Scroll through the photos above. Dew Days 2017 was held June 13-17. --- Link: http://farmingtondewdays.com/
Farmington Elementary School teacher Dave Paxson recalls the exact moment he decided to pursue a teaching career. His oldest middle school son warned him about butter on toast and the dangers of high cholesterol because he learned that from his sixth-grade teacher Mr. Eggers. "I thought, oh, you can teach and that is what teaching is about — you can tell stories and you can tell stories and talk about nature and history and health," he said. "That is when it first entered my mind that I would not mind doing that," Paxson said."
Looking to add a little rainbow to your plate or palette? Mark your calendars and aim to visit your weekly farmers markets and select the best fresh produce to cook up a storm with veggies harvested daily. Snatch up some homemade goods baked in local ovens or learn about fresh herbs and seasonal spring veggies you can cook in new ways. Rosemount umbrella market David Kotsonas, market manager of nearly 20 suburban markets under St. Paul Farmers Market umbrella, said the Rosemount Farmers Market usually boasts 35 booths each year.
As a young kindergartener artist Heidi Haugen Katuin was blown away when she took a field trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts to discover huge paintings of Biblical scenes and fine detailed art. Little did she know, she would grow up to become an illustration artist in her professional career and now as a commissioned artist. Haugen can be hired to create fine art illustrations from photos. Her art is so detailed that people swear her art pieces are photographs.
A homemade lamp may have been the cause of a fire in a Farmington townhome on Memorial Day. No one was hurt or home at 934 Catalina Way at Farmington Family Townhomes off Highway 3 on the town's east side when the fire ignited around 3:38 p.m. May 29. A neighbor barbecuing nearby noticed smoking coming from an upstairs window, according to Farmington Fire Chief Jim Larsen.
A fast-acting neighbor kept a Farmington garage fire at bay after improper cooking with a turkey fryer ignited a fire that could have been explosive because of nearby combustible materials. The Farmington Fire Department responded at 7:24 p.m. to the single family home at 4726 198th St. W., just south of 195th Street and east of Akin Road in Farmington. The volunteer team arrived on scene at 7:28 p.m. and the fire was extinguished by 7:30 p.m., according to Farmington Fire Chief Jim Larsen.
Megan Blazek will lead Boeckman Middle School as the new principal July 1. The Farmington School Board was introduced to her May 22. Blazek, 35, joins the district after spending her entire educational career working in Eastern Carver County Schools as a teacher and administrator.
Caroline Trites feels fortunate to be safe and alive after losing her home and two beloved dogs Bella and Maya in a May 18 fire in Hampton. The fire around noon took her three-bedroom apartment on top of Naughty Pines Tavern, formerly known as Frank’s Place, 23309 Water St., Hampton. “It was devastating and absolutely horrific to watch and I lost them,” said Trites, referring to her two rescue dogs Bella, an 11-year-old chocolate-brown lab, and Maya, a 7-year-old Dachsund.
Pack up a blanket or lawn chair and head to downtown Farmington where you can hear monthly summer music concerts on the grass at Rambling River Park. In its third year, the Music in the Park concert series will light up the outdoor green space to give residents and guests four free concerts under the sunshine while relaxing near the lush, tree canopy. Attendance has been solid the past few years and varies greatly depending on the weather and the band playing, according to Missie Kohlbeck, recreation supervisor for City of Farmington.
Farmington Police Department's annual open house barbecue was well attended with more than 300 residents who showed up. The open house on May 18 served as time for officers to socialize with residents whose neighborhoods they patrol. Residents and families showed up to tour law enforcement vehicles and walk around inside police station headquarters located off Pilot Knob Road. Many shared a barbecue meal and children's eyes lit up to see police cars with flashing lights. They loved sitting inside the huge, black Dakota County MAAG truck.