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The Lakeville Public Safety Foundation named Officer Casey King as the 2020 Police Officer of the Year. King was one of about 12 officers who were nominated for the award. “Casey’s record of going above and beyond the daily requirements of the job has been noted a number of times throughout …

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The Lakeville Public Safety Foundation named Tom Ness as 2020 Firefighter of the Year. Ness was one of several firefighters nominated by their peers for this award. Ness grew up in Pipestone, Minnesota, where he graduated from high school and went on to earn a degree in zoology at North Dako…

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Vail Place, a nonprofit providing services, supports and resources for adults with mental illnesses, appointed Monique Rochard-Marine of Lakeville to its board of directors. Rochard-Marine is currently director of strategic meetings management and event operations at Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

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The Lakeville South High School senior class officers painted the rock outside the school with a message to vote in the 2020 election. It is estimated that more than 1 million Minnesota voters have already cast their ballots, two weeks ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. More informati…

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Students at Oak Hills Elementary School in the Lakeville Area School District participated in a walk-a-thon on Oct. 12. A group of third-grade girls were really pumped up for the event, while a pair of first-graders were all smiles, too.

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River Valley Project Explore participants gathered for an outdoor Halloween Bash at Valley Middle School Oct. 15. The event was the program’s first-in person activity since March 12, when other activities were canceled due to COVID-19. The Halloween Bash included a costume parade, photo boot…

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House District 56B, which includes portions of Burnsville and Lakeville, features a race between Republican Roz Peterson, a former state representative from Lakeville, and DFLer Kaela Berg. The seat is currently held by Rep. Alice Mann, DFL-Lakeville, who isn’t seeking re-election.

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Senate District 57, which includes Apple Valley, Rosemount, Coates and a portion of Lakeville, features a race between DFL Sen. Greg Clausen and the Republicans’ endorsed candidate Jose Jimenez.

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Senate District 58, which includes Lakeville, Farmington and townships to the south, features a race between DFL Sen. Matt Little, a former mayor and council member in Lakeville, and the Republicans’ endorsed candidate Zach Duckworth, current chair of the Lakeville Area School Board.

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The Republican Seniors of Minnesota’s next meeting is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Knights of Columbus/Bloomington Event Center, 114 American Blvd W. in Bloomington.

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The Minnesota Zoo had a virtual naming contest Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 for its newest baby Malayan tapir born on Aug. 8. Community members could choose between four names with connections to the native area of the tapirs by voting on the zoo’s website. The zoo announced on Facebook Monday that th…

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The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approved a proposed 2020 (payable 2021) property tax levy Sept. 28 at the maximum amount allowed by the state. The proposed levy is $121,465,415, an increase of $5,388,113 or 4.6 percent compared to the levy for payable 2020 property taxes.

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Kirsten Storlie of Lakeville, who mentored a girl through Kids ‘n Kinship for over 10 years, was presented with the first Janet Lekson Memorial Award Sept. 9 at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville.

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The Minnesota Zoo celebrated Sea Otter Awareness Week Sept. 21 until Sept. 26. Community members were encouraged to visit the zoo’s three sea otters, Rocky, Jasper and Capers. They were orphaned in the wild in Alaska. Capers came to the zoo in 2006 and Jasper and Rocky arrived in 2007. “They…

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Lakeview Elementary School Principal Pete Otterson joined with two of the school’s finest safety representatives Lola and Taylor during the second week of school in the Lakeville Area School District. This was the second week of the district’s hybrid model, which has half of a school’s atten…