Part of County Road 42 will be closed Sunday, Nov. 15 so the Union Pacific Railroad can make repairs to the rail crossing near Hwy. 3. The road will be closed in both directions from 10 a.m. until about midnight between Hwy. 3 and Business Parkway. Traffic will be rerouted north of 42, using Hwy. 3 (also known as South Robert Trail), 145th Street and Biscayne Avenue.

Steeple Center available for rentals

Rosemount’s Steeple Center will soon begin accepting 2016 reservations.

The center at 14375 South Robert Trail, in the former St. Joseph’s Church, underwent a 10,000-square-foot addition in the past year. The assembly hall seats 192 with 5-foot round tables or 204 in theater-style rows. The addition includes a lobby area with a fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, cafe-style seating, a kitchen, conference room and three rooms for meetings, seminars and small events.

To ask about renting the center, call 651-322-6016.


Holiday lighting ceremony

The Downtown Lakeville Business Association is holding a holiday lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 in Pioneer Plaza at Holyoke Avenue and 208th Street.

The lights in the trees will be switched on for the holiday season. The Lakeville South High School Encore Singers will perform and refreshments will be available.


Winter clothing drive runs through Dec. 2

The Sportsman’s Guide store and the city of South St. Paul’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee are holding their fifth annual Winter Clothing Drive to benefit Minnesota soldiers and their families.

The drive started Nov. 11 and continues through Dec. 2. Items needed include new or gently used jackets, boots, mittens and scarves. They can be dropped off at the store at 490 Hardman Av. in South St. Paul. In the past four years, more than 3,000 clothing items have been donated. For more information, call Marilyn Rothecker at 651-451-6007.


Suicide prevention class for parents

NAMI Minnesota is holding a free, one-hour presentation on suicide prevention from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway.

The presentation is on QPR, a three-step approach anyone can learn to help prevent suicide — question, persuade and refer. More than a million adults in 48 states have been trained, NAMI said.

Registration is required. Go to or call Cari Juarez at 651-645-2948, ext. 130.


Mystery writer to talk about his books

Author William Kent Krueger will talk about his Cork O’Connor mystery series, including his latest book, “Windigo Island,” and his coming-of-age novel, “Ordinary Grace,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Shakopee Library, 235 Lewis St. S.

The event is free and registration is not required. It is part of the Scott County Library’s Inkslinger series.


Open house, resource fair for veterans

The Dakota County Veteran Services open house and resource fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at 1 Mendota Road W., Suite 420, West St. Paul.

Light refreshments will be served.

‘Checkbook’ database available at libraries

The Dakota County Library maintains a free, online database with consumer information and rating for professional services and products in the Twin Cities area.

It includes ratings for auto repair, carpet cleaning, chimney sweeps, gutter cleaning, boat repair, radon testing, painters, plumbers, tree care, window installers, roofers and more.

The database can be accessed with a library card.


Open house on Hwy. 169/Hwy. 41 project

Scott County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are starting to design an interchange at Hwy. 169 and Hwy. 41 with the intention of eventually turning Hwy. 169 into a freeway at that point.

An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson Township Hall to introduce the project and get ideas from residents and business owners about what should be considered during the project’s development.

The project is included in the draft 2016-2025 Scott County Transportation Improvement Program and will be funded in part by the county’s transportation sales tax.