South metro news briefs: Wasps close several city parks in Prior Lake

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 4:11 PM

PRIOR LAKE

Wasps close several city parks for up to two weeks

More bug problems are popping up in Scott County, only this time it isn’t skeeters, it’s a bug that eats skeeters.

Officials in Prior Lake have closed several city parks for up to two weeks due to an infestation of sand wasps.

The parks involved include Boudins, Cardinal Ridge, Fish Point, Green Oaks, Island View, North Shore Oaks, Sand Point Parks and the volleyball court at Sand Point Beach.

The parks shut down by July 25 and were expected to stay closed for 10 to 14 days, the period during which the wasps remain an annoyance.

The wasps “almost never sting humans,” and they “eat flies and mosquitoes and are expected to disappear within a two-week period,” an official announcement said. The city’s website will carry updates.

Rural Scott County has been a major hot spot for mosquitoes this summer.

 

SHAKOPEE

Lost a gun? purse? iPod? BMW keys?

Shakopee police are looking for the owners of a bunch of bikes and other assorted property that has turned up.

The city’s website has a list of the items, and anyone with an idea of who owns them is asked to contact ecarlson@ci.shakopee.mn.us.

The announcement went up late last week, with a promise to destroy or auction the items after two weeks.

The list includes an iPod, a silver wallet, an AT&T flip phone, a 9mm Luger gun, some BMW keys, two mens’ watches and many other items, including a “black wallet w/student ID” and “MN license plates” — no word on why the cops can’t find the owners of the latter two themselves.

 

HASTINGS

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