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National Guard soldiers from communities around the state -- including Rosemount -- leave Thursday for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan. The 22 soldiers represent A Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. A departure ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bloomington Armory. "These soldiers have volunteered and stood up to the challenge to augment the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Oklahoma on their deployment to Afghanistan," said officer in charge of the deploying unit, Army 2nd Lt.
Finance director Jeff Priess has announced his resignation from the Farmington School District. Priess becomes the third senior district employee to leave the district since Feb. 28, when superintendent Brad Meeks reached an agreement with the school board for his own resignation. Meeks will remain in the district until Aug. 31 unless he finds another job before that. Human resources director Linda Goers resigned from the district earlier this month to take a job in the St. Paul School district. Priess did not respond to calls seeking comment on his resignation.
The new Farmington home of AK Performance Graphics is still very much a work in progress, but the business that is settling into the former city-owned garage is stronger than ever. For now, business owner Adam Kurth and his employees work in a large open space cluttered with boxes and other equipment. A to-do list on a large easel is a mix of jobs for clients and projects needed to get the building in shape. But Kurth has plans for the space that include a high-tech reception area for customers and several rooms set aside for specific jobs.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks is not headed to Stillwater. The Stillwater School Board chose Montgomery-Lonsdale superintendent Corey Lunn as its new leader March 24. The board plans to make the decision official March 31. Meeks, Farmington's superintendent since 2003, announced his resignation unexpectedly Feb. 28. He was one of three finalists for the Stillwater job and spent a day this week visiting district buildings and meeting with groups parents, teachers and other district employees.
Farmington's population is bigger, older and at least a little bit more diverse than it was 10 years ago according to 2010 Census data released last week. The numbers released last week will help city leaders make decisions about development and marketing over the next decade. The 2010 Census pegged Farmington's population at 21,086, a 70.5 percent increase from the 2000 population of 12,365. According to census numbers Farmington is currently the seventh largest city in Dakota County. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been around Farmington for a while.
The local Grow Farmington effort is yielding some growth of a very literal sort. The city-business partnership aimed at breathing new life into the city's business community has so far involved a lot of theorizing and conceptual thinking, but it's led to at least one concrete project. The group is organizing the return of hanging flower baskets to downtown light poles.
Three concept plans presented last week offer a glimpse at what the future might hold for a more than 400-acre regional park planned for Empire Township. The plans, presented to Dakota County's physical development committee, offer visions of a park with typical amenities like hiking trails, picnic grounds and camping areas, but also with unique features like extensive wetland areas and something called an agboretum that could present opportunities for education on farming and plots for community gardeners. The concept plans, developed with consultant Sanders, Wacker, Bergly Inc., are the la
The Farmington School Board has rejected, at least for now, the idea of making cuts at the top of the district's teaching and learning department. At a special budget workshop Monday night board members expressed support for approximately $1.9 million in budget adjustments, including more than $1.8 million in cuts, for the 2011-12 school year.
About this time next year, the City of Hampton will be getting started with a major road reconstruction project. Construction will cover less than half a mile of the city's downtown streets, but those streets will be rebuilt entirely - with new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, parking, water and sanitary sewer mains and storm sewers.
What does TDN stand for in nutrition? What are the six nutrients important for life? What are the gaits of a horse? These questions - and a whole lot more - were fielded by 4-H youth Saturday, when they put their knowledge to the test for a shot at competing in the State 4-H Project Bowl. The regional competition, one of four held across the state, was held at Hastings High School. Project Bowls put youth in a race to be the first to correctly answer a question about a particular subject area. They compete in teams, with three to six people per team.