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Area volunteers and local high school students are helping prepare for the upcoming trout fishing season through restoration and education programs organized by Minnesota Trout Unlimited. Vermillion Riverkeepers volunteers from the nonprofit conservation group Minnesota Trout Unlimited worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Saturday, March 4 to remove almost two acres of invasive, non-native buckthorn brush from the South Branch of the Vermillion River State Aquatic Management Area just east of Farmington.
Farmington resident Bryan Scavone recently earned the Eagle Scout rank, the highest award available in the Boy Scouts of America. He received his Eagle Scout rank at an Eagle Board of Review Dec. 13, 2016. Scavone, a senior at Farmington High School, joined Boy Scouts at age six. Scavone led other scouts in building eight benches for an outdoor classroom at Meadowview Elementary in Farmington.
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Individuals who live or work in Dakota County are invited to participate in the Master Recycler/Composter class this spring. Classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14 through April 18, at the Dakota County Northern Service Center.
Through thoughtful assistance, a passion for music and boundless enthusiasm, the three individuals recognized as Farmington Rotary's March Service Above Self award winners are making a difference in their schools and city. Farmington Elementary School fifth-grader Tanner Rezney and Farmington High School senior Donald Selmer received the club's Student of the Month awards March 2. Lois Lotze received the Senior Citizen of the Month award.
For the eleventh year, Crops Day will bring University of Minnesota and agency specialists to Dakota County to share local research results and crop management strategies with producers and other agricultural professionals. Crops Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Dakota Electric Association, 4300 220th St. W., Farmington.
Farmington High School seniors Lucas Toutge (left) and Taylor Julson (right) performed at Orchestra Hall as members of the Minnesota All-State Band the weekend of Feb. 18-19. This is the highest honor bestowed upon high school music students in the state. Taylor and Lucas auditioned for the All-State ensemble last March, then took part in a week-long music camp at Concordia College in Moorhead in August.
The swimming pool at Dodge Middle School will be under construction beginning March 6. There will be no Saturday or evening swimming lessons during construction. Open swim and pool parties are also not being scheduled during this time. The air-handling (dehumidification) unit in the pool is being replaced. Work will include temporarily removing a portion of the wall in the mechanical room.
Dakota County's Youth Teaching Youth teachers and Peers for Peers Group was recently recognized by the Association of Minnesota Counties for their contribution and service to the community. Students in Dakota County wanted to make a difference through mentoring so they created the "Youth Teaching Youth Mentorship Program." In this program, youth shaped the direction of activities, communicated with school staff to better understand their mentees, and provided support to mentees beyond program meetings.
Just a few short years ago Ali Carlson, Landon Franke, and Kelsey Lindell were making music with the choir at Farmington High School under the direction of conductor Megan Dimich. Now the three are attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota — Dimich's alma mater — and singing in the very same choir that led Dimich to become a high school conductor.