FARMINGTON—Farmington Dew Days committee already is brainstorming ways to celebrate next year when the summer festival marks its 40th anniversary. Julie McKnight, a longtime volunteer who serves on the core committee, now serves as the treasurer of CEEF—Castle Rock, Empire, Eureka and Farmington Enhancement Group. By default, she is the treasurer for Dew Days. She notes that Dew Days founders Jim Bell and Tim Carey remain involved and active in leading a few festival main events.
FARMINGTON—A gateway entrance into a city can serve as curb appeal or perhaps detract interested developers. Available land can attract commercial business to check out the city and available acreage ready to redevelop. Farmington Economic Development agreed in May to move forward with a draft study to address a potential Highway 3 Corridor Study. The city received grant approval June 8 and entered into an agreement with Dakota County Community Development Authority.
EMPIRE TOWNSHIP—Imagine chilling on a blanket in the warm weather under the big sky of Whitetail Woods Regional Park and listening to tunes. If you have not traveled the short jaunt to Whitetail, you have been missing out since it is located halfway between Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. Now there are three free Music in the Park concerts to take in this summer.
FARMINGTON—Community Education Director Heidi Cunningham will soon begin a new chapter in life. Because she has written many pages within this community, she will leave her mark of leadership with a veteran staff and growing programs when she retires this week. "We try to do things in the K-12 system that you might not be able to do," she said.
FARMINGTON — From a fuel fire igniting an auto repair shop to celebratory rainbow snow cones with firefighters under blue skies, one year makes a difference. A blaze nearly extinguished the dreams of business owner Eric Zeimet last summer, but the community celebration was much brighter and well wishes were warmer at the open house at EZ Auto Repair. "We wanted to hold off on the grand opening until our one-year mark and that was yesterday on June 21," Zeimet said.
FARMINGTON—A young hometown girl will sing her heart out and bring a little trouble at a park concert this week. The Trouble Clefs featuring Montana Monet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in Rambling River Park. All are welcome to attend the free concert and can bring blankets or chairs to relax in the green space.
FARMINGTON — Upgrades at the Schmitz-Maki Arena will get underway this summer and some work is slated to be complete by fall. Farmington City Council approved $9,500 to hire Wold Architects and Engineers at the Monday, June 18, meeting. Requests for proposals related to preliminary design work and construction cost were mailed to three consulting firms: Stantec, Stevens Engineering and Wold. "All three firms have experience in the design of arena improvement projects," said Randy Distad, city parks and recreation director.
On your next visit to the Farmington McDonald's, you may want to eat inside and check out the new kiosks. If you are picking up food in the drive-thru, soon you will notice a new outdoor digital menu. The Farmington McDonald's hosted reopening Monday, June 18, after a month of remodeling the interior. "It is part of McDonald's vision for the restaurants to upgrade all 14,000 restaurants across the system by the year 2020," said Kay Butler, franchise owner of the Farmington and Rosemount restaurants among other locations in the state.
This collectible shimmers like a white knight in shining armor. Bob and Ruth Pryor parked their Chevy two hours before the 2018 Farmington Dew Days Car Cruise on Saturday, June 16, then fired it up for the drive despite sunny, sweltering temperatures. The next day the Pryors drove their Chevy Bel Air to the annual Father's Day car show in Red Wing. The drive their car as often as they can and said like to take part in summer car cruises like the two upcoming car shows sponsored by the Farmington Business Association.
FARMINGTON — This week the community will show up to support Farmington’s summer festival parade with curbside chairs and blankets. Dew Days Grand Parade coordinator Dori Seegar has been a festival volunteer for seven years. This is her fourth year leading the parade efforts. The Grand Parade attracts more than 4,500 spectators and last year it offered 76 diverse units to entertain children of all ages.