FARMINGTON—City Council members debated the merits of a salary increase for mayor and themselves during an April 9 council work session. Discussion arose from a goal-setting workshop. David McKnight, city administrator, explained that the wages are part of the city code. Now the annual salary for the mayor at $8,040. Since 2009, City Council members have received $7,020. "I would think 1 percent per year increase on both sides, if we were going to go that route," Council member Katie Bernhjelm.
ROSEMOUNT — Adopted puppy Leo is a Shih Tzu who has stolen the hearts of one Rosemount family. Teja Choudhery, 23, she said always has had a tender heart for dogs, feeding homeless dogs in Mexico and India when she went on vacation with her family. Today she has taken that kindness and compassion to become a loyal foster parent. In fact, she has fostered 25 dogs via Second Hand Hounds. She connected with the Eden Prairie-based nonprofit through a college friend.
FARMINGTON — Educators are discussing real methods to improve school safety across the country with increasing gun violence on school campuses. Dr. Steven Geis, principal at North Trail Elementary, represented all principals as the president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Last month, Geis traveled to Washington, D.C., for the NAESP's strategic planning meeting.
Election results may become more secure and local voters may soon get results sooner if Dakota County communities invest in a new, countywide electronic voting system. Cindy Muller, Farmington administrative assistant, presented the county proposal during the Monday, April 2, City Council meeting. While Farmington tabled discussion, Rosemount City Council approved that community's participation at its meeting Tuesday night. That vote was part of the consent agenda.
FARMINGTON—Flagstaff Meadow Park is the winning name for the future city park inside the Regetta Fields housing development. The name came from Leanna Morgan, who lives 1,350 miles away in Port Aransas, Texas. The Farmington City Council approved the choice at the Monday, April 2, meeting.
ROSEMOUNT — The Second Act Players discovered that if you cannot pinpoint the proper play script, write an original. That is how "What REALLY Happened at St. Anthony's?" came to life. The three comedies within a play will premiere with three shows this weekend. The small but lucky cast of 13 agree that even if you are not Catholic or did not grow up in this faith, the play will make you laugh. The content is suitable for all ages.
FARMINGTON — Can the words and visual logo symbol be important to communicate a message and attract business to the city? Farmington City Council analyzed the city's current mission statement, logo and tagline during a recent work session and has agreed to consider options at a workshop April 9. "The next step we will draft options and gather feedback and come up with a general idea of what we would be seeing our new logo looking like," Lauren Siebenaler, communications specialist, said in an interview.
FARMINGTON — The criminal mind can be a dark place to understand. Former FBI agent and forensic trainer Dan Craft spoke about the criminal mind in front of a standing-room-only audience Tuesday evening at Farmington Library. Craft shared shocking cases of murder and crime during his 31-career working cases for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, where he was a crisis negotiator and case agent, including that of notorious serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. Craft shared crime scene images of body parts that Dahmer posed and photographed after each murder.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — Leota Dillon holds a strong zest for living and life and each day looks forward to adding a few brushstrokes on her paintings. "I actually love life and I have no reason not to love life," she said. She celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 3. As a resident of Rosemount Senior Living, she will celebrate becoming centenarian April 4 with residents and staff. Then she will welcome family to town for a private party April 14. Dillon said she feels fortunate to have 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren after raising three sons.
FARMINGTON — Rock music can serve as a voice for the voiceless for the whole world to hear. Four senior students at Farmington High School researched how rock 'n' roll has influenced history and how social justice issues have been played out with lyrics and music of all genres that span decades. The young men created a class called History of Rock Music. They all took it at Farmington High School as an independent study course where they researched and wrote the curriculum.