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Outgoing fire chief plans for retirement
City compromises on Spruce St. parking
Traffic headaches start next week
Code changes slow new-home construction
Stepping Stones preschool program receives national accreditation
crime and courts
Girls lacrosse: Showing they belong
Boys lacrosse: Young Tigers take opener vs. Hill-Murray
Softball: Tigers win consolation at Mankato
Baseball: Tigers upset No. 1 North
Golf: Tigers ninth in South Suburban meet
Garage Sale Hunter MAP
Your weekend: Steak fry, royal ambassadors' fundraiser are on weekend agenda
Severe Weather Week focuses on preparing for the worst
Monthly flea market starts April 25 in downtown Farmington
Pitch in and clean up Farmington's parks and ponds next weekend
arts and entertainment
Wells Fargo Bank vs Kerr
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. vs Webber
ORD NO. 410-SS Empire Township
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. vs Deneen
Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation vs Ostrom
Irene Jo Spaniol, 98
Joseph F. Ruhr, 96
Myron E. 'Mike' Napper, 89
Lorraine Gloria Kurtz, 87
Helen Mae Fischer, 88
Editorial: Pietsch gave a lot to Farmington
Student voices: There’s no easy answer when you try to define love
Column: The pool is just great this time of year
Editorial: A lot to like in Farmington
Faith notes: What if there was no Easter?
Get Out! Deals
April 24, 2009
School board will consider retirement incentive
A handful of Farmington teachers might have a little more reason to think about wrapping up their careers if the Farmington School Board approves a $10,000 retirement incentive next week. The resolution, which the board is set to consider at its meeting Monday, will give eligible...
April 24, 2009 - 1:18pm
April 22, 2009
See smoke in Empire? It's under control
Where there's smoke, there's fire. That's the case in Empire township Wednesday afternoon, but it is not a fire that should be cause for alarm. According to Farmington fire marshal John Powers, the large plume of brownish-gray smoke that was visible to the east of Farmington is the...
April 22, 2009 - 5:21pm
April 15, 2009
Local firefighters responding to grass fires
These days, just about everyone wants things to start turning green outside. Farmington firefighters want that, too -- but for a different reason....
April 15, 2009 - 11:45am
April 13, 2009
Grants will allow more reading support at elementary schools
Four Farmington elementary schools will offer additional reading support for students next year thanks to grant awards from the Minnesota Reading Corps. The grants will provide full-time literacy tutors during the 2009-10 school year to Meadowview, Akin Road, North Trail and Farmington...
April 13, 2009 - 2:59pm
April 10, 2009
Meadowview students raise money during Jump Rope for Heart event
In just two days, students in grades 1-5 at Meadowview Elementary School raised $13,000 for the American Heart Association through the annual...
April 10, 2009 - 3:08pm
April 9, 2009
Thursday fire destroys Castle Rock home
A Thursday morning fire destroyed most of a Castle Rock township home and caused approximately $220,000 in damage, despite the efforts of three...
April 9, 2009 - 1:53pm
April 6, 2009
Easter egg hunt at Trinity Care Center
April 6, 2009 - 10:53am
March 31, 2009
Two charged with unlawful possession of weapons
Two men who told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies they are members of the Crips gang face felony charges after deputies found them shooting at targets in Castle Rock Township. Deputies found 23-year-old Mau Chau of North St. Paul and 30-year-old South St. Paul resident Tasheen Goggins...
March 31, 2009 - 10:16am
March 30, 2009
Arrests made after Sunday morning shooting
Three people are in jail today following a shooting early Sunday morning at a home in the Ardmore Village mobile home park. Four people were injured, though none of the wounds was life-threatening. Lakeville police say the suspects got upset when they were asked to leave a party...
March 30, 2009 - 8:52am
March 27, 2009
Who needs help?
Remember yesterday when I said there were some changes coming to the Independent? Well, one of the additions we have in mind is a directory of local organizations looking for volunteers. If it works like we imagine, it will be a good resource for anyone looking to help out in their...
March 27, 2009 - 2:35pm
Garofalo wants to cut integration aid
Minnesota Rep. Pat Garofalo, who represents Farmington, has proposed eliminating state funding meant to promote school desegregation. Garofalo...
March 27, 2009 - 10:15am
March 26, 2009
We want your photos, Farmington
The Farmington Independent is rapidly approaching its 25th birthday, and we've got a few changes in mind for the paper when we hit the quarter-century mark. We're going to need a little help from our readers, though. Among the changes is something we're calling (at least for the...
March 26, 2009 - 4:34pm
City is handling challenges, mayor says in State of the City
He might have been a little nervous, but Farmington mayor Todd Larson successfully pulled off his first State of the City address Thursday morning -- cough and all. Just a day before his address, Larson came down with a dry cough. He opened his March 25 address by holding a water...
March 26, 2009 - 2:08pm
March 23, 2009
Farmington couple set to open batting cages
Todd Stephenson has always been a bit of a dreamer. As long as they've been married it's been wife Mechelle's job to make sure those dreams didn't...
March 23, 2009 - 12:54pm
District will hold session to address testing questions
Questions about testing? The Farmington School District will hold an information meeting Tuesday night about the MCA and NWEA (MAP) tests. Sharon Davenport, data and accountability coordinator for Farmington Schools, will share information about the tests at 7 p.m. March 24 in the...
March 23, 2009 - 10:20am