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

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Work is expected to be completed by October and will include repairs to windows, doors and siding, along with retucking chimneys, treating lead paint and repainting.

The buildings are among 17 historic buildings used for education programs, located at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. More than 5,000 students visit each year to experience agricultural and rural life in Dakota County as it was more than a century ago.

 

ROSEMOUNT

Businesses donate to new city athletic site

Flint Hills Resources and four other Minnesota companies have donated more than $80,000 worth of goods and services to Rosemount’s new athletic complex.

The money will go toward paving parking lots. The Rosemount City Council approved the donation Tuesday, and paving work was set to begin Thursday.

The five companies collaborated to donate materials and labor to pave the lots. Flint Hills donated $57,000 for liquid asphalt, Pine Bend Paving donated $12,000 for the paving, Barton Sand & Gravel donated $10,000 for asphalt mixing and Kane Transport donated $800 for oil transportation. In 2007, Flint Hills donated the 57-acre property to the city, valued at $2.7 million.

The new complex is two miles southwest of the Pine Bend refinery, at the intersection of Akron Avenue and Bonaire Path. City leaders plan to build athletic fields at that site to meet the growing demand for sports fields in the city.

SUSAN FEYDER, LIALA HELAL, LAURIE BLAKE and DYLAN BELDEN

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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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