Kara Hildreth / contributor
This week Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Jay Haugen attended Minnesota Association of School Administrators summit in Duluth. This statewide event allows superintendents, teaching and learning, special education and technology educators a venue to discuss how to improve learning. "I will be speaking about the Innovation Zone law and we were successful in getting that passed," Haugen told the School Board last week. Innovation Zones
Farmington Economic Development Authority approved a $25,000 commercial rehabilitation grant for the historic Fletcher building at Third and Oak streets in downtown Farmington. The building owned by Pam and Doug Heikkil, a who operate Heikkila Studios. There are two apartments located atop the commercial business located at 349 Third St. Adam Kienberger, community development director for the city, facilitated the EDA meeting and hearing for the grant approval.
The community celebrated a new journey with the opening of The Legacy of Farmington, a senior living facility with 70 units of independent, assisted living and memory care. "The Legacy of Farmington is a vibrant, senior living community and we provide the comfort and convenience of home," said Debbie Strong, marketing director for The Legacy of Farmington, 22300 Denmark Ave. "It is a really great community and we have luxurious, lifestyle options and state-of-the-art amenities and individualized services."
The Farmington School Board approved its preliminary levy at a 4.92 percent increase. Finance Director Jane Houska gave a report Sept. 25. The board voted to unanimously approve the preliminary levy. The total levy payable in 2017 is $24,373,463. The levy payable in 2018 will be $25,573,650, an increase of roughly $1.2 million. School boards are required to adopt a proposed property tax levy by Sept. 30. The proposed levy is based on information provided by the Minnesota Department of Education given to the district Sept. 20. Levy changes
Baby Noah Marthey squealed with delight while being held by his mother inside Farmington City Hall chambers. Maybe it was his way of thanking 10 Farmington public safety fire and police who were present during his grand entrance into the world at his Farmington home on July 23. Noah is the son of Jenae and Josh Marthey of Farmington and the new sibling to big brother, Landon, who was home to welcome his new baby brother into the family during the surprise home birth.
Race relations can be hard to talk about in any community, especially during current social unrest and racial issues across the country. An upcoming effort hopes to improve understanding and race relations with discussions called One Book, One Farmington. The public is an open panel discussion with 16 contributing authors of the best-seller book, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota."
Two former educators are sharing their story of making a change from teaching to farming. Gregg Rappe, 61, and his wife, Kerry Hanifl, 44, decided to buy a beef farm in Castle Rock in January 2016. The couple bought the Strachan family farm on land that was homesteaded in 1851. The family farmed the land more than 164 years. First it was an operating dairy farm before it became a beef farm 25 years ago.
Support Our Troops Haunted House hopes to connect you with your worst nightmares at the Fright Night Resurgence in Farmington. "This year's haunt has some of our greatest scares with a twist," said Jason Schmidt, marketing director with Support Our Troops Haunted House in Farmington that is open the first two weekends in October at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. "We took some great scares and made them better, along with a few surprises inside," Schmidt added. One greatest hit scary room that will return include Twister Sister or the No Way Out room.
Farmington's Anytime Fitness invested in new fitness technology to ramp up members' workouts and equip all with more detailed body information so each member can feel propelled to seek greater fitness. The gym at 20700 Chippendale Ave. recently underwent an interior remodel and added a new piece of exercise equipment called an InBody scanner. The gym also knocked down a wall and installed two garage doors. The new designed space will give staff greater teaching options and allow clients more flexibility.
Farmington parents and students may soon be able to share feedback about high school graduation via an online survey. Farmington District Finance Director Jane Houska led a Farmington School Board discussion about graduation fees during a board work session Monday, Sept. 11.