Kara Hildreth / contributor
Since Farmington adopted the hurricane-damaged city of Port Aransas, Texas, in the Drop in the Bucket campaign, organizers report floods of generosity. Right away, there was a connection made to a trucking company in Rosemount. Wayne Transports, Inc., in Rosemount decided to step up and donate a truck and driver, who will head south this weekend on the 1,350-mile trip south to Port Aransas, the island community recovering after Hurricane Harvey devastated 85 percent of homes, businesses and schools.
Gale Sprute lived a life giving back to his hometown. His wife Carol Sprute shared her husband's life of civic service. Personally, Gale was a kind and gentle man who was analytical and never short tempered, Carol recalled. Born in 1938 in his grandparents' Farmington home, Gale, 79, died of cancer Oct. 26, in his Farmington home with loved ones nearby.
The upcoming Farmington Patriotic Day's theme of patriotism may be particularly poignant due to the divisive nature of politics in the United States, according to program leader Dr. Steven Geis. Approaching 20 years, Patriotic Day set for Thursday, Nov. 9, celebrates veterans' service and sacrifice with music, speeches and a Voice of Democracy student essay. Last year community attendance peaked at 1,300 residents who packed into the recital hall, Tiger commons and another viewing room at Farmington High School. Patriotism theme
Talking about race in a truthful way can be uncomfortable. Talks may be inspiring and build bridges to spark meaningful conversations. Ultimately, community conversations can perhaps improve race relations across Minnesota. That was the community mission of One Book, One Farmington events in October. Besides weekly library events in October, three authors spoke at Farmington High School on Oct. 24, to share personal stories and essays from the book, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota."
Budding entrepreneur Laura Hanks is persistent and determined to make sure her career dream becomes reality. The persistence paid off. Back in May Hanks was told at Farmington City Hall it would be doubtful she would be able to open a day spa in her home due to the nature of the city ordinance. She got busy and gathered 185 signatures in support of expanding her home-based business Main Street Nails into a full-service salon called Main Street Spa. "I still wanted to live here and do business," Hanks said.
Police said a Farmington woman died by suicide inside her home Monday, Oct. 31, during a seven-hour standoff at Twin Ponds Circle Townhomes located off Highway 3. Farmington police Det. Shawn Scovill responded to a call at 3:20 p.m. from the woman's mother and friend, who said she was making suicidal threats and possessed a handgun. Farmington police made contact with the woman by phone and at the residence. She was alone in the two-story townhome.
This year Rosemount will honor veterans in a collaborative effort by showing gratitude to men and women who served their country and sacrificed time away from family to protect America's freedoms. The four groups working together are the city of Rosemount, the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the Rosemount VFW and Rosemount Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group.
Understanding the backstory of human rights and the complexity of immigration law was discussed at a recent One Book, One Farmington library presentation. Michele Garnett McKenzie shared her presentation, "Immigration and Human Rights in Minnesota" at the Oct. 10 Farmington Library weekly talk that is part of the One Book, One Farmington collaboration between Farmington educators and the Farmington Library.
The Farmington Education Association teachers union reached agreement with the school district on a new contract approved by 80 percent of union members. The two-year collective bargaining agreement represents about 460 teachers who are members of the FEA that voted on the agreement Oct. 11. The contract runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. Farmington school officials were satisfied in how the teachers' contract was negotiated early and with an overall high percentage approval from FEA members. Contract settlement
Life can be quite serendipitous in the way people come into our lives. Artist Nick Sinclair and Jimi Brown say this is true as they tell the story of how they crossed paths as adults. The two men attended grammar school in Prior Lake but were not friends. "I ended up finding Nick again when I worked with his brother in Lakeville," Brown said. "I was admiring Nick's art and I had it up on my computer when Andy came up to me and said, "You like that artwork?'" Said Sinclair: "My Dad was his soccer coach growing up and we never knew each other."