FARMINGTON — Gymnastics and cheerleading can teach students how not to shy away from challenging their bodies. This pursuit of excellence with mind and body is the end result of students spending hours practicing, performing and competing, according to Lynn Bauman, owner of Farmington Gymnastics & Cheer. The studio reopened March 11, inside a new, two-story building with 9,500 square feet on Elm Street. For nine months she did not have a building for students to practice while the new building was under construction.
Rosemount High School senior Shaza Hussein is reinvigorated to make a difference in her country after a visit to Washington, D.C. Hussein, 17, was one of two students selected to represent Minnesota at the 57th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program Washington Week, held March 2-9.
FARMINGTON — Mystic Meadows residents will be invited to attend a city meeting April 23 to discuss the encroachment issues along Lake Anne within the Mystic Meadows neighborhood in Farmington. The time and place for the city and resident meeting is not known yet. Stormwater pond Farmington City Council dived into deep discussion on how to best handle encroachments within the neighborhood during a third work session March 11 at City Hall.
FARMINGTON — Children and families will be exploring two new parks in Farmington this summer. Farmington City Council approved new shelters and playground equipment for Prairie Pines Park and Marigold Park during its March 4 meeting. The two playground equipment structures have been ordered and will be manufactured in the next five to six weeks. Randy Distad, director of city parks and recreation, said the playground equipment and park shelters will be installed this summer.
Dress in your favorite Star Wars character costume and unleash your favorite glow-in-the-dark lightsaber during the upcoming Star Wars event hosted in Rosemount. The free Star Wars Extravaganza returns with activities for all ages at The Rosemount Steeple Center and Robert Trail Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
ROSEMOUNT — Minnesota author David Housewright contends writers should not be concerned with capturing a certain kind of audience. When writing, if you enjoy telling the story, readers will enjoy reading the story. His sincere advice is that simple. The award-winning author will serve as the keynote speaker at the third annual Rosemount Writers' Festival and Book Fair. The weekend event is slated for Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at Rosemount Steeple Center.
All who travel into Farmington this summer will see a modern design with shades of blue to showcase new branding efforts that highlight the natural resource of the Vermillion River. "I know how important it was to have a modern, fresh logo that represents Farmington moving forward or flowing forward like the Vermillion River that goes through town, and I think this logo represents all of that," said Lauren Siebenaler, city communications specialist. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the new city logo at its March 4 meeting.
Discussions are underway on how to address encroachments near Lake Anne within the Mystic Meadows neighborhood subdivision in Farmington. A few residents have installed docks, fire pits and retaining walls on private property near the water line that may soon become city property. The Farmington City Council discussed how to proceed during a lengthy Feb. 11 work session. The council reconvened to talk with city attorneys Monday, March 11.
ROSEMOUNT — Ten years ago, Greta Sandquist decided to become serious about painting. For 15 years she had chosen a stable career path working in commercial art, designing Christmas ornaments. Even though she possessed an inner desire to work full-time as a painter, she chose against pursuing this journey. Perhaps she chose a safe path in lieu of becoming a painter because it was a little risky and unstable. Most artists have to face the stereotype of becoming a starving artist. But her passion to paint prevailed over the fear of failure.
Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin can tap into his funny bone with his talent for making audiences laugh via the ComedySportz improv troupe. Upcoming shows are slated for March 16 and April 27 at the Rosemount Steeple Center. Marketed as comedy without a net, ComedySportz, is a member of CSz Worldwide, a network of troupes that perform in 30 other cities around the U.S. and Europe. The improvisational comedy offer audiences humorous, short skits, as well as scenes and games.