Kara Hildreth / contributor
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.
It took six hours for the Rosemount Fire Department and three other area departments to extinguish a blaze Sunday at Spectro Alloys Corp. Fire crews and police were called at 8:58 p.m. to Spectro Alloys, 13220 Doyle Path East. The fire was located in one baghouse and one large piece of equipment that cleans air from one of the aluminum recycling furnaces. There were no reported injuries.
Minnesota House Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, provided local officials on Monday, July 18, with an update on how legislative changes will impact the city and school district. From the city side of taxes, Garofalo explained the most noticeable change will be substantial tax relief for businesses, especially small businesses and commercial properties. "Specifically, there is something called the citywide property tax, which use to have an automatic increase in it that would automatically raise a portion of taxes that small businesses would pay," Garofalo said.
Runners and walkers who relish in fitness outdoors and chose to interact with nature on city park trails will find one stretch of Vermillion River Trail closed off this summer. During July and August, construction crews are improving the river bank as part of the Vermillion River Streambank Habitat Restoration Project. The City of Farmington is restoring the bank and a 500-foot stretch of trail that runs south of County Road 50 and directly north of the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena near Rambling River Park.
The sticker on Jeff Achen's drone carries a backstory. The word "call sign" stems from his boyhood when he was fascinated with code names and call signs. The number 51 links back to his military career and his ship's number when he served in the U.S. Navy. As a boy, Achen was fascinated with cool code names and today keeps a large collection of G.I. Joe collectible military figures in his Farmington home office. Now Call Sign 51 represents his video company where he gets energy from telling stories via the perspective of nonprofit and business owners.