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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.
Sometime early March 27 Jordan Dibb will step out of his apartment near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. He'll say good bye to friends and family, take one last look at his apartment building and start walking east. It'll be a while before he comes back. He'll take Hennepin Avenue through downtown and follow Franklin across the river. He'll walk through St. Paul, then turn south. He'll pass through St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove and he'll cross the river into Wisconsin at Prescott.
David Thompson knows good things can happen if you're just willing to ask. The Lakeville resident launched a 12-year career in radio by being persistent with station managers and being willing to work for free. And now he has a shot at becoming a Minnesota Senator because he was willing to ask Republicans in Senate District 36 to support him. Thompson, who currently owns his own law firm in Lakeville, received the District 36 GOP endorsement at the district convention Saturday. He got 62 percent of the vote on the second ballot.
A new location and a fresh infusion of volunteer help has organizers excited about the future of the food shelf in Farmington. After 28 years at Faith United Methodist Church the food shelf will move in early May to an empty classroom at the former Farmington Kindergarten Center. The new space is three times the size of the current food shelf, and its location in a school district building means volunteers will be able to staff it during regular hours rather than opening only for appointments. The change started with a pair of Farmington residents looking for a way to get involved.
A 31-year-old Apple Valley man faces two felony charges of driving while impaired following a Feb. 12 traffic stop in Farmington. A Lakeville police officer stopped Jason Michael Wiseman around 8 p.m. after watching him make a left turn against a red arrow from Pilot Knob Road to 182nd Street. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Wiseman also turned from 182nd to English Avenue without signaling. According to the complaint, the officer noticed a smell of alcohol when speaking with Wiseman.
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.