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.
The new commander of the Red Bull Infantry Division in Rosemount understands all the emotions experienced when a son or daughter is deployed in combat to protect Americans and their freedoms. Major Gen. Ben Corell has three sons who have chosen to protect and serve. Corell assumed command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division on Dec. 9, during a ceremony in Rosemount. The assignment is for a three-year term and begins as the division prepares for potential deployment to Asia.
A Rosemount author entertains readers with absorbing adventure novels today, but for years he made people laugh with humor and satire as a newspaper cartoonist. Craig MacIntosh, 74, is an author of six books and today prefers to communicate with words, but first he was an editorial and comic page cartoonist as well as an illustrator for 22 years. "I really enjoy writing and had a late blossoming career, but my goal is still to write a best seller at some point and I do like reading and creating," MacIntosh said.
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.