Megan Blazek will lead Boeckman Middle School as the new principal July 1. The Farmington School Board was introduced to her May 22. Blazek, 35, joins the district after spending her entire educational career working in Eastern Carver County Schools as a teacher and administrator.
Caroline Trites feels fortunate to be safe and alive after losing her home and two beloved dogs Bella and Maya in a May 18 fire in Hampton. The fire around noon took her three-bedroom apartment on top of Naughty Pines Tavern, formerly known as Frank’s Place, 23309 Water St., Hampton. “It was devastating and absolutely horrific to watch and I lost them,” said Trites, referring to her two rescue dogs Bella, an 11-year-old chocolate-brown lab, and Maya, a 7-year-old Dachsund.
Pack up a blanket or lawn chair and head to downtown Farmington where you can hear monthly summer music concerts on the grass at Rambling River Park. In its third year, the Music in the Park concert series will light up the outdoor green space to give residents and guests four free concerts under the sunshine while relaxing near the lush, tree canopy. Attendance has been solid the past few years and varies greatly depending on the weather and the band playing, according to Missie Kohlbeck, recreation supervisor for City of Farmington.
Farmington Police Department's annual open house barbecue was well attended with more than 300 residents who showed up. The open house on May 18 served as time for officers to socialize with residents whose neighborhoods they patrol. Residents and families showed up to tour law enforcement vehicles and walk around inside police station headquarters located off Pilot Knob Road. Many shared a barbecue meal and children's eyes lit up to see police cars with flashing lights. They loved sitting inside the huge, black Dakota County MAAG truck.
Farmington High School Choir held its fourth-annual fundraiser with two performances Saturday, May 20. Proceeds this year will be invested in the purchase of a baby grand piano for the choir room.
Dakota County Board Chairman Mike Slavik gave a semi-annual update about county issues to the Farmington City Council last week. As the summer construction season heats up, Slavik said Dakota County will be busy all season long with construction and more than $70 million in transportation projects across the county in 2017. Some local projects include: •Overlay on County Road 80 in Eureka Township •Crack and seal project on Pilot Knob Road southwest from Hwy. 50 to 74. •Crack and seal finish at the Farmington Library parking lot
This year’s Dew Days button design brainstorm followed a funny conversation with the artist’s mother. Farmington High School student Haley Zinnel, 15, was sharing in a funny conversation with her mother who recommended she draw a pig behind the wheel driving a cool car.
Rosemount and Farmington celebrated prom on May 13. Click to scroll through the photos above.
Quick Ship in Farmington aims to meet customers' needs and demands for shipping, packaging and many diverse office services. But the proprietor Rich Loch really plans to build relationships with locals and network with business owners who can use his business services to grow their own businesses. Quick Ship opened last summer with a ribbon cutting, but Loch welcomes the public to an open house this Saturday, May 22, where he will offer free gourmet food samplings.
Rosemount and Farmington communities are planning annual festivals to engage both communities and welcome guests into town this summer. Dew Days Farmington's annual summer festival Dew Days welcomes guests to head south a few miles to enjoy activities and live entertainment from June 13-17. The popular Farmington Royal Ambassadors crowning event kicks off Dew Days. Flavors of Farmington will serve up local sweet and savory foods from area businesses under the big tent Beer Garden from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in downtown Farmington.