West news briefs: Edina planning commission seeks new member

  • Updated: July 22, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Ron Gustafson and Don Paulson of the Teddy Bear Band jammed during a concert. The band will play in Mound on July 27.

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Planning Commission needs a member

The city of Edina is looking for a new member for its Planning Commission, which advises the City Council on land use.

Members devote at least six to 10 hours each month attending and preparing for twice-monthly meetings. The commission meets in the evenings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Commissioners participate in additional working groups and studies as time and interest allows.

Applications will be accepted until July 31, and interviews will be conducted in early August. Visit tinyurl.com/l37gmcp to apply. To learn more, contact MJ Lamon at 952-826-0360 or MLamon@EdinaMN.gov.


Achievement gap to be topic of forum

The search for a community solution to the academic achievement gap between white and minority students will be the topic of a free town hall forum from 7 to 8 p.m. July 30 at the gallery of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Road.

The speakers will be John Schultz, Hopkins school superintendent, and Myron Orfield, director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity.

For more information, call 952-935-1753 or go to www.glconline.org.


Police chief to meet with residents July 24

Minnetonka residents can meet new Police Chief Jeff Sebenaler for a walk and talk in the park July 24.

The event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Lone Lake Park, 5624 Shady Oak Road. in Minnetonka (meet in the lower parking lot).

Sebenaler, who was a Minnetonka police captain, was promoted to the top police spot last month.

K-9 event to fund protective dog vests

A fundraiser July 26 will raise money for protective vests for two new police K-9s that recently joined the Minnetonka Police Department.

The fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka. Attendees can see the K-9s and meet their handlers on stage throughout the day, view a demo by the Metro Transit Police K-9s and participate in restaurant specials at the mall to benefit the K-9 protective vest fund. A children’s coloring and crafts table will also be part of the event along with special prize drawings.

The event is put on by the Police K-9 INvest project, a Minnesota nonprofit that raises funds for Minnesota Law Enforcement Canine Units to buy protective vests and vest equipment.

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