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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Farmington Library Events

Monday, February 8
Teen-led Book Group
Join members of the Teen Advisory Group for a teen-led discussion of books and reading. This month's selection is Bandette in Presto! by Paul Tobin. Ages: 12–18.
6:00-7:00 pm

Teen Advisory Group
Get involved. Recommend books and music, help plan Library programs and participate in community events and service projects. Ages: 12–18.
7:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, February 9
Books to Movies
Watch favorite books transformed into movies. Rated PG-13. Today's selection is "Eat Pray Love" (2010).
12:30-3:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10
Open Knitting
Join other knitters in an informal setting. Learn new stitches, get help with unfinished projects, or just enjoy new friends while you knit. Other crafters also welcome.
1:30-2:30 pm

Heart Puzzle Wreath
Use puzzle pieces to create a unique heart wreath and add red, pink or silver glitter to add pizazz to this Valentine's Day decoration or token of love. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required. Ages: 10–16.
3:30-5:30 pm

Thursday, February 11
Storytime for Babies
Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2.
10:30-11:15 am

Friday, February 12
Storytime for All Ages
Stories and activities ideal for mixed-ages audiences such as child care groups and families. Ages: 0-6.
10:30-11:00 am

Resume 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, do's and don'ts, and more. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.
1:30-3:00 pm

Teen Game Day
Play board games and Wii with your friends. Ages: 10–16.
3:30-5:30 pm

Saturday, February 13
Library Chess Club
Let the games begin. Come to the Library to play this fun game of strategy with a friend or other chess fan. Open to all levels. Ages: 6–16.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Residential Survey coming to a mailbox near you

During the first week in February, Dakota County's next Residential Survey will be mailed out, giving residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in the county as well as service delivery and their satisfaction with County government.

Surveys will be mailed to 3,500 randomly selected residences throughout the County.
The survey gives residents an avenue to provide feedback to the County about what is working well and what is not, and to share their priorities for the County.

Dakota County is partnering with Olmsted, Washington, Scott and St. Louis counties to produce this survey. The five counties work with the National Research Center, Inc. to develop a survey with shared questions as well as questions unique to each county. 
Results are expected in May 2016. Results are also available for surveys conducted in 2008, 2011 and 2013, search residential survey.

MPCA completes ten enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2015; 149 cases in all of 2015

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded ten enforcement cases in eleven counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2015.  Penalties from all ten cases totaled $225,258. In all of 2015, the MPCA concluded 149 cases, totaling just over $999,000.

Environmental enforcement investigations often take several months, and in highly complex cases more than a year. Although, in rare instances, they can involve courts, they are most often negotiated settlements where the goal is compliance with environmental rules. Fines issued are targeted to match the environmental harm, economic advantage gained or environmental corrective actions.

In addition to these ten recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 57 ongoing enforcement investigations, nine of which were opened as new cases during the fourth quarter of 2015.  Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action. 

Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA's enforcement process.  Agency staff continue to provide assistance, support, and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it.  

The following is a brief summary of all ten cases completed during the fourth quarter of 2015:

Carlson Engineered Composities USA, St. Cloud, for air quality, hazardous waste, and stormwater violations, $135,000

  • ColorWare, Winona, for air quality violations, $70,000
  • Riley Bros. Construction, Inc., Ghent, for stormwater violations, $4,800
  • Lyon County Farm Services, Ghent, for stormwater violations, $4,100
  • Medford Sand and Gravel LLC, Medford, for wastewater violations, $2,860
  • Cambria Co., Le Sueur, for wastewater violations, $2,000
  • Bio Wood Processing LLC, Faribault, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • MacDonald World, Inc., Aitkin, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • Veblene-Protein, Inc., Clarkfield, for air quality violations, $1,562
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, for air quality violations, $1,562

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases can be found on the MPCA's News Media Center Web page.  For questions on specific enforcement cases, please contact Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer at (218) 316-3887, or toll free at (800) 657-3864.