The Burnsville City Council last week adopted a new ordinance regulating thrift stores larger than 5,000 square feet.

The ordinance requires the stores to have all operations indoors and have a drive-through unloading lane for donations at the rear or side of the building. Drop-off traffic may not back up onto the street.

Garbage and recycling must be enclosed or screened.


Lane closures during manhole work

Apple Valley plans to replace about 25 man hole covers on Cedar Avenue by early June at a cost of $3,000 to $5,000, said city engineer Colin Manson.

The new cast iron covers will replace old ones that did not fit well. The new fittings will bring the manhole caps up to street level in line with the final layer of pavement that will be applied to Cedar in advance of the launch of the Cedar Avenue busway June 22, Manson said.

Lane restrictions will be in effect during the paving and manhole work.


Trail finally gets a route through city

The last segment of the North Urban Regional Trail has finally been located.

Dakota County Commissioners last week wrapped up the route selection for the final segment of the trail through West St. Paul after receiving approval from District 197 for the paved trail to follow Warrior Drive on one side of Henry Sibley High School.

The county agreed to work with the school district to address any issues that may arise on the trail construction.

The bike and walking trail will thread through West St. Paul, South St. Paul and Mendota Heights, running between the Big River Regional Trail along the Minnesota River on the west and the Mississippi River Regional Trail along the Mississippi River on the east.

Seven of the 8 miles of the trail are already built. The final mile will skirt Dodge Nature Center property in West St. Paul and the high school property. Construction of the 10-foot wide trail segment is scheduled to begin this spring.


City still seeks input on web ads

Burnsville is looking for more input from residents as it considers selling advertising space on the city's website.

The city is distributing a five-question online survey asking for opinions on the ads and gauging interest in buying ad space, according to a news release.

Burnsville currently sells ads in several city publications, such as its community guide, and on community television. The survey can be found at and

Summer ice-skating lessons available

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday for the Burnsville Ice Center summer skating lessons.

Lessons will be on Wednesday nights beginning June 12 at the Ice Center at 251 Civic Center Parkway. Private lessons cost $145 and group lessons cost $98.

For more information or to register online, go to or call the center at 952-895-4651.


Annual bike sale gears up Saturday

Local bike enthusiast Rick Anderson will hold his annual bike sale on Saturday in Apple Valley.

For a fifth year, Anderson has fixed donated bikes and will sell them at his home, with all proceeds benefiting south-metro mentorship program Kids 'n Kinship.

Since starting the sales, Anderson has sold more than 400 bikes and donated $22,000 to Kids 'n Kinship, according to a news release.

This year, Anderson will have 110 bikes for sale for cyclists of varying ages and skill levels. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12738 Ethelton Way in Apple Valley.

Council considers energy-saving moves

The Apple Valley City Council was set to decide last week to spend $899,650 for energy saving improvements in city buildings.

Through a contract with Ameresco for lighting fixture upgrades, window film, roof replacements and other improvements, the city expects to see yearly energy savings of $43,768. The money spent would be paid off within 20 years when the expected 20-year savings in energy would come to $1.3 million.


City awarded $240,000 in grants

Hastings has been awarded grant money to be used for environmental cleanup at the vacant H.D. Hudson Manufacturing building.

The site is located west of downtown Hastings and the new Hastings Bridge site. The $240,000 grant was awarded in early May by the Dakota Community Development Agency.

The city has been preparing the site for redevelopment over the past year and reaching out to developers. A portion of the building was demolished last fall, and the "remaining 100,00-square-foot space offers amazing redevelopment possibilities," a city news release stated.

The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority recently reviewed a proposal for a possible hotel and restaurant, along with a residential model. Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer, will be conducting a feasibility study in early June, touring the Hudson building as a potential site for a public arts center.

The city continues to seek additional developers for the space "to ensure a best-fit plan that will utilize the space for public use and increase the vitality of the Hastings Historic Downtown district," stated a city news release.

LAURIE BLAKE, Liala Helal and Tony Wagner