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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A Republican plan to begin repaying school districts for payments the state has delayed heads to hostile territory in Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's office. The Minnesota House and Senate Monday approved a proposal to repay schools $430 million. However, that would leave about $2 billion yet to pay. Money would come from reserves that just now are being built up after a budget deficit drained them. Rep.
The weather plays a big role in how Jess Elsen lives her life. If the day is cold and damp, doing much more than getting out of bed can be a challenge. If she pushes herself too hard on the wrong day, she might end up in a lot of pain and stuck at home for days at a time. It all sounds like the condition of someone much older than Elsen's 23 years. "My mom says it's like living with an 80-year-old," Elsen said. Elsen was 16 when she was diagnosed with something called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic defect in the body's collagen.
Nearly everything I know about working on bicycles, which is admittedly not a lot, I learned by pulling apart bikes I didn't need anymore and hoping I could put them back together in some form that still allowed them to function.
The Farmington School District has had iPads on the brain in recent months. With the district exploring the possibility of providing Apple's popular tablet computers to all students and teachers, there has been a lot of talk about the power they have to change the way students learn. A group of teachers and other district staff has met regularly to talk about ways in which the iPads could be used. The ideas are generating excitement, both within the district and without, but it's hardly the first example of technology finding its way into the classroom.
A Rochester man who told police he had been using the designer drug bath salts faces a series of criminal charges after he was stopped last July in the Farmington area. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped 47-year-old Michael Allan Andrist at around 10:30 p.m. after dispatchers received reports of a pick-up that was weaving on Highway 52 near 160th Street. Callers reported the truck was driving about 70 miles per hour on the shoulder and repeatedly driving into the ditch. A deputy waited for the truck at the intersection of Highway 52 and 210th Street.
The sign will come off of the window soon, and the door will stay closed on Sunday mornings, but The River Church isn't disappearing. It's just taking some time to figure out what comes next. The 10-year-old church, which for the past several years has made its home in a former department store space in downtown Farmington, is considering its next step in the face of dwindling membership numbers. Pastor Mike Lee, who took over leadership of the church last September, said the congregation has lost about half of its 80 members in recent months.
We all have those days when nothing gets done (or done right) and you're stressed out of your mind. Your parents won't stop nagging you, your homework takes forever, friends are fighting and you have no idea how everything you have to do is going to get done. It's all enough to make your head explode, and the funny thing is, you had a whole week to get all this done. Spring break is exactly what it is; a break.
As the days get longer and the weather turns warmer, many homeowners are starting to think about another the lawn-care season that is sprouting up in front of them. Jake Reinhart has mowers on the mind, too. He's just thinking on a different scale than most. For the past two months, Reinhart has operated Complete Outdoor Care, a lawn care and snow removal business.
Cindy is a single mom living in the suburbs. Like most Minnesotans, she drives to work. "With the low income I receive and the tremendous increase in gas prices, I am questioning whether or not I can stay in this job," she told me.
One side of the ballot will look very familiar when Farmington residents choose their local legislators in November. The other side is still a bit of a mystery. Incumbent state Senator David Thompson and Representative Pat Garofalo were both endorsed by the newly-renamed Senate District 58 Republicans at the party's district convention Saturday.