West metro town briefs: Plymouth residents' donations fund police K9 vest

  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Knight, the Plymouth Police Department’s newest K-9 officer, sports a bulletproof and stab-proof protective vest.

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Residents’ donations fund police K-9 vest

Donations from Plymouth residents have helped ensure that all three police K-9s have bullet- and stab-protective vests.

The city received two protective vests last fall from Massachusetts-based nonprofit Vested Interest in K-9s, which purchases and donates the vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the country. The vests went to Plymouth Police Officer Matt Gliniany for his K-9 partner, Stryker, a German shepherd, and to Officer Bill Dane for his K-9, Odie, a Belgian Malinois.

But news that one more K-9 was without a vest spurred residents to donate, including an anonymous donation of $1,000, so that a third vest could go to the department’s newest K-9, Knight, a German shepherd partnered with Office Steve Larson.

Protective vests are valued at about $1,000 and have a five-year warranty. For more information about Vested Interest in K-9s, call 508-824-6978 or visit www.vik9s.org.

Event will raise money for senior services

Plymouth Senior Services will host its annual Belgian waffle breakfast fundraiser on Feb. 2 to raise money for senior programs.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Av. N. It includes all-you-can-eat waffles, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost to attend is $7 for guests ages 6 and older and $4 for ages 5 and younger; payment will be collected at the door.

For more information, call 763-509-5280.

Skate with the mayor at Parkers Lake Feb. 7

Plymouth residents are invited to “Skate With the Mayor” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Parkers Lake warming house, County Road 6 and Niagara Lane.

This free annual event provides an opportunity for residents to converse — and ice skate — with Mayor Kelli Slavik. A bonfire and treats will be provided.

Fire & Ice Festival coming up Feb. 1

The city of Plymouth will hold its 25th annual Fire & Ice Festival from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Parkers Lake Park.

The free event will include recycling-bin races, a youth ice fishing contest, a goofy hat contest, a petting zoo, hayrides, pony and sled-dog rides, miniature golf, snow bowling, a bonfire with s’mores and hot chocolate, and recreational skating. Three food trucks will be present.

Entertainment will include a performance by Sköl Line, the drumline of the Minnesota Vikings, at 5 p.m., followed by the folkloric dance group Asi Es Mi Perú at 5:45 p.m. The finale of the evening — fireworks sponsored by the Plymouth Civic League — will begin around 6:30 p.m.

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