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Saturday Summer reading program starts The Dakota County Library System will kick off their summer reading program June 8. Youth from newborns to teens entering 12th grade can sign up at their local library for the Bookawocky Summer Reading Experience. The program is free and prizes are available. Visit your local library for more information. Upcoming events Twitter 101 At this event, learn how to use Twitter to connect with friends, potential customers and colleagues with the help of Jay Gabler, associate editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
I feel like it's been a long time since I've used this space to talk about biking. Maybe you're OK with that. Maybe you've noticed, and you were keeping quiet because you thought I'd forget. Maybe you hoped, somewhere deep down within yourself, that I'd take up a more sensible hobby, like knitting or water skiing or riding a balloon up to space and skydiving out. I won't do any of those things, though. They're too dangerous. Especially knitting. Those needles are huge. So, biking it is. Although, this year there hasn't been much of that to talk about.
When Sen. Greg Clausen was elected last fall it was clear education would be a focus. The former Rosemount High School principal has experience in the area, and he knows how important a good education is. One of his focuses was state funding for all-day kindergarten. He authored a bill that passed near the end of the session. State funding will start in the 2014 school year for districts that want to take advantage. That is good news. All-day kindergarten will not appeal to all parents, but there is evidence it makes a difference for students.
The Minnesota Twins held a clinic for young baseball and softball players Saturday afternoon in Farmington. There were separate clinics for two age groups. Boys and girls got tips on fielding, throwing and batting. We've got a gallery of photos from the day.
May 17 Larceny, bicycle, 4000 block of Knutsen Dr. Possession of drug paraphernalia, use or possession, prohibited 190th St. and Chippendale Ave. May 18 Property damage, motor vehicle accident with deer, Division Street and Elm Street May 20 Mental health, Pilot Knob Rd. May 21 Juvenile, child protection, 183rd St. W. Terroristic threats, 600 block of 3rd St. Larceny, bicycle, 500 block of Elm St. May 22 Mental health, Eaves Way Traffic, duty to drive with due care, speed greater than reasonable, 195 St. W.
Farmington's Once Again Boutique is offering to give its customers a little something back if they're willing to do some good for the community. From June 1 through Aug. 1 the business will offer a $10 gift card for customers who bring in at least five food items for the Farmington Food Shelf. The gift cards will be good on purchases of at least $50. Once Again is located at 18556 Pilot Knob Road.
A 32-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman died and another individual was seriously injured May 30 in a head-on collision on County Road 46 near Blaine Avenue in Empire Township. Angela Nicole Wear has been identified as the driver who was killed. The other individual, who was airlifted to Regions Hospital, has not yet been identified. He remained hospitalized Friday morning. Both drivers were alone in their cars. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are still working to determine exactly what happened in the accident, which occurred at 4:03 p.m.
Friday Fundraiser There will be a spaghetti dinner and concert fundraiser at 6 p.m. May 31 for Farmington High School student Erin Canada. The fundraiser will take place at Bogarts in Apple Valley. Canada has been selected to attend New York University's prestigious Tisch Summer Recorded Music Program this summer and is raising money to pay for the trip. The May 31 event will include dinner and a performance by Funktion Junction Motown and soul revue. Satruday Twins clinic Representatives from the Minnesota Twins will be in Farmington from 1 to 4 p.m.
Contrary to what you might gather from shows like MTV's 16 and Pregnant, young people have a lot to offer their community. We see evidence of that every week as we get into local schools. We see students starting clubs to help others. We see things like Farmington High School's Youth Development group, which on Monday presented a check to the Farmington Food Shelf. The group raised the money with its annual Games for Change, an overnight lock-in at which teams of high school students -- and a few teacher and community groups -- compete in games like volleyball and floor hockey.
Farmington held its annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 27. The main event took place at Corinthian Cemetery. There were smaller ceremonies at area cemeteries. Check out our gallery for photos from the event.