Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Farmington and Rosemount had spring egg hunts Saturday morning, April 8. The Farmington Business Association brought its event outdoors to the soccer fields at Dodge Middle School, while the Rosemount Lions Club hosted its event at Dakota County Technical College.
Applebee’s Grill & Bar announced via Facebook post Monday it will be permanently closing its Rosemount location Friday, April 14, at midnight. “We have been very grateful for all of your patronage for the 12 years we have been a part of the Rosemount community,” the message stated. “Come join us this week and help us go out with a bang!”
A familiar face was missing from the middle of the diamond when the Farmington softball team took the field for its season opener Friday against Edina. Standout senior pitcher Maddie Muelken wasn't far away, just in the Tiger dugout keeping the scorebook, but it was unfamiliar territory for a player so used to being in the center of the action. The same could be said for the entire last month: Muelken was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma on March 14.
Lee Goren announced April 4 he was stepping down from his position as head coach of the Farmington boys hockey team after one season. Coming off the program’s first trip to the state tournament in 16 years, the Tigers finished with a record of 9-17-1 in Goren’s first season as a high school head coach.
An added emphasis on aggressiveness helped propel the Farmington baseball team to a 7-6 win Tuesday in its season opener against New Prague. The Tigers stole four bases, the last of which moved Mikey Fredrickson into scoring position in the seventh inning and allowed him to come home on Brock Mogensen’s walk-off single.
After 13 years working on cars at repair shops around the south metro, Eric Zeimet of Farmington decided it was time to become his own boss. Zeimet recently approached the owner of MR Auto in Farmington, where he had worked for nearly two years, and worked out a deal to buy the business. He officially took over the shop at 321 Elm St., which is just a block from his home, on March 23. On Friday a large sign went up showcasing the shop’s new name, EZ Auto Repair.
In Kevin Dunnigan’s first season as Farmington’s offensive coordinator last spring, he saw that the Tiger lacrosse team has the physical tools necessary to succeed. Now that he’s the head coach, he’s doing some extra work on the mental side of their game. In the off-season the Tigers had a book club. They got together and read the book Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence. They have also hired a yoga instructor.
The old sports cliche says you should take one game at a time, but when you’re in the Farmington girls’ lacrosse team’s position, it’s hard not to think ahead, at least a little bit, to the Section 1AA tournament.
A trio of state qualifiers are back to try to help the Farmington girls’ track team move up in its three most important meets — the South Suburban Conference championships, the True Team section meet and the Section 1AA championships — this spring. Lauren Peterson, Anna Fenske and Emma Record all return for a Tiger squad that came on strong after an eighth-place finish at the conference meet and a sixth-place showing at the True Team section to place fourth at the section meet.
A group of over 70 underclassmen make the Farmington boys’ track team a bit of an unknown heading into the spring season. Head coach Adam Lippold will see many of his athletes compete for the first time when the Tigers travel to River Falls, Wis., to host a four-team indoor meet Thursday, April 6. He’s hoping to see some of his runners, jumpers and throwers begin building the foundations for careers that will also help build the Tiger program in the coming years.