The Savage Police Department was among the groups and individuals honored February 17 at Congressman John Kline's ninth annual “Star of the North” ceremony. The ceremony, held at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville, honors citizens for their acts of generousity and awards them with Congressional Certificates of Recognition.
“I continue to be amazed by the countless Minnesotans who selflessly go above and beyond in their service to their communities,” said Kline. “These ‘Star of the North’ honorees graciously and generously give their time and talents to make life better for someone beyond themselves in their neighborhoods and around the world.”
The Savage Police Department was invited to the ceremony in recognition of the agency's annual "Santa Cop Night" to benefit the Toys for Tots program. Held in December, the event invites the public to drive through the Police garage to drop off a toy donation and get a photograph with Santa Claus and Police Chief Rodney Seurer. Seurer and Crime Prevention Specialist Jim Caauwe accepted the Star of the North award on behalf of the Department.
Others from Savage who were honored at the Kline's ceremony included:
The Star of the North Congressional Award was created to recognize the extraordinary acts of service and the random acts of kindness performed by Minnesotans in the 2nd District. To nominate a resident of Minnesota’s 2ndDistrict for a Star of the North award, visit kline.house.gov.
It’s hard to imagine, but summer and mosquitoes are just around the corner. Early season treatments to target one particular species of mosquito actually took place the week of February 16.
Crews from the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District are treating around 100 acres of cattail marshes in the metro area to prevent a particularly aggressive mosquito species from becoming a summer pest. Crews will be treating with time-release methoprene briquettes designed to control cattail mosquitoes (Coquillettidia perturbans), a human-biter with an unusual life cycle. Unlike most mosquito species that develop in spring and summer, cattail mosquitoes hatch in the fall and survive the winter as larvae attached to the suspended roots of floating cattail mats. Placing the briquettes on the ice allows the material to become active once the ice melts.
Savage’s annual Community Recycling Day will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 2 at Savage Community Park. The City-sponsored event provides residents an opportunity to properly discard unwanted appliances, electronics, furniture, yard waste and other items for a reasonable fee.
Those who have items that are too good to throw away may opt to donate them for reuse. Members of the Savage Rotary will be onsite to accept furniture and other items on behalf of Bridging, Inc. Bridging is a non-profit organization that benefits individuals and families in need.
New this year, USAgain, a for profit company, will be on site to collect unwanted clothing, shoes, and household textiles. Weekly, USAgain diverts a million pounds of textiles from landfills.
Savage Community Park is located at 13500 Dakota Ave. S.
Members of the community are invited to participate in Savage's first-ever Service Saturday, scheduled for April 18. Planned by student Shrey Pothini in partnership with the city, the event is intended to be a day when service projects are performed at various locations throughout the community.
Shrey is the founder of Harriet Bishop Elementary’s Service Club. Earlier this year, he won a $25,000 State Farm grant to establish similar service clubs in schools throughout the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Although busy enough with that initiative, Shrey wanted to take it a step further by inviting the rest of his community to volunteer.
“The hope is that this day encourages city residents to use their time, talents or treasures to help others,” Shrey wrote in proposing the idea to the City of Savage and Mayor Janet Williams. To show its support of the concept, the Savage City Council plans to proclaim April 18, 2015 as Super Service Saturday in Savage.
Participating in Service Saturday can be as easy as conducting a neighborhood food drive to benefit the local food shelf, gathering friends to write letters to U.S. troops, and picking up trash at a local park. Shrey also envisions more formal initiatives that would be hosted by organizations and businesses and promoted on the City of Savage website for those looking for a way to be involved. All participants will receive a wristband to wear on Service Saturday to demonstrate and commemorate their involvement.
Groups and individuals are encouraged to start thinking now about how they might wish to be a part of Super Service Saturday. To learn more, visit the event website at servicedaysaturday.wix.com/savage.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February12, a fatal traffic crash occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. The cash happened on Murphy Lake Boulevard near the intersection of Sunset lake Road in Credit River Township.
It appears from the initial investigation that a vehicle was traveling northbound on Murphy Lake Boulevard, north of the intersection with Sunset Lake Road. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. There were three occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. One of the passengers was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle was critically injured and a front seat passenger also received critical injuries. Both parties are being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Savage Police Department assisted at the scene of the crash. Further investigation will be handled by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State patrol.
The Savage Police Department and the Savage Crime Prevention Association, in partnership with other organizations, are sponsoring a community meeting focusing on Internet safety. “What’s New in the World of Internet Safety” is scheduled for March 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Prior Lake High School. It is intended to help parents protect their children in our rapidly changing digital age.
The event will feature the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Karina Hedinger, a training and education coordinator on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Hedinger will highlight the biggest safety concerns when using the Internet and technology, and offer tips for parents when they or their children are using the Internet. Law enforcement representatives also will discuss the steps they are taking to help protect the community’s children from Internet dangers.
Other event sponsors include Prior Lake/Savage Community Ed and the Prior Lake Police Department. Those with questions may call Savage Crime Prevention Specialist Jim Caauwe at 952-882-2600.
Volunteers are needed to care for a two new City gardens located in downtown Savage. The perennial gardens, which are at each end of the public parking lot near the Savage Depot, were created after Highway 13 accesses on Princeton and Ottawa avenues were closed. Now included in the City's Adopt-A-Garden program, the parcels need caretakers who will maintain the beds during the growing season.
Stop by City Hall and check out our new selections featuring hooded and non-hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts. Sizes and colors are limited. Please ask our front desk receptionist for more details.
Embroidered Sweatshirts (hooded and non-hooded)
Screenprint Sweatshirts (hooded and non-hooded)
Savage is fortunate to have a number of unique environmental features within its boundaries:
The Minnesota River is the northern border for the City, and all of Savage eventually drains to the River. There are large wetland complexes associated with the river. The river provides a corridor for wildlife habitat.
The Savage Fen Wetland Complex is approximately a 441-acre wetland that contains 64 acres of rare calcareous fen wetland type. A calcareous fen is defined as a peat accumulating wetland dominated by distinct groundwater inflows that have specific chemical characteristics. It is located in the north central portion of the City.
Boiling Springs is the headwaters of Eagle Creek. Groundwater discharge in the area makes the small pool of water appear to boil. It is located on the border between Shakopee and Savage.
Eagle Creek is a designated trout stream. The stream is located in the northwest portion of the City. Eagle Creek has one of the few self-sustaining brown trout populations in the Metropolitan area.
Credit River runs the entire length of the City, discharging into the Minnesota River and drains over half the City. The river contains large wetland complexes and provides a corridor for a variety of wildlife.
There are approximately 300 wetlands within the City of Savage. Wetlands provide many benefits and are an important resource to the community. Numerous measures are taken to protect and manage these wetlands. For more information please visit the web page on the City of Savage Wetland Protection and Management Plan.
Skating Rinks | Outdoor skating rinks are available at Trost, Canterbury, O'Connell, Warren Butler and Woodhill parks until February 16, weather permitting. Warming house hours are:
For updated weather information, please call 952-882-2688.
Winter Extravaganza | 1 to 3 p.m., February 28, at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center. A fun day of frosty festivities awaits. Join family and friends for an afternoon of snowshoeing, ice skating, campfires and crafts. S'mores and hot cocoa will be served.
Passport to Paris Daddy Daughter Dance | 6:15 to 8 p.m., February 6 at the Rosemount Community Center. Travel across the globe to Paris for a magical evening of making memories at the annual Daughter-Daddy Dance. Girls and their favorite male will enjoy dancing, music, fun activities, crafts and much more! This event is made possible through a partnership with S.O.R.R. (South of the River Recreators).
Summer Adult Softball League Registration | February 17 - March 1 for returning teams. Register early for men's and co-rec softball leagues. There are many options to get involved. League play begins the end of April. Don't have a team but still want to play? No problem. Please call the Parks and Recreation Division at 952-224-3420 to be placed on a draft list.