The Dakota County Agricultural Society, Inc. in collaboration with Dakota City Heritage Village is pleased to announce the award of a grant by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The award was given for exterior restoration of three historic buildings. These local structures, relocated to Dakota City thirty years ago to portray a 1900 era rural village, include the 1867 Vermillion Presbyterian Church, the District 96 One Room School and the 1861 frame building originally built as a school and currently serving as the Dakota City Gift Shop. These are among the seventeen historic buildings used for educational
programs offered to school children and the general public. Over 5,000 young students visit annually to experience past agricultural and rural village life in Dakota County as it was a century ago.
Exterior restoration work will include repairs to windows, doors and siding in keeping with their original structure and appearance, re-tuck pointing of chimneys, treatment of the lead paint already existing on the buildings, priming and repainting. The restoration work will be performed by Beaver Creek Company, Inc. of Farmington, MN and Dakota County Ag Society staff. It is planned to have the work completed by October 2013.
Dakota City wins local Touchstone Energy Community Award
Dakota Electric awards $500 to local winners of award.
Dakota Electric Association named Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington, as the local 2013 Touchstone Energy Community Award winner. Defending the Blue Line, Hastings, Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network and Greenleaf Elementary School were named runners-up, and each of the four applicants received a plaque and a check for $500. “Dakota Electric is proud to be able to recognize these organizations doing great work in our local communities,” said Greg Miller, Dakota Electric’s president and chief executive officer. “As a member-owned cooperative, we are committed to our local communities and this is a way to encourage and honor those who are like-minded.” Dakota City Heritage Village serves as a historical resource for the county and provides educational opportunities and events for students, daycare groups, scouting organizations and adults to learn about local history.
Dakota City Chosen for 2014 Overnight Website Challenge
March 24, 2014
On April 12-13, a couple hundred web pros (nerds) will spend 24 hours – in a row – helping nonprofits create websites they couldn’t otherwise afford, all pro bono. The Nerdery is committed to bringing its annual hackathon to all communities where its Nerds live and work. This year, that means simultaneous nerdy deeds in Chicago, Kansas City and the Twin Cities. Since the first Overnight Website Challenge in 2008, more than $4 million in professional services have been donated to 114 nonprofits.