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HWY 110 Project

You may have seen the signs that were installed earlier in the week—I want to give you an update on what is to be expected the first few weeks before the Hwy 110 eastbound directional closure begins on June 12.

In order to complete the project as quickly as possible, eastbound Hwy 110 will be reduced to one lane where work is occurring and will move locations throughout the upcoming weeks between Lexington Ave. and I-494.

The closure and detour of eastbound Hwy 110 is expected to begin June 12, 2017 (weather permitting). This means all eastbound traffic will be detoured to I-35E, EB I-494, NB Hwy 3 back to Hwy 110. Westbound traffic will be utilizing their usual lanes. The eastbound side of the highway will open about half way through the work around July 24, and westbound Hwy 110 will be closed and detoured at that time.

The north and southbound movements at both Delaware Ave and Dodd Rd/149 will remain accessible throughout the project except for a brief overnight duration when paving occurs this date has not yet been determined.

This one-construction season project is expected to run though the fall of 2017. During that time, there will be pavement, signing and drainage improvements along with construction of a Dakota County pedestrian underpass.

Please be attentive, drive with caution, slowdown in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Visit for a full list of traffic impacts and closure.

Kirsten Klein Communications Metropolitan District

Minnesota Department of Transportation Phone-voice: 651-234-7506

Dakota County Recycing Notice

Dakota County will start charging residents for TVs and monitors at The Recycling Zone starting August 1.  Click here for the notice.

Award Winning Chili Recipe

This is the chili recipe that has won the Chili Bake Off at the Halloween Hayride two years in a row. Thanks to Liz and Dan Lee for divulging their secret ingredients, because now you can make this chili at home. ENJOY!!


Carne Adovada
¼ cup raisins
½ cup brewed coffee
1 (4 to 5 lb) boneless pork shoulder roast, cut in 1-1/2 inch chunks
Salt and Pepper
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tablespoon minced canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced
2-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp. grated lime zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1.  Heat oven to 350
2.  Combine raisins and coffee in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave until liquid boils, about a minute, let stand.
3.  Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in Dutch oven and brown pork in batches. Transfer browed pork to a plate.
4.  Add onion to fat and cook until softened. Add flour, chili powder, oregano, chipotle, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add broth and raisin mixture, and bring to a boil. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Return sauce to pot.
5.  Add browned pork to sauce in Dutch oven and transfer to oven. Cover and cook until pork is tender, about 2 hours. Stir in lime zest and juice and cilantro. Chili can be stored for up to 3 days. Serve with tortillas and sour cream.

**This is the recipe as published. I doubled the canned chipotle chili amount to spice it up, then added 3 diced, raw potatoes and 1-1/2 cups water when I put it in the over because I was afraid it would be too spicy!

Dakota County Recycling Electronics

The Dakota County Recycling Zone is accepting household electronics at no cost to you.  Click here for location and hours of operations.

R NAV Departures

The FAA will not implement R-NAV departures over the Southeast corridor later this year to to safety issues.  This is the latest information.  Click here to read the letter to Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director of the MAC.

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