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A long-vacant downtown property could have a new occupant by October if things go according to plan. The Farmington Economic Development Authority voted Monday to sell the property long known as the McVicker lot to Dr. Linden Dungy. Dungy, who since 2005 has operated Immanuel Dental in downtown Farmington, plans to build a 3,000-square-foot dental clinic on the property, located on the 300 block of Third St. For Dungy, the move was necessary to accommodate a growing practice. "We need to move," he said. "We need to expand here.
Farmington School Board members hope a sometimes stormy night of discussion will clear the air for future interactions. The agenda of the board's April 20 retreat talked about "developing mutual expectations," but the night turned into a mix of identifying board members' strengths and airing complaints that in some cases had been simmering since January. Board member Julie Singewald said she was blindsided at the first meeting of the year by a decision to elect new board member Tera Lee as the board's chair.
Seven years after he brought a young church to Farmington, Mike Barnett is headed back west. Barnett came to Minnesota nearly a decade ago to launch New Heights Christian Fellowship. He brought the church to Farmington in 2004. But now, he's going home. He'll head to San Diego this summer to start another new church. Since this is a significant time of year for pastors, we caught up with Barnett last week to talk about the church and what Holy Week means for him. How are things at the church?
If you own a residential property in Dakota County, chances are the market value decreased this year. The annual 2011 market value report released this week by Dakota County Assessing Services shows that market value changes varied across property types for assessments for taxes payable next year. Most apartment values were unchanged. Residential properties decreased an average 2 to 4 percent. About half of the commercial properties were unchanged. The other half were reduced 2 to 4 percent.
The Farmington School District will put a plan in place this year to make sure it's doing everything it can to get its message out to residents. Communication specialist Jim Skelly introduced the idea at the Farmington School Board's April 11 meeting.
Farmington High School's Youth Development group held its second annual Games for Change Friday night at the school. The overnight event is intended to raise awareness of poverty in Farmington and to collect food and money for the Farmington Food Shelf. This year's event drew teams of students, alumni, staff and community members to compete in games like floor hockey, volleyball an capture the flag. Participants paid $20 per person to compete and were encouraged to bring food donations.
Farmington students feel safe and respected at school, are drinking less and planning with greater frequency to attend college according to the results of the Minnesota Student Survey. The survey, given to sixth graders, freshmen and seniors in nearly all Minnesota school districts every three years, asks students about everything from their relationship with their parents to whether they feel bullied at school. The Farmington School Board heard the results of last year's survey at their regular meeting Monday night. There was some good news in the results.
The Farmington School Board wants to create some new opportunities to hear what's on the mind of district residents. After a series of meetings in which board members heard both complaints and compliments from residents, board members talked Monday about creating a regular meeting -- perhaps monthly, perhaps quarterly -- at which board members can sit down and talk with whoever wants to show up about whatever district business is on residents' minds.
The Farmington School Board will hear the results of the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey and get an update on communications and marketing efforts at its meeting tonight. The Minnesota Student Survey is given every three years to students in sixth, ninth and 12th grades to assess a number of topics including feelings about the school environment attitudes toward drug and alcohol use. According to the most recent survey, Farmington students for the most part believe their teachers show respect for them and feel safe at school.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom is urging all citizens to do just that as Crime Victims Rights Week, "Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past," is observed Sunday through Saturday, April 10 to 16. According to Backstrom, Crime Victims Rights' Week is a time to honor victims and the advocates of victims' rights. This year's theme pays tribute to the millions of crime victims who have summoned the strength to rebuild their shattered lives, families and communities.