Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing.
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Chances are good you'll see quite a few cowboy hats around Farmington the first weekend in October. That comes with the territory when it comes to country music festivals. And Farmington is having a country music festival. It's not the size or scope of a CountryJam or WeFest, but national country music acts are coming to town all the same. Ramble Jam, the festival founded by the Farmington Rotary, will bring six musical acts to the Dakota County fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 1. The festival replaces Rotary's Rocktoberfest, which brought 80s rock music to the fairgrounds the past two years.
Somebody with a sweet tooth and a lock cutter managed to get into the concession stand at Dodge Middle School in recent weeks. On Sept. 2, Farmingotn police officer Gary Tipton was called to the Tiger Clubhouse concession stand near the ball fields at DMS. Tipton found the door to the stand kicked in, causing damage to the door, locks and the door frame, according to an incident report. The reporting party told Tipton she could tell there were candy bars and soda missing, though she did not have an exact amount. On Sept.
Rambling River Park was a busy place last Friday, but not because kids were out there playing on a school day. While there were more than 550 fourth graders at the park, they were actually spending a day learning outdoors. They were at Rambling River Park to participate in the annual Pollution Prevention Day. This year marks the 15th year for the education program, sponsored by the city of Farmington in partnership with Dakota Electric Association, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
50 years ago From the Sept. 14, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Skogmo close here; national tea store enlarges Nearly all of the dry goods was sold out of the Skogmo store in Farmington and the owner G.J. Reihsen closed it Saturday afternoon. This was done to make room for an enlarged National Tea store, located next door; this building is also owned by Reihsen.
Yet another year of omelet breakfasts at the Farmington American Legion started up last Sunday. By coincidence, it happened that our first breakfast of the year was scheduled on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. I'll be honest -- for being president of the local American Legion Auxiliary unit, the whole concept of the 9/11 anniversary hadn't really sunk in. I'd just come back from spending two weeks running the Minnesota Newspaper Museum out at the State Fair.
Stroll into Farmington City Hall these days, and you might feel like you're actually out at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. After all, many of the buildings from Dakota City are lined up in the lobby. That's thanks to local artist Beve Preece, president of the Dakota Valley Arts Council in Farmington. Preece has been working on her own version of the historic buildings at the fairgrounds, and she's sharing them with the community. She talked about her work last week. You did those (paintings) during the fair, didn't you? How many are there? A dozen. Twelve.
The theme of this year's event was Kids Can Make aa Difference. Classes of students from all five elementary schools in ISD 192 participated in the event. Eleven different stations were set up around the park. Classes of students moved from station to station throughout the day. Some of the presenters provided hands-on activities for the students, while others, like the Minnesota Zoo, brought exhibits to share. The event is sponsored by the city of Farmingotn, Dakota Electric Associatoin, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Blythe, Tilly, Bud and Reggie are new to Riverview Elementary School this fall, but they're already pretty popular. At least, the kids think they're pretty cool. Ask some of the adults around the school, and there might be a different opinion. Blythe is a female leopard gecko. Tilly is a blue-tongued skink. Bud's a miniature Russian tortoise. And the new guy? Reggie? Well, he's a bull python. They all hang out together in a new life science lab at Riverview Elementary School. It's kind of a pet project, so to speak, of third grade teacher Cinda Current.
The Farmington Liquor Store on Pilot Knob Road is smaller than it used to be, but the savings to the city will definitely be bigger in the long run. If you head to the Pilot Knob liquor store these days, you might notice it's a little smaller - about 2,026 square feet smaller, to be exact - but that doesn't mean there is any less selection. The city of Farmington recently shrunk its Pilot Knob location with one goal in mind - saving money. The city leases the site, and the lease is up in December.
On Tuesday, the Farmington City Council voted 3-2 to approve a $992,566 increase to the preliminary levy for 2012. Council member Julie May called the preliminary numbers "too aggressive." Council member Christy Jo Fogarty called them a "short-term pain for long-term stability." Now it will be up to the residents to share what they think about the increase. The city of Farmington was required to approve a preliminary levy by Sept. 15.