South news briefs: Open house is next week for I-35 ‘Carmageddon’

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON and LIALA HELAL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 9, 2013 - 4:01 PM

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Open house is next week for I-35 ‘Carmageddon’

They may be planning to ruin your life, but at least they’re being open about it.

There’s an open house next week for folks who want to know more about the massive disruptions expected this summer as the state does a major overhaul on Interstate 35 and I-35E from Elko New Market to Eagan.

The entire southbound portion of a segment of that roadway will shut down for up to 30 days, officials are warning, along with other lane closures and intersection work.

The open house is Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the new Elko New Market Library, 110 J. Roberts Way.

There will be a short presentation at 7:45 a.m., and officials informed about the project will be there throughout to offer information and answer questions.

There’s also a website devoted to the plans at

You can request an ASL or foreign language interpreter by calling 651-366-4720.


Scott County

‘Conservation Day’ covers soil, plants

Conservation Day, covering environmentally friendly practices in the suburbs and exurbs, is next week at the Scott County Fairgrounds.

The April 19 event will be devoted to topics such as rain gardens, planting wildflowers, choosing trees and shrubs for a yard, composting and environment-friendly lawn care.

It’s the third annual version, sponsored by the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District.

It starts at noon and runs to 6 p.m. The fairgrounds are in Jordan, on the Minnesota River side of Hwy. 169.

Door prizes and free hot dogs and refreshments are being offered as inducements. You can also get your well water tested for nitrates.

Every half-hour there’s a 15-minute conservation talk, and master gardeners and other experts will be on hand to field questions.

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