Last week's weather serves as a testament to the snowfall that annually coats roadways, from heavy wet snow to icy sleet. This season, the City of Farmington's public works teams are ready to tackle any weather Old Man Winter can dish up. Underbelly blade A new state-of-the-art snowplow will be on the roads, engineered with an underbelly blade designed to scrape closer to the pavement.
Rosemount's Second Act Players will showcase local theater talent at its upcoming preview show at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. "We have an outreach program that we take out into the community and perform in senior living facilities and for a variety of social events," said Claire Ramsay, Second Act Players treasurer. Ramsay invites all to attend the community outreach event. Retired or empty nesters are welcome to get involved in the Second Act Players to discover community theater. No theater experience is necessary.
FARMINGTON — A Christmas wish may have been granted early for the Homestead Community Church, as it may soon occupy the Exchange Bank Building in Farmington. Jeff and Kristie Kerr, pastors of Homestead, attended the Farmington Economic Development Authority meeting Dec. 20, to express interest in purchasing the space known as the Riste Lot. The lot is located behind the Exchange Bank Building.
Growing a new small business isn't easy. However, a new Farmington networking group plans to support the process in hopes of boosting local business. The Farmington Business Association networking group will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Quick Ship Plus, 115 Elm St., Farmington. "We want to allow for the opportunity for us to get to know each other and support each other," said Pam McCarthy, a FBA member who serves on the networking leadership group. "Let's try to grow and sustain right here in Farmington."
FARMINGTON — Music teacher Erica Winters was voted as the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Farmington School District. For the past 16 years, Winters has thrived working as a music teacher at Meadowview Elementary School. Her colleagues commend Winters on becoming a teacher who is passionate about her work. She has built a reputation as a teacher who strives to see students enjoy music. Winters recalled deciding to enter into teaching because of her own personal love of learning and school.
Farmington City Council adopted a request from the Metropolitan Council to file an extension for the 2040 Comp Plan update. The council approved a resolution to move the extension to Aug. 31, 2019 during its meeting Dec. 17. City planning manager Tony Wippler said after receiving comments from the Met Council, the city needs additional time to complete an update of the 2040 Comp Plan.
Tiger mom Cathy Katzenberger is determined to fight against bullying in schools with peaceful, open discussion and collaborative listening. She seeks greater understanding to solutions that can reduce bullying incidents in Farmington schools. How does she plan on accomplishing this? By founding the grassroots parents group called "It Takes a Village" that connects on Facebook with more than 200 parent members currently. As a mother of three children, Katzenberger has witnessed how bullying has negatively affected her children's life at school and home.
Farmington School Board adopted the 2019 property tax levy during its Dec. 10 meeting. District Finance Director Jane Houska offered a detailed summary of the 2019 school levy, approved to be $26,968,507. The levy funds the school for 2019-20. "Just like everything else in school finance, it is highly regulated by the state of Minnesota, and we really don't do anything without a formula and some guidance from the state," Houska said. The state determines each school district's revenue, tax policy and maximum property levy authority.
Students at North Trail Elementary are busy testing out pollination methods in science class. Last week first-graders learned how to pollinate flowers if no bees were present. Katie Bellmont, science specialist at North Trail Elementary, led the science pollination lesson with a classroom full of first-graders sitting in small groups.
Now that Old Man Winter has given us a white, winter wonderland, the time is perfect to unleash your inner child by sledding down "The Big Kid Hill" at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. The 456-acre Dakota County park is located minutes away from Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the sledding hill is well lit.