Farmington leaders spoke Saturday at a goodwill sendoff drive to Port Aransas, Texas, the island town Farmington adopted after Hurricane Harvey devastated the community.
Farmington Fire Department holds open house.
Each year school administrators predict and budget for growing or changing fall student enrollment that show up at each school building on the first day of school. District Superintendent Jay Haugen shared an early student body fall enrollment update with Farmington School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11, regular board meeting. Haugen shared a breakdown on the total enrollment from five elementary buildings, two middle schools and Farmington High School, along with students who attend Gateway Academy.
Attracting new industrial park companies to build on undeveloped land requires that the acreage be site or shovel ready. Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger said the agency's 2016-18 strategic plan calls for development of economic tools and site readiness. The advisory board recently voted to invest $20,000 to help with programs that promote and encourage site readiness for undeveloped land.
Imagine living with all the data and information you need at your fingertips — greater access than today with smartphones, laptops, iPads and live streaming music and movies. Imagine a world where the reality is 50 billion connected devices and every human is connected to 10 devices. The need for data storage will be greater and in high demand. That world is not far off, according to Mark Lofthus, economic development director with Dakota Electric Association in Farmington.
The 10th Farmington Business Association's Block Party and Car Show rolls into downtown Saturday night, July 22. Josh Solinger, president of FBA and event co-chair, said each year guest attendance grows due to word of mouth and connections with social media. Each year the downtown streets are filled to capacity with 150 to 200 cars.
Future yellow school bus wheels will go round and round with electricity harnessed from wind power. Three partners collaborated to roll out the electric school bus pilot program: Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association of Farmington and Great River Energy, the power supplier for Dakota Electric.
Two Farmington residents were injured after jumping from a second floor apartment window on Sunday evening. "The fire was contained to a single unit and a number of residents were forced to jump from a second floor unit to escape the fire which was blocking the stairwell," said Farmington Fire Chief Jim Larsen. The fire appears to have originated in the stairwell or near the stairwell, Larsen said.
Advance Auto Parts applied for a Downtown Facade Improvement Grant from Farmington Economic Development Authority. Building owner Gary Van Erp applied for the grant EDA grant June 8 to update the exterior facade of his storefront business built in 1999 that is open on Oak Street next to the bakery. The total project is estimated to cost $11,500, including the $2,500 EDA grant request. Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger reports the owner requests grant funds to assist with improvements for the exterior building.
School breakfast and lunch prices will go up a nickel this fall due to reduced federal revenue from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmington School District Finance Director Jane Houska updated the Farmington School Board Monday, June 26, about price changes for school breakfast and lunch meals. The report was part of the board's approval of the 2017-18 budget. Food service expenditures for the next school year are estimated to cost the district $3.1 million. An online calculator estimates how much school districts require students to pay for school meals.