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  • Last update: April 30, 2013 - 11:09 PM

Detour signs went up as construction started on the Hwy. 5/Hwy. 13 project last week. The first phase concentrates on Hwy. 5 south of Hwy. 13, including Williams Drive in Burnsville.

The roadway north of Williams up to the gas station driveway will be closed for about five weeks, though drivers can get to Greenwood Drive. Williams will be down to one lane in both directions for much of the five weeks.

For e-mailed updates, contract, typing “CP 05-41 Updates” in the subject line. You may also call 952-891-7926.

Cities support new street-funding tool

A smattering of cities south of the river have expressed support for legislation offering a new means of paying for street improvements, the League of Minnesota Cities reports.

The concept is called “street improvement districts.” It grants cities the right to collect fees from property owners to pay for street maintenance, construction and reconstruction. So far, about 75 city councils have passed resolutions of support, the league reports.

South of the river, cities listed as passing resolutions include Jordan and Mendota Heights. Informal support has come from Farmington and Inver Grove Heights.

Supporters say the goal is to substitute small fees over time at least in part for other tools such as special assessments, which are often crushingly expensive and politically difficult.

Scott County

Mayors cheerfully go ‘Outside the Law’

The mayor and former mayor of Shakopee will be among those stepping “Outside the Law” as a new exhibit on gambling history and other features of Prohibition-era Scott County opens at the Scott County Historical Society this month.

The society hosts a casino night on May 23 at 7 p.m. to cele­brate the opening of an exhibit called “Outside the Law.”

Among those playing blackjack, roulette and craps will be Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke and his predecessor, John Schmitt, the society reports.

There also will be Charleston dance lessons, samples of gin and a cash bar with wine and beer as well as appetizers.

Tickets are $5 for society members, $10 for non-members during presale, and $15 at the door. You must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are online at

The society is located at 235 Fuller St. S. in Shakopee.


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  • Scott County Vice: During Prohibition, confiscated slot machines were stored in an empty jail cell and then demolished by authorities. A new exhibit, “Outside the Law,” at the Scott County Historical Society will open May 23 with a casino night.

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