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Congressman Walz enters Minnesota governor race
Farmington clean up days: Dump the old dryer, but not in the pond
Higher education bills call for Minnesota State tuition freezes
Dakota Electric annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 27
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Girls track preview: Talented trio to lead Tigers
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Lerew Kaas achieves Eagle Scout
Local teen earns Eagle Scout rank
Master Recycler/Composter classes begin March 14
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Letter: Budget is against the best interests of Minnesota
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Pat Rupp: Comparing the movie-going experience, then and now
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Joe Atkins: Good people are Dakota County's secret to success
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September 13, 2012
Editorial: A job with diverse demands
There have been a lot of tributes during this 9/11 anniversary week to the men and women who keep us safe both at home and halfway across the world. Farmington's emergency workers are unlikely to ever have to deal with a disaster on the scale of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but...
September 13, 2012 - 3:21pm
August 23, 2012
Editorial: What is a little peace and quiet worth?
We're not opposed to the idea of introducing a noise ordinance in the city of Farmington. Everybody deserves a life of relative peace and quiet if that's what they're after. If there is an easy way to accomplish that, then by all means go ahead. We wonder, though, how much effort...
August 23, 2012 - 11:01am
August 9, 2012
Editorial: New park has plenty of promise
It has been interesting watching Dakota County's newest regional park take shape. Over the course of several months and many meetings, Whitetail Woods Regional Park has gone from a rough outline on a map to a master plan that gets more detailed every time it is presented. After the...
August 9, 2012 - 11:18am
July 26, 2012
Editorial: Moving senior center is wrong move
When the Farmington City Council agreed to turn its former city hall into a new home base for the city's seniors, the senior community agreed to pitch in. They raised money and volunteered their time to do much of the work that went into the conversion. Now that the seniors have...
July 26, 2012 - 11:37am
July 19, 2012
Editorial: Get out and explore Farmington
It's going to be a busy weekend in Farmington, and it's starting early. Depending on when you get this particular issue of the Independent, it may already be going on. Thursday night will be busier than usual, for a start. There will be the usual third-Thursday Ladies Night activities...
July 19, 2012 - 7:16am
July 12, 2012
Editorial: Reading program is a good addition
There is something important happening this summer at North Trail Elementary School. Kids, freed from the burden of assignments and homework and tests, are coming to school and checking out books. They're reading, and they're having fun doing it. Considering the concerns that exist...
July 12, 2012 - 2:58pm
July 5, 2012
Editorial: Liquor store decision is disappointing
A few weeks ago in this space we laid out the reasons we thought moving Farmington's city-owned downtown liquor store to a new location on Highway 3 was a good idea. At the time, it appeared city council members agreed, having voted to direct city administrator David McKnight to prepare...
July 5, 2012 - 3:24pm
June 21, 2012
Editorial: Dew Days crew deserves thanks
Organizing an event like Dew Days is a thankless job. You deal with complaints for months before the first activity takes place. You deal with complaints while everything is going on. And then, when it's all over, you deal with some more complaints. There are probably a few compliments...
June 21, 2012 - 2:12pm
June 7, 2012
Editorial: Class of 2012 has done a lot
On Friday night nearly 400 Farmington High School students will walk across the stage either at Tiger stadium or in the FHS gym. They will receive their diplomas and they will take their first steps, at least symbolically, toward whatever is next for them. No doubt FHS principal...
June 7, 2012 - 4:37pm
May 31, 2012
Editorial: iPad enthusiasm is encouraging
There has been some skepticism over the past few months about the Farmington School District's plan to provide iPads to all students. Residents have raised questions about whether the district is spending its money in the right place. Board members have asked whether it is really...
May 31, 2012 - 9:49am
May 24, 2012
Editorial: Cemeteries are worth preserving
There is a lot of history in Farmington's cemeteries. Many of the city's founding families have members buried there. There are graves that go back nearly 100 years, including veterans whose service includes the Civil War. It is a remarkable resource for people interested in genealogy,...
May 24, 2012 - 1:21pm
May 17, 2012
Editorial: Meetings should be open as possible
Modern technology has made it easier than ever for government bodies to share their discussions with their constituents. Farmington residents no longer even have to leave the house to see a school board or city council meeting. They can tune in on TV, or watch online, either live...
May 17, 2012 - 7:47am
April 19, 2012
Editorial: City of Farmington, residents can help each other
Earlier this week the Farmington City Council accepted an oversized ceremonial check from members of the city's Rambling River Center, symbolic payment for a $90,000 loan the city made three years ago to help complete renovations at what would become the center's new home. That the...
April 19, 2012 - 9:26am
April 12, 2012
Editorial: Changes create opportunities
The world of community newspapers like the Farmington Independent seems to change nearly as quickly as the technology that is available. Where once we were limited to bringing our readers news once a week in print, now the Internet allows us to distribute breaking news as quickly...
April 12, 2012 - 12:06pm
April 5, 2012
Editorial: Technology brings opportunities, challenges
Even if the Farmington School District does not move forward with plans to buy iPads for every student -- and it seems increasingly likely that it will -- there is no denying that new technologies are changing the way students learn in Farmington schools. As teachers get more tech-savvy,...
April 5, 2012 - 11:07am