Zebras, camels race at Canterbury Park

The horses won’t be the only animals competing for spectators’ attention at Canterbury Park on Saturday.

That’s when zebras and camels will take to the track for Extreme Race Day. There will also be “The Battle of the Surfaces,” a contest between thoroughbreds in which some run on turf and some run on dirt, and a slate of traditional horse races.

The event, now in it’s ninth year, has previously attracted crowds of 18,000 to 20,000 people. Admission is free for kids 17 and younger or $8 for adults.


Golf tournament for Augustana Care

Augustana Care will host its 25th annual golf tournament July 20 at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville.

The tournament is $210 per individual golfer or $820 for a foursome. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at noon. There will also be a silent auction and dinner.

Proceeds from the event will go toward spiritual care for Augustana Care residents and their families. Augustana Care is a nonprofit that provides senior housing and medical care. To register or get more information call 612-238-5251 or go to

Prior Lake

Writing workshop on self-publishing

Romancing the Lakes, a local association of romance writers, is hosting a workshop on self-publishing Aug. 1 at the Prior Lake senior center, 16210 Eagle Creek Av., Suite 101.

The 2015 Road to Publishing Workshop: The Indie Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing costs $75 per person and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics to be covered include editing, the importance of cover images, formatting a manuscript and marketing. The cost includes a light breakfast and a box lunch.

For more information, go to and follow the link to information about the Road to Publishing workshop.


City sets rules for brewing, distilling

The Rosemount City Council approved updates to the city’s liquor laws this month in hopes of attracting breweries and micro-distilleries to town.

The Council approved rules that will allow breweries to sell growlers on Sundays, in line with the law recently approved by the state, and set up a permit process for breweries and similar businesses. The new permits will cover brew pubs, taprooms in which a brewery can sell its own beer, cocktail rooms related to micro-distilleries, stores that brew on the premises and wineries on farms.

No one has applied to open such business in Rosemount, but a news release from the city notes that the breweries and taprooms “can add to employment and draw customers to the community.”

“We’re always looking to increase our market area for businesses,” Council Member Jeff Weisensel said during the meeting, according to the press release. “For anyone that’s listening out there, if you have a friend or if you want to open up one of these businesses, Rosemount’s open.”


#AskTheCity about remodeling

People thinking about adding a deck or porch, replacing windows, building an addition or another home remodeling project can get some free online advice from the city of Shakopee.

Building official Dave Kriesel will answer questions about remodeling, building codes, permits and inspections from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on Shakopee’s Facebook page.

A post will announce the start of the question-and-answer session. Post questions in the comments section and city staff will respond live.

Virtual ride-along with police

The Shakopee Police Department will offer residents a “virtual ride-along” via Twitter from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Use the hashtag #SPDtweetalong to watch as officers respond to calls.


County Fair runs July 22-26 in Jordan

Scott County Fair will begin July 22 in Jordan and will run through July 26.

The fair begins with a concert featuring the Johnny Helm Band. Kids Day is July 23. Senior Day is July 24. Events on July 25 and 26 will include live music, shows, demonstrations, contests and fun history lessons.

Fair food will be available every day, of course. For a complete schedule of events, go to