Prior Lake

Penny carnival coming to city park

There’s a penny carnival for kids coming next month in Prior Lake.

The event is June 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lakefront Park, aimed at children ages 15 and under.

To play each game, it will cost between two and six pennies. No registration is required



Mentoring program seeks volunteers

An information session for people interested in becoming mentors will be offered Tuesday at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road..

Prospective mentors will learn more about the children awaiting a mentor, the volunteer screening process and other details of Kids ’n Kinship, an Apple Valley-based mentoring program. Applications will be available at the session, which will go from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Kids ’n Kinship is looking for experienced volunteers “to provide support, encouragement and friendship to a child or youth,” as well as academic help.

For more information and to RSVP, call 952-891-3885 or see


City puts ‘available properties’ online

Shakopee is taking advantage of a new business development tool from the state: searches for sites to build on.

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development’s LocationOne information systems helps locals let firms know what’s out there.

Users search for buildings and sites by location, square footage, acreage and building type.

The state is letting cities, counties and others embed the tool on their websites at no cost.

Shakopee’s is at

Scott County

Oral histories now available online

Residents can now listen to local World War II veterans’ stories on the Scott County Historical Society’s website.

In 2010, the society completed a five-year project to collect stories from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than 160 interviews were conducted. Women at the Shakopee prison transcribed the interviews, and university interns digitized and cataloged them.

These stories were used to create an award-winning exhibit and published in the book “Never Forgotten: Stories of Scott County World War II Veterans.”

Audio samples of these interviews are available at

The Scott County Historical Society is at 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee.


Republican Seniors to hold meeting

Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth will be the featured speaker at the Republican Seniors of Minnesota meeting Tuesday. In addition, state auditor candidate Randy Gilbert and U.S. House candidates Doug Daggett and Aaron Miller plan to attend.

The Republican Seniors meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington. They gather at 10 a.m. for coffee and a meeting, then hear from the speakers, then have lunch.

For more information, call 952-828-1943 or e-mail