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If Farmington police are right, Daniel Meyer had an eventful night in late August. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the 32-year-old Faribault man broke into an Xcel Energy substation in Farmington and stole a spool of copper wire, then sped away when police stopped to question him, crashing through a residential fence in the process. Farmington police first came into contact with Meyer early on the morning of Aug. 22.
Several softball fields in Farmington are in line for a facelift thanks to the city's youth softball organization. The Farmington Girls Fastpitch Association is using a $6,700 grant from the Minnesota Twins as well as its own money to make improvements at four fields, all located on property owned by the Farmington School District. The biggest of the projects, on what is known as field D at Boeckman Middle School, will create a usable softball field out of an area that was otherwise of little use. "Baseball didn't use that space.
Farmington's higher-than-expected student enrollment brings additional state funding, but it also means more expenses. The district had an official Oct. 1 enrollment of 6,651. That's 117 students more than last Oct. 1, and the increase means $435,000 in additional revenue from the state. State funding to school districts is based on student enrollment. The state uses Oct. 1 numbers to determine funding levels. "That's a very good position to be in this school year," superintendent Jay Haugen said at Monday night's regular school board meeting.
There's something spooky in Darrin and Mara Ceason's garage, and it's not the lingering spirits of long-dead lawn mowers and leaf blowers. On Halloween weekend the Farmington couple, with the help of friends and neighbors, will unveil the fourth edition of their haunted garage, a full-fledged haunted house squeezed into a three-car space and held each year as a fundraiser for the Farmington Food Shelf. The Ceasons have always had a special affection for Halloween. Mara's birthday is in late October, and her parties tended to turn into Halloween parties.
Everyone has goals. No matter how big or how small, every person has at least one goal in their life. What people do with them is what separates people from each other; some people choose to fulfill their goals, others choose to work towards the goal but don't achieve it and some other people choose to let them go without even trying. Whatever the person does about their goal is their choice, but it's still a goal. The people who fulfill their goals are the most successful. They are the people who thrive in life. They're also usually the happiest.
It was Roxanne Meyer's job to make payments for a Farmington woman who was suffering from dementia, but police say Meyer instead used the money to pay for her own needs and those of her children. Meyer, 52, of Farmington, was charged earlier this week with six felony counts of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. A complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office alleges she misused the woman's funds to pay taxes, pay off loans for herself and her children and college tuition for her children, among other things.
Mike Lee isn't new to The River Church, but for the past month or so he's had a new job. Lee, a Farmington resident, took over Sept. 1 as pastor at the downtown church he has attended since 2004, and where he and his wife have been associate pastors since 2006. We sat down with him Monday to talk about his new role, chili carts and how to get men to come to church. How have things been going? Really well. I'm excited. How did you come to attend the church? We were just looking for something that was really original and fresh and new.
Farmington Fire Station No. 2 was a busy place Thursday night. Cars lined the nearby streets, a crowd gathered to get a closer look at the life of a firefighter. The event featured food as well as an opportunity for kids to try their hands with fire hoses and fire extinguishers. There was a chance to explore fire trucks and a demonstration of the jaws of life, complete with a landing by an air ambulance helicopter. Pictured, Mohammad Sherkawi tries his hand with a fire extinguisher.
Tucked away in a nondescript Lakeville business park is a new facility a local soccer program hopes will become a valuable tool for boosting numbers and improving performance. Farmington Club Soccer was founded in 1995, but in recent years the group has been losing players because of a lack of premier-level teams. This year the group is making a couple of changes it hopes will turn things around. First was a name change -- to South Metro Futbol Club -- that the group hopes will draw players from beyond Farmington borders.
A decision last spring by the Minnesota Legislature could lead to some increased spending now for the Farmington School District, but it should mean big savings down the road. The legislature's decision in its most recent session will allow Farmington and other Minnesota districts that took out loans from the state in the early 1990s to repay the principal of the loan without having to worry about the interest. The Farmington district took out a more than $8 million capitol loan in 1991 for building construction and another roughly $145,000 loan in 1992 for debt service.