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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From improved air conditioning to upgraded science labs to bigger rooms for kindergarten students, several Farmington schools are in line for improvements following a Monday vote by the Farmington School Board. Board members voted at their regular meeting to approve roughly $8.2 million in projects around the district. The money will come from bonds originally intended for a sixth elementary school that is no longer needed because of a slowdown in growth. Farmington Elementary School, the district's oldest school building, will be the biggest beneficiary of the projects.
After going largely dormant over the winter, a local effort to drive business development is showing new signs of life for spring. Grow Farmington, a partnership of city and school officials with local business owners, drew more than 50 people to a meeting March 6 to talk about efforts to promote Farmington as a destination for businesses and shoppers. It was the first large-scale meeting the group has held since August.
There were some close races in Tuesday's township elections, including a couple in which there was only one candidate. In Eureka Township, incumbent Nancy Sauber lost her Supervisor 3 position by two votes to Mark Ceminski, 161-159. Gloria Belzer was the only candidate on the ballot for Eureka's Supervisor 4 position, but she lost to write-in candidate Steve Madden, who received 158 votes. Belzer received 149 votes. There was no incumbent in the Supervisor 4 race. There was no incumbent in the night's best-populated race, either.
The city of Farmington has a plan, and by this time next year, Farmington firefighters should have the new fire truck they've been looking for. Four of five council members offered support at a Monday night workshop for a plan that will allow the department to start the process of ordering the approximately $555,000 combination engine and rescue truck.
A 41-year-old Wayzata man and his 35-year-old companion are dealing with separate legal issues after Dakota County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity in Hampton Township. The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged Brad Lee Steng with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and Jessica Ann Loe with a felony fifth-degree drug offense. Sheriff's deputies found Loe and Steng around 9:35 p.m. March 1 after receiving a report of people who looked like they were "casing" a home.
Spring is just around the corner. My favorite weather guy promised a high of 57 degrees this week. For me the warm weather confirms the inevitable. Graduation is almost here. With only two months to finish the final projects for my master's degree, the pressure is intense. My class ring arrived this week, emblazoned with the name of my university and the emblem for my major on the side. My major is management information systems, so my ring sports a tiny picture of a computer monitor and a keyboard. I can't wait to show it off to my computer geek co-workers.
By the time you read this column, nerds all around the world should know exactly what features the latest version of Apple's incredibly popular iPad tablet will have to offer. Actually, depending on how diligent you are about getting to your newspaper, we might be well on our way to guessing what the iPad 4 will bring to the table. Guessing the features of a new gadgets is a big deal.
After more than a month of keeping quiet, Kate Steiner can finally talk to family and friends about her opportunity to come on down. The Farmington resident appeared on Monday's episode of The Price is Right. She taped the episode Jan. 31, but until this week she couldn't say any more than that she was in the audience. "My Facebook page exploded yesterday (after the episode aired)," said Steiner, who made it on stage and won a game of tic tac toe before losing her attempt to spin the game's big wheel for a spot in the final showcase showdown.
Statewide, the number of mortgage foreclosures decreased in 2011 from the previous year. The number of completed foreclosure sales in Dakota also showed a decrease of about 7 percent for the same time period. According to a report released late last month by the Minnesota Homeownership Center, there were 21,298 foreclosures in Minnesota in 2011, a decrease of 17 percent from the 25,673 foreclosure sales in 2010. This is the lowest number of sales since 2007. Dakota County reported 1,985 foreclosure sales in 2011, down from the 2,147 reported in 2010.
While many of his colleagues in the Minnesota House of Representatives are busy trying to figure out radically different districts and in some cases plan reelection bids against other incumbents, Pat Garofalo has things a whole lot easier. The Farmington resident will see only small changes to his district. A new legislative map introduced last week pairs 30 current House members in redrawn districts and leaves 15 districts with no incumbent. But for Farmington residents, the biggest change will be a new number. What was formerly Senate District 36 is now 56.