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Teams from Farmington and Rosemount competed successfully at the Future City Minnesota regional competition Jan. 21, at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Future City. The theme of the competition was "The Power of Public Space."
Staff at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages were recognized for their reporting and photography skills as part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The newspaper staff took first place in General Reporting for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 1,501 to 2,500.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie reported Monday that his home was struck by a stray bullet last Saturday morning, Jan. 28, around 4 a.m. According to a new release, the incident is believed to be related to information later learned from residents several blocks away who stated they were awakened by four or five gunshots at or near that same time. The exact location of the gunshots is unknown, but believed to be near Highway 13 and Sylvandale Road in Mendota Heights.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Farmington High School Jazz Bands took part in the MSHSL Region 1AA Solo/Ensemble Festival at Lakeville High School. All three ensembles received high marks, with Farmington Jazz I taking top honors amongst all jazz ensembles, known as a "Best in Site" Award.
Minnesota dentists are offering free dental care to children in need Feb. 3-4 through the “Give Kids and Smile” program. More than 2,000 dental professionals will be volunteering at more than 125 clinics across the state.
Last Tuesday, members of the Farmington High School Band program were treated to a performance and musical clinic by Paul Budde, assistant professor of music education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Budde critiqued the bands, performed a tuba solo for the ensembles, and led an hour-long low brass sectional.
Cozy up with a warm drink for the 2017 Winter Reads adult reading program at Dakota County libraries. Rate and submit reviews of books read from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28 to be eligible to win prizes. Participants can enter an unlimited number of reviews during this time period. The more reviews submitted, the better chance to win. Winter Reads is presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Library Agency (MELSA) and the Dakota County Library Foundation. There is no cost to participate or attend programs.
On the first day of school last fall, Riverview Elementary School teacher Dion Erbes was getting ready to quiet down his fifth graders so they could get to work. Turns out he didn't have to. Dylan Henrickson did it for him. Henrickson, one of two students honored Jan. 12 as Farmington Rotary Student of the Month, has continued to make an impression in the classroom. He'll give up part of his recess to help clean up, and he's always willing to help and encourage his classmates.
Farmington High School graduate Matt Simon will be returning to the area, this time as a wide receivers coach for the Gopher football team. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that newly-hired coach P.J. Fleck and offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca will bring a number of Western Michigan assistant coaches with them to head the team, including Simon, Brian Callahan, and Rob Wenger.
Connect with other baby boomers while learning about the history of the Farmington Masonic Lodge during a community presentation Thursday, Feb. 2, organized by Farmington Journey. Next month, the Masons are opening up their beautiful historic meeting place and providing a meal for visitors. A free spaghetti dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. that will share the history of masonry and how masonry serves the community today.