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List of Finalists for Apple Valley City Council Vacancy 🏛Due to our former Mayor Mary being elected to County Commissioner, Apple Valley needed a new Mayor. When former Councilmember Clint Hooppaw was selected to become the Mayor of Apple Valley effective January 14, 2021, a vacancy on the City Council was created. To fill the vacancy, the City of Apple Valley accepted applications from citizens interested in being appointed to fill the remaining term of the Councilmember position. The term will expire on December 31, 2022. Pending the outcome of the interview process, the City Council anticipates selecting a new Councilmember at their meeting scheduled for March 11th. Here is the list of finalists (IN ALPHA ORDER):JOHN DUSEK III: A longtime Chamber member, formerly owned the building behind Applebees with the giant tooth over the door, for decades owned owned Convergent Solutions (computer systems). He also was former President of Rotary.LINDA GARRETT-JOHNSON: Recently participated in our Chamber Candidate Forum, one of 7 going for 2 Council seats via the election, placed a close 3rd of the 7. Linda has organization development certification from Lean Six Sigma Business Process Consultancy. She was on 360 Communities Board.DAVID GOBLE: A substitute teacher, was previously involved with Head Start Policy Council in South Dakota.NOEL HAMMILL: An event promoter, 3 years on Apple Valley Cemetery Committee, 7 years on Apple Valley Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee.JOSEPH LANDRU: Recently participated in our Chamber Candidate Forum, one of 7 going for 2 open Council seats during the recent election, he is a direct sales manager and volunteer firefighter since 2001 and 38 year resident of Apple Valley.JOHNSON MADAMU: A senior software test engineer and was involved with urban planning in India.TOM MELANDER: Currently Chair of Apple Valley Planning Commission, he is a commercial real estate broker and in his 24th year on Planning Commission, was involved with Lake Alimagnet HOA on our City’s West side.GLORIA MYRE: An attorney and Director of Alumni Engagement & Student Life at the University of St. Thomas, served on MN Legislative Salary Council, clerked at MN Supreme Court, was a citizen outreach liaison for MN Governor’s office.NANCY PARADEISE: A longtime Chamber member with Melaleuca, has spent much of her career with Special Olympics including being on Special Olympics Board of Directors, was at one time selected Mrs. Minnesota, has lived in Apple Valley for 33 years, well known on so many Chamber volunteer committees throughout her 20 years of involvement. HELAINE POWELL: An attorney who was Deputy District Attorney of the 9th Judicial District in Colorado.BECKY SANDAHL: Owns Rebeccca Clair Woodworking, is a stay at home mother.PAUL SCANLAN: Founder of a consulting firm providing individual coaching and strategy consulting to small and mid-sized businesses, also served on Apple Valley Planning Commission for over 10 years. ...
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March is #WomensHistoryMonth! 👩🧕👮‍♀️👩‍🦳👩‍⚕️👩‍🍳👩‍🏫👩‍🔧👩‍🎨👩‍⚖️👩‍🚀👩‍🚒 There are so many women - both past and present - who are doing amazing things in science, sports, the arts, politics, healthcare, education, and everything in between. ...
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🚨 Long Post Alert: AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK AT COWBOY JACK'S APPLE VALLEY There is great interest in Cowboy Jack’s replacing the former Old Chicago in Apple Valley. When it was first announced on social media by Apple Valley Chamber in 2020, nearly 80,000 people viewed our Chamber’s social media announcement as the news caught fire. People are very interested!The restaurant is owned by Brian Michael and his wife Melissa. We did not get a chance to meet Melissa but Brian said is the star. Brian and General Manager Tanner Wandmacher gave Chamber President Ed Kearney a tour. The entire facility (front of the house and back through the kitchen) was totally gutted with walls removed for openness, two huge bar areas, relocated restrooms and several rooms moved. The entire look will have a “cowboy” western feel including large Texas bullhorns and even a buffalo head on the back wall. They will not have a riding bull.OUR HIGHLIGHTS OF COWBOY JACK’S APPLE VALLEY- Expected OPENING IN LATE MARCH- Will feature a fun golf simulator with real clubs in the middle of the former conference center. Many other top games in there as well.- Former conference room will be used at peak times for overflow for dining and other times for group gatherings and some entertainment.- Also in that room, all kinds of seating as well as many large whiskey barrels (high tops) to stand around.- A full new bar the length of the wall in both front room and back room.- Wide open garage door windows: 3 in back, 2 in front plus 3 more behind the main bar opening up to the huge new outdoor patio.- Elevated platforms for different levels of dining tables.- Large warm fireplace in an elevated room with lounge furniture and a huge TV.- Ample socially distanced seating everywhere.- Unique $200K investment in a complete new “latest-technology air filtration system” that kills viruses and bacteria for the most germ free HVAC filtration available.- Removed many parking spaces to add a huge L-shaped attractive stamped concrete patio on the Cedar side with overhead hanging lights and that also features a large gas firepit to sit around and a large pergola closer to the entrance.- Amazing choices of taps and liquor and known for $2 happy hour beers.- We also met with the very personable Ashley Norine who will be their Charitable Partner and Game Manager overseeing all gaming with 100% of the proceeds going to Eastview High School’s Hockey Program.- Sunday morning “Bloody Mary Buffet” where you are given a skewer and can fill the skewer with whatever food you desire for one price.- Even all restrooms were relocated to be as far away from the entrance views and far from any dining. All is completely new with hygiene in mind.- Known for their 1/2 pound certified angus beef burgers, 100% all-natural chicken breasts, hormone-free grass fed bison, all natural cheeses, and gluten-free options.THEY ARE CURRENTLY HIRING FOR ALL POSITIONS (up to 40 jobs) and were actually interviewing many job seekers while we were touring (job text: 612-559-0670). They are excited to work closely with neighboring businesses long-term. Owner Brian Michael is very civic minded as he is also President of Minneapolis Entertainment & Hospitality Association and loves helping all restaurants succeed. Brian has big plans to bring his hospitality ideas and community citizenship to Apple Valley dining, both indoors and outdoors. He told us that he feels being in Apple Valley will bring even more business to other restaurants here in what is a “clustering effect” in much the same way Raising Cane’s has brought new diners into our city.As we mentioned several months ago, Brian will own the Apple Valley location. Only one other Cowboy Jack’s is owned as a franchise with all others being company owned. Brian and Tanner really are looking forward to being here and serving Apple Valley. ...
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New Senior Apartments Planned for Apple Valley 👵👴"Roers Senior Apartments" is being planned for just south of GrandStay Hotel and across the street from Zvago Senior Condos. It will be comprised of 168 units and 12 townhomes. The land was purchased by the Dakota County CDA to provide affordable housing in the Central Village area. It is for residents age 55+ with 80% being at market rate and 20% affordable units. It will consist of 4 stories with underground parking. The CDA squired the land from foreclosure back in 2014. The 12 townhomes will be 3 stories and be three buildings with four units each. ...
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Find Out When, Where & How to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine 💉 New Tool From the Minnesota Department of Healthmn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/The Minnesota Department of Health launched TODAY a new tool for all Minnesotans. The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; andnotify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe, and secure — and all Minnesotans should sign up. There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up. Health insurance and personal identification forms are not required for signing up. Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online, or call 833-431-2053 (tollfree) for assistance signing up over the phone. Translation is available by phone in all languages. For more details and to use the Vaccine Connector Tool, visit: mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ ...
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