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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.
The last 12 months represented a year of change to the staff at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages. But amidst those shifts, we wanted to continue one favorite tradition — a look back at our favorite and most memorable stories of the year. The stories we're highlighting aren't necessarily the most newsworthy, which, all things considered, can be a tricky metric anyway. Instead, they're the stories that we'll look back on fondly, or stories that made for a more interesting than average day at work. We hope you'll enjoy reflecting back with us.
Commissioner Mike Slavik, who represents District 1 of Dakota County, was selected to serve as the chair of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, replacing Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler who retired after 18 years. Replacing Schouweiler to represent District 4 on the board is newly elected Commissioner Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights. Atkins comes to the board after serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 14 years representing District 52B.
Here are the 10 most-read stories on FarmingtonIndependent.com in 2016: 1. Accident closes Highway 3 (May 19) www.farmingtonindependent.com/news/accidents/4036749-accident-closes-highway-3 2. Man on squirrel hunt, armed with pellet gun, prompts lockdown at Farmington schools (Sept. 19)
Santa Claus made a stop at the Rotary Club of Farmington’s senior holiday luncheon Dec. 15 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The club served more than 120 seniors at the annual event. In addition to a catered lunch of meatloaf, corn and mashed potatoes, seniors received entertainment from the Farmington High School New Dimension choir and Synergy Dance Center dancers.
Farmington city offices will be closed for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26. Friday’s garbage and red week recycling will be collected early on Thursday, Dec. 22. Monday’s garbage and gold week recycling will be collected on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Return trips to have your cart emptied can be requested for a fee which will be added to your utility bill. Return trips will not be scheduled for Dec. 22 or Dec. 27.
ST. PAUL — As cold weather sweeps into the state, the Minnesota Commerce Department is encouraging low-income Minnesotans to get help with paying their heating bills through the state's Energy Assistance Program. Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($47,194 for a family of four) are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program.
Due to the approaching winter storm, Northfield Hospital & Clinics will close all its clinics and outpatient services at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. That includes clinics in Northfield, Lonsdale, Lakeville and Farmington, plus the Breast Care Center, Women's Health Center, Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic and the Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Northfield and Lakeville. Any appointments at these locations will be rescheduled. Schedules may shift for Hospice and Home Care patients.
Residents of Dakota County are invited to join a number of volunteer citizen advisory committees that provide advice to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. Dakota County residents interested in serving on a committee can call the county administration at 651-438-4418 for an application. The application deadline is Dec. 16 or until all openings are filled.
Dakota Electric Association recently awarded Jeff Reed of Hampton the Outstanding Leader of the Year award. Each year, Dakota Electric seeks to recognize outstanding leadership with the award, and Dakota Electric Director Judy Kimmes attended a recent Dakota County Township Officers Association meeting to present the award to Reed.