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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.
Dakota County Community Services is offering workshops to assist people applying for MNsure health care programs during the 2016-17 open enrollment period. MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans, and choose from a variety of companies to find quality and affordable coverage. Workshops will be held through Jan. 30 at Dakota County library locations. A certified navigator will help attendees set up MNsure accounts online, guide them through applications and answer any questions.
Area residents can drop off holiday lights and electrical, phone and appliance cords for recycling at a variety of locations in Farmington and Rosemount. ProAct’s “Holiday Lights Recycling” program will over drop-off locations in the area through Jan. 31, 2017. Christmas lights and electrical cords cannot be recycled in standard, single-sort recycling bins, and can cause problems in the regular waste stream, but the material is recoverable, said ProAct Production Coordinator Jennifer Cavalier.
The Farmington High School bands recently presented three fall concerts, free performances open to the greater Farmington community. Beyond these concerts, the students in the FHS band program are also giving back to the community in unique and important ways.