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Fire Department’s Annual Open House

The Farmington Fire Department will offer fire prevention information, refreshments, demonstrations, and fire truck tours from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at 19695 Municipal Dr. For 93 years, Fire Prevention Week has been actively supported by fire departments across the country. The Farmington Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association for Fire Prevention Week. In addition to the open house event, the department will hold their annual blood drive and visit fourth graders at area elementary schools to talk about home fire safety.


DCTC open house

Dakota County Technical College will hold an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the school’s west library atrium. The event is to welcome new president Tim Wynes and break ground for the second phase of the school’s transportation and emerging technologies program remodel. There will be a program at 4 p.m. with a reception following. There will be tours of the remodel’s first phase.



Marching band championships

The Youth in Music Minnesota State Marching Band Championship is coming to Farmington from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Farmington High School. This year’s competition will feature 17 bands, including both Farmington and Rosemount. Rosemount has won the state championship every year it has been held.


Lutefisk supper

Highview Christiania Lutheran Church will hold its annual Norwegian lutefisk supper Oct. 10. The menu will include popular Norwegian baked goods in addition to the traditional lutefisk and meatballs. There will be seatings at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Gospel Road will play music from 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. and the Highview Country Singers will perform from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale from 2 to 6 p.m. Call Cynthia Markle at 612-799-1442 for tickets. Advance tickets are required.


Ham dinner

Faith United Methodist Church will hold its annual ham dinner and bake sale from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the church. Faith Methodist is located at 710 Eighth St. For information call 651-460-6110 or 651-460-2344.


Veterans’ memorial fundraiser

Rosemount’s Veterans Memorial Walk will hold a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 10 at Carbone’s in Rosemount.

There will be a silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m., Fu-Ga-We band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a pizza buffet starting at 9 p.m.

Cost is $15. For advanced ticket sales call Sue Nivala at 651-353-5411. Proceeds will help build The Red Bull Memorial and eight rest and reflection areas along the Koch Trail in Rosemount.

For more information visit or Facebook at RosemountVeteransMemorial Walk.



Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will hold a pancake breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 at the library. Money will benefit the Darts Bus Ministry at the Church of St. Joseph. Free will offering.


Fire Station Open House

The Rosemount Fire Department is opening its doors to spread safety tips at an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 11. Residents are invited to Fire Station No. 1 at 14700 Shannon Parkway to see equipment and demonstrations and get an up-close view of fire trucks and gear. The event will feature a demonstration of an extrication from a vehicle accident and of how to handle kitchen fires. The North Memorial Air Care helicopter will arrive if weather and scheduling allow it. There will also be an ambulance from HealthEast Medical Transportation and displays from the burn unit of the Hennepin County Medical Center and the Dakota Communications Center emergency dispatching service. The Rosemount Fire open house follows National Fire Prevention Week, when members of the Department will visit area schools.



Support Our Troops Haunted House

The Support Our Troops Haunted House will return to the Dakota County Fairgrounds Oct. 9 and 10. The haunted house will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. all four days in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds. There is a $5 minimum donation at the door. Money raised goes to support soldiers who are or have been deployed and their families.