Apple Valley official to chair transit board

  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Storyteller Nothando Zulu will be at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, helping to celebrate Black History Month.

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Apple Valley City Council member Clint Hooppaw was elected chairman of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority board this month. He replaces two-term chairman Gary Hansen of Eagan.

Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich was elected vice chairman and Savage City Council Member Jane Victorey was re-elected secretary/treasurer.


Teen-driver safety program will be offered Feb. 16

Tire Rack Street Survival, a national teen driver safety program, will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount.

The program, offered by South Carolina-based Tire Rack Street Survival Schools, teaches driver competence using hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations. The program, entering its 12th year, has trained 12,000 drivers.

Students receive a short classroom session and then get behind-the-wheel instruction on braking, skid control and managing everyday driving hazards in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course. Students are taught in their own cars.

The program costs $75 and is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15 to 21. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at

Dakota County

Wide range of activities mark Black History month

The Dakota County Library is celebrating Black History Month with history, music and poetry.

Activities will include presentations by the Minnesota Blues Society to teach kids how to play the blues on the harmonica. Harmonicas will be free. The program is for children ages 8 to 16, and registration is required for sessions from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, and from 11 a.m. to noon March 1 at the Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Av., West St. Paul.

Other activities include Nothando Zulu from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday at the Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville; Daughters of Africa music presented by Mixed Blood Theatre from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Wentworth Library, and poetry readings from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley.

The programs are paid for with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, see and search Black History Month or call 651-450-2900.

Eagan, Rosemount

Interest-free loans offered for energy improvements

Eagan and Rosemount homeowners can receive no-interest loans from the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) to make energy efficiency improvements.

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