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Summer fun starts in earnest this week. Students are out of school. A gray, rainy spring appears to finally be providing at least some hope of sunshine, and Dew Days is on the schedule. Most Farmington residents won't need an introduction to Dew Days. It's been a fixture in the city for decades, bringing bed races and pig kissing, live music and plenty of food to town for residents to enjoy. Those of our readers in Rosemount should have a pretty good idea what it's all about, too. They'll help continue the summer celebrations next month with Leprechaun Days.
Thursday Salad luncheon Farmington Lutheran Church will hold its annual salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13. The menu will include deviled eggs, desserts, rolls and beverages. The church is located at 20600 Akin Road. Blood drive There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 13 at RoundBank, 3380 Vermillion River Tr. in Farmington.
Miranda Larson will rule over Dew Days. The recent Farmington High School graduate was crowned Miss Farmington Tuesday night in a ceremony at Boeckman Middle School. Caroline Cummings was named Junior Miss Farmington with princesses Emma Ulrich and Makayla Zinnel and Zoe Brule was named Little Miss Farmington with princesses Carly Schachtele and Alyssa Laidlaw.
The Farmington High School class of 2013 had its last big moment at school June 7 as they participated in commencement exercises and collected their diplomas. We've got a gallery of photos from the evening.
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Guided tours of Dakota City Heritage Village will be available to the public at Family and Friends Fun Days, scheduled on three separate Fridays throughout the summer -- June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23. Alisa Peterson, education coordinator, invites visitors to bring a friend, their children, nieces or nephews, grandkids, a friend or a friend's children to enjoy a visit to the past. They do not need to be part of a group nor do they need a reservation. Costumed guides will lead the tours, which will begin every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour will begin at 2 p.m.
Saturday Summer reading program starts The Dakota County Library System will kick off their summer reading program June 8. Youth from newborns to teens entering 12th grade can sign up at their local library for the Bookawocky Summer Reading Experience. The program is free and prizes are available. Visit your local library for more information. Upcoming events Twitter 101 At this event, learn how to use Twitter to connect with friends, potential customers and colleagues with the help of Jay Gabler, associate editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
I feel like it's been a long time since I've used this space to talk about biking. Maybe you're OK with that. Maybe you've noticed, and you were keeping quiet because you thought I'd forget. Maybe you hoped, somewhere deep down within yourself, that I'd take up a more sensible hobby, like knitting or water skiing or riding a balloon up to space and skydiving out. I won't do any of those things, though. They're too dangerous. Especially knitting. Those needles are huge. So, biking it is. Although, this year there hasn't been much of that to talk about.
When Sen. Greg Clausen was elected last fall it was clear education would be a focus. The former Rosemount High School principal has experience in the area, and he knows how important a good education is. One of his focuses was state funding for all-day kindergarten. He authored a bill that passed near the end of the session. State funding will start in the 2014 school year for districts that want to take advantage. That is good news. All-day kindergarten will not appeal to all parents, but there is evidence it makes a difference for students.
The Minnesota Twins held a clinic for young baseball and softball players Saturday afternoon in Farmington. There were separate clinics for two age groups. Boys and girls got tips on fielding, throwing and batting. We've got a gallery of photos from the day.