Kara Hildreth / contributor
Understanding the backstory of human rights and the complexity of immigration law was discussed at a recent One Book, One Farmington library presentation. Michele Garnett McKenzie shared her presentation, "Immigration and Human Rights in Minnesota" at the Oct. 10 Farmington Library weekly talk that is part of the One Book, One Farmington collaboration between Farmington educators and the Farmington Library.
The Farmington Education Association teachers union reached agreement with the school district on a new contract approved by 80 percent of union members. The two-year collective bargaining agreement represents about 460 teachers who are members of the FEA that voted on the agreement Oct. 11. The contract runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. Farmington school officials were satisfied in how the teachers' contract was negotiated early and with an overall high percentage approval from FEA members. Contract settlement
Life can be quite serendipitous in the way people come into our lives. Artist Nick Sinclair and Jimi Brown say this is true as they tell the story of how they crossed paths as adults. The two men attended grammar school in Prior Lake but were not friends. "I ended up finding Nick again when I worked with his brother in Lakeville," Brown said. "I was admiring Nick's art and I had it up on my computer when Andy came up to me and said, "You like that artwork?'" Said Sinclair: "My Dad was his soccer coach growing up and we never knew each other."
Alison Cromie connects to youngsters by pairing music with laughter. The singer and songwriter is not afraid to delve into dark places. She does not refrain from writing songs with lyrics about questionable manners. Last year she wrote her first children's song, "Don't Put Your Fingers in Your Nose." This tune was a big hit with her own children who gave her rave reviews as a captive audience. "I played it for them in the car and they went wild and if they could have rolled in their seats, they would have," Cromie said, laughing.
Farmington Farmers Market foot traffic is dying on the vine and market vendors want a venue change for next spring. The last two years the Farmington Farmers Market has been open Thursday afternoons at Dakota County Fairgrounds from spring through fall. Prior to that, the market venue was open weekly downtown in front of city hall. Market vendor Arlyn Lamb spoke during the open forum Monday, Oct. 16, at the Farmington City Council meeting about a potential venue change on behalf of farmers and vendors who sell goods and fresh produce.
Civilian protesters took to the streets holding riot signs and shouting chants last weekend in Dakota County. The volunteers were actually part of a mock demonstration for a county law enforcement training session. The exercise was meant to help officers learn how to properly respond to civil unrest and how to properly protect public safety and property. Jim Iliff, a sergeant with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, served as an emergency preparedness coordinator during some drills at the Saturday, Oct. 14, training.
Rebel Chef restaurant will soon serve up a fusion of California cuisine and comfort foods. The Farmington City Council approved the on-sale liquor and Sunday liquor license for the restaurant at the Monday, Oct. 16, council meeting. The restaurant is located 953 Eighth St., off Highway 3 in the building that connects to Amcon gas station and repair shop. Owner Keith Russell plans to open next month pending final restaurant remodel and building permit approval.
Farmington Parks and Recreation Commission dove into deep discussion about the decision to close the city pool last week. Commission members voted to sit down at a work session with the Farmington City Council and discuss funding options and the future of the city pool during their Oct. 4, meeting. Randy Distad, city parks and recreation director, served as staff liaison. Commission recommendation
Hunter Conrad can steal the show with his stage presence, talent and quiet charm. Conrad, 16, a junior at Farmington High School, heavily involved and dedicated to theater and baseball. He comes alive as an actor on stage when he plays characters in theater shows, and he brings his A game on the field when he plays varsity baseball.
The small splash a pebble creates when tossed into the pond create ripples in a body of water. The Farmington community will soon be ripples of goodwill that will be delivered 1,350 miles away to the small tourist island town of Port Aransas, Texas. The town is facing extreme personal and property loss from Hurricane Harvey as it was literally torn apart by high winds and devastating flooding.