South news briefs: On area lakes, take the slow boat home

  • Updated: June 24, 2014 - 1:58 PM

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On area lakes, take the slow boat home

Unusually high-water levels on Crystal Lake in southeast Burnsville and Lake O’Dowd in Shakopee mean new rules for boats. Travel speeds must be reduced to eliminate all wakes and waves on the water, Burnsville officials say.

The goal is to protect the shoreline and personal property of homeowners from erosion.

Dakota County sheriff’s officers will patrol the lake, and restrictions remain in effect until further notice.

For more information, call Burnsville Natural Resources at 952-895-4550.

Shakopee and a rural township declared an “emergency slow no-wake” for Lake O’Dowd.

Mayor Brad Tabke and Louisville Town Board Chair John Weckman enacted the temporary zone for up to 30 days. It will be lifted once the water body has fallen to a certain lower level for three consecutive days.

There Scott County sheriff’s office will be responsible for enforcement.

Scott County

Build pioneer toys and paper airplanes

Scott County’s Historical Society and libraries this summer will offer free hands-on programs for children and families.

A program on ball & cup toys will teach kids what pioneer kids did for fun, and yield a toy to bring home.

That one is offered at the following times and places:

Jordan, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and Shakopee, 1:30 p.m.; Belle Plaine on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Savage at 1:30 p.m.

A program on Victorian silhouettes introduces kids to the mysterious art of silhouette-making, using shadows and light to create portraits of family and friends!

For that one: Prior Lake July 8 at 10:30, and New Prague at 1:30; Shakopee July 17 at 10:30 and Savage at 1:30.

A program creating World War II Paper Airplanes and doing Code-Breaking:

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