Apple Valley Business Watch will conduct a program on preventing workplace violence at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Apple Valley Municipal Center.

The program will provide training for businesses learning how to create safe workplaces and will feature a presentation from a survivor.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Officer Michal Tietz at 952-953-2709 or by e-mail at

Apple Valley Business Watch is a nonprofit organization created to provide information, education and relationships that serve to prevent crime in the Apple Valley-area business community.

Lakeville permits

Lakeville has issued building permits with a total valuation of $40.5 million through the end of April. This compares with valuation of $43.2 million for the same period in 2013.

The city issued commercial and industrial permits with a total valuation of $2.2 million for the fourth-month period this year, down from $5.3 million during the same period in 2013.

The city also issued permits for 103 single-family homes valued at $35.3 million, compared with 104 single-family home permits valued at $31.6 million for the four-month period in 2013.

Lakeville continues to lead the metro area in homebuilding, with more activity in the pipeline. The CoStar Group recently reported that homebuilder Lennar Corp. acquired about 70 acres near Dodd Boulevard and W. 190th Street from Shamrock Development Inc. for about $4.2 million. The site has been approved for 144 single-family homes.

Job training planned

BTD and Dakota County Technical College are partnering on a three-year Minnesota Job Skills Partnership training grant of $300,000 to provide employees training on a variety of technical skills, including robotic welding and fabrication.

BTD is headquartered in Detroit Lakes and has two Lakeville locations. The company provides custom metalwork services to a variety of manufacturers, including Minnesota-based companies such as Toro, Polaris and Pentair.


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