources Fair will be 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.

Showcased will be more than 18 different organizations in and around Dakota County which will be offering volunteer opportunities including natural resource management, event assistance and support, internships, office support, history interpretation, working with seniors and children, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Genealogy program on DNA
Lois Abromitis Mackin will present “Why Use DNA for Genealogical Research?” at a 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, program at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.

Abromitis Mackin is a certified genealogist with a Ph.D. in history from Brown University.

She will explain some of the basics of DNA testing, the types of tests available for tracing ancestry and the current DNA testing companies. She will also cover some guide books for beginning genealogy. Emphasis will be placed on atDNA (autosomal DNA) in both males and females, where results can be used to show connections for all ancestral lines back as far as five to six generations, in some cases.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dick Thill at 651-452-5926.

Information night for Eagan Girl Scouts
Eagan Girl Scouts will hold Information Night 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, for girls and their adult chaperones and adults looking for volunteer opportunities. It will be held at Dakota Hills Middle School, 4183 Braddock Trail, Eagan.

Attendees will travel around together to various stations and experience the world of Girl Scouting. Girls will also experience Girl Scout fun by participating in activities while adults have fun learning about the Girl Scout program, forming troops by grade level, and completing registration. GSUSA membership registration for girls and adult volunteers of $25 per person is payable at the event by check or credit card; financial assistance is available.

Girl Scouts welcomes all girls in grades K-12 and adults looking for ways to make a difference in a girl’s life. Those unable to attend on Sept. 18 or who want more information should visit

Back row, from left: Sara O’Halloran, Danniella Balangoy, John Streed, Evan El-Halawani, Jacob Smith. Front row: Brooke Lewis, Emily King, Taya Heindel, Anna Panek, Paige Gardner. Photo submitted.

Fairview Ridges Hospital medical staff awards scholarships
Each year, the Fairview Ridges Hospital medical staff sponsors $1,500 scholarships for 10 deserving, academically outstanding high school seniors in the community.

One student is chosen from each high school in the area. This year’s recipients are Brooke Lewis, Apple Valley; Paige Gardner, Burnsville; John Streed, Eagan; Emily King, Eastview; Danniella Balangoy, Farmington; Evan El-Halawani, Lakeville North; Taya Heindel, Lakeville South; Anna Panek, Prior Lake; Jacob Smith, Rosemount; Sara O’Halloran, School of Environmental Studies.

“The physicians and leadership of the Fairview Ridges Hospital medical staff believe strongly in supporting our surrounding community high school students in their pursuit of higher education,” said Jessica Vanderscoff, MD, former chief of staff at Fairview Ridges. “Every year, I am uplifted by the incredible and diverse academic and extracurricular accomplishments of these amazing students. They give us hope for the future.”

This year’s recipients were recently invited to an award ceremony at the hospital, where they were congratulated by hospital president Patrick Belland.

This is the 29th year Fairview Ridges’ medical staff has awarded scholarships to local students. Recipients can use the scholarships for any post-secondary educational program.

Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years
Dakota County Farm Bureau will hold its 100th anniversary meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Rosemount American Legion.

The keynote speaker will be Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The Dudley Family Farm of Northfield and Maria Therres of Meadowbrook Farm of Vermillion will be recognized as Dakota County Sesquicentennial Farms. The Stoffel Family Farm of Hastings will be honored for receiving the 2017 Dakota County Farm Family of the Year Award.

The meal is free, but reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 651-675-7444 or [email protected].

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

The Art Assignment, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Explore your creativity with the help of PBS Art Assignment videos that feature a popular artist who discusses their work and assigns a project for you to try. Work on your project at the library. Each session will be a different theme.

Books & Brew Book Group, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. The group will discuss “Minnesota Mysteries” by Ben Welter.

Elder Care Survival Steps, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Learn the steps to find safe care for your elderly loved one from pre-planning to crisis mode. Presented by senior care consultant Cari Waller.

Storytime for Babies, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Stories, songs, bounces and playtime for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers.

Storytime with a Police Officer, 10:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Listen to stories told by a police officer and get up-close with a police car. Ages: 0-6.

Open Studio, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Work on a current art or craft project while visiting with other makers. See a new sewing technique demonstrated each week and get help with individual projects.

Friday Fun for Teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Drop in for a variety of fun activities. Ages: 10-16.

Park improvements complete
A ribbon cutting was held Sept. 11 by the Farmington and Empire Township parks and recreation commissions to mark the improvements at Prairieview Park, which include a playground expansion, a new full basketball court, and park shelter. Pictured with neighborhood children, from left, Farmington commission member David McMillen, Empire commission member Josh Lindgren and chair Mike Carey, Farmington commission chair Dustin Johnson, Empire commission members Denise Williamson and Jessica Boleman. The park is at 1100 12th St. Photo submitted.

Community summit on affordable housing
Sens. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, and Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, will host a bipartisan community summit on affordable housing in Dakota County 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at St. John Neumann Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.

The summit is sponsored by the Metropolitan Interfaith Coalition on Affordable Housing (MICAH) and the Coalition for Affordable Transitional Community Housing (CATCH). It aims to achieve a number of goals, including:

• Participate in developing solutions to create affordable housing.

• Learn the most up-to-date affordable housing needs in Dakota County and challenges of a historically tight housing market.

• Hear from a panel about the impact of the lack of affordable housing, including elected officials, employers, educators, faith leaders, and Dakota County.

• Learn from developers who are building affordable housing, the challenges experienced, and recommendations to overcome the challenges.

All members of the community are invited to learn, discuss, and act on ideas to improve affordable housing options in Dakota County.

Job Transitions Group meets
Sue Franson Way will present “Resumes: Get Yours Noticed” at the Sept. 19 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.

Judges, court staff hold listening session
The judges and staff of Minnesota’s First Judicial District will hold a follow-up Community Listening Session 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the atrium of the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley.

An update on how the court is responding to the ideas and recommendations that were generated at the first listening session held in April will be provided, and the public will have a chance to offer additional ideas for improving the quality of court services.

The April listening session was attended by nearly 50 people. Five major themes emerged during the discussions:

• Procedural fairness for families and children navigating the family and juvenile court system.

• Indian Child Welfare Act issues arising in juvenile court;

• Assistance for self-represented litigants.

• Chemical dependency issues in criminal cases.

• Continued and ongoing diversity-related training for judges and court personnel.

During the Oct. 25 event, judges and court staff will provide updates on each of these five themes.

The Community Listening Sessions are planned and organized by the First Judicial District Equal Justice Committee.

The Dakota County Western Service Center is located at 14955 Galaxie Ave. in Apple Valley. Directions to the building are available at

Lakeville building permit report
The city of Lakeville issued building permits with a total valuation of $185,369,263 through August 2017. This compares to a total valuation of $141,106,665 for building permits issued through August 2016.

Lakeville issued commercial and industrial permits with a total valuation of $21,235,000 through August 2017 compared to a total valuation of $22,956,011 during the same period in 2016.

The city issued permits for 324 single-family homes through August 2017 with a total valuation of $102,371,000 including 55 single-family home permits in the month of August. This compares to 247 single-family home permits through August 2016 with a total valuation of $77,415,000. The city also issued permits for 55 townhome units through August 2017 with a total valuation of $12,590,000. This compares to 47 townhome permits issued through August 2016 with a total valuation of $10,506,000.

Lakeville issued the highest number of residential permits in the metro for the month of August and year-to-date, according to the Builders Association of Twin Cities.

Pedal the Parks on Sept. 16
The next Pedal the Parks event is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. This ride coincides with the Lakeville Art Festival and begins at Pioneer Park downtown. Choose from the 3.5-mile family ride or the full 13.5-mile ride.

Ride alongside Mayor Douglas Anderson to visit the southern lakes and trails and return downtown for the art festival.

The ride lasts about two hours. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Register at, course 182501-02.

The ride is sponsored by the Lakeville Friends of the Environment and Lakeville Parks and Recreation. Call 952-985-4600 for more 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, 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.

Indoor Soccer Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3-5, 9:15-10 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2 (skip Oct. 19), Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave. Cost: $38.

Music Together, several dates and times, Steve Michaud Park Community Building, 17100 Ipava Ave. Movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their accompanying adults. Cost: $183 first child, $99 additional child.

Life Time Climb Programs, ages 5-17, 5-6 p.m. Oct. 3-31, Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd. Age-appropriate climbing classes that teach terminology, safety and climbing techniques. Different days of the week are being offered depending on the age of your child. Cost: $60 for four sessions, $70 for five.

Life Time Climbing Club, ages 11-14, 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 3-24, Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd. This is a climbing club exclusively for middle school students. Cost: $55.

Squash Club, ages 8-14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 28 (skip Oct. 31), Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd. Work on hand-eye coordination, racket skills and game play. Cost: $150.

Haunted Forest – Over 100 volunteers are needed to help make the Haunted Forest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, a success. Volunteers are needed for spooky stations, friendly costumed characters for the trick-or-treat maze, trail guides, food collectors and more. Interested volunteers should call 952-985-4600 to receive a volunteer packet with full details. Completed packets need to be returned by Oct. 6.

Pine Bend Bluffs cleanup
Volunteers are needed to work alongside Friends of the Mississippi River and Great River Greening to help protect native plant communities by hauling brush on the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21.

All are welcome and encouraged to work at their own comfort level, and no previous experience is necessary. Due to the nature of the work on this site, volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. All tools and supplies will be provided, including coffee, morning snacks and a hot lunch.

For more information, including how to register, visit

Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 13, or upon reaching capacity.

Grafix Shoppe team wins ProAct Golf Classic
With a team score of 56, 15 under par, the team from the Grafix Shoppe in Eagan earned a first-place finish in the 2017 ProAct Golf Classic on Aug. 28. From left are: Sean Barrett, Mike Pingalore, Mike Donovan and Tom Kane. The annual tournament at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul supports people with disabilities. Photo submitted.

River island cleanup
Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Hastings Environmental Protectors 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, for a unique island cleanup in Spring Lake Park, Hastings.

After meeting in the park, volunteers will be shuttled to the nearby islands by boat to pick up trash.

All are welcome and encouraged to work at their own comfort level. Due to wet island conditions, waterproof knee or muck boots are encouraged. Bags and gloves will be provided.

Following the cleanup, Hastings Environmental Protectors will provide a light lunch.

Specific directions will be given upon registration.

Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information, including how to register, visit

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

Learn to Skate Lessons: Register now for Fall 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 Nov. 2.

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.

Fall Cleanup Day, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7, Rosemount Public Works Facility, 14455 Brazil Ave., just north of City Hall. Residents are welcome to participate in the event by dropping off unwanted items that are not normally collected by the residential solid waste haulers. The city will work with Certified Recycling for collection and disposal of appliances and electronic equipment. Participants should be prepared to pay Certified Recycling and the city of Rosemount separately. For a complete list of electronic equipment and the disposal fee for each item, see the city’s website at

School Night to Join Scouting
Boys in grades kindergarten to five are invited to School Night to Join Scouting 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at all elementary schools.

Volunteers will welcome new members with registration materials, program calendars and joining gifts. The gifts reflect Scouting’s 2017 campaign theme “Heroes Start Here” with glow-in-the-dark “Superhero Shields” (Frisbees) and T-shirts for all new members.

Families who cannot attend or wish to join right away can visit to register online, with joining gifts presented at their first Scout meeting.

Cub Scouts participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities designed to help them gain confidence, increase social skills and develop their capacity for leadership — all while having fun and serving their community. A “hero” is defined as “a person admired for bravery, great achievements, or good qualities.” Scouting helps boys attain all three.

Service news
Cadet Dane Erik Rickertsen, son of Christine Hansen and Leo Rickertsen of Eagan, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.

Rickertsen graduated from St. Croix Lutheran High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2021 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Following a dedication, members of Dakota Electric’s board of directors, along with Great River Energy and SoCore Energy personnel, toured the solar site and learned about the process of producing electricity from the sun. Photo submitted.

Solar facility dedication
Dakota Electric’s board of directors, along with Great River Energy and SoCore Energy personnel, held a dedication Thursday, Aug. 31, at their new 1-megawatt joint solar facility in Marshan Township.

The 5-acre solar site is expected to have a 25-year life and will produce enough electricity to power about 150 average homes. The 3,906 panels, all visible from Highway 316, will produce more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of power annually.

SoCore Energy built and owns the solar facility on behalf of Great River Energy. Through a power purchase contract with Great River Energy, Dakota Electric purchases all the solar output for delivery to its member-owners.

“We are pleased to provide this renewable energy resource to our members,” Dakota Electric’s CEO Greg Miller said. “This project will add to our existing wholesale renewable portfolio that includes wind, solar, hydro and refuse-derived fuel resources.”

An added benefit is that the grounds around the solar panels will be planted with pollinator-friendly plants, so it will provide habitat that is helpful to bees and other pollinators.

“This system will reduce the amount of electricity Dakota Electric will need to purchase that is generated from non-renewable sources,” said Dakota Electric Board Chair Jim Sheldon as he welcomed guests.

“This project represents a start for Dakota Electric in diversifying into utility-scale solar power,” Miller said. “Our board and staff are committed to this so watch for announcements on more projects to come.”

After a ribbon-cutting event, attendees received a tour of the solar site and learned about the process of producing electricity from the sun.

Wescott Library book donations and volunteers needed
The Friends of the Wescott Library are looking for book donations and volunteers for their fall book sale.

Book donations can be dropped off at the Library Information Desk.

Volunteers are needed daily Oct. 8-15. Time commitments are flexible. Volunteers have the first chance to purchase books before the sale opens to the public.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Kay at 651-454-4318 or at [email protected].

Fall in-house youth volleyball
Registration is open for Lakeville Juniors Fall 2017 In-House Youth Volleyball League for boys and girls in grades 1-5. Five morning sessions from Saturday, Sept. 29, to Saturday, Nov. 4. More information and online registration at, or contact league director Denielle Stepka ([email protected]) with questions.