Kara Hildreth / contributor
A Hy-Vee grocery store is still on the horizon for Farmington. Hy-Vee is excited to open in Farmington as it continues to open more locations across the Twin Cities, according to Tara Deering-Hansen, communications vice president for Iowa-based HyVee. Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger said the project will begin when Hy-Vee seeks final approvals for site plans and building permits.
Volunteer Farmington Tiger Fan Club booster parents raised concerns this month about how a tentative collective bargaining agreement for teachers could affect booster clubs. Tiger Fan Club President Sue Dentinger spoke on behalf of booster parents who packed an Aug. 14 school board meeting. Tiger Fan Club formed in May 2015 to support Farmington sports and club activities. Dentinger said they were notified the week prior that booster-paid positions were added to a compensation schedule with payment amounts subject to category and years of service.
Suspects believed to be seeking to steal smartphones were outsmarted by Farmington police earlier this month. Farmington police were monitoring radio traffic across Dakota County Aug. 12 and heard that suspects had made off with stolen property from Verizon stores in Lakeville and Mendota Heights, according to Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist. Police decided to wait outside the Verizon storefront in downtown Farmington to see if the suspects were headed there. Within five minutes, the suspects arrived.
Farmington police officer Breanna Larson takes the oath to protect and serve to heart as she pursues a new chapter in her career. Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist gave Larson her police badge mounted on a plaque at the Aug. 7 council meeting. "I could not be happier for her," Lindquist said. "I thought for the longest time that I was going to lose her to the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) because she had those skills."
Farmington's ReAnn Eidahl selected a Bible verse to quote in her coronation speech when she was crowned a 2018 Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess. "She is clothed in strength and dignity and she can laugh at the days to come," she said. Eidahl believes these sentiments sum up her character and positive outlook on the future. The words come from Proverbs 31:25.
The Dakota County Fair, which wrapped up Sunday, offered something for everyone. Here are more photos.
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.