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Early-childhood education money in dispute
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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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Moon Glow lights up the night
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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
Pat Rupp: New rule changes in golf still not enough
Joe Atkins: Good people are Dakota County's secret to success
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November 15, 2012
Editorial: Libraries are changing with the times
It's easy to overlook your local library. It's there. It has books. If you fill out a form and carry a card with you, it will let you take those books home with you for a little while. It's, you know, nice. Easy. It's not actually that simple, of course. Libraries are more than...
November 15, 2012 - 9:40am
November 8, 2012
Editorial: Let's make high turnout a habit
Whatever the results of Tuesday's election in Farmington, no matter who is happy and who is sad, there is one thing that seems remarkably clear: The results, at least locally, are a good indication of what Farmington residents wanted. Everybody should be happy about that. According...
November 8, 2012 - 12:45pm
November 2, 2012
Editorial: Halloween walk is a great event
Unless you see the operation in action, it's hard to appreciate the full scale of Farmington's Halloween Walk, the annual community event that gives kids a chance to try out their costumes a few days early and collect some candy in a safe, controlled environment. Teams of volunteers...
November 2, 2012 - 1:05pm
October 25, 2012
Editorial: An important mix of stories
On Saturday afternoon a healthy portion of the greater Farmington community came together to give one family a very special gift. For more than an hour, band members and sheriff's deputies, firefighters and Boy Scouts traced a parade route around an Empire Township neighborhood, part...
October 25, 2012 - 12:43pm
October 11, 2012
Editorial: Have your say on budget cuts
The Farmington School District wants your opinion. As the district starts work toward eliminating a projected budget shortfall of more than $1 million for next year, finance director Carl Colmark plans to hold public input sessions to hear what residents have to say about the matter....
October 11, 2012 - 1:32pm
October 4, 2012
Editorial: Good signs for liquor operations
There has been a lot of consternation in recent months about the state of Farmington's municipal liquor stores. Profits at the two stores have been smaller than anyone would like. The stores' profits trailed well behind the numbers turned in by other area municipal liquor stores,...
October 4, 2012 - 10:19am
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