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Editorial: Seniors accomplished a lot

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opinion Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The members of Farmington's Rambling River Center have done something pretty remarkable over the past three years. Since 2009, the group has raised close to $80,000 as part of an agreement they made when the center moved to an expanded space in the former Farmington city hall.

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They've raised money with garage sales and waffle breakfasts. With individual donations and, of course, with their annual Kiss the Pig contest during Dew Days.

As a result, the group is now just over $10,000 away from the $90,000 goal they must reach by 2014.

In other words, they've got three more years to raise about an eighth of the money they've already managed to collect.

That's impressive, but it shouldn't come as a big surprise. Farmington's seniors have a history of getting things done. It was the seniors, after all, who did a lot of the work that went into getting the original senior center built. And it was the seniors who did much of the work to turn the former city hall into the facility it is now.

Farmington's seniors don't just ask for facilities to be provided. They go out and do the work necessary to get things done, and they should be applauded for that.

There has been a lot of that lately in Farmington. Youth sports organizations, baseball and softball in particular, have put a lot of work and a lot of money into improving fields around the city.

Those kinds of contributions are particularly important as the city continues to struggle with its budget.

It was no small task for Farmington's seniors to raise the kind of money they did. This is a difficult economy for fundraisers of any kind. They've done it, though, and we have no doubt they will reach their goal well within their deadline.

We can't wait to see what project they take on next.

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