ROSEMOUNT — Rosemount Area Arts Council invites all who love the arts and those who are curious to come take part in ArtBlast. “We offer a lot of different arts opportunity to people who wish and nearly all of them are family events,” said Jeanne Schwartz, Rosemount Area Arts Council program chair Most events and activities are free June 18-24.
This year the Farmington Dew Days Kiddie Parade hopes to become a three- ring circus. Organizers are planning for a fun, organized, intentional circus parade—a parade with unexpected surprises and youngsters dressed as circus lions, tigers and red nosed clowns. The parade theme is Big Top Circus. All youth are invited to come dressed up as a circus character while riding in a decorated wagon or riding a tricycle or bicycle alongside neighbors, family and friends. Homestead Community Church in Farmington will lead the parade as event sponsor.
Start your engines and show off your sweet ride. The Dew Days Car Cruise will be revving up engines for the ninth year during Farmington's summer festival. Car cruise founder is Bruce Matzdorff, who has been leading the event since the first year when there were 46 cars. Last year 186 cars rolled into the streets of Farmington. After the car cruise details are executed, Matzdorffsaid he looks forward to driving his 1969 Impala Custom Coupe alongside his father, who will ride in the passenger seat.
FARMINGTON — Cassi Brand remembers getting clues as a child to find gifts hidden around the house. She grew skilled at deciphering the messages. Perhaps this family fun tradition served as training to win and lead the Dew Days Medallion Hunt. This year the annual Farmington Dew Days Medallion Hunt will be led by father Kyle Thompson and his daughter, Cassi Brand. Together they won in 2013 and 2015 and report to have had fun playing the last five years. This year they decided to join the Dew Days Committee and committed to leading the event.
FARMINGTON — Since childhood Doris McNamara has witnessed how the sounds of music touch hearts and inspires minds. When she was 4 years old, she remembers being given 11 pennies from a gentleman at a nursing home who told her she had a beautiful voice. This man's kind sentiments influenced her to keep singing. This week McNamara retires after 30 years of teaching music at Farmington Elementary, the first what now is one of five primary schools within Farmington School District 192.
FARMINGTON — Police work runs deep in Steve Kuyper's family. This week Kuyper retires after 23 years serving in public safety as a Farmington officer. He decided in back in junior high to become a police officer alongside his twin brother. who took police explorers training for Bloomington where they lived. Two of Kuyper's sons were inspired by their father to enter the police academy and today work as Minnesota cops.
FARMINGTON — The tall bronze, saluting soldier statue unveiled Memorial Day stands for freedom and celebration. The statue represents all soldiers who served, fought or died in war and peace time defending freedoms in all branches of the United State military. The community gathered to honor veterans at the statue unveiling ceremony on Memorial Day at the Farmington Area Veterans Memorial Park inside Rambling River Park.
ROSEMOUNT — Hastings and Miesville firefighters were among those who responded to Rosemount Fire Department's call for mutual aid at the Fox Family Farm homestead. A farm employee reported a structure fire at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The fire was burning in a livestock building at 6063 160 St. E. Rosemount Assistant Fire Chief Jim Voelker said the blaze resulted in a loss of two buildings, chickens and small hogs. He said 10 fire crews in all were required.
FARMINGTON — The Dog House will soon be catering to man's best friends to offer diverse pet services all under one roof. Co-owners Nicole Johnson and Niels Schapochnicof said they aim to offer the best in caring, attentive pet services that cater to the needs of busy dog lovers. They want to make the lives of pet owners easier and more convenient.
FARMINGTON — Three years ago Jake Nelson was riding his scooter on the sidewalk near his home when police approached him. As a special needs young man who is non-verbal, Jake was unable to communicate, understand or obey officers' commands. He quickly became scared and began crying for his mother. Police handled the situation in the best way by escorting her son home as he rode his scooter and squad car drove slowly alongside, Nancy Nelson said.