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Friday, January 30, 2015

Dakota County Library Calendar Events for February 9 - February 14

> Monday, February 9
> Teen Advisory Group
> Get involved. TAGs recommend books and music, help plan Library programs and participate in community events and service projects. Ages: 12-18.
> 6:00-7:00 p.m.
> Tuesday, February 10
> Storytime for all Ages
> Stories and activities ideal for mixed-age audiences such as child care groups and families. Ages: 0-6. At Countryview Manufactured Home Community. 5775 Countryview Trail Farmington, MN.
> 10:30-11:00 a.m.
> Gadgets, Doodads and Thingamajigs
> Discover some easy to use technology that can help make tasks a little easier and allow you to continue doing what you love in the kitchen, with books, and with other entertainment. Presented by staff at MN STAR, a federally funded assistive technology resource that lets you try different kinds of gadgets before you buy.
> 1:30-3:00 p.m.
> App Tuesday
> Bring your device to the Library and explore a new free app every month. Now with Sphero robots! Ages: 10-16.
> 3:30-4:30 p.m.
> Wednesday, February 11
> Microsoft Word
> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word, a word processing program. Create a document using many of the software features. Learn to format, set margins and save your document. Prerequisite: Computer Basics class and/or ability to use the mouse. Registration required.
> 2:00-4:00 p.m.
> Thursday, February 13
> Books & Beyond: Valentine Surprise
> Have fun with stories, activities and crafts related to valentines with ISD 192 ECFE. Ages 0-6.
> 10:30-11:30 a.m.
> Friday, February 14
> Storytime for All Ages
> Stories and activities ideal for mixed-ages such as childcare groups and families. Ages 0-6.
> 10:30-11:00 a.m.
> The Friends of the Farmington Library are now collecting gently used, recently published books for their first book sale. Donations can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours. The book sale will be in June.
> The Farmington Library is back in its newly remodeled location at 508 Third St. in downtown Farmington. For more information, visit Our winter hours are now in effect: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Noon-8:30, Friday, Saturday 10:00-5:30.

MNsure open enrollment deadline approaching

In partnership with the Dakota County Library, Portico Healthnet and NAMI Minnesota, Dakota County Community Services is ready to assist people in applying for new MNsure health care programs before the open enrollment deadline of Feb. 15. MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans and choose from a variety of companies to find quality and affordable coverage.
NAMI Minnesota will host MNsure informational sessions from 4:30–5:30 p.m., and Dakota County will host enrollment workshops from 6–8 p.m., on the following dates:
  • Feb. 2 at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville; 952-891-0300
  • Feb. 3 at Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights; 651-554-6840
  • Feb. 10 at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan; 651-450-2900
  • Feb. 11 at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley; 952-891-7045
The NAMI Minnesota sessions will present helpful tips and information about MNsure for the general public and discuss the important changes to Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. There will also be a discussion of the benefits to people living with mental illnesses. Register or learn more by visiting and clicking on MNsure, or emailing
During Dakota County's enrollment workshops, an application counselor will help attendees set up a MNsure account online, guide them through the application and answer any questions they might have. Anyone interested in attending should bring the names, dates of birth, incomes and Social Security numbers of anyone in their household applying for health care coverage. Registration is required by calling a specific Library branch to sign up for its workshop.
In addition to the Library workshops, a computer lab is available to residents from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday on the second floor of the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St. Paul. No appointment is necessary, and there will be staff support to answer questions and assist residents.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DNR announces new appointments to committee on natural heritage

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed eight new members to the committee which advises the department on programs related to the state's native prairies, forests, and wetlands and their native plants and animals.

The new members are:

  • Laurie  Allmann, Marine on Saint Croix.
  • Matthew Anderson, St. Paul.
  • Kevin Brennan, Fergus Falls.
  • Gary Burdorf, Arlington.
  • Linda Kingery, Crookston.
  • John Pearson, St. Paul.
  • David Remucal, Chaska.
  • John Schladweiler, New Ulm.

These appointees to the Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage 
( will be responsible for advising the DNR on issues related to sustaining the state's natural heritage and biological diversity. Since 1966, the committee has been making recommendations and providing advice to the state scientific and natural areas program. In addition, the committee now advises other programs within the department's Ecological and Water Resources Division, including nongame wildlife, Minnesota biological survey, prairie protection, rare resources, wetland monitoring, and terrestrial invasive species.
People were sought who have broad knowledge and experience related to natural area systems, conservation biology, ecology, environmental education, natural resource management, or protection of Minnesota's rare species, natural communities, geology, and other components of natural diversity. Landwehr appointed the new committee members in December and January for terms of up to five years.  

New appointees join the current committee membership, including:

  • David Chaffin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • David Fulton, St. Paul.
  • George Host, Duluth.
  • Clint Miller, Pine Island.
  • Rebecca Montgomery, St. Paul.
  • John Moriarty, Plymouth.
  • Gerald Niemi, Duluth.