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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Clark Bledsoe would like to sing Happy Birthday for you. Or maybe help you wish a special someone a happy anniversary. Or even say you're sorry. Basically, if you've got a special occasion, Bledsoe believes he has a song to make it just a little more special. Earlier this month the Farmington resident launched Juliograms, a singing telegram business he hopes will become an important part of the living he makes as a professional musician. Bledsoe, who graduated from Farmington High School in 1980, has been playing music for much of his life.
Saying it will be "bigger and better" might sound a little cliché, but the 2012 Farmington Community Expo will likely live up to that claim. School District 192 Community Education adult and community programs director and expo coordinator Barbara Pierce says this year's event will be the biggest it's ever been, with 127 vendors covering most of the commons area at Farmington High School. Last year, the expo boasted 119 exhibitors and the rows at Farmington High School were a little tight.
There are almost certainly iPads in the future for at least some students in Farmington schools. School board members heard a report at their Monday night board meeting from a group that described the Apple-made tablet computers as vital tools for the kind of customized education superintendent Jay Haugen has preached since he interviewed for the job last year. The group, made up of district administrators and staff members and school board member Brian Treakle, recently teamed with a similar group from the Spring Lake Park School District to travel to Apple's Cupertino, Calif.
Most kids grow up with chores to do around the house, but police say one Farmington father had his son doing the kind of work that could lead to jail time. The father and son both face felony drug charges this week after police found more than a pound of marijuana in their home. Officers from the Dakota County Drug Task Force searched the home of Edward Yetzer, 52, and his son Lyell, 19, Sept. 8.
When Kevin Williams suggested deputies take him to jail last July, they were happy to oblige. Dakota County Sheriff's deputies found Williams, 40, of Prior Lake, around 3:20 a.m. July 16 after receiving a report of an accident near Castle Rock. Williams' car was sideways in the ditch and had hit a road sign. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Williams smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was stumbling.
The owners of Southern Hills Golf Course are taking their property off the market. Minneapolis-based Newman Golf, which owns Southern Hills and another golf course in Chippewa Falls, Wis., announced Monday that it is no longer trying to sell either property. Newman listed the 117-acre Southern Hills property for sale in March of 2011 with an asking price of $5.4 million. "Newman Golf has recommitted itself to the long-term ownership and operation of these two fine golf properties," Grady Newman, Newman Golf's CEO, said in announcing the decision.
David Hartnett spends a lot of time thinking about what makes a business work. That makes sense, considering he is a small-business owner. But the owner of Farmington's Dunn Bros. also knows there are a lot of other people around the city in similar situations, and with similar issues.
It takes a lot to surprise me. Waking up to find the world ending in the morning would probably be a shock, but still, I'm fairly difficult to surprise. A couple days ago I pondered on the question, "what makes you beautiful?" Then while I was talking to my friend the question changed. It was no longer, "what makes you beautiful?" but instead "How could this beautiful girl not see that she is?" Most girls have been in a position where they've questioned their looks, weight and confidence. What we seem to forget sometimes is that there will always be someone to love you for who you are.
For the past three decades the members of the Southern Dakota County Sportsmen's Club have been helping local eaters expand their culinary horizons. The club's annual wild game dinner, its primary fundraiser each year, presents participants with the opportunity to sit down to a meal that steers far from the typical burger and fries.
An Farmington man has been charged with criminal damage to property while an inmate at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. Robert Alan Young, 19, has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal damage to property after he apparently damaged the sprinkler head in his cell Jan. 12. According to the criminal complaint, deputies were dispatched to the jail on the report of criminal damage to property. The Hastings Fire Department was dispatched to the jail in order to turn off the fire alarm and the sprinkler system. The department's cost was more than $1,100.