Fans of Eagan’s Parkview Golf Club mourning the impending loss of the course have gotten a short-lived reprieve.

Parkview’s owners have reopened the 18-hole course and driving range for one last season and said they will donate all net proceeds to two community organizations.

Parkview was closed earlier this year while its owners waited for the City Council to approve a plan to remake the course into a large housing development.

The council did that last month after a long and contentious meeting where it heard objections from neighbors of the course and area golfers.

Robert Zakheim, one of the owners, said he expects the course and driving range to be open two to three months. “We were able to work something out with the buyers and their development timeline. This way people can get in their final swings and memories,” he said.

Eden Prairie-based Hunter Emerson is purchasing the course and plans to build 170 single-family homes on the 80-acre property.

Parkview will donate the net proceeds of driving range and greens fees to the Eagan Resource Center, a local food shelf, and to the family of Ken Severson, a longtime employee and course manager who died in 2004.

The Eagan Resource Center serves Eagan, Lakeville, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Rosemount and Farmington with food supplies and advocates to help direct those in need of various social service agencies.

The organization also has a nonperishable food collection bin at Parkview.

Discounts on greens fees will be provided to those who bring two or more items for the food collection bin.

New chamber head

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Vicki Stute as its new president.

Stute, a lifelong resident of Dakota County, steps into the job June 1. She succeeds Ruthe Batulis, who announced in January that she would leave the organization after nine years to take a new job in Spooner, Wis.

Stute most recently was president of the Angel Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with cancer and their families. She also served as executive vice president/chief financial officer and interim president of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2007, helping it become the largest local and regional chamber in Minnesota. Before that, she held a number of leadership positions at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.

Stute headed the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1996. She began her career as a staff member at the South St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights Chamber of Commerce, since renamed the River Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Medical building sold

The AtWater Group, a commercial real estate development, investment and services firm based in Duluth, recently acquired the Ridge Point Medical building in Burnsville. Terms of the purchase from Ridge Point Holdings LLC, a local developer, were not disclosed.

The 38,000-square-foot property is across from Fairview Ridges Hospital and is 80 percent occupied. Its largest tenant is Metro Pediatrics.


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