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November 20, 2015
Commissioner offers an update on county activity
Farmington home values are going up, the county will be debt free in 2016 and more road projects are slated for the city. These were the highlights of a report by Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik to the city council Monday. The 195th Street project, which widened lanes and...
November 20, 2015 - 8:42am
November 19, 2015
Traffic is flowing again on 195th Street
After a summer of detours and disruptions, driving through Farmington’s midsection finally returned to normal last Friday. Well, normal with...
November 19, 2015 - 9:42am
November 13, 2015
City’s finances are improving
Building permits are down. Liquor sales are down. Fire department costs are up. And the fund balance is getting healthier. These were the highlights of the city’s third quarter budget report Monday, which reviewed revenues and expenditures for the past nine months. With one-third...
November 13, 2015 - 2:46pm
November 5, 2015
Castle Rock Township sued over Islamic cemetery
Dakota Gardens was supposed to be a cemetery exclusively for Muslims, serving the needs of the local religious community for the next 200 years. The cemetery called for about two burials each week on 70 acres of land in Castle Rock Township. “Everything about it will be simple,...
November 5, 2015 - 6:14am
October 25, 2015
Building permits were down in third quarter
Farmington’s population is still growing, but the pace of new-home construction in the city has slowed some in 2015. According to a report from building official Ken Lewis, the city issued 16 building permits in the third quarter of the year, down from 26 in the third quarter last...
October 25, 2015 - 6:14am
October 15, 2015
Longtime county sheriff Rod Boyd dies
He went to work as a dispatcher, then worked patrol, eventually becoming an investigator. He was elected sheriff in Dakota County in 1975. Rod...
October 15, 2015 - 9:40am
October 9, 2015
Road work planned next year on Hwy. 3
The state will redesign three sections of Hwy. 3 this spring, eliminating some access points and changing median turn lanes. Traffic will be redirected, but not cut off. “They will do it in phases,” explained city engineer Kevin Schorzman. “There will always be one lane open.” The...
October 9, 2015 - 10:02am
October 8, 2015
Want to pick the city's new logo?
Farmington city council members rejected proposed updates to the city’s logo Monday as too abstract. Staff members want to know if residents...
October 8, 2015 - 11:04am
Vermillion River management plan is available for review
The draft version of a plan that will guide the next 10 years of protection and restoration efforts on and around the Vermillion River is available to the public now. The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization released the draft plan Oct. 1 for a required 60-day review...
October 8, 2015 - 10:59am
October 1, 2015
Seniors challenge Rambling River Center hiring decision
About a dozen senior citizens came to last week’s Farmington City Council meeting to protest a delay in hiring an assistant at the Rambling River Center. At the Sept. 8 meeting, the council voted to table filling the position for 90 days. Council member Jason Bartholomay asked...
October 1, 2015 - 10:03am
Districts set tax levies at max for now
The Farmington and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Boards both approved preliminary tax levies Monday at the maximum level allowed by the state. What that means for taxpayers, though, is different in both districts. And it could change before tax bills become final in December. In...
October 1, 2015 - 9:50am
September 24, 2015
For Tim Leslie, a busy first year as sheriff
Almost 10 months into his new role as the Dakota County Sheriff, there’s been no shortage of items on Tim Leslie’s to-do list. There’s...
September 24, 2015 - 10:39am
City’s credit rating gets an upgrade
Farmington City Council and staff on Monday celebrated an upgraded credit rating for the city, a sign that Farmington’s financial status is getting healthier. “I’ve been doing a happy dance,” said Shelly Eldridge, the city’s financial adviser from Ehlers, Inc. She presented...
September 24, 2015 - 9:52am
September 20, 2015
City council approves tax increase
Despite a recent survey describing Farmington as “property tax hostile,” the city council is forging ahead with a proposal to raise taxes in 2016. Council members say it’s the only way to stay ahead of debt and keep the city moving in the right direction financially. The city...
September 20, 2015 - 10:36pm
September 17, 2015
Fire chief has his eyes on fees that have gone uncollected
Farmington fire chief Jim Larsen has discovered what he called “a host of fees” the fire department had become lax on collecting over the years. He hopes to change that. He made the city council aware of his findings at Monday night’s work session. No decisions were made by...
September 17, 2015 - 6:14am