FARMINGTON — After five years of planning and budgeting, Farmington Fire Department is rolling out its shiny new fire engine, paid with cash. Farmington Fire Chief Justin Elvestad said the new 2019 fire engine came at an investment of $715,000 and the equipment on board came in around $150,000. "It has been in the planning for over five years," Elvestad said. "The committee started working on it and researching different manufacturers for the type of truck we would need for the next 20 years."
FARMINGTON — Should Farmington School Board work sessions be televised or would it be better for an audio recording to be posted on the school district's website? School Board members and district administrative staff spent 38 minutes discussing the merits of audio or video recording board work sessions at its meeting on Monday.
ROSEMOUNT — UMore Park land was marketed within an economic development partnership package that aimed to lure Amazon's second headquarters in 2017. Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin reported this finding at the May 7 Rosemount City Council meeting. Martin responded to a resident's inquiry about economic development when Rosemount resident Don Sinnwell asked about economic development efforts during the public comment portion of the prior City Council meeting. Amazon HQ2 proposal
FARMINGTON — It is never too early to engage youth in volunteering. Volunteer hours can open doors and show young men and women how to build a solid work ethic. The hours can reveal how caring and time can make a difference in another person's life. That is the foundation of a new Farmington school district position. After much discussion in recent years, Farmington School Board approved the addition of a new position.
Songs from legendary musicians Elvis and Roy Orbison will fill the rafters of the Rosemount Steeple Center at an upcoming concert. Wayne Luchau will perform "Ultimate Tribute Show: From the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll to the Teen Idols of the '50s and '60s" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17. The tribute concert playlist will unveil top tunes from the 1950s and '60s from musicians such as: Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Orbison. This Rosemount Area Arts Council concert will be the last spring concert, according to John Loch, program chair with RAAC.
FARMINGTON — Imagine walking a 5K each day to retrieve clean water for your family. Farmington High School Creates Change Club will be raising funds to make clean water more accessible for the school's adopted village in Kopsongol, Kenya. Everyone is welcome to take part in the Walk for Water event Friday, May 10. Not a drop in the bucket
FARMINGTON — Mystic Meadows residents made their presence known at a meeting April 23 to find out more information about the encroachment issue and the future of Lake Ann from city leaders. The meeting was held in the atrium of Akin Road Elementary School in Farmington. Residents were seated at round tables and were asked to answer questions on forms placed on the table that will be returned to city staff and the council to review. History of Mystic Meadows City engineer Katy Gehler said the housing development took shape on farm fields in 2005.
ROSEMOUNT — This spring, area youth and families can enjoy new, colorful playground equipment at Winds Park. Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz shared a playground proposal with Rosemount City Council during its April 16 meeting. City Council approved purchasing new playground equipment for $80,000 from St. Croix Recreation/Burke in Burnsville. Rosemount Parks and Recreation Commission and the Rosemount Youth Commission approved the city park upgrade after a meeting Feb. 21, alongside neighborhood residents.
FARMINGTON — Wearing T-shirts sporting the slogan "#Save Lake Ann," residents have banded together to start a movement to communicate and challenge the city of Farmington. The group presented four action items to Farmington City Council prior to the April 23 community meeting. Four action items Scott Bernatz, a resident of Farmington's Mystic Meadows development for seven years, said the group has collected nearly 200 signatures in an active petition.
Farmington High School choral musicians plan to raise spirits at a cabaret concert complete with song and dance performed with a classy, modern night club-style that gives off a smooth jazz vibe. "The thing I love about cabaret is students truly prepare everything themselves and they learn the process of finding a song that is appropriate," said choral director Megan Dimich. Students will be dressed in formal cabaret attire with suits, ties and dresses.