FARMINGTON — Empowering students with special needs is about meeting each student where they are with their social and emotional development. Mary Willman, a special education teacher at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington, said her passion is teaching teenagers with special needs on the autism spectrum disorder. New arts classes have brought an energy to her students' learning and Willman said students light up when they take part in the interactive arts curriculum.
The ability to read books, newspapers, a card or letter from a loved one can add quality to life. Farmington Lions Club recently donated a reader machine to The Legacy in Farmington, a senior assisted living facility. Now residents can use the technology housed in the facility to read all kinds of material. Gere Anderson, 89, moved into The Legacy when her eyes began to fail. Today she is legally blind. She is trying out the new reader machine as she attempts to read a page in a periodical. She gets a little more assistance from eyeglasses.
A new vision has been crafted for the Highway 3 Corridor Plan in Farmington. A joint work session was held April 8 at Farmington City Hall with representatives from Farmington City Council, the Economic Development Authority and the Planning Commission. Project manager Eric Maass with WSB & Associates, Inc. shared an update and led discussion among the three groups in an hour-and-a-half presentation. The governmental bodies agreed on a vision statement to articulate a focus for the long-term Highway 3 project. Four goals
FARMINGTON — School start times across the Farmington School District was discussed at the Farmington School Board meeting Monday, April 15. School principals sat and talked with board members about possible start times for the five elementary and two middle schools. "We want to be very clear that we have not established what anything will look like ... but what we want to do is attempt to go into this with as much cost-neutral proposals as possible," said Chris Bussmann, principal at Dodge Middle School.
ROSEMOUNT — Bluegrass musicians in the Minneapolis band High 48s have embraced the idea of writing songs to interpret everyday, modern life. Rosemount Area Arts Council invites the public to check out High 48s, a group known for soulful, classic bluegrass sounds played with a modern interpretation and attitude, according to John Loch of RAAC. The concert will entertain on stage at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Rosemount Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail.
FARMINGTON — Chill Ice Cream Studio aims to become a place where guests can relax with scoops of sweet treats and serious fun playing retro arcade games. Owners Chris and Jenny Kulus opened the ice cream parlor April 5 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting. The storefront is remodeled inside the former Cow Interrupted storefront in downtown Farmington at 408 Third St.
Farmington High School's robotics team, "Rogue Robotics" engineered success to place third out of 63 teams this week during competition. "At one time during the first day of competitions, we were in first place out of 63 teams and the second day we ended up dropping to third place out of 63 teams and that got us into the playoffs," said head robotics coach Spencer Elvebak. "We had a really great season and our robot performed well."
FARMINGTON — A new grassroots group, Farmington Neighborhood Outreach, aims to create informed residents while improving transparency with city and school officials and find solutions to improve the community. As a Farmington resident for 16 years, Kim Stewart serves as leader of the informal group that meets monthly at Farmington Library. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.
FARMINGTON — The highlight of this year's competition season was engineered when the team brought joy and goodwill to a local toddler and Farmington family. The FHS Rogue Robotics team designed a wheelchair for 2-year-old Cillian Jackson, son of Tyler and Krissy Jackson, of Farmington. This past December, the team brought joy to this family and freedom to Cillian, who can now navigate his way around in a small wheelchair with the style of a childlike Power Wheels car.
FARMINGTON — Residents of the Mystic Meadows subdivision packed Farmington City Hall to talk about Lake Ann and get answers about the future of the recreational uses on the waterfront properties. More than 60 residents were present and a few spoke during citizens comments during Farmington City Council's meeting on April 1. A few voiced concerns about Lake Ann, which abuts the backyard of private properties. Some spoke of how neighbors use the lake throughout summer and winter months for recreational purposes.