Farmington Planning Commission approved a site plan to build a new commercial building at Vermillion River Crossings off Highway 50 in Farmington that will become a new home to Just for Kix dance studio. The building will be constructed south of Farmington Family Clinic and McDonald's, according to city planning manager Tony Wippler. The Just for Kix dance studio will be one tenant among three new retail spaces within the new 11,250-square-foot building. Currently, Just for Kix Farmington operates at 5231 195th St. W.
For the first time in the history of the Farmington Fire Department, there is a deputy fire chief. Matthew Price began his tenure in the new leadership role July 1, after nearly seven years working in the department, being promoted to lieutenant and captain. "It is really nice to have the second chief within our department who is now full-time to relieve me of all of those duties I was doing before," said Farmington Fire Chief Justin Elvestad.
Farmington City Council listened to city staff discuss a need to re-establish the function of the Heritage Preservation Commission that reviews work being proposed to historic buildings. Farmington Economic Development Director Adam Kienberger led the discussion at the July 8 City Council work session. "We get general inquiries all the time and we want to make sure when we get those that ... we (the city) has an ordinance that has some provisions. We don't have a commission to uphold them and requirements on what they can and can't do to them," Kienberger said.
ROSEMOUNT — Photographer Mark Freier connected with people through photography and his magnetic personality. "No matter whether it was a concert or art display, the ArtBlast or Christmas at the Steeple Center, Mark would show up and take pictures, and he had this photographer's eye and always found beauty and goodness in everything he saw," said Jeanne Schwartz, chair of Rosemount Area Arts Council. "We miss him so much and not just for the photography he did, but also but we also miss him as a friend."
Vermillion metal artist Dale Lewis envisions prehistoric creatures when he sees scrap metal. In fact, his artwork, called "Stanley the Stegosaurus," is on display this summer outside the Rosemount Steeple Center. "I feel like they (his artwork) make people smile and that is what I strive to do," Lewis said. His part-time hobby has now become a full-time labor of love. Lewis, a retired machinist and electrical technician, faced job challenges in 2008 after the real estate market collapse. He ventured into buying and selling homes after fixing them up.
FARMINGTON — The historic Exchange Bank Building in downtown Farmington will soon be home to Homestead Community Church congregation after the sale was finalized this past week. After more than five years, the prayer was answered said Jeff Kerr, pastor of Homestead Community Church along with his wife Kristie who is also a pastor.
Dogs can fill a person with unspeakable joy and hope. Laura Pierce understands the power of dogs and how the sweet, furry creatures offer unconditional love and assistance to those seeking greater independence. In the past few years, Pierce and her family in Farmington have raised 14 dogs as part of Can Do Canines, a program that trains assistance dogs for people with five disabilities. "The certified trainers from Can Do Canines go to the prisons weekly and meet with inmates to receive training on how to work with the dogs," Pierce said.
Barin Hansch wears a T-shirt that asks the question: "Are your windows dirty?" This query usually gets people to smile, stop and perhaps think in the affirmative. Many are inclined to approach him and ask about the small business, We Shine Windows, in Farmington. Hansch, 28, is a Farmington High School graduate who began building a business plan while in high school. He compiled market research and investigated competitors' prices.
Rosemount Port Authority debated the value of continuing to pay for the annual membership of Retail Strategies — a firm that assists cities in the pursuit of retail opportunities — at its June 18 meeting. The firm communicates to companies that may wish to locate or develop a new business or industry about the benefits of Rosemount. The firm deals with national franchise chains and serves as a connection between the community and property owners.
Rosemount park visitors have been greeted with goats busy grazing and munching invasive species at two Rosemount city parks. A herd of 24 professional plant-eating goats are now working to clean out unwanted buckthorn and garlic mustard at Central Park and Erickson Park, said Rosemount parks and recreation director, Dan Schultz. This summer, Rosemount will host the goats in Erickson Park along the west side of Koch Trail. Other cities like Eagan and Burnsville have hired goats to clean out invasive species plant growth on city land.