South metro news briefs: Access added for famed trout stream

  • Updated: April 15, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Dakota County

Access added for famed trout stream

If you’d like to head out trout fishing this month, there are two more miles of shoreline to try out along the Vermillion River.

The state has bought a 52-acre area half a mile north of Dakota County Road 66 along County 79, with 4,100 feet of river shoreline.

There’s also a 62-acre land buy on the south branch of the Vermillion, south of County Road 66 and west of Hwy. 52.

That parcel has 6,900 feet of shoreline, and is a cold refuge for trout in hot weather.

Hunters, trappers and wildlife viewers will have access as well to habitat for pheasants, turkeys, ducks, doves, deer and other wildlife.

The two cost $384,200, with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Dakota County also contributed.

The Vermillion is a trophy brown trout stream close to a major metro area. Since 2005, the state has protected nearly 10 miles of its shoreline.

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Three suburbs offer inexpensive plants

Savage, Prior Lake and Burnsville are offering low-cost plants this spring, though only to their own residents.

Savage and Prior Lake are jointly offering trees: 13 varieties at the wholesale price, ranging from $8 to $40.

Pickups are 9 to 11 a.m. May 3 at the Savage Public Works Building, though quantities will be limited and sales are first-come, first-served.

The building is at 13770 Dakota Av. Questions can go to 952-224-3400.

Burnsville is selling bare root trees, native shrubs and plants.

The sale is April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or until all trees, shrubs and plants are sold.

It’s at the former maintenance facility, 75 Civic Center Pkwy.

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