The Burnsville City Council will consider an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting that would explicitly prohibit short-term vacation rentals of residences.

The city has always interpreted these rentals, such as those offered by Airbnb, as prohibited under the city code. The proposed ordinance would be more clearly defined.

According to the proposal, “rental of private homes for temporary occupancy threatens the essential character and stability of residential neighborhoods because short-term tenants have little interest in the welfare of the local community.”

Those with questions on the proposed ordinance can contact Community Development Director Jenni Faulkner at 952-895-4467 or


New burb-to-burb buses start this week

Suburb-to-suburb express and limited-stop bus service serving Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Plymouth and Shakopee begins Tuesday.

Route 494, run by a group of four transit agencies called the Suburban Transit Association, is aimed at getting people to and from jobs along the Interstate 494 and Hwy. 169 corridors in the west and southwest metro area.

Buses will make 20 trips a day — 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon and early evening — between Station 73 and the Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee, the SouthWest Transit Station in Eden Prairie, Hopkins Crossroad Transit Station off I-394 and the Maple Grove Transit Station. Buses running about every 30 minutes also will serve the headquarters of UnitedHealth Group and Optum in Eden Prairie. The fare will be $2.25 each way.

Passengers can connect to other local routes to complete their journey at no extra charge.


Outdoor skating rinks to open Monday

Thanks to the cold weather, Shakopee’s outdoor skating rinks are finally ready for the season.

Rinks and warming houses are set to open Monday. Warming houses will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through mid-February, depending on the weather. The warming house at Scenic Heights Park will be open only over the weekend.

New this season is the hockey rink at Southbridge Community Park, 7101 Southbridge Pkwy. The city built a rink and warming house on the east side of the park.

Volunteers sought for advisory boards

Shakopee is looking for volunteers for five boards and commissions that help the city set policy, as well as the Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the city’s water and electric utilities.

There are openings on the Planning Commission, Park and Recreation Advisory Board, Police Civil Service Commission, Economic Development Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Applications are being accepted through Jan. 29 at Interviews will be conducted in mid-February.

Members are appointed to three- or four-year terms.


Registration open for Teen Police Academy

The Apple Valley Police Department’s 12th annual Teen Police Academy will offer students an inside look at the Police Department.

Topics for the seven-week course include K-9 units, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, the use of force and crime scene investigation.

The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Feb. 2. The deadline to register is Jan. 29.

The free program is open to high-school-age students who either live or attend high school in Apple Valley. Applications will be accepted based on the outcome of a criminal-background check.

For further information, call Pam Walter at 952-953-2706 or e-mail her at


Homegrown South gathering is Jan. 24

Homegrown South, a program of the Eagan-based Open Door food shelf and resource center, will hold its quarterly gathering Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Dr. in Lakeville.

Homegrown South’s goal is to support farmers and ensure that healthy foods are available for low-income residents.

The documentary “Fed Up,” by Katie Couric, will be shown at the get-together. Discussion and networking will follow.

Anyone who lives in Dakota County or grows or sells agricultural products in the county is welcome.