Give Met Council a piece of your mind

South-metro civic leaders and residents will have two chances this month to offer their thoughts to the Metropolitan Council as it crafts a new plan for the Twin Cities area's future.

A series of events described as "Thrive MSP 2040 Council Member Listening Sessions" has been arranged, with stops south of the river in Savage next week and later in Eagan.

Council members representing the area and staff members will be on hand to talk about the process of creating "the vision for the Twin Cities metropolitan region over the next 30 years." Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 651-602-1140 or e-mailing

There's more information about the overall planning effort and its goals at

South-of-the river sessions are set for:

• Savage: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Av.

• Eagan: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road.

People who work downtown also could opt for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.


Golf to fight drugs -- and a boat ride, too

A Shakopee golf course will be the venue this week for the Scott County meth task force's sixth annual Tee It Up for the Task Force fundraising tournament.

The task force seeks to fight drug use and this year is aiming in particular at the rising use of heroin, in addition to a program encouraging residents to properly dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.

The tournament starts early Friday at Stonebrooke Golf Course. There is a live auction and a barbeque lunch. The cost is $100 per registrant, with chances at large prizes, including a $100,000 shootout.

The tournament brochure can be found online at


Find out where your food comes from

A food co-op in Burnsville is inviting folks to meet more than 20 local food producers and vendors later this month and sample their fare for free.

Valley Natural Foods of Burnsville plans an event called Farm Fest from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. The goal is a better understanding of "where food and other products come from."

Entertainment, including music and kids' activities, is planned, as well as tours of the co-op's garden. The store is at 13750 County Road 11.


Shoot now for city's first photo contest

Residents of Shakopee have about a month to shoot images around town in hopes of winning the city's first photo contest. Officials have put a call for great pictures of the city's "breathtaking parks and scenery and lively entertainment venues," among other possibilities.

Pictures needn't be brand new but not more than two years old, and must show Shakopee, not Savage. Categories include people enjoying the city's amenities, action shots of sports, and fixed subjects such as buildings and natural sights.

There are lots of detailed rules on the city's website, including the address for submissions (129 S. Holmes St. S., Shakopee, 55379) and an Oct. 19 deadline. Images must be in color, in the .jpg format and on a CD -- no negatives or prints will be accepted.

For more information, call 952-233-9300.