Briefs: Recycle lights before and after Christmas

  • Updated: November 23, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Author Michael Perry will make an appearance in Inver Grove Heights.

ProAct is teaming up with the Recycling Association of Minnesota for “Recycle Your Holidays,” a program to collect and process holiday lights, electric, appliance and phone cords for recycling from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31.

Note that cord adapters, battery packs, plastic rope lights and CFL lights are not accepted.

The holiday season program is the latest expansion by ProAct, which began with beverage containers and later added plastic bags. The nonprofit serving people with disabilities will contribute toward the association’s annual goal to collect 200,000 pounds of holiday lights.

ProAct has 32 collection locations. To find one go to .

Dakota county

Comments sought on Lebanon Hills plan

A 60-day public review and comment period for Dakota County’s Lebanon Hills Regional Park Master Plan is open until Jan. 18. The county invites members of the public to comment on a variety of proposed elements in the plan, including natural resource restoration and the construction of a paved trail.

At an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Av. in Apple Valley, residents may meet with staff, learn more about the plan and comment in person.

Comments may also be offered by e-mail to; by mail to Dakota County Office of Planning, attn.: Mary Jackson, 14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley, MN 55124; or by filling out a comment card at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan.

Highlights of the park’s master plan include the restoration of landscapes to promote cleaner water and wildlife habitat; 46 miles of natural trails for hiking, mountain biking and skiing; a 6.5-mile paved trail and up to 1.5 miles of lake loop trails, which would be open in all seasons; lakeside picnic areas, camper cabins and natural play areas.

A draft of the master plan can be viewed online, at the visitor center at the park, or at any Dakota County library. For more information or to see the plan online, visit and search Lebanon Hills Master Plan.

Author Michael Perry at Veterans Center

Dakota County Library will sponsor a book reading and discussion with New York Times best-selling author and humorist Michael Perry from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Perry will talk about his nonfiction books, Visiting Tom, Population 485, Truck and Coop, and sign copies of the books, which will be available for purchase.

The event is funded by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

For information, visit and search calendar of events or call 651-450-2900.

South St. Paul

Tree lighting next Sunday at Central Square

South St. Paul will hold its annual tree lighting from 4 to 6 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 1, at Central Square Community Center, 100 N. 7th Av.

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