South metro news briefs: Rosemount Citizens Police Academy starts soon

  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 4:49 PM

Get off the ice! The Department of Natural Resources is reminding fishermen that it’s nearing time to remove their icehouses from state lakes. See briefs item below.

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2013 Citizens Police Academy to start soon

Learn more about the Rosemount Police Department through the 2013 Citizens Police Academy.

The academy will meet Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting April 1 and ending May 13. Most classes will meet at City Hall.

The academy is free and open to those who live or work in Rosemount and are at least 18 years old. Participants will be subject to a criminal-background check.

For more information, contact officer Beth Richtsmeier at 651-322-2012 or at beth.richts Applications will be accepted through March 4 and are available in the lobby of the Rosemount Police Department or at


Icehouses must be removed by March 4

We’re nearing the moment for icehouses to come off lakes in the southern part of Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources is cautioning.

The deadline in the state’s southern two-thirds is midnight March 4, before the March 18 date for the northern third. The agency warns of “enforcement action” if the deadlines aren’t met.

Officials are entitled to remove, confiscate or destroy structures that don’t meet the deadline.



Gardening can keep lakes cleaner

Burnsville residents are being invited to two workshops this spring on “Planting for Clean Water.”

The aim is to create rain gardens that soak up stormwater which would otherwise carry pollutants to lakes and streams through storm drains. Beautifying yards is a side benefit.

The workshops are March 4 and April 9 at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Pkwy.

Experts from the Dakota County Soil and Watershed Conservation District will showcase “dozens of affordable and inspirational local native gardens, rain gardens and native shoreline stabilization projects that transform bland urban landscapes into beautiful retreats,” an official announcement says.

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