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The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized its April Students and Senior Citizen of the Month at its April 6 meeting. This month's honorees are Akin Road Elementary School fifth-grader Jaedyn Quimby, Gateway Academy seventh-grader Alex Treakle, Farmington High School student Andrew Cumiskey and Dorothy Schmidtke. Each month during the school year Farmington Rotary recognizes students and seniors who exemplify the Rotary International motto "service above self." This month's honorees go above and beyond to make the community around them better.
Todd Kohorst has been named Minnesota State Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association of Minnesota, according to a news release. Kohorst is a science teacher at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington. He received the award April 11 at the monthly meeting of the General E. W. Rawlings Chapter of the Air Force Association in the Twin Cities area.
Lerew Kaas of Farmington's Troop 116 achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 13, 2016. Eagle Scout is the highest rank advancement award available in the Boy Scouts of America. Kaas, a senior at Farmington High School, joined Boy Scouts at age six. Lerew's Eagle Scout community project demonstrated leadership and community service by leading other community members in building 16 wood duck houses and donating them to the local DNR.
Dakota Electric Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday, April 27, at St. Michael's Catholic Church social hall at 22120 Denmark Ave. (next to Dakota Electric's office). The meeting begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served before the meeting. Dakota Electric members will have the opportunity to hear reports from officers and directors, ask questions and hear election results at the meeting.
The FHS Bands recently completed their series of winter concerts, including performances by four concert bands and the Farmington Winter Percussion ensembles. Under the direction of Erin Holmes and Bradley Mariska, the Varsity Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble played to a capacity audience on March 6. The evening included several student soloists and conductors, as well as guest horn soloist Dr. Sarah Schamlenberger from the University of St. Thomas.
Children's Castle Theater of Lakeville has scheduled an additional performance of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25 due to popular demand. Director Kayla Yaeger said the production now holds the ticket sales record at the Lakeville Area Arts Center with more than 2,500 tickets sold. The show stars a number of performers from the area including Meghan Hayes (Ariel) and Joey Orlando (Sebastian) of Rosemount and Hunter Conrad (Prince Eric), Tony Vietti (Chief Louis), and Claire Vietti (Flotsam) from Farmington.
Farmington High School senior Caleb Poissant recently performed with the Minnesota All-State Men's Choir at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. He auditioned to be a part of the All-State choirs last March and was selected as a Tenor II in the Men's Choir. Over the summer, he attended the All-State Choir Camp at St. John's University where his director was Dr. Andrew Last of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. "Caleb grew so much as a singer, musician, and person in this experience. He would be the first to say it has been the highlight of his choral career. Dr.
Members of the Farmington community are invited to the 2017 Farmington Band Jubilee Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the FHS main gym. The concert will feature fifth grade beginner band students, eighth grade bands, and the Farmington High School Wind Ensemble. "The Band Jubilee is one of the largest – and most heartwarming – concerts of the year," said Bradley Mariska, associate director of bands. "Hundreds of band students will join together to share music with each other, their families, and the entire Farmington community."
Farmington Area Public Schools will host a community discussion on the school district budgeting process at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the large lecture hall at Farmington High School. In the meeting announcement, district officials said they wanted to take time to discuss how a school budget is created and the unique factors that affect school funding during a time when the district budget outlook is positive.
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.