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As of the March 7 issue, you will notice some changes to our newspaper. We will combine the news content of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages into one newspaper starting next week. What this means for you is that your paper will be larger, with more news about our two communities. We will not change the way we cover Farmington, and you can expect the same extensive coverage that we currently provide. The only difference is that the name of the paper will become the Independent Town Pages, and you will also receive news from Rosemount.
A 76-year-old Hampton woman died this morning when she walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle west of Goodwin Avenue on Highway 50 near Hampton, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. According to a report, Alonza C. Raway, 76, Hampton, was killed in the accident at 6:28 a.m. Monday when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Mark A. Coulter, 56, of Hastings. Emergency vehicles could be seen blocking Highway 50 just east of Highway 52 this morning, and motorists were being redirected for a couple of hours.
As the regular season winds to a close, Farmington boys lacrosse coach Paul Sorensen is looking for a little more leadership from the upperclassmen at a time when his squad has been decimated by injury. The Tigers are playing without several injured veteran players, and as a result five freshmen started or played during Monday night's 12-3 loss to East Ridge. "We are piecing things together as best we can," Sorensen said. "We are trying to find chemistry now because the lines are jumbled up so much.
Dan Pickens would like to see a few things go in his team's favor in the final minutes of contests. After a pair of tough losses last week, it appears Farmington's girls lacrosse team is close to turning the corner, but Pickens thinks a change at the end needs to be made before losses turn into victories. "I know we are improving, but it would be nice to be able to quantify it with some wins," Pickens said after Friday's 9-8 defeat at the hands of Prior Lake. Haley Bradshaw, Rachael Welzin, Kylee Glen and Jess Erchul all got into the scoring column for the Tigers.
Farmington's girls golf team finished seventh out of eight teams Monday at a Missota Conference meet in Northfield and put up its best score in a couple of years in the process. According to Tiger coach Rob Carpentier, the team had a very good showing, shooting 420 in the meet. Freshman Bri Swenson shot a 98 in Northfield, which is the first time this season a member of Farmington's squad has shot under 100, according to Carpentier. Also turning in solid rounds for the Tigers were Terra Klima, a senior, who shot a 102, and Mia Johnston, who shot a 104.
Any victory is nice, but wins take on a little extra special meaning when they can enhance your post-season prospects. Perhaps that is why Farmington softball coach Rob Laden was a little extra excited last week after his team defeated Owatonna and Rochester Century as part of a four-game winning streak. "It was nice to have some decisive wins against those two teams," Laden said after a 15-6 win against Owatonna and the 8-1 victory over Century.
There was a flood of support for the Farmington School District's teaching and learning department Monday night, two weeks after two school board members suggested the department should be the target of cuts. The outpouring started with the district's principals speaking as a group in support of the department, which includes an assistant superintendent and a director of teaching and learning. The principals said the guidance the department provides on curriculum and the coaching opportunities it creates for teachers makes for a more effective learning environment.