Cities south of the river are not among the leaders in new homes this year, as 2013 draws to a close.
Data compiled by the Keystone Report for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities shows that places like Maple Grove and Plymouth top the list for new units, while traditional leaders such as Shakopee and Lakeville trail behind.
Metrowide for October, the number of permits for single-family homes was up nearly 40 percent metro-wide over the same month in 2012.
As is becoming routine, Minneapolis leads in units for the year so far, with nearly 2,600, benefiting from a strong market in apartments.
Lakeville is second in number of permits (302), meaning it’s drawing detached single-family homes.
Recycle shoes, don’t throw them away
Residents of three Dakota County suburbs are invited to recycle old shoes rather than throw them away.
Drop-offs will take place from Nov. 11-17 in each community. Shoes can be of any type and in any condition.
They are collected by a firm called USAgain LLC and either reused or turned into new products.
Last year, the program helped keep 11,000 pounds of shoes out of landfills.
Drop-off locations include:
• Burnsville Ice Center, 251 Civic Center Pkwy., Burnsville (a container inside the building): Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Drive, (a container outside).
• Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road (a container inside): Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To learn more, call 952-895-4511 or visit www.DakotaVal leyRecycling.org.