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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.
One of the most long-standing issues within the City of Farmington reached a conclusion this year. A legal dispute between the city and School District 192 began in September 2005.
As traffic on Highway 3 through Farmington continues to increase, city officials have taken steps to improve the corridor to meet growing demand and capitalize on potential opportunity. In October, Farmington City Council approved a contract with WSB & Associates for $39,995 to develop a plan for the Highway 3 Corridor. The plan may take six months to complete.
Cordelia Pierson of Minneapolis has been re-elected to represent the Elk River to Hastings region on the Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Established by Minnesota statute, the MN-MRPC's mission is to preserve and enhance the Mississippi River, foster economic growth in the corridor, and develop the Great River Road. Membership consists of two members of the House; two members of the Senate; appointees from five state agencies (transportation, natural resources, tourism, historical society and agriculture); five regional members; and one member at large.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 5, Artspace Hastings River Lofts will be opening its gallery to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery, located at 121 Tyler St., may be accessed from behind the building. Residents will staff the gallery to answer questions and process sales. Railway Gallery features the art of Artspace Hasting resident artists as well as artisans from across the Twin Cities. It is a nonprofit gallery that operates with donations and volunteers.
Doug Taube, 55, was sworn-in as the new American Legion commander during a ceremony Nov. 14 at the Farmington VFW Post 7662. Longtime Legion commander, Leonard Weisbrich, stepped down after more than 20 years of leadership. He travels during the summer and was ready to pass the baton.
The Minnesota Historical Society announced the recipients of 42 historical and cultural heritage grants in 27 counties, totaling $4,849,057. The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. "Every year we see so many exciting projects to preserve Minnesota history for future generations to experience, learn and enjoy, and this year is no exception," said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, grants manager for the Minnesota Historical Society.