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ATTRACTIONS Parks Trails Recreations

HEALTH 9 10 10

FOOD Food

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GOVERNMENT City of Belle Plaine City Council Meetings Utilities Scott County Elected Officials Frequently Called Numbers Libraries Utilities Metropolitan Council Watershed Licenses & Documents U.S. Postal Service Health & Human Services Elections State of Minnesota United States

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Health and Wellness

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LEISURE Youth Sports Adult Sports Clubs & Organizations Youth Organizations Arts & Entertainment

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LIVING Belle Plaine Public Schools ISD 716 Special Programs Other Area Schools Help & Support Services

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MARKETPLACE Media

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ANIMALS Dog Licenses Lost Pet Adoption & Rescue

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2017-2018 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Publisher: Laurie Hartmann \ Regional Editor: Deena Winter Listings Editor: Amanda McKnight \ Editorial Content: Jo Herrera, Tory Cooney, Rachel Minske Cover Design: Mike Gears \ Editorial Design: Rachel Larivee \ Advertising: Erin Troxel Special thanks to the city of Belle Plaine for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Southwest News Media, 12925 Eagle Creek Parkway, Savage, 55378. Copyright 2017-2018. Printed in the USA. To submit additional information call 952-445-3333 or send an email to amcknight@swpub.com.

Cover photo by: Tory Cooney A family enters the city hall on a sunny June afternoon.

BELLE PLAINE

The historic Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House is a longstanding landmark in Belle Plaine, particularly well known for its twostory outhouse. (Photo by Tory Cooney)


WELCOME

American flags decorate downtown Belle Plaine throughout the summer. (Photo by Tory Cooney)

A WARM WELCOME W

elcome to the 2017-2018 Belle Plaine Lifestyle Guide! Belle Plaine is a charming community nestled in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, midway between Mankato and the Twin Cities. Highway 169 provides easy access to Belle Plaine, which is conveniently located in southwest Scott County as a hub for many major thoroughfares. With a population near 7,000, Belle Plaine has maintained a cozy, small-town feel, yet residents are fortunate to benefit from amenities provided by Scott County, which is one of seven metro area counties. Residents also benefit from being a 40-minute drive into the heart of the Twin Cities, so there’s always something to do on the weekends, whether it be a Twins game, a night on the town, a museum or traveling Broadway show. Located on the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway, Belle Plaine is a great place to watch the seasons change, with apple orchards and popular fall activities.

This publication offers a directory of information and resources used by Belle Plaine area businesses and residents, especially those who are new to this area. The Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and email addresses. We hope you keep it handy and use it often in your search for fun and fulfillment in the Minnesota River Valley. Our apologies in advance for omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 952-345-6682. Send updated information for the Lifestyle Guide to editor@ shakopeenews.com.


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LIFESTYLE SNAPSHOT

POPULATION 2014

VETERANS

2015

2016

434 2011 - 2015 = 50

6,902

6,918

7,009

5.3% increase from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016

= 600

5 years and under

10%

18 years and under

30%

Between 19 and 64 years

49.1%

65 years and older

10.9%

POPULATION BREAKDOWN WHITE

94.2%

WORK TRAVEL TIME Mean travel time to work

workers age 16+

26.2 min

2011- 2015

HOUSING

2,501 Housing units, 2010 = 300

ASIAN

1.4% HISPANIC OR LATINO

2.1%

TWO OR MORE RACES

1.8%

AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE

.2%

BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN

1.1%

2.2% Foreign born Between 2011 and 2015 EDUCATION

93.9% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2011- 2015

26.8% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2011- 2015

85.7%

Home ownership rate, 2011 - 2015

94.9% Living in same house 1 year or more $175,500 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2011 - 2015 2.93 Persons per household $71,954 Median household income, 2010 - 2014 $25,516 Per capita income in past 12 months, 2015 dollars Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/


Bauer Fine Arts Academy Belle Plaine Eye Care Brock’s Flooring

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Mustard Seed

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Natural Fitness

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NorthStar Dance Academy

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Car-Co Part City Auto Parts

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Oak Terrace Independent Living

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Carver Dental

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Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant

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CAP Agency

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Prairie Farm Supply

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Chaska Community Center

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Red Wing Shoes

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Children’s Dental Care

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Referral Collision

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City of Belle Plaine

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Kingspath Senior Living

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Cologne Academy

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Riverland Bank

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Ducerus-Minnesota

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Ridgeview Medical Center

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Edina Realty Belle Plaine

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Mazopiya

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First Choice Pharmacy

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Playworks

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Hosanna! Church Shakopee

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Dakotah! Sport & Fitness

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Insurance Brokers of MN

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The Meadows

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Jet Black

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Shakopee Dakota Covenience Store

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Dakotah Meadows RV Park

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St. Francis Regional Medical Center

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Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC

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Jordan Ace Hardware

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Lange’s Plumbing & Heating

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Stanley & Wencl Construction & Facility Systems

Mediacom Cable

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St. Gertrude’s Health/Rehabilitation Center 32

Minnesota Harvest

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ADVERTISERS

Window boxes of red geraniums add a cheery air to downtown Belle Plaine. (Photo by Tory Cooney)


ATTRACTIONS

Flags flutter above the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine on a warm June afternoon. Right — Belle Plaine high school students Paige Narveson, Sidney Schafer and Mackenzie Brey relax by the city’s community swimming pool, enjoying a warm summer day. (Photos by Tory Cooney)

SMALL TOWN WITH BIG ALLURE

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he city of Belle Plaine — which is French for “Beautiful Prairie” — has an abundant number of parks, trails and green spaces. Even today, the city has select areas of protected, natural prairie grasses. “The Minnesota River Valley Trail starts here in Belle Plaine and it winds its way along the Minnesota River, all the way up to Shakopee,” said former City Administrator Mike Votca. “From Belle Plaine up to Shakopee it’s just a nice grass trail that a lot of people use for hiking. It’s a really nice, rustic trail.” The city of Belle Plaine is home to more than 20 city-owned parks, trails, open spaces and recreational areas, accounting for about 80 acres—or 2.4 percent—of the city’s total acreage. The community is highly walkable, with 18.5 miles of trails and 17.6 miles of city sidewalks, which provide access to all reaches of the city. Outdoor attractions aren’t the only allure of this small town with big-city amenities; take a tour of Belle Plaine and discover the Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House, owned by the city and maintained by the Belle Plaine Historical Society. The home, built in 1871 by local businessman Sandford Hooper and on the National Register of Historic Places, has a two-story outhouse, believed by many to be the only one of its kind. Belle Plaine is also home to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, a Carpenter Gothic-style church that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city has its fair share of festivals, activities and entertainment options, including the annual German Days and BBQ Days, the latter of which offers barbecue food, a carnival, fireworks and “everything you expect in a good city festival,” Votca said. Another popular city attraction is Belle Plaine Veterans

Belle Plaine is home to outdoor amenities, including: About 80 acres of city-owned parks, trails, open spaces and recreational areas, or 2.4 percent of the city’s total acreage; about 18.5 miles of trails and 17.6 miles of city sidewalks; prominent trails including the Minnesota River Valley Trail and the South Creek Trail in Belle Plaine.

Memorial Park. “It has a nice walkway with flags to commemorate veterans from Belle Plaine,” Votca said. Belle Plaine is a stone’s throw away from a host of other regional attractions, including Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store (just look for the big yellow barn off Highway 169, south of Jordan) and a handful of area apple orchards. Belle Plaine is conveniently located between the two major hubs of Minneapolis and Mankato, ensuring metropolitan amenities are always within driving distance.


ATTRACTIONS PARKS COMMUNITY PARKS Archery Park 22331 Union Trail Archery range with an elevated shooting platform. Blaha Memorial Song Bird Sanctuary 200 W. Court St. Bird sanctuary property. Chatfield Park 550 E. State St. 1 acre, playground, sand volleyball court, half court basketball, field. Community Dog Park 200 block of S. Market St. Dog park, hockey rink. Court Square Park 410 N. Cedar St. 4.8 acres, disc golf, picnic shelter, playground, grills, horseshoe pits, restrooms, Hooper-BowlerHilstrom historic home. Founders Park 450 E. Church St. Features the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fountain Park 801 W. Forest St. Sof tball field, playground equipment including super slide, picnic shelter, restroom facility. Heritage Square Park 500 E. Orchard St. 7 acres, baseball field, skate park, basketball court and playground equipment, shelters, trail. Union Square Park 201 S. Eagle St. 5.2 acres, picnic shelters, band shell, grills, playground, baseball field, horseshoe pit, restrooms; location of annual Bar-B-Q Days celebration. OTHER PARK AREAS Creekside Park 931 Park Drive Playground equipment and basketball court.

Century Park 200 W. Century St. Playground equipment, sand volleyball courts, gazebo. Deer Park North of Deer Creek Parkway 7.7 acres, natural habitat. Hickory Park 801 E. Orchard St. 4 acres, playground equipment, multi-use recreational rink. Meadow Park 800 Meadow Circle 4 acres, trail, Little League/soccer field. Prairie Park 650 E. Park St. 2.1 acres, playground, picnic shelter, lighted softball field, restrooms, parking. Townsend Park 110 S. Meridian St. Downtown garden, fountain. Veterans Memorial Park 101 E. Commerce Drive 1 acre, trail, flag and mounted helicopter display. REGIONAL PARKS Scott County Parks 952-496-8475 www.co.scott.mn.us Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park 400 W. 260th St., New Prague T h i s 2 0 -a c r e si te , f o r m e r l y operated as the Cedar Lake Farm and Day resort, of fers shore fishing, swimming beach, picnic sites. Part of a future 300-acre regional park that will feature wetlands, Big Woods forest and 4,000 feet of shoreland, public recreation. Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park This 490-acre park in Cedar Lake Township is still undeveloped. Spring Lake Regional Park This 373-acre park on the northern shore of Spring Lake includes an off-leash dog park and trails. Three Rivers Park District 763-559-9000 www.threeriversparkdistrict.org 2017 - 2018 | swnewsmedia.com

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ATTRACTIONS Cleary Lake Regional Park 18106 Texas Ave. (Co. Rd. 27), Prior Lake 763-694-7777 Biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing, swimming and picnicking, cross country skiing. It has 1,045 acres.

State Trail runs along the river (the federal and state governments own various parts of the river frontage being preserved). A boat landing, adjacent to the Minnesota River bridge in Belle Plaine, offers access to the river.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 15501 Murphy Lake Road (Co. Road 75), Savage 763-694-7777 Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and mountain biking. This is a 2,400 acre park.

RECREATION

The Landing-Minnesota Heritage Park 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee 763-694-7784 www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

TRAILS

A fountain bubbles merrily in the center of Townsend Park in downtown Belle Plaine. (Photo by Tory Cooney)

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There are 18.5 miles of trails within the city. Maps are available at city hall or at www.belleplainemn.com. DNR-owned Minnesota Valley

STATE RECREATION AREA Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan 952-492-6400 SKATE PARK Lakefront Skate Park 5000 Kop Parkway, Lakefront Park, Prior Lake 952-447-9800 City-operated skate park featuring 3- and 5-foot ramps for skateboarders and in-line skaters. A helmet is mandatory for all users, and knee pads and wrist protection a re s t ro n g l y re co m m e n d e d . Admission is free.


ATTRACTIONS OUTDOOR PUBLIC SWIMMING Municipal Swimming Pool 203 W. Prairie St. 952-873-2333 Swimming pool and kiddie pool (open in season) with two diving boards and a small waterslide, hockey & recreation, four lighted tennis courts, warming hut. CAMPGROUNDS Baylor Regional Park 10775 Co. Road 33, Norwood Young America 952-466-5250 Fish Lake Acres Campground 3000 210th St. E., Prior Lake 952-492-3393 Minneapolis S.W. KOA 3315 166th St. W., Jordan 952-492-6440 MN Valley State Park/Rec Area 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan 952-492-6400 SNOWMOBILING Prior Lake Snowmobile Club 612-919-7811 Scott County SNO-Trails, Inc. 952-440-1003 WATER SKIING Shakopee-Prior Lake Shockwaves Water Ski Team www.splwsa.org NATURE Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington 952-854-5900 www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesotavalley Made up of 14 separate units, the 14,000-acre Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge runs from Bloomington to Henderson, along both sides of the Minnesota River to provide 4,700 acres of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, wildlife observation and photography as posted on Refuge interpretive signs. Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center 15865 Carver Highlands Drive, Carver 952-361-4500

A flag blows in the wind outside the historic Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House in Belle Plaine. (Photo by Tory Cooney) Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska 952-443-1400 www.arboretum.umn.edu The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum of fers more than

1,000 acres of landscaped gardens, natural woodlands, wetlands and prairie, plant collections, and displays. Walk, hike, cross-country ski more eight miles of trails. Open 363 days a year.

Minnesota Harvest 8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785 www.minnesotaharvest.net


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FOOD

Mitchell Wouters, his sister, Reilly, and mom, Kelly, enjoy BBQ sandwiches, the namesake edible attraction of Belle Plaine’s annual BBQ Days event. Right - Belle Plaine resident Scott Gillespie is a fan of the corn dogs at Belle Plaine’s annual BBQ Days, an event that brings food, live music, carnival rides and games to the city. (Photos by Tory Cooney)

DINING WITH FLAIR F

rom baked goods to pizza and from fast food to sit-down restaurants, if locals are hungry there’s a good chance their cravings will be satisfied in Belle Plaine. Many dining establishments are situated along Highway 169 and near the intersection of Main and Meridian streets. Visitors and residents alike can find a wide variety of selections and cultures in local menus spanning from fresh donuts to spring rolls and burgers to salmon. When those hankerings for something sweet arise, take a trip out of town to Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, where an expansive soda selection, homemade pies and obscure candy can be purchased. The candy store recently expanded to include a science-fiction themed mural completed by local artist and Jordan High School art teacher Jessica Barnd. From May through the second week in October, a farmers market takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Court Square Park on North Cedar Street. The farmers market is not operated by the city. The farmers market is family-friendly, said coordinator Rick Krant, who sits on the board of the Belle Plaine Historical Society, which sponsors the event. However, many take advantage of the market to visit with friends. “It’s kind of a social setting because people come to the market, but they stay there,” he said, adding in a given week the market features eight to 12 vendors offering things like jams, baked goods, maple syrup, fresh produce, local honey and jewelry. A couple of food trucks are also parked at the market, so customers can grab a bite to eat while they shop. Fair food like ice cream, gyros, pretzels, burgers and

”We have some vendors that work with leather, a jewelry maker. Pure maple syrup is typically on site and so is local honey. It’s exciting because you never know what’s going to show up.” Rick Krantz, coordinator of the Belle Plaine Farmers Market more can all be found at the Scott County Fair, held every summer just outside Belle Plaine. Barbecue lovers can get their fix at the city’s annual BBQ Days, which offers fireworks, a carnival and live music on top of barbecued food.


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FOOD Belle Plaine Farmers Market 410 N. Cedar St. The farmers market is open from

3:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday May through October. It is not operated by the city. Contact Rick Krantz at 952-217-1385 for more information.

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A COMMUNITY LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER B

elle Plaine’s city hall contains a license bureau and is located across the street from the post office. A fivemember city council represents the citizens of Belle Plaine in making decisions and creating plans for development. Council members serve four-year terms while the mayor serves a two-year term.The city police department recently launched a “Be seen, be safe” initiative, which provides free yellow safety vests for children and adults to wear while walking or riding their bikes. The vests increase visibility to drivers and make it safer to be out and about, even in low light. The project, which launched in June 2016, was funded with money awarded to the city by the League of Minnesota Cities for creative programming in public safety through Belle Plaine’s Tiger Watch program, launched in spring 2015. The police train Tiger Watch members, including local businesses, school personnel, and religious leaders, on how to respond to people in need and connect them to resources. A sticker is posted in their windows to mark them as a safe place to turn. “If we’re all on the same page, all looking out for our

Belle Plaine’s city hall was once a reception and dance hall. Before that, it was a lumber yard.

GOVERNMENT

This vintage fire truck behind the Belle Plaine Fire Department is no longer in service, but still looks smart. (Photo by Tory Cooney). Right — Belle Plaine City Hall is located downtown at 218 N. Meridian St. (Photo by Amanda McKnight)

community, we can create a support system around everyone who needs help, and they’ll know they have a place to turn,” said Police Chief Tom Stolee. Belle Plaine’s city council chambers, located in the city hall, are also home to a 179-foot mural which depicts life and events in Belle Plaine between 1870 and 1917. The Belle Plaine Historical Mural was painted by local artist Lana K. Beck when the building was still a reception and dance hall called “Pavillion Place.” It remained even after the building was converted into a new city hall in the mid-2000s.


CITY OF

BELLE PLAINE CITY HALL

BELLE PLAINE

218 N. Meridian St. 952-873-5553

hkreft@ci.belleplaine.mn.us www.belleplainemn.com

952-873-5553

CITY COUNCIL

MEETINGS

The mayor and council members serve as the Belle Plaine City Council. The mayor serves a two-year term and council members serve four-year terms. Belle Plaine City Council elections are held concurrently with the state and federal general elections in the even-numbered years.

For more information about city boards and commissions, visit www.belleplainemn.com. First Monday:

City Council 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers Design Committee 5:15 p.m., Council Chambers

Second Monday: Economic Development Authority 5 p.m., Council Chambers Planning & Zoning Commission 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers Third Monday:

CHRISTOPHER MEYER

PAUL CHARD

Mayor 612-756-0662 cmeyer@ci.belleplaine.mn.us Term expires Dec. 31, 2018

Council member 952-873-4568 pchard@ci.belleplaine.mn.us Term expires Dec. 31, 2018

Park Board 5 p.m., Council Chambers City Council 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers

FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS

Police and fire emergency Police (non-emergency) Belle Plaine Government Center Fire (non-emergency) Water and sewer billing Scott County Sheriff

911 952-873-4307 952-873-5553 952-873-6820 952-873-5553 952-496-8300

UTILITIES CARY COOP

BEN STIER

Council member 952-873-6498 ccoop@ci.belleplaine.mn.us Term expires Dec. 31, 2020

Council member No phone listing available bstier@ci.belleplaine.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

BURIED CABLE – CALL BEFORE YOU DIG Gopher State One 651-454-0002 www.gopherstateonecall.org ELECTRICITY Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 www.xcelenergy.com Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative 952-492-2313 www.mvec.net NATURAL GAS

THERESA MCDANIEL Council member 952-393-1654 tmcdaniel@ci.belleplaine.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

CenterPoint Energy 612-372-4727 www.centerpointenergy.com WATER & SEWER Belle Plaine Public Works 952-873-5553 or 952-873-6742

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SCOTT COUNTY

SCOTT COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, MN 55379-1220

952-445-7750 A s Scott Count y continues to be a regional and statewide leader in both population growth an d econ omic developm ent , progress is evident throughout the community. Over the last several years, Scott County has managed to keep its budget in check while still investing in its residents’ future. Scott County is truly committed to its vision: “Where individuals, families, and businesses thrive.” Residents are encouraged to keep current on county news by viewing County Board meetings (available online in “real time” and on-demand), visiting the

TTY/TDD : 952-496-8170 www.co.scott.mn.us

website (www.scottcountymn. com), checking out Southwest News Media’s coverage, tuning into local government access cable for meeting coverage and other programming, following the county on social media, and reading the award-winning resident newsletter (The Scott County SCENE). In addition, you can become more directly involved by volunteering with various community groups, ser ving on a citizen advisor y committee, or by attending County Board meetings and workshops, which are held on most Tuesdays at 9 a.m. You can visit the website for up-to-date schedule information.

ELECTED OFFICIALS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

BARB WECKMAN BREKKE

TOM WOLF

MICHAEL BEARD

DAVID BEER

JON ULRICH

District 1 612-616-1086 bweckmanbrekke@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

District 2 952-440-6805 twolf@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

District 3 952-583-7090 mbeard@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

District 4 952-393-5296 dbeer@co.scott.mn.us Dec. 31, 2020

District 5 612-716-6724 julrich@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS

FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS

Medical/Police/Fire Directions to the Government Center Job Hotline Switchboard Animal Control Court Administration

RON HOCEVAR

LUKE HENNEN

County Attorney 952-496-8415 rhocevar@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Sheriff 952-496-8300 lhennen@co.scott.mn.us Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

911 952-496-8777 952-496-8598 952-445-7750 952-894-9065 952-496-8200

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GOVERNMENT

The City of Belle Plaine

Welcomes You! Discover the many great things we have to offer.

FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS County Administrator Gary L. Shelton 952-496-8100 gshelton@co.scott.mn.us Deputy County Administrator Lezlie Vermillion 952-496-8062 lvermillion@co.scott.mn.us Building Inspections Jeff Munsterteiger 952-496-8883 jmunsterteiger@co.scott.mn.us County Assessor Michael Thompson 952-496-8972 propertytax@co.scott.mn.us County Attorney Ron Hocevar 952-496-8415 rhocevar@co.scott.mn.us County Engineer Tony Winiecki 952-496-8008 twiniecki@co.scott.mn.us County Recorder James Hentges 952-496-8362 jhentges@co.scott.mn.us Customer Service 952-496-8150 Elections Lisa Shadick 952-496-8560 scelections@co.scott.mn.us Employee Relations Lori Huss 952-496-8103 lhuss@co.scott.mn.us Environmental Services 952-496-8177 Facilities Management Joe Wiita 952-496-8063 jwiita@co.scott.mn.us

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Finance Steven Jones 952-496-8765 sjones@co.scott.mn.us Information Technology Jeff Peichel 952-445-8113 jpeichel@co.scott.mn.us Parks & Trails Patricia Freeman 952-496-8752 pfreeman@co.scott.mn.us Planning & Zoning Brad Davis 952-496-8654 bdavis@co.scott.mn.us Public Health Lisa Brodsky 952-496-8520 lbrodsky@co.scott.mn.us Sheriff Luke Hennen 952-496-8300 lhennen@co.scott.mn.us Surveyor James Hentges 952-496-8362 jhentges@co.scott.mn.us Veterans Services Jerry Brua 952-496-8175 jbrua@co.scott.mn.us

LIBRARIES Belle Plaine Branch Library 952-873-6767 125 W. Main St., Belle Plaine www.scott.lib.mn.us The Belle Plaine Branch Library is part of the Scott County Library System, which allows library cardholders access to libraries in seven communities, including Shakopee, Prior Lake, Elko New Market, New Prague, Savage and Jordan. In addition, the county-wide system is part of the greater metropolitan system — Metropolitan Library Service Agency — which allows library cardholders access to nearby Hennepin, Carver and other metropolitan count y libraries, as well as Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Libraries.


GOVERNMENT LAW LIBRARY Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8713

UTILITIES BURIED CABLE – CALL BEFORE YOU DIG Gopher State One 651-454-0002 www.gopherstateonecall.org

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101 651-602-1000 www.metrocouncil.org public.info@metc.state.mn.us The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council advocates for vital communities and a competitive region. It runs the regional bus system, collects and treats wastewa-

ter and manages water resources preservation, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 189 cities and townships and a population of 2.85 million. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chair. The council’s website provides information about the region and regional services. The site has current data on aviation, demographics, the economy, housing, land use, parks and open space, transportation, and water quality and supply. Forecasts of population, employment and households are available, as are city and township data, regional plans, water resources, and transportation information.

organizations and watershed di s t r i c t s i n t h e Tw i n C i t i e s metropolitan area participate in water planning and implementation. Scott Watershed Management Organization 952-496-8054 www.co.scott.mn.us Meetings are the fourth Monday at 4 p.m. at the Scott County Government Center. Lower Minnesota River Watershed District 952-856-5880 www.watersheddistrict.org Meetings are the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Chaska City Hall.

LICENSES AND DOCUMENTS

WATERSHEDS

DRIVER AND VEHICLE SERVICES

Watershed management

Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee

952-496-8150 www.co.scott.mn.us Prior Lake License Bureau 14033 Commerce Ave., Prior Lake 952-447-8817 Jordan Government Center 210 E. 1st St., Jordan 952-492-6330 DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWALS See above list or visit w w w. mvrenewal.state.mn.us. DRIVER’S EXAMS Road test appointments/ scheduling 651-284-1000 General information 651-296-6911 MN Driver’s License Exam Station 418 Pine St., Chaska 952-448-3740 LIQUOR & TOBACCO LICENSES City of Belle Plaine 218 N. Meridian St. 952-837-5553

Our clients become e m p o w e r e d as we guide them towards stabilization & mobilization The Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties provides residents with hope, help, and a chance for self-sufficiency through our services and programs. We encourage you to support your community by providing assistance where it is needed most. Your donation will allow us to meet the increased needs of the community we serve. We are regularly seeking corporate and private partnerships, individual donations, and volunteer support from those who believe in our mission.

Community Outreach • Early Head Start Energy Assistance • Food Shelf Housing Assistance • Senior Dining Meals on Wheels Need Assistance? Want to help?

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GOVERNMENT Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Scott County does these for the unincorporated areas. HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES Prior Lake License Bureau 14033 Commerce Ave., Prior Lake 952-447-8817 Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Sporting goods and convenience stores also sell these licenses. BIRTH/DEATH/MARRIAGE LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Elko New Market Service Center 110 J. Roberts Way, Elko New Market 952-496-8337 Bir th, death, marriage, no passports; only driver license change of address (no renewals).

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Belle Plaine Post Office 233 N. Meridian St. 952-873-5600 www.usps.com Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-noon

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Room 300, Shakopee 952-445-7751 Carver-Scott Crisis Program 952-442-7601 (24 hours) Child Care Assistance 952-496-8686 Child Support Enforcement 952-496-8183

Financial Assistance 952-496-8686 Home and Community Care Intake 952-496-8556 Mental Health Program 952-445-7751 Public Health Nursing 952-496-8577 Social Services 952-445-7751 Volunteer Opportunities 952-496-8169

ELECTIONS Voter Registration Voters must be registered. With the proper identification, they may register on Election Day. Residents may register to vote when renewing driver’s licenses. For more information on voter

registration, eligibility and/or absentee voting, call or write Scott County Elections, 200 W. Fourth Ave., Shakopee, MN 55379, telephone 952-496-8560; www. co.scott.mn.us. POLL LOCATIONS Primary and general elections Belle Plaine City Government Center 218 N. Meridian St. Belle Plaine Township Town Hall 25130 Hickory Blvd. Blakeley Township Town Hall 15016 W. 250th St. (Highway 169) St. Lawrence Township Town Hall 7500 Old Hwy. 169 Helena Township New Prague Fire Hall 505 Fifth Ave. N.W., New Prague

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GOVERNMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS School District 716 Belle Plaine Government Center 218 N. Meridian St. PARTY CONTACTS Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) 255 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul 651-293-1200 Republican Party of Minnesota (GOP) 2200 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis 651-222-0022 Independence Party (IP) P. O. Box 40495 Saint Paul, MN 55104 651-998-9156

STATE OF MINNESOTA MN Workforce Center 752 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee 952-445-7087 www.positivelyminnesota.com/wfc Job service is available to all jo b s e eke r s a n d e m p l oye r s . Information concerning filing for unemployment insurance can be obtained by calling 651-296-3644 or at www.uimn.org. MN Correctional Facility 1010 W. Sixth Ave., Shakopee 952-496-4440 The facility houses adult female felons. M N D epar tm ent of Natural Resources – Conservation Service 7050 Eas t Count y Road 101, Shakopee 952-496-4141 SENATE Senate Information 651-296-0504 www.senate.leg.state.mn.us Senator Rich Draheim (R-20) 95 University Ave. W. Minnesota Senate Bldg., Room 3227 St. Paul, MN 55155 sen.richdraheim@senate.mn

HOUSE 651-296-2146 www.house.leg.state.mn.us Rep. Bob Vogel (R-20A) 581 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155 rep.bob.vogel@house.mn

106 E Main St. #102 Belle Plaine • 952-873-4467 Kristy Crowley Branch Manager • 612-749-1620

CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS Governor Mark Dayton (D) 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 www.mn.gov/governor Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) 1400 Bremer Tower 445 Minnesota St. St. Paul, MN 55101 www.ag.state.mn.us Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) 180 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 www.sos.state.mn.us State Auditor Rebecca Otto (D) 525 Park St., #500 St. Paul, MN 55103 www.auditor.state.mn.us

Kristy Buesgens 612-382-1433

Donna & Curt Hammerberg 952-215-8933

Marcus Johannes 612-600-9201

Carly Oghdahl 952-495-4142

Nick Schmidt 612-290-6344

Barry Strelow 651-755-0417

Melissa Shaughnessy Siegle 612-282-1584

Mortgage Loan Officer

UNITED STATES U.S. SENATE Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) www.klobuchar.senate.gov 1200 Washington Ave. S., Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 Senator Al Franken (D) www.franken.senate.gov 60 E. Plato Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55107 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Representative Jason Lewis (R-2nd District) jasonlewis.house.gov 2805 Cliff Road, Suite 200 Burnsville, MN 55337

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HEALTH

The new Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic at the Ridgeview Health Campus opened in June 2017 and provides convenient access to comprehensive primary care services. (Photo by Tory Cooney) Right — Brooke Simonson gets past a Belle Plaine defenseman for a layup. (Photo by Bill Piotrowski)

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or its size, Belle Plaine offers its residents a number of health care options, including a brand-new clinic that opened in June 2017. The new Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic at the Ridgeview Health Campus, 165 Commerce Drive West on Highway 169, offers area residents of all ages convenient access to comprehensive primary care and family medicine services. The clinic plans to offer same-day care for acute illnesses and minor injuries, annual physicals and other preventative health services as well as an on-site laboratory and an X-ray. “It will be a nice community clinic with the main services you need,” said former City Administrator Mike Votca. The Belle Plaine area is home to a plethora of health care facilities, including a Mayo Clinic Health Systems branch, and is within arm’s reach of nearby hospitals like the St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. In need of a dentist, vision clinic, orthodontist or drugstore? You can find all of those options in Belle Plaine, too. KingsPath Senior Living, part of the Lutheran Home Association, is scheduled to open its 55-unit senior living apartment facility in October 2017, connected to the new Ridgeview Health Campus. Belle Plaine’s extensive trail system — which connects to a number of parks — encourages activities like biking, running and rollerblading. For those looking for competitive activities, the city is home to the Scenic Byway Half Marathon and 5K, which supports cleanup of a 61-acre site on the banks of the Minnesota River Valley along the northern edge of Belle Plaine. The chip-timed events start at Court Square Park and

“It will be a nice community clinic with the main services you need.” Mike Votca, former Belle Plaine city administrator, on the new Ridgeview Health Campus continues along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Loop. The Community Services Department, a joint organization of the city and the Belle Plaine School District, provides a wide range of recreation and sports programs for youth, adults and the senior population. Residents can participate in activities like ice fishing, boxing and open gym nights through the department. Residents can be assured there’s no shortage of options when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having access to medical providers.


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HEALTH HEALTH AND WELLNESS HOSPITALS Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague 301 Second St. N.E., New Prague 952-758-4431 www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee 952-428-3000 www.stfrancis-shakopee.com

Get the care you need ... when you need it. Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic is your health care destination.

Fairview Ridges Hospital 201 E. Nicollet Blvd., Burnsville 952-892-2000 www.fairview.org Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple Street, Waconia 952-442-2191 www.ridgeviewmedical.org

MEDICAL CLINICS Allina Medical Clinic Shakopee 1601 St. Francis Ave., #100, Shakopee 952-428-3535 Mayo Clinic Health Systems Belle Plaine 700 W. Prairie St., Belle Plaine 952-873-2276 New Prague Medical Clinic 212 Co. Road 37, New Prague 952-758-4461 Park Nicollet Clinic 1415 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee 952-993-7750 Parkview Medical Clinic 1400 First St. N.E., New Prague 952-758-2535 Ridgeview Chaska Clinic Two Twelve Medical Center 111 Hundertmark Road, #240, Chaska 952-361-2450

Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic delivers expert, personalized care to patients of all ages, including:     

New! Urgent Care, M–F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family Medicine Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics Ridgeview Rehab Specialties Twin Cities Orthopedics

Schedule your appointments now— Call 952-777-5661. BELLE PLAINE CLINIC

165 West Commerce Drive (Hwy. 169) Ridgeview Health Campus www.ridgeviewmedical.org

Children’s Dental Care

Every Child Deserves a Happy and Healthy Smile! Children’s Dental Care is geared to the general and special needs of infants, children, and adolescents. This includes preventive treatment (sealants and athletic mouth guards), fillings and restorations focusing on esthetics and function, and early interceptive orthodontics and braces. We meet the needs of special children who are fearful, mentally or physically challenged, and those who need extensive treatment. In specific cases, we do complete treatment at a hospital setting.

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Family Dentistry Convenient Hours Emergency Dental Services LOYALTY PROGRAM If you don’t have traditional dental insurance through an employer or find it too costly to purchase yourself, the Carver Dental Loyalty Program is the perfect solution. For a low monthly fee, you can start saving on the care you need without the hassles and limitations of traditional dental insurance.

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Townsend Park adds ambiance and green space to downtown Belle Plaine, as well as a place for community events. Right - The city of Belle Plaine has more than 20 cityowned parks and recreational areas, many of which are connected by trails. (Photos by Tory Cooney)

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rom a peaceful afternoon enjoying nature in one of the city’s many parks to an evening out with friends, Belle Plaine offers a number of leisure-filled activities and attractions. The city is home to about 30 miles of trails and sidewalks, said Community Development Director Cynthia Smith Strack. The community also offers plenty of playing fields, tennis courts, acres of city parks and even upcoming privately owned cricket fields that will be available to rent. Looking to cool off on a hot day? Check out Belle Plaine’s outdoor municipal pool that serves as a popular summertime stop. The pool has diving boards, a water slide, a large swimming area and a smaller wading area for families with small children. Stop by the city’s entertainment district in its downtown to grab a bite to eat at a cafe or enjoy a refreshment at one of the city’s drinking establishments. “My favorite thing to do is get a cup of coffee downtown,” said Strack of relaxing in the city. If you’re looking to take advantage of the Minnesota River, which runs right through Belle Plaine, grab your fishing pole and head down to the banks. The city holds a river fishing contest each summer where fishing enthusiasts go head-to-head on the water. Belle Plaine is home to a number of local parks, including Deer, Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Union, Prairie, Meadow, Hickory, Century, Chatfield, Townsend, Founders and community area dog parks. Court Square Park — one of the city’s most popular parks — is not only home to a disc golf park, a park shelter, four barbecue grills, horseshoe pits and playground equipment, but it’s also adjacent to the Hooper Bowler Hillstrom Historical House. The house is available for tours provided by the Belle Plaine

“My favorite thing to do is grab a cup of coffee downtown.” Cynthia Smith Strack, Community Development Director Historical Society. The community is a short drive, or about 40 minutes, from the Twin Cities, where theater productions and a number of restaurants can be enjoyed. Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to a number of hotels, but there’s also one in Belle Plaine for out of town visitors. When temperatures cool down come winter, check out a book from the Belle Plaine Branch Library, part of the Scott County Library system, and curl up by the fireplace. The library also gives residents full access online to the library collection from the neighboring communities of Jordan, Shakopee, Prior Lake, Elko New market, New Prague and Savage. Whether you’re looking for excitement or to slow down, you’ll be right at home in Belle Plaine.


LEISURE YOUTH SPORTS District 716 Community Education 952-873-2411 To include other youth sports in next year’s lifestyle guide, please call 952-445-3333 or send an e-mail to dwinter@swpub.com.

ADULT SPORTS Amateur Baseball 612-327-2715 Over 35 Baseball 612-518-0691 Basketball 952-873-2411 Billiards 952-873-4568 Andy’s Darts 952-873-2207 Johan’s Darts 952-873-6740

Neisen’s Red Door Darts 952-873-6305

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

“Your Local Comprehensive Eye Care Facility” Family Eye Care • Medical and Acute Eye Care Specialty Vision Care.

American Legion 952-873-3036 American Legion Auxiliary 952-873-6227 Arts In The Park 952-873-5553 Belle Plaine Borough Riders (Snowmobile Club) w w w.facebook.com/belleplaine boroughriderssnowmobileclub Belle Plaine Community Education/Recreation 952-873-2411 Belle Plaine Community Theater 952-873-6812 Belle Plaine Festivals & Events 952-873-0855

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LEISURE Belle Plaine Friends of the Library 952-873-2384 Belle Plaine Historical Society 952-292-1849 Belle Plaine Senior Citizens 952-873-2239 Belle Plaine Veteran’s Club 952-873-4395 Carver/Scott Master Gardeners 952-466-5309 Ducks Unlimited www.ducks.org Fraternal Order of Eagles www.foe.com

Prairie grasses hem in a pond in one of Belle Plaine’s many parks bordering the city’s residential areas. (Photo by Tory Cooney)

Friends of the Belle Plaine Library 952-873-2384

Pheasants Forever of Scott County 651-733-2000 www.pheasantsforever.org

Friends of the Minnesota Valley 952-858-0727 www.friendsofmnvalley.org Great Scott Cycling Club www.greatscottcycling.com Home Educators for Excellence www.hedfex.org Knights of Columbus 952-873-4528 Lions International 952-873-6553 MN Deer Hunters AssociationMN River Valley Chapter www.mndeerhunters.com MN Valley Riders Saddle Club 612-251-5913 MN Water Fowl Association – Scott & LeSueur County www.mnwaterfowl.com MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) of Belle Plaine www.momsclub.org Newcomers Club of the SW Suburbs www.NewcomersMN.com NOW – National Organization for Women Minnesota Valley Chapter www.now.org/chapters

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Rainbow Animal Rescue 952-440-3824 Relay for Life of Scott County www.relayforlife.org/scottcountymn River Valley Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club www.rvtb.org Rotary 952-873-2400 Sandcreek Gray Beards (National Wild Turkey Federation) www.nwtf.org Scott-Carver Threshers 952-492-2062 Scott County Fair Board www.scottcountyfair.com Scott County Historical Society/ Stans Museum 952-445-0378 www.scottcountyhistory.org

Sportsmen’s Club 952-873-2898 St. Francis Auxiliary & Volunteers 952-428-2065 St. John Food Shelf 952-873-4390 Toastmasters — Midday Mumblers 952-288-4154 middaymumblers.org

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMING ARTS Chaska Valley Family Theatre www.cvft.org Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus www.dakotavalleysymphony.org Homeward Bound Theatre homewardboundtheatre.org

U of M Extension – Scott County 952-492-5410 www.extension.umn.edu

Prior Lake Players www.plplayers.org

V.F.W. 952-873-6765

South Metro Chorale www.southmetrochorale.org

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council www.northernstarbsa.org Cub Scouts www.northernstarbsa.org

Scott County SNO-Trails, Inc. 952-440-1003

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys www.girlscoutsrv.org

Sons of the American Legion 952-873-2202

Camp Kici-Yapi 952-835-2567

YMCA CAMP

South of the River Community Band www.southoftheriverband.org Stages Theatre Company www.stagestheatre.org The Valley Jazz Big Band 952-556-3536 STUDIO ARTS Minnesota Watercolor Society www.minnesotawatercolors.com Scott County Crazy Quilters www.belleplainemn.com/scott-county-crazy-quilters Upper Midwest Bead Society www.umbs.org


LIVING

A boy jumps off the diving board into the Belle Plaine Community Swimming Pool on a hot June day. (Photo by Tory Cooney). Right — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources led paddling trips between Belle Plaine and Carver on National Get Outdoors Day in June. (Minnesota DNR photo)

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elle Plaine residents love the city’s small-town feel and the sense of community, which is highlighted as sunny days draw people of all ages together on the city’s sprawling trail system, and many parks. “Everyone knows each other, It’s nice to be able to say ‘hi’ to someone when you’re walking down the street. It’s real friendly,” said Dakotah Poitra, a Belle Plaine resident and sophomore at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Close to the Twin Cities, Belle Plaine commuters benefit from the close access to Highway 169 and easy, convenient access to highways 19, 60, and 169 as well as metro transit options.A new overpass near the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 3 off Meridian Street in Belle Plaine has increased access for residents, city administrative assistant Pat Krings said. The Belle Plaine school district is an attraction for families moving into the area, and prides itself on a caring staff, modern facilities and small classes. Private schools in the area include Holy Family Academy, Our Lady of the Prairie School, and Trinity Lutheran. Belle Plaine Community Education — in partnership with the city and school district — offers learning opportunities for both children and adults interested in learning more about subjects ranging from sports and cooking to business and computer skills. Within the city limits of Belle Plaine, there are several Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches while nearby communities offer places of worship of other faiths. Citywide festivals and events include a St. Patrick’s day celebration in the spring, German Days and BBQ Days in the

The population of Belle Plaine is 7,009 with a median household income of $71,954. summer, a half-marathon along the river in the fall, and a holiday event in the winter. Other community activities revolve around high school theater, concerts, fundraisers, reunions, and other celebrations. The city’s community swimming pool and many parks and trails are popular with residents and give the community a chance to come together. In the summer of 2017, the city approved a privately funded cricket field, with two regulation cricket pitches and a smaller practice pitch. The pitches are expected to draw cricket players from throughout the metro area, and provide a unique amenity for local residents. Belle Plaine is poised for continued growth, with recent residential development including 44 units of senior housing scheduled to open near the new Ridgeview Belle Plaine Medical Clinic in 2017.


LIVING BELLE PLAINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISD 716 Belle Plaine Public Schools serve parts of Carver, Le Sueur, Scott and Sibley counties with two elementary schools and a junior-senior high school that includes an alternative program. The Belle Plaine District counts among its strengths a dedicated c arin g s t af f, up date d an d modern facilities, a safe learning environment with small classes, a comprehensive curriculum that complements state and national standards, and an outstanding extracurricular program. SCHOOL BOARD Dan Gardner Chair dgardner@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2017 Dan Giesen Vice Chair dgiesen@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2017 Tracy O’Brien Clerk tobrien@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2019 Joe Vandermark Treasurer jvandermark@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2017 Diane Skelley Director dskelley@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2019 Terry Kahle Director tkahle@belleplaine.k12.mn.us Term expires 2019 FACILITIES District 716 Offices 130 S. Willow St. 952-873-2400 Chatfield Elementary School 952-873-2401 330 S. Market St. Oak Crest Elementary School 952-873-2402 1101 W. Commerce Dr.

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Lifeguards Kellen Bergs, Katie Murphy and Dakotah Poitra check swimmers in at the Belle Plaine community pool, which draws many visitors from the community and surrounding area. (Photo by Tory Cooney) Belle Plaine Jr.-Sr. High School 952-873-2403 220 S. Market St. FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS District 716 Offices 952-873-2400 Ryan Laager Superintendent 952-873-2400

Laurie Green Senior High Counselor 952-873-2410

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Kim DeWitte Chatfield Elementary Principal 952-873-2401

Early Childhood Family Education 952-873-2415 A program for parents and their children (birth to age 5), which includes parent/child activities, c hil dre n’s p ro g ra m s , p a re nt education and child care

Dr. Liann Hanson Oak Crest Elementary School Principal 952-873-2402

Community Education Belle Plaine Community Services 220 S. Market St. 952-873-2411

Dave Kreft High School Principal 952-873-2403

Preschool Pals 330 S. Market St. 952-873-2415 For children ages 3 to 5.

Mindy Chevalier Junior and Senior High School Assistant Principal 952-873-2403

Kid’s Company 330 S. Market St. 952-873-2415 Preschool to school-age child care

(before- and- after school, plus summer).

OTHER AREA SCHOOLS Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC) 952-567-8102 100 Hope Ave., Jordan www.mrvsec.k12.mn.us A cooperative of six area school districts provides services for students with special education needs. School districts included are Belle Plaine, Jordan, MontgomeryLonsdale, New Prague, Prior LakeSavage and Shakopee. Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (CSEC) 401 E. Fourth St., Chaska www.cseced.org 952-368-8800 Programs include alternative learning centers, special education, adult basic education, professional and technical programs, youth and adult transitional services, family


LIVING programs and more. Locations are spread across Carver and Scott counties.

Southwest Christian High School Grades 9-12 1981 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-556-0040 www.swchs.org

Holy Family Academy & Chapel Grades K-12 10679 182nd St., Belle Plaine 952-873-2582

HELP & SUPPORT SERVICES

Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School Grades Pre-K-6 215 Chestnut St. N., Belle Plaine 952-873-6564 Trinity Lutheran School (WELS) Grades Pre-K-8 500 W. Church St., Belle Plaine 952-873-6320 Living Hope Lutheran Church and School Grades Pre-K-4 8600 Horizon Dr. S., Shakopee 952-445-1785 www.bllhschool.org

Belle Plaine Ambulance 952-873-4506 Belle Plaine Community Services 952-873-2411 The Belle Plaine School Board meets twice a month in the board room located on the second floor of the District Center at 130 S. Willow St., Belle Plaine. Pictured are, back row: Joe Vandermark, Dan Giesen, Matt Lenz, Superintendent Kelly Smith; Front Row: Dan Gardner, Mike Ludvik, Tracy O’Brien. (Submitted photo) Mayer Lutheran High School Grades 9-12 305 5th St. N.E., Mayer 952-657-2251 www.lhsmayer.org

Holy Family Catholic High School Grades 9-12 8101 Kochia Ln., Victoria 952-443-4659 www.hfchs.org

Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf www.bpareafoodshelf.org Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities 651-789-2400 www.bigstwincities.org Carver-Scott Mental Health Crisis Program 952-442-7601 www.co.carver.mn.us

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LIVING

HOSANNA! CHURCH

Relevant Messages | Modern Music Rooted In Tradition | Spirit-Led Youth Programming

Learn more at hosannalc.org/live or visit this Sunday at 9 am or 11 am. Hosanna! Shakopee, 1690 Vierling Drive, Shakopee, MN

Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative 952-567-8100 www.cseced.org

i’M o.K. Children’s Visitation Center 952-873-4216 www.southernvalleyalliance.org

Carver-Scott Humane Society 952-368-3553 www.carverscotths.org

MN Rehabilitation Services 952-736-0444 www.mnrehabsvs.com

CAP Agency 952-402-9824 www.capagency.org

NAMI – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Scott County 612-424-1823 www.nami.org

Crisis Nursery 763-591-0100 (24 hours) Fare For All (Food Co-Op) www.emergencyfoodshelf.org

Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN www.plannedparenthood.org/mnnd-sd

From Home to Home Thrift Store 321 S. Walnut St., Belle Plaine 952-873-6901

RSVP – Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 952-945-4161

Heading Home Scott County 612-599-7729

Scott-Carver Housing Coalition 952-402-4832

Help Me Grow of Scott County 952-496-5059 parentsknow.state.mn.us

Scott County CDA (Community Development Agency) 952-402-9022

Independent Living Assisted Living Memory Care 622 Aberdeen Ave., Jordan 952-492-5559

Senior Living of Jordan Featuring:

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• 1 & 2 Bedrooms • In Home Move Theater • Internet Lounge • Gathering Rooms • Beauty Salon • Heated Underground Parking and Storage • Decks.

Rehabilitation for Cognitively Impaired Bariatric Rooms Therapy & Wellness Areas Aquatic Therapy Pool Outdoor Gardens & Mobility Courtyard Assisted Living Apartments Outpatient Therapy Convenient Interior Walkway to St. Francis Regional Medical Center & Campus Clinics

952 233-4400 Located in the southwest metro area of the Twin Cities 1850 Sarazin Street, Shakopee, MN 55379

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ak Terrace provides a worryfree home-like atmosphere. Our spacious one and two bedroom apartments include full kitchens, decks, and patios. Spacious gathering rooms offer a convenient place for residents o socialize. Our security system offers the comfort of living independently while knowing assistance is jut the ouch of a button away. Oak Terrace is Independence when you want it, Assistance when you need it. Independent Living | Assisted Living | Memory Care

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LIVING

JODI LANGHORST SEE Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC With 30 years of legal experience, let us help give peace of mind to your family by preparing an estate plan to include a will, living will and power of attorney forms. If you are going to make a change and need advice about family law (divorce, custody, support, adoption), contact our office to make an appointment for a free initial consultation at 952.226.1220.

A farm nestles near one of Belle Plaine’s residential neighborhoods beneath a bright blue summer sky. (Photo by Tory Cooney) Scott County Licensed Family Daycare Assn. 952-445-2240 www.sclfcca.com Sexual Violence Center – Scott & Carver Counties 612-871-5111 (24 hours) www.sexualviolencecenter.org

Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213 www.ssa.gov Southwest Metro Animal Rescue & Adoption Society 952-368-PAWS (7297) www.swmetroanimalrescue.org

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Now Enrolling! We’ve expanded to meet the needs of our students! • Core Knowledge Curriculum • Spanish Language for all grade levels • Character Development Program • Bussing Available to All • Low Student to Educator Ratio • No District Boundaries • Individual Growth Plan for every child

KingsPath Senior Living in Belle Plaine, Minn. offers the unique ability to access a medical clinic while enjoying the comforts of home. KingsPath Senior Living is connected to the Schedule a tour today! Call: 952-873-4760. Visit: www.mykingspathbp.org. Stop in: 125 Commerce Dr. W., Belle Plaine, Minn.

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MARKETPLACE

Colorful window boxes full of flowers enhance the beauty of Belle Plaine’s historic downtown, making it an enjoyable place to shop, dine, and socialize. (Photos by Tory Cooney)

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leisurely pace, historic buildings, and gently shaded sidewalks make Belle Plaine’s downtown an enjoyable place to shop, dine, and work. In addition to seasonal festivals that draw both community members and visitors from across the metro, downtown Belle Plaine is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, offices, salons, and shops offering specialty goods and services. Shoppers can find a wide variety of gifts, jewelry, bakery goods, clothing, hardware and novelty items at local businesses that specialize in personal customer service. An initiative spearheaded by the city and local chamber of commerce will further brighten downtown, with a series of lights that will illuminate 16 trees and can be colored to coordinate with holidays and events. “These are very exciting times for Belle Plaine,” city administrative assistant Pat Krings said. The downtown, centering on the intersection of Main and Meridian streets, is not the city’s only trade zone, however. The city also has quick service restaurants, a large, upscale grocery store and two pharmacies, which allow residents to buy whatever medicine, pantry staples and personal care items they need without traveling to distant box stores. The town’s economic heartbeat is agriculture and farming, with family-owned farms tucked alongside residential areas and rolling fields of corns, beans, and hay adding beauty and tranquility to the rural landscape. Residents appreciate everything that a rural lifestyle has to

Commercial growth in Belle Plaine has increased as the city’s population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. offer, including a relaxed pace and sense of connection to their neighbors and community. Besides the school district and city hall, the town’s largest employers include a John Deere dealership and Genesis Corporation. The Belle Plaine economic development group works to attract more new businesses to locate in town. The Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce is located downtown and supports local businesses and community events.


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MARKETPLACE MEDIA Belle Plaine Herald 113 E. Main St., P.O. Box 7 952-873-2261 bpherald@frontiernet.net Star Tribune 425 Portland Ave., Minneapolis 612-673-4000 www.startribune.com St. Paul Pioneer Press 345 Cedar St., St. Paul 651-222-1111 www.twincities.com CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce 952-873-4295 belleplainecc@gmail.com

An initiative spearheaded by the city and local chamber of commerce will flight up 16 trees in downtown Belle Plaine. (Photo by Tory Cooney)

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WACONIA BELLE PLAINE 53 East Highway 5 401 South Cedar Street

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Help with student guidance, college selections, financial aid forms, test prep, how to pay for college and more. Free evaluations are available. To schedule, call 952-746-0347. College Planning Made Easy 1275 Ramsey St. Ste. 100, Shakopee, MN 55379 Phone: 952-746-0347

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ANIMALS

Riders walk their horses down a residential street in Belle Plaine after participating in the town’s annual BBQ Days parade. (Photo by Tory Cooney). Right — The existence of off-leash areas is an acknowledgment to the fact that dogs reside in approximately one-third of Minnesota households. (Photo by Daniel Huss)

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he Belle Plaine Animal Hospital and West River Veterinary Clinic are available to help all domestic pet owners care for their furry friends. Residents can also access a fenced dog park, where dogs have been able to run and play since the Belle Plaine Community Dog Park opened in 2013. It is located on South Market Street and operated through a joint agreement between the city of Belle Plaine and the school district. Dogs can frolic and socialize there during the spring, summer, and early fall, but in winter, the park functions as a hockey rink. Some parks also have plastic bag dispensers to help dog owners pick up after their pets. “That’s very dog friendly,” said Kathy Hinderscheid, a receptionist at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital and owner of a miniature pinscher, long-haired chihuahua, and a short-haired tabby. “Personally, yeah, it’s a great place to have a pet... we see lots of puppies and kittens. ”Young people can learn about raising farm animals through area programs, including Scott County or Belle Plaine 4-H clubs, whose young members can exhibit animals at the nearby Scott

DOG LICENSES Belle Plaine Police Department 420 E. Main St. 952-873-4307

LOST PET Minnesota Critter Getter 610 W. Church St., Belle Plaine 952-873-6611

Belle Plaine’s dog park is open spring, summer and fall, but functions as a hockey rink during the winter. County Fair during the summer. The Carver-Scott County Humane Society serves the area and is always looking for caring homes or volunteers who love animals, but are unable to keep pets permanently. The Belle Plaine Police Department offers dog licenses and can answer any questions about local city code regarding pets.

ADOPTION & RESCUE Southwest Metro Animal Rescue and Adoption Society 952-368-PAWS www.swmetroanimalrescue.org Carver-Scott Humane Society 952-368-3553 www.carverscotths.org


BUSINESS DIRECTORY DAYCARE / PRESCHOOL Alphabet Junction

169 Eldorado Drive Alphabet Jordan MN 55352 Junction 952-492-5655 www.alphabetjunctionchildcare.com

DENTAL Jabs Family Dentistry 201 Meridian St. S. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-873-6766 www.jabsdentistry.com

Valley Dental Care

814 Walnut Place Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-4204 www.valleydentalcarechaska.com

DINING / FOOD Clancy’s Bar & Pizza Parlor 220 Triangle Lane N. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2199 www.clancyspizza.com

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-443-1400 www.arboretum.umn.edu

Northstar Dance Company

191 El Dorado Drive Jordan, MN 55352 612-460-8499 www.northstardancecompany.com

River Valley Ranch, Inc

16480 Jonathan Carver Parkway Carver, MN 55315 952-361-3361 www.rivervalleyhorseranch.com

FINANCIAL Cheryl Hawkins, CPA 700 Seville Drive, #204 Jordan, MN 55352 952-222-8272 www.chawkins.tax

South Metro Federal Credit Union 8001 Old Carriage Court, Suite A Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-0888 www.Southmet.com

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MEDICAL Belle Plaine Eyecare Center 168 Commerce Drive E. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-873-5554 www.bpeyecare.com

St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St Francis Ave Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 428-3000 www.stfrancis-shakopee.com

Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic 165 Commerce Drive W. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-777-5661

PERSONAL SERVICES Daniel J. Stanley, Stanley & Wencl, LLC Construction & Facility Services 952-226-1100 www.stanleyandwencl.com

Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC - Jodi J. See, Esq.

ENTERTAINMENT / RECREATION

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16186 Main Ave. SE, #200 Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-226-1220 www.langhorstlaw.com

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

American Family Insurance Allen Houdek Agency, Inc.

RETAIL

501 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-1525 www.chanhassentheatres.com

Chaska Community Center 1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-5633

Minnesota Harvest

8251 Old Hwy. 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785 www.minnesotaharvest.net

700 Seville Drive, Suite 200 Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2502 www.allenhoudekagency.com

American Family Insurance Allen Houdek Agency, Inc. 104 E. Main St. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-873-2575 www.allenhoudekagency.com

The Mustard Seed

10000 Great Plains Blvd Chanhassen, MN 55318 952-445-6555 www.themustardseedinc.com

SENIOR LIVING Oak Terrace Senior Living of Jordan 622 Aberdeen Ave. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-5559 www.oakterraceliving.com

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