Friday, March 22, 2013
Dakota was ranked the 15th healthiest county in Minnesota, thanks to lower mortality rates and high quality "clinical care," but lagged with respect to physical environment factors such as pollution and fast food restaurants.
Dakota County is a relatively healthy place to live, statistically speaking. Of 87 Minnesota counties, Dakota was ranked 15th for overall health, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Wisconsin Population Health Institute released Wednesday. Dakota had the fifth-lowest premature death rate and was ranked fourth in the quality of its clinical care, with far more doctors per capita than the state average. The county also stood out for its healthy behavior, a category in which it was ranked eighth. Dakota County residents smoke less, exercise more, experience fewer vehicle crashes and are less likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease. Plus, its teens are less likely to give birth. But the county lagged …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Also in this week's rundown: A proposed expansion in Eagan gets widespread support and a Burnsville grad takes center stage in New York City.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Burnsville Sen. Hall Takes Aim at Critics—Gay Marriage Bill Passes Committee "I'm trying to be a nice guy but I have an opinion," Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall told supporters of gay marriage during a hearing on Tuesday. A Switch and a Surprise Round Out the Night at 'Bite' A newcomer, a local favorite and a legacy restaurant all won honors at this year's "Bite of Burnsville. From Mraz to the Met: BHS Grad Makes Splash on NYC Opera Scene Thomas Richards, a bass-baritone and 2006 graduate of Burnsville High, blew judges away with his performance at the 60th annual National Council …
Friday, March 1, 2013
A recent change implemented by the U.S. Department of State means the county can no longer process passports in the same building as birth and death records.
Dakota County residents interested in obtaining birth or death records will have a few more options starting on April 1, thanks to new rules issued by the United States Department of State. Currently, county birth and death records are only available at the Western Service Center at 14955 Galaxie Avenue in Apple Valley. A recent rule change initiated by the Department of State, however, means that birth and death records must be processed in a separate building from passport applications, according to a report in the Pioneer Press. Beginning April 1, birth and death records will no longer be available at the Western Service Center. Instead, they can be found at the Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings; the Northern Service …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Dakota County will host two open houses to discuss Robert Street Transitway options. The project aims to improve public transit service between downtown St. Paul and northern Dakota County communities.
The following is a press release from Dakota County. Dakota County Transportation and the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority will host open houses about the ongoing Robert Street Transitway Alternatives Study at the following times and locations: The Robert Street Transitway Alternatives Study aims to determine possible improvements to transit service between downtown St. Paul and communities in northern Dakota County. The Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority and the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, which are jointly conducting the study, aim to identify a single transit route and mode for further development and implementation. The public is invited to attend the open houses and offer opinions on the selection of …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Use this northern Dakota County guide to jump start your great Valentine's Day gift or romantic evening.
To help you think outside the (chocolate) box for Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, here’s a list of places to go shopping, wine, dine, and be merry in northern Dakota County. Activities and Adventures Bakery Treats Dining Out Flower Shop Shopping Shopping (For Him) Spa Wine
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Make a difference in local government by volunteering for an advisory board.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees and is inviting its residents to apply for an opportunity to make a difference in local government. Positions are available on the following citizen advisory committees: Dakota – Scott Workforce Investment Board Help oversee the activities of the Workforce Centers in Dakota and Scott counties. In partnership with the Dakota County Board, determine methods and delivery systems to assure the best mix of programs and services for eligible citizens of both counties. The board meets monthly on the third Friday in West St. Paul. Extension Committee Partner …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Dakota County officials will discuss a grant the county received to construct a wayside rest area with interpretive facilities near the Rock Island Swing Bridge.
The following is a press release from Dakota County: Dakota County has been awarded a National Scenic Byway grant to build a wayside rest along the Mississippi River Regional Trail near the Rock Island Swing Bridge in the City of Inver Grove Heights. The County is inviting the public to share comments about the project at an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, National Guard Meeting Room C, 8055 Barbara Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. Dakota County staff will introduce the project, present design concepts and answer questions. The project includes construction of a wayside rest with a four-season restroom, an outdoor picnic pavilion, a 40-vehicle parking lot, signage, and interpretive …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Dakota County residents can review and comment on two greenway plans at two meetings hosted by county officials in January. The first meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m. at the Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Local photographers, age 8 and older, may submit up to two photographs reflecting the theme "Human Faces of Dakota County" for the chance to have their pictures hung in a gallery.
Follow Mendota Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our freenewsletter Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Dakota County. Photographers looking to display their work can submit their original photos to be considered for a new exhibit planned for March 2013. Photographers, age 8 and older, must live in Dakota County and may submit up to two photographs reflecting the theme "Human Faces of Dakota County". The submission deadline has been extended and submissions are now due by Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The photography exhibit is one of the ways the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Dakota County Historical Society, is working to make local art more accessible to …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Dakota County residents can review and comment on two greenway plans at two meetings hosted by county officials in January.
Follow Mendota Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Dakota County. You can help shape the future of two greenway corridors in Dakota County—the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway and the Mendota–Lebanon Hills Greenway—by attending an open house to review and comment on the plans. The open houses are part of the year-long master planning process for the two greenways. The open houses are scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m. at the Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan and Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6–8 p.m. at the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Review and provide feedback to the …