FARMINGTON — The new Meadowview Orthodontics is ready to create improved smiles within the community. Dr. Hani Hamdan's new practice in Farmington celebrated a ribbon cutting Oct. 18 and opened for business Oct. 22. The office, located at 19685 Pilot Knob Road, is on the second floor of the Farmington Medical Building.
Residents voted for change, electing two newcomers to serve on Rosemount City Council. The top vote-getter was Tammy Block with 5,436 votes, followed by Paul Essler with 4,872. City Council incumbents Mark DeBettignies and Shaun Nelson received 3,988 and 3,008 votes, respectively. A 19-year resident of Rosemount, Block works as an attorney. She has devoted time volunteering with schools, athletics, and Boy and Girl Scouts. She has also served on a community education advisory council for District 196.
FARMINGTON — The 19th annual Patriotic Celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at Farmington High School. A free pork chop dinner will be served by volunteers and Farmington City Council. The meal is served at 5 p.m. and the ceremony commences at 7 p.m. in the recital hall. The celebration honors the service and sacrifice of local veterans and this year will spotlight the Honor Flight. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is also planning to speak during the ceremony.
FARMINGTON — The owner of Cornerstone Preschool and Childcare cannot recall a time in her life when she did not connect well with children. Becky LaBeau, the center's director, welcomed flocks of parents and community members during an open house Oct. 27 at her new small business located at 305 Elm St. "Honestly, I do not remember when I did not have a heart for children, my favorite movies are still 'Mary Poppins' and 'Annie' although I strive to be like Mary Poppins and not Miss Hannigan," LaBeau said smiling.
ROSEMOUNT — Celebrate the service and sacrifice of local men and women who served the United States during the second annual Rosemount Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. The five-piece Red Bull saxophone ensemble will feature classical, ceremonial and chamber music. The group will share musical talents in a patriotic concert performance to honor freedoms in this country and years of service and sacrifice from local veterans.
ROSEMOUNT — Can you engage in a civil discussion about politics with family and friends in person or via social media? Are you frustrated by the growing partisanship between Republicans and Democrats? Two upcoming workshops by Better Angels and hosted at Robert Trail Library in Rosemount are designed to bridge the political divide. Director of Dakota County libraries, Margaret Stone, said the Better Angels partnership is designed to improve communities. The workshops are part of an effort called "Bridging the Political Divide." Better Angels
Highway 3 acts as a north and south gateway into the city and this older commercial corridor will soon have a plan to be redeveloped. Farmington City Council approved a professional services agreement with WSB & Associates in the fixed amount of $39,995 to address a plan for the development of a Highway 3 Corridor Plan that may take six months to complete. Farmington Economic Development Authority approved and reviewed the recommendation in September and then the project was forwarded to City Council for contract authorization.
The nonprofit Caring Hearts in Action opened a larger storefront in downtown Farmington. After receiving a $5,000 Cub Foods grant, the nonprofit was able to sign a lease and move into the larger space at 315 Fourth St. Caring Hearts collects donations and redistributes clothing, toiletries, baby supplies, food, toys and small household appliances to families in need. "Our intent is to have this be the shopping place once we have all the shelving up," founder Mary Canada said.
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste is looking forward to the upcoming election results even though he is running unopposed for his seat. It will be his fifth term if elected. "I have done a lot of work and I have a lot of energy and the passion to continue to do it," Droste said. Droste will complete his fourth term in December, but this is the second time he is running unopposed for his seat.
Hastings police officer Whitney Rinowski said her mother lived her life with love and put her family first. "She was routinely described as a Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart and she was deeply involved in everything with us kids and helping us to create," Rinowski said. "There was not a time when we could not say 'Hey Mom, can you help us with this.'" Rinowski's mother, Candy, devoted her life to her children and family. "She was constantly helping at our schools and making sure the teachers ate well on their conference days," Rinowski said.