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At least two Farmington churches with ties to Haiti are making plans to help that country recover from the destruction caused by an earthquake earlier this week. The River Church has set up a fund to collect aid for the Caribbean country, where thousands are dead and many more are seriously injured. Pastor Mike Armbrust said the church will pass along all of the money it takes in to the Loving Hands Ministry of Hatian pastor Joseph Rene. Rene has identified corn and an excavator as significant needs.
After a meeting filled with mostly good news, District 192 finance director Jeff Priess had to deliver a little bad news Monday night. Priess told board members the district will have to make cuts to balance its budget. Current projections show the district with $52,125,830 in expenditures for the 2010-11 school year and $52,564,624 in expenditures.
A longtime umpire in his first year of running tournaments for Farmington Youth Baseball has been charged with stealing as much as $2,200 in raffle proceeds from the group to pay his own bills. The Dakota County Attorney's office on Monday charged 32-year-old Brandon James Bruha with taking the money raised during a July tournament. According to the formal complaint Bruha was in charge of collecting the money from the raffle, which was held to raise money for the organization's general operating fund. By the end of the summer, Bruha still hadn't turned the money over to the organization.
Walk into Farmington's Rambling River Center on the right afternoon and you might hear a familiar sound. It's the plastic plunk of a small ball as it bounces back and forth across the net of a ping pong table. The table is a relatively new addition to the senior center. It was donated by Lloyd and Carolyn Halvorson last year when the center moved into the former city hall building.
Gregory Young told the deputy he was in a hurry to pick up a stranded friend. The deputy told Young he shouldn't be on the road at all. The Dakota County Attorney's office charged the 30-year-old Hugo resident last week with second degree driving while impaired after he was stopped last September for speeding on Highway 52. The deputy stopped Young around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 6 after receiving a report of someone speeding. According to the complaint filed in the attorney's office Young told the deputy he was headed to Zumbrota to pick up a friend.
Salaries for members of the Farmington School Board will stay the same in 2010. Board members voted 5-1 Thursday to keep the board chair's salary at $5,250 per year and board members' salaries at $4,200 per year. Board members will also get $30 per meeting for negotiation sessions, retreats and other meetings outside the regular two per month. The salaries will remain unchanged despite a request from board member Tim Burke to reduce the chair's salary to $4,500 and board members' salaries to $3,600 and to eliminate the $30 payment for other meetings.
Farmington police have a new tool to help them maintain order in the city. Several police officers went through training Monday afternoon for the department's new Tasers, weapons that use 50,000 volts of electricity to incapacitate people who have gotten out of hand. Farmington police chief Dan Siebenaler has had his eyes on the Tasers for several years, but until now he had never been able to find room for them in the department's budget.
To the editor, The editorial of Oct. 10 presented a case for the city of Farmington to engage in liquor retail, namely that profits and promotional gifts benefit the city...
Many of you have heard of Shidor, the Second Hand Store in Farmington. What you may not know about it and the store's owner, Michelle Overbey, is what really makes Shidor so special. Michelle has a deep-rooted passion to help people, and Shidor makes that possible. A percentage of the proceeds are funneled into Salt and Light to mentor and help single parents purchase a home. Michelle also uses the store to help people who are in need. I have seen her in action on many occasions.
Louis Schmitz, who helped start Farmington's first youth hockey league and organized the city's first girls hockey program decades before the sport was recognized at the high school level, died Dec. 29 from complications related to stomach cancer. Schmitz, 85, was at home when he died. He was born to John and Anna Schmitz Aug. 21, 1926 in Red Lake Falls. Schmitz served in the Navy during World War II. He came to Farmington in 1954 when his job transferred him from Red Lake Falls.