For more than a decade, the Dakota County Fair has played host to a showing of talent. A gallery of acts from singers and songwriters, to instrumentalists, dancers and gymnasts. The event has no rehearsals or run-thrus. It is not professionally televised or expertly edited. Instead, it is a showcase of talent grown in the backyard of Dakota County. This event is simply called, the talent contest. The fair's annual talent contest is such a strong part of the Dakota County Fair that fair staff is not certain when the first show was performed.
Agility training is a phrase often associated with dogs, but have you ever seen a rabbit weave through cones and leap over a jump two or three times its height? If you frequent the Dakota County Fair, you may have. Dakota County 4H members have been showing off their bunnies' skills for the past six years, and they'll be back at the fair again this year with rabbit agility demonstrations and competitions. Rabbit agility is an activity that helps gets rabbits out of their cages and interacting with their owners, said Jennifer Robinette, a rabbit agility coach for 4H.
Law enforcement officials offered few new details Thursday about an officer-involved shooting late Wednesday in Cottage Grove that left one man dead and another wounded after a traffic stop on the city's west side. A spokesperson revealed little during a midday press conference about what led up to the shooting that Cottage Grove police say occurred shortly before 11 p.m.
College in the schools programs are offered at high schools through the University of Minnesota. The high school teachers go to training during the summer so the classes students take are the same as a college course, just in the high school. For each College In the Schools Class, they have a field day on campus for the students. About a week ago, we had our field day for our literature class. Before we went, we had to read a section of TheLatehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang so we could discuss it once we got there.
This weekend, Farmington will be home to one of only three soybean festivals in the nation. Considering soybeans are one of my favorite legumes (second only to chickpeas) I can scarcely believe the rarity of soybean festivals. We are privileged to host one right here in Farmington. The soybean festival will be yet another distinction for our small city already crowned with the honors of the Dakota County Fair and Dew Days. My mouth is already watering at the thought of the soy foods I'll be munching Saturday afternoon.
25 years ago From the May 15, 1985 edition of the Farmington Independent Council begins action on abandoned house City Council reacted strongly last week to continued complaints by neighbors about an abandoned house on Spruce Street.... Neighbors have complained about weeds, small trees, garbage junk, foul smells, and rodents living in the house. The garage roof is falling down, and according to reports, a section of the house is in danger of collapsing.
A couple of weekends ago was the city wide park and pond clean up day. For the National Honors Society, we have to do a certain amount of service hours and this was one of our options. I also had the opportunity to clean up the park my 4-H club adopted, so I had options for the day. For either one, I was told I was going to get a free lunch, which sounded good to me, so I made sure to participate that day in some way. I ended up doing the clean up for NHS and it was fun because I always enjoy doing that kind of thing.
The days are growing longer. As I write this, the official sunset for Farmington is 7:59 p.m. My dogs and I are basking in the late afternoon sunshine, confident the radiant warmth will remain for a few more hours, even past the time we have to go inside for dinner. A couple of male mallards are bobbing on the surface of the pond behind my house, waiting for girlfriends. My old dog is curled on a beach towel, liquid brown eyes half-closed, while his adolescent pal watches the ducks intently. The drive-in movie theater up in Cottage Grove opened recently. The old dog loves the drive-in.
Improvements are planned this year in the security systems in both the Dakota County Law Enforcement and Juvenile Services centers at the Dakota County Government Center in Hastings. The total cost of the improvements this year is expected to be about $366,000. When the entire project is completed by 2013, the estimated cost is about $1.24 million. Electronic security systems in the Juvenile Services and Law Enforcement centers are 10 years old and reaching the end of their lives.
A 41-year-old Hastings man, Michael Frederick Schmidt, faces one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree after he allegedly sexually assaulted a nine-month-old girl April 24. He made his first court appearance May 6 and remains in the Dakota County Jail. Bail was set at $200,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 14. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the girl was brought into the emergency room at Regina Medical Center with injuries to her vaginal and anal area.