"I want to be a voice for anyone who has an issue," he said. "I want to get more parents involved in the schools and come to these meetings and see what is going on."
Interim Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford is focused on continuing to strengthen the faith between the community and public safety within the city. Rutherford, 49, was chosen to lead the department when Farmington City Council approved a separation agreement in August with former chief Brian Lindquist.
Two incumbents now serving on the Farmington School Board have filed to serve another four-year term. Farmington School Board Chair Melissa Sauser and vice chair Steve Corraro are running for re-election Tuesday, Nov. 6. Melissa Sauser Melissa Sauser, 38, is finishing her eighth year on the Farmington School Board and is eager to serve a third term. She works part-time at a martial arts school and is proud to say her children and family are all black belts.
FARMINGTON — Soon one final chapter will be written in a long, formerly contentious story about land that is now Farmington High School encircled by farmland. Farmington School Board updated residents about working on an agreement at its Sept. 24 meeting. "A number of people lived this story over a decade ago when there were plans to build a new high school, and there was some contention around where the city sued the school district and the school district sued the city," said Jay Haugen, district superintendent.
New attendance boundary lines were approved by Farmington School Board at the Monday, Sept. 24 regular business meeting. "We are not shifting anybody or disrupting anyone, their expectation or current situation to make this boundary or attendance change," said Dan Miller, district operations director. The new attendance boundaries lines will take effect in the 2019-20 school years for Farmington Public Schools. Boundary changes will affect students and households in new and upcoming residential housing developments underway now or will break ground in future years.
Candidates vying for one of two open seats on Farmington City Council spoke during the Sept. 19 candidate forum while a packed audience listened in the council chamber. Maureen Scallen Failor, president of Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce that sponsored the forum, served as moderator. Incumbent council member Katie Bernhjelm joined four new candidates — Nick Gessell, Joel Pritchett and Phil Windschitl, along with write-in candidate Joshua Hoyt. Hoyt was initially not able to participate in the forum, but the chamber deliberated and approved his participation.
FARMINGTON — This week's Farmington homecoming halftime show will march to the beat of a different drummer with new hand-painted signs showcased at the end of the show. The 10-foot signs carried by band students will read "UNITE" instead of "RESIST." The high school received complaint calls from district and band parents who believed the word "resist" was a political statement against President Donald Trump's beliefs, actions or his presidency.
Caycee Lynn Bregel has been charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in the connection with the death and neglect of cats. Bregel, 25, a former owner and operator of Minnesota Animal Rescue, was arrested in May after a search at her rural Castle Rock rental home found dead and neglected animals. Bregel has been charged with one felony count of mistreatment of animals and 12 misdemeanor counts of mistreatment of animals. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office worked with the Animal Humane Society to conduct the animal cruelty case investigation.
FARMINGTON — Joshua Hoyt planned a campaign to seek a Farmington City Council seat in 2020. But a month ago Hoyt launched his grassroots write-in campaign to seek a seat on Farmington City Council in this November's election. Hoyt decided to run sooner after witnessing the outpouring of community outrage at the Aug. 20 City Council meeting in response to the approval of the separation agreement between the city of Farmington and former Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist.
ROSEMOUNT — Food can bring people together. That sentiment led to the creation of Rosemount's inaugural Fall Food Truck Festival. Hosted by the city of Rosemount, the festival plans to entertain guests with an electric mix of food flavors. The festival hopes to offer up to 12 food trucks open 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Park in Rosemount.