FARMINGTON — The ability to read is a necessity and joy in life but can become challenging with aging. Residents who live at Trinity Terrace in Farmington were in need of reading assistance. "The Farmington Lions Club heard about this need and rose to the occasion," said Joy Lauterbach, Trinity Terrace activities director. "They purchased us an enhanced reading machine." Residents can now see better to read bills, books and newspapers and look at new and cherished, old photographs thanks to the donation of the new reader machine.
ROSEMOUNT — Relive the music of John Denver during a tribute concert in Rosemount. "The Layne Yost Pays Tribute to John Denver" concert is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at The Rosemount Steeple Center. "I first heard his music on an album in college in the early 1970s, and I became an instant fan — it was an immediate attraction and I had to learn all of his songs," said lead singer Layne Yost.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-District 58B, has authored a bill that if approved will end the paid allowance called per diem paid to legislators during the legislative session. In 2016, Minnesotans voiced overwhelming approval for the amendment that took away the ability for legislators to determine their own pay. This amendment took effect in July 2018. "This is the first legislative session that we have an opportunity to see the salary commission report and base our decisions off of it," Garofalo said.
Farmington Economic Development Authority agreed how to distribute community block grant funds for community programs in 2019. Adam Kienberger, community development director, recently led a discussion with the EDA about how city staff suggests the CDBG funds be distributed this year.
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Economic Development Authority composition will change after a public hearing on Feb. 4, and Farmington City Council approves the change in an amendment to the city ordinance. Currently, the seven-member EDA board is comprised of two City Council members, two District 192 School Board members and three residents. City Council is recommending changing the composition that will include a representation of two City Council members, one School Board member and four residents. City Council discussed making a change in the EDA at its Jan. 7 meeting.
FARMINGTON — A new turning lane could mean it will be easier and safer for drivers to enter and exit onto Highway 3 in Farmington. The city of Farmington received funding from the Metro Cooperative Partnership and funds will be used to construct a turning lane at 209th Street, located off Highway 3. The turning lane will be constructed in a place that has become a public safety concern with Farmington residents.
FARMINGTON — After five months serving with the interim tag, Gary Rutherford will make the position official and be sworn in as the new police chief. "He has had a five-month job interview and I am not settling when I make this recommendation," said Farmington City Administrator David McKnight. Farmington City Council members were in agreement and spoke with strong support to confirm the recommendation at a council work session Tuesday, Jan. 22.
FARMINGTON — Fitness, well-being and weight loss generally tops New Year's resolution lists. The key to fulfilling a resolution may be exercising in a group dynamic with classes like Ring the Bell Fitness. Ashley Drobney, 35, leads the Ring the Bell Fitness classes offered via Farmington Community Education. "I generally gear the workouts for what the group wants and if the group really likes cardio and endurance type workouts, then they will get a little more of that," Drobney said. "But I certainly like to cater it to the group so I do listen to the feedback."
Former Farmington City Council member Doug Bonar will be remembered as a public servant who worked within city government and the school district to improve the community. Bonar, 61, died Jan. 9, after a short battle with lung cancer. Elected to City Council in 2012, Bonar served one four-year term. Prior to that, he served on the Planning Commission. Bonar was also a long-time member of the Farmington Rotary Club.
Farmington School Board members took an oath of office during its meeting at City Hall on Jan. 14. Returning members, Melissa Sauser and Steve Corraro, and newly-elected board member Rebecca Kaletta were sworn in along with two student members by Superintendent Jay Haugen. New board assignments include Jacilyn Doyle as the new board chair and Julie Singewald as the vice chair. Jake Cordes will serve as board clerk and Kaletta will be treasurer. Haugen will lead the district's executive committee alongside the board leadership of Doyle and Singewald.