Scott County

Two books featured in readings for kids

Two books about kids on the prairie are being featured this winter in events at the Scott County Historical Society.

“Winter on the Farm,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jody Wheeler, is on tap at a reading and crafts event for younger kids on Saturday.

The craft is snowflake printmaking.

The free event is from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Registration is required for supplies. The event is for kids aged 4 to 8. To register, call 952-445-0378 or e-mail

Then, in March, author Joel Arnold will read from his novel for young adults called “Ox Cart Angel.”

The book is set against the history of long journeys across the Upper Midwest on ox cart trails following the Red River and other arteries.

That event is 7 to 8 p.m. March 20. It is free with museum admission ($4 for adults, $2 for students, free for members).

The historical society is located at 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee, and online at

Exhibition showcases Hmong folk art

Next week, the Scott County Historical Society stages a lecture and exhibition of wearable folk art traditions among the Southeast Asian Hmong people.

The event is 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27.

It seeks to celebrates Hmong culture through textile arts such as embroidery, ethnic garments and dance costumes.

Designs have changed over time, with modern elements joining the traditional ones. The presentation is free with museum admission.


Homemade meatballs for local causes

Farmington’s Knights of Columbus are hosting a spaghetti and bingo dinner this week to support the group’s charitable and service projects.

The event is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Av., Farmington.

What the group describes as its “famous, homemade, mouthwatering, to-die-for meat balls” accompany spaghetti at a cost of $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and a maximum of $25 for families. Children 5 and under are free.

Prizes to be given away include turkeys and hams.

The Knights are a Catholic fraternal organization.


Used book sale at Pleasant Hill Library Feb. 28-March 2

The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library will host its annual winter used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 1 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 in the meeting room of the library, 1490 S. Frontage Road in Hastings.

Many items will be for sale, including gently used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, video and audiocassettes, puzzles and games. Items for children, teens and adults will be sold.

Proceeds are used to fund and enhance library services and programs. For more information on the sale, e-mail or call the library at 651-438-0200.

Staff reports