Kara Hildreth / contributor
FARMINGTON — Henry Fox has given legendary service to the Dakota County Fair and the agricultural community.
The Ninja Zone is a venue where youth come ready to explore fun, release energy and build confidence. Boys and girls are eager to run, jump and flip on mats, wearing cool black headbands and they are empowered to take on the world.
Rosemount Fire Department fought a five-hour blaze during frigid temperatures early New Year's Day. The fire destroyed a chicken barn on the Fox Farm. The 911 call came at 2 a.m. Jan. 1, with reports of a large animal barn on fire off 160th Street at the Fox Farm in Rosemount, according to Rosemount Fire Chief Rick Schroeder. This farm homestead is a well-known farm that displays a large holiday winter scene, holiday lights and a store. No one was injured in the fire, although the animal barn was a total loss and the chickens were killed in the rural blaze.
Imagine living in the city close to nature with a panoramic view that showcases blue skies and the lush forest. Imagine living modestly in a tiny house that harkens back to a carefree childhood treehouse in the woods. Resembling a modern cabin in the woods, Farmington School District Superintendent Jay Haugen said his new tiny house is engineered brilliantly to meet all his needs.
Craeg Nolan was busy constructing piggy banks in his Rosemount garage and his intentions were to share the banks with youngsters this Christmas. Nolan, 74, built wooden piggy banks for all 13 grandchildren. Then he decided to share his woodworking talent with children getting better or fighting for their lives at Children's Hospital. His goal was to build 50 piggy banks to donate. Nolan died Sunday, Dec. 3, from pancreatic cancer, which took his life quickly.
Veteran Reid Erickson can live with more independence because of the care, nurture and skills of his service dog Milton. Milton has gained a reputation of "melting hearts" when people meet the sweet golden retriever. Erickson, 36, retired from the military in August 2014. He experienced a traumatic brain injury when he broke his neck after being near an explosion in Afghanistan. Today he lives 100 percent disabled and experiences frequent blackouts.
Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen has been sworn in as the 31st adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Mark Dayton administered Jensen's oath of office during a formal ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in St. Paul. Back in August, the governor appointed a committee that ended up selecting Jensen as a finalist. As the leader of Minnesota National Guard, Jensen will be in charge of more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who live and work throughout the state.
"Strike up the band" will be celebratory theme for this year's annual Rosemount holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The event will be a send-off practice for the Rosemount High School Irish Marching Band, which is working hard to dazzle the audiences at the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Locals can hear a sneak preview and see a marching band performance on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Editor's note: This story is from November 2017.
Civilian protesters took to the streets holding riot signs and shouting chants last weekend in Dakota County. The volunteers were actually part of a mock demonstration for a county law enforcement training session. The exercise was meant to help officers learn how to properly respond to civil unrest and how to properly protect public safety and property. Jim Iliff, a sergeant with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, served as an emergency preparedness coordinator during some drills at the Saturday, Oct. 14, training.