West news briefs: Chanhassen mayor won't run again

  • Updated: August 5, 2014 - 2:54 PM

On Friday, Aug. 8, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen will offer free admission to Carver County residents.

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Mayor Tom Furlong won’t run again

Chanhassen Mayor Tom Furlong has announced that he will not run for another term as mayor. He was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

Council Member Denny Laufenburger has filed to run for mayor. He has served on the council since 2011.

During Furlong’s tenure, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the city’s bond rating from A to AAA — the best rating available and a rating that fewer than 20 cities in Minnesota currently have. Money Magazine has consistently ranked Chanhassen among the top 10 on its “Best Places to Live” list. And in a recent citizens’ survey, 97 percent of the respondents rated the city’s quality of life as excellent or good.

Arboretum offers a day for its neighbors

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will salute its neighbors on Friday, when Carver County and Chanhassen residents can get in free all day with proof of residency.

The day will begin with a welcoming ceremony with refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. Local government and Arboretum officials will offer brief remarks, followed by the distribution of gift bags on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can enjoy the following offerings:

• “Nature in Glass: The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith”: Thirty-two glass sculptures.

• “Butterflies: Beauty in Flight”: An exhibit of live butterflies in the Snyder Building’s Conservatory (fee is $3).

• The Harrison Sculpture Garden at High Point on Three-Mile Drive.

• Gardens of roses, perennials, hostas and annuals.

• The Maze Garden on Three-Mile Drive.

• Free guided walking tours of the gardens, departing the Oswald Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m.


Car dealership hosts British car show

A Golden Valley car dealership will host a free car show Aug. 16 of classic British cars.

The Royal British Car Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jaguar/Land Rover of Minneapolis, located at 8905 Wayzata Blvd. in Golden Valley.

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