Kara Hildreth / contributor
Mark your calendars to attend the annual Farmington Community Expo to connect with the community and neighbors. Farmington Community Expo is going strong after 20 years as it grows in participation and attendance each year, according to Mandy Clementz, adult and community education coordinator for Farmington Community Education.
Rosemount Fire Department fought a five-hour blaze during frigid temperatures early New Year's Day. The fire destroyed a chicken barn on the Fox Farm. The 911 call came at 2 a.m. Jan. 1, with reports of a large animal barn on fire off 160th Street at the Fox Farm in Rosemount, according to Rosemount Fire Chief Rick Schroeder. This farm homestead is a well-known farm that displays a large holiday winter scene, holiday lights and a store. No one was injured in the fire, although the animal barn was a total loss and the chickens were killed in the rural blaze.
Jim and Betsey Seeley desire to bring Farmington closer together by allowing neighbors to share a meal around a table. That sounds simple. The couple founded The Table, a ministry that serves a free monthly community meal year-round in Farmington. The public is welcome to share in the meal on the first Sunday of the month. People also are welcome to take free items from the blessing tables.
This Christmas season, many wish for a better world and a community with less violence, need and poverty. Mary Canada of Farmington decided why wait to find solutions to serve the needy. Commuting each day to downtown Minneapolis, Canada saw the homeless and this bothered her and made her worry and her heart ache. Homeless, hungry men were daily asking for food or money.
EZ Auto Repair plans to reopen its shop with twice as much space in March 2018 after a June fire destroyed the new business. "I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel," business owner Eric Zeimet said. Building crews have broken ground and the new shop will have four stalls compared to the former garage with two repair garages. The new shop will offer customers 3,600 square feet of shop space and will be located in the same spot at 321 Elm St., in downtown Farmington.
Imagine living in the city close to nature with a panoramic view that showcases blue skies and the lush forest. Imagine living modestly in a tiny house that harkens back to a carefree childhood treehouse in the woods. Resembling a modern cabin in the woods, Farmington School District Superintendent Jay Haugen said his new tiny house is engineered brilliantly to meet all his needs.
Farmington High School Band's ensemble holiday concert was aptly named "All is Calm, All is Bright." Student musicians performed holiday songs with joy and delight for an audience that appeared to be captivated during the Dec. 20 holiday concert. The bands performed in front of a packed audience inside the recital hall and the production showcased many student-led special lights, effects and all the bands received a standing ovation after the finale song.
Toys for Town in Farmington celebrated 30 years of giving this holiday season. Just two days before Christmas, hundreds of volunteers and new families showed up to wrap toys for boys and girls inside a literal Santa's workshop set up inside Tiger Commons and Farmington High School on Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are given children's ages and have fun shopping inside a toy room set up with all kinds of children's toys appropriate for all ages from birth through teenage years.
This school year Farmington Boy Scouts decided to invest in Eagle Scout projects that are designed to benefit students and staff where each attended grammar school. Each Boy Scout spoke about his projects in a presentation during the Nov. 27 Farmington School Board meeting with fellow troop members, leaders and family present for support. Farmington Boy Scout Reece Torbert led an Eagle Scout project to build a gaming system he calls Wall Ball Wall. Now Akin Road Elementary grade schoolers are busy throwing balls against a cool wall on the playground during recess.
A little boy smiles from ear to ear after he was given a new pair of Sponge Bob Square pants socks. A homeless man was grateful for warm socks to protect his feet from the elements and his worn winter boots that had holes on top. Debby and Stew Shepard of Rosemount are humbled to share a few stories of how their brainchild nonprofit, The Drawer, has made a real difference in people's lives. The Drawer nonprofit was founded as a living memorial to honor the life of Debby's mother Lucy Rozenberg who died in 2000.