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Editorial: Come together and sing

We're not really singers in our office, but we're still more than a little intrigued by the event scheduled to take place next week at Rosemount's Robert Trail Library.

On July 12, an as-yet undetermined number of people from Rosemount and the surrounding area will gather at the library and, with the help of some professional song leaders, sing like crazy. Loud or quiet, on key or off, it doesn't matter. It's not about the quality of the singing so much as it's about getting together as a group and doing something.

Singing isn't even a requirement. There are no solos. There's no evaluation. It's all for fun. And if fun for you means watching other people raise their voice in song, then so be it.

We'll admit to finding the concept a bit strange. Like we said, we're not really singers. But we appreciate the message.

Farmington and Rosemount both have large-scale events to bring community together. In Farmington it's Dew Days, or the Dakota County Fair. In Rosemount it's Leprechaun Days. But there is plenty of room for smaller events, too. There is room for people to get together to fight cancer, as they did recently at Rosemount's Relay for Life, and as they will shortly when Farmington holds its version of that event. Or at August's National Night Out. Or at the events planned starting next week at Rosemount Woods Park. You can read more about those elsewhere in this issue.

The more opportunities there are for members of a community to get together -- and more importantly to do something together -- the better off the community is.

And if there's a little off-key singing involved, well, it's a small price to pay.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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