Imagine living with all the data and information you need at your fingertips — greater access than today with smartphones, laptops, iPads and live streaming music and movies. Imagine a world where the reality is 50 billion connected devices and every human is connected to 10 devices. The need for data storage will be greater and in high demand. That world is not far off, according to Mark Lofthus, economic development director with Dakota Electric Association in Farmington.
The 10th Farmington Business Association's Block Party and Car Show rolls into downtown Saturday night, July 22. Josh Solinger, president of FBA and event co-chair, said each year guest attendance grows due to word of mouth and connections with social media. Each year the downtown streets are filled to capacity with 150 to 200 cars.
Future yellow school bus wheels will go round and round with electricity harnessed from wind power. Three partners collaborated to roll out the electric school bus pilot program: Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association of Farmington and Great River Energy, the power supplier for Dakota Electric.
Two Farmington residents were injured after jumping from a second floor apartment window on Sunday evening. "The fire was contained to a single unit and a number of residents were forced to jump from a second floor unit to escape the fire which was blocking the stairwell," said Farmington Fire Chief Jim Larsen. The fire appears to have originated in the stairwell or near the stairwell, Larsen said.
Advance Auto Parts applied for a Downtown Facade Improvement Grant from Farmington Economic Development Authority. Building owner Gary Van Erp applied for the grant EDA grant June 8 to update the exterior facade of his storefront business built in 1999 that is open on Oak Street next to the bakery. The total project is estimated to cost $11,500, including the $2,500 EDA grant request. Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger reports the owner requests grant funds to assist with improvements for the exterior building.
School breakfast and lunch prices will go up a nickel this fall due to reduced federal revenue from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmington School District Finance Director Jane Houska updated the Farmington School Board Monday, June 26, about price changes for school breakfast and lunch meals. The report was part of the board's approval of the 2017-18 budget. Food service expenditures for the next school year are estimated to cost the district $3.1 million. An online calculator estimates how much school districts require students to pay for school meals.
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.