Learn about sand mining projects

The state is hosting an informational meeting Thursday on a sand mining proposal south of Shakopee.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plans a two-hour session as part of the process of considering an air emissions permit for the proposed Great Plains Sands facility, which would mine the area for 15 to 20 years.

The concern to be addressed at the meeting is the potential effect of dust. The state regulates air particles, and the firm has agreed to monitor the air as well as minimize dust leaving the site, including by wetting fine sand.

The facility is proposed along Hwy. 169 in Louisville and Sand Creek townships, covering about 100 mined acres, with 28 more for processing and railcar loading and 12 acres for setbacks and buffers. Previous uses of the land included mining, hog farming, auto salvaging and concrete mixing.

The meeting is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scott County Conference Center, 205 4th Av. W., Shakopee. There's an open house first, then a presentation at 7:15, followed by questions and answers.

There's a public comment period from July 27 to Aug. 27. Steven Gorg is the pollution agency's contact person, at 651-757-2396 or steven.gorg@

The agency maintains a Web page; see


City will present skate park plans Tuesday

The city of Burnsville will present plans for a remake of its skate park during a session at city hall on Tuesday.

The park, located on Civic Center Parkway near City Hall and The Garage teen center, opened more than 10 years ago as a Tier II park, intended for more experienced skaters. But that proved to be a money loser, so the city turned it into a beginner or Tier I park, making it more popular with kids, especially beginners and those under 13.

Last summer, the city began public discussions of changes to the facility intended to make it more attractive to skaters. A series of feedback sessions with users was held last year.

The meeting to discuss the first phase of construction and the construction schedule is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Small Side Community Room at city hall, 100 Civic Center Pkwy.


City seeks to fill newly vacant Depot space

Several people are interested in having another go at running a business out of the historic train depot downtown after the latest tenant withdrew, officials say.

City Administrator Barry Stock told council members in a memo that he's "attempting to secure certain equipment [inside the building] in exchange for unpaid rent and late charges."

Over the past several years two people have tried running coffee shops out of the space, with some additional food and beverage service.

Both have pulled out after quiet tension over restrictions on things like signage related to the building's historic character.

The city is clearly anxious to avoid leaving the building dark in a key spot for downtown revival. But any new tenant will pose a new set of issues around rental fees and signs at the very least.


Three finalists vie for chief of police

Rosemount has chosen three finalists for the position vacated when Police Chief Gary Kalstabakken retired May 31.

The public is invited to meet the finalists during an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at city hall. There will be no formal program.

The finalists are: interim Chief Jewel Ericson, a Rosemount lieutenant; Apple Valley police Captain Michael Marben, and Burnsville police Captain Eric Werner.

The finalists were selected after interviews with two panels of residents, city staff and a police chief from a neighboring community.

The City Council will conduct formal interviews with the finalists on Monday.