The city of Eagan is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on one of its four advisory commissions.

The deadline for applications is March 21. They will be reviewed and appointments will be made by the mayor and City Council in April.

The Advisory Planning, Advisory Parks and Recreation, Airport Relations Advisory, and Energy and Environment Advisory commissions help the city get the community's perspective on a variety of issues. They also recommend options to the council.

"The citizens that serve Eagan's Advisory Commissions provide an invaluable service with the time they provide, the research they conduct and the interactions they have with the community," says City Administrator Dave Osberg.

All applicants must complete an application and a protected information form in order to be considered for appointment. Both are available on the city's website


State of the City address is Wednesday

The mayor's annual State of the City address is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Av.

The speech by Elizabeth Kautz will also be broadcast live on Burnsville Civic Channel 16, available to cable subscribers, and at An optional luncheon will follow the speech. Anyone can attend the address for free, but the luncheon is $25 per person, and registration is required at least 24 hours in advance.

The State of the City is presented annually by the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and the city of Burnsville. Registration is available through the chamber's website at Call 952-435-6000 or e-mail with registration questions.


Grant will aid employment programs

A $200,000 grant will help an Eagan-based nonprofit teach new job skills to adults with disabilities.

The grant from Minnesota Southeast Technical will help about 140 ProAct employees over an 18-month period by funding entry-level training and retraining programs that emphasize greater productivity and self-sufficiency, better value to business customers, increased wages and a higher level of professionalism, according to a ProAct news release. The training intends to make ProAct's workers with disabilities more employable.

ProAct is headquartered in Eagan and has additional operations in Red Wing and Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis. Its mission is to serve individuals experiencing barriers to employment and self-sufficiency because of intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries and other challenges. To learn more, see


Mayor appointed to League of Cities post

Mayor John Zanmiller was appointed last month to the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. The committee takes the lead in developing the league's federal policy positions on crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security and other issues.

Zanmiller will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions and advocate on behalf of America's cities and towns before Congress.

For more information on NLC's other committees and councils, see

Cottage Grove

Legislators to address constituents Feb. 24

State Sen. Katie Sieben and state Reps. Denny McNamara and Dan Schoen are scheduled to address constituents at Cottage Grove City Hall later this month.

Sieben, who last week took her name out of the running for lieutenant governor, and McNamara and Schoen, her fellow legislators from District 54 — which encompasses Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and South St. Paul — plan on taking questions and comments from voters. The event is Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Pkwy. S.

Sieben and McNamara met voters at a similar event in Hastings this month.