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Students get real-world hospital work experience Area students were part of a cohort that recently graduated from a six-week immersion program at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. The Explorers Program, offered through the Boy Scouts of America's Northern Star Council, lets students ages 14-20 explore health care careers in a real-world setting, such as sessions in the pharmacy, birth center, emergency department and radiology. Students who graduated Dec. 10, 2018, include: • Colin Muehlbauer, Clare Roti and Jack Seipel of Woodbury
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and City Council member Jeff Weisensel have been re-appointed to National League of Cities committees for 2019. As committee members, Droste and Weisensel will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions by advocating on behalf of America's cities.
Commissioner Liz Workman will lead the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 2019. Workman, who represents Burnsville in District 5 of Dakota County, was elected chair Jan. 8 during the board's first meeting of the year. She replaces Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, who served as chair in 2018. Commissioner Mike Slavik was elected vice chair. In opening remarks, Workman outlined several of Dakota County's priorities for 2019:
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will hold her first town hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 24 at Burnsville High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7. The high school is at 600 State Highway 13 in Burnsville. According to a news release Monday, Jan. 14: "Craig has committed to conduct at least one town hall-style public meeting with a robust question and answer period at least once a month and will rotate the meetings throughout each county in the Second District."
FARMINGTON — Dakota Electric Association and its employees have raised $31,614 for charities — the most ever — through its employee-led program called Dakota Cares. Each year Dakota Electric's employees hold a variety of fundraising events and a pledge drive to bring in donations for three charities: United Way - $7,775; Community Health Charities - $15,683; and the Fallen Lineman Organization - $8,156. "We could not have done this without the hard work of the committee and the generous and caring people of Dakota Electric," Julie Simonsen, committee chair, said. Employees
Rosemount City Clerk Erin Fasbender has been named the City of Rosemount's 2018 Employee of the Year. In nominating Fasbender, Public Works Coordinator Christine Watson described her as "always willing to help her coworkers, no matter how busy she is herself. She displays professionalism and integrity in everything she does here."
Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018. A firestorm of public support wasn't enough to save Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist's job after City Council voted 3-2 to approve the separation agreement in a heated meeting Aug. 20. For more than an hour, community members spoke favorably of Lindquist. More than 2,500 "votes" had been captured online, and for days residents rallied on social media and asked for explanations from council members.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018. Although the midterm election had had a much higher voter turnout compared to four years ago, it wasn't the number of ballots cast that was the big story for Farmington, but rather who they were cast in favor of.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018. Hope Fieldhouse continues to seek donations as the community sports facility has yet to reach the $1.5 million needed to move forward with the project. In May, Rosemount Planning Commission unanimously approved building plans for the project, which was a necessary step for the newly minted 501(c)3 nonprofit to continue progress on lending and finalizing architectural plans.
On Memorial Day, a bronze statue was installed at the Farmington Area Veterans Memorial Park, marking the completion of a project nearly a decade — and more than a 100 design plans — in the making.