Open enrollment closes at two schools

Open enrollment for nonresidents has closed at two elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year. Students who live outside the Prior Lake-Savage district can no longer apply to attend Redtail Ridge and Glendale elementaries because class sizes at those schools needs to be limited.

Nonresident families will still be considered for enrollment at Five Hawks, Jeffers Pond, Westwood, Grainwood or Spanish immersion at Edgewood. Both district middle schools are also still open for nonresident enrollment. Prior Lake High School is currently closed to open enrollment.

The open enrollment closure doesn’t affect families moving into the district. Resident families can still apply to transfer to another district school, with applications being reviewed individually.


Pop-up splash pad returns Friday

The main street of Shakopee will be flooded — for fun — Friday when the Pop-Up Splash Pad returns. The free event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on 1st Avenue for kids and adults to cool off under the fire-hose spray.

First Avenue will be closed between Lewis Street and Holmes Street for the event. Lewis Street also will be closed between 1st and 3rd avenues for the free Minnesota Valley Rally car show.

Another splash pad event will be held July 24.

Officials study Canterbury corridor

A public open house on the Scott County Road 83/Canterbury Road Corridor study will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Canterbury Park.

The study is trying to identify improvements needed on or near County Road 83 to support anticipated growth.

The event will be held on the third floor of Canterbury Park in the Triple Crown Club. Attendees should park in the main lot.

Magician performs at Huber Park

Magician Matt Dunn will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the Huber Park Performance and Event Series in Shakopee.

The series provides free family entertainment Thursdays and some Saturdays through August. Huber Park is at 150 Fillmore St. N.


Fire Rescue Days this weekend

Fire Rescue Days, Elko New Market’s community festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Events include:

• Saturday: Don Quixote Run, check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the police station. Gates open at 11 a.m. for the Fire Relief Street Dance with the music of Charlie Sticha Band and, at 8 p.m., Wasted Talent. The community parade will begin at 1 p.m. Immediately after the parade, there will be food and activities in Wagner Park.

• Sunday: The N.E.W. Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at Wagner Park from 8 a.m. to noon.

Wagner Park hosts family night events

The Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile will be the star of Thursday’s “Family Night Events at Wagner Park” series.

The Zoomobile brings naturalists and animals to schools and community events throughout the state to teach about wildlife, ecology and the environment.

Future events in the series include the movie “Robots” and an inflatable water slide on July 9, the Professor Prchal Show on July 16, the Wendy Wiggle Jiggle and Jam on July 23 and the movie “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and an inflatable water-slide on July 30.

All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine. Children should bring bathing suits and towels for the events on July 9 and 30.


Team demonstrates Lego Mindstorms

The University of Minnesota Scott County 4-H Lego Team will host a demonstration of Lego Mindstorms from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jordan Library, 275 Creek Lane S.

School-age kids will learn more about the team and practice their own coding skills at the event.

For more information, call 952-496-8050.


DNR reminder: Turtles crossing

It’s the time of year for female turtles to move from lakes, ponds, wetlands and streams to nesting areas to lay their eggs, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding the public to watch for turtles crossing the roads.

The DNR recommends the following tips when encountering a turtle crossing the road:

• If possible, let the turtle cross unaided. Watch from a distance and avoid sudden movements. Doing otherwise may cause turtles to change direction, stop or seek shelter in their shells.

• Avoid excessive handling, which can disrupt normal behavior.

• If you must move a turtle, move it in the direction it was traveling and in as direct a line as possible.

• If you see a turtle in the road, slow down and drive around it. Many people want to help the turtles cross the road, but the best method is to let it cross on its own.

The DNR said there are nine species of turtles in Minnesota, some of which are protected.

Agency urges algae bloom awareness

With summer and higher temperatures, algae blooms on area lakes and ponds can become a problem for people and their pets.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) advises that “when in doubt, keep out.” Blue-green algae blooms can contain toxins and chemicals that cause health risks, according to the MPCA website.

The agency said if you believe you or your pets are experiencing adverse health effects due to contact with or ingestion of lake water and/or algae, seek medical attention immediately.

Potential harmful algae blooms should be reported to the MPCA at 651-757-2419.


Learn canoeing basics with family

The Three Rivers Park District will provide the equipment for a “Family Canoeing” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleary Lake Regional Park, 18106 Texas Av. in Prior Lake.

Participants will learn safety tips, how to enter and exit a canoe and paddle strokes.

Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The event costs $16 per person. To register, go to and click on activities.

Pat Pheifer