Kara Hildreth / contributor
The Farmington School District's graduation survey reports most respondents are comfortable paying the current graduation ceremony fee. Barb Duffrin, Farmington educational programs director, created an online graduation survey that was emailed to parents and students to ask for feedback about venue, cost and number of graduation tickets. The Farmington School Board discussed graduation at past meetings and voted to conduct the informal online survey at its Sept. 11 board meeting.
Celebrating old and new traditions will be a big part of Dazzle Day in Farmington. Josh Solinger, president of Farmington Business Association, looks forward to seeing the community show up for Dazzle Day on Saturday, Dec. 2. Solinger reminded the public to mark their calendars so they can celebrate as neighbors and as a community during the holiday season. Last year, the Farmington tradition of Dazzle Day was canceled because the group needed to rethink how it wanted to celebrate. The trees downtown that were lit up and decorated were not looking healthy.
The Farmington School District will move forward and review boundary changes to be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. Back in October, the school board discussed potential boundary changes. The board agreed to move forward and review many factors involved with changing school boundaries. Jane Houska, district finance director, updated the school board on the boundary changes and potential school start times at the Monday, Nov. 13, board meeting.
Farmington police Sgt. Lee Hollatz thrived when investigating cases. Hollatz, 55, was recognized for his nearly 23 years of service by the city of Farmington at the Nov. 6 city council meeting. Police Chief Brian Lindquist awarded him his police badge on a commemorative plaque. Lindquist and Hollatz shared in a full bro-style bear hug after working together for more than two decades. This year the veteran Farmington police force will welcome three new officers who will replace three departing officers.
Farmington High senior Anna Urbach challenges all to play an active role in closing the equality divide in the United States. "According to Ronald Reagan, all great change begins at the dinner table," said Josh Wilson, senior at Farmington High who acted as master of ceremonies at the Nov. 9 Farmington Patriotic Day Celebration. Prior to the program, the community gathered to share in conversation and enjoy a free pork chop dinner served by volunteers, civic leaders and Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network.
Veteran Reid Erickson can live with more independence because of the care, nurture and skills of his service dog Milton. Milton has gained a reputation of "melting hearts" when people meet the sweet golden retriever. Erickson, 36, retired from the military in August 2014. He experienced a traumatic brain injury when he broke his neck after being near an explosion in Afghanistan. Today he lives 100 percent disabled and experiences frequent blackouts.
Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen has been sworn in as the 31st adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Mark Dayton administered Jensen's oath of office during a formal ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in St. Paul. Back in August, the governor appointed a committee that ended up selecting Jensen as a finalist. As the leader of Minnesota National Guard, Jensen will be in charge of more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who live and work throughout the state.
"Strike up the band" will be celebratory theme for this year's annual Rosemount holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The event will be a send-off practice for the Rosemount High School Irish Marching Band, which is working hard to dazzle the audiences at the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Locals can hear a sneak preview and see a marching band performance on Saturday, Nov. 18.
New Farmington police officer Keaton Reuben took the oath of office at Farmington City Council with Farmington City Administrator David McKnight Monday, Nov. 6. Reuben follows in his father's footsteps, a Minneapolis police officer, and he graduated recently with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The musical "Beauty & the Beast" will bring the story of love and acceptance to stage the next two weekends in Farmington. Farmington High School music and theatre departments have been busy rehearsing for the musical production as more than 51 students make up the cast and 25 students work on the crew with sound and lighting. About 10 musicians will play stringed instruments in the pit under the direction of parent Dan Julson.