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Continued: West news briefs: Hopkins Raspberry Festival fundraiser is Saturday

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City offers grants for landscaping

The city of Plymouth is offering grants to promote landscaping strategies that reduce irrigation and storm water runoff. The deadline to apply is April 26.

Property owners, community associations, businesses, schools, non-profits and other community organizations are eligible to apply for the grants. Up to $500 may be awarded for eligible projects. The total amount available in 2013 is $5,000.

Activities include replacing portions of a lawn with plants that require less irrigation, fertilizer or chemicals; reducing impervious surfaces through plantings, pervious pavers or other means; increasing native plants; installing a rain garden; creating a buffer area of native plants near a lake, wetland or creek; conserving water through the use of moisture sensors on irrigation systems, rain barrels, xeriscape or other water conservation techniques.

For more information, go to or call 763-509-5500.



Tame the Internet beast at home

Our Savior Lutheran Church & School in Excelsior is sponsoring a free seminar on Internet and cell phone safety for kids and teens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12.

This workshop will show parents how to address issues of Internet access, screen time and cell phone use, and their impact on children’s values and beliefs.

It will be feature Jim and Lynne Jackson, founders of Connected Families and co-authors of “How to Grow a Connected Family and Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart.”

Our Savior Lutheran is located at 23290 Hwy. 7 in Excelsior. For more information, contact Lindsey Hudson at 952-465-4194 or or visit

Lion’s crappie contest is April 20

People of all ages are invited to the Lake Minnetonka Area Lion’s Club Crappie Contest on Saturday, April 20, at Bayview Event Center, 687 Excelsior Blvd.

There are prizes for the biggest crappie, a silent auction to benefit the American Diabetes Association of Minnesota, a raffle, music and free prizes for kids 14 and under.

Registration is $5. For more information and to register, go to



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