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  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 2:10 PM

Scott County

Jazz and jazzy drinks at fundraising event

Jazz music and Prohibition-era cocktails will be on offer in March at a Scott County Historical Society event in connection with its Prohibition-themed exhibit, “Outside the Law.”

The charity event, with silent auction, takes place March 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Turtles 1890 Social Centre, Shakopee. Music is by the David Birrow Group.

Tickets are $15; must be 21+ to attend. Purchase online at http://bit.ly/1dCTumw.

The society is at 952-445-0378 or sherrick@scottcountyhistory.org,

The venue is at 112 S. Lewis St. in downtown Shakopee.

Shakopee

State’s first mini-roundabout coming

What Shakopee officials are calling not only their first but the state’s first mini-roundabout should be finished by mid-July.

The City Council has approved an agreement with Scott County to install it at Vierling Drive and County Road 78 (Spencer Street).

Mini-roundabouts have a smaller footprint than regular roundabouts.

While four-way-stop intersections back up during morning and evening peak hours, officials say, roundabouts allow a smoother flow.

Neighbors worry about pedestrian safety, but officials say the roundabouts improve safety, offering better lighting, narrower crossing lanes and a middle refuge island.

The federal government will fund up to $200,000, and the county and city split the rest, likely about $40,000 for each party.

The intersection will close for three weeks in June. Officials are trying to ensure that construction doesn’t overlap with the Vierling Drive-Marschall Road work that is to begin in July.

For more on various projects: www.shakopeemn.gov/roadprojects.

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