FARMINGTON — The Rebel Chef is ready to start a food revolution here. Staff said they hope to wow guests with gracious service, fine cuisine and a menu that pairs international world flavors with classic American comfort foods. The Rebel Chef name reflects owner and head chef Keith Russell's cooking style. Those who know and love him openly call him a food artist who can take a few ingredients and create a tasty, artful entrée in a short time without a need for a recipe.
Dakota County residents are invited to a patriotic parade led by local public safety escorting "The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit" truck Sunday, Aug. 5, as it rolls into Dakota County Fairgrounds. "We are very honored they are giving us this chance for our communities to reach out and talk with them and pay our respects to the men and women who were victims on Sept. 11," said Capt. Dawanna Witt with Dakota County Sheriff's Office.
Stephen Siller raced back to his Brooklyn, N.Y., firehouse when he heard news terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center Twin Towers. "He had just gotten off duty and was headed home to play golf with his brothers in Staten Island, N.Y., and he heard on his scanner in his personal pickup truck what was happening," said John Hodge, cousin of Siller.
Each year special engineering 4-H teams "MacGyver" machines to compete against other teams in the state. Next week, the Irrigators will demonstrate their project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, during the Dakota County Fair. This team is part of Top Notchers 4-H Club in Dakota County that includes more than 20 families from the Vermillion and Hastings area. The Irrigators also plan to compete in the engineering and design challenge this month at St. Cloud University.
Ten years ago Emma Gilhousen could not have imagined how Dakota County 4-H would influence her life. Gilhousen, 19, will "graduate" from the 4-H program this summer. This will be her last Dakota County Fair, Aug. 6-12. She said being a part of a 4-H club has given her a place to cultivate lifelong friendships while working on building life skills. She recalls numerous fair projects, but her favorite two have been caring for rabbits Theo and Pepper. "I have 20 projects left to do for this year and I keep adding more projects," Gilhousen said.
FARMINGTON — Police arrested a suspect nearly 39 hours after a stabbing took place in a residential kitchen on Walnut Street. Giao Cong Bui, 28, was arrested Tuesday, July 3, as a tip led officers to Bui in front of the Dollar Tree at the Farmington Mall, Sgt. Jim Murphy said. Police were called to a house in the 400 block of Walnut Street at 10:22 p.m. Sunday, July 1. A 911 call came in from a friend who found the victim in the kitchen.
EMPIRE TOWNSHIP—Imagine chilling on a blanket in the warm weather under the big sky of Whitetail Woods Regional Park and listening to tunes. If you have not traveled the short jaunt to Whitetail, you have been missing out since it is located halfway between Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. Now there are three free Music in the Park concerts to take in this summer.
ROSEMOUNT — Hastings and Miesville firefighters were among those who responded to Rosemount Fire Department's call for mutual aid at the Fox Family Farm homestead. A farm employee reported a structure fire at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The fire was burning in a livestock building at 6063 160 St. E. Rosemount Assistant Fire Chief Jim Voelker said the blaze resulted in a loss of two buildings, chickens and small hogs. He said 10 fire crews in all were required.
A woman who took on rescuing at-risk animals was arrested after 60 dead cats and other neglected animals were uncovered at her Castle Rock rented house. Caycee Bregel, 25, was taken into custody May 9, 2018, after Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant on the property located on 250th Street. She operated the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue. Pending potential charges of animal cruelty, she was released from custody Friday, May 11.
FARMINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture has signed a contract for office space inside Farmington City Hall that could sprout into a 20-year lease. The USDA office is currently housed next to Dakota County Fairgrounds in a county building off Ash Street. For nine months, city staff and USDA negotiated. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the lease contract Monday, Feb. 5.