Fire department seeks on-call firefighters

The Shakopee Fire Department is looking for people interested in becoming paid, on-call firefighters at two recruitment events next month. They will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 and 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E. Children should not be brought to the events. Shakopee has 46 paid, on-call firefighters who work out of two stations. There also are four full-time firefighters who work during the day. The on-call positions pay $13 per hour plus paid training, pensions and leadership opportunities. Applicants must be 18 or older and live within 10 minutes of a fire station. They must have a valid driver's license and a high school diploma. People interested in going to a recruitment event are asked to e-mail and say which session they want to attend. Applications will be taken starting in mid-January. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for March with a June start date. For more information, go to


Winter survival class at Lebanon Hills

Kids ages 10 to 16 can learn outdoor winter survival skills at a free class from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road in Eagan. A parks naturalist will lead the class. Kids should bring warm outdoor clothing. Registration is required. Go to:

Countdown to noon at county libraries

Wee ones might have a hard time staying up until midnight on New Year's Eve. But that doesn't mean they have to miss all the fun. Three Dakota County libraries will hold a dance party and countdown to noon. All ages are welcome. The parties are 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 31 at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road in Eagan; the South St. Paul Library, 106 3rd Av. N., and Galaxie Library, 14950 Galaxie Av. in Apple Valley.

Historical Society to meet Jan. 16

The Dakota County Historical Society's annual meeting will be 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Southview Country Club, 239 Mendota Road E. in West St. Paul. For more information, go to


Contemporary quilt exhibit in Lakeville

The annual Minnesota Contemporary Quilters Exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 10 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av.

Each spring, quilters are asked to make a small quilt that will be exhibited in several locations across the state for a year. More than 30 quilters participated in the 2015-16 exhibit, which had the theme "Inside, Outside, Upside Down."


'Minions' showing at the library

The "Minions" movie will be shown at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 in the meeting room at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42 in Burnsville. People should bring their own snacks, blankets and pillows.

Benefit concert for meal program

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting a New Year's Eve benefit concert from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in the worship center, 13801 Fairview Dr. The Niskas and the All-American Band will perform, along with the Prince of Peace Children's Choir. Tickets are $20. All proceeds will go to the Feed My Starving Children South Metro Meal Pack.


How to recycle your holiday tree, lights

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will provide free Christmas tree recycling to Scott County residents who drop off their trees at the Organics Recycling Facility between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Dec. 28 to Jan. 15. Trees also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 2 and 9.

Trees should be free of tinsel, flocking, lights and other noncompostable material. The Recycling Facility is at 1905 Canterbury Road in Shakopee.

Unwanted holiday lights can be recycled at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Dr., through January.


Police seek owners of found property

The Shakopee Police Department has a long lists of "found bikes" and "found property" — everything from a woman's coat to car keys — and is seeking owners.The lists can be found at