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There was a whole lot of grumbling late last week about the arrival of the season's first snowfall. Even as Minnesotans enjoyed what appear to have been the final days of a glorious fall, we shivered with dread in anticipation of the snowstorm that eventually dumped as much as a foot of heavy, sticky, apparently soul-crushing snow on parts of the metropolitan area. I get the complaining, I guess.
The future of the Vermillion River corridor is starting to take shape. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a plan Nov. 2 that sets some goals for improving water quality, restoring natural habitat and increasing access to the river for recreation. Now, the county is looking for residents and cities who are interested in helping make things happen. The corridor plan has been in the works for year, and land conservation manager Al Singer is happy to have an opportunity to move forward."It does feel good, although plans are just one step in the phase," Singer said.
The Farmington School District is making progress with its investigation into the conduct of board member Tim Burke. District attorney Mick Waldspurger has chosen Minnetonka lawyer James Martin to conduct the investigation. According to his online biography Martin worked for five years as director of human resources in the St.
A few weeks ago Joel L. Klein, Chancellor of New York City Schools, was a guest on the TV show The View discussing improving America's schools. During the segment Mr. Klein lamented the fact he was forced to pay his math and science teachers the same as his physical education teachers. Mr.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church wants to kick off the togetherness a little bit early this holiday season. As families get ready to gather for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25, the church is making plans for its second annual community Thanksgiving dinner to be held the previous Sunday. The free meal, open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. There will be a worship service at 6 p.m. "It's kind of our minimal attempt to say, Thanksgiving isn't just a day," said Lord of Life pastor Jamie Thompson.
Verna Josephine Fischer -- Jo to her friends -- has developed a reputation around Trinity Care Center for making people laugh. It's a reputation that seems to have followed her through much of her life. When she was young, she said, some people didn't think she would amount to much because she didn't take things seriously. She has even done a little stand-up comedy in her life. A word of warning, though, her material isn't always for the faint of heart. "It depends on the situation whether I use clean jokes or dirty ones," Fischer said.
Farmington police rerouted traffic on Pilot Knob Road for about two hours early Thursday afternoon after a construction company working in the area near 195th Street hit a gas line. According to Farmington police the construction company repaired the line without incident. But because of safety concerns police routed automobile and pedestrian traffic around the leak while the repair was in progress.
One of Farmington's oldest churches is getting a second life as a place where happy couples start a new life of their own. The little white church at 104 Elm Street, the original home of St. Michael's Catholic Church and most recently home to Farmington Community Church will open for business Nov. 11 as a wedding chapel. The rapid transformation, which included snowflake-like lighting fixtures and a new coat of paint, is thanks to George Maverick, whose part time job for the past seven years has involved helping couples make their wedding dreams come true.
The Farmington School District got what amounts to a road map to budget cuts Monday with the presentation of a draft of a report prepared to identify potential savings. The report, prepared by accounting firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, focused on district-level administration. It identified from $636,000 to nearly $1.1 million in potential savings, depending on a number of factors. Those savings will not come all at once, assuming they come at all.
Doing less with less. That is how Dakota County Finance Director Matt Smith described the recommended 2011 Dakota County budget to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners this week. The recommended budget is $307.1 million, compared to the 2010 budget of about $368 million. The recommended tax levy for 2011 is $129.402 million, a .8 percent increase over this year's levy of $128.4 million. Smith said the budgets for both county operations and capital improvement program will be smaller.