Briefs: Give ice fishing a try at Eagan clinic on Jan. 18

  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Eagan water resources staff members and volunteers from the Minnesota In-Fisherman’s Club will help with an ice-fishing clinic Jan. 18.

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Registration is underway for Eagan’s Take A Kid Ice Fishing-Try It Clinic, set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Blackhawk Park.

In celebration of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Take A Kid Fishing Day, no fishing licenses are required for the event. Fishing poles and bait also will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair or bucket to sit on.

The city’s water resources staff members and volunteers from the Minnesota In-Fisherman’s Club will be on hand to help people learn one of state’s most popular outdoor winter sports.

Last year more than 200 people — preschoolers to senior citizens — enjoyed the event. Since ice fishing poles are much shorter than standard poles, they are the perfect size for little hands.

The clinic requires preregistration by phone by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 651-675-5500 or online at The class number for registration is 20969.


Library closed for remodeling

The Farmington Library closed for remodeling Dec. 31, and starting Jan. 13, it will open in a temporary location at the Farmington City Hall, 430 Third St., right across the street from the library.

The renovation is scheduled to be finished by June.

A remodeling of the Inver Glen Library in Inver Grove Heights also is underway. That library will remain open during construction, which is scheduled to be finished in summer 2014.

Dakota County

Library’s winter reading program starts

The Dakota County Library’s winter reading program for adults runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 28. Adults are encouraged to read books and share their review of the book with other library readers.

To fill out a “Winter Jackets” book review form, visit the library website and download a form or find out more at the library of your choice.

The book reviews will be anonymous. For every book read and reviewed, participants are entered into a weekly prize drawing. The more books you read and review, the more chances you have to win.

For more information about Winter Jackets, author events or other library programs, call 651-450-2900 or e-mail

Workshops assist people applying for MNsure

Dakota County is offering workshops to assist people in applying for new MNsure health care programs.

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