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Farmington's First Presbyterian Church has a new pastor, only she's not actually new to the church. Sound confusing? Not really. See, Rev. Jean Greenwood started her pastoral career in Farmington, and now, she's come back to guide the congregation again. Greenwood originally came to First Presbyterian in 1988 and served here until 1991. It was her first experience as a solo pastor out of seminary, and much of what she learned for her future, she learned in Farmington. "They were my tutors, my training ground," Greenwood said.
Friday Storytime for all ages There will be a storytime for all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. March 22 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Storytime includes stories and activities meant for a mixed-age audience such as a childcare group. The library is located at 508 Third St. Nintendo Wii games Teens can play Nintendo Wii games on the big screen at the Rambling River Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 26. Rambling River Center is located at 325 Oak St.
It's State of the City season in Farmington and Rosemount. Rosemount mayor Bill Droste was scheduled to give his annual address Wednesday morning, right about the time this issue was going to print. Farmington Mayor Todd Larson will give his next Wednesday. There isn't usually a lot of breaking news in a State of the City speech. It's a chance to highlight some of the good things that are going on, not dwell on problems. But both Farmington and Rosemount have some things to be happy about. The housing market is picking up, for one.
Farmington police have closed Flagstaff Avenue to traffic until further notice Monday night because of high winds and blowing snow. The Independent will provide more information when it is available.
March 1 Fraud, illegal use of credit card, 10 block of Lilac Ln. Traffic, following vehicle more closely, 212th Street West and Akin Road Disorderly conduct, brawling, 20600 block of Flagstaff Ave. March 2 Vandalism, 18300 block of Echo Dr. Drugs, possess over 1.4 grams of marijuana in motor vehicle, 160th Street West and Shannon Parkway Domestic assault, 20000 block of Heathrow Way March 3 Theft, theft of motor fuel from retailer, 18200 block of Pilot Knob Rd.
Farmington Food Shelf Farmington Boy and Girl Scout Troops will be collecting food from area residents on Saturday, April 6. This is the Scouts annual food drive and has been a successful, welcome project to support the Farmington Food Shelf. The winter months have depleted the food supply at the Food Shelf and this food drive will be a welcome addition to the near empty shelves. Food donations are also accepted at the Food Shelf on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m. The food shelf is located at the Instructional Services Center at 510 Walnut St.
Friday Movies for Kids The Dakota County Farmington Library will present children's books in movie format from 10:30 to 11 a.m. March 15. The event is for ages 2-6. The Farmington library is located at 508 Third St. Saturday Waggin' Tales Kids can read to a certified therapy dog from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 16 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Reading to a dog is fun and helps develop reading skills and fluency. Open to children ages 5 to 10. Steak fry The Farmington VFW will hold a steak fry fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m.
There is more to school than what goes on in the classroom. Turning out good students takes more than pencils and books. Students learn lessons every day that will never show up on a standardized test. There are two good examples of that in this week's issue, and they take place in different ways and in different cities. One is going on at Rosemount Elementary School, where students gather each week to do tricks with a jumprope. There are some obvious benefits to the school's double dutch club. It gets kids up and moving, which is good for their health.
A pair of proposed easements with very different purposes could affect activity on a piece of school district-owned property in Castle Rock Township. Farmington School Board members heard information at a Monday night workshop meeting about two separate requests to buy easements on 176-acre property the school district originally bought as a site for the high school that ended up on the west side of the city. One is for a high-voltage power line that would run along the south side of the property. The other is for a conservation easement around a branch of the Vermillion River.
Dakota Electric Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, at St. Michael's Catholic Church social hall at 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington (next to Dakota Electric's office). The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served before the meeting. Dakota Electric members will have the opportunity to hear reports from officers and directors, ask questions and hear election results at the meeting. Balloting materials will be mailed to members March 19.