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Continued: West news briefs: Smart-driver classes offered in Bloomington

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  • Last update: June 24, 2014 - 2:04 PM


Smart-driver classes run through summer

Drivers who are age 50 and older can refresh their driving skills and perhaps qualify for lower insurance rates with the AARP Smart Driver Program, which has new classes starting in July, August and September. Dates are listed at To register for a class, contact Creekside at 952-563-4944, TTY 952-563-4933. Cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers.


Host families sought for exchange students

The Hopkins and Minnetonka Rotary Clubs are looking for families to host new exchange students starting in late August. Each family takes a student for three to four months while Rotary is responsible for overseeing students’ visits and paying their expenses.

A family with a Hopkins High School student is preferred for at least one of the families. Host families must live in the Hopkins School District, have a bed for the student (they can share a room with a same-gender “sibling”) and an open heart to learn about the student and their country.

Interested families should contact Angela Schatz at 612-328-0058 or or Katie Williams at 952-988-4967 or


Burwell House open for summer tours

Minnetonka’s Charles H. Burwell House is open for tours until the end of August.

The historic house, located at 13209 E. McGinty Road., is open for tours through Aug. 30 on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. (July 5: 12 to 2 p.m.) No reservations are required and tours are free. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, go to


City manager Harmening wins award

St. Louis Park City Manager Tom Harmening has been selected as the League of Minnesota Cities Leadership Award winner for 2014. The award is given annually in celebration of outstanding service.

Harmening, who has served as city manager since 2004 and has worked in a number of other capacities for the city since 1995, was cited by one of his nominators for “aiding efforts over the past 20 years to transform St. Louis Park from an aging suburb that easily could have fallen victim to the housing crisis and economic downturn, to a thriving suburb bustling with redevelopment, strong schools, one of the best housing stocks in the Twin Cities, and a community that is honored over and over again as one of 100 Best Places to Live For Young People.”


Wayzata art show set for this weekend

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