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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.
Thursday Community dinner The Farmington Masons of Corinthian Lodge No. 67 will hold a free community dinner and information presentation at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the lodge, 326 Third St. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the information session begins at 7. The evening is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Masons, their history and activities in the affiliated Masonic organizations for men, women and girls. Friday Storytime for all ages The Dakota County Farmington Library will offer storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1.
The Farmington High School Dance Team hosted its first invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, and the event went very well. Twelve local teams participated in the event. The theme of the invitational was Pure Imagination and the decorations at the school reflected the theme with many suckers, balloons, gumdrops and flowers. The JV team placed fourth in Kick and third in Jazz. The varsity team was very happy with a third place finish in Kick and second in Jazz. "The girls have been working very hard and were dedicated to making this event a success.
January 11 Property damage accident, 10 block of Walnut St. Traffic regulations, fail to signal turn, 17700 block of Eureka Ave. January 12 Drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, 900 block of Second St. Personal injury accident, pedestrian, Third and Elm streets Traffic regulations, 212th Street?West and Akin Road DWI, third degree, 197th Street West and Chippendale Avenue Property damage motor vehicle, accident with deer, 19700 block of Akin Rd.
For six years, Monica Lyon's job required her to learn the worst about people. She was a private investigator, running surveillance on cheating spouses and doing background checks on CEO candidates at big companies. It was interesting work, and Lyon was good at it. But it wasn't really good for her peace of mind. "It doesn't encourage you to view humanity in a positive light," Lyon said. So, she turned her attention to hats. When Lyon officially launched D8agirl Design in December, it was her attempt to make a living doing something that had always been part of her life.
Friday Storytime for all ages There will be a storytime for all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Storytime includes stories and activities ideal for mixed-age audiences such as childcare groups and families. The library is located at 508 Third St. Saturday Community expo The Farmington Community Expo will return from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at Farmington High School.
Dakota County's prescription-drug disposal program is coming to Farmington, and that's a good thing. Home medicine cabinets have gotten increasing scrutiny in recent years as sources for recreational drugs. Kids take unused drugs from their parents. Adults steal from adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2009 16 million Americans 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant or sedative for a purpose other than its intended use at least once in the year prior to the survey.