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FRIDAY, AUG. 21 ROWING REGATTA -- The boat launch at Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be closed Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22, for the 106th Northwest International Rowing Championship Regatta. The launch will re-open Aug. 23. For details about the event, call (651) 430-8370. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. SATURDAY, AUG. 22 FARM FOOD FAIR -- The "Farm, Food and Fun Fair: Reconnecting with Agricultural Roots in Dakota County 1858-2009" is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Paul Park Police Officer Rick Redenius received a letter of commendation at Tuesday night's St. Paul Park City Council meeting for quick thinking at Heritage Days Saturday night. Police Chief Mike Monahan told the council Redenius was attempting to catch up with a 57-year-old Grey Cloud Island resident who appeared to be drunk. The man, eluding Redenius, was seen climbing toward the railroad tracks as a southbound train approached. According to Monahan, Redenius rushed forward and dragged the man away from the tracks as the train passed.
St. Paul Park City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a change in its Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which will give it more latitude in how it spends TIF dollars. Tax increment financing is a tool that allows cities to use additional property tax revenue generated by development to pay for part of the development costs. The council will also vote on the establishment of an Economic Development Authority. After the meeting, council members will meet in workshop to discuss the city's 2010 budget.
Kelly Crenna grew up in Garrison, a small town near Mille Lacs Lake. But for the last four years she's been working on a doctorate of optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She graduated in May and was ready to come home, she said recently. "I like the seasons," Crenna said. "It gets boring to have 90-degree weather in January." Crenna joined Dr. Trent Cole in mid July at the Cottage Grove Eyecare Clinic, at 7430 80th St., in Cottage Grove.
Jason Zachariason, of 1139 Laurel Ave., was sworn in Aug. 3 as the newest member of the St. Paul Park Parks and Recreation Commission. Zachariason, who has lived in St. Paul Park for five years, said he just graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, "a school that prides itself on community-based learning and engagement." "I saw the opening on the city's Web site and thought it would be an agreeable experience," he said. His term of office will expire Dec. 31, 2011.
The St. Paul Park Planning Commission Monday night approved, 5-0, a resolution that will allow the city to change the way it can use Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) dollars. City council members will consider a final resolution to change their TIF budget at the Tuesday, Aug.
FRIDAY, AUG. 7 YOUTH HOCKEY GOLF BENEFIT -- The 29th annual Cottage Grove Youth Hockey Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Aug. 7, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, in Cottage Grove. Tickets are $80 per player, with activities including 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, silent auction music and special events. Dinner-only is $20 and admission to the silent auction and music is $5.
Jason Zachariason was sworn in Monday night as the newest member of the St. Paul Park Parks and Recreation Commission. Zachariason, who has lived in St. Paul Park for five years, said he just graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, "a school that prides itself on community-based learning and engagement." "I saw the opening on the city's Web site and thought it would be an agreeable experience," he said. His term of office will expire Dec. 31, 2011.
St. Paul Park City Council Monday night agreed to postpone discussion indefinitely on a request to upgrade infrastructure on Second Street, due to lack of response from the developer. The request for the upgrade was submitted in late spring by former city council member Doug Haseley, doing business as Ann-Greg Inc. Haseley, who owns five lots on Second Street between Ninth and 10th avenues.
Garry Kriz, master optician and owner of Best In Vision, opened the doors to his new eyeware shop on July 14 with more than 1,400 sample frames, his own laboratory and the promise of experienced personal service. "When you come here, you're talking to the person who owns the business," he said in an interview last week. "I can offer a quality product at a better price. "Every person has a unique visual requirement," he said. Take him, for example. When Kriz, a lifelong motorcycle rider, needed glasses for his rides, he had to find the right pair by trial and error, he said.