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Prom season in Farmington got off to a running start last weekend. There were 85 dresses sold cheap at a prom event held Friday through Sunday at downtown's Grand Hall Studio. That has event organizer Michelle Overbey excited, but it's only the beginning. Overbey, who owns downtown secondhand store Shidor, still has 150 dresses left to sell. Overbey teamed up with Total Care Cleaners owner Yury Slutsky to hold the event. For the past several years Slutsky has collected used prom dresses, cleaned them and sold them cheap to people looking for a bargain.
Farmington residents can get a jump on spring styles and support the city's Rambling River Center at a March 16 fashion show planned to raise money for the facility. The Ladyslipper Garden Club, which moved its monthly meetings the the center earlier this year, will hold the event. "That's what our club is. We give to the community," said president Sue Holmen. "In September we did Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. We give to the Farmington Elementary School every year....
The District 192 School Board voted Monday to reject a proposal some board members called a "line in the sand" on paying for improvements to the city's ice arena. School board member Tim Burke introduced a motion Monday that would have cut the district out of paying for any repairs or renovations at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Wichita has offered to change its name. Duluth is offering up the names of its first-born children. All Dakota County has to offer is eager partners, cooperative governments and a tech-savvy population that could mean good business. Bill Coleman believes that's enough to make Dakota County the "only obvious choice" for a high-speed fiber optic data network that Internet giant Google has offered to build free of charge somewhere in the United States. Coleman is executive director of Dakota Future, a countywide group formed in 2008 to promote economic development countywide.
Sigrid Iversen is excited to put theory into practice. Iversen, a Lakeville resident who teaches government classes at Eagan High School, was endorsed Saturday as the District 36B DFL candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Iversen and District 36 DFL chair Toby Nichols said the endorsement was a matter of serendipity. Iversen had been thinking for a while about ways to get more involved in the political process and Nichols was looking for a candidate for House.
Declining enrollment at all grade levels means Farmington eighth graders will not get a chance to take German next year. The District 192 School Board voted 3-2 Monday to approve a 1/3 reduction in German teacher Cheryl Wason's hours. That means no German I classes next year at Robert Boeckman or Levi Dodge Middle Schools.
The St. Cloud Times has reported that Christine Weymouth, assistant superintendent in Independent School District 192, is one of five finalists for the superintendent's position in the Becker School District. Weymouth has been Farmington's assistant superintendent since the position was created in July of 2008. Before that she was principal at Farmington Middle School West. The five finalists were named Monday.
Three Farmington fire fighters received slight burns March 5 while attacking a garage fire on the 6900 block of 200th St. Names of the injured fire fighters were not released, but Farmington fire marshal John Powers said the burns were not severe. Two were treated at the scene. The other had burns on his arm and hand. He was taken to Burnsville Ridges, where he was treated and released. The fire was one of the most impressive blazes Powers has seen in a while, he said. The call came in at about 3:45 p.m. Friday.
A 25-year-old Lakeville man faces felony domestic assault charges after a Feb. 20 fight in which he reportedly dragged his mother around a gravel parking area and punched and choked his father. The Dakota County Sheriff's Department responded Feb. 20 to a report of an assault in progress at a Eureka Township home. They spoke with the parents of Curtis Lee Johnson, who said their son had grabbed his mother by the clothing and dragged her around a parking area outside their home, then kicked the car repeatedly when she locked herself inside and he couldn't get at her.
A Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy got a few clues Michael Swinarski might not have been fit to drive when she came upon him last December. His car was in the west ditch along Highway 52. His eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol. And according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office he misspelled his middle name. The deputy came across Swinarski, a 25-year-old Red Wing resident, shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 13.