Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That’s the case in Empire township Wednesday afternoon, but it is not a fire that should be cause for alarm.
According to Farmington fire marshal John Powers, the large plume of brownish-gray smoke that was visible to the east of Farmington is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s responsibility. The DNR is conducting a controlled prairie restoration burn.
Powers said the local fire department is aware of the controlled burn, but is not participating in it.
Four Farmington elementary schools will offer additional reading support for students next year thanks to grant awards from the Minnesota Reading Corps. The grants will provide full-time literacy tutors during the 2009-10 school year to Meadowview, Akin Road, North Trail and Farmington elementary schools.
In just two days, students in grades 1-5 at Meadowview Elementary School raised $13,000 for the American Heart Association through the annual Jump Rope for Heart event. On Friday, students in grades 4-5 stayed active for half an hour, going from station to station jumping rope or using hula hoops. The idea, said physical education teacher Joe McCarthy, is to keep their heart rate up for that whole period. On the walls hang more than 300 posters the students made for Jump Rope for Heart.
Remember yesterday when I said there were some changes coming to the Independent? Well, one of the additions we have in mind is a directory of local organizations looking for volunteers. If it works like we imagine, it will be a good resource for anyone looking to help out in their community.
The Farmington Independent is rapidly approaching its 25th birthday, and we've got a few changes in mind for the paper when we hit the quarter-century mark. We're going to need a little help from our readers, though.
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