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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We all have those days when nothing gets done (or done right) and you're stressed out of your mind. Your parents won't stop nagging you, your homework takes forever, friends are fighting and you have no idea how everything you have to do is going to get done. It's all enough to make your head explode, and the funny thing is, you had a whole week to get all this done. Spring break is exactly what it is; a break.
As the days get longer and the weather turns warmer, many homeowners are starting to think about another the lawn-care season that is sprouting up in front of them. Jake Reinhart has mowers on the mind, too. He's just thinking on a different scale than most. For the past two months, Reinhart has operated Complete Outdoor Care, a lawn care and snow removal business.
Cindy is a single mom living in the suburbs. Like most Minnesotans, she drives to work. "With the low income I receive and the tremendous increase in gas prices, I am questioning whether or not I can stay in this job," she told me.
One side of the ballot will look very familiar when Farmington residents choose their local legislators in November. The other side is still a bit of a mystery. Incumbent state Senator David Thompson and Representative Pat Garofalo were both endorsed by the newly-renamed Senate District 58 Republicans at the party's district convention Saturday.
The Farmington School Board has started to talk in more detail about plans to address an expected $1.29 million shortfall in its 2012-13 budget. At a Monday night workshop, elementary, middle and high school principals outlined packages of budget reductions they expect to make away from the classroom. So far, at least, those proposals lean much more heavily on reductions in several areas than they do on the elimination of individual positions. "We knew we had some serious budget cuts ahead of us," Farmington Elementary School principal Ben Januschka said Monday.
Daily life in local classrooms could look very different next year if the Farmington School District goes forward with what it describes as an ambitious plan to provide iPads for every student and teacher in the district. A committee formed to study the possibility of integrating iPads into classrooms called the popular tablets an opportunity to redefine the way students learn. The plan is not meant to give students a new way to read their textbooks, they said. It's meant to give them a tool that will allow them to do things that were impossible before now.
As a parent, you would probably say that your first goal is to raise happy, healthy and successful children. This involves, among many other things, keeping your children safe from drug use. You can keep your son or daughter from staying out too late or running with the wrong crowd, but, in fact, one of the first places a child will be exposed to drug use is in the home, and the dealer is your own medicine cabinet. Aside from marijuana, prescription medications are the most commonly used drugs by teens to get high.
Spring is here and, by golly, we love it! I have not heard one person complaining about the recent warm weather. Last week it hit 70 degrees in March. That is almost a record. This year Minnesota's weather has been all over the place. Warm all winter, then snow and ice in February, then 70s in March? No matter how weird it is, I will take it. Spring is a great time of year. It starts to get warm, and people seem more cheery. I don't know if it's the weather or being able to get out of their houses, but everyone is usually in a better mood.
Last week I raided the mailbox daily, rifling through the flyers and coupons at lightning speed. I was searching for an envelope with the return address of my top choice for graduate school. After months of waiting, the time is finally here to find out where I'll spend the next four years working on a doctoral degree. Around five o'clock on Monday, after a long day of work, I thumbed through the stack and found a thin, grey envelope with the familiar school logo.
I don't know if there is an unwritten rule when it comes to writing columns about NCAA tournament picks. That's one of the biggest problems with unwritten rules: they're really hard to keep track of. There's a reason we invented pens, folks. I think there may be an unwritten rule about writing NCAA tournament columns, though, and it appears to be that you do well with your NCAA picks you don't talk about doing well with your NCAA tournament picks.