FARMINGTON — Retired police officer Ted Dau thinks school resource officers are an important piece in the puzzle in keeping youth safe and reducing school shootings across the country. Dau worked 30 years as a detective, hostage negotiator, patrol officer and school resource officer in Farmington. Today he works as a senior instructor for National Association of School Resource Officers. "I left here in 2010 when I was injured by a gang banger at the high school who destroyed my left knee and that is a deal ender to being a cop," he said.
Farmington and Rosemount students were allowed to exercise First Amendment freedoms on school grounds to take part in a peaceful protest Wednesday against school shooting violence. Students joined teenagers in solidarity across the metro, state and nation who chose to unite during the National School Walkout for 17 minutes on March 14, one month after the mass shooting took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The Front Porch Players will perform three more shows of "Murder Among Friends" this weekend at the Steeple Center in Rosemount. The murder mystery, written by Bob Barry, keeps the audience wondering until the last scene. The six-character cast tells the story of a planned murder that is slated to take place inside a New York duplex on New Year's Eve. An actor and his wife who engage in multiple affairs plan a robbery and murder. The plays comes alive with plenty of unexpected twists and many laugh-out-loud moments.
Touch of Soul owner Denson Malone is ready to relax customers in his tranquil massage studio. A licensed massage therapist, Malone opened his new massage studio a few weeks ago inside the renovated Farmington Mall. He looks forward to welcoming the community to come and take a tour. "I am extremely passionate about what I do and the reviews I have gotten over the years speak to that because people can feel it, and that is where I am coming from when I am engaging in my body work, I am coming from a deep place within my soul," Malone said.
FARMINGTON — Guatemalan women dream daughters and sons will live well. They dream children will receive an education and grow up to become healthy and happy in safe homes filled with energy. Farmington School Board member Julie Singewald shares details of her third trip abroad to Antigua, Guatemala, where she traveled with teams of colleagues from Allina Health. The teams travel to this Third World country to make a difference in families' and women's lives as part of a global community service effort.
Do you have a burning passion to serve your community as a firefighter? If you are curious, you can attend one upcoming recruiting open house hosted by the Farmington Fire Department. The informal sessions are designed to extinguish questions you may have about what is means to sign up to become a volunteer, paid, on-call firefighter. New recruits will study at the fire academy as part of joint training with Apple Valley, Lakeville and Farmington departments. Most courses are taught in Apple Valley.
ROSEMOUNT — Fire destroyed a multi-tenant commercial building that housed a woodworking shop, a lawn and snow removal business and an automotive shop. Rosemount Fire Department battled the flames in freezing temperatures for five and a half hours Feb. 21 off South Robert Trail in the old Rick's Auto Repair property. Each business leased a stall space. Mutual aid was given by Farmington, Apple Valley and Hastings fire departments.
FARMINGTON — Women can feel more empowered when wearing professional, fashionable work clothes. That is idea behind the free community closet called Clothed in Faith housed inside Faith Church. Organizer Kathy Gunderson wants to get the word out that closet is open and women can come shop for free. The Women of Faith ladies circle wishes to help out women and give ladies a fresh foot forward when they decided to enter or reenter the workforce, head out on job interviews and build a professional, seasonable wardrobe.
Farmington dog owners may soon board pets at a new doggy daycare within the city limits. Farmington Planning Commission discussed and reviewed a draft city ordinance for dog kennels during the Feb. 13 monthly meeting. The new small business would provide services for dog owners with daycare, boarding and walking services. A new business has shown interest in opening a new doggy daycare business in the Farmington Mall at the address of 923 Eighth St., located on the city's south edge of town off Highway 3.
FARMINGTON — The School Board approved construction to redesign learning spaces inside five elementary buildings, two middle schools and Farmington High School. Dan Miller, director of operations, presented a bid proposal and the board approved the total contract of $1,470,000 from JT Egner Construction in Lakeville during the regular Feb. 12 board meeting. Two alternate bids for new carpet at Riverview Elementary and new flooring at Farmington High School were rejected due to the high prices.