The Burnsville Police Department has received a $6,500 donation for the purchase of three automated external defibrillators.

The Burnsville Lions Club, Burnsville Rotary Clubs and Burnsville Wal-Mart made the donation. The defibrillators can help restore a regular heart rhythm after a cardiac arrest and will be carried in city squad cars.

"We owe an extreme amount of gratitude for our community partners and the way they have stepped in and provided us with these funds," said Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke.


Winter concert series starts on Jan. 5

The annual Frozen Apple concert series begins on Jan. 5 at the new clubhouse at Valleywood Golf Course.

The free concerts are held from 6-9 p.m. on the first Saturdays of January, February and March. Food from Enjoy Restaurant will be available, as will full bar service.

Next Saturday's concert features jazz and R&B vocalist and KBEM radio host Patty Peterson. Michael Monroe will play Feb. 2 and the David Gonzalez Band will play March 2. For more information, see The golf course is at 4851 McAndrews Road.


Benefit for substance abuse foundation

Twelve bands will perform on Jan. 5 in a benefit concert to honor Tony Dolski and to raise money to help support individuals struggling with chemical dependency at the Garage youth recreation center at 100 Civic Center Pkwy. in Burnsville.

Last year's show brought in nearly 700 people and raised more than $6,000 for the Kinnic Falls alcohol and drug abuse center in River Falls, Wis.

Proceeds from this year's show will go toward the To The Bridge Foundation, a new foundation formed by Dolski's family and friends.

Tony Dolski, of Chaska, died of complications from substance abuse in 2011.

Among the bands scheduled to play are My My Misfire, This Is Breathing, the Still Sound, Hope Country and Damietta.

For ticket information see For more information call Jack Sabol-Williams at 952-895-4560 or visit


Recreation employee earns city honor

The city has named recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer its 2012 employee of the year.

"Lisa consistently provides high quality programs, creates valuable collaborations, and is a vital resource to the community," said Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz. "She is an extremely focused person and works very efficiently."

Her main duties are coordinating youth and family recreational activities, overseeing the production of the parks and recreation brochure and supervising rentals of the Steeple Center. She joined the city staff in October 1997.

Names of employees of the year are engraved on a plaque displayed in the upper lobby of Rosemount City Hall.


Residents again give city high marks

A recent residential survey taken in Eagan among 400 randomly picked residents found that 97 percent of those polled rate the quality of life in the city as good or excellent -- up 2 points from 2010, when the last survey was taken.

Those polled gave city services marks ranging from 97 percent approval of the Fire Department to 86 percent approval for snow plowing.

The city staff received a 90 percent approval rating and the City Council an 86 percent approval rating.

Laurie Blake and DYLAN BELDEN