Briefs: Burnsville narrows city manager search field

  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 5:04 PM

The Valley School in Denmark Township near Hastings is one of the oldest schoolhouses left in Minnesota.

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Burnsville City Council will interview three finalists Tuesday for the city manager position just vacated by Craig Ebeling.

Thirty two people applied for the job.

The three finalists are Heather Johnston, Burnsville’s Director of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer; Mark McNeill, Shakopee city administrator; and Walter Wysopal, city manager of North St. Paul.

Ebeling’s last day was Friday. Public Works Director Steve Albrecht has been named interim city manager until Ebeling’s replacement is hired.


Health event scheduled in Hastings

Dakota County Simple Steps and A Healthier Hastings 4 All will sponsor a wellness initiative that will kick off with an event from 11 a.m. to noon April 1, at Regina Medical Center, 1175 Nininger Road, Hastings.

Participants can learn about Simple Steps and A Heathlier Hastings, take a 15-minute walk around the Regina campus and enter drawings for health-related prizes.

The Simple Steps walking program, which is in its sixth year, has participants record their walking time online to be eligible for prizes. Online resources like walking tips and maps of interesting walking routes in Dakota County are available to those in the program. Since 2007, more than 4,000 participants have logged upward of 12 million minutes of walking.

Registration for Simple Steps is open through June 15, and the program runs through July 31. To register, call 651-554-6100 or visit and search Simple Steps.


Council plans hearing on construction projects

The public will have a chance to give its input on possible construction projects April 1 when Hastings City Council will be hold a public hearing to receive comments on the city’s proposed 2013 Infrastructure Improvements program.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. at Hastings City Hall.

The plan includes construction on 10th Street East & Progress Drive; Conzemius Park; CP Adams Park; the Vermillion River Levee; and a small portion of Malcolm Avenue.

Program to address historic schoolhouse

Saving one of the oldest schoolhouses in Minnesota will be the focus of a Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings meeting and presentation set for April 9 at 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate, at 1629 Vermillion St. in Hastings.

The program is expected to address the history of the restored Valley School of Denmark Township and the urgency in ensuring that it will be a “treasure for generations to come.” Denmark Township Historical Society’s Mavis and Bob Voigt will head the presentation.

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