Take a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle and take part in the holiday events at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. "Last year the weather was beautiful and our participation and visitor numbers were up," said Kris Akin, president of the Dakota City Board. This year will mark the second year for the partnership of Christmas at Dakota City Heritage Village and Farmington Business Association.
Farmington City Council approved a five-year capital improvement plan on upcoming city projects from 2019 through 2023. During a November City Council work session, Farmington City Administrator Dave McKnight reviewed the draft of the CIP that the council and staff worked towards this summer. The plan includes projects and equipment the city is planning to invest in during the next five years. The CIP is part of the draft 2019 city budget that will be approved later this month by City Council. Water fund
Imagine a warm, enticing bubbly foot bath while you chill in a comfy salon massage chair. A new nail salon called Zen Nails just opened in Farmington. The new proprietors are Davis Nguyen and his wife Dorothy Siouthai. Zen Nails is located at 923 Eighth St., inside the Farmington Mall. The new small business is located in the former south end space occupied by the longtime drycleaner.
The holiday spirit will be alive and well in Rosemount with two upcoming shows. The eighth annual Christmas at the Steeple Center variety show will entertain at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Variety show director Faye Heffele said there will be two ensembles that will be given by the Rosemont Community Band. A brass ensemble will perform in the afternoon and the flute ensemble will play at the evening performance.
Farmington Food Shelf will soon have a new home and a different approach to feeding hungry families. The 360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf will be relocated to a room within Farmington Lutheran Church sometime around the second week in January.
Small-business owners are ready to meet shoppers' needs and wishes in Rosemount and Farmington on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. The proprietors are ready to offer greater personalized service and gifts that can compete with any online retailer. Many veteran and local small businesses, restaurants and retailers will offer special incentives and more leading up to the holiday season. This year a dozen Farmington businesses are enrolled in a passport game. This is sponsored by Premier Bank in downtown Farmington.
District 192 Superintendent Jay Haugen will be a contender for the National Superintendent of the Year as he was awarded 2019 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Humbled to receive the honor, Haugen was surprised to win since he said it was a longshot competing against 300 other superintendents across the state.
Doug Taube wants to reach out to local and area veterans to join the Farmington American Legion Post. Taube, 55, was sworn-in as the new American Legion commander during a ceremony Nov. 14 at the Farmington VFW Post 7662. The longtime Legion commander, Leonard Weisbrich, will step down after more than 20 years of steady leadership, Taube said. He travels in the summer and was ready to pass the baton.
A week after the highly controversial city council election, the two winners reflected on their winning campaigns to be elected to Farmington City Council. Incumbent Katie Bernhjelm rose to the top as the top vote-getter garnering 2,585 votes. Newcomer Joshua Hoyt took second place with his write-in campaign and earned 2,336 votes, according to official results. Farmington City Clerk Cindy Muller reported a record voter turnout with 72 percent of voters choosing to do so.
The Patriotic Day Celebration united the community with a shared meal and a patriotic tribute to honor local veterans with songs and words of gratitude. The annual ceremony was held Nov. 8, inside the recital hall at Farmington High School. Tommy Gallagher, a student at FHS, served as master of ceremonies. He led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed the Presentation of Colors given by veterans from The American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Legion Unit 189 and Farmington VFW Post 7662.