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 Farmington girls lacrosse team weathered a Rochester John Marshall run late in the first half and pulled away in the second half for an 18-10 win Thursday night at Tiger Stadium. The 18 goals is a team record for the Tigers, who have won five straight games. Farmington took a big lead early on, but John Marshall closed the gap to 8-6 at halftme before Farmington pulled away in the second half. Look for a full story in next week's Independent.
I had a worm stuck to my forehead Sunday afternoon. It wasn't for long. And it wasn't on purpose. I haven't joined a strange new worm-face cult. Although, maybe that's not a bad idea. We could wear pink jumpsuits and roll around in the dirt. But, I digress. The worm was kicked up by the tire of another biker as we rolled north on one of the last legs of the annual Ironman bike ride. Maybe you saw me, or others like me.
For Farmington's mail carriers, a little extra lifting and carrying is a small sacrifice for an opportunity to help the people they serve every day. The Farmington Post Office will join post offices nationwide Saturday for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The event asks residents to set out food for their mail carriers to collect and deliver. All of the food collected in Farmington will go to the Farmington Food Shelf, something that might not be clear in promotional material residents were to receive this week.
It's the little joys in life that make life special. Even though they don't seem like they have the power to change the course of your day, they really do. Don't take them for granted. Here are some small things that always put a smile on my face. Getting an A+ on a test you studied really hard for. It always feels good knowing that when you really try hard to do well it pays off. Getting complimented by a random person. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn't like to be complimented?
Population growth and changes in Dakota County will mean more county commissioner elections this fall. At its April 24 meeting, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the redistricting plan for commissioner districts. The adoption means that six of the seven districts will have elections this year. District 2, currently represented by Kathleen Gaylord of South St. Paul, is the lone exception. An election in this district is not needed because the population shift is less than 5 percent from the old to the new district boundary.
One year can make an extraordinary difference in life. During this week last year I was giving final exams for four classes I was teaching, and meeting daily with our college president about student advising. In the same week, I was struggling to finish the final projects for my two graduate classes. And a whole year stretched ahead of me until graduation, filled with the same grinding level of work and stress. Then this morning, after a long journey of reading, slaving over PowerPoint presentations and writing papers, I am finally finished.
It's not always easy being a nonbeliever. In a society where personal faith is still important to many, people who identify themselves as atheists often worry how they'll be perceived if friends, family or employers find out they don't believe in God. Bill Lehto knows what that's like. He's been active in the Minnesota atheist community for the past three years, but there are still members of his family he wouldn't want to know about his lack of faith.
There was a time, and it wasn't all that long ago, when I would have told you I didn't need an iPad. I might have told you I really, really wanted one. That each new generation was shinier and faster and looked even more than its predecessor like the absolute best option for reading magazines in the bathroom. But needed? No. I already had an iPhone, and that does most of what the iPad does but in a handier pocket size. I might have told you all of those things, and I would have meant them. But that was before I got an iPad. It's not even a fancy iPad.
The glass is back in the front door at Gerster Jewelers, but inside there is still work to do following an April 19 break-in. As of Tuesday morning there was still no glass in the front of the counter display cases, and store owner Jim Gerster said he is still ordering merchandise to replace what was taken. Gerster expected to have new glass in place by Tuesday or Wednesday. One or more people broke into the store around 10:30 p.m. April 19. They smashed the front door and most of the display cases.
A grassroots effort to defeat an amendment outlawing same-sex marriage in Minnesota kicked off Sunday afternoon in Dakota County. Nearly 200 people from around the county came together to launch the Dakota County Votes No effort, the first of several such efforts that will be organized statewide with the help of Minnesotans United for All Families. Participants shared the personal stories about how they got involved, and went through training meant to help them spread their message to the wider public.