Ready to paint purple and yellow brushstrokes on the football uniforms, artist Patty Smith is patient. But she is eager to see the results from this week's Minnesota Vikings playoff game. Then she can paint the finishing touches on her fun-loving masterpiece. For now, her art shows a pile of football players in white uniforms in the middle of the field.
Cheering for the Minnesota Vikings to win is serious business for Farmington City Council member Katie Bernhjelm. As a passionate, a diehard football fan, it is also her job. She works for the Minnesota Vikings, but this career is certainly not a chore. Wearing "Bold North" mittens to show team spirit, Bernhjelm is celebrating like most Minnesotans after the Vikings won the NFC North Division.
Farmington Police Department K-9 officer Gary Tipton looked to the mythical world when he named the department's second police dog. Tipton and his family selected the superhero name "Odin" after the comic book character father of Thor, known as the peace-loving, wise hero who fought to bring peace and justice. Tipton believes the four-footed Odin will be highly trained to bring greater public safety to Farmington and surrounding communities.
Pride swelled at the arrival of Rosemount High School Marching Band. Marching from the high school along Highway 3, the band arrived playing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Saturday evening during a send-off celebration in the band's honor. Rosemount police closed Highway 3 for a few minutes as the band marched in a parade led by Rosemount Fire Department, escorting Santa Claus who served as parade marshal.
Each year school administrators predict and budget for growing or changing fall student enrollment that show up at each school building on the first day of school. District Superintendent Jay Haugen shared an early student body fall enrollment update with Farmington School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11, regular board meeting. Haugen shared a breakdown on the total enrollment from five elementary buildings, two middle schools and Farmington High School, along with students who attend Gateway Academy.
Imagine living with all the data and information you need at your fingertips — greater access than today with smartphones, laptops, iPads and live streaming music and movies. Imagine a world where the reality is 50 billion connected devices and every human is connected to 10 devices. The need for data storage will be greater and in high demand. That world is not far off, according to Mark Lofthus, economic development director with Dakota Electric Association in Farmington.
Eagle Scout Joshua Heimkes attained the highest ranking in Boy Scouts after he led a city community service project. Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste presented him with a city certificate of commendation for completing and leading the creation of a garden for preschool children at Our Savior Church. Heimkes also led council members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance prior to their July 31 meeting. Leadership, Heimkes said, "means you have to motivate people to get through things and also work with them, and you cannot just tell them to do stuff."
Future yellow school bus wheels will go round and round with electricity harnessed from wind power. Three partners collaborated to roll out the electric school bus pilot program: Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association of Farmington and Great River Energy, the power supplier for Dakota Electric.
Ben Kopp felt an inner calling to dedicate his life to protect America's freedoms in the United States military. During his childhood, the Rosemount boy listened to personal stories from his great-grandfather Leroy Rogers who served in World War II. He knew he wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. But ultimately, it was the life-altering, tragic events of Sept. 11 that cemented Kopp's personal conviction to enter into the military, according to his mother Jill Stephenson, formerly of Rosemount.