On Saturday, Oct. 27, the third annual Trunk-or-Treat community event was held in Farmington. We were lucky to have three wonderful churches involved this year, Faith United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Bible Baptist Church. Thank you to all volunteers at each church who made this evening possible. It could not be done without you.
The opioid epidemic in Minnesota has rightfully stirred policy reactions from legislators and government agencies. But sadly, many with severe injuries, rare diseases, chronic and intractable pain have been overlooked in the pursuit of a solution. Prescription opioids administered by trusted doctors and pharmacists are important for those suffering with pain, and policies that restrict access to these medically necessary treatments seriously endanger their livelihood and are equating to suicides in the pain community.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
Most of us would jump at the chance to make a quick $300,000. So what if you have to stretch the law to make it work? And so what if you, the government, goes along with it? In 2016, Poplar Grove Farms bought 80 acres of land southeast of Farmington for $200,000. Just a couple years earlier, the CapX 2020 partners paid $430,000 to condemn it under the "Buy The Farm" law. This land was somewhat unique: all but 25 acres was wetlands.
Here are two revealing examples of the way the Farmington City Council dealt with the removal of our police chief. 1). The agenda for the Aug. 20 City Council meeting, as published and distributed, had the appointment of a new interim police chief in the Consent Agenda (item 2). The item to "consider" asking Chief Brian Lindquist to step down was item 12.
Safely get rid of your household hazardous waste, electronics and more at one-day drop-off events held in Farmington and Burnsville. Drop-off events are open to all Dakota County residents. Upcoming events will be:
大家好！Welcome to the final installment of my accounts from China. As my trip in Xi'an is coming to a close, I've had lots of time to reflect on my growth as both a language learner and a person. I'm so incredibly grateful for this opportunity to not only grow myself, but connect with people halfway across the world.
This week marks the fourth week I, Olivia Alberts, will be in Xi'an, China, with the NSLI-Y program. Throughout these four weeks I've been so lucky to experience so many different aspects of Chinese culture, from centuries old temples to modern shopping centers and restaurants. The mix of rich history and cutting edge technology is, in my opinion, what makes Xi'an so fascinating.
好久不见! Or, if you'd want to translate this Chinese phrase word for word, as Americans did in the late 1800s, long time no see!
Japanese beetles have been observed in high concentrations in Farmington, and city wants residents to know how to combat them. "Due to the wet spring and warm temperatures, the beetles are having another year of high population," Public Works Project Coordinator Tom Hoffman said. Japanese beetles are an invasive tree pest that feed on the leaves and flowers of numerous trees and plants, including ornamental roses and fruit trees. During years of high population, they can defoliate entire areas. Fortunately, the beetles rarely cause plant mortality