FARMINGTON—Ryan La Brash has operated La Brash Plumbing & Heating for three years and recently opened a storefront downtown. "Now we have a place to call home and be a part of the community and we can have a route to come to every day," he said. "I have been working out of my van for eight years and we wanted a storefront." La Brash Plumbing & Heating is housed at 306 Fourth St. in the former, longtime Farmington Printing commercial building next to the Rambling River Center.
ROSEMOUNT—The creativity from one young artist is being celebrated leading up to Rosemount's summer festival. Amelia Zaske designed and drew the winning image for the 2018 Leprechaun Days button. "It is really cool — I have never done anything like this before," Zaske said. As a native of Rosemount, Zaske, 12, will be a seventh-grader at Rosemount Middle School this fall.
A woman who took on rescuing at-risk animals was arrested after 60 dead cats and other neglected animals were uncovered at her Castle Rock rented house. Caycee Bregel, 25, was taken into custody May 9, 2018, after Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant on the property located on 250th Street. She operated the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue. Pending potential charges of animal cruelty, she was released from custody Friday, May 11.
ROSEMOUNT — Adopted puppy Leo is a Shih Tzu who has stolen the hearts of one Rosemount family. Teja Choudhery, 23, she said always has had a tender heart for dogs, feeding homeless dogs in Mexico and India when she went on vacation with her family. Today she has taken that kindness and compassion to become a loyal foster parent. In fact, she has fostered 25 dogs via Second Hand Hounds. She connected with the Eden Prairie-based nonprofit through a college friend.
Touch of Soul owner Denson Malone is ready to relax customers in his tranquil massage studio. A licensed massage therapist, Malone opened his new massage studio a few weeks ago inside the renovated Farmington Mall. He looks forward to welcoming the community to come and take a tour. "I am extremely passionate about what I do and the reviews I have gotten over the years speak to that because people can feel it, and that is where I am coming from when I am engaging in my body work, I am coming from a deep place within my soul," Malone said.
FARMINGTON — Guatemalan women dream daughters and sons will live well. They dream children will receive an education and grow up to become healthy and happy in safe homes filled with energy. Farmington School Board member Julie Singewald shares details of her third trip abroad to Antigua, Guatemala, where she traveled with teams of colleagues from Allina Health. The teams travel to this Third World country to make a difference in families' and women's lives as part of a global community service effort.
ROSEMOUNT — Fire destroyed a multi-tenant commercial building that housed a woodworking shop, a lawn and snow removal business and an automotive shop. Rosemount Fire Department battled the flames in freezing temperatures for five and a half hours Feb. 21 off South Robert Trail in the old Rick's Auto Repair property. Each business leased a stall space. Mutual aid was given by Farmington, Apple Valley and Hastings fire departments.
FARMINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture has signed a contract for office space inside Farmington City Hall that could sprout into a 20-year lease. The USDA office is currently housed next to Dakota County Fairgrounds in a county building off Ash Street. For nine months, city staff and USDA negotiated. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the lease contract Monday, Feb. 5.
FARMINGTON — Imagine a glitter ball shaken up with racing, sparkly flecks floating inside a ball of water. When the ball is at rest, the glitter settles to the bottom. Glitter balls are used as a learning tool to teach youth yoga and show how the discipline can relax the brain's thoughts and the body's muscles. Three classes of third-graders at Akin Road Elementary perform yoga poses each school day and teachers said they have seen positive results in behavior.
FARMINGTON — This week two diehard Vikings fans decided to turn purple pain into a reign of kindness online. After Minnesota's loss Sunday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt and Jessica Leibrock started "Vikings Brotherly Love." Like most Minnesotans, the Farmington couple were elated to witness the "Minnesota Miracle" win Jan. 14, when Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown with only seconds left on the clock, advancing the team to the NFC championship game.