South metro news briefs: Inver Hills hosts cybersecurity competition

  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 3:53 PM


The stories behind historical objects

Scott County’s Historical Society is hosting an evening of storytelling as it hosts a new exhibit, “Storied Treasures: Highlighting the Collections of the Scott County Historical Society.”

The opening event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. The goal is to tell stories associated with objects from the past: what they are, how they were used, who owned them and what they mean.

Admission is free for society members, and $4 for other adults and $2 for students. To learn more, call 952-445-0378 or e-mail


Cybersecurity competition at college

A community college in Dakota County is hosting a competition aimed at inspiring young people to get into the field of cybersecurity, defending the nation’s computers from online attacks.

Inver Hills, in Inver Grove Heights, is one of 10 community colleges nationally chosen by the federal government to hold a state competition, officials say. The Minnesota Cyber Aces competition will be the third, after New Jersey and Virginia.

The first round takes place Oct. 15, and it’s called Cyber Aces Online: three online modules.

No formal experience is required to take part. High school and college students, and veterans, are encouraged to join in. Register at

The most successful 10 percent of those taking part will be invited to the college March 15 for a championship round. People from the private sector, government and nonprofits will offer face-to-face challenges.

To learn more, call 651- 450-3526 or e-mail


Artist exhibit set at City Hall

An artist who works with a spray bottle and blow dryer is being featured at Savage’s City Hall.

Rick Mittlestadt of Prior Lake is exhibiting acrylic and watercolor paintings until Oct. 3 at the City Art Wall, 6000 McColl Drive.

The artist does traditional landscapes as well as abstract paintings. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so he uses a spray bottle to keep paint wet as he works on it, and a blow dryer if it gets too wet. He calls the resulting works “a gift of enchantment, amusement and emotional connection.”

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