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.
FARMINGTON — Imagine a glitter ball shaken up with racing, sparkly flecks floating inside a ball of water. When the ball is at rest, the glitter settles to the bottom. Glitter balls are used as a learning tool to teach youth yoga and show how the discipline can relax the brain's thoughts and the body's muscles. Three classes of third-graders at Akin Road Elementary perform yoga poses each school day and teachers said they have seen positive results in behavior.
FARMINGTON — This week two diehard Vikings fans decided to turn purple pain into a reign of kindness online. After Minnesota's loss Sunday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt and Jessica Leibrock started "Vikings Brotherly Love." Like most Minnesotans, the Farmington couple were elated to witness the "Minnesota Miracle" win Jan. 14, when Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown with only seconds left on the clock, advancing the team to the NFC championship game.
The new commander of the Red Bull Infantry Division in Rosemount understands all the emotions experienced when a son or daughter is deployed in combat to protect Americans and their freedoms. Major Gen. Ben Corell has three sons who have chosen to protect and serve. Corell assumed command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division on Dec. 9, during a ceremony in Rosemount. The assignment is for a three-year term and begins as the division prepares for potential deployment to Asia.