Kara Hildreth / contributor
The Dakota County Fair wrapped up another year Sunday, following seven days of agriculture, music, food, theater, education and other entertainment.
Living through a life-altering health scare turned into a beacon of life for one Rosemount family. Five months ago Chris Orr suffered a heart attack on March 3 when he was teaching gym class at Rosemount High School. Fellow Rosemount High physical education teacher Tracy Cassano saved her colleague's life when she acted swiftly with life-saving skills to resuscitate Orr. Cassano was honored by earning a Lifesaver of the Year award from Dakota County's Emergency Medical Services.
Terry Werner is proud to walk in silver sneakers in his golden years. Werner, 82, is known to bust a move in his exercise class and he even admits to putting on his dancing shoes on weekends. Werner believes he can live past 100 years with daily exercise and a commitment to being active. Werner likes to workout alongside his Silver Sneakers buddies at Anytime Fitness in Farmington. "My goal is to keep myself in good shape and live to be 105 years old," Werner said.
The owner of TOPS Pizza and Hoagies was fined $1,000 for a liquor violation after failing a compliance check and serving an underage person liquor at the restaurant. Restaurant owner Markos Chouliaris showed up for a liquor violation hearing Monday, Aug. 7, at Rosemount City Hall. The business failed a compliance check on May 30. The purchaser entered the restaurant and was served alcohol by an employee of the establishment.
This week Dakota County Fair sells passports to fun. Loyal, veteran fair-goers return to the fairgrounds each year, but I aim to appeal to you who have never attended the Dakota County Fair or have not returned for a few years. You know who you are. This year fair organizers plan to offer more free music all day and into the evening across the fairgrounds. You can check out lively musical theatre at the daily Chautauqua tent show that makes fun of Minnesota nice with songs and one-liners.
Known for his quiet demeanor and strong leadership, Farmington firefighter Mike Wise is retiring after 20 years of responding promptly to calls and giving excellent lifesaving skills. "One piece of advice I would give the new guys is to treat every call like an emergency because it may be just a call to us, but it is a true emergency to the people you are dealing with and you should treat them like family," Wise said.
Neighbors are busy planning block parties and cookouts for next week's National Night Out in Farmington and Nite to Unite in Rosemount. The NNO will take place the evening of Tuesday, August 1. The annual event's aim is to foster enhanced relationships between neighbors and law enforcement while attempting to bring neighbors together to form closer knit neighborhoods and communities.
Teams at Farmington's Relay for Life showed up to celebrate lives and lead the fight against cancer. The annual fundraiser was hosted inside Farmington High School Friday, July 21. This year the potential stormy weather led to a venue change from the outdoor track. Many activities like Zumba and board games were hosted inside the large, open space of Tiger Commons.
The streets of downtwon Farmington were filled Saturday night at the 10th Annual Farmington Block Party & Car Show sponsored by Farmington Business Association.
Hearts beat together at one Farmington day care. Children at Little Disciples Daycare in Farmington are wearing Team Evy T-shirts in support their little friend Evy Sawczynec. This week, 22-month-old Evy will undergo open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. She is the daughter of Scott and Jamie Sawczynec of Farmington and is sister to 5-year-old brother Noah. #TeamEvy has been a way for neighbors, friends and family in Farmington to share words of goodwill and prayers, according to Jennie Jones, day care provider at Little Disciples.