FARMINGTON — This week's Farmington homecoming halftime show will march to the beat of a different drummer with new hand-painted signs showcased at the end of the show. The 10-foot signs carried by band students will read "UNITE" instead of "RESIST." The high school received complaint calls from district and band parents who believed the word "resist" was a political statement against President Donald Trump's beliefs, actions or his presidency.
Caycee Lynn Bregel has been charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in the connection with the death and neglect of cats. Bregel, 25, a former owner and operator of Minnesota Animal Rescue, was arrested in May after a search at her rural Castle Rock rental home found dead and neglected animals. Bregel has been charged with one felony count of mistreatment of animals and 12 misdemeanor counts of mistreatment of animals. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office worked with the Animal Humane Society to conduct the animal cruelty case investigation.
FARMINGTON — Joshua Hoyt planned a campaign to seek a Farmington City Council seat in 2020. But a month ago Hoyt launched his grassroots write-in campaign to seek a seat on Farmington City Council in this November's election. Hoyt decided to run sooner after witnessing the outpouring of community outrage at the Aug. 20 City Council meeting in response to the approval of the separation agreement between the city of Farmington and former Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist.
ROSEMOUNT — Food can bring people together. That sentiment led to the creation of Rosemount's inaugural Fall Food Truck Festival. Hosted by the city of Rosemount, the festival plans to entertain guests with an electric mix of food flavors. The festival hopes to offer up to 12 food trucks open 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Park in Rosemount.
Capturing cheering fans and country music bands through her camera lens makes photographer Jamie Miles's heart sing. For the eighth year, this Twin Cities photographer will capture thousands of shots of up-and-coming, country bands and cheering fans who scream and shout this weekend at Ramble Jam, the two-day country musical festival in Farmington.
The new Farmington High School Principal Dan Pickens cannot wait to welcome students and staff into the new school year. Even though he is anxious to start a new journey as the new principal with a student body of about 2,239 freshmen through seniors, Pickens, 36, is not new to Farmington School District. In fact, his skills have been called upon within five different jobs in the past five years throughout the school district.
ROSEMOUNT — The church family of St. Joseph in Rosemount is proud to celebrate its 150 years sesquicentennial. The church invites the community to partake in all festivities this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16. The church congregation formed when Irish and German pioneers settled Dakota County and the land that is now the city of Rosemount. "We are excited about the ongoing activities for our 150th that will kick off the Harvest Festival," said Bridget Samson, parish life director at the church.
Farmington City Administrator David McKnight provided an update to Farmington City Council on the 2019 proposed general fund budget and preliminary tax levy at the Tuesday, Sept. 4, regular council meeting. Council members voted to adopt the proposed 2019 general fund budget and preliminary tax levy of $10,795,765 — a 2.87 percent increase. The council is required to set the 2019 preliminary tax levy by Sept. 30. That information is forwarded to Dakota County and Truth-in-Taxation statements are sent out to residents in November.
Heroes come to rescue and remind us all how precious life can be and how to live life more fully. That is what Jacob "JD" Dentinger is doing today. JD, 20, is a 2016 graduate of Farmington High School who is a passionate percussionist that decided to pursue a career in music education at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire so he can teach high school music. Music on pause
Sweet Kneads is now the name of the new three generation, family bakery in downtown Farmington. Farmington Bakery has been rising to the occasion to serve customers for 85 years. But now the downtown bakery's awning signage shows a logo for Sweet Kneads by Farmington Bakery. The new owners are award-winning baker Steve Hobbs and his wife, Melissa. The change in ownership has been in the works since last November, Steve said.