People curious about stand-up paddleboarding or paddleboard yoga can give it a try by renting equipment at the Antlers Park boat launch on Lake Marion.

The rentals and lessons are offered every Friday after 3 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to sunset. Rental and lessons are also available from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday with an appointment.

The rentals, which include board, paddle, life jacket and basic instruction, start at $25 for an hour and are offered through Hype Surf Co. Anyone who wants to rent a stand-up paddleboard must be able to swim.

For more information go to or call 214-476-7733.


Citizens Academy teaches police basics

Learn what it's like to be a police officer at Burnsville's Citizens Academy.

Registration is open for the 11-week academy that's meant to give residents a peek into police work. Classes meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Burnsville City Hall starting Sept. 10. Participants must agree to attend all sessions.

Police officers teach the course, which includes discussion of patrol, investigations, SWAT, K-9 units, traffic stops, use of force, driving, a Taser demonstration and shooting at an indoor range. People who complete the course can choose to go on a ride-along with a Burnsville police officer.

To get more information or register, go to the city of Burnsville website,

Workshop helps older job seekers

The Burnsville WorkForce Center is hosting a workshop for experienced job seekers from 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 29.

The "Successful Job Search Over 40, 50 and 60" workshop will cover ways to use age as an advantage, how to market you expertise, new job search strategies and available resources.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. The Burnsville WorkForce Center is at 2800 W. County Road 42.

More information is available by calling 952-703-3100 or by going online to and searching for metro workshops.

Dakota County

Registration opens for controlled hunts

Hunters interested in participating in hunts to control deer populations in Dakota County Parks can register for permits beginning June 24.

The hunts this fall will focus on Lebanon Hills Regional Park and Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. There will not be a hunt at Spring Lake Park Reserve because of the ongoing construction of the Mississippi River Regional Trail.

A bow hunt at Lebanon Hills Regional Park will run from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day Nov. 2 through Nov. 18. The park will not open until noon on hunting days. Miesville Ravine Park Reserve will close to the public from Nov. 21 to Nov. 29 for a shotgun hunt.

The hunts are meant to keep the deer population to 10 to 15 per square mile. Too many deer could overeat native plant species, or leave the animals at greater risk of disease or starvation.

The online registration system will be open until Sept. 1 and a lottery drawing for the hunting permits will be held after that. For more information, go to the Dakota County website, and search for "deer hunting."


National Night Out planned Aug. 4

Registration is open for the Eagan's 2015 National Night Out, an evening of outdoor neighborhood block parties.

National Night Out will be Aug. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is meant to strengthen neighborhood spirit, heighten crime awareness and drug prevention efforts, and build police-community partnerships.

Neighborhoods are invited to organize block parties, cookouts, potluck suppers, games for kids and ice cream socials. In 2013, more than 170 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out.

To register a neighborhood for the event, go to the city website,

Inver Grove Heights

Off-leash dog park up for discussion

People interested in an off-leash dog park in Inver Grove Heights are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Av.

The meeting will cover the results of a public survey conducted in the spring and discussion of an off-leash dog park. People attending should enter the community center through Door E and go to Community Room 3.

Contact Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson with questions at 651-450-2587 or

South St. Paul

Citywide garage sale set for June 25-27

Deal seekers get ready. The South St. Paul All City Garage Sale will be held Friday through Saturday.

Shoppers can get a list of participating garage sales and a map at Central Square, the South St. Paul Public Library and City Hall beginning Wednesday. The sales will also be listed on the city's website,

For more information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison at 651-554-3230 or

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