Christmas tree farms across the state opened the day after Thanksgiving to a rush of families ready to kick off the holiday season. But instead of picking a pre-cut tree this year, considering trying something new — chopping it down yourself.

The second half of property taxes are due on Thursday, Oct. 15, according to a news release from Scott County. The Scott County Government Center in Shakopee remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, but there are options available to pay taxes, the county said. 

To enter our contest, submit your photo, preferably large file sizes, with a little information about them to editor@plamerican.com. Photos can be of anything that stands out to you — lovely views, interesting wildlife, street scenes around town. We’ll give preference to photos taken in Prior Lake.