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Early voting for Minnesota's Nov. 8 general election begins on Friday, Sept. 23 across the state, and Minnesota voters can take advantage of several ways to vote early. Minnesota voters can vote before Election Day without providing a reason. Residents can either cast their votes through an absentee ballot or in person at polling locations.
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, motorists traveling in Farmington and Empire Township will experience daily road closures on Highway 3 between Willow Street north and 160th Street while crews continue paving the roadway, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Thursday. All businesses and residences along the 11 mile stretch of highway will be accessible during the closure. Motorists can expect major delays in the project area. Please follow posted detours and obey flaggers.
Farmington Economic Development Authority member Geraldine Jolley and Mayor Todd Larson held the ribbon for Quick Ship Plus owner Rich Loch during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Farmington city staff, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce members, friends, and community members also attended the event.
Residents can learn how to protect clean water in lakes and streams in their communities by becoming a Master Water Steward. Applications are being accepted for the Freshwater Society's Master Water Stewards program, which trains residents to protect local waterways from pollution and educate their neighbors on clean water issues. The deadline to apply for the program is Sept. 15.
Farmington High School students Benjamin Carvell and Isaac Kuehn got to learn the ins and outs of business development during a week at BestPrep's Minnesota Business Venture this summer.
Dakota County residents can drop off household hazardous waste at the city of Farmington Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household hazardous waste, household chemicals, and electronics will be accepted for free during the drop off event. Televisions and monitors are $10 each. Farmington residents can also drop off up to four automotive tires. For more information on items that can be dropped off, visit bit.ly/2bvGNlt.
Motorists will encounter a detour on Highway 50 next week while crews continue to make improvements to Highway 3 in Farmington. Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, eastbound Highway 50 will be closed at the intersection of Highway 3. The closure is necessary in order to provide a safe work area for crews to work on the curbs and median. All businesses and residences will be accessible during the closure. However, motorists should follow the signed detour using County Road 66 and Highway 52 in order to bypass the closure.
C.J. Doolittle, Farmington High School class of 2004, and 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology-Aerospace Engineering program, has completed masters of engineering -- aerospace at University of Texas in 2010.
May 31 Theft from automobile 19000 block of Everest Trail Property damage, accident, 3400 block of 213 St.
The rain came late Friday night and for a while in the afternoon on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to dampen spirits at Farmington's Dew Days. We've got plenty of photos from the event. Thanks to some improvements we've made to our website the galleries we posted last weekend are gone, but you can see all of our photos from Dew Days and buy reprints of any you like at our Smugmug site. You can find those galleries from the Miss Farmington pageant and from Friday's activities here . Saturday's photos will be available later in the week.