FARMINGTON—Ryan La Brash has operated La Brash Plumbing & Heating for three years and recently opened a storefront downtown. "Now we have a place to call home and be a part of the community and we can have a route to come to every day," he said. "I have been working out of my van for eight years and we wanted a storefront." La Brash Plumbing & Heating is housed at 306 Fourth St. in the former, longtime Farmington Printing commercial building next to the Rambling River Center.
FARMINGTON — Ten years ago, the city was honored to be named the first Yellow Ribbon city in Minnesota. Annette Kuyper led the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network as the chair. She received support from her husband, Steve, and a group of devoted volunteers, who worked to make sure the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network was running strong to meet service members' and families' needs before, during and after deployment. The group also sought to enhance the quality of life for older veterans who live in the community.
FARMINGTON — Police arrested a suspect nearly 39 hours after a stabbing took place in a residential kitchen on Walnut Street. Giao Cong Bui, 28, was arrested Tuesday, July 3, as a tip led officers to Bui in front of the Dollar Tree at the Farmington Mall, Sgt. Jim Murphy said. Police were called to a house in the 400 block of Walnut Street at 10:22 p.m. Sunday, July 1. A 911 call came in from a friend who found the victim in the kitchen.
FARMINGTON — The city's monument entrance sign on Pilot Knob Road will soon have new illumination. Farmington City Council approved an agreement with Helm Electric to install LED lighting using regular electrical service on the city's north entrance. The $4,785 price will be paid from Farmington Liquor Store funds, said Randy Distad, parks and recreation director. The approval action was taken during the June 18 Farmington City Council meeting.
FARMINGTON—The science of math is black and white since equations have one correct answer. But teacher Janee Johnson likes to engage all whom she meets about the value of learning math and the power of thinking about math. She believes math is greater than algebra or understanding geometry.
FARMINGTON—Brianna Ostoff is the new director who will lead the umbrella of programs under Farmington Community Education. Ostoff, 34, joins the administrative district staff after working five years for Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Eagan and Savage schools as a youth service coordinator. "Farmington caught my eye because of your superintendent and his vision to bring innovation into your school district," Ostoff said. "I love Farmington because it focuses on the social and emotional development of all ages."
FARMINGTON—Farmington Dew Days committee already is brainstorming ways to celebrate next year when the summer festival marks its 40th anniversary. Julie McKnight, a longtime volunteer who serves on the core committee, now serves as the treasurer of CEEF—Castle Rock, Empire, Eureka and Farmington Enhancement Group. By default, she is the treasurer for Dew Days. She notes that Dew Days founders Jim Bell and Tim Carey remain involved and active in leading a few festival main events.
FARMINGTON—A gateway entrance into a city can serve as curb appeal or perhaps detract interested developers. Available land can attract commercial business to check out the city and available acreage ready to redevelop. Farmington Economic Development agreed in May to move forward with a draft study to address a potential Highway 3 Corridor Study. The city received grant approval June 8 and entered into an agreement with Dakota County Community Development Authority.
EMPIRE TOWNSHIP—Imagine chilling on a blanket in the warm weather under the big sky of Whitetail Woods Regional Park and listening to tunes. If you have not traveled the short jaunt to Whitetail, you have been missing out since it is located halfway between Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. Now there are three free Music in the Park concerts to take in this summer.
FARMINGTON—Community Education Director Heidi Cunningham will soon begin a new chapter in life. Because she has written many pages within this community, she will leave her mark of leadership with a veteran staff and growing programs when she retires this week. "We try to do things in the K-12 system that you might not be able to do," she said.