Shakopee takes advantage of summer in community

Casting lines for Minnesota traditions – Let’s Go Fishing

Each month this summer, ProAct in Shakopee has two “Let’s Go Fishing” trips planned, crossing their fingers that they can sneak in one or two more, said Senior Program Manager Ali Brown. The free events sponsored by the Scott County chapter provide boat rides or fishing excursions. Brown said these are always a favorite for many participants. “Greg Dahl said, ‘I love it, just love it.’”

Groups were thankful for beautiful weather in June, fantastic volunteers and lots of laughs and smiles, Brown said. They hoped future trips would be just as smooth, and for fish that are ready to bite.

Cool water respites a splash, picnics, people together

Beautiful weather blends well with so many parks in Shakopee, and Lions Park and its Splash Pad are popular with ProAct’s Shakopee participants. The water feature is a welcome “cool” and safe activity and there’s an adaptive playground, Brown explains. Celebrating National Picnic Day on June 18 people visited the shelter a few times. July is National Picnic Month, when ProAct groups expected to see more groups enjoying their lunch outside.

MN Largest Candy Store


Minnesota’s Largest Candy store in Jordan has more to offer than just candy, said Brown. There are robots, a red telephone booth, murals, a giant jellybean and other themed characters. “Our groups had a great time walking through the long and exciting rows and enjoyed candy frogs, orange slices and a pieces of chocolate.”

Food packing, prep for hungry children across world

Feed My Starving Children bag preparation and food packing were a hit, hair nets and all. A group of 10 went to volunteer at this great organization and will definitely be going back, said Brown. “This first group were pros with many of them having volunteered in the past. They said it was like riding a bike if we rode a bike.”