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Children participated in the 2012 “Take a Kid Fishing Day” at Thompson County Park in West St. Paul.

Courtesy of Dakota County,

Dakota County news briefs :Kids will dive into fishing event

  • May 25, 2013 - 4:03 PM

Dakota County will host a gathering to encourage experienced anglers to teach children ages 15 and older how to fish. It will be from noon to 4 p.m. June 9 at Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Av. E., West St. Paul.

The event has drawn several hundred people in the past.

The county will provide lessons on how to set up a rod, tie on tackle and cast a line. Children will see live fish up-close and take part in other activities. The event is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Neighborhood House, Recycled Fish and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Apple Valley

City will add land to historic cemetery

Apple Valley plans to buy another 3 acres for the city’s Lebanon Cemetery at Pilot Knob Road and County Road 42.

The additional land will allow for a new entrance on the east side of the cemetery, said Jean Bryant, cemetery public works coordinator for the city.

The city has owned the cemetery since 1998. It was established in 1863 at the time of the Civil War, when the area was Lebanon Township. Until the city took it over, it was run by a private board of trustees. Many of the people who built Apple Valley are buried in the cemetery, which is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

FARMINGTON

Mother’s Day 5K rescheduled

The city of Farmington’s Mother’s Day 5K has been rescheduled for Saturday. The May event was canceled because of weather.

The race is part of the second annual Outdoor Adventure Series, through the service MaxaMom Events. Parents and children will follow an adventure map, dressed as superheroes. MaxaMom strives to empower single parents and help them “recognize their daily heroism,” according to a MaxaMom news release.

The race is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Start and finish lines are at Cow Interrupted, at 342 3rd St., in downtown. For more information, call Sarah Carrero at 612-619-2778, or e-mail MaxaMommy@gmail.com.

Dakota County

Greenway input sought

Dakota County will host two open houses for members of the public to review master plans for two new greenway corridors — the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway and the Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway.

Both will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first one is Tuesday at the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Av. The second one is at Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan.

The Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway stretches 20 miles from the Minnesota River in Burnsville to Lake Marion in Lakeville and on to Rambling River Park in Farmington.

The Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway stretches 8 miles from the Village at Mendota Heights through Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights and Eagan.

To see or comment on the plans, see www.hkgi.com/projects/dakota.

sOUTH st. paul

Voters OK school bond

The South St. Paul district passed a $26.7 million building bond Tuesday, with 61 percent of voters in favor of the request.

The funds will be used to pay for facilities improvements in four areas, including maintenance, relieving elementary school overcrowding, addressing security concerns and reducing rental costs.

To address elementary school issues, the district will add on to its secondary building, making room for sixth-graders there. Two elementary schools will also see additions, allowing for additional early childhood programming at the elementary schools, rather than at the current leased site.

The bond also includes money to purchase the district office, which is leased.

The increase in property taxes will amount to about $81 a year for owners of a median-priced home in South St. Paul.

LIALA HELAL, laurie blake and erin adler

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