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Area briefs for the week of Aug. 3

Pan-O-Prog Flower Show winners

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DeLaine Phillips won best of show at the 2018 Pan-O-Prog flower show with her Asiatic lily.

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Workers at the Pan-O-Prog flower show, from left, Virginia Windschitl, Lori Peterson, Linda Burman, chair DeLaine Phillips and Carol Poch. Not pictured: Jan Graff, David Freund, Sue Petersen, Monica Miller, Becky Swanson.

Winners of the 2018 Pan-O-Prog Flower Show include:

Best of show: First place, DeLaine Phillips, Asiatic Lily, “African Lady.”

Sweepstakes winner (for most blue ribbons): Carol Poch, two blue ribbons.

Class 1 Annuals, Biennials: First place, Jan Graff, marigold, “orange and red”; second place, Katie Brown, “forget me not blue”; third place, Linda Burman, coleus, “dark red tall.”

Class 2 Perennials: First place, Kim Sabers, rose hybrid tea, “double delight”; second place, Virginia Windschitl, filipendula rubra, “queen of the prairie”; third place, DeLaine Phillips, platycodon, “blue balloon flower, Marilee.”

Class 3 Foliage: First place, Mary Lusting, calcium, “hortulanum”; second place, Virginia Windschitl, sedum, “variegated”; third place, Carol Poch, coleus, “dark burgundy.”

Class 4 Flowering/Coned Branches: First place, Carol Poch, hydrangea, “broomstick lavender”; second place, Linda Burman, knockout rose, “medium pink, yellow center”; third place, Linda Burman, knockout rose, “small pink.”

Class 5 Bulbs, Lilies, Callas, Dahlias: First place, DeLaine Phillips, oriental lily, “African lady”; second place (tie), Lori Peterson, dahlia, “yellow center/pink edge”; second place (tie), Virginia Windschitl, lily Asiatic/Easter mix, “pink Indian summer”; third place, Lori Peterson, Asiatic lily, “yellow with brown dots.”

Class 6 Miscellaneous Vines, Grass, Others: First place, Carol Poch, clematis, “princess Diana”; second place, Kim Sabers, clematis, “pink”; third place, DeLaine Phillips, clemantis, viticella Betty Corning.

Orchard Path dedication held July 31

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Presbyterian Homes & Services dedicated its Orchard Path senior living community located at 5400 157th St. W. in Apple Valley on July 31. On hand at the celebration were Mary Hamann-Roland, Apple Valley mayor; Ed Kearney, president of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce; Jon Fletcher, vice president of Senior Housing Partners; and Sandra Valentine, Orchard Path campus administrator. Orchard Path offers 115 senior apartments, 58 assisted living apartments and 20 memory care apartments, with possible future expansion to include additional senior apartments and a skilled nursing care center. A public grand opening and open house will be held Friday, Sept. 21.

Watchdog Walkers event set Aug. 15 in Apple Valley

The Apple Valley Police Department will host the fourth annual Watchdog Walkers event 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley. Dogs are welcome at the event, which will be held rain or shine.

The program is designed to encourage dog walkers citywide to serve as extra “eyes and ears” for the Apple Valley Police Department’s ongoing crime prevention efforts. Participants will learn how to become safer walkers, be more aware of various patterns and occurrences in their neighborhood, and how to report what they see.

Apple Valley dog licenses will be available for purchase for $20 cash or check, and there will be a reduced-fee vaccine clinic while supplies last. Bicyclists can register their bikes for free.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Pam Walter at 952-953-2706 or pwalter@cityofapplevalley.org.

Youth fishing clinic set Aug. 20 in Burnsville

Burnsville Recreation will offer a youth fishing clinic for ages 6-10 Monday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at Crystal Beach Park, 1101 Crystal Lake Road E.

Aspiring young anglers will learn the basics of knots, lures, fish species and fishing techniques during this new clinic.

Three Rivers Park District will provide fishing equipment, but if children have a special rod, reel or tackle at home they would like to use, they are welcome to bring it. A fishing license is not required for youth under age 15. Parents are welcome to stay, but would need their own equipment and a license if they intend to fish.

Cost is $20. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Register online at www.burnsville.org/recreation (click “Online Registration” on left) or by calling 952-895-4500.

For more information, contact David Erdall at david.erdall@burnsvillemn.gov or 952-895-4514.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby meets Aug. 11

Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Dakota County will meet 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville. Carbon Fee and Dividend, a market-based and socially responsible climate solution, will be discussed. All are welcome.

CCL is a grassroots, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on creating political will to address climate change at the local and national level. For more information, contact Deborah Nelson at deevee@charter.net, or visit https://citizensclimatelobby.org.

Connect, create and learn at the Dakota County Fair

Children can don “Super Reader” capes, take a ride in a plasma car and get artistic in the Government Building during this year’s Dakota County Fair Aug. 6-12. This year’s theme in the Dakota County Government Building is Connect, Create and Learn. Adults and children alike will be able to interact with a video green screen, experience a virtual reality demo and sign up for a library card.

Family-friendly musical entertainment will be performed from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday on the Government Building Stage. Dakota County Library and other county staff will be available to answer questions and explain county resources.

Government Building activities for the week include:

• Live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday.

• Free “Super Reader” cape for children and library book bags.

• Plasma car rides for children.

• Green screen experience.

• Virtual reality demonstration.

• Library card sign-up.

• Children’s art activities.

The Dakota County Government Building is open noon­ to 7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Government Building is just south of the flagpoles and across from the large parking lot when entering the fairgrounds from the Third Street entrance.

Free legal advice clinic slated Sept. 11 in Apple Valley

A free civil legal advice clinic will be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room 106 at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Attorneys will provide free brief advice on civil legal issues such as family, probate, housing and civil rights. No appointment is necessary. Information: Dakota County Law Library, 651-438-8080, or www.cairmn.com.

Eagan Legion creates convention badges

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A total of 10,500 badges will be given to delegates at the 100th American Legion National Convention Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis.

Members of the Eagan American Legion Post 594, along with Auxiliary and family members, gathered July 23 to create 10,500 medal badges which will be given out by the Minnesota American Legion Department at the 100th National Convention Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis.

The badges are nearly exact replicas of the badge given to the delegates at the first American Legion convention in 1919, which was also held in Minneapolis.

The post needed to staple a card to each bagged badge explaining that the badge is a gift from Minnesota. This card also informs the delegates that it is only a souvenir and will not get them into any Legion events.

The team was joined by Past National Commander Dan Ludwig and Minnesota American Legion Department Communications Director Al Zdon. The task was completed in about three hours.

K9-5K benefits Farmington baseball

The third annual K9-5K benefiting Farmington Baseball Association will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Rambling River Park, 17 Elm St., Farmington. Check-in is 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start time.

Participants may walk, jog or run the 5K route. Dogs are welcome.

The event features baseball activities, music, face painting, games and prizes.

Register at https://bit.ly/2KeBgz1. Donations will be used to make improvements at Dodge Fields including new aluminum bleachers and safety netting.

The event is hosted by Minnesota Valley Associates – Thrivent Financial, Farmington.

Farmington Library events

The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., will offer the following programs. Call 651-438-0250 or visit www.dakotacounty.us/library for more information.

Anishinaabe Bead Arts, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Artist Julie Boada of the Fond du Lac nation introduces the art of beading. Learn how patterns and colors can reflect tribal and family affiliations and create your own beaded pouch. Sewing experience is helpful. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required. Ages: 10-16. A Minnesota Legacy program sponsored by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Farmington Afternoon Book Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The group will discuss “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

Evening Storytime for 2s-6s, 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for kids and families. Siblings welcome. Ages: 2-6.

Cover Letters, Email and Thank You Notes, 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Learn what to include to get the employer’s attention, the difference between a mailed and an emailed letter or note, when and how to follow up, and proper email etiquette to effectively communicate with employers. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

The Jolly Pops, 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Celebrate music and reading side-by-side with this interactive and entertaining program that promotes early literacy. Ages: 2-8.

Open Studio, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Work on a current art or craft project while visiting with other makers. See a new sewing technique demonstrated each week and get help with individual projects.

Summer library hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Metro Republican Women to meet Aug. 18

King Banaian, dean of public affairs at St. Cloud State University, will discuss differences between Democrat and Republican thinking at the Aug. 18 Metro Republican Women breakfast meeting at the Pool and Yacht Club, 1600 Lilydale Road, Lilydale.

“This might give us a better understanding of our friends, neighbors and relatives when I cannot understand why they think this way,” said MRW President Margaret Flower.

The meeting will be held for August and September at the Pool and Yacht Club in Lilydale due to the fire damage at the Mendakota Country Club.  

The plated breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. with the program at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and $15 for students. Pay online at metrogopwomen.org or make a reservation and pay at the door. With no reservations by the Aug. 14 deadline, the cost is $25. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. 

Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk is Sept. 9 in Northfield

The Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk is set Sunday, Sept. 9, in Northfield. Hosted by Northfield Shares, the event includes a 5K run/walk and a 15K run.

Registration is open at active.com. Same-day registration is also available. Registration begins 6:30 a.m. at Armory Square, 519 Division St. Both races begin at 8 a.m. Registration is $15 prior to Sept. 1 and $30 afterwards.

More information is at https://bit.ly/2OuNRla.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs

Lakeville Parks and Recreation offers the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or call 952-985-4600.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $26 at the Lakeville Parks and Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., or call 952-984-4600. Pick up tickets at City Hall.

Lynch Sports and Empower Leadership Camps – Basketball and Tennis, ages 6-14, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., late pick-up 3-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10, Hasse Arena, 8525 215th St. Children will get the highest level of training in their sport and then come together each week for Pam Borton’s acclaimed training in leadership, resilience, confidence and well-being. Cost: $229 (basketball), $239 (tennis); additional $35 for late pick-up.

Safety Camp, ages 8-9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 14 and 15, Antlers Park, 9740 201st St. W. Participants will learn about fire, water, electrical safety, self-defense, drug awareness and stranger danger. Families are invited to a graduation ceremony 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Cost: $35, includes T-shirt. Sponsored by Dakota Electric and Excel Energy.

Science Explorers – Fascinating Physics, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Preschoolers will use their natural curiosity to explore physics through engaging activities and experiments. Lego and K’Nex building systems will be used to enhance learning. Cost: $86.

Science Explorers – Myth Busting 101, ages 7-12, 12:30-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Participants will confirm or bust strange myths and wacky urban legends. Cost: $86.

Sports Unlimited Mini-Sport Camp, ages 4-6, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, Aug. 13-16, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Explore t-ball, soccer, soft lacrosse, flag football and baseball in a fun and non-competitive setting. Bring shin guards, baseball mitt and tennis or soccer shoes (no metal spikes). Cost: $104.

Skyhawks Track & Field Camp, ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, Aug. 13-16, Hasse Arena, 8525 215th St. W. Cost: $109.

Lynch Camps (Tennis, Basketball) for beginners to advanced levels. Staff teach fundamentals and building strong sport-specific skills using drills, games and friendly competition. To view dates, times or to register, go to webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or call 952-985-4600.

Adult Fall Softball leagues are offered at Aronson Park, 8250 202nd St. W. Leagues are officiated and will play doubleheaders. Cash awards given. Playoffs following the regular season. Co-Rec D begins Monday, Aug. 13, and Men’s D begins Wednesday, Aug. 15. Cost: $500 per team.

Gift Cards. Give the gift of classes at the art center, summer sport camps, Active Adult membership, tennis lessons and more. Gift cards are available in denominations of your choice. No expiration. Call 952-985-4600 for more information.

Photo Contest. Lakeville Parks and Recreation is looking for photos that feature a city park, arts center or parks and recreation event or program. For complete contest details, email recreation@lakevillemn.gov or go to lakevillemn.gov.

Rosemount Parks and Rec programs

Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/parks, at the parks and recreation office, or call 651-322-6000 for more information.

USTA Net Generation Youth Tennis Programs, ages 5-12, mornings throughout the summer, Erickson Park, 14115 Brazil Ave. Visit www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/parks for sessions and times.

Passport to Parks and Places, ages 4-6, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9. Monday – Central Park, 2893 145th St. W. Tuesday – Brockway Park, 13669 Bronze Parkway. Wednesday – Meadows Park, 13690 Azalea Ave. Thursday – Ailesbury Park, 14238 Ailesbury Ave. This camp will have your child visiting a different Rosemount park each day along with private tours of the police and fire departments. We’ll also play large and small group games, participate in fun activities, create crafts and enjoy a special visit from LuLu the Ladybug and more. Participants should bring a bag lunch labeled with their name and apply sunscreen prior to camp each day. A camp schedule will be mailed to you prior to the start date so you can properly prepare for camp. Rain back-up location is Central Park each day. Register by July 23. Cost: $76.

Science Explorers Fascinating Physics, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 28-30, Room 204, Rosemount Community Center. Preschoolers will use their natural curiosity to explore physics and the science of motion. Lego and K’Nex building systems will be used to enhance learning. Cost: $50. Register by Aug. 21.

Science Explorers Myth Busting 101, grades one to five in the fall, 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 28-30, Room 204, Rosemount Community Center. Participants will confirm or bust strange myths and wacky urban legends. Non-peanut M&M’s and Pop Rocks may be consumed. Cost: $60. Register by Aug. 21.

Lakeville North girls fall youth volleyball

Girls going into third grade through sixth grade in the Lakeville North attendance area this fall are invited to try out for the 2018 Lakeville North Fall Volleyball Program. Tryouts will be held at Lakeville North High School on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Preregistration is required. For more information and registration go to www.LakevilleNorthJuniors.com or contact Janis Goehner at 612-245-5080.

BBB: Phony IRS calls spike again

Over the last couple of weeks, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has noted an increase in phone calls to the public falsely claiming an affiliation with the IRS. Calls of this nature, where consumers are told a debt is owed and must be paid immediately, are not legitimate. Callers play on fear to pressure consumers and business owners into making on the spot payments which are not due. The IRS communicates primarily through the U.S. Mail, and taxpayers always have the right to dispute claimed debts.

“The timing of these calls is nefarious,” said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Most people have last year’s taxes in the rear-view mirror, so to get a call now saying taxes are still owed, it gets people thinking that maybe they – or their tax preparer – made a mistake. Which is why it’s so important to stay calm, not let yourself be pressured and verify everything that you’re told.”

BBB is advising the public that the IRS will never make calls demanding immediate payment and initiates contact with taxpayers through the mail. Scammers are also able to utilize technology that alters the information which appears on caller ID, so it may appear as though a call is originating from the IRS, when in fact the call is fraudulent.

Phony IRS calls have become common nationwide and can target anyone. Fraudsters perpetrating this scheme can call from anywhere and attempt to manipulate people’s fears to trick or coerce them into making hard to trace payments, such as wire transfers, gift cards or prepaid debit cards. These con artists often claim an affiliation with the IRS and use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.

In recent years, scammers have turned to robocalls, leaving “urgent” messages for people claiming a tax debt is due. These messages will sometimes even threaten arrest if the recipient doesn’t call back to make a payment. However, robocalls such as these are illegal and the messages left are not legitimate.

People who speak to these scammers on the phone say they are abusive and threaten arrest or even deportation if alleged tax debts are not paid immediately. Some callers have even claimed to be from the U.S. Marshals, threatening arrest if alleged tax debts were not paid in full.

The IRS website states it will never:

• Call to demand immediate payment, nor will it call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

• Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

• Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the debt in question.

• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

The IRS also states it doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

If you receive one of these fraudulent IRS phone calls, BBB recommends you:

• Hang up – Don’t provide any information over the phone. Stay calm.

• Protect your personal information – Never give out any personal or financial information over the phone. This includes your Social Security number. Remember, taxpayers have rights.

• Contact the FTC – File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint. People are encouraged to add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in their complaint.

• Contact the FCC – Let the Federal Communications Commission know about ID spoofing by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC or file a complaint at www.fcc.gov/complaints.

Source: https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_thisweek/free/area-briefs-for-the-week-of-aug/article_34b9e7d8-95b3-11e8-b209-133e957a921e.html

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