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Farmington Area Schools' annual Kindergarten Roundup is set and families and students are invited in to join in the fun. School registrations will take place in January allowing families a comfortable timeline to plan for their child's first formal school experience. The dates for Farmington Kindergarten Roundup are as follows: Riverview Elementary 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Farmington Elementary 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. North Trail Elementary 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Meadowview Elementary 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
Photographers looking to display their work can submit their original photos to be considered for a new exhibit planned for March 2013. Photographers, age 8 and older, must live in Dakota County and may submit up to two photographs reflecting the theme Human Faces of Dakota County. The submission deadline has been extended and submissions are now due by Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The photography exhibit is one of the ways the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Dakota County Historical Society, is working to make local art more accessible to residents.
Longtime Dakota Electric employee LaDonna Boyd received the Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Development Award at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board's annual legislative and awards event held Dec. 14 at the Eagan Community Center. The award is presented to an individual who has championed workforce issues at the local, state or federal level. Boyd was the Economic Development Director at Dakota Electric for many years until retiring in early 2012.
The Farmington Knight of Columbus Council 2400 will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Avenue, Farmington, Minnesota. Pancakes, French toast, sausage links, and scrambled eggs will be served along with coffee, juice and water. Good Will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds will go towards local charities. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal non-profit charitable service organization. Funds raised by the Knights are donated to a variety of worthy causes in need of assistance.
Friday Epiphany Extravaganza Author Patrick "Packy" Mader will share his new book, Visiting the Visitors" at a special event from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at Farmington Lutheran Church. The event is free for all ages. There will be books for sale. Farmington Lutheran is located at 20600 Akin Road. Sunday Pancake breakfast The Farmington Knights of Columbus Council 2400 will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the Church of St. Michael.
We spend a lot of time in this week's issue of the Independent looking back on the year that just reached its end. There are reasons for that. Reviewing the year gone by is a nice way to remember some of the things that have gotten us to this point. And sharing our favorite stories with you is, we think, a way to let you into the thought process that goes on behind the scenes here.
December 14 Civil matter, 100 block of Elm St. December 15 Medical crisis, 20 block of Elm St. Drugs, possess over 1.4 grams marijuana in motor vehicle, Second and River streets December 16 Assist other agency, 200 block of Fourth St. Larceny, 600 block of Heritage Way December 17 Property damage accident, 20600 block of Flagstaff Ave. Stolen property, possession, 4800 block of 190th?St. W. December 18 Disorderly conduct, 500 block of Third St. Drugs, possession/sale, small amount of marijuana, 300 block of Main?St.
Farmington Boy Scouts received $500 as runners up in Dakota Electric Association's 2012 Touchstone Energy Community Award competition. Dakota Electric Association named ProAct, Eagan, as the local 2012 Touchstone Energy Community Award winner. Angel Foundation, Minneapolis, and Hope For Tomorrow, Lakeville, were also runners-up. Each of the four applicants received a plaque and a check for $500. "Dakota Electric is proud to be able to recognize these organizations doing great work in our local communities," said Greg Miller, Dakota Electric's president and chief executive officer.
Thursday Dungeons & Dragons Farmington residents ages 12 to 18 can join the Dakota County Farmington Library's dungeon master for an afternoon of role playing filled with magic and monsters from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27. The event is free but registration is required. For more information call the library at 651-438-0250 or visit dakotacounty.us/ library. Friday Live music Local band G and the Boys will perform rocking acoustic music from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 28 at Dunn Bros. Coffee. Dunn Bros.
As we put the finishing touches on this week's Independent many of our readers are probably gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season in their own particular way. They are eating big meals and sharing gifts. They are enjoying togetherness and, we hope, generally taking stock of the ways in which they are fortunate. We at the Independent feel fortunate to be doing what we're doing. We see a need for a news source that focuses exclusively on Farmington, its issues and its people, and we are happy to be that for you, our readers. There is plenty going on in Farmington.