The Minnesota School Board Association filed paperwork with Minnesota Attorney General's Office to require the federal government to fulfill its pledge and fully fund special education. Melissa Sauser, chair of the Farmington School Board, serves on the MSBA. She gave a delegate assembly update. The MSBA is made up of board members from every school district. The group recently hosted a grassroots convention to discuss a new platform and what issues it would lobby for in regards to education funding.
Two Farmington City Council members, along with a new Farmington police officer, took the oath of office Monday, Jan. 7 during the City Council meeting. Farmington City Administrator David McKnight led the swearing-in ceremony for returning council member Katie Bernhjelm and newly-elected Joshua Hoyt. Their four-year terms run from January 2019 through December 2022. Farmington City Council member Terry Donnelly welcomed Bernhjelm back to serving and welcomed new member Hoyt.
Life is simultaneously beautiful and busy, but it shouldn't hinder the ability to seek the best nutrition and wellness. Melanie Hallal, 33, is passionate about sharing how to develop better habits that can lead to a healthier lifestyle, free of fad diets and trendy food plans. As a registered dietician and licensed nutritionist, she works with a team of female entrepreneurs who are independent contractors at Main Street Day Spa in downtown Farmington. In 2012, Hallal founded the healthy lifestyle blog, Beautifully Nutty, Nutrition & Wellness.
The bluegrass band Switched at Birth will bring life to the new year with a 7 p.m. concert Friday, Jan. 11, inside the Steeple Center in Rosemount. "They have been part of our bluegrass concerts for many years and are very popular," said John Loch of Rosemount Area Arts Council. Since 1998, the band has entertained with a wide array of musical styles, Loch said. "On any given performance, you can expect to hear bluegrass, folk, blues, country, Cajun, Irish, and rock 'n' roll music," Loch said.
Last week's weather serves as a testament to the snowfall that annually coats roadways, from heavy wet snow to icy sleet. This season, the City of Farmington's public works teams are ready to tackle any weather Old Man Winter can dish up. Underbelly blade A new state-of-the-art snowplow will be on the roads, engineered with an underbelly blade designed to scrape closer to the pavement.
Rosemount's Second Act Players will showcase local theater talent at its upcoming preview show at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. "We have an outreach program that we take out into the community and perform in senior living facilities and for a variety of social events," said Claire Ramsay, Second Act Players treasurer. Ramsay invites all to attend the community outreach event. Retired or empty nesters are welcome to get involved in the Second Act Players to discover community theater. No theater experience is necessary.
FARMINGTON — A Christmas wish may have been granted early for the Homestead Community Church, as it may soon occupy the Exchange Bank Building in Farmington. Jeff and Kristie Kerr, pastors of Homestead, attended the Farmington Economic Development Authority meeting Dec. 20, to express interest in purchasing the space known as the Riste Lot. The lot is located behind the Exchange Bank Building.
Growing a new small business isn't easy. However, a new Farmington networking group plans to support the process in hopes of boosting local business. The Farmington Business Association networking group will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Quick Ship Plus, 115 Elm St., Farmington. "We want to allow for the opportunity for us to get to know each other and support each other," said Pam McCarthy, a FBA member who serves on the networking leadership group. "Let's try to grow and sustain right here in Farmington."
FARMINGTON — Music teacher Erica Winters was voted as the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Farmington School District. For the past 16 years, Winters has thrived working as a music teacher at Meadowview Elementary School. Her colleagues commend Winters on becoming a teacher who is passionate about her work. She has built a reputation as a teacher who strives to see students enjoy music. Winters recalled deciding to enter into teaching because of her own personal love of learning and school.
Farmington City Council adopted a request from the Metropolitan Council to file an extension for the 2040 Comp Plan update. The council approved a resolution to move the extension to Aug. 31, 2019 during its meeting Dec. 17. City planning manager Tony Wippler said after receiving comments from the Met Council, the city needs additional time to complete an update of the 2040 Comp Plan.