Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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The University of Minnesota held a meeting last week to discuss the results of the first large-scale investigation of pollution on its UMore Park property, but many of the residents who attended found fewer answers than they wanted. The study, conducted by Barr Engineering, found pollution at several locations on the property, which was home to a munitions plant during World War II and has been the site of several research and other uses in the years since.
The Farmington School District is making progress on a collection of projects to improve district buildings. Finance director Carl Colmark gave board members an update on a number of those projects at a workshop meeting June 25. They include renovations and expansions at Farmington and Akin Road elementary schools, upgrades to science classrooms at Boeckman Middle School and a solution for a noisy chiller at Farmington High School. The BMS science room project is the only one currently under way.
The Farmington School District stayed close to home when it hired a new principal for Boeckman Middle School. The school board on Monday approved the hiring of Dodge Middle School principal Dan Miller for the job. Miller has been an assistant principal in the district for the past seven years. "He knows the district well and he knows education well," superintendent Jay Haugen said Monday.
The popular saying about weather in Minnesota is that if you don't like what you've got, you just have to wait 15 minutes for something different to come along. I suspect this is actually a saying most places, weather being what it is. You're no more likely to get a sudden rainstorm in Stillwater, Minn. than you are in Stillwater, Okla. There probably will just be more antiques to get wet. It's the simple reality of living on a planet with an atmosphere, but it can be an issue when you're on a bicycle.
Alexis Preese has a busy year ahead of her. The Farmington High School senior-to-be was crowned Miss Farmington June 13, and her list of obligations is already taking shape. She made the rounds to Dew Days events, including a messy pie-eating contest, in her first weekend in the crown. She also traveled to Cottage Grove to attend the crowning of that community's royalty. It's going to take a lot of dedication, but Preese, who said she was reluctant to sign up for the pageant, looks forward to it.
A predatory offender has been arrested after not updating his registry after a traffic stop in Empire Township. On June 16, a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy was on patrol, on Highway 3. The deputy ran a check on a Pontiac Grand Prix; the owner of the grand prix was 33-year-old Kevin Scott Hanson, a registered predatory offender. While going through his file, the deputy discovered that Hanson had not updated his registry to show he acquired the vehicle.
The first piece of land the Farmington School District bought as the site of a new high school isn't likely to see a school building anytime soon, and if the district agrees to a proposal made Monday by Dakota County and the Southern Dakota County Sportsmen's Club, there are parts of the property that might not ever see any development. Farmington School Board members were mostly receptive Monday to a proposal to put at least 37 acres of undevelopable property along a stretch of the Vermillion River's south fork into a permanent conservation easement.
A new real estate broker has high hopes for Farmington's long-dormant Vermillion River Crossings development. In charge of marketing the property since the beginning of June, Coldwell Banker vice president of special asset solutions Dale Severson told members of the Farmington Economic Development Authority Monday that there is reason to believe progress is coming soon for a project that was viewed as the next significant expansion of Farmington's commercial offerings before it stalled thanks to a slowing economy and internal issues with the development.
One of Farmington's most recognizable buildings could be yours if you're willing to pay the right price. A for sale sign went up last week in the window of downtown's Exchange Bank building. Built in 1880, the building at the corner of Third and Oak streets was originally home to a bank and an upstairs grand hall that served as a community gathering place. It has long been a landmark in the city, and in more recent years it has been the source of some controversy, including a lawsuit with the building's current owners. The Exchange Bank was in rough shape by the early 1990s.
A baseball clinic put on by the Minnesota Twins drew more than 200 kids to Boeckman Middle School Saturday. The clinic, sponsored by Dakota Electric, provided instruction in fielding, throwing and hitting. The clinic was divided into two sessions, with younger kids going first and older players following in the early afternoon.