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Organized for Farmington: October news and notes

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Farmington Food Shelf

Bring a Can or box of non-perishable food to the Farmington Halloween Walk to benefit the Farmington Food Shelf.

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The Halloween Walk is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Dodge Middle School. Watch also for local neighbors that create Halloween Displays in the yards and neighborhoods and then accept food donations on behalf of the Farmington Food Shelf.

Happy Halloween!

Dew Days

The 2013 Farmington Dew Days planning committee is starting their monthly meets in October, and are looking for new and interested volunteers.

If you are interested in joining the Dew Days committee, please call Darla Donnelly, 651-283-8891.

Farmington VFW

The Voice of Democracy Essays are being worked on by the High School students, and turned in by Oct. 19 for judging. The winner will advance to District 2 for judging. Patriot's Pen essay is being written by the Middle Schools. They also will advance to the 2nd District for judging. One Voice of Democracy winner will advance to the State Competition. Good luck to all students.

Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be a Steak Fry Dinner, hosted by Boy Scout Troop #116 for a $10 donation.

Sunday, Oct. 21, the Sypal-Lundgren VFW, Women & Mens Auxiliaries will hold their Annual Membership Dinner. Members that are paid up will eat free; you may pay your dues at the door.

We will be doing six Flag Folding Ceremonies for fifth grade students, Oct. 23, 25, and 26. The Veterans of Foreign Wars explains the 13 folds of a flag as it is folded, then the students will ask questions of the veterans about the time they were in service. Before we leave we give each student a flag.

Patriotic Day will be Thursday Nov. 1. A free pork chop dinner will be served. The only thing you have to do is call the High School and let them know you would like to be there, and if you have a family let them know how many will attend. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. We have six wheelchairs for those that need help in getting from the curb into the high school, and if they need more help into the Dining room. We will have a bus that will pick up people from Red Oak Manor and Spruce Place, at 5:30 p.m., and they will bring you back after the program. Please let us know if you would like to make use of the bus.

Sat. Nov. 3, the high school girls hockey will host a Steak Fry serving will be from 5-8 p.m. Steak, baked potato, veggies, bread, desserts, coffee, lemonade, and water, all for a $10.00 donation.

Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Happy Veterans Day to all Veterans. Thank you all for serving your country.

If you have old torn and tattered flags, drop them off at the VFW. We do have new ones for sale.

Dakota City Heritage Village

Dakota City Heritage Village is making plans for its annual Harvest Moon Festival set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20.

The annual event, which coincides with the fall school break, draws hundreds of children, parents and grandparents. It provides hands-on activities to acquaint children with chores and leisure activities of the early 1900s.

Children will receive a tally sheet to visit activity stations around the village. Visitors will be invited to pick, shell and grind corn; dip candles, make rope, pump water, grind coffee, write on slates, play "drop the clothespin," try out hoops and stilts, participate in a gunny sack race and make a corn husk doll.

Admission fees will be $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 4 through 12. Children 3 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit www.dakotacity.org or call Dakota City at 651-460-8050. Dakota City is located at 4008-220th St. W. on the fairgrounds in Farmington.

Farmington American Legion

By now, members should have received membership renewal information from the Department of Minnesota and National offices. With a number of membership rallies coming up in the next months, please make an effort to renew your memberships so you can be counted.

The Farmington American Legion Clifford Larson Post 189 will hold its next regular meeting Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at Tailgaters.

Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 will hold its next meeting Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at the Farmington VFW. Please note the change in location for this meeting.

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 189 will resume the annual omelet breakfast fundraisers this Sunday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Tailgaters, formerly the American?Legion Post home. The build-your-ow n, all-you-can-eat omelets are the same as in the past. This remains the SAL's primary fundraising activity for the upcoming year. Funds raised through the omelet breakfast are donated to veterans and community projects.

The SAL will hold its regular business meeting following the omelet breakfast.

Thank you, members, for being patient as we regroup after the past year. We will continue to reorganize in the months to come, so your support is very important to us.

For God and Country.

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