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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
January 19, 2012
Editorial: Firefighters are important to Farmington
Last week the Farmington Fire Department held its annual year-end banquet. Among other things, the department recognized its firefighter and Explorer of the Year. You'll find more information about both of those individuals on the front page of this issue of the Independent. Judging...
January 19, 2012 - 10:16am
January 12, 2012
Editorial: Losing license center is unfortunate
Finally, after more than a year of trying, it appears the city of Farmington is setting aside its dreams of a license center and deputy registrar's office in city hall. The city has made several attempts since legislation was approved to clear the way for the office, which was to...
January 12, 2012 - 10:40am
January 5, 2012
Editorial: No shortage of news in Farmington
It might be tempting when you live in a city like Farmington to think nothing newsworthy ever happens. It's a quiet city. A nice suburb. Right? If you're talking about sheer volume of breaking news, that may be true. But Farmington hardly lacks for interesting activity. You want...
January 5, 2012 - 10:53am
December 29, 2011
Editorial: City has big decisions ahead in 2012
The city of Farmington has a lot on its plate for the year ahead. That much is clear from the priorities identified on this week's front page by mayor Todd Larson and city administrator David McKnight. Larson said he wants to talk about adding a fire truck that has long been on...
December 29, 2011 - 10:28am
December 22, 2011
Editorial: Inverted classrooms a good experiment
There is an interesting experiment taking shape in the Farmington School District, and it could ultimately reshape ideas of what constitutes school work and what should be considered homework. The project, referred to variously as inverted classrooms or flipped classrooms, will be...
December 22, 2011 - 9:32am
December 15, 2011
Editorial: Language options are important in Farmington schools
There was a lot of support among Farmington School Board members Monday night for continuing to offer students at least three world language options. It's a position we enthusiastically support. In a global society, knowledge of foreign languages and foreign cultures will be increasingly...
December 15, 2011 - 10:08am