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The Savage Arts Council organizes City Art Wall exhibits to give residents a free peek at fine art close to home. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

SHAKOPEE

City hires four full-time firefighters

Shakopee City Council has agreed to hire four full-time firefighters to improve the city’s daytime response times.

It also has authorized a study of the future of its main corridor through the older part of town.

The firefighter hirings are a response to challenges suburbs often face in covering daytime fires, when so-called “volunteer” firefighters — actually paid per call — are often far from town, having commuted to jobs. The goal is to improve response times in the Southbridge neighborhood, newer subdivisions south of Hwy. 169.

Four men were chosen from more than 230 applicants after a written test and interviews and will start this month.

The development study, being done along with Scott County, is aimed at the future of the First Avenue corridor from the Hwy. 101 bridge over the Minnesota River to Memorial Park.

In a blog post, Mayor Brad Tabke said of the goal:

“Do we have the opportunity to work together and better utilize all the unused and open space? Could we have an extraordinary mixed-use development like West End or Excelsior & Grand [two developments in St. Louis Park combining multifamily housing units with shops and restaurants]? This study will help us understand the possibilities and market Historic Downtown Shakopee.”

Hunting rules outlined in Shakopee

Shakopee is reminding folks to follow the rules concerning hunting within the city.

Shotguns, BB guns and bows and arrows can be used only in the area north of the Minnesota River and west of County Road 101; the area south of Vierling Drive and east of Spencer Street (County Road 79); and the area east of Valleyfair and north of County Road 101.

Shooting needs 40 acres or more of adjoining tracts of land, with written permission of landowners, and never within 500 feet of a building or public road.

For more information about city hunting regulations, including a map, go to www.ci.shakopee.mn.us/hunting.cfm.

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