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Friday Movies for Kids The Dakota County Farmington Library will present children's books in movie format from 10:30 to 11 a.m. March 15. The event is for ages 2-6. The Farmington library is located at 508 Third St. Saturday Waggin' Tales Kids can read to a certified therapy dog from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 16 at the Dakota County Farmington Library. Reading to a dog is fun and helps develop reading skills and fluency. Open to children ages 5 to 10. Steak fry The Farmington VFW will hold a steak fry fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m.
There is more to school than what goes on in the classroom. Turning out good students takes more than pencils and books. Students learn lessons every day that will never show up on a standardized test. There are two good examples of that in this week's issue, and they take place in different ways and in different cities. One is going on at Rosemount Elementary School, where students gather each week to do tricks with a jumprope. There are some obvious benefits to the school's double dutch club. It gets kids up and moving, which is good for their health.
A pair of proposed easements with very different purposes could affect activity on a piece of school district-owned property in Castle Rock Township. Farmington School Board members heard information at a Monday night workshop meeting about two separate requests to buy easements on 176-acre property the school district originally bought as a site for the high school that ended up on the west side of the city. One is for a high-voltage power line that would run along the south side of the property. The other is for a conservation easement around a branch of the Vermillion River.
Dakota Electric Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, at St. Michael's Catholic Church social hall at 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington (next to Dakota Electric's office). The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served before the meeting. Dakota Electric members will have the opportunity to hear reports from officers and directors, ask questions and hear election results at the meeting. Balloting materials will be mailed to members March 19.
The CapX2020 utilities have started construction on the estimated $500 million, 150-mile Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kilovolt project.
February 22 Property damage accident, Ninth and Maple streets Possession of nicotine, 20600 block of Flagstaff Ave. Burglary, 400 block of First St. DWI, third degree, Chippendale Avenue and Willow St. Juvenile, child protection, address not available Domestic, 4700 block of 190th St. W. February 23 DWI, fourth degree, 213th Street West and Chippendale Avenue February 24 Liquor, consumption by persons under 21, 18600 block of Everest Path Liquor, consumption by persons under 21, 195th Street West and Akin Road Domestic assault, 18300 block of Dunbury Cir.
Dakota County is looking for people who are anxious to pull on a pair of waders and jump into monitoring the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program. Volunteers will work with a community-based team to monitor and collect information -- such as data on plants and macroinvertebrates -- that is used by cities to study health trends in order to better manage wetlands and surrounding areas.
Riverview Elementary School held its annual science fair Feb. 21-22. More than 120 students in grades K-5 participated in 100 science fair projects. This year's participants shared their projects with judges Thursday morning, friends and family that evening and again with their classmates. The award ceremony recognized all participants for their hard work and fun projects. Ten projects were recognized as distinguished projects and will move on to compete at the Regional Science Fair in Mankato in April.
Friday Live music Local singer-songwriter Lowie Rutten will perform light acoustic music from 8 to 10 p.m. March 8 at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Farmington. Dunn Bros. is located at 20700 Chippendale Ave. Sunday Omelet breakfast The Farmington Sons of the American Legion will hold their monthly omelet breakfast fundraiser at Tailgaters this Sunday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
By this point you've probably noticed there is something different about your local paper. It's bigger. Its layout has changed. And, oh yeah, there's a whole new city's worth of news in there. In some ways, this is a big change. The Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages you have come to know and -- we hope -- love have merged into this new creation we are calling the Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages. But in the most important ways things really aren't that different.