The Eagan Foundation is seeking community volunteers to serve on its board.
Founded in 1991, the nonprofit foundation provides community connections, grants and scholarships. In 2013, it awarded $100,000 to 118 senior-year students attending Eagan High School or residing in Eagan, the largest annual number and amount awarded in the organization's history. The foundation also has awarded $7,500 to local community organizations this year.
The foundation's programs are funded by donations from individuals, businesses and family foundations. In addition, the Eagan Foundation hosts an annual fundraising gala, and in November 2012 began a new community tradition by hosting a local variety show fundraiser.
Board members serve on one or more committees that support the group's strategic goals. The foundation is looking for board members with expertise in a variety of areas, including law, finance, information technology, organizational governance, event planning, fundraising, and marketing.
For information, go to www.eaganfoundation.org.
Author Lauraine Snelling to speak
Inspirational author Lauraine Snelling will present her new book, "Wake the Dawn," from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings.
After speaking and answering questions, Snelling will sign copies of the book, which focuses on two residents of a northern Minnesota town. Copies will be available for purchase during the program.
For information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search author appearances.
Ski passes available
Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area in Bloomington has season passes on sale through Oct. 14. Purchasing passes ahead of the winter season will save $30 on individual passes and $100 on family passes.
Individual adult passes cost $369 plus tax and individual child passes cost $269 plus tax. Family passes for four people living in the same household cost $999.
Individual passes may be purchased online at www.threeriversparks.org/activities/passes/hssa-pass. aspx. Family passes must be purchased in person from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays or by calling 763-694-7806.
City to hold public hearing on CVS
The city of Hastings will hear residents' feedback about a proposal to construct a new CVS Pharmacy at the northeast corner of 15th and Vermillion Street. at 7 p.m. on Monday in the council chambers at City Hall.
The proposal includes the removal of five homes and three businesses — Hastings Gift Garden and Floral, Great Clips and All Valley Vacuum, the owners of all of which have consented to removal.
The city will "consider requests to amend the comprehensive plan, rezoning, preliminary and final plat, and site plan approval," according to its website. Vehlmeir Companies is the developer that submitted plans to the city.
Hastings Planning Commissioner Tom Bullington said a number of residents have expressed concerns about the project, mainly complaining the city does not need another pharmacy. The plan shows CVS would take up an entire city block.
"Some folks are blaming the city, saying, 'hey, we don't need another pharmacy,' " Bullington said. "But the city has nothing to do with it — CVS made this individual corporate decision to come to Hastings."
The planning commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal and bring a recommendation to the City Council at its next meeting.
Workshop on budget set for Monday
The Farmington City Council will hold a budget workshop Monday to continue discussion on the 2014 budget.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Farmington City Hall. The city faces cuts to its proposed 2014 budget, after its plan to increase the 2014 ley by 3 to 5 percent was shot down by a new state law capping levy increases at 3 percent. Because the city is receiving local government aid from the state, that counts against the 3 percent, leaving the city with virtually no room to increase its levy at all.
Council members are expected to discuss where to make cuts to the 2014 operating budget, and talk about options regarding how to use local government aid.
LAURIE BLAKE, LIALA HELAL and SUSAN FEYDER