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Farmington School Board members had lukewarm reactions to three methods the district could use if it chooses to equip all of its students with iPads, and some raised questions about whether the district was moving too fast. At a board workshop Tuesday, finance director Carl Colmark presented rental fees, enrollment growth and a one-time payment from the Farmington School District's general fund as ways to help pay for the purchase of iPads if the district chooses to proceed.
The Farmington School board approved personnel moves Tuesday that eliminate 22 positions and reduce hours for 36 more district employees. The approval came as part of the consent agenda at a workshop meeting. The moves, which affect primarily custodians, educational assistants, nurses and clerical workers, are part of a $1.29 million package of cuts the district is making to balance its budget. The eliminated positions include 12 custodians, mostly part-time or seasonal employees.
The Farmington girls golf team finished last in the first Missota Conference meet of the season, but coach Jon Stock didn't find a lot of reason to complain. The Tiger girls' 455-stroke total was a 90-shot improvement from last week's season-opening meet at Faribault. Brianna Swenson was once again the top scorer for the Tigers, shooting a 101 that was nine strokes better than her total last week. Amanda Steinkeouway was the second Tiger finisher with a 113, a 27-stroke improvement. Kaitlin Jokinen shot a 114.
Rental fees, enrollment growth and a one-time payment from the Farmington School District's general fund could all help pay for the purchase of new iPads for Farmington students. Those are the options finance director Carl Colmark will present at a school board workshop scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boeckman Middle School.
Since last fall, Randy and Don Stenger have been working to get their big patch of dirt ready for new customers to dig up. Earlier this month, the brothers opened their new business, Extreme Sandbox. Extreme Sandbox really is a giant sandbox. It's surrounded on three sides by a grassy berm. It's filled with deep, sandy soil. There are toys - big ones. Kristina Mauersberger and her husband, Tim Anderson, of St. Paul were the first to play in the dirt. Mauersberger happened across a coupon early this year and bought Anderson and herself a session as a Valentine's Day gift.
A call from a concerned driver led Dakota County Sheriff's deputies to a suspected drunk driver last October. Deputies stopped Evan John Bolton, 25, of Farmington, on Highway 3 near 190th Street after watching him drift across the road, according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's Office. According to the complaint, Bolton had bloodshot eyes and his speech was slurred when he spoke with the deputy.
Anyone can tell you that they live a busy life, but it's not always necessarily true. They may have a lot of stuff to do in a day, but what classifies as busy? One person's busy might be another person's lazy. There is no real answer for the above-mentioned question, but it's an interesting one to think about. A typical day of a Farmington teenager goes something like this: school, sport practice, work (if they can find a job ... I've been told it's incredibly difficult), homework, and last but certainly not least, friends.
You can learn a lot about yourself when you're down on all fours in the dirt, trying to get a largely disinterested horse to follow you over a jump. Exactly what you learn is up to you. For one person, it is a revelation about doing a better job standing up for themselves. For others, it's about setting goals, or bringing more customers into a business. Wherever you need to go, it's Heather Kantrud's job to get you there, and the horse is a big part of the process. Crawling in the dirt is optional.
Display cases were smashed and glass covered the floor this morning at Farmington's Gerster Jewelers, the aftermath of an overnight break-in April 19. A board covered the store's front door, a sign taped to it asking visitors to knock or call before entering. Damage inside the store was extensive. The front of every counter display case was smashed, jagged chunks of glass sticking out around ragged holes. Farmington police detective Lee Hollatz said the burglars took gold chains, rings, earrings, bracelets and other items.
There is more drama than you might expect in the world of organic farming. Bad weather and legal battles. Romance. Even some menacing coyotes. Atina Diffley has captured much of that drama in Turn Here Sweet Corn, a recently published memoir that records more than three decades of her life as a pioneering organic farmer in the Midwest, first in Eagan and later in Eureka Township. The book, published by University of Minnesota Press, was released April 1. Diffley grew up wanting to be a farmer.