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Visit Dakota County Library this summer to help your kids develop literacy skills and an appreciation for reading and learning. Summer Discovery begins Wednesday, June 6, and ends Saturday, Aug. 18. Kids from birth through 12th grade can sign up online or at all Dakota County Library locations except Galaxie Library in Apple Valley, which is closed for remodeling.
The invasive, tree-killing insect emerald ash borer has been confirmed in the city of Rosemount, according to a news release May 29 from Parks Supervisor Tom Schuster. The beetle was confirmed May 18 on private property just south of Rosemount High School by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the release states. The property owner alerted the city to the presence of emerald ash borer.
The Front Porch Players of Rosemount will hold audition Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22, for "The Old Cookie Shop." Times at 6-8 p.m. in the Steeple Center Assembly Hall. Auditioning will require reading from the script. The melodrama will be part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council's 2018 "ART BLAST." The show will be staged at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.
Students decorated Farmington High School gym with evergreens and birch bark candles for prom 2018, which had the them “Welcome to the Forest.”
Farmington Just For Kix participated in the Just For Kix Together We Dance national competition in Rochester, Minn., April 27-29. The competition was made up of over 785 performances, 4,300 dancers and roughly 14,000 spectators at The Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester.
Crisis services are a critical piece of the mental health system. During Mental Health Month this May, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is highlighting services that get people in crisis the help they need, when they need it. One of 5 Minnesotans face mental illness each year, and one in 25 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Fortunately, there are more treatments, services and community support available, and many people with mental illness can and do recover.
FARMINGTON — Dakota Electric Association's annual meeting April 27 focused on the future — in terms of people, technology and growth. President and CEO Greg Miller highlighted recent initiatives in solar energy, electric vehicles and grid interactive water heaters. "In 2017, Dakota Electric partnered with Great River Energy and Schmitty and Sons bus company in Lakeville to bring the first ever all-electric school bus to Minnesota," Miller said.
Minnesota mystery writer Jeff Falkingham will bring his "Elementary, My Dear Watson!" (Investigating Sherlock Holmes) multimedia program to Robert Trail Library, 14395 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17. The free, one-hour event is part of the Meet the Author series co-sponsored by the library and the Rosemount Area Arts Council..
Property taxes on Dakota County real estate for the first half of 2018 are due by Tuesday, May 15. Property taxes can be paid online, by phone or by mail. Mailed payments must be postmarked by midnight May 15 to be considered timely. Payments can also be made in person at the following times and locations: • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings
Dakota Electric Association will hold its annual Energy Trends Expo, May 10, at the Eagan Community Center. The event, sponsored with the Lakeville Friends of the Environment, provides an opportunity for people to learn about the latest in renewable technology, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Visitors can talk with electric vehicle owners about their experience driving electric cars, ride on Minnesota's first electric school bus and attend free seminars about energy-efficient home design and cold-climate air-source heat pumps.