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Bourbon Butcher in Farmington has started a renovation project with its outdoor patio. Owner Tony Donatell said the expected finish date to be around mid-May. The renovation will include an extended covered roof that will partially cover the existing patio. Overhead heaters and five tables will be added with a fireplace in the middle. Donatell said the finished patio will increase the seating capacity to roughly 100. Matt Steichen / RiverTown Multimedia
Todd Kohorst has been named Minnesota State Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association of Minnesota, according to a news release. Kohorst is a science teacher at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington. He received the award April 11 at the monthly meeting of the General E. W. Rawlings Chapter of the Air Force Association in the Twin Cities area.
Children's Castle Theater of Lakeville has scheduled an additional performance of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25 due to popular demand. Director Kayla Yaeger said the production now holds the ticket sales record at the Lakeville Area Arts Center with more than 2,500 tickets sold. The show stars a number of performers from the area including Meghan Hayes (Ariel) and Joey Orlando (Sebastian) of Rosemount and Hunter Conrad (Prince Eric), Tony Vietti (Chief Louis), and Claire Vietti (Flotsam) from Farmington.
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For the eleventh year, Crops Day will bring University of Minnesota and agency specialists to Dakota County to share local research results and crop management strategies with producers and other agricultural professionals. Crops Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Dakota Electric Association, 4300 220th St. W., Farmington.
Dakota County's Youth Teaching Youth teachers and Peers for Peers Group was recently recognized by the Association of Minnesota Counties for their contribution and service to the community. Students in Dakota County wanted to make a difference through mentoring so they created the "Youth Teaching Youth Mentorship Program." In this program, youth shaped the direction of activities, communicated with school staff to better understand their mentees, and provided support to mentees beyond program meetings.
Dakota County residents can learn more about local services for children, teens and young adults who have physical, intellectual and learning disabilities at the South of the River Resource and Education Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave. in Apple Valley.
Staff at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages were recognized for their reporting and photography skills as part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The newspaper staff took first place in General Reporting for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 1,501 to 2,500.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie reported Monday that his home was struck by a stray bullet last Saturday morning, Jan. 28, around 4 a.m. According to a new release, the incident is believed to be related to information later learned from residents several blocks away who stated they were awakened by four or five gunshots at or near that same time. The exact location of the gunshots is unknown, but believed to be near Highway 13 and Sylvandale Road in Mendota Heights.
The last 12 months represented a year of change to the staff at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages. But amidst those shifts, we wanted to continue one favorite tradition — a look back at our favorite and most memorable stories of the year. The stories we're highlighting aren't necessarily the most newsworthy, which, all things considered, can be a tricky metric anyway. Instead, they're the stories that we'll look back on fondly, or stories that made for a more interesting than average day at work. We hope you'll enjoy reflecting back with us.