Two open houses have been set to provide residents, businesses and commuters information about the new Robert Street Transitway Alternatives Study.
The first open house will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dakota County Northern Service Center, Room 110, 1 W. Mendota Road, West St. Paul. A presentation will begin at 5 p.m.
The second open house is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul. A presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.
At each open house, staff members will be on hand to present the proposed study approach for the project, discuss current and future transit needs, and answer questions.
For more information, call 952-891-7986 or visit www.robertstreettransit.com.
People aspiring to be small business owners can get free advice at workshops at Dakota County libraries.
Confidential counseling on planning and operating a small business is offered by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) at Wescott Library in Eagan from 5-7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and at the Heritage Library in Lakeville from 2-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month through mid-December.
WomenVenture, a nonprofit that supports women-owned businesses, will host two sessions -- open to both men and women -- this fall:
• Business Survival Skills, on Oct. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Galaxie Library in Apple Valley, will cover time and financial commitments of launching a business.
• Get a Lender to Say Yes, on Nov. 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Galaxie Library, will feature presentations on small business finance and loan approval.
For more information on the workshops, go to www.dakota county.us/library or call 651-450-2943.
Farmington resident Robin Hanson has accepted the city's offer to become finance director. The City Council is expected to approve a contract at its Sept. 17 meeting, and Hanson would start Sept. 20, said Brenda Wendlandt, human resources director.
Hanson, who will make $76,447, will replace Teresa Walters, who resigned in June.
Hanson has been out of the paid workforce for a dozen years while raising her children, but she has served as treasurer for several Farmington groups, including Lord of Life Church, Farmington Youth Basketball Association and the Tiger Fan Club.
She worked for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency from 1987 to 2000, and before that was a tax accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick for four years.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will host a "A Respectful Conversation on the Marriage Amendment" on Thursday.
The event from 6-9 p.m. is meant to provide a forum for discussion "that will focus not on changing minds but on softening hearts while discussing a divisive issue in Minnesota," according to a news release from the Minnesota Council of Churches.
Pre-registration is required online at www.mnchurches.org or by phone at the Minnesota Council of Churches, 612-230-3344, or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 952-435-8102.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 13901 Fairview Drive in Burnsville.
A groundbreaking will be held at 4 p.m. Monday for Kingsley Shores Senior Living, a 101-unit complex at 11287 Klamath Trail in Lakeville.
The three-story project will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care senior housing near Kenwood Trail, west of Interstate 35.
It sits next to the Chart House restaurant, where refreshments will be served. Former Chart House owner Frank Schoeben developed the project, which will be managed by SilverCrest Properties of St. Louis Park. Schoeben said Kingsley Shores will employ about 50 full- and part-time workers.
Two south metro nonprofits that help people in need are teaming up for an international-themed feast and fundraiser later this month.
The proceeds from the Zest event on Sept. 20 will go to Cheerful Givers, which provides birthday gifts to less-fortunate children, and the Eagan and Lakeville Resource Center food shelves serving Dakota County.
Zest will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Lost Spur Golf and Event Center, 2750 Sibley Hwy. in Eagan. Guests will have a chance to sample food from local restaurants. College City Brewery will offer samples, and a cash bar will be available.
Entertainment includes traditional music by Trio Mexico, a performance by Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater, and a conversation with Barb Schaller, a five-time Minnesota State Fair canning champion. There will also be a silent auction and drawings for prizes.
The city of Eagan accepted a $700 donation from Target Corp. to purchase surveillance equipment for the police department. It will be used to investigate retail theft.
The city also accepted a $3,500 donation from the Eagan Citizen Crime Prevention Association for the purchase of a police dog. The new dog will replace Maverick, who died earlier this year of cancer.
AND LAURIE BLAKE