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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: Community breaks ground on new public safety building

Members of the Prairie Island Indian Community and tribal elders turn dirt at the site of the new public safety building.

The Prairie Island Indian Community broke ground last week for a new public safety building.

The building will house the law enforcement center, emergency planning and potentially a fire department.

The tribe continues to invest in essential services to serve and protect the residents as well as visitors to the casino and marina, leaders said.

Designed by HGA Architects, the 13,000-square-foot facility will be built by Knutson Construction Services of Rochester. Both companies have experience working for the Prairie Island Indian Community.

The building was designed to be energy efficient. It will be located along Sturgeon Lake Road across from the Dakota Station.

• Three Red Wing residents found favor with writer Ann Olson of Associated Content. Her story on says, "Check out Red Wing's local restaurants for great food at an affordable price."

The restaurants she names are Liberty's, Bierstube and Randy's.

• Downtown Main Street's Corn on the Corner returns Thursday. From 4 to 8 p.m. - or until the corn is gone - there'll be food, treats and live musical entertainment at Third and Bush streets.

Cost is $6 for two ears of fresh sweet corn, a bratwurst and a pop. Cotton candy and cookies also will be available.

• More than 9,000 Dakota Electric Association members and their families attended a member appreciation event July 30 at the Minnesota Zoo.