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 the age of 2 through the age of 18, we reach for more independence. Whether that means learning to walk on our own, or to going off to college to live on our own, independence is what we seek. However, independence is not something to be taken lightly; it can either help you or hurt you. It all depends on what you do with it. First off, let me tell you what my definition of independence is. Independence in my book is freedom to do what you please. This could be anything from deciding what you want to make yourself for dinner to what you want to do while your parents are out of town.
After our sultry weekend, it feels like summer has already arrived in full force. Yet Easter is just around the corner. Even though I'm looking forward to the chocolate bunnies and hard boiled eggs, I always feel a little sad bidding Lent farewell. I enjoy fish on Fridays, especially the $1.49 fish sandwich at Kwik Trip. I like fish so much that I celebrate Fishy Fridays year-round. This leads me to a dilemma. Every year I need to give up something other than just meat for Lent, because eating fish is no sacrifice for me. This year I gave up complaining. I was more or less successful.
A standoff last month between Dakota County Sheriff's deputies and a 46-year-old Farmington man ended peacefully but with several charges against the man, who was described as drunk, possibly suicidal and in possession of a handgun. Deputies found Cameron Ackland parked near Blaine Avenue in Empire Township around 2:30 p.m. March 11. The sheriff's department had received calls about a man staggering around a car parked by the road. When a deputy found the car and ran the license plate the report showed Ackland was suicidal and possibly in possession of a gun.
When Jenny Olmanson's husband bought her a camera for Mother's Day four years ago, he was supporting a hobby. Olmanson liked taking pictures. She had since she was a kid, when she bought a film camera to take on vacations. At first, a hobby is all Olmanson's photography was. She took photos of her children, and of other activities in her life. She had fun with it, and as time went on, she kept doing more and more pictures. Eventually, friends and family started asking Olmanson to take pictures for them, too. So, she did. Then more asked, and more.
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.