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December 31, 2009
Looking forward to a new year
We've reached the end of another year in Farmington, and it's been a busy one. The Farmington School District answered a lawsuit filed by the architect responsible for its new high school with a suit of its own and still opened the school successfully in September. Farmington's seniors...
December 31, 2009 - 9:29am
December 23, 2009
Christmas traditions are worth maintaining
If tradition held this week, on Wednesday night the Farmington American Legion was full of people. They ate. They drank. They listened to music. And, perhaps most important, they reconnected with friends. That pre-Christmas gathering been a tradition for years in Farmington, and...
December 23, 2009 - 3:21pm
December 17, 2009
Help make someone's Christmas merry
These are difficult times for a lot of people. More and more of us know people who have lost a job or who have lost their homes. Others struggle to pay the bills every month. Many are focused on providing for their own families this holiday season, and there seems to be less time...
December 17, 2009 - 11:43am
December 10, 2009
Decision, not discussion on ice arena
There appears to be a disconnect between messages about the need for action to fix the ice surface at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Ever since it became clear vital equipment at the 30-year-old arena was in danger of failing the message has been that the city needs to decide quickly what to...
December 10, 2009 - 3:23pm
December 3, 2009
Downtown vandalism is disappointing
The city of Farmington is fighting an ongoing battle these days against one or more vandals who find a certain pleasure in defacing walls, fences, signs and more in the downtown area. Street lights have been broken. Words have been scrawled on just about any surface that will accept...
December 3, 2009 - 1:58pm
November 27, 2009
Discover Farmington's talents
One of the great things about this job is the way it forces you to notice the amount of talent that exists in this city. Whether it's a high school concert, a Dakota Valley Arts Council show during Dew Days or a Farmington resident with a passion for woodworking, Farmington is full...
November 27, 2009 - 10:50am
February 12, 2009
Editorial: Library is a valuable resource
These are difficult times. With the economy struggling and thousands losing their jobs, people in Farmington and beyond have had to look for ways to cut back. In times like these, Dakota County's public libraries have become an increasingly important part of life for many. From books...
February 12, 2009 - 12:00am
September 17, 2008
Editorial: Let's be civil with our letters to the editor
Turn the page of this issue of the Independent and you'll find a full page dedicated to letters from our readers, all of them related to one local election or another. We expect more pages like that as election season rolls on. The District 192 School Board race has already generated...
September 17, 2008 - 12:00am
September 4, 2008
Opinion: City-district cooperation can be a good thing
It seems safe to say the proposed preliminary budget discussed by Farmington City Council members Tuesday has drawn more public attention than any preliminary budget in recent memory. That's the kind of thing that will happen when a the budget calls for the closure of a popular city...
September 4, 2008 - 12:00am
August 14, 2008
Editorial: Talk of city hall's future comes late in process
In about a week from now Farmington city employees will do their final packing and haul their office equipment down the street and around the corner to a new city hall. The new building will provide some much needed space and updated technology, but the move also creates a question:...
August 14, 2008 - 12:00am
May 9, 2008
Opinion: Turnout for pond cleanup is encouraging
We imagine there were more than a few Farmington residents watching weather reports with some extra interest last Friday night. With rain, snow and cold forecast for Saturday morning, the nearly 500 people who had volunteered for Farmington's annual park and pond cleanup might have...
May 9, 2008 - 12:00am