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.
FARMINGTON — Sophomore Shivali Choudhury is empowering students at Farmington High School to learn American Sign Language. Choudhury, 15, wishes to broaden students' ability to communicate with the deaf. This was the genesis of her founding the American Sign Language Club. The club meets weekly on Monday mornings and has become popular with students eager to learn ASL, the alphabet, and how to properly sign words and phrases.
Rianna Laxdal discovered as she went through a divorce a year ago, she could decide to rise or crumble from the pain. "Rising is it and I like helping other people," she said. Farmington Lutheran Church welcomes the community to join a new support group called Divorce Care that will be offered each Thursday evening at the church. This is part of the church's community outreach called Compassionate Thursday ministries. As the group facilitator of Divorce Care, Laxdal said many who are working on healing during or after divorce could benefit from this support group.
It is not too early to cast your ballot and proudly sport a red "I voted" sticker. Even though Election Day is more than two weeks away, early voting is open until Nov. 5 at both city halls in Rosemount and Farmington. "We have been steadily busy," Rosemount City Clerk Erin Fasbender said. "We've had more voters than we had in the primary so far." At Rosemount City Hall, early votes can be cast 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the polls will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 5, the polls will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Farmington police and fire now have access to the Vitals smartphone app that can potentially provide greater public safety and communication with special needs individuals and seniors with dementia. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the Vitals Standard Service agreement during the Oct. 15 meeting. "Having looked at it and seeing the progression they have made in the last year with Vitals and what Dakota County Social Services have done, they have done a good job of steering clients to the app," Farmington acting Police Chief Gary Rutherford said.
Farm to Table cuisine is being served up at local eateries by chefs who create the freshest in fine culinary creations. Home cooks and chefs look to concoct the best entrees made with local produce and ingredients harvested from family farms. In warm climates like California, the Farm to Table or Farm-to-Fork movements are a year-round affair. "The Farm to Table food trend started in L.A. or California and the idea is to get your food within 20 miles," said Keith Russell, chef and owner of the new Rebel Chef restaurant in Farmington.