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ST. PAUL — As cold weather sweeps into the state, the Minnesota Commerce Department is encouraging low-income Minnesotans to get help with paying their heating bills through the state's Energy Assistance Program. Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($47,194 for a family of four) are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program.
Residents of Dakota County are invited to join a number of volunteer citizen advisory committees that provide advice to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. Dakota County residents interested in serving on a committee can call the county administration at 651-438-4418 for an application. The application deadline is Dec. 16 or until all openings are filled.
Dakota County Community Services is offering workshops to assist people applying for MNsure health care programs during the 2016-17 open enrollment period. 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. Workshops will be held through Jan. 30 at Dakota County library locations. A certified navigator will help attendees set up MNsure accounts online, guide them through applications and answer any questions.
Area residents can drop off holiday lights and electrical, phone and appliance cords for recycling at a variety of locations in Farmington and Rosemount. ProAct’s “Holiday Lights Recycling” program will...
Aaron Rother has joined RiverTown Multimedia as a multimedia sales representative. Rother's background includes 17 years in advertising, including print, radio, social media and digital marketing. Rother has helped hundreds of local businesses grow during this time through his active partnership with them.
The Dakota County Historical Society is seeking information from county residents for an upcoming exhibit on life during World War I opening in 2017. The project is being supported through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through the grant awarded to the organization, an independent researcher has been hired to assist with research for the exhibit.
Dakota Electric Association is inviting students and anyone interested in energy jobs to stop by the cooperative's career open house on Monday, Oct. 17. Company employees will be on hand to talk about a variety of careers and the educational requirements of those careers. Students will learn about jobs, tour the facility, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Representatives from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson, and Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, will be on hand as well.
As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourages Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule that protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The rule takes effect on Oct. 15 and continues through April 15, 2017.
Early voting for Minnesota's Nov. 8 general election begins on Friday, Sept. 23 across the state, and Minnesota voters can take advantage of several ways to vote early. Minnesota voters can vote before Election Day without providing a reason. Residents can either cast their votes through an absentee ballot or in person at polling locations.
Dakota County residents can drop off household hazardous waste at the city of Farmington Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household hazardous waste, household chemicals, and electronics will be accepted for free during the drop off event. Televisions and monitors are $10 each. Farmington residents can also drop off up to four automotive tires. For more information on items that can be dropped off, visit bit.ly/2bvGNlt.