On Friday, the city of Farmington and the Farmington School District will take the first steps in the latest attempt to determine whether the district will be allowed to build a new high school on its preferred site. Attorneys for both sides will argue before judge Kathryn Messerich -- one side that the city's comprehensive plan must take precedence in matters of growth and the other that the school district is immune from such regulations. It is impossible to say for certain what will happen next, but it seems clear it will not happen quickly.
The first public meeting on the update of Castle Rock Township's comprehensive plan was long on attendance but a little short on actual community input. Most of the hour-long meeting, which was cut short for a scheduled township planning committee meeting, was dedicated to catching residents up on what a task force had been doing to lay the groundwork for the plan update. There were plenty of residents on hand for the Monday night meeting. All of the seats at Castle Rock Town Hall were filled. Residents stood in the spaces along the walls and spilled out into the hall.
Senior fullback Mark Masso ran over, around and through the Red Wing defense for a career-high 212 yards on 26 carries and the Tiger defense dominated the line of scrimmage to lead Farmington to a 39-7 Homecoming rout of the Wingers last Friday night at Tiger Field. "We had some trouble transitioning in the first half," Tiger coach Mark Froehling said following his team's third win in as many tries this season. "But overall we executed pretty well and I thought our defense played a great game." "Great" might be somewhat of an understatement.
With a 3-2 non-conference win over the Agriculture and Food Science Academy in Vadnais Heights last Monday and a 1-0 Missota Conference home field win over Shakopee the following day the Tiger boys soccer team ran its best-ever win streak to three games. But the run came to an abrupt halt Thursday at Prior Lake when the Lakers rolled to a 7-1 victory. The 2-1 week upped the Tigers' season record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Missota Conference. "I'm pleased with our play so far," coach Loren Cartwright said. "We have scored more than I expected.
There are plenty of Farmington residents who know a thing or two about livestock, but the animals on display Saturday at the Dakota County Fairgrounds might look a little strange even to them. The animals are Highland cattle, a rare breed with its roots in Scotland. They are short and stocky with long horns and long, thick coats.
Joshua Lund was prepared to live a dangerous life serving his country in Iraq, but the Farmington National Guard soldier never got that far. Lund, a 22-year-old National Guard Sergeant, died early Sunday afternoon from injuries he suffered in an auto accident on his way to Camp Ripley. Lund, a 2001 Farmington High School graduate, was on his way to report for mobilization along with 450 other soldiers. Following a Sunday night deployment ceremony in St. Cloud he was to leave for up to six months of training at Camp Shelby, Miss.
They are still winless (0-3) in the Missota Conference but according to coach Jack Olwell the FHS girls tennis team has already made major strides this season. "You generally don't get recognition unless you win," he said. "People just assume the worst.