Kara Hildreth / contributor
"Strike up the band" will be celebratory theme for this year's annual Rosemount holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The event will be a send-off practice for the Rosemount High School Irish Marching Band, which is working hard to dazzle the audiences at the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Locals can hear a sneak preview and see a marching band performance on Saturday, Nov. 18.
New Farmington police officer Keaton Reuben took the oath of office at Farmington City Council with Farmington City Administrator David McKnight Monday, Nov. 6. Reuben follows in his father's footsteps, a Minneapolis police officer, and he graduated recently with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The musical "Beauty & the Beast" will bring the story of love and acceptance to stage the next two weekends in Farmington. Farmington High School music and theatre departments have been busy rehearsing for the musical production as more than 51 students make up the cast and 25 students work on the crew with sound and lighting. About 10 musicians will play stringed instruments in the pit under the direction of parent Dan Julson.
Since Farmington adopted the hurricane-damaged city of Port Aransas, Texas, in the Drop in the Bucket campaign, organizers report floods of generosity. Right away, there was a connection made to a trucking company in Rosemount. Wayne Transports, Inc., in Rosemount decided to step up and donate a truck and driver, who will head south this weekend on the 1,350-mile trip south to Port Aransas, the island community recovering after Hurricane Harvey devastated 85 percent of homes, businesses and schools.
Gale Sprute lived a life giving back to his hometown. His wife Carol Sprute shared her husband's life of civic service. Personally, Gale was a kind and gentle man who was analytical and never short tempered, Carol recalled. Born in 1938 in his grandparents' Farmington home, Gale, 79, died of cancer Oct. 26, in his Farmington home with loved ones nearby.
The upcoming Farmington Patriotic Day's theme of patriotism may be particularly poignant due to the divisive nature of politics in the United States, according to program leader Dr. Steven Geis. Approaching 20 years, Patriotic Day set for Thursday, Nov. 9, celebrates veterans' service and sacrifice with music, speeches and a Voice of Democracy student essay. Last year community attendance peaked at 1,300 residents who packed into the recital hall, Tiger commons and another viewing room at Farmington High School. Patriotism theme
Talking about race in a truthful way can be uncomfortable. Talks may be inspiring and build bridges to spark meaningful conversations. Ultimately, community conversations can perhaps improve race relations across Minnesota. That was the community mission of One Book, One Farmington events in October. Besides weekly library events in October, three authors spoke at Farmington High School on Oct. 24, to share personal stories and essays from the book, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota."
Budding entrepreneur Laura Hanks is persistent and determined to make sure her career dream becomes reality. The persistence paid off. Back in May Hanks was told at Farmington City Hall it would be doubtful she would be able to open a day spa in her home due to the nature of the city ordinance. She got busy and gathered 185 signatures in support of expanding her home-based business Main Street Nails into a full-service salon called Main Street Spa. "I still wanted to live here and do business," Hanks said.
Editor's note: This story is from November 2017.
This year Rosemount will honor veterans in a collaborative effort by showing gratitude to men and women who served their country and sacrificed time away from family to protect America's freedoms. The four groups working together are the city of Rosemount, the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the Rosemount VFW and Rosemount Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group.