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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
March 29, 2012
Editorial: Protecting Vermillion is everyone's job
The Vermillion River is one of the most valuable resources the city of Farmington has available to it. It is a rarity, a trophy trout stream located within easy driving distance of a major metropolitan area. During trout season, it draws anglers from all over the Twin Cities. That...
March 29, 2012 - 10:53am
March 22, 2012
Editorial: Legion sale is good for all involved
There will no doubt be many Farmington residents sad to see the American Legion name come off of the building the veterans' organization has occupied for more than two decades on Highway 3. There may be a few who are happy to see the change, too. However you feel, though, it is undoubtedly...
March 22, 2012 - 11:42am
March 15, 2012
Editorial: City got creative to buy fire truck
It was a month ago almost to the day that we wrote in this space about the challenge the city of Farmington faced buying the new fire engine everyone seemed to agree was necessary. The budget was tight, the truck was expensive and there weren't a lot of clear options. A month later,...
March 15, 2012 - 2:57pm
March 8, 2012
Editorial: Law enforcement partnership makes sense
A problem like drug abuse doesn't recognize borders. It happens everywhere, and its effects spill over from one community to another. That is true when you are talking about drugs like marijuana, cocaine or heroin and it's particularly true of prescription drugs, the abuse of which...
March 8, 2012 - 11:06am
February 23, 2012
Editorial: Governments should be transparent
There are two stories in this week's edition of the Independent that relate to the sharing of information. In one, about the online access the city of Farmington has provided to old city council agendas and meeting minutes, the flow of information to the public is nearly overwhe...
February 23, 2012 - 10:26am
February 16, 2012
Editorial: Fire truck purchase is the right move
The Farmington City Council finds itself in a difficult position. At a time when budget cuts have become a fact of life, the city also sees a pressing need for a new fire truck. It's no small expense -- a new fire engine is expected to cost the city between $500,000 and $600,000...
February 16, 2012 - 9:56am
February 9, 2012
Editorial: Message helps keep teen drivers safe
It's not easy being a new driver these days. It's always been difficult to get comfortable behind the wheel while learning the rules of the road, but between cell phones and text messages, Facebook and Twitter the modern world presents more potential distractions than ever before....
February 9, 2012 - 10:16am
February 2, 2012
Editorial: Development will be a big job
The city of Farmington is in a difficult spot when it comes to its budget. It finds itself with a $370,000 hole to fill next year, and not a lot of easy ways to fill it. The city took one step toward making needed cuts this week when it eliminated the position of economic development...
February 2, 2012 - 12:23pm
January 26, 2012
Editorial: Liquor stores provide valuable funding
In the span of a week, the city of Farmington has progressed from a discussion about whether to relocate one of its liquor stores to a much bigger-picture examination of whether it should be in the liquor business in the first place. It's not clear just how long that discussion will...
January 26, 2012 - 10:26am