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Opening a business is a big step, and for someone who is new to the process, it can be nerve-wracking in the best of times, frightening and frustrating at the worst. That's why we're excited about Open to Business, a new service offered in Farmington thanks to a partnership between the city and a number of outside organizations. The service, which officially launches in two weeks, is a resource for people thinking about going into business for themselves, or for current business owners looking to make a change.
Farmington has one more recreational opportunity available now at the Dodge Middle School Pool. Colm Griffin, aquatics coordinator at the pool, recently announced the addition of an Aquaclimb climbing wall.
January 25 Medical, 3600 block of 205th St. W. Warrant service/arrest, 5000 block of Lower 183rd St. W. January 26 DWI, fourth degree, Fourth and Elm streets Drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, 160th Street West and Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley Fraud, 700 block of Ninth St. January 27 Liquor, consumption by persons under 21, 205th?Street West and Chippendale Avenue Traffic, driving after revocation, Third and Pine streets Property damage accident, 6300 block of 212th St. W.
Last weekend's extreme cold prompted Minnesotans to hide indoors. I was supposed to head up to St. Paul to check out the Winter Carnival parade, but chickened out at the last minute. The forecast was too disturbing. Visions of grey toes and tingling fingers scared me. I decided the local movie theater might provide a Saturday outing with a lower risk of frostbite.
The Farmington girls hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 7-0 loss to Lakeville South in the opening round of the Section 1AA tournament Wednesday night in Lakeville. The Tigers finished with a record of 5-19-2. Second-Seeded South advanced to face Kasson-Mantorville in the semifinals.
Thursday Storytime for babies There will be a storytime for babies from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Storytime includes stories, songs, bounces and playtime. The event is intended for children newborn to 24 months. The library is located at 508 Third St. Friday Storytime for all ages There will be a storytime for all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Storytime includes stories and activities meant for a mixed-age audience up to 6 years old.
Every few years the city of Farmington starts to talk about economic development, and every time they do, we have pretty much the same reaction: It sounds great, if anything ever comes of it. Past efforts have led to a few promising things here and there, but for the most part things have felt more disorganized than destined for success. On the front page of this week's Independent we launched a monthlong series that will take a closer look at the city's latest push for economic development.
Lillians is making some changes to its hours of operation. Just in time for spring, Lillians will now be open every weekend. The store, which sells purses, clothing and accessories, is currently open just one weekend per month. Lillians offers women the latest looks in boutique and department store fashions and accessories. The new store hours follow the response received from a recent client survey asking for more Lillians, more of the time.
January 18 Harassment, 18800 block of Elgin Ave. Warrant service/arrest, 225th Street West and Chippendale Avenue January 19 Drugs, possession of over 1.4 grams of marijuana in motor vehicle, 184th Street West and Embers Avenue Disturbing the peace, unwanted guest/person, 18400 block of Echo Dr. Civil matter, 800 block of 13th St. January 20 Burglary, residential, 300 block of Spruce St.
Innovation has been a big word since Jay Haugen took over as superintendent in the Farmington School District. Haugen talked early and often about the need to look at new ways of teaching students and -- maybe more important -- of helping them learn on their own. The most obvious sign of Haugen's push for innovation is the district's plan to put iPads in the hands of every district student.