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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.
The Farmington Royal Ambassador Program is seeking candidates to participate in 2017. The program offers unique growth and educational experiences to young women throughout the Farmington school district. Candidates must live within to attend School District 192 and be a second-, third-, sixth-, seventh- or eighth-grader; have completed the junior year of high school; or be between the ages of 17 and 20 as of July 1, 2017.
Dakota County residents can learn more about local services for children, teens and young adults who have physical, intellectual and learning disabilities at the South of the River Resource and Education Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave. in Apple Valley.