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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It was a long night in Hampton as Dakota County Sheriff's deputies tracked down a man they believe attempted to steal over $1,700 worth of farm equipment. On Nov. 24, a deputy was on patrol a doing a premise check of a Hampton farm equipment business. The officer noticed a suspicious truck in front of the business, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Dakota County attorney's office. The white pickup truck was registered to Shane Anthony Pavelka. The truck was not occupied, but the keys were still in the ignition.
A routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn earlier this month when a Dakota County sheriff's deputy was forced to taze the driver. The officer made the stop around 11:30 p.m. June 12 in Empire Township after noticing a car with its license plate light out. According to a criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County attorney's office, the driver smelled of alcohol.
This month, the Supreme Court of the United States will issue its ruling to fully repeal, partially repeal, or uphold the President's health care law. Much to the dismay of tens of millions of Americans and the majority of Minnesotans I hear from, "ObamaCare," as it is commonly called, became the law of the land in March 2010. Over the past two years, the President's health care law has sent the nation down a costly path of bureaucracy and broken promises.
When 140-some golfers tee off Friday at Fountain Valley Golf Course, they will swing their clubs in honor of a man who made a difference in many of their lives, and in the lives of thousands of other kids who grew up playing sports in Farmington. For the people involved in organizing the tournament, it's all about remembering Louis Schmitz and his contributions to Farmington, and to carrying on some of the things that were most important to him.
I have attended more than my share of gigantic concerts lately. It's been, like, my share and half the share of some other guy who doesn't really go to that many live shows. I already covered the first of my two big events last week. It was Winstock, an annual country music festival that draws more than 10,000 people each year to Winsted, a tiny town west of the Twin Cities that I'm pretty sure exists at this point almost entirely to host Winstock.
A storm one resident described as "a wall of wind" left many residents with toppled trees, damaged homes and crushed cars Tuesday morning. The storm hit Farmington around 4 a.m. Tuesday with straight-line winds that snapped large branches off of some trees and tore others up by the roots, sending them over onto rooftops, garages and automobile. The powerful winds also did damage on their own, in one case demolishing a backyard shed.
South St. Paul didn't field an American Legion baseball team this year. It wouldn't have been an issue, except apparently nobody told Farmington's schedule makers. Which is how the local Legion team found itself waiting Tuesday for a game that was never going to happen. It was an unexpected break in a season that has gotten off to a slow start. Farmington lost its first two games of the season last week in a doubleheader against Hastings before picking up a win Saturday at Faribault. Newcomer Nick McIntee played a big role in the first Farmington win of the season.
A fight June 2 at the Farmington VFW left one person with some big cuts and bruises and another in trouble with the law. The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged 46-year-old Hampton resident Keith Bistodeau with felony third-degree assault and obstructing the legal process, a gross misdemeanor, following an incident in which he allegedly kicked and punched another man after knocking him to the ground, then fought with police as they tried to arrest him. According to witnesses, the other man had Bistodeau in a choke hold outside the VFW before a witness told him to stop.
Adam Tenore and Jared Conklin were having a conversation on Skype last fall when Tenore made a suggestion. "We should start a computer business," he said. Conklin agreed, and eight months later they have. It wasn't quite that simple, of course. There were rules and regulations to learn. There was a logo to design. The pair taught themselves the basics of website design on the fly as they built their page.
Summer is finally here and all of us high-schoolers are so excited. If you're like me you've probably already of out of ideas for fun, unique stuff to do, right? Here's a list I came up with to use as my Summer 2012 Bucket List. My friends and I made it our goal to have done almost all of these things by the end of summer. Maybe if you ever get bored, you want to consider doing the same thing. Hide and go seek in WalMart: If you choose to do this make sure you do it respectfully. Don't scream and make a lot of noise.