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Police seeking information on Farmington armed robbery
Rosemount rolls out innovative public engagement system
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Farmington gymnastics dominates home invite
Tigers girls hockey fights through the meat grinder
Report: Justin Morneau set to retire, rejoin Twins as special assistant
Farmington girls' basketball goes 1-2 at St. Olaf
Farmington girls' hockey wins own Louis-Schmitz Holiday Classic
Community celebrates Patriotic Day
Tough talk out in the open: Authors in Farmington share stories of living in Minnesota as minorities
Health briefs: Community Conversation gets people talking about mental health
Farmington auto repair shop doubles as art gallery
Plenty to see and spray: Farmington Fire Department holds open house
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EZ Auto Repair plans to open new shop in March
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January 13, 2011
With cuts made, city staff adjusts
A new year brings a new way of doing things for some folks around Farmington City Hall. Following last year's budget process, the city of Farmington lost administrative services director Lisa Shadick, administrative assistant Lisa Dargis, and parks and recreation maintenance supervisor...
January 13, 2011 - 9:05am
Countywide HiPP group looks for ways cities can work together
Some things just work so well, they might be worth repeating. Take the Dakota Communications Center in Empire Township. It opened a couple of years ago as a joint project of Dakota County and all of the cities in the county. By all accounts, it's a success story of the county's High...
January 13, 2011 - 9:04am
New school board wants another look at report
It looks like the Farmington School Board isn't quite done with the report compiled from the district's investigation of board member Tim Burke. At...
January 13, 2011 - 9:01am
January 11, 2011
School board takes a pay 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 11, 2011 - 1:24pm
January 10, 2011
School board agenda includes budget projections, construction plans
The Farmington School Board will welcome some fresh faces tonight with the swearing in of new members Tera Lee, Brian Treakle and Melissa Sauser. The new members will get right to work with a meeting that includes budget projections, an update on the district's strategic plan and...
January 10, 2011 - 9:37am
January 8, 2011
New council member is ready to go
New Farmington City Council member Jason Bartholomay was sworn in Monday at the first meeting of 2011. Before that meeting was over, he'd made a couple of statements, made a few motions and accepted nominations to represent the council on several committees. That comes as no surprise....
January 8, 2011 - 7:16am
January 6, 2011
Council handles organization matters
It was business as usual Monday at the first Farmington City Council meeting of 2011. At least, business as usual for three out of the five members, since up until 7 p.m. that night, Jason Bartholomay had never taken a seat at the council table. Once Farmington's newest council member...
January 6, 2011 - 4:02pm
Editorial: Little of substance to take from investigation
The Dakota County Attorney's office said last week it will not file criminal charges in response to the actions of Farmington School Board member Tim Burke. The city of Farmington still might, but there seemed to be little enthusiasm among city council members Monday for a process...
January 6, 2011 - 10:42am
Registrar's office could come soon at city hall
Farmington could very well have its own licensing center downtown within a couple of months, if things continue to move ahead the way they have been. At Monday's Farmington City Council meeting, city administrator Peter Herlofsky told council members he is working with two outside...
January 6, 2011 - 10:38am
Garofalo hopes for change this legislative session
As the 2011 legislative session kicks off this week, Pat Garofalo is getting used to being a whole lot more popular around the capitol. Garofalo,...
January 6, 2011 - 10:36am
December 29, 2010
Thompson prepares to lead in state Senate
David Thompson has yet to serve a day in the Minnesota Senate, but he's already been given a big vote of confidence by his colleagues. Thompson,...
December 29, 2010 - 10:02am
December 23, 2010
Steve Wilson is happy with the work he's done
As December winds to an end, so does the term of city council member Steve Wilson. After six years on the council, Wilson sat at the council table one last time Monday night. The third-place finisher in the 2004 election, Wilson was appointed to council to fill a seat vacated when...
December 23, 2010 - 9:27am
December 22, 2010
Salaries are set for county board, administrators
Dakota County elected officials and administrator had their salaries frozen for 2010. They will be thawed slightly for 2011. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved next year's compensation for itself, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom,...
December 22, 2010 - 10:19am
December 16, 2010
County board sets its budget, tax levy for 2011
Despite a growing number of unknowns, Dakota County has developed its 2011 budget. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a 2011 budget of $307 million and a property tax levy of $129 million. The 2010 budget was $368 million. The levy...
December 16, 2010 - 10:32am
December 13, 2010
Burke's behavior earns censure, referral to county attorney
The Farmington School Board made a decision Monday they hope will serve as a clear warning to board member Tim Burke that behavior identified...
December 13, 2010 - 10:26pm