Christmas in the Village

December 7, 8 and 14, 15 from 1:00-8:00pm

Admission $7.00 Adults, Four to Twelve years $3.00, Three and under Free.        Things to do:  Take part in caroling at the church, make crafts, meet St Nick in the depot, watch the Model Railroad Trains, watch demos in the blacksmith, carpenter and print shop.  Write a letter to St Nick then go to the Post office, have your letter stamped and send it off in the mail.   Purchase food and beverages in the drugstore, gifts and candy in the Gift Shop.   In the museum, Children’s Castle Theater will perform a shortened version of A Christmas Carol at 4:00 & 6:00pm each day of the event.  There will be a Raffle and Silent Auction in the museum lobby.  See hand crafted items in the Millinery.  Join in lighting of the Community Christmas tree in the bandstand at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 7th.   Come out and join us as we get ready for Christmas.  Enjoy the village decorated both inside and outside.   Sit under a lit tree and just take in the beauty of the village.  Smell the wood stoves burning.   Enjoy the gently falling snow as you wander through the village.

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You Can Help Dakota City With These Easy Fundraisers!

Three easy fundraisers that you can help Dakota City with are Labels for Learning through Our Family Foods, Direct Your Dollars through SpartanNash company and Loves4Learning through Pan-O-Gold company.

For Labels for Learning, just save the UPC labels from participating items you already buy from Our Family Foods and bring them in to our office. We will collect them and send them in to Our Family Foods, then they send us a check.

For Direct Your Dollars fundraiser, bring in your grocery receipt from participating retail stores. The bottom of your receipt will have “Direct Your Dollars” and the amount the company is donating. Direct Your Dollars is a community support program for over 140 SpartanNash corporate owned stores. For participating stores or more information go to www.SpartanNash.com. There is a collection box in our office for the receipts. Once we reach a pre-specified dollar amount, we turn in the receipts and they will send us a check.

For Loaves4Learning, save the UPC code on Country Hearth, Village Hearth, Artisan Hearth and Fiber Up breads. Bring the UPC codes to the collection box in our office. We will send them to the company and they will mail us a check.

We appreciate all you have saved for us so far, keep bringing them in! All money received from these fundraisers is used for the Education Programs at Dakota City Heritage Village.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye. Read all about it!

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.

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Dakota City wins local Touchstone Energy Community Award

Dakota City wins local Touchstone Energy Community Award
12.23.2013
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.

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Dakota City Chosen for 2014 Overnight Website Challenge

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.