Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced he will seek re-election. Backstrom was appointed in September 1987 by the Dakota County Board and been elected seven times since 1990.
Lauren Siebenaler began working as the new communications specialist for the City of Farmington on Jan. 22. Siebenaler, 23, of Hastings, brings experience working in communication for the cities of Edina and St. Louis Park. During college, she worked as an intern for Washington County Parks and reports she fell in love with serving park patrons and educating residents about the qualities of all the county parks. This internship experience steered her toward pursuing a career in the public sector and city government.
Farmington Fire Department announced Caleb Bolton as the 2017 Firefighter of the Year. In the past year, he volunteered to serve at more than 60 percent of activities and responded to 64.4 percent of calls. He found time to take officer instructor training while maintaining a family life and a full-time job. "Caleb has achieved this award because serving the community is his top priority and by making sure he places their needs before his own while always maintaining safety for his fellow firefights and those he is serving," Fire Chief Justin Elvestad said.
Farmington Area Public Schools plans a Flexible Learning Day on Feb. 16. Due to the winter storm and snow day Jan. 23, the district declared an emergency Flexible Learning Day on that day. The term "flexible learning day" refers to a school day when instead of coming to school, students study and work online using Schoology, a digital learning platform. Teachers share assignments and hold virtual office hours while students complete assignments and receive guidance from teachers.