Kara Hildreth / contributor
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.
This Christmas season, many wish for a better world and a community with less violence, need and poverty. Mary Canada of Farmington decided why wait to find solutions to serve the needy. Commuting each day to downtown Minneapolis, Canada saw the homeless and this bothered her and made her worry and her heart ache. Homeless, hungry men were daily asking for food or money.
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.
Rosemount City Council joined the Dakota County Broadband Joint Powers agreement to create a stronger countywide fiber network called the I-Net. After three years of detailed discussions, the Rosemount City Council approved entering the Broadband Joint Powers agreement during the Tuesday, Dec. 19, council meeting. The timeline estimates Dakota Broadband will be fully operational within the city sometime this summer.
The Rosemount City Council has approved a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan that spans until 2027. The council approved and adopted the CIP at its Dec. 5 regular meeting. The work was presented by Rosemount Finance Director Jeff May and Logan Martin, city administrator. As part of the annual budgeting process, the city staff completed a thorough review and update on the city's 10-year CIP. It includes three major areas of streets, equipment and buildings and facilities.
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.
Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers delivered cookie baskets to military families Sunday afternoon during the 10th-annual Cookie Walk Exchange.
The city of Rosemount is organizing its first Home and Business Expo for next spring. Organizers aim to attract home-based businesses run by local entrepreneurs and local storefront and service-related industry businesses. The Rosemount 2018 Home and Business Expo will be Saturday, March 3, in the gym at Rosemount Community Center. Admission is free. The city believes the expo format will give small businesses additional exposure and a chance to meet and mingle with local residents.
Rosemount High Marching Band had a sea of support as it shined in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. "It felt really good to represent Rosemount on the national level and we had a sea of gold to support us," marching band drum major Caleb Maeda said "We have wonderful students that were so eager to travel and so excited to perform and the trip overall was just incredible," added Bojan Hoover, one of four band directors.
Entrepreneur Scott Hughes believes a quote from former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: "There may be people who have more talent than you but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." "This is one of my favorite quotes in life because I think to get the returns in life, you have to put in the work," Hughes said.