Three open seats on Farmington School Board were filled with two incumbents — Melissa Sauser and Steve Corraro — and newcomer Rebecca Kaletta who took second place in the general election. The top vote-getter was Sauser who earned 7,931 votes out of a total of 15,309 votes cast. Kaletta had 5,662 total votes and Corraro came in third with 5,455. "I just want to thank everyone for their support, and I have had overwhelming support the last couple of election cycles," Sauser said.
Farmington City Council write-in candidate Joshua Hoyt and incumbent Katie Bernhjelm earned the most votes to win the two open seats. Bernhjelm was the top vote getter with 2,585 votes from all six precincts. Hoyt took second place, according to unofficial results. The election results show a total of 2,463 write-in votes were reported. It has not been confirmed if the total number of write-in votes were for write-in candidate Hoyt.
FARMINGTON — The 19th annual Patriotic Celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at Farmington High School. A free pork chop dinner will be served by volunteers and Farmington City Council. The meal is served at 5 p.m. and the ceremony commences at 7 p.m. in the recital hall. The celebration honors the service and sacrifice of local veterans and this year will spotlight the Honor Flight. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is also planning to speak during the ceremony.
FARMINGTON — The owner of Cornerstone Preschool and Childcare cannot recall a time in her life when she did not connect well with children. Becky LaBeau, the center's director, welcomed flocks of parents and community members during an open house Oct. 27 at her new small business located at 305 Elm St. "Honestly, I do not remember when I did not have a heart for children, my favorite movies are still 'Mary Poppins' and 'Annie' although I strive to be like Mary Poppins and not Miss Hannigan," LaBeau said smiling.
ROSEMOUNT — Celebrate the service and sacrifice of local men and women who served the United States during the second annual Rosemount Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. The five-piece Red Bull saxophone ensemble will feature classical, ceremonial and chamber music. The group will share musical talents in a patriotic concert performance to honor freedoms in this country and years of service and sacrifice from local veterans.
ROSEMOUNT — Can you engage in a civil discussion about politics with family and friends in person or via social media? Are you frustrated by the growing partisanship between Republicans and Democrats? Two upcoming workshops by Better Angels and hosted at Robert Trail Library in Rosemount are designed to bridge the political divide. Director of Dakota County libraries, Margaret Stone, said the Better Angels partnership is designed to improve communities. The workshops are part of an effort called "Bridging the Political Divide." Better Angels
FARMINGTON — All commercial land is now sold at Vermillion River Crossings located off Highway 50 in Farmington. Three weeks ago Clough Properties, LLC, from Baxter, Minn., purchased 1.37 acres of land to build a dance studio east of where Aldi plans to build. Even though Aldi and Hy-Vee have purchased land at the Vermillion River Crossings commercial shopping area, no plans have been received by the city yet. Last year an Aldi representative said the grocery chain planned to open around Thanksgiving 2018, but ground has not been broken.
Kathy Katzenberger voiced concern about increasing bullying in schools against her daughter during the open forum at the Oct. 22 Farmington School Board meeting. But only a few people who sat in the chamber audience heard the Farmington parent speak. The six-member board and two student representatives were in attendance, but the woman's voice was not heard by the general public because of new changes implemented by the school board.
Highway 3 acts as a north and south gateway into the city and this older commercial corridor will soon have a plan to be redeveloped. Farmington City Council approved a professional services agreement with WSB & Associates in the fixed amount of $39,995 to address a plan for the development of a Highway 3 Corridor Plan that may take six months to complete. Farmington Economic Development Authority approved and reviewed the recommendation in September and then the project was forwarded to City Council for contract authorization.
The nonprofit Caring Hearts in Action opened a larger storefront in downtown Farmington. After receiving a $5,000 Cub Foods grant, the nonprofit was able to sign a lease and move into the larger space at 315 Fourth St. Caring Hearts collects donations and redistributes clothing, toiletries, baby supplies, food, toys and small household appliances to families in need. "Our intent is to have this be the shopping place once we have all the shelving up," founder Mary Canada said.