FARMINGTON — The School Board approved construction to redesign learning spaces inside five elementary buildings, two middle schools and Farmington High School. Dan Miller, director of operations, presented a bid proposal and the board approved the total contract of $1,470,000 from JT Egner Construction in Lakeville during the regular Feb. 12 board meeting. Two alternate bids for new carpet at Riverview Elementary and new flooring at Farmington High School were rejected due to the high prices.
FARMINGTON — No one was injured in a house fire that apparently ignited from a large furnace in the garage. Farmington Fire Department responded at 12:03 a.m. Feb. 4 to a fire at 18617 Explorer Way in the Nelson Hills Neighborhood. Homeowners Tom and Michele Smith were out to dinner with a friend. Their 19-year-old son, Kyle, was home and smelled smoke. "As soon has he saw the extent of the fire, he grabbed his phone and called 9-1-1 and drove his car down the road," Michele Smith said. Her son then called them.
Many times athletes possess the physical talent and skills but may need mental coaching to outperform other teams or excel on a personal level. "Everyone is looking for the edge or the 'X factor' to allow them to perform at their best, because two people who are at the same place with their physical skills, but if one has the mental edge then that is the difference between being successful or not being successful," said Bill Tschida, district athletic and activities director for Farmington High School.
FARMINGTON — Cindra Kamphoff excelled in high school athletics in Iowa, breaking school and state records in cross-country and track. After her meets, her father who would help her debrief. "He would ask me. 'What do I want to do next?'" Kamphoff recalled. She gained inspiration from a monthly article in the Future Runner's World magazine. "This was always the first thing I read and started using these things in my own running, and it always interested me in how our mind contributes to our performance," Kamphoff said.
This week Farmington City Council approved 2018 council priorities and outlined potential city projects on the horizon for the upcoming year. After a lengthy Jan. 12 work session discussion where the council discussed a wide variety of issues, new priorities were consolidated to create broad level 2018 priorities. Farmington City Council approved them Monday, Feb. 5, in general terms. Council will address the budget as each project progresses. The Economic Development Authority also will play a role.
FARMINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture has signed a contract for office space inside Farmington City Hall that could sprout into a 20-year lease. The USDA office is currently housed next to Dakota County Fairgrounds in a county building off Ash Street. For nine months, city staff and USDA negotiated. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the lease contract Monday, Feb. 5.
A woman can never own too many fashionable purses or pocketbooks. An upcoming Coach Purse BINGO fundraiser hopes to meet the demand and line the pockets of Farmington Area Education Foundation. Board Chair Mary Treakle and Secretary Christy Henderson are having fun planning this new fundraiser that they hope could become a annual event. "For me, the biggest philosophy is you we are helping all the schools, and not that I am helping my school and you are helping your school, but let's help the greater picture and try to do more to benefit more," Treakle said.
FARMINGTON — Imagine a glitter ball shaken up with racing, sparkly flecks floating inside a ball of water. When the ball is at rest, the glitter settles to the bottom. Glitter balls are used as a learning tool to teach youth yoga and show how the discipline can relax the brain's thoughts and the body's muscles. Three classes of third-graders at Akin Road Elementary perform yoga poses each school day and teachers said they have seen positive results in behavior.
You may have seen the character "Farmington Fred" on a video circulated from the City of Farmington's social media and YouTube. Tim Klausler, coordinator with Apple Valley, Farmington and Rosemount Cable Commission, plays Fred, who wants to inform residents about city ordinances. The message has a public service tone but is delivered with a flair for the funny, nerdy side of city government. Klausler wants to make sure each city's stories and information are told to residents. He worked for Lakeville and produced videos for this large southern Dakota County suburb for years.
Finance Director Tea Malecha looks forward to improving the city of Farmington. Malecha, 33, began her administrative role Jan. 8. She joins city staff as the former finance officer for the city of Excelsior, a role she held for a year and a half. Prior to working in city finance, Malecha served as the finance manager at a St. Peter, Minn., municipal hospital.