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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If playing a game at the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves was a thrill for members of the Farmington boys basketball team, the result they got probably wasn't. The Tigers lost to Zimmerman, 68-46, in a game played Dec. 16 at Target Center. It was a downbeat ending to what was otherwise a pretty good week for the Tigers. Nick Varner had 11 points to lead the Tigers against Zimmerman. darren Beenken added nine, McKinley Bassett eight and Tom Sell six. The Tigers opened the week with a loss, but it was a different kind of result.
With the holidays just around the corner, my co-workers and friends are asking lots of questions about what tablet to buy as a Christmas gift. One of the hazards of being a computer geek is small talk tends to turn into help desk talk, but I'm thrilled to be asked about tablets. They're among my favorite gadgets. For the past year I've conducted extensive product testing of tablets at home. Last winter my husband won an iPad. Then in a second stroke of amazing luck, I picked up a brand-new Android tablet, called the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, for $99 at the Apple Valley Goodwill.
In high-school, drama is an everyday occurrence. No one likes it No one wants to hear about it. But it still happens every day. Why can't people live a drama-free life? It wouldn't be so bad, just being nice to people instead of adding drama to the situation and adding stress into everyone's life. There are many reasons drama gets started; someone misunderstands something, and bullying are two that come to mind.
The Farmington School District will collect less in taxes in 2012, but some property owners will still end up paying more. The roughly $19 million property tax levy the Farmington School Board approved Monday is a $622,000 reduction from its 2011 levy.
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners did Tuesday what it said it would do. It kept the county levy the same as this year -- $129.4 million. The levy is the amount taxpayers will pay to support county programs and services. In addition to setting the 2012 levy, commissioners also set the 2012 budget at $305.5 million. That's about $200,000 more than county administrator Brandt Richardson recommended in November.
When Jeff and Stacy Schlichter built Blondie's Tavern a year and a half ago, they did the best they could to predict the kind of restaurant Farmington residents would want. But they also left a little room to modify their floorplan, just in case. Now that flexibility is paying off. The couple recently completed a renovation that knocks out a conference room and adds space to their bar area. Jeff Schlichter said this week it became clear over the summer that there was a lot more demand for the bar than there was for a conference room.
British singer Adele has become something of a sensation over the past year. Her big voice, well crafted songs have won her fans all over the world. And while her music isn't exactly my style, I can see the appeal. Some of her songs were even co-written by Twin Cities performer Dan Wilson. Though he didn't have a hand in the hit Someone Like You, which a co-worker recently pointed out is about going to an ex-boyfriend's house to let him know she's over him and that she's going to prove it by finding a new man who is just like him.
There aren't a lot of people around Farmington who can remember a Castle Rock Bank without Dan Nicolai, but there was one. Nicolai came to the 95-year-old bank in 1956, and he's stuck around ever since. In that time, he's made it a point to get involved in the community, most recently with a $2,500 donation to Farmington's five elementary schools. He's made a similar donation every year for the past decade. We talked with Dan this week about his history in Farmington and about the importance of getting involved. How'd you get started at Castle Rock Bank? Quite by accident.
It appears the Farmington School District's German language program has the support it needs to stick around even as enrollment declines. School board members will not take any action until at least Jan. 23, but all five board members present at Monday's regular meeting spoke in support of the program while discussing a proposal that would have phased the language out entirely by the 2016-17 school year. This is the second time in recent years there has been a proposal to eliminate German in Farmington schools.
Jeannette Schauer grew up in the country, but the search for work turned her into a city girl pretty quickly. Schauer was born to a farm family in Enderlin, North Dakota. The third of six children, she was a self-described daddy's girl who loved driving the horses and the tractors as the family worked the fields. She attended a country school where she had just four other students in her class. "I did a lot of farm work," Schauer said.