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Continued: Dakota County news briefs: Zoo begins work on Conservation Carousel

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  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 5:11 PM

After her parents died, Constance Shepard Otis inherited the property and continued to use it as a summer home. “Having spent every summer of her life there, Mrs. Otis wanted to ensure that the natural beauty of the property was preserved for future generations in essentially the same form as originally envisioned and created by her parents,’’ Dodge Nature Center said.



Tour senior housing

Senior housing developments sponsored by the Dakota County Community Development Agency will be open for public tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. The list includes: Cameo Place, 3101 Lower 147th St., Rosemount; Haskell Court, 140 E. Haskell St., West St. Paul; Main Street Manor, 8725 209th St., Lake- ville; Mississippi Terrace, 301 Ramsey St., Hastings; and Vermillion River Crossing, 21400 Dushane Pkwy., Farmington.

The open houses will allow people to ask questions about senior housing and learn of other services for seniors.

Bus transportation is available; call 651-675-4432.


Library seeks authors for its annual fair

The Dakota County Library is inviting local authors, illustrators, publishers and literary agents to be part of the annual Local Author Fair. The fair is an opportunity for authors to showcase their work, discuss and sell their books, network and learn more about the writing and publishing business.

The fair will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Western Service Center atrium, 14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley. Bestselling author Lorna Landvik will speak, and the Loft Literary Center will present free writing and publishing workshops.

To participate, submit an application to Tami Richardson, Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, before 5 p.m. Oct. 4. All submissions will be considered, with first preference given to authors from Dakota County. Up to 40 people will be chosen, and those selected will be notified by Oct. 18. There is no fee to apply or participate.

Applications are available at; search “local author fair.”

For more information, see the website or call Tami Richardson at 651-450-2918.


Grant helps restore historic buildings

Farmington buildings that portray a 1900-era rural village will be restored to keep their historic appearance. A recent grant will fund the repair of three buildings that came to Dakota City Heritage Village 30 years ago: the 1867 Vermillion Presbyterian Church; the belfry of the District 96 One Room School; and the 1861 frame building originally built as a school (it will be the home of the soon-to-be-opened Dakota City Gift Shop).

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded the grant to the Dakota County Agricultural Society in late August through the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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  • Minnesota Zoo Director and CEO Lee Ehmke, center, along with zoo supporters, broke ground last month on the Conservation Carousel, scheduled to open in 2014. The carousel’s proceeds will support the Apple Valley zoo’s conservation programs.

  • Courtesy Minnesota Zoo Minnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke spoke at the groundbreaking last month for the Conservation Carousel, scheduled to open in 2014.

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