The city of Eagan is reminding residents that there are year-round watering restrictions that apply to all properties in the city.

The only exceptions are for new sod, seed or landscaping for the first three weeks of planting.

Eagan uses the odd-even watering schedule. If an address ends in an odd number such as 311, outdoor watering is allowed on odd dates, such as the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, etc., day of the month. If the address ends in an even number such as 310, outdoor watering is allowed on the even dates, such as the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, etc., day of the month.


Heritage Center seeks bus drivers

Lakeville’s Heritage Center is seeking volunteer drivers for Tuesday mornings and Fridays for a new shared bus. Destinations and uses of the bus are to be determined.

Volunteer drivers must attend 20 hours of training, which will include first aid, passenger assistance, defensive driving and abuse prevention. More training is needed if volunteers have never driven a bus.

For more information, call 952-985-4620.

Youth fishing contest at Casperson Park

The 28th annual Youth Shore Fishing Contest for kids age 13 and younger will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. July 25 at Casperson Park on Lake Marion.

Prizes will be awarded for various fish categories. Participants should bring their own equipment and bait.

Casperson Park is at 19720 Juno Trail. The contest is sponsored by the Lakeville Knights of Columbus and the Minnesota Pole Benders Association.


Park hosts free Zumba classes

People of all ages are welcome at Zumba in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Av. S.

The fitness event is free and no registration is necessary.


Composting tips from the pros

Homeowners and community gardeners can reduce household waste and generate nutrient-rich soil by composting.

Dakota County Recycling Services offered these guidelines to keep your compost from affecting your neighbor’s property:

• All compost material must be confined to a container. Compost material may include everything from a combination of household waste, such as food scraps and coffee grounds, to yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings and small twigs. For best results, add a variety of materials, till the mixture occasionally, keep the compost damp and ventilate to help speed the decomposition.

• Compost can stink during the summer months. For that reason, all compost containers must be at least 5 feet from any property line and at least 20 feet from a side lot line when adjacent to a public right of way.

• Containers can be built by hand or purchased through a home improvement store or the Dakota County Recycling Services Recycling Zone. For more information, call 651-905-4520 or go to

Recycling Zone has more than recycling

The Dakota County Recycling Zone offers more than recycling services. Other services include:

• Money for aluminum cans. The Gopher Resource Corp. buys cans from residents and businesses. Call 651-905-4520 for prices.

• Detoxify your tackle box by exchanging lead sinkers. Bring lead sinkers and exchange them for free nontoxic sinkers. The offer is limited to one package per customer.

• Exchange your mercury thermometer for a digital thermometer.

• Products brought in for disposal — such as paint, cleaners, fertilizers and solvents — are available free if they are still usable.

The Recycling Zone is open Wednesday through Saturday and is at 3365 Dodd Road in Eagan.


Leprechaun Days starts Friday

Rosemount’s summer celebration, Leprechaun Days, will be held from Friday through July 26.

Events Friday include Puppets in the Park, a free community cookout and a 500 card tournament. Saturday starts with the 29th annual Run for the Gold, followed by a parade, block party, children’s book giveaway, petting zoo, Irishette dance performance and other activities.

For a complete schedule, go to

Pat Pheifer