Briefs: Dakota County expands recycling; Apple Valley OKs liquor license

  • Updated: April 13, 2013 - 4:30 PM

A 4-mile section of the Mississippi River Regional Trail through Spring Lake Park Reserve is in the planning stages. A chance for public input will come this week at a meeting Wednesday in Hastings. Dakota County is expected to approve a final alignment in May.


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Dakota County is expanding the list of items accepted for recycling at the Recycling Zone, at 3365 Dodd Road in Eagan.

Besides basic plastic bottles and jugs, the recycling center is now accepting yogurt, pudding and fruit cups; plastic tubs from margarine, cottage cheese and other foods; and produce, deli and take-out containers. Cartons such as those for juice, soup, wine and milk are also being accepted for free from residents and businesses.

For a complete list of items accepted for recycling, visit and search “Recycling Zone.”


Spoon restaurant gets limited liquor license

Four months after yanking the liquor license from Spoon Restaurant in Apple Valley, the Apple Valley City Council voted 3-2 this month to offer the restaurant a more limited wine and beer license.

With this provision comes the understanding that the establishment would hold only private events — like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries — and have two security personnel present at all events.

In January, the council revoked the liquor license for the restaurant at 14871 Granada Av. because its hip-hop live music events had drawn police calls and the restaurant had been cited for fire code violations. It was the first time a liquor license had been denied by the city.

Since then Spoon has added new electrical wiring and promised to add two security personnel — one employee and one from a security company — for all events. The restaurant was seeking a full liquor license.

Council Members Ruth Grendahl and Tom Goodwin and Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland voted to give the restaurant only a limited license, saying Spoon must restore the city’s trust in its operation. The license is in effect until the end of the year.

Cognac is traditionally the only liquor served and preferred by the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian patrons of the restaurant, an attorney for the establishment said. The wine and beer license will not allow that to be served.


Library sponsors ‘Know Your Money’

Dakota County Library will host a “Know Your Money Resource Fair” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley. It will feature award-winning financial columnist Gail MarksJarvis as keynote speaker.

MarksJarvis is the author of “Saving for Retirement (without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery).” She regularly delivers financial advice on television and radio stations nationwide.

Her presentation at the library will help families navigate financial issues such as escaping debt, paying for college and investing in the future.

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