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Farmington's present is built on the hard work done by a lot of people over the course of a lot of years. They provided activities for residents. They shaped the city's development as it grew from a small farm town to a full-fledged suburb. They helped make Farmington what it is today. Over the past several years the city of Farmington has taken to naming parts of the city after some of these people. Schmitz-Maki Arena recognizes the contributions of Louis Schmitz and Al Maki, who among other things were vital in developing hockey programs for boys and girls in Farmington.
Thursday Blood drive There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave. Blood is in especially short supply now because Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives on the East Coast. To donate call 1-800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Peder Eide concert Farmington resident Peder Eide will bring his Love Has Come Christmas tour to Farmington at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Christian Life School.
November 9 Property damage accident, 1000 block of Third St. Damage to property, private, 5500 block of Lower 182nd St. W. Drugs, possession of marijuana in motor vehicle, Akin Court and Akin Road Warrant service/arrest, 20800 block of Chippendale Ave. November 10 Damage to property, private, 100 block of Spruce St. Domestic assault, Camden Court Damage to property, business, 500 block of First St. Assault, fifth degree, inflict or attempt bodily harm, 900 block of Pine St. November 11 Coercion, threat to inflict bodily harm, 21400 block of Dushane Pkwy.
The first quarter honor roll at Boeckman Middle School has been announced.
We are big advocates at the Independent of residents getting involved in the decisions that shape their lives. The more informed Farmington residents are, and the more they make their opinions known to the city council and school board members who make those big decisions, the better off everyone will be. There are a couple of examples in this week's Independent of opportunities for resident involvement. The first focuses on a relatively small group that has an opportunity to make a big difference.
Friday Movies for kids Kids can enjoy fun children's books in movie format from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. The library is located at 508 Third St. Charity auction Father Kaesen Knights of Columbus Council No. 5199 will hold its 51st annual charity sale at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at St. John's Education Center in Vermillion. More than 99 percent of the items for sale are new. There will also be gift certificates for local businesses and restaurants, sporting event tickets and more.
November 2 Drugs, possession/sale, small amount of marijuana, Ninth and Oak streets Warrrant service/arrest, 19200 block of Euclid Path Domestic, 20500 block of Abbey Ln. November 3 Damage to property, private, 100 block of Elm St. DWI, second degree, Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard Medical crisis, 900 block of Walnut St. Property damage motor vehicle accident, deer, 19400 block of Embers Ave. November 4 Damage to property, private, 30 block of Hickory St. Larceny, from auto, 300 block of Oak St.
Thursday Wine tasting Farmington Liquors will hold a wine tasting event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the banquet room at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak Street. Friday Storytime for all ages The Dakota County Farmington Library will have stories and activities ideal for a mixed age group from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 16. The library is located at 508 Third St. Live music Joshua Kloyda, a local blues and folk musician who recently performed in Nashville, will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Farmington. Dunn Bros.
It's easy to overlook your local library. It's there. It has books. If you fill out a form and carry a card with you, it will let you take those books home with you for a little while. It's, you know, nice. Easy. It's not actually that simple, of course. Libraries are more than places where they keep books for loan, and library staffs work hard to make sure that's the case.
The Farmington Knights of Columbus Council 2400 will hold its annual Turkey Bingo from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Avenue. There will be a sloppy Joe dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo will begin when dinner is done at approximately 6:30 p.m. Also on the menu will be chips, pickles, bars and potato salad. Popcorn, soft serve ice cream, beer, wine and pop will also be available. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal non-profit charitable service organization.