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 couple of weeks ago I made my first trip to Target Field for a Twins game. I gather I was about two years too late to catch anything resembling a quality home team, but, hey, the tickets were free. And while it's not easy to tell from the photo I took, they were in fact in the stadium. I'm not saying I was a long way from home plate, but I feel like the sign at the railing warning fans to be aware of items leaving the playing field was a bit optimistic.
The iPads are coming. Well, at least some of them. The Farmington School Board voted unanimously Monday to spend $303,684 on a three-year lease for 630 iPad 2s, eight classroom carts and software to outfit all of the district's teachers over the summer. It is the first step in a process that could eventually put one of the popular tablet computers in the hands of every student in the district. Superintendent Jay Haugen laid out a familiar timeline for the implementation at Monday night's meeting.
The Farmington School Board restructured superintendent Jay Haugen's cabinet Monday night, eliminating four positions and replacing them with at least one and probably more. Monday's vote eliminated the positions of assistant superintendent, director of teaching and learning and secondary literacy coach teacher on special assignment as well as one of the district's technology integration teachers on special assignment.
Jeanne Trygstad took some convincing when the young man she'd been seeing asked her to be his wife. He asked once, and she said no. He asked a second time, and she turned him down again. He was going to be a pastor, she said, and Trygstad did not want to be a pastor's wife, a position that in those days came with expectations you would be active behind the scenes at the church, leading the ladies' aid or directing the choir. "I didn't have those gifts," Trygstad said. It was a conversation with her mother that changed Trygstad's mind.
In Kari Mitchell's world, the bicycle is a powerful tool in the fight to do good. For the past four years, she has run a charity bike ride to raise money for breast cancer charities. Now she's turning her attention to men and bringing her bikes to Farmington. The ReMax Results Attaboy Ride will start and end at the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Father's Day, June 17.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team weathered a Rochester John Marshall run late in the first half and pulled away in the second half for an 18-10 win Thursday night at Tiger Stadium. The 18 goals is a team record for the Tigers, who have won five straight games. Farmington took a big lead early on, but John Marshall closed the gap to 8-6 at halftme before Farmington pulled away in the second half. Look for a full story in next week's Independent.
I had a worm stuck to my forehead Sunday afternoon. It wasn't for long. And it wasn't on purpose. I haven't joined a strange new worm-face cult. Although, maybe that's not a bad idea. We could wear pink jumpsuits and roll around in the dirt. But, I digress. The worm was kicked up by the tire of another biker as we rolled north on one of the last legs of the annual Ironman bike ride. Maybe you saw me, or others like me.
For Farmington's mail carriers, a little extra lifting and carrying is a small sacrifice for an opportunity to help the people they serve every day. The Farmington Post Office will join post offices nationwide Saturday for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The event asks residents to set out food for their mail carriers to collect and deliver. All of the food collected in Farmington will go to the Farmington Food Shelf, something that might not be clear in promotional material residents were to receive this week.
It's the little joys in life that make life special. Even though they don't seem like they have the power to change the course of your day, they really do. Don't take them for granted. Here are some small things that always put a smile on my face. Getting an A+ on a test you studied really hard for. It always feels good knowing that when you really try hard to do well it pays off. Getting complimented by a random person. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn't like to be complimented?
Population growth and changes in Dakota County will mean more county commissioner elections this fall. At its April 24 meeting, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the redistricting plan for commissioner districts. The adoption means that six of the seven districts will have elections this year. District 2, currently represented by Kathleen Gaylord of South St. Paul, is the lone exception. An election in this district is not needed because the population shift is less than 5 percent from the old to the new district boundary.