South metro news briefs: Candlelit winter outings kick off soon

  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 2:57 PM

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Candlelit winter outings kick off soon

A New Year’s Eve event at Fort Snelling State Park is one of the first of 30 candlelit outings this winter at state parks and trails.

The outings are for skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. They are designed to be family-friendly, on easy terrain, suitable for all ages and abilities.

The Dec. 31 walk at Fort Snelling has drawn 1,500 or more participants in past years, state officials report. Dates and times can be found at

Trails are lined with lanterns or luminaries, and later there are refreshments and a warm-up by a fire.

Some parks rent equipment — typically $6 per person for snowshoes or $10 for cross-country skis, boots and poles.

A vehicle permit is required — $5 for a one-day permit or $25 year-round. Skiers age 16 and older also need a ski pass — $6 for one day or $20 for a season.

The New Year’s Eve event is from 4 to 8 p.m.


Cable rates to rise; firm blames others

Mediacom has notified officials in Savage of upcoming hikes — what the company calls “rate adjustments” — in the cost of cable TV.

Starting in January, for instance, the cost of Showtime rises $2, to $14.95, Starz goes up $2 to $11, and HBO rises $1 to $17.95.

A “local broadcast station surcharge” goes up from $1.61 to $2.12. That’s intended to draw attention, a company official wrote, to the “unjustified fee increases” demanded by local stations.

The letter added that it’s not just those stations; cable and satellite firms are “constantly being pressured by the programmers we buy from to pay more for the channels we carry.”


City’s downtown park is only suburb lauded

Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville’s “Heart of the City” is the only suburban site to be recognized as one of the Twin Cities area’s “best places.”

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