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Outside money a major Minnesota legislative campaign factor
Las Enchiladas chef brings a lifetime of cooking experience to his new restaurant
School district implements Run-Hide-Fight method for active shooter scenarios
Farmington City Engineer takes job in Colorado to be closer to family
Dakota County Historical society seeking stories from World War I era
crime and courts
MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Boys soccer: Tigers one win away from first-ever state tournament trip
Swim & dive: Irish 10th, Tigers 12th at True Team state meet
Football, Week 7: Another confidence booster
"Paranormal Studios" to be found at annual haunted house
Plenty of Prince-spiration
Vet uses metal art to give back to service members
Dakota Electric helps with environmental efforts
Pet of the Week: Quite a pair
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Forum Communications Endorsement: This time for president, none of the above
Pat Rupp: A good reason to vote early
Letter: Douglas Bonar has earned a second term
Letter: Cordes is an asset to school board, community
Letter: Democrat candidates are unethical, untrustworthy
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June 6, 2014
Editorial: Good luck, class of 2014
On Friday night Farmington High School will send its latest group of graduates out into whatever world awaits them. A day later, Rosemount High School will do the same. Freshly-minted graduates will enter the next phase of their lives filled with excitement and uncertainty in roughly...
June 6, 2014 - 2:54pm
May 29, 2014
Editorial: Support strong spring sports teams
It’s an exciting time to be a fan of high school sports in Farmington and Rosemount. Consider: In the past week the Farmington and Rosemount boys track teams won conference titles, in the process setting a series of personal bests, team records and conference meet records. In Farmington’s...
May 29, 2014 - 3:22pm
May 22, 2014
Editorial: New police tool will be a benefit
Tip411 won’t serve every crime problem in Farmington. It doesn’t allow the kind of short-turnaround response that 911 does. It’s a more challenging way to hold a conversation than face-to-face or over the phone. But it’s still an interesting tool. The system, introduced recently...
May 22, 2014 - 1:22pm
May 15, 2014
Editorial: Information is here to be found
If you are reading this editorial, it’s probably not meant for you. Which makes it just a little problematic. If you’re reading this editorial, after all, you’re likely the kind of person who who keeps up on what’s going on in your city. You’re reading your local paper,...
May 15, 2014 - 7:21am
May 8, 2014
Editorial: Get out and explore your city
With the weather seemingly ready to leave behind gloom and rain for some real springtime sun, the prospect of getting outside and exploring is about to get a whole lot more appealing. That’s good news, because there is plenty to explore in Farmington and Rosemount. At the most...
May 8, 2014 - 11:21am
May 1, 2014
Editorial: Training will pay off if disaster strikes
Any Boy Scout worth his merit badges will tell you about the importance of being prepared. So will emergency responders in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama. Communities in those states and a few others have been reminded of destruction a severe storm can cause. They were...
May 1, 2014 - 2:18pm
April 17, 2014
Editorial: Vermillion is a valuable resource
It can be easy to forget as Farmington and Rosemount start to look more and more like suburbs, but there is still a significant amount of undeveloped space in this part of Dakota County. Much of that land is still being used as farmland, but there are some valuable natural resources...
April 17, 2014 - 1:40pm
April 10, 2014
Editorial: Crime maps will be useful for residents
Under ideal circumstances, the maps available now to Farmington residents and soon to Rosemount residents through a new system called RaidsOnline would be the most boring maps you could read outside of North Dakota. The system, being put into use by several police departments in Dakota...
April 10, 2014 - 3:40pm
March 20, 2014
Editorial: Residents can help address ice needs
The Rosemount Area Hockey Association’s recent push for a second sheet of indoor ice is nothing new. As cities like Rosemount and Farmington grow, so do their hockey programs. And while there are numerous places for other sports to play — every school in the city has a gym for...
March 20, 2014 - 1:13pm
March 13, 2014
Editorial: The good and the bad of Twitter use
There are two stories in this edition of the Independent Town Pages about people making vastly different uses of the social network Twitter. And while we hesitate to say one is wrong and the other is right, we certainly know which one we prefer. We’ll start with the one that has...
March 13, 2014 - 1:13pm
March 6, 2014
Editorial: Make the most of church change
There is a lot of history in the walls at Faith United Methodist Church. The congregations that make up the church date back 160 years in Farmington. Generations of families have worshiped there. The congregation has occupied its current building since 1958. It’s not surprising,...
March 6, 2014 - 10:57am
February 27, 2014
Editorial: Flexible learning days have a future
The Farmington School District’s new flexible learning days are pretty clearly a work in progress. When the district held its first on President’s Day in an attempt to make up some of the teaching time lost to frigid weather this winter there were concerns about teachers assigning...
February 27, 2014 - 1:03pm
February 20, 2014
Editorial: Support the food shelf in March
How lean are things these days at Rosemount’s food shelf? Consider the spaghetti sauce. The pasta topping is usually a staple at the food shelf. It’s something they always have in abundance. Except now they don’t. There’s hardly any there. The cupboards might not be bare,...
February 20, 2014 - 11:48am
February 13, 2014
Editorial: Keep meetings as open as possible
On Monday night the Farmington City Council and the Farmington School Board both held workshop meetings. Both groups addressed issues that will affect finances and other aspects of the organizations those boards represent. There was an important difference between the meetings, though. ...
February 13, 2014 - 10:40am
February 6, 2014
Editorial: Special Olympics is good for many
Farmington’s Special Olympics program is not new, but over the years it has perhaps not been as well used as it should be. With some luck and a lot of hard work, that could change. The local group has been making a push to expand its reach in the city, and we think that’s a good...
February 6, 2014 - 12:56pm