The place to get birth records and passports will change in Dakota County beginning April 1.

Birth and death records will no longer be available at the Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Av. in Apple Valley. Instead, they will be found at the Administration Center, 1590 Hwy. 55 in Hastings; the Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W. in West St. Paul; or the Dakota County License Centers in Burnsville, Lakeville and Rosemount.

Passport services will be available at the Administration Center and the Western Service Center. For more, go to


Officers to play in benefit for Decker

Law enforcement officers from Dakota County will play in a basketball tournament March 16 to raise money for the family of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker, who was shot and killed Nov. 29.

The basketball tournament will start at 9 a.m. at Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road in Apple Valley. Admission is free.

Decker, 31, left behind a wife and four young children. Donations can be made at the tournament or to the Tom Decker Memorial Fund at: State Bank of Cold Spring, P.O.Box 415, Cold Spring, MN 56320; Central Minnesota Credit Union, 202 Red River Av. S., Cold Spring, MN 56320; First National Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, Cold Spring, MN 56320, or at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Plan for Lebanon Hills Regional Park updated

Dakota County is updating its master plan for Lebanon Hills Regional Park to guide and prioritize future development of the park.

A revised park plan is expected to be ready for public review in the spring.

A county report finds that residents of the county value the natural features of the park but want more to do there. Among other things, the county is considering adding paved trails that loop around the lakes, a connecting trail that makes it possible to go through the whole park on foot or by bike, more picnicking opportunities, perhaps disc golf and possibly an off-leash dog area.

For more on the master plan, go to

Online sewer, water billing in Rosemount

Beginning with bills received this month, Rosemount residents can register to make their city water and sewer service payments online.

The system also allows users to set up automatic payments. The option to pay by phone by calling a toll-free automated number is available as well.

The move by the city will allow residents to opt out of receiving bills in the mail, saving both paper and the cost of mailing out printed bills.

Credit and debit cards will be accepted forms of payment, along with electronic payments from checking and savings accounts.

To pay bills online, residents can go to or follow the "online services" link near the lower lefthand corner on the city's homepage.

To pay by phone, call 1-877-885-7968.

For questions during registration, residents can call the Payment Service Network help line at 1-866-917-7368.