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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Their fingers aren't as quick as they used to be, and they have a little more trouble threading a needle, but there's little question the members of Rambling River Center's lap robe group still have their hearts in the right place. For four or five years now, the group has gathered monthly to make lap robes for veteran's home and for nursing home residents. Last year alone they made 98 of the blankets, which are intended for people in wheelchairs.
Farmington superintendent Jay Haugen has a reputation for being a big thinker about education. Already in his time in Farmington he's talked about a vision that dramatically changes the notion of moving students through grades as is currently done. We sat down with Haugen a little more than six months into his time in Farmington to see how things are going. Have there been things that surprised you since you've come in?
Less than a year after it transformed from an Econo Foods to an experimental concept called Savers Choice, Farmington's grocery store is getting another new name and going back to an old way of doing business. Nash Finch, the store's parent company, confirmed Friday that the store will change its name to Family Fresh Market and return to full-service operation. Savers Choice offers primarily store-brand products with a frequently changing selection of name brand products that often brought big discounts but also made it difficult for shoppers to know what they would find.
The Super Bowl took place last Sunday. You probably knew that. It's been discussed. If you didn't know, maybe you could use some catching up. Let's start at the beginning. The Super Bowl is a football game. It's played once a year to determine which football team is the best football team in the United States and, pretty much by default, the world.
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 Wetch is suspected of stealing $9,445 from the Hampton bank on May 13, 2011. That's the second largest total listed among the robberies.
Heather Zappo calls her company Id & Ego, so it's probably appropriate that she sees elements of her own personality in all of the cards and decorations she creates. Zappo, a Farmington resident, creates greeting cards with pictures of lobsters or flowers, gift tags with party-hat-wearing skulls and bookmarks with colorful "bookworms." She started selling them in 2009 at a handful of holiday boutiques, and she's seen the demand grow steadily ever since. Now she has a permanent space at Angel 2 Diva Boutique in downtown Farmington.
Throughout your life people will come and go, but there will always be one constant: your family. Families are the people who will care and love you through thick and thin, no matter what. They will always be there in the darkest of times and never abandon you. Your parents will always be at the core of your support system. No one loves you like your parents. There are many types of families. One is where the people of interest are actually related to you. Sometimes you and a person in your family do not get along, but in the end you're related and can never get rid of each other.
Wednesday was a big day for big-time college football programs. In early-morning gatherings, high school seniors nationwide formally declared their intention to play for Michigan or Ohio State or Florida or whatever other schools have a high-profile team these days. I don't watch much football. Is Princeton still good? Across the country, excited crowds gathered in high school gymnasiums to see highly-touted recruits put on baseball caps from their college of choice. In some cases there were television crews on hand.
The city of Farmington is in a difficult spot when it comes to its budget. It finds itself with a $370,000 hole to fill next year, and not a lot of easy ways to fill it. The city took one step toward making needed cuts this week when it eliminated the position of economic development specialist.
Considered from the outside, the name is deceptively simple. Whitetail Woods Regional Park. But those four words, the name of a planned Dakota County Regional Park in Empire Township, are the result of a process that stretches back more than a year.