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Monday, October 24, 2016

Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board seeks award nominations

The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board is accepting nominations to recognize individuals, programs, companies and organizations doing great things to improve workplaces in Dakota and Scott counties. 
Awards will be presented at the Board's annual Legislative and Employer Awards luncheon on Dec. 16, 2016. 
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact the Board at 651 554-5633 or email Award categories are listed below. 
·         Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Award is given to an individual who has championed workforce issues at the local, state or federal levels. 
·         Business Champion Award recognizes an outstanding company that also uses Workforce Center's services 
·         Bob Killeen Award recognizes companies for their implementation of quality practices.   
·         Willis E. Branning Excellence in Youth Employment Services Award recognizes an organization or program, an employer, or an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to and effectiveness in preparing young people ages 14-24.
·         Bob Klas Sr. Entrepreneur Award recognizes a local entrepreneur success story through business growth, the leadership, or the mentorship they provide to other entrepreneurs.
·         Employer of the Year for People with Disabilities will be presented to an employer who has improved the lives of people with disabilities though employment.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Interstate 494 will have reduced lanes from I-94/694 to I-394 Oct. 21-24

Motorists will see reduced lanes this weekend on Interstate 494 from I-94/I-694 to I-394.
All lanes of southbound I-494 will close from I-94/I-694 in Maple Grove to I-394 in Wayzata.
All ramps to southbound I-494 will be closed.
The northbound side of I-494 will be reduced to a single lane from Highway 55 to I-394.
The closures will take place from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, while crews paint bridges and work on the road.
The work is part of a three-year construction project on I-494 that includes:
  • Repair and reconstruct the concrete pavement on I-494 between I-394 and the I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange (Fish Lake Interchange)
  • Maintenance repairs on I-494 ramps
  • Replace I-494 bridges
  • Reconstruct East Fish Lake Road bridge deck over I-494
  • Install a third lane between Highway 55 and East Fish Lake Rd
  • Construct storm water ponds and noise barriers
  • Work is scheduled for completion in November 2016, weather permitting.
For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit
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Friday, October 14, 2016

All Hallows Eve at Dakota City Heritage Village

Dakota City Heritage village will be hosting a Halloween experience 1900 style – All HallowsEve on Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016 from 1 to 8 pm. The public is invited to attend festival parties in the village homes and country school with games and activities, shiver with delight as ghost stories are read, ride a tractor pulled trolley, join in the Dakota City Dollar Hunt, view an early silent, but spooky film and learn why there's a bell beside the headstone.  Come, join our historic Halloween fun.
Clues for the Dakota City Dollar Hunt will be posted twice daily on the large signboard near the General Store and on Facebook. The first one to find the Dakota City silver dollar will receive a monetary prize and four passes to Christmas in the Village! 
Admission is $6 for ages 13 & up, $3 for ages 4 -12.  Children age 3 and under are admitted free.  Warm food and beverages can be purchased at the Drugstore.  The Gift Shop will be open with a selection of candy, gifts and vintage toys.
For more information, visit the village's web site at:  or call 651-460-8050 x 3.