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Looking back: Thief found horses could not outrun automobiles back in 1913

A storage building on the University of Minnesota property in Rosemount was destroyed by fire in 1963. See what else happened in the area's history by reading Looking Back.

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Farmington council member Fogarty returns to state board

Farmington City Council member Christy Jo Fogarty has been a community leader for more than a decade. But she’s been in a leadership role at the state level for a number of years, as well. In May, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Fogarty’s reappointment to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

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Farmington moves forward on new housing code

Paint sometimes chips. Shingles fall off. It happens, and that’s OK with Farmington city officials. But what isn’t OK is a home exterior that has become an eyesore.

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‘Cookie scam’ hits at least two homes

Farmington police are looking for help in locating a teenager who apparently scammed local residents by claiming to raise money for a school fundraiser.

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Farmington Dew Days returns this week

Farmington Dew Days chairperson Darla Donnelly knows that saying the 2013 celebration will have “something for everyone” might be cliché. But she’ll say it anyway. “There really is something for everyone,” Donnelly said last week. “We have a lot of family events, a lot of longtime favorites are coming back and we’re trying a few new things, too.”

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Quiet Castle Rock cemetery marks a milestone this year

The Castle Rock Valley Cemetery lies nestled away on a hill, surrounded by a grove of trees which, in turn, is surrounded by acres and acres of fields. It’s a quiet place, where people go to mourn, or to celebrate a life. To cherish memories, and to simply spend time visiting the graves of loved ones. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Castle Rock Valley Cemetery observed its 150th anniversary

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Looking back: Farmington residents enjoyed county picnic activities in 1938

"Finished Yet Just Begun" was the class motto for the Farmington High School class of 1913. Check out Looking Back to see what else happened this week in Farmington's history.

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Farmington police warn of teenager trying to scam money from residents

Farmington police are looking for help in locating a teenager who may be trying to scam residents by claiming to raise money for a school fundraiser.

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Column: It’s not bad, it’s just different

I stopped by my townhouse on Monday. My townhouse. Here in Farmington. The one that I own, but have been renting out the past two years.It’s a little weird to walk around in there. I spent nine years of my life in that place.

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Farmington city council starts work on 2014 levy

And now, the real work starts. The Farmington City Council took a first look at a proposed 2014 budget during a Monday workshop. While the budget presented addresses many needs that have gone unmet for years, it also exceeds a newly-mandated 3 percent limit on levy increases.

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Column: Remember our deceased veterans

I don’t expect everyone in Farmington or Rosemount to drop all of their weekend plans just to attend a Memorial Day ceremony. I do, however, ask that you take a minute, sometime over the weekend, just to think about those who have died for our freedom, those who have died defending the freedom of others, and those who have served our country but have now passed away.

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Column: Adjusting to change

It seems that lately, my eyesight just isn’t what it used to be. I’ve had glasses since I was 5 years old. Before that, I can remember wanting to have glasses, because my mom and dad both had them, and so did all of my grandparents. It seemed, to a 4-year-old Lil’ Chelle, like glasses were pretty cool.

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Column: Another week of activity overload

I’ve come to understand there are certain times of the year when I just have to let all of my friends and family know I’ll be missing in action for a few days. Or weeks. It depends.

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Columnn: Lifting a self-imposed moratorium

I can tell there’s going to be a sale at Occasionally Yours and Vintage Marketplace this week. I see the gals from both stores pull up outside our office, I watch as they haul all kinds of recommissioned goodies out of their cars and vans. I think to myself, “Man, that looks like fun.” And that scares me a little bit.

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Column: I was humbled, to say the least

On Sunday, I took a little drive down to Montgomery. My destination was the Montgomery American Legion Post 79, where I was going to have lunch with a bunch of past presidents of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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Column: Missing Farmington

Here it is, almost the end of August, and I’ve hardly spent any of it in Farmington. It’s not that I’ve meant to. It just kind of happened.

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Column: Mall bangs and blue eye shadow

Apparently, I have to get my 80s on this week.

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Column: Parade is something special

Is anyone else in Farmington as amazed as I am by the Dew Days parade? Seriously. In the 30-some-year run of Mountain Dew Days/Dew Days/Rambling River Days/Dew Days, not once has the grand parade been cancelled. Not once. It’s been postponed, but it’s never been called off. I think that’s amazing.

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Column: Just reach out and take hold of it

So there I was, sitting at my desk, placing 300-plus senior pictures into little boxes, and wondering about the future for the Farmington High School Class of 2012.

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Column: Gratitude first, picnics later

Last week, I saw a question posted on the Facebook page of one of the Twin Cities television stations. The question asked fans what they were going to do with the long Memorial Day weekend. I was saddened as I read through the first responses.

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