FARMINGTON — The sounds of music will fill downtown Farmington when the Music in the Park summer concert series begins this week. This is the fourth year for the Music in the Park concert series that plans to light up the outdoor green space with songs. Guests are invited to enjoy four free concerts while relaxing near the lush, tree canopy. The first live outdoor concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Rambling River Park.
FARMINGTON — A majority of Farmington City Council reached a consensus about the encroachment issue within the Mystic Meadows residential development in Farmington. City Council and city staff held a work session with residents on May 13. Farmington Public Works Director Katy Gehler reviewed the encroachment issue the council has been addressing since February. After the neighborhood meeting April 23 when residents gathered to provide input, the city received 76 comments from 50 property owners along with a petition signed by 173 residents representing 56 properties.
ROSEMOUNT — Local residents are urged to unlock their childlike imaginations and build writing life skills. Rosemount Area Arts Council is partnering with Friends of Robert Trail Library for the third short story writing contest. "We are looking forward to getting the entries because they are always fun," said Ann Loch, chair of the writing contest and member of the ArtBlast committee. The literary event is one in the RAAC's annual ArtBlast, a weeklong, citywide community celebration of the arts from June 22-29.
ROSEMOUNT — Curious residents engaged in discussion Monday about the potential new recreational facility. Mark Wentzell, an architect with 292 Design Group, led the open house May 20 at the Rosemount Community Center. He offered a presentation and residents gathered at tables, listened and discussed the needs and wants. Gauging the community's appetite for a new recreational facility began in January 2018, Mayor Bill Droste reminded the crowd. Committee members spoke to many groups, reviewed a market analysis and financial study and then decided to move forward.
FARMINGTON—The U.S. Postal Service will relocate its local retail storefront to the new carrier annex building this summer. "The move should be by August and they say sooner, but we do not have a date yet," said Kerry Stragey, postmaster for the Farmington branch. The new location is much larger and consolidation will allow the U.S. Postal Service to use resources more efficiently and reduce costs.
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.