FARMINGTON — All politics are local. In a town hall format crossed with a game show vibe, three local elected officials recently spoke to Farmington High ninth-grade students who asked questions about the city, school district and county government. Robin Carlson, teacher at Farmington High School, said this civics lesson is a great way to engage students in each of the 10 sections of ninth-grade civics. "We have the trifecta of trifecta with us today of local officials," Carlson said.
FARMINGTON — Police believe they know the man responsible for vandalism at Farmington High School, thanks to a report from an anonymous witness. Dakota County Attorney will review the case with Farmington police before formally charging the individual. If the man is charged, his name will become public. Officer Tom Strese investigated the case and credited the witness for doing the right thing.
FARMINGTON — Living with your life choices financially is a lesson Farmington High sophomores experienced at the Reality Store exercise on May 8 in the school gym. The Reality Store, a simulated experience in household money management, teaches students how to prioritize needs and wants when it comes to spending and saving money.
FARMINGTON — Profanity and graphic images painted on the exterior of Farmington High and Farmington Police are now asking for help to identify the vandals. Campus cameras captured the crime when the exterior vandalism took place between 10:08 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on May 8, 2018. The spray-painted image is on the east side of the Farmington High school building and video footage captured the crime in action along with a vehicle.
A woman who took on rescuing at-risk animals was arrested after 60 dead cats and other neglected animals were uncovered at her Castle Rock rented house. Caycee Bregel, 25, was taken into custody May 9, 2018, after Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant on the property located on 250th Street. She operated the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue. Pending potential charges of animal cruelty, she was released from custody Friday, May 11.
Advocate. Network. Employ. Those are among the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce's priorities. Maureen Scallen Failor, the organization's new president, said she will work to ensure that local businesses are assets in communities and in the state, providing jobs and contributing to the tax base.
FARMINGTON — City Council reviewed sketches for a potential city logo and came to the realization it is not an easy process to select an image that encapsulates the city's proud past and promising future. The council met reviewed six designs in a work session on Monday, May 7 at City Hall. It has been more than 21 years since Farmington had a new city logo, although the logo was refreshed in 2007 with a modern font and colors.
FARMINGTON — Sapphire Lake may be on the horizon as a new residential housing development near the Prairie Waterway. Farmington Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a special meeting May 2 to review the Sapphire Lake development plan. The property is located east of the Prairie Waterway, south of 213th Street and north of Spruce Street on Farmington's southeast edge of town.
Nicknamed "Mr. Y the Science Guy," Rick Yonker enters elementary classrooms with mobile microscopes wearing his cool scientist's white jacket. Some youngsters whisper. "I think he is a doctor." Soon students realize the man in the white coat is worth listening. Budding scholars may learn to love science and learn to love learning, according to Yonker's district colleagues.
FARMINGTON — It took three minutes for the Fire Department to arrive on scene Monday night to fight a blaze that resulted in a total loss. The house fire took place in the 20,000 block of English Avenue located off Pilot Knob Road. The three occupants evacuated and there were no injuries, authorities said. Farmington Fire Chief Justin Elvestad said a call came in from a neighbor at 9:16 p.m. The person reported flames coming from the rear of the two-story walkout home. "The house is a complete loss and the fire does not look suspicious," Elvestad said.