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Svoboda is the new branch manager at the Dakota County Library in Farmington

There’s a new friendly face around the Dakota County Library in Farmington, and it belongs to the new branch manager, Barbara Svoboda. She’s been in Minnesota for just shy of a year.

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Iung and Setterstrom receive national award for their efforts on ISD 192’s Wellness Committee

Making healthy lifestyle changes is hard for any one person to do. Imagine, then, how much work Farmington School District Wellness Committee co-chairs Gail Setterstrom and Michele Iung have had to do in trying to get an entire school district to make new, healthy choices.

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Empire Township hired an attorney to fight annexation efforts 20 years ago

Castle Rock Cemetery celebrated its centennial 50 years ago this week. Check out Looking Back to see what else happened this week in local history.

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Farmington’s MVES celebrates a decade of learning

eadowview Elementary School celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, and having several inflatables blown up outside the building might just have students jumping for joy. But to the administrators who have spent part of the last decade with those students, the anniversary is a special moment.

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Farmington farmers market returns June 13

Some gardeners keep journals every year, so they can try something new, see if it works, make a few notes, and make any necessary adjustments the following year. It turns out, running a farmers market is kind of the same process. Whatever it is, Cindy Muller seems to have Farmington’s farmers market down to a science.

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Looking back: Farmington High School graduated 46 back in ‘38

Farmington village council approved the sale of beer in grocery stores 50 years ago this week. Want to know what else happened in local history? Check out Looking Back.

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Good news in city of Farmington’s annual financial audit

After a few years of struggling, Farmington’s city finances seem to be on the road to recovery, according to the 2012 audit.

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After delays, Farmington students plant trees in local parks

After having their event put off three times, the students of Dodge Middle School’s Green Team finally got to help plant trees in Farmington’s Rambling River Park on May 17.

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Farmington Veterans Memorial is behind schedule

Mother Nature can be blamed for setting back one more thing around Farmington this spring. Thanks to her, the new Farmington Veterans Memorial will not be dedicated on Memorial Day, as it was originally planned.

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City of Farmington will pay $22,000 to study employee compensation

The city of Farmington will pay a consulting firm $22,000 to conduct a wage study to make sure city employees are being adequately compensated for their work.

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Column: Memory full; please delete content

I got this message on my cell phone over the weekend: Memory full. Please delete content. It came from my text message inbox. It seems I’d gotten so many messages my phone simply ran out of memory. I know how it feels. I’m feeling that way myself these days.

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Column: A new view on the state capitol

I think I was in fourth grade the first time I set foot in the Minnesota State Capitol. I’m pretty sure it was a class trip, with all of us kids from Gaylord toting our cold meat sandwiches in brown paper bags. Heading to the big city of St. Paul, ready to see the sights we’d only read about in text books.

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Column: Adjusting to life without sirens

When I lived in town, I used to count sirens at night. Weird as that might sound, I did it, whether I wanted to or not. I’d hear the sirens in the summer especially, when I would have my windows open in the evenings. At times, I’d wake from a sound sleep. I’d lie there, listening, and counting.

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Column: Big decisions don't come easily

I’ve been wrestling with a big decision in my life lately. I’ve decided that the time has come for me to step down as president of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary, but it’s not been an easy decision by any stretch of the imagination.

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Column: Make the most of life in 2012

On Sunday, a friend of mine posted a kind of funny picture on her Facebook page. It was a cartoon of two Mayans talking, one of them leaning on a circular calendar. “I only had enough room to go up to 2012,” one of them says. “Ha! That’ll freak somebody out someday!” says the other.

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Column: Good thing I didn’t make resolutions

Just out of curiosity Monday, I pulled up a column I wrote the first week of 2011. In it, I decided I was already too far into the new year – it was published on Jan. 6 – to set any resolutions. I thought instead I’d make me some pledges. And it’s a good thing I didn’t make those resolutions, because I’d have a heck of a lot to do in the next week. First off, I had pledged to learn to play cribbage, because The Beau likes to play Cribbage. Whoops. Didn’t master that one yet. File under “To Do in 2012.”

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Column: Transitioning to a ‘dog person’

Puppies are funny creatures. I got my first kitten for my 10th birthday. I was 23 when my dad had to take her to the vet for the last time. Michke, my last cat, was my companion for 14 years. Suffice it to say, I understand cats. If I’d been asked, even three months ago, I’d fall under the “Cat Person” category. But now, Rissa’s come to our house, and she’s really messing with that whole label.

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Column: The newspaper gods are on my side

Here’s the thing about holiday weeks: there is usually far too much to do, in far too little time. Don’t get me wrong. I’m gearing up for a nice, long four-day weekend with family and a couple hundred of my closest Black Friday shopping friends, just like anybody else.

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Column: A case of puppy love at first sight

I had to break the news to Farmington fire chief Tim Pietsch Monday: for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I will not make it to Turkey Bingo this year. And as much as I enjoyed the 451st Army Band concert two years ago, I won’t make it to that, either.

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Column: Finding the good from Sept. 11

Yet another year of omelet breakfasts at the Farmington American Legion started up last Sunday. By coincidence, it happened that our first breakfast of the year was scheduled on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

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