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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.
State Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville), has announced his committee assignments for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Thompson, who represents Farmington in the Senate, was elected to his second term in the Minnesota Senate in November. He will serve as the top Republican Member on the Senate Tax Reform Division. He will also serve on the Senate Education, State and Local Government, and Tax Committees. "I look forward to working on taxes, education and state and local government issues," Thompson said.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs and InCommons announced this week that Dakota County Community Services, Irondale High School, Mounds View Public Schools and the City of St Paul's EMS Academy are finalists in the sixth annual Local Government Innovation Awards. A public vote will determine which one of these finalists will receive a $25,000 grant to continue innovating. Voting will open online and via text message from Jan. 7 to Jan. 15. Dakota County's program is the jail re-entry assistant program.
December 7 Property damage accident, 212th Street West and Flagstaff Avenue Property damage accident, 200th Street West and Excelsior Avenue Property damage accident, 212th Street West and Denmark Avenue Assist other agency, 145th Street East and Clayton Avenue Forgery, check, 300 block of Oak St. December 8 Harassing communication, 19400 block of Eldridge Tr. Domestic, 1300 block of Centennial Dr. Terroristic threats, 800 block of Larch Street Assist other agency, 19500 Municipal Dr.
Based on all the decorations, music, and the recently fallen snow, you can tell that Christmas is just around the corner. When people are asked what their favorite holiday is, the most common answer is Christmas. There are many reasons for people liking Christmas. For example, it may be that they like snow and Christmas occurs during the winter when there is snow regularly fluttering down. Another reason is that they like the decorations. Christmas is normally the only holiday where people put up decorations, like Christmas lights, and many people enjoy the festivities of that.
The first trimester of the 2012-13 Farmington High School year has been released.
Thursday Guitar Hero for teens Teens can play Guitar Hero on the big screen at the Dakota County Farmington Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The library is located at 508 Third St. Ladies Night The Farmington Business Association will hold a Ladies' Night Out with special offers from a number of local businesses from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Ladies' Night Out takes place the third Thursday of every month. Ladies Night at Pellicci Ace Hardware Pellicci Ace Hardware will offer Ladies' Night specials from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20.
To the editor, The Dec. 13 story about the declining school district levy did not tell the whole story. Although taxes will decline on residences, it will not decline for all residents of the school district. Our projected school district tax on bare agricultural land will rise almost 24 percent. The tax for all governmental units combined will rise by 22.3 percent on bare agricultural and wooded land. As a very young person I remember farmers saying, "It is the bedroom, not acres that sends kids to school." George Betzold, Farmington
Nice work, Farmington. Just a few weeks ago, police chief Brian Lindquist was in a difficult situation. He expected a big demand for this year's Toys for Town drive, and with the collection period moving quickly toward its end, donations had been slow to come in. There appeared to be a very real possibility the department's efforts would fall short for the first time in memory. We should have known better. After Lindquist made a call for help in the pages of this paper, declaring himself desperate, Farmington residents came through like never before.
December 1 Juvenile, runaway, Denali Court Possession of small amount of marijuana, Akin Circle and Akin Road Traffic regulation, no proof of insurance, 195th Street West and Eureka Avenue December 2 Drugs, possession/sale, small amount of marijuana, 20 block of Fifth St. Property damage accident, hit and run, 1200 block of Fairview Lane Larceny from yards, 5300 block of Upper 182nd St.?W. Domestic assault, 1200 block of Locust St. December 3 Domestic, 200 block of Tamarack Tr.