South news briefs: Youth gala to raise money for Dakota County mentors

  • Updated: September 24, 2013 - 3:46 PM

Dakota County

Youth gala to raise money for mentors

Kids ’n Kinship, a nonprofit organization that matches children to mentors in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount, is putting on a youth gala Oct. 6.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville. The night will feature a performance from The Voice celebrity Tim Mahoney. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom will serve as master of ceremonies, and the event will offer dinner, a silent auction, wine cork pull and purse tag pull.

Tickets are $40 each or $280 for a table of eight, from Sponsorships are available.

“We have grown a community through relationships,” said Kids ’n Kinship Executive Director Jan Belmore. It is one of nine programs in the state to achieve “expert” status with Mentoring Partnership Minnesota, she said.

The program currently has 70 children matched with a mentor, and at any given time 50 children are on a waiting list.

For more information, go to or call 952-892-6368.


Tone of city’s sign discussed

Prior Lake’s City Council was expected this week to discuss what tone to take with visitors and others on a big new city sign.

The options included a finger-wagging admonition, a factual description of location, and some cheerful greetings: “Have a Nice Day,” “Thanks for Visiting,” “Drive Safely,” “Please Come Again” or simply “Now Leaving Downtown Prior Lake.”

The decision was to come after the deadline for this edition, but it concerns a major new monument sign to be erected near downtown as a part of a road realignment of a route leading from Hwy. 13 to the heart of the downtown area.


Dog park delayed for at least a year

The proposed dog park at Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve won’t be happening this year.

Savage City Administrator Barry Stock has told council members that he doesn’t expect the Three Rivers Parks District, the Hennepin County-based entity that oversees Scott County’s regional parks, to review the concept at the board level till October.

“Since fall is rapidly approaching, there is no chance for any improvements yet this year,” he said.

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