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FARMINGTON — Children and their families braved the snowy grounds to snatch up Easter eggs April 13 at the Dakota City Heritage Village. The Farmington Fire Department Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Farmington Business Association and provided over 10,000 eggs to be discovered by three age groups of children. Youth were able to gather 10 eggs apiece and pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny and Sparky, the Fire Department mascot.
FARMINGTON — A man accused of grabbing a Farmington woman in a sexual manner has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jordan Scott Togbah, 24, of Farmington was arrested at his home on April 5. The alleged crime took place around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in front of the victim's Farmington home when Togbah allegedly grabbed the woman in a sexual manner, according to Farmington detective Shawn Scovill. "She provided a description and said she recalled seeing the individual at Family Fresh grocery store prior to event," Scovill said.
A leading rating agency has raised Dakota County's bond rating to AAA, the highest score possible. In issuing its new rating, Standard and Poor's Global Ratings attributed the upgrade to the strong economy and the county's management and financial performance. S&P concluded that Dakota County's outlook is stable. "The upgrade reflects the county's extremely strong and growing economic base, very strong financial position, low debt profile and very strong management team," said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Cora Bruemmer.
The following area schools are closed Thursday, April 11, 2019, due to snow.
Dakota County's two higher education institutions — Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College — are combining their annual galas into one event for the first time on Thursday, April 18. Proceeds from the event will support the foundations of each college, which provide scholarships, emergency grants, and other financial support to students and the colleges.
Curbside Cleanup Days will begin April 20 for Farmington residential garbage customers and run through May 18. Participants must live in the city limits and be a city of Farmington residential garbage customer. Curbside Cleanup Days gives residents the opportunity to dispose of large, bulky household items that don't fit in a garbage cart. Items no longer accepted include mattresses, box springs and carpeting. Other items that can't be disposed of include: TVs and computer monitors, tires, household chemicals, construction/remodeling debris, and business waste.
Dakota County Library will host Fine Forgiveness Week from Saturday, April 6, to Saturday, April 13, as a way to welcome customers back to the library. During Fine Forgiveness Week, customers can use their library card online or at any of the nine Dakota County Library locations and their overdue fines will be waived.
Dakota County Technical College will host an open house from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, featuring campus tours, paying for college guidance, program information and more. This event, held in the west atrium, provides the chance to view classrooms and labs. Additionally, you can talk one-on-one with instructors and staff. A PSEO information session will begin at 5 p.m. Application fees will be waived at the event. Attendees will have the chance to win a $2,000 or $1,000 scholarship for either summer 2019 or fall 2019 classes.
The city of Farmington started spring load restrictions on city streets in conjunction with Dakota County and the state of Minnesota as of March 15. "Residents should keep the spring load restrictions in mind while scheduling large house projects with contractors," said Matt Decur, assistant city engineer.
Farmington Competition Cheer individuals and teams recently ended their season after competing in the WOW Factor Sports Championship Feb. 1-3, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and at the 2019 National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando Feb. 8-10. Eight athletes competed in individual and small-group divisions in Minneapolis and placed a minimum of fourth in all their events.