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The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized Farmington High School senior Morgan Baumbach and Boeckman Middle School eighth grader Elle Snesrud Oct. 6 as the club's first Service Above Self Students of the Month for the 2016-17 school year. FHS counselor Barbara Walker said Baumbach has developed a reputation for going out of his way to help around the school. Among other things, that means cleaning up messes he finds in the hallway. "He's a really bright, highly intelligent young man, but he also has passions in other areas than academics," Walker said.
Dakota Electric Association is inviting students and anyone interested in energy jobs to stop by the cooperative's career open house on Monday, Oct. 17. Company employees will be on hand to talk about a variety of careers and the educational requirements of those careers. Students will learn about jobs, tour the facility, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Representatives from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson, and Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, will be on hand as well.
As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourages Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule that protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The rule takes effect on Oct. 15 and continues through April 15, 2017.
Candidates for seats on the Farmington City Council and Farmington School Board will have the chance to share their ideas in two candidate forums hosted next week by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Candidates for Farmington mayor and city council will participate in a forum from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Farmington City Hall (430 Third St.). The only candidate for mayor is incumbent Todd Larson. City council candidates include newcomers Brett Wilson and Robyn Craig, challenging incumbents Douglas Bonar and Terry Donnelly for two four-year terms.
The Farmington High School Marching Band took fourth place in Class A competition at the 12th annual Annual Youth in Music State Marching Band Championships held Oct. 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The band performed their 2016 field show, "The Rave from the Graves of Vienna." The event featured the top marching bands from throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as several bands from Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. A total of 29 bands performed.
Stage fright will take on a new meaning for attendees at this year's Support Our Troops Haunted House, open the first two weeks in October at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. This year's theme, "Paranormal Studios," will guide guests through a haunted theater where the deranged production team has held captive years of bygone monster magic. The 23 fear-filled rooms may change while stranded guests can only scream for help. Doors become inexplicably locked and spirits can appear from anywhere, organizers say.
Tristan Korver, a kindergartner at Farmington Elementary School, has been named Farmington’s Student of the Week. Teacher Jacqueline Rowland said, “Tristan has a wonderfully kind and insightful personality. He is...
In October, the Farmington community is invited to gather together in reading as part of One Book One Farmington. The first reading selection for the program is "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" by William Kamkwaba, an autobiographical tale of a boy who struggles against the odds to bring power to his tiny village in Malawi. A grant from the Farmington Area Education Foundation has allowed hundred of copies of the book to be purchased for the community to checkout from school media centers and the local library. There is also a picture book for younger readers.
"Speaking of Kids" is a series of seminars being offered by the Farmington and Lakeville School Districts. The seminars will empower parents, educators and caregivers by providing information and ideas to enhance their relationships with children and to help them succeed. The first seminar, entitled "Stress Relief for Kids: Five Stress-Busters Parents and Caregivers Can Teach Children," will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the Meadowview Elementary School cafeteria, 6100 195th Street W., Farmington.
The Farmington Tiger Marching Band took third place in Class A at the Rosemount Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. The festival included 10 bands from Minnesota and South Dakota. FHS took third place in Class A and won the Caption Award for best drum majors, awarded to senior Donald Selmer and junior Taylor Phinney. The band also received the Esprit de Corps Award, given to one band at the festival that best exemplifies sportsmanship, pride, and loyalty. This is the third year of competition for the program.