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An annual camping trip ended early for more than 100 Farmington elementary school students. The students from North Trail Elementary School were sent home early from Camp Pepin last week after several students developed flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Both the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and The Minnesota Department of Public Health believe the illness, identified as norovirus, an intestinal bug, arrived at the camp with students from Akin Road Elementary School. "We've sanitized three times -- a fourth time now by professionals," Red Wing Family YMCA Exec
We finally beat winter. In one single week, the swirling snow of an impromptu blizzard gave way to toasty 70-degree sun. Without the constant grind of ice and slush, we suddenly have nothing to complain about. The birds returned to the pond behind my house well before the weather turned warm. There is something very sad about seeing a duck waddling across the ice, quacking loudly as he picks up his webbed feet.
A man was killed and another injured in an early morning head-on collision in Eureka Township this morning. According to a press release from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the early morning two vehicle accident that claimed the life of 31-year old Atahan Atay. The accident occurred on County Road 86 (280th Street) west of Iberia Avenue in Eureka Township at approximately 6:28 a.m. Atay, a resident of California, was pronounced dead at the scene.
As the Farmington boys soccer team comes off of their best season ever, they are looking for a new goalkeeper to fill the spot of the All-Conference keeper they lost to graduation. Farmington freshmen Jesse Buffington might be that goalkeeper. Buffington has been playing soccer for about 10 years, and this summer he got the opportunity to play in front of national team scouts. Buffington was one of five goalies (36 players) in the nation selected to attend the, U.S. Under-14 boys soccer training camp in Carson Calif. He was one of only 10 players chosen that are not registered with the U.S.
This morning the weather took a strangely cool twist for August. I woke up to 46 degrees for the first time in months. Dewdrops lingered on the lush green of my lawn. Buttery gentle sunlight sparkled on the dew. A busy day lay ahead preparing syllabi for the new courses I'm teaching this fall. It almost seemed like nature responded to this change of pace, scaling back from the poolside heat to a fresh autumn cool. Back-to-school shopping is in full swing.
25 years ago From the Aug. 12, 1987 edition of the Farmington Independent Firemen happy with rescue truck progress Members of the Farmington Fire Department Fire and Rescue Truck Committee traveled to Osceola, Wisconsin to review the progress on the department's new fire and rescue truck. Fire Chief Ken Kuchera said the committee, which includes himself, Dirk Rotty, Denny Pepera, Steve Snyder, Tim Pietsch and Jim Meyer were impressed with the quality of workmanship put into the vehicle by its manufacturer, Custom Fire Apparatus, Inc.
A report published this week on the number of homes sold at sheriffs' sales in Minnesota during the first half of 2012 sends a mixed message on the overall health of Minnesota's housing market. The report indicates that there were 9,565 foreclosures in the first half of 2012, a decline of 15 percent from the same time period in 2011, but also shows that the foreclosure rate has remained virtually unchanged for the last three quarters.
Dakota County is one of three metro counties to take steps to issues with drug testing done by the St. Paul Police Department Crime lab. The lab's practices and training have been scrutinized in recent months, and 350 to 400 cases could be affected. "We believe that our responsibilities as prosecutors require us to take appropriate action to enable justice in past, pending and future cases," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
As a finalist for the city finance director position, Robin Hanson was a familiar face to many who attended a meet and greet event Monday evening at city hall. Nine applicants applied for the finance director position vacated in June by Teresa Walters.
If you were in town last week - early Tuesday, June 19, to be exact -- you know that there was a huge storm that hit the Farmington area. I was lucky enough to sleep through it, but I heard enough stories about it that I know it was a terrible storm. And if you went outside the morning after you would've thought a hurricane hit Minnesota, with all the debris that was scattered around. These are just a few of the many things that were posted all over the Internet at 4 a.m.