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Deerwood Elementary School Principal Miles Haugen has been selected to become principal of District 196's nineteenth elementary school when it opens next fall. Haugen will continue as principal at Deerwood through the end of the current school year. The district will begin the process of hiring his replacement after the first of the year, Superintendent Jane Berenz announced Wednesday.
An episode of "Into the Outdoors" — an educational television series for elementary, middle and high school students — featuring Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award. Winners will be announced during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3 in Chicago. The 20-minute episode, titled, "Decoding the Science of Crude Oil," can be viewed online at intotheoutdoors.org/topics/turning-crude-oil-into-fuels.
The Rosemount Area Arts Council and the City’s Youth Commission will stage the community’s sixth annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The community event will take place at the front door of the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. While the tree is illuminated, the St. Joseph School choir will provide music.
Several Dakota County parks will be closed periodically during November and December due to controlled deer hunts. Hunts are scheduled at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Spring Lake Park Reserve, and Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. To ensure the safety of residents, the parks will be closed off to the public during the hunts, which are part of Dakota County's deer management program. Lebanon Hills will be closed all day on Nov. 7, 12, and 21, and closed until noon on Nov. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23.
Dakota County Technical College has been ranked as part of the career and technical college list for the "Military Times" list of Best for Vets: College 2017 rankings. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times' comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. DCTC was ranked 12th of just 24 schools that made the list. More than 500 colleges took part in this year's detailed survey.
Seasonal parking restrictions for the city of Rosemount began Tuesday, Nov. 1 and will end April 1, 2017. Rosemount's city code states that no vehicles can be parked on a public street, highway or alley after a snowfall of more than two inches until the street has been plowed from curb to curb. Vehicles also cannot be parked on streets, highways or alleys overnight, specifically from 2-6 a.m. The Rosemount Police Department encourages residents to keep vehicles off the streets during this time to avoid being ticketed.
The District 196 Budget Advisory Council (BAC) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the District Office in Rosemount, 3455 153rd St. W. As always, the public is welcome to attend. Topics for the Nov. 9 meeting include a review of the district audit report for fiscal year 2016, an enrollment report, parameters for the district financial plan, and an update on certification of the 2016 (payable 2017) property tax levy.
The Rosemount City Council has named four finalists for the position of city administrator. All four candidates will be in Rosemount for interviews on Nov. 4 and 5. Community members are invited to an open house for the candidates on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail. The finalists include:
With the election fast approaching and many voters already headed to the polls through Minnesota's robust early voting system, the time has come for a look at some of the candidates seeking public office in our area. In the month before the election, we've published candidate surveys for local and state races that affect the residents of Farmington and Rosemount. This week, we're publishing responses from candidates for the Minnesota Senate in District 57, and the Minnesota House in District 57B.
House District 57B candidate Anna Wills responds to questions about why he should be elected, and what the biggest issues are for residents of the district and state of Minnesota.