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School security has been on a lot of parents' minds since the shooting last month in Newtown, Conn. It makes sense. While schools are still among the safest places a child can be, a high-profile incident like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School is sure to make an impact. That's what brought parents, police officers and school employees together earlier this week at Farmington High School for a district-run discussion of what is being done to keep students safe, and what changes can be made to make them safer. The focus for much of the night was on the elementary level.
December 28 Financial transaction card fraud, 500 block of Seventh St. Traffic accidents, failure to notify owner of damage, 18900 block of Excalibur Tr. Medical crisis, 900 block of Walnut St. December 29 Damage to property, private, 5100 block of 194th St. W. December 30 Fires, multiple dwelling, 700 block of Heritage Way Suspicious circumstances, 19100 block of Euclid Path Medical crisis, 10 block of Eighth St. Medical crisis, 400 block of Third St. December 31 Property damage accident, 19000 block of Embry Ln.
Farmington Dew Days The Farmington Sons of the American Legion will hold an omelet breakfast fundraiser for Dew Days this Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Tailgaters. All proceeds will go to the 2013 celebration. Please join us! Attention all arts and craft vendors: We have started to take applications for Arts and Craft vendors for the 2013 Dew Days celebration. There is a flat rate of $75 for a 10X10 space. No deposit required. No requirement of hours to full fill. Vendors will start setting up on Friday, June 14, around 10 a.m.
Friday Storytime for all ages There will be a storytime for all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Stories and activities are ideal for mixed- age audiences such as childcare groups and families. The library is located at 508 Third St. Saturday Of Dolls & Murder: A Minnesota Made Documentary Before forensics, DNA and CSI homicide used dollhouses - a collection of miniature crime scenes - to hone their investigative skills.
There was a little hesitation Monday when the Farmington School Board discussed a possible move to the South Suburban Conference. Echoing concerns she said she'd heard from other parents in the district, board member Julie Singewald raised the possibility that a move from the relatively small-school Missota Conference to the larger schools of the South Suburban might hurt participation in sports at Farmington High School. Bigger schools, the theory goes, will mean tougher competition. Tougher competition will mean more losses.
Wee Tigers Preschool fall 2013-14 applications will be available at the Farmington Community Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26 at Farmington High School. Wee Tigers teachers will be at the expo answering questions about the preschool program. Registration for the 2013-14 school year begins on Monday, Jan. 28. Wee Tigers Preschool is a community education program in District 192 Farmington Area Public Schools. The annual Farmington Community Expo is a free event. For more information about the Wee Tigers Preschool, call 651-460-3200 or visit www.WeeTigers.com .
December 21 Juvenile, child protection, Heritage Way Robbery, strongarm, Empire Trail and Upper 182nd Street West Drugs, possession/sale, small amount of marijuana, 190th Street West and Chippendale Avenue Traffic, driver's license suspension, driving after suspension, 160th Street West and Chippendale Avenue West Property damage accident, 109th Street West and Chippendale Avenue December 22 Disorderly conduct, 400 block of Third St. Theft, take/drive motor vehicle without owner consent, 200 block of Elm St. December 23 Harassment, 1000 block of Walnut St.
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.