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Kline honored several Farmington groups with "Star of the North" ceremony

Minnesota Congressman John Kline honored Farmington residents with Congressional Certificates of Special Recognition at the seventh annual "Star of the North" ceremony Monday at Kenwood Middle School in Lakeville. More than 400 people were in attendance for the ceremony.

"We are blessed in Minnesota to be surrounded by so many selfless individuals who are willing to step up to address the needs they see in our communities and beyond," Kline said. "These 'Stars of the North' have given far more than they have received -- volunteering, offering a helping hand, reaching out to a neighbor to ask, 'what can I do for you?' "

Farmington's Rambling River Center lap robe makers have gathered monthly for five years to make lap blankets for veterans and nursing home residents. They spend an entire day completing their work, and last year made 98 lap robes and 18 heart pillows. All of the women are graduates of Farmington High School and were represented at the ceremony by Betty Steege, Julia Johnson, Peggy Webser, Austa Harmer and Dorothy Schmidtke.

Farmington's Yellow Ribbon Network Annual Cookie Walk fundraiser has become a December holiday tradition. The event helps local families with deployed loved ones, and gives reassurance to men and women serving that someone at home is looking out for their families. Participants contribute two plates of cookies: one plate for a care package to a military family, and one for participants to mix and exchange. The care packages were delivered to local military families to show support and appreciation. Kara Hildreth and the leader of the Yellow Ribbon Network, Annette Kuyper, represented the group at the ceremony.

North Trail Elementary School in Farmington donated more than 400 toys for the Toys for Town drive, and more than 1,600 food items for the Farmington Food Shelf. The third grade brought in the most food items at 376. The school typically holds four food drives over the course of a year.

Farmington's Dodge Middle School student council held a penny war to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A competition was held among classes, and the object was to bring in more cash and silver coins than there are pennies. After four days of collecting change, the school raised $1,925 for lymphoma research. The fundraiser helped students to realize just how easy and fun it can be to help others.

If you would like to nominate a resident of the Second District for a "Star of the North" award, visit Kline's website at and click on the "Star of the North Nomination" link under "Contact us."

John Kline is Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.