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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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.
Things are still a little unsettled in Jeff Myers' new office. One room in the three-room suite is filled mostly with boxes and papers, there's nobody there to work the front desk and as of last week Myers was still working through the technical details of making his entire operation paperless. All the change has meant some long hours, but Myers has found he doesn't mind the busy days as much as he once did. That's the effect owning your own business can have. For most of the past six years, Myers operated an Edward Jones office in Farmington. On Jan.
It is a well worn opinion these days that popular culture is in a tight, downward spiral. Television is stupid. Music is juvenile. Everything was better when we were younger and boys didn't let their pants hang down below their rear ends. Et cetera. Which is really just a classier way of saying, "Blah, blah, blah." There are certainly arguments to support this point of view. The television show Whitney, for example.
Trust is a very complicated thing. Merriam Webster gave the definition of trust as, "assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something." While that definition makes it seem like a typical, easy thing to come across, it's really not. Trust is very easy to lose and very hard to gain back. I once heard a simile about trust: trust is like paper; once it's crumpled ... it will never be perfect again. This can be reworded in many ways but they all achieve the same conclusion. Trust is important and you better try hard to keep your friends' trust in you.
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.