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The Farmington High School Bands are in the midst of a busy fall concert series, as was demonstrated by the nearly 2,000 people who attended the recent Band Brunch and Indoor Marching Band show. In its 29th year, the annual brunch and concert raises funds for the band program and its students, including a recent push for new band uniforms. Farmington High School has marched in the same uniforms for 24 years and is nearing their fundraising goal to purchase new uniforms for the coming year.
Bible Baptist Church in Farmington will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child — the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.
Although women have been serving alongside men in uniform for nearly as long as men have gone to war, it wasn't until this year that United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter opened up all combat positions in the military to women. "This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before," Carter said at a press conference at the Pentagon in December 2015. "They'll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat."
Winter parking restrictions in the city of Farmington begin Nov. 1 and end on April 15 of each year. During that time, no vehicles should be parked or left in any street, highway, alley or public parking area within city limits for more than 72 consecutive hours. Cars are also not allowed to be parked on streets, highways, alleys or public parking areas from 2:30-5:30 a.m. Cars need to be removed from streets after a snowfall of greater than two inches until streets are plowed from curb to curb.
This Halloween marks Farmington's third year of participation in a We Act campaign called We Scare Hunger. Students from Farmington schools will trick-or-treat for items to benefit the Farmington Food Shelf. The We Day Initiative in Farmington began last year by raising money to build a school in Kenya. As a district, Farmington was able to raise $10,000 in 43 days. So far this year, the Farmington High School has raised $1,100 to send 22 students in primary school in Africa for a year.
With the election fast approaching and many voters already headed to the polls through Minnesota's robust early voting system, the time has come for a look at some of the candidates seeking public office in our area. In the month before the election, we've published candidate surveys for local and state races that affect the residents of Farmington and Rosemount. This week, we're publishing responses from candidates for the Minnesota Senate in District 58, and the Minnesota House in District 58B.
Senate District 58 candidate Matt Little responds to questions about why he should be elected, and what the biggest issues are for residents of the district and state of Minnesota.
House District 58B candidate Marla Vagts responds to questions about why he should be elected, and what the biggest issues are for residents of the district and state of Minnesota.
House District 58B candidate Pat Garofalo responds to questions about why he should be elected, and what the biggest issues are for residents of the district and state of Minnesota.
Senate District 58 candidate Tim Pitcher responds to questions about why he should be elected, and what the biggest issues are for residents of the district and state of Minnesota.