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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.
Farmington residents will need to put out trash a day early or a few days late due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Farmington city offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving. Thursday customers should put out trash a day early on Wednesday, Nov. 23 by 7 a.m. Friday customers will need to put out cans by 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. 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 Nov. 23 or Nov. 28.
Aaron Rother has joined RiverTown Multimedia as a multimedia sales representative. Rother's background includes 17 years in advertising, including print, radio, social media and digital marketing. Rother has helped hundreds of local businesses grow during this time through his active partnership with them.
There are plenty of ways to earn recognition as Farmington Rotary's Service Above Self Student of the Month. The club's two November honorees did it, in part, by spreading good will throughout their respective schools. Dodge Middle School principal Chris Bussman said eighth grade honoree Julia Paduano "universally spreads a trail of positivity" wherever she goes. The Tiger soccer player said she enjoys having the chance to influence younger kids at the school. "I usually come with a smile on my face and try to make the best out of the day," she said.
The Farmington High School Bands are in the midst of a busy fall concert series, as was demonstrated by the nearly 2,000 people who attended the recent Band Brunch and Indoor Marching Band show. In its 29th year, the annual brunch and concert raises funds for the band program and its students, including a recent push for new band uniforms. Farmington High School has marched in the same uniforms for 24 years and is nearing their fundraising goal to purchase new uniforms for the coming year.
Bible Baptist Church in Farmington will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child — the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.
Although women have been serving alongside men in uniform for nearly as long as men have gone to war, it wasn't until this year that United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter opened up all combat positions in the military to women. "This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before," Carter said at a press conference at the Pentagon in December 2015. "They'll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat."
Winter parking restrictions in the city of Farmington begin Nov. 1 and end on April 15 of each year. During that time, no vehicles should be parked or left in any street, highway, alley or public parking area within city limits for more than 72 consecutive hours. Cars are also not allowed to be parked on streets, highways, alleys or public parking areas from 2:30-5:30 a.m. Cars need to be removed from streets after a snowfall of greater than two inches until streets are plowed from curb to curb.