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Outside money a major Minnesota legislative campaign factor
Las Enchiladas chef brings a lifetime of cooking experience to his new restaurant
School district implements Run-Hide-Fight method for active shooter scenarios
Farmington City Engineer takes job in Colorado to be closer to family
Dakota County Historical society seeking stories from World War I era
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MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Boys soccer: Tigers one win away from first-ever state tournament trip
Swim & dive: Irish 10th, Tigers 12th at True Team state meet
Football, Week 7: Another confidence booster
"Paranormal Studios" to be found at annual haunted house
Plenty of Prince-spiration
Vet uses metal art to give back to service members
Dakota Electric helps with environmental efforts
Pet of the Week: Quite a pair
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Letter: Douglas Bonar has earned a second term
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February 17, 2011
For many in town, a building boom goes bust
Of all of the cities in Dakota County, Farmington tops the list when it comes to foreclosure rates. 2010 was the second consecutive year the city had Dakota County's highest foreclosure rate. According to a Jan. 19 report from the Dakota County Community Development Agency, Farmington...
February 17, 2011 - 9:13am
Township takes a resident to court over scrapyard
Castle Rock Township is going to court with one of its residents over an unlicensed scrapyard that sprung up last year and has drawn numerous complaints from neighbors. The township started getting complaints in July of last year about the property on Biscayne Avenue. According to...
crime and courts/News/politics
February 17, 2011 - 9:12am
FHS graduate killed in traffic accident
Amber Page doesn't remember much about last Saturday. When you find out one of your best friends has died, everything else starts to feel unimportant. Amanda Lynch, who Page met when they were sixth graders together at Farmington Middle School, was killed early Saturday morning...
January 17, 2011 - 10:46am
January 14, 2011
School board members agree to take a salary cut
Tim Burke is getting the pay cut he asked for two years ago. Board members voted 4-2 Monday to cut the salaries paid to school board members. The move cuts the board chair's salary from $5,250 to $4,500 and board members' salaries from $4,200 to $3,600.
January 14, 2011 - 3:53pm
December 20, 2010
County's population is changing
For several years in the 1990s, rapid population growth was a fact of life in Dakota County. New developments popped up and were filled, seemingly in a matter of months. The county is still growing today, but the pace of that growth has slowed dramatically. With most of the county's...
December 20, 2010 - 7:11am
December 17, 2010
Man threatens to kill stepfather at Thanksgiving day gathering
A family dispute boiled over on Thanksgiving day in Castle Rock Township, and a 22-year-old Wisconsin man faces felony charges as a result. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Anthony Tyler Spease got into a fight with his stepfather around...
crime and courts/News
December 17, 2010 - 7:22am
December 13, 2010
Report on board member's behavior is on agenda tonight
The Farmington School Board is scheduled to hear a report tonight on the conduct of board member Tim Burke. The report, which looks into whether...
December 13, 2010 - 9:51am
December 7, 2010
Farmington superintendent not chosen for Nebraska job
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will not go west. Meeks was not chosen Monday to take the top job in the Grand Island, Neb., School District. The...
December 7, 2010 - 8:27am
December 3, 2010
Life stories molded in clay: Seniors' artwork on display at library
Trinity Care Center residents spent time last month compressing their life stories onto clay tiles. The results will be on display this weekend. The Art of Aging residency program, a collaboration of Trinity, the Dakota County Library and the Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network,...
December 3, 2010 - 8:10am
November 22, 2010
Letter-writing assignment teaches students how to get results
In a world of e-mails and text messages, writing letters may seem to be a lost art. But Dodge Middle School language teacher Brianna Fleetham knows there is power behind words, and now her seventh grade students know that, as well. At the beginning of the school year, Fleetham...
November 22, 2010 - 7:46am
November 15, 2010
New speech and theater groups are forming in Farmington
Several new arts opportunities have been created for Farmington students and community members. The Farmington speech team has been accepted into the National Forensic League and students have an opportunity to qualify for Nationals this year in Dallas, Texas. There will be...
arts and entertainment/education
November 15, 2010 - 7:13am
November 11, 2010
Report provides a budget 'road map' for school district
The Farmington School District got what amounts to a road map to budget cuts Monday with the presentation of a draft of a report prepared to identify potential savings. The report, prepared by accounting firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, focused on district-level administration. It...
November 11, 2010 - 7:57am
November 10, 2010
County aims to do 'less with less' in new budget
Doing less with less. That is how Dakota County Finance Director Matt Smith described the recommended 2011 Dakota County budget to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners this week. The recommended budget is $307.1 million, compared to the 2010 budget of about $368 million. The...
November 10, 2010 - 2:58pm
Police are looking into theft of cattle
There was a time in Farmington's history when the theft of chickens or livestock wasn't all that unusual. These days, though, that kind of thing doesn't happen so much. Suffice it to say, the recent theft of four beef cattle from the Donnelly Farms on Flagstaff Avenue has got Farmington...
November 10, 2010 - 2:53pm
City council is still looking for budget cuts
It's back to the drawing board once again for Farmington city staff. Charged with finding $425,000 in budget reductions that will please the Farmington City Council, city staff now has two weeks before the next, and possibly last, workshop for the 2011 budget. In that time, city...
November 10, 2010 - 2:51pm