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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Young people in Farmington got in more trouble last year than they did in 2010. The number of juveniles charged with crimes increased from 55 in 2010 to 69 last year, according to statistics released last week by the Dakota County Attorney's office. The increase goes against a countywide trend of decreasing charges against juveniles. Throughout Dakota County there were 1,334 charges against juveniles in 2011, down from 1,445 in 2010.
With several big issues on the horizon, the Farmington School Board is going to take a little extra time to just talk. Starting next week, the board will convert one of its twice-monthly business meetings to a workshop. Board chair Tera Lee hopes the change will allow more informal discussion. Lee brought the proposed change to the board after discussing it with superintendent Jay Haugen.
Like kids getting ready for Christmas, employees at the Dakota County Farmington Library are making up a wish list of improvements they'd like to see made at their facility. In the next week or two staff at the Farmington Library and another Dakota County library in Inver Grove Heights will begin the process of figuring out what improvements they need. Construction on the improvements will take place in 2013 and 2014. There is a lot of work to do between now and then, though.
A 49-year-old Minneapolis man made his initial court appearance Feb. 9 on charges he robbed 13 Minnesota banks, including a Merchant's Bank branch in Hampton, between March 9, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012. According to a grand jury indictment made public Thursday Mark Edward Wetsch is suspected of stealing $9,445 from the Hampton bank on May 13, 2011. That's the second largest total listed among the robberies.
A father and son arrested last week at an Empire Township construction site have different explanations for what they were doing there. Maksim Krimouski, 25, of Savage, told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies he and his father were stealing diesel fuel from the site. His father, Gennadi, said he didn't know anything about stolen fuel. He said he was asleep in his truck until deputies showed up. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, deputies found the pair around 12:20 a.m. Feb.
Alexander Olsen was upset about his credit card being used without his permission, but the way he went about addressing the problem has landed him in trouble with the law. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Olsen grabbed and head-butted the individual he said used his credit card, then took $70 from his wallet. The incident happened Feb. 6 in Farmington. Olsen told police he went to a home in the city and waited for the other individual, who he knew would stop by there.
A 21-year-old Farmington man faces felony drug charges after he allegedly sold marijuana to a police informant. Jordan Patrick Schultz allegedly made the sale last October when Dakota County Drug Task Force agents sent their informant to his house with cash and a recording device. Agents arrested Schultz as he was leaving the house. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office task force agents found 12.4 grams of marijuana in Schultz's home. They also found drug paraphernalia, a hydroponic grow light and the money agents had given to their informant.
Farmington residents who commute south to Rochester every day have a new transportation option available to them. Earlier this year Rochester City Lines launched a new bus service that will bring people from downtown Farmington to downtown Rochester in time to start an 8 a.m. workday. The line, which originates in Burnsville, will be the bus company's second connecting the Twin Cities and Rochester. "We had been hearing increased demand for a broader range of service in the south metro area," said Rochester City Lines community liaison Christian Holter.
It was standing in the highway and yelling at traffic that drew police officers' attention to Jesse Gallagher. It was the drugs in his pocket that landed him in trouble. Farmington police found Gallagher, 29, Nov. 25 after receiving reports of a man blocking traffic on Highway 3 and yelling. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Gallagher screamed at police officers as they tried to talk to him. During a search conducted after Gallagher had calmed down police found a pink pill, later identified as the controlled substance Suboxone, in his right coin pocket.
The Farmington School District has put together a pared-down list of proposed building improvements. School board members got their first look Monday at a list of roughly $8.2 million in construction and maintenance projects that will use up what's left of bond funds originally meant for a fifth elementary school. Slowing growth has made that building unnecessary, at least for the immediate future. A district task force created the list presented Monday from a longer list the district was considering last year.