The Shakopee City Council has declined to sell its old fire station to three area residents who planned to convert it into a microbrewery with a taproom.
The brewery partners offered $100,000 for the building, which most recently was valued at $580,000. Last month the city decided to pursue discussions with the group, choosing the brewery proposal over one from another group seeking to develop an arts center.
City Administrator Mark McNeill said the city plans to hire a commercial broker to market the property, which is in the heart of Shakopee's downtown. No price has been set, he said.
Fred Marschall, one of the brewery partners, said his group was disappointed but will continue to look for other sites in Scott County.
"It's a minor setback," Marschall said.
The brewery proposal called for an opening in June 2013, with initial production of about 2,000 barrels a year. In addition to a taproom, the brewery would have offered tours and onsite sales of beer in refillable glass growlers. Other customers would include restaurants, pubs and liquor stores.
Free, hands-on classes on basic computer skills for those wishing to enhance their job skills are being offered on Tuesdays this fall.
• E-mail basics (how to set up a free e-mail account, send and receive messages, and add attachments): Oct. 2.
• Microsoft Word basics (how to enter and edit text, apply formatting and save files): Oct. 16.
• Microsoft Excel basics (work with spreadsheets, create formulas and build a budget): Oct. 30.
• Microsoft PowerPoint basics (format slide text, add images and select transitions for your presentation): Nov. 13.
All classes are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by calling 952-707-1770. There is space for 16 people per class.
Classes are held at the Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Av. W., Shakopee, second floor on the left.
Teachers come from the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center, and funds are provided by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, a consortium of area libraries.
Candidates for the City Council in Prior Lake will offer their competing visions for the city early next month.
The city's Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum on Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE.
They'll respond to a set list of questions and field some from the audience, in a forum that's open to the public.
The moderator is former council member Chad LeMair. The forum is to be broadcast live, with subsequent repeats, on PLTV, as well as being webcast on demand via the city's website beginning the following day.
Incumbents Warren Erickson and Richard Keeney are seeking to remain in office, while challenges are coming from Richard Bump, Monique Morton and Gene Tremaine. Mayor Mike Myser chose not to run, so Council Member Ken Hedberg is unopposed in his quest to assume that position, but will attend nonetheless.
The third annual Run for the Hills to raise money for a student scholarship is coming up Oct. 13.
The event is hosted by Inver Hills Community College's Student Life division. It's a 5K run/walk that starts at the college.
Registration is $20 if you sign up by Oct. 5, $25 the day of the race. The fee includes a long-sleeve T-shirt for advance registrants only, and snacks and beverages donated by local businesses.
On race day, registration starts at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot, with the event itself at 9. The route traverses the campus and community. To register, visit give.inverhills.edu.
DAVID PETERSON AND SUSAN FEYDER