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.
Farmington Police Department K-9 officer Gary Tipton looked to the mythical world when he named the department's second police dog. Tipton and his family selected the superhero name "Odin" after the comic book character father of Thor, known as the peace-loving, wise hero who fought to bring peace and justice. Tipton believes the four-footed Odin will be highly trained to bring greater public safety to Farmington and surrounding communities.
Farmington leaders spoke Saturday at a goodwill sendoff drive to Port Aransas, Texas, the island town Farmington adopted after Hurricane Harvey devastated the community.
Farmington Fire Department holds open house.
Each year school administrators predict and budget for growing or changing fall student enrollment that show up at each school building on the first day of school. District Superintendent Jay Haugen shared an early student body fall enrollment update with Farmington School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11, regular board meeting. Haugen shared a breakdown on the total enrollment from five elementary buildings, two middle schools and Farmington High School, along with students who attend Gateway Academy.
Attracting new industrial park companies to build on undeveloped land requires that the acreage be site or shovel ready. Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger said the agency's 2016-18 strategic plan calls for development of economic tools and site readiness. The advisory board recently voted to invest $20,000 to help with programs that promote and encourage site readiness for undeveloped land.
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.