The new Farmington Fire Chief Justin Elvestad took the oath to serve and protect Tuesday — something he's already done for nearly half of his life but will do now as the department's recognized leader. "Early on in my career, I wanted to be full time for the city because I have always been passionate about Farmington and the community," Elvestad said in an interview. "It is exciting; I have been working for the fire service since I was 20 years old."
For years, Rosemount youth sports teams have been challenged to find courts on which to play. Hope Fieldhouse is the name of a proposed building project that aims to alleviate the lack of court space. Hope Fieldhouse President Dan Corley and his wife, Heather, are spearheading the project. As a coach at Christian Life Academy in Farmington, Corley plans to work at Hope Fieldhouse when it opens.
Farmington School Board elected Melissa Sauser as new chair but was unable to agree on a vice chair. The six-member board split 3-3 several times. Kristin Goodreau nominated Sauser to be the chair during the Monday, Jan. 8, meeting. Sauser replaces Jake Cordes. Before the final approval, Board member Julie Singewald asked Sauser to answer a few questions. "Outside of being the contact for the board with the superintendent and as the co-developer of the board agenda, what do you feel are the three most important aspects of being board chair?" Singewald said.
Ready to paint purple and yellow brushstrokes on the football uniforms, artist Patty Smith is patient. But she is eager to see the results from this week's Minnesota Vikings playoff game. Then she can paint the finishing touches on her fun-loving masterpiece. For now, her art shows a pile of football players in white uniforms in the middle of the field.
Farmington Acting Fire Chief Justin Elvestad answered questions in the hot seat during the meet-and-greet session Jan. 4. Elvestad took questions from fellow firefighters, the public, elected officials and media inside the council chambers after taking part in a second round of interviews with city department heads to become the fire chief.
Farmington City Council adopted a pension increase for Farmington Fire Relief Association that members believe they may help with retention of firefighters. Jeffrey Allbee, president of Farmington Firefighters Relief Association, shared a report on the annual pension contribution at the Dec. 11 council work session. The council approved the measure Dec. 18. As an assistant fire chief, Allbee said the pension contributions are awarded for years of service. The approved annual benefit increase went from $5,500 to $6,500 effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Cheering for the Minnesota Vikings to win is serious business for Farmington City Council member Katie Bernhjelm. As a passionate, a diehard football fan, it is also her job. She works for the Minnesota Vikings, but this career is certainly not a chore. Wearing "Bold North" mittens to show team spirit, Bernhjelm is celebrating like most Minnesotans after the Vikings won the NFC North Division.
Farmington Acting Fire Chief Justin Elvestad is the sole finalist to fill the permanent role. Elvestad will talk community members 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in the City Hall chambers as part of the recruitment process. Fire Chief Jim Larsen resigned Nov. 3 and the city appointed Elvestad, the assistant chief, as acting fire chief. After receiving 38 applications, a team then interviewed five people. "We were hoping for three for a second round," City Administrator David McKnight said.
Girls and boys from across the globe will soon open shoeboxes packaged with care and given with affection. That is the mission of Operation Christmas Child. Farmington City Council member Robyn Craig reminded locals to volunteer at the local Operation Christmas Child during a council roundtable. Each year, the Minneapolis warehouse moves and this year it was housed minutes away from Farmington.
Redundancy is not usually a selling point for effective government, it can be with technology. The city of Farmington approved an agreement that promises to add institutional internet network services. Farmington City Council approved entering the Dakota Broadband Joint Powers agreement on Monday, Dec. 18, after three years of detailed discussions, debate and more than 20 draft revisions.