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Friday, November 24, 2017

Dakota County Farmington Library Calendar Events for December 4 - December 9, 2017

Tuesday, December 5
Farmington Afternoon Book Group
Held the first Tuesday of each month. In December, the group will discuss The Book of Killowen. Author Erin Hart will be present at this month's discussion.
1:30-2:30 pm

Wednesday, December 6
Résumé Rescue
Creating an effective résumé can help you land the job you've always wanted. Learn how to use a résumé to show a potential employer your value. Topics covered include formatting, styles, common mistakes, dos and don'ts, and more. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.
3:00-5:00 pm

Thursday, December 7
Hour of Code
Learn the basics of Python, JavaScript, HTML, or block coding with a variety of self-guided online tutorials. Bring your own laptop or tablet or use one of ours. Ages: 7-15.
3:30-4:30 pm

Friday, December 8
Staff Training Day - Library Closed
Dakota County Libraries will be closed on Friday, Dec. 4, for an all-day staff training program. Normal hours resume Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Farmington Library is located at 508 Third Street in downtown Farmington. For more information, visit Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Weekly events from the Pleasant Hill Library

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bring your kids into the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It's not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Ages: 5-10.
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2.
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings welcome. Ages: 2–6.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join one of our monthly book discussion groups to delve into the details of a good book. This group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings.
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Enter your own creation or come to enjoy the display and vote for your favorites. Pick up rules and registration forms in advance at the Pleasant Hill Library.  Winners will be announced on Monday, December 18, before the Bells of the Bluffs Concert
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Registration begins 11/30/2017 at 10:00 AM

Decorate a gingerbread house to display during the holiday season. Adult must accompany and assist younger children. Registration required. Ages: 4-12.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ring in the holiday season by listening to the Bells of the Bluffs handbell ensemble. Stick around after the performance to learn about and try your hand at bell playing. A Minnesota Mosaic program. 
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Registration begins 12/13/2017 at 10:00 AM

Hear a funny story about pigs and mix colors and create your own clay piggy to take home. Presented by Abrakadoodle. A Minnesota Legacy program sponsored by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Registration required. Ages: 3-12.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Homestead property tax information to know

Apply for homestead status by Dec. 15, 2017.

All new property owners (or qualified relatives) who changed residences during the past year and use the residence for homestead purposes must apply for homestead status with their county assessor by Dec. 15.

Property owners or qualified relatives who want to classify property as homestead that was not classified as homestead in the past must apply with the Dakota County Assessor's Office to receive homestead for property taxes payable in 2018.

For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes the child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or owner's spouse. For residential property, a qualifying relative also includes the owner's uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Once the homestead classification has been granted, no further applications are necessary, unless requested by the county assessor. Only new applicants must file if they have not already done so.

Applications can be completed online by visiting<> and searching homestead application or calling Dakota County Assessing Services at 651-438-4200.

Property owners who sell their home, move or no longer qualify for the homestead classification are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the homestead's change in status. Failure to do so is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact Assessing Services at 651-438-4200 or<>.