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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There is a lesson about starting a business that likely isn't covered in any textbooks, but that is important nonetheless. Given the choice, the wisdom goes, it's probably not a good idea not to name your secondhand store after the evil clown that terrorizes children in a Stephen King novel. Kelly Campbell and Chris Hames came to that conclusion early on as they looked for a name for the secondhand store they plan to open June 4.
Tommy May will end his Farmington High School golf career at the state tournament. The FHS senior qualified for next week's competition with a two-round total of 149 that tied him for fourth place at the Section 1AAA tournament played Thursday and Monday at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings. He shot a 74 on the par-73 course in last week's first round and followed up with a 75 Monday. "Tom showed some real character today by fighting and grinding around the course to shoot a 75," golf coach Jon Holmes said.
On Saturday morning, assuming trends hold, a hundred or more boys and girls will pick up a rifle or a shotgun or a bow and arrow and see what it feels like to take a shot. For many, it will be their first time on a firing range, their first time with a firearm in hand. And that is kind of the point. For six years now, the Dakota County Gun Club has held a series of free summer shooting events designed to get a gun in kids' hands and teach them to use it without hurting themselves or others. "We can introduce the shooting sport to young shooters," said gun club member Leroy Van Brunt.
I've never been a big fan of grocery stores. I go there because that's where the food is, and because I don't much care to hunt my own game, and because without them I would quickly run out of ice cream sandwiches, but it's never an experience I actually look forward to. There is something vaguely depressing about wandering through aisle after aisle of packaged foods, lit by fluorescent lights and blocked in my progress from time to time by someone with a full cart who is trying to pick the perfect flavor of spaghetti sauce.
With shiny new iPads scheduled to land on their own desks this week, Farmington teachers are already lining up for the chance to be the first classroom to hand over the popular tablet computers to their students. District administrators received 90 applications from teachers and groups interested in joining the field of early adopters that will launch the district's iPad initiative next fall. All told, there are 190 teachers involved in those applications. Farmington High School had the most teachers interested with 44.
Even on a bad day, the Farmington boys golf team managed to get some good results. Playing in the Missota Conference Championships May 21 at Northfield Golf Club the Tigers shot a team score of 327 to take fifth in what coach Jon Holmes called a "super competitive" block of teams that finished from third to sixth places. "It's not what we were hoping for," Holmes said.
Over the past several weeks, more than 2,000 members of the Minnesota National Guard have returned home to American soil after serving in the unit's second-largest deployment since World War II. Minnesota's famed Red Bulls provided security in Kuwait and escorted convoys in and out of Iraq as the 50,000 U.S. forces in Iraq departed the region. I was honored to join Major General Rick Nash recently at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St.
As Dakota Electric makes plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, the co-op might want to set aside a little extra time to thank one of its employees. Steve Krech, a warehouse director who has been with Dakota Electric since 1977, has made the electric utility's past his passion over the years. He's collected old tools and old photos dating back to the co-op's early days, and he's got information about past employees that not even his employer holds onto anymore.
A 29-year-old Farmington man faces felony domestic assault charges after he allegedly shoved and choked his girlfriend while she held their young child. Police went to the home of Jens Egsgaard April 25 on a report of a domestic disturbance. They found a woman with red marks on her neck who told them Egsgaard, the father of her youngest child, had attacked her after she complained to him about his overuse of prescription pain medication.
I like progress. Progress means I can watch television on a large, flat, high-definition screen instead of a Buick-sized console that weighs 600 pounds and has a black-and-white screen the size of a goldfish bowl.