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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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.
Two Farmington residents have been charged with felony drug offenses after Dakota County Drug Task Force agents found marijuana, THC caplets and Oxycodone in their home. Task force agents searched the home of Kristen Nevels, 27, and Kurtis Elliott, 29, Nov. 23. They entered the home by force after nobody responded to knocks.
A Hampton Township man and his mother have both been charged with interfering with a death scene after they allegedly moved several empty methadone bottles last December. The methadone that was in those bottles is believed to have contributed to the death of a man found in the home of 19-year-old Joshua Alan Brandt. The Dakota County medical examiner determined the man died of mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and clonazepam. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Karen Alice Bongard, 52, of Randolph, went to visit Brandt at his home Dec.
Byron Wolt calls himself a teenologist, a term that at its most basic level just means he does what he can to reach out to young people. The Farmington resident adopted the term a few years ago because he liked it better than some of the other options he had for describing his job. Presenter sounded too pretentious and motivational speaker a little too much like the old Chris Farley character on Saturday Night Live. The one who lived in a van down by the river. What Wolt does is talk to students.
After 10 years, Father Dennis Thompson is nearing the end of his 12-year tenure at St. Michael's Catholic Church. We sat down with him this week to talk about his decision to enter the ministry, the Lenten season and his feelings about moving on to another church in two years. How did you end up in the ministry? Just through the Franciscan Retreat House in Prior Lake and getting involved in my faith through retreats there. Just getting to know more about my Catholic faith when I was out of high school. I know it kind of wasn't important for me until after.
Opening up to new ideas can be hard for some people. Opening up to new people can be even more difficult. Throughout life you'll meet numerous people and all meetings will be a hit or miss. Change and new things can be scary, but if you can find the time to open your mind to new possibilities or friendships, you'd be shocked by the results. No matter how crazy it may sound, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. You can take what you want from what they think or you can just live and let live. It's your choice to listen to what they have to say or not.
Way back in November, at the beginning of what has become a balmy, befuddling season, I wrote in this space about the inevitability of snow and ice in a Minnesota winter.
The Farmington School Board approved a set of budget parameters Monday that clears the way to make more than $1.2 million in cuts for the coming year. The parameters, approved at a workshop meeting, are largely the same as what was presented to board members at their first meeting in February.
An argument that started with a television remote control escalated Feb. 12 to the point a 38-year-old Castle Rock Township man landed in jail. Dakota County Sheriff's deputies arrested Robert Karl Berendt around 10 p.m. after receiving a report he had been fighting with his wife. When deputies arrived they found Berendt's wife crying on the kitchen floor. She said she started arguing with her husband about the remote control, and that he eventually pulled her hair and began throwing her around the kitchen. Berendt locked himself in his bedroom when a 911 call was made.
On Jan. 31, the President declared February American Heart Month. What a fitting way to tie in Valentine's Day hearts to taking care of your heart. I am glad President Obama declared February Heart Month, because I am really enjoying it. Every weekend there are Heart Month walks and the paper is publishing tons of heart healthy recipes. I love walking and I love eating, so I'm having no problem celebrating Heart Month. Especially the eating, since bizarrely, a lot of my favorite foods are heart-healthy foods. Tuna, salmon, broccoli, and brown rice are all heart healthy.