The Hastings Family Aquatic Center is expected to reopen Monday after being closed since June 18 for repairs.

The pool was losing a significant amount of water and was closed so workers could find the leak and make repairs.

The leaks were traced to pipes that burst during the severe winter and to leaking gutters around the sides of the pool, said Parks and Recreation Director Chris Jenkins.

The Parks and Recreation Department has been working with a leak detection firm, along with pool building and repair companies. The total cost of the repair is not yet known, Jenkins said.

The center has recorded information about makeup swim lessons at 651-480-2385.


Dave Osberg elected to lead statewide group

Dave Osberg, city administrator in Eagan, has been elected president of the League of Minnesota Cities for 2014-2015.

He most recently served as the group's first vice president.

Osberg's new role with the league was announced earlier this month at the group's annual conference.

At the same event, Eagan received a City of Excellence award for the way it engages citizens in its budget process.

The city's Budget Connect Virtual Open House used social media and other means to let citizens get answers to their questions about the budget.

Osberg has been Eagan's administrator since March 2013. He previously was city administrator in Hastings and also worked in St. James and Waterville.


Dick's Sanitation to open recycling facility in city

Dick's Sanitation will open a recycling recovery facility at the Air Lake industrial park in Lakeville.

It will be a place to sort recyclable materials picked up from homes and businesses into piles for resale, said Dave Magnuson, waste regulation supervisor for Dakota County.

The company will do extensive modifications to the building including digging some pits for the processing.

The new facility was a business move for Dick's and will not expand recycling opportunities for the general public, Magnuson said.


City encouraging residents to uproot invasive buckthorn

To help encourage residents to remove buckthorn from their properties, the city of Burnsville will open its compost site during the last weekend of every month through September.

The city compost site is at 12151 Pleasant Av., next to its archery range.

It will be open for drop-offs between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates: June 29; July 26-27; Aug. 30-31; Sept. 27-28, and all weekends in October.

Officials say buckthorn is an invasive plant species that has many negative effects on the environment.

For more information on what it looks like, how to control it and why it is important to remove it, visit

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