Kara Hildreth / contributor
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.
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.