South news briefs: Dakota forum to offer help on insurance programs

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 1:54 PM


Forum to offer help on insurance programs

Dakota County will host a health care forum with presentations on Medicare and MNsure from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 1801 Cliff Road E., Burnsville.

Those attending will be able to get assistance from counselors about signing up for MNsure health care programs.

The presentation on Medicare will be from 6:15-6:45 p.m., followed by the MNsure presentation from 6:45-7:15. General information and MNsure assistance will be available from 6-8 p.m.

To sign up for MNsure, bring the name, date of birth, Social Security number and income information for any individual with whom you jointly file taxes or whom you declare as a dependent.

Scott County

Don’t be alarmed if fire breaks out here

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is planning to set more fires — about 140 acres’ worth — this fall.

A so-called “prescribed burn” is done to replicate natural fires after green foliage dies and turns brown. Locations include:

• 5 acres at Lakefront Park, Prior Lake

• 30 acres at Spring Lake Park Reserve, southeast of County Road 82 and Howard Lake Road

• 20 acres of Scott County land southwest of Hwy. 282 and Redwing Trail

• 5 acres northwest off Hwy. 13 and Five Hawks Avenue in Prior Lake Lake.

Burns release native seeds, add nutrients to soil, rejuvenate native grasses, remove dead biomass, kill invasive species and reduce the risk of later wildfires.

Other fires are being started on land within the reservation, but all are being done by tribal staff at no cost to the requesting jurisdictions.


Burnsville schedules sessions on budget

The Burnsville City Council is developing next year’s ­budget and has sessions on the subject scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 26. The council is scheduled to adopt the budget Dec. 3.

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