Learn more about transit station plan at open house

An open house on the planned improvements to the Cedar Grove Transit Station will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the station at 4035 Nicols Road in Eagan. Project staff will be there to review the designs and construction schedule and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation. The plan for the Red Line station calls for adding a passenger platform in the center of Hwy. 77 with an enclosed skyway connecting it to the station on Nicols Road. The goal is to improve travel times by eliminating the need for buses to leave the highway to drop off and pick up passengers. Construction will begin in the winter of 2016 and the new station is expected to open in 2017.


Festival offers art, music and food

The Lakeville Art Festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

The free festival includes work by more than 70 artists, demonstrations, community art projects, and a "Young at Art" tent with activities for kids. There will also be food vendors and live music, with performances Sunday by Cactus Willie, Paul Imholte, 3 Wheel and AB, Sasha Mercedes and Red Sky Night.

The Lakeville Area Arts Center is at 20965 Holyoke Av. More information about the festival is online at www.lakevilleartfestival.org.


Workshop covers 'mindful eating'

A workshop designed to help people shift out of the diet and weight control mind-set and enjoy eating will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northfield Area Family YMCA Community Room, 1501 Honeylocust Drive.

The "mindful eating" concept allows people to approach nutrition and wellness from a positive viewpoint, organizers said.

The event will be led by Kristi Von Ruden, a registered dietitian nutritional coordinator at Northfield Hospital. It is free and open to the public. All participants will receive two free days at the YMCA.

Registration is preferred; walk-ins will be allowed if there is space. Call Sue Pokorney at 507-646-1534.


City's fall cleanup day is set for Oct. 3

Here's a chance to get rid of that old sofa, TV or lawn mower.

The city of Rosemount is holding its annual Fall Cleanup Day on Oct. 3. Residents can drop off unwanted household items at the Rosemount Public Works Facility, 14455 Brazil Av., between 8 a.m. and noon that day.

The event is open to Rosemount residents and people should bring a driver's license or other proof of residency.

A complete list of accepted items and disposal fees is on the city's website, www.ci.rosemount.mn.us. If people have questions, they can call the city's solid waste coordinator at 651-322-6005.


District adds new student clubs

The Shakopee school board recently approved the creation of a fishing club, a mountain bike club and an Amnesty International group for students in grades seven through 12.

The board also agreed to a procedural change to make it easier for students to start a new club or organization. The timeline to do so will be shorter and potential clubs will be vetted by school administration, not the school board.

South St. Paul

Grad is first to earn three diplomas

Max Tetrick, a 2015 graduate of South St. Paul Secondary, is the first student to earn three diplomas while attending the school: a high school diploma, an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Inver Hills Community College and an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.

IB is a rigorous international academic program recognized by some colleges and universities. Inver Hills has a partnership with South St. Paul allowing students to earn an A.A. degree by enrolling in IB classes, earning a required score on IB tests and taking other courses at the community college.

West St. Paul

Harmon Park party celebrates updates

The city is hosting a grand opening Thursday at Harmon Park to showcase improvements at the park, the oldest in West St. Paul.

The event from 4 to 9 p.m. will include park tours, games and free hot dogs, burgers and cake. The city will give away Harmon Park backpacks to the first 300 kids who show up. There will be a park history presentation at 6 p.m. and a showing of the movie "The Sandlot" at 7:30 p.m.

Erin Adler, Pat Pheifer