South news briefs: In Shakopee, the story of Minnesota apples

  • Updated: September 13, 2011 - 4:10 PM


The story of Minnesota apples

Apple Fest at The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee will tell the story of apples in Minnesota from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 2.

The history park will present talks and demonstrations on how Minnesota pioneers established a winter-hardy apple and turned apples into a major horticultural crop.

Apples will be cooked, dried, canned, jellied and turned into cider during the day's activities. Artisans will demonstrate their skills. Percheron draft horses will pull a trolley ride.

Cost is $5 for ages 18-64, or $3 for ages 2-17 and seniors. Children under age 2 will be admitted free.

Game show tryouts

Two lucky "peasants" will get a chance to attend a taping of the game show "Let's Make a Deal" after auditions are held Saturday outside the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

The auditions are set for 9 a.m. to noon outside the festival grounds' front gate. Potential contestants will be asked to explain why they want to be on the show. Two winners will be flown to Los Angeles, where they will interview for a chance to get on stage and compete for prizes.

The casting call is open to anyone 18 and older. Those who audition will get $5 off admission to the festival. No Renaissance Festival ticket is required to audition.

For more information on the Renaissance Festival, visit or call 952-445-7361.


Harvest sale, raffle at the arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary's Fall Harvest Sale & Quilt Raffle is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

Dried floral arrangements, potpourri, wreaths and handmade cards created by auxiliary members will be for sale. A full-size quilt, "Summer Garden in Bloom," which was hand-stitched by the auxiliary quilters, will also be raffled. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 until noon Sept. 24 at the arboretum, with the drawing scheduled for 2 p.m. that day.

The Minnesota Herb Society will also have a sale that weekend from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

The arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Drive in Chanhassen. For more information, go to


Council OKs levy hike

The Hastings City Council last week unanimously adopted a preliminary tax levy increase of $557,000, a nearly a 5 percent increase to $11.8 million.

The levy will support a total budget increase of 1.5 percent to $25.9 million, said Finance Director Char Stark. The council will adopt a final budget on Dec. 19.

The levy would have increased the city's share of property taxes for the average-priced, $192,000 homesteaded home in 2012 by $64 to $1,170. But state changes in the market value homestead credit reduced the increase to $30, Stark said.

The changes shift the tax burden to homes valued at $450,000 or more. That priced homesteaded home would pay a tax of $2,852, up $363 from this year, she said; $143 of the increase was due to the city levy increase.


Travel groups' meeting is Thursday

The Travel Leaders/MSP Travel Group is inviting business travelers to a corporate open house at its new office in Mendota Heights on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Tim Frederick, senior national account executive from Delta Airlines, will be present from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. to share current information about Delta's corporate programs.

A representative from Enterprise/National Car will be available from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. to discuss the company's corporate car programs for business travelers.

The event will be held at 750 Main St., Suite 105.


Help to become a Yellow Ribbon City

You can help Apple Valley become a Yellow Ribbon City, which provides support for military families, by attending a kickoff meeting Sept. 19 at the American Legion.

The organizers of the Yellow Ribbon effort are looking for volunteers and supporters from all corners of the community, including residents, schools, churches and businesses.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Apple Valley American Legion, at 14521 Granada Av. For more information, contact Bruce Folken at 612-719-4711 or


Passport information day is Saturday

Information about passports and other travel requirements for U.S. citizens will be available Saturday in Apple Valley.

The outreach event is part of Passport Day in the USA 2011. Information will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dakota County's Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Av.

Details about the costs and the application process for passports also can be found online at or by phone through the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.


Lebanon Hills visitor center getting repairs

Visitors to Lebanon Hills Regional Park will need to explore some less-traveled trails while the visitor center, nearby trailhead and main access road are closed for renovations through mid-November.

People wishing to use the park can explore the Holland Lake Trail, starting at 1100 Cliff Road in Eagan, or the Jensen Lake Trail, starting at 1350 Carriage Hills Drive in Eagan.

Educational programs and activities have been relocated to other park facilities, but anyone with questions about activities can call Krista Jensen, parks education coordinator, at 651-554-6534.

The visitor center and trailhead renovations will help the park better manage storm water runoff, improve the trails and add more picnicking and group gathering spaces.

More information about the project can be found online at



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