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Quiet Castle Rock cemetery marks a milestone this year

June 12, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

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 Continue Reading

Dakota City schedules fun days for families

June 9, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

Guided tours of Dakota City Heritage Village will be available to the public at Family and Friends Fun Days, scheduled on three separate Fridays throughout the summer June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23. Continue Reading

Incumbents sweep Tuesday’s township elections in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka

March 12, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

The results are in for the March 12 township elections in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka. Incumbents won seats in all three communities, and Castle Rock voters approved a measure to let township officials appoint the township clerk’s position. Continue Reading

Work begins on massive power project

March 11, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

The CapX2020 utilities have started construction on the estimated $500 million, 150-mile Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kilovolt project. The first segment under construction is the 16-mile 161 kV line between a new north Rochester substation near Pine Island and the existing Northern Hills Substation in northwest Rochester. Continue Reading

Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka voters will go to the polls Tuesday

March 9, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

Area township voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect representatives to their respective boards of supervisors.
Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Empire, Eureka and Castle Rock town halls. Continue Reading

Dakota County targets nitrates in water

February 11, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

For years, Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed District have played a leadership role in working to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study almost 10 years ago. Continue Reading

Dakota County targets nitrates in water

February 11, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

For years, Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed District have played a leadership role in working to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study almost 10 years ago. Continue Reading

Fields set for 2013 township elections

January 18, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

Once again, Empire township’s elections should bring little surprise the morning after. But Castle Rock and Eureka? Well, that might be something different. Continue Reading

New era begins in Dakota County

January 17, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

When Mike Slavik was first elected to the Hastings City Council in 2006, his parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, that political science degree he’d earned at St. John’s University was going to be used.
Well, now Slavik is using that degree full time. He was sworn last week in as the new Dakota County Commissioner for District 1. Continue Reading

New era begins in Dakota County

January 17, 2013 in The Farmington Independent

When Mike Slavik was first elected to the Hastings City Council in 2006, his parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, that political science degree he’d earned at St. John’s University was going to be used.
Well, now Slavik is using that degree full time. He was sworn last week in as the new Dakota County Commissioner for District 1. Continue Reading