It’s State of the City season in Farmington and Rosemount. Rosemount mayor Bill Droste was scheduled to give his annual address Wednesday morning, right about the time this issue was going to print. Farmington Mayor Todd Larson will give his next Wednesday.
As we put the finishing touches on this week’s Independent many of our readers are probably gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season in their own particular way. They are eating big meals and sharing gifts. They are enjoying togetherness and, we hope, generally taking stock of the ways in which they are fortunate.
Farmington residents have some big decisions to make in the near future. On Nov. 6 local voters will choose two city council members and three school board members. They will elect a Minnesota Representative, a Minnesota Senator, a U.S. Representative and a county commissioner, all in addition to some of the more widely covered decisions on the ballot.
On Monday night, three Farmington High School students talked to the District 192 school board about all of the things going on this week for Homecoming. It’s an impressive list, and it’s one in which FHS students can take some genuine pride.
If anyone had asked us, we probably could have told them back at the beginning what would come of the city of Farmington’s investigation of raises received over the years by several city employees. The raises, while in some cases seemingly outsized, were given in accordance with city policy.
Earlier this week students of all ages went back to school in Farmington. There were smiles. There were tears. There were more than a few parents documenting everything with cameras and cell phone videos.
Things are about to get interesting in the world of Farmington politics. The primaries are over, in the cases where they were held. The filing is closed. And voters are guaranteed to have some choices when they go to the polls in November.
There has been no shortage of opportunities to celebrate community so far this summer. There have been block parties and neighborhood gatherings, events in the park and celebrations designed to bring the whole city together.
When the Farmington School Board talked Monday night about the possibility of a conservation easement on part of the land it owns in Castle Rock Township, the focus was on doing the right thing. There just wasn’t always agreement on what the right thing was.
On Saturday, Farmington residents will get one of the easiest opportunities they will ever have to give back to their community.
Farmington postal workers will make their rounds as usual that day, but in addition to the dropping off they usually do, they plan to do some picking up. They hope to do a lot of it.
On Sunday afternoon a group of nearly 200 Dakota County residents gathered to kick off a countywide effort to defeat a constitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage in Minnesota. It is the first such county-level gathering held in conjunction with a group called Minnesotans United for All Families, and it will be used as a template for future campaign launches around the state.
It wasn’t all that long ago that homecoming was a challenging time at Farmington High School. The weeklong celebration seemed to be less an opportunity to display school spirit and welcome alumni home than it was a chance for students to stay out late, toilet paper houses and, in some cases, do worse than that.
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