Suicide prevention workshop planned

The Mental Health Consortium of Carver County and NAMI Minnesota invite the public to learn QPR, a proven emergency response to prevent suicide. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training covers three key steps. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis that can save lives.

QPR training will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the auditorium at Ridgeview Medical Center, 500 S. Maple St., Waconia.

The workshop will be conducted by Jennie Bennett from NAMI Minnesota, the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

There is no charge. Preregistration is preferred, but not required. Register through the Ridgeview Medical Center's website at or at the event.

For more information on the Mental Health Consortium or this workshop, call Melanie Warm at 952-442-7613. For more information on NAMI, go to


Arboretum to host tour of gardens

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary will host its 31st annual Auxiliary Garden Tours on July 12, 14 and 15. The tours will showcase four special west metro gardens, ranging from vintage fun to more traditional stylings, all creatively designed by their owners. At each garden, auxiliary representatives and the homeowners will be present to answer questions and share information.

Tour participants are transported in escorted, air-conditioned buses, complete with restrooms. The tour experience also will include brunch/lunch accompanied by harp music under the trees on the arboretum's Morgan Terrace, as well as the opportunity to visit the arboretum's gardens.

Each tour lasts approximately three hours and will happen rain or shine. (The meal will be served indoors in the event of rain.) The tour price is $55 for July 12 and $50 for July 14 and 15 and includes admission to the arboretum's own gardens. To reserve a spot, go to, call 612-625-9865 or e-mail

All proceeds will benefit the arboretum.


City's first brewery opening in August

Maple Grove is getting its first craft brewery and taproom this summer.

OMNI Brewing is slated to open by August. Organizers have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to help finish construction of the taproom, the first one in the northwest suburbs. Brewery co-founders, Zack Ward and Justin Walsh said in a news release that they chose Maple Grove for the community's vibrancy, strong restaurant and retail presence, and its residential growth prospects.

They're seeking to raise $25,000 through the online campaign to finish construction of the taproom off Deerwood Lane, originally a Schwann's distribution facility. To donate by July 21, go to For more information on the brewery, go to


Boaters going to marina face detour

As construction continues on County Road 101, boaters going to Grays Bay Marina will face detours this summer.

Starting on June 11-12, contractors began removing pavement on County Road 101 south of Grays Bay Marina to Sanctuary Drive. Throughout the summer, there's a detour from Minnetonka Avenue or County Road 101 to Maplewood Road and then onto Breezy Point Road.

The $41 million construction project, which stretches from Hwy. 12 to County Road 5, includes replacing asphalt, putting in a trail and widening 2 miles of Bushaway Road — which is part of County Road 101 and claimed to be the first registered road after Minnesota became a state.

Near the marina, a planned roundabout to make the steep curve of County Road 101 safer has been nixed due to the discovery of American Indian burial mounds. Instead, the road will be realigned to make it safer while preserving remains. Work is slated to be done by Thanksgiving.

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40-year reunion for Class of '75

The Mound Westonka High School class of 1975 will hold its 40-year reunion on Aug. 15 at Lord Fletcher's restaurant in Spring Park. The event will run from 6 p.m. to closing. The cost is $30 per person. For more information or to register, go to\.


City opens up contest to name dog parks

Plymouth is asking residents to help name two of its dog parks by the end of June.

Submissions are accepted on the city's Facebook page,, via Twitter, @PlymouthMN_gov, or e-mail at until the end of the month. The city will have final discretion in selecting names; winning names will be eligible for a prize bag. For more information, go to