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With dresses, tuxedos, limos and flowers to think of, prom season can be an expensive time for teenagers. But this year two Farmington businesses are teaming up to take some of the sting out of getting dressed up for a night on the town. For the past several years Total Care Cleaners owner Yury Slutsky has collected, cleaned and sold used prom dresses to teens looking for a good deal. This year, with the help of Michelle Overbey, owner of secondhand store Shidor, things are getting a whole lot bigger. Overbey and Slutsky have both been collecting dresses this year.
At least four Republican candidates are competing to replace retiring Minnesota Senator Pat Pariseau in District 36. No Democrats have formally filed, but District 36 DFL representative Steve Quist said in an e-mail Monday at least one person has expressed interest and the district DFL party is working to recruit others. The picture is clearer -- and a lot more competitive -- on the Republican side. Farmington resident Theresa Stokes announced Feb.
After more than two decades, Pat Pariseau is making this session her last. Pariseau, the Farmington resident who has represented the area in the Minnesota Senate since 1989, announced Monday she will retire when her current term ends this year. The decision wraps up -- or at least refocuses -- a political career that reaches back into the 1970s. Pariseau said she debated for moths whether to seek re-election in November.
The city of Farmington got mixed results in the adult and juvenile crime statistics released this month by the Dakota County Attorney's office. The number of adults charged with felony-level offenses increased by 58 percent -- from 26 prosecutions in 2008 to 41 last year -- but the number of juveniles prosecuted fell from 124 to 93. Countywide, the number of adults charged with felonies fell by 12 percent last year. There were 1,514 adults charged in 200, down from 1,729 in 2008.
Nic Stevens has made music his whole life. The son of a music teacher, it's part of who he is. It's the way he communicates his feeling. It's the way he relieves stress. Up until recently though, the Farmington resident pretty much kept his music to himself. In college he made a couple demos but those efforts didn't go far. Then life happened. He met his wife, became a youth pastor and started a family, which didn't leave much time to pursue his dream of reaching a broader audience.
Rich Ludwig hopes the promise of a little extra assistance will be good for business at Trinity Terrace. On Jan. 4 the senior apartment building, part of a complex that also includes Trinity Care Center nursing home, started offering assisted living services. The services, which include help with medications and bathing, among other things, are a step between independent living and nursing home care, and Ludwig hopes it helps bring residents back into a building that has seen occupancy drop to around 50 percent in recent years.
Jim Gerster is feeling the love this month. With Valentine's Day come and gone Gerster Jewelers is in the middle of one of the best Februaries in its history. At 90 years, that's a lot of history. The downtown Farmington jewelry store is one of the city's oldest current businesses and, now in its third generation of Gersters, it's still going strong. We talked with Gerster this week about the store's history, the changes that have taken place in recent years and, of course, the love. How many generations of Gersters have been in the business?
Eric Campeau was upset his girlfriend was getting a little too close with someone else, but police say he went a little too far to get revenge. Campeau, 21, faces a felony theft charge after he reportedly stole a laptop and cell phone from the young man he felt was spending a little too much time with his girlfriend. Farmington police got a report of the theft last June. The victim told police he was at home having a few beers with friends and that he woke up the next morning and found his computer and phone missing.
There were plenty of people worried about Mark Malecha's safety when he got trapped in a corn silo Feb. 4. But Malecha insists he wasn't one of them. He was stuck. There were people helping him. And as far as he was concerned that was pretty much the end of it. "It was a lot easier on me inside than everybody outside," Malecha said Monday. "I was coming out at some point. It was just a question of when." Malecha can't talk much about how he ended up stuck until OSHA completes its investigation, but emergency workers have said he went into the silo at Feely Elevator to loosen a clog.
If a rapidly tightening waistband isn't enough motivation to lose a few pounds, maybe the opportunity to do some good will be. America's Fitness Center plans to use the next six weeks to whip several of its members into shape and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, all at the same time. Club owner Kyle Snesrud got the idea for the Weight Loss for Epilepsy program after the young son of one of his club managers was diagnosed.