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The City of Farmington is seeking candidates to fill openings on the Water Board, Planning Commission, Rambling River Center Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Commission. "I think serving on a commission is a great way to get involved in your community," said Dirk Rotty, who serves on the Planning Commission. "It's the residents that make it up and if they're interested, they certainly can have their voice heard on a commission."
When Gov. Mark Dayton and I took office in 2011, Minnesota faced a $6 billion shortfall, and the state's public schools had weathered more than a decade of inconsistent funding and even outright funding cuts. Graduation rates were stagnant, full-day kindergarten was only a dream, and public preschool options were limited or nonexistent.
A missing White Bear Lake teenager has been found safe in Minnepolis, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Crime Alert Network.
Washington, Dakota and Goodhue counties were included in an air-quality alert issued for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to the alert:
The American Red Cross will hold the sixth-annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Inwood Oaks, 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale. It is Minnesota's largest, one-day Red Cross blood drive.
Hastings Bierstube will host author Frank Weber on Thursday, Dec. 20. The author event is free and open to any person or club members that enjoy reading mystery/thrillers. Weber will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierstube's "new addition." Attendees are invited for a meal or beverage before the event begins. Books, including Weber's newly released book, "The I-94 Murders," will be available for purchase and personalization at the event.
In November, the City of Farmington was awarded the 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2017. The Water Fluoridation Quality Award was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It recognizes public water systems that adjust the fluoride concentration in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level that is in the optimal range for 12 consecutive months in a calendar year. The Farmington Public Works Department manages the fluoridation of the city's water.
A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall on an infant ibuprofen product distributed to Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar retail stores. The product was found to have potentially higer levels of ibuprofen than what is listed on the box, according to a news release Dec. 5, 2018 .
Lane closures are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale for median work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Farmington High School bands will present their annual holiday concert, "All is Calm, All is Bright," at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. This free concert will feature a variety of seasonal selections performed by students in the wind ensemble, symphonic band and jazz one. Audiences will be treated to favorites such as "Silent Night" and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." The bands will also premiere new music, including the "Minor Alterations 2" and "Snow Day Celebration." For more information, visit www.farmingtontigerbands.org .