FARMINGTON — In a split vote, Farmington School Board approved moving forward with gathering plans and bids for potential renovations to the Instructional Services Center. The building, located at 510 Walnut St., is the oldest school building. It was built more than a century ago to serve as the original school in town.
Farmington police K-9 Odin is now fully protected with a ballistic vest after a donation from Last Hope pet rescue in Farmington. Farmington City Council accepted the donation of a ballistic, protective vest for K-9 Odin from Leon Orr on behalf of Last Hope, Inc., at its March 4 meeting. Last Hope, a Farmington-based pet rescue organization, has been in operation as a nonprofit for more than 30 years. Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford and police officer Gary Tipton, Odin's handler, accepted the donation.
FARMINGTON — A new business in Farmington aims to connect those who seek greater nutrition and fitness. Hale Nutrition opened its doors Feb. 8 at its Elm Street location. Proprietor Jessica Grisim, 40, is excited to educate the community on how to become healthier through nutrition and fitness. "Hale means fit and healthy and I am very much into fitness and clean, healthy eating," she said. "I wanted to expand where I was going and wasn't satisfied with the results that I was getting on my own."
Knowledge is powerful and information can be empowering when it comes to learning how to live and care for loved ones with dementia. Farmington library branch manager Barb Svoboda announced this year's One Book, One Farmington reading exploration will give the community valuable information about caregiving and living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This educational outreach promotes family reading and literacy and community interaction. The public is invited to connect and share stories through a shared reading experience with two books.
The longtime family-run Pedersen Auto Shop in Farmington has been bought by Impact Auto Repair. Pedersen Auto operated the repair shop since the 1960s at its Third Street location. Generations of customers have relied on the service and repair of the long-time staff led by the father-son team of Roger and Doug Pedersen. "We were able to make a deal and purchase it from him," said Jimi Brown, co-owner of Impact Auto that operates a shop at 3360 220th St. W., in Farmington.
FARMINGTON — When the spring thaw begins, would you consider biking to work or ponder cycling downtown Farmington to shop or grab a bite to eat? Randy Distad, director of city parks and recreation, is leading the way to address the future of a city-wide bicycle and pedestrian network. This plan builds off of existing networks of city sidewalks, trails and on-street facilities. Bike pedestrian plan
The Front Porch Players cast are ready to entertain audiences with six shows of "On Golden Pond." Playwright Ernest Thompson wrote "On Golden Pond" in 1979. The script unfolds the story of a family and an elderly couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer who spend each summer at their house on Golden Pond. The play gained fame when it was produced into an Oscar award-winning movie starring Henry Fonda and his daughter Jane Fonda in 1981.
The online character Farmington Fred will soon share the message of why Farmington residents will see an increase in quarterly utility bills. Katy Gehler, city engineer and director of public works, explained how staff decided this was an optimum way to educate residents. Fred has shown up as the online face to communicate other city messages and ordinances. "We can put the video on the city website and it will be pushed out through social media," Gehler said.
A 38-year-old Farmington woman died Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 3, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. April Janeen Sterling was struck by a 2005 Hyundai Sante Fe SUV just before 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2019, while crossing east to west across Highway 3 at 209th Street West, an incident report states. Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott will retire his police badge in two weeks to take a career opportunity within the private sector. "It was an opportunity and I was not looking to retire — I love my job and I love my boss and it is just an opportunity that just presented itself," Scott said. "Sometimes you have to change your course in life and take opportunities that present themselves." He could not release the company name, explaining he wishes to give the company lead in making the announcement.