Forum targets water invasive species
Several west metro groups are part of a symposium next week on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts, the Water Sports Industry Association, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and Tonka Bay Marina are presenting a half-day forum on AIS next Wednesday, March 19.
The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul and includes a discussion about the role of the boat industry and other private-sector partners in preventing the spread of AIS.
Registration for the half-day forum, which includes lunch, is $35. For the complete agenda and registration details, go to www.mnwatershed.org.
Plymouth will host City Sampler event
Plymouth is hosting its seventh-annual City Sampler event on Saturday, March 15.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. It will include a chance to meet the mayor and City Council members, provide feedback, ask questions of a city forester, or attend presentations by a police K-9 officer and his dog at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Visitors can also win door prizes, buy low-cost bike helmets, order from the annual tree and shrub sale and meet city staff members.
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Energy assistance hours extended
The energy assistance program offered by Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is extending its hours to manage the increase in energy assistance applications in response to expanded eligibility guidelines and the recent string of subzero days. The program now is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The office is at 8800 Hwy. 7, Suite 401, St. Louis Park.
“Working families cannot afford to take time off to get the assistance they need. The extended hours will better accommodate their schedules and make our services more accessible,” said Scott Zemke, the partnership’s director of operations.
As Minnesota’s propane shortage continues, along with a colder-than-normal winter, Gov. Mark Dayton expanded eligibility for Minnesota’s low-income home energy assistance program. He extended eligibility for heating assistance from 50 percent of the state median income to 60 percent.
CAPSH estimates that 10,800 more suburban Hennepin County households will now qualify for the energy assistance program. For more information, go to www.capsh.org/energyassistance or call 952-930-3541.