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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For the past three decades the members of the Southern Dakota County Sportsmen's Club have been helping local eaters expand their culinary horizons. The club's annual wild game dinner, its primary fundraiser each year, presents participants with the opportunity to sit down to a meal that steers far from the typical burger and fries.
An Farmington man has been charged with criminal damage to property while an inmate at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. Robert Alan Young, 19, has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal damage to property after he apparently damaged the sprinkler head in his cell Jan. 12. According to the criminal complaint, deputies were dispatched to the jail on the report of criminal damage to property. The Hastings Fire Department was dispatched to the jail in order to turn off the fire alarm and the sprinkler system. The department's cost was more than $1,100.
A little more than two months ago I wrote in this space about the arrival of winter in Minnesota and the predictable howls of disappointment and surprise that accompanied it. As snow fell and bitter winds blew, I pointed out, insightfully I thought, that while we all might complain, we should all know by now that winter is an inevitability in a state where snowmobiling is a popular pastime and thousands of people think it's a good idea to sit on a frozen lake in hopes of pulling a slimy, scaly wriggly critter out of a hole in the ice despite the fact it would be so much easier to just buy a f
Kyle Henning has seen the usual January rush of visitors at the Anytime Fitness he owns in Farmington. He's hoping the newest addition to the club will keep those newcomers coming back. Called Fitness on Request, the system combines a computer kiosk, a projector and a 180-inch drop-down screen to allow club members to take nearly any fitness class they want, nearly any time they want. In other words, a few friends can get together for a cycling class on a weekday afternoon, or a bashful exerciser can take a Zumba class in the wee hours of the morning so nobody can see him wiggle his hips.
Everyone has some kind of electronic device in their life: a cell phone, a computer, a TV, an iPod. Have you ever stopped to think about the role they play in our lives? They make certain things easier, but they also make some things take longer. I will be the first to say I love my electronics, but even I think that sometimes they just need to be turned off. There are many positives related to modern electronics. They help things go faster, they make things easier and they entertain us. I don't think I have gone one day without using some type of electronic, like ever.
When I worked out at the downtown Minneapolis YMCA, every January the exercise classes were jam packed. By the middle of February, class sizes were back to normal and I no longer waited in line for a treadmill. The shelf life of New Year's resolutions is limited, at least for the ones that involve sweating a lot. As an uber geek, I take a techie approach to New Year's resolutions. Working on resolutions is a lot more fun if you get help from your gadgets.
Farmington School Board leadership will remain the same for 2012. Board members elected Tera Lee chair for the year Monday at their first meeting of 2012. Lee, beginning her second year on the board, also served as chair in 2011. Brian Treakle, also starting his second year on the board, turned down a nomination for the chair's position. He was unanimously elected vice-chair. Melissa Sauser was elected the board's clerk on a 4-2 vote over Julie Singewald. Julie McKnight, the longest-tenured member of the board, will serve as treasurer in 2012.
Elizabeth Letich has had her share of major life changes lately. She got married in October, and she took over recently as the head of a senior care campus that includes Trinity Care Center nursing home and Trinity Terrace senior apartments. The campus will add a 10-bed memory care unit later this year. Last week, she had to track down a new copy of her marriage certificate so she could officially change her driver's license from South Dakota to Minnesota.
As it has for the past three years, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office will contract with Ramsey County to house female inmates at its Ramsey County workhouse. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners agreed, based upon the recommendation of chief deputy Tim Leslie, to extend the contract with Ramsey County through the end of 2014. Dakota County first entered into the contract with Ramsey County due to lack of space in the Dakota County Law Enforcement Center in Hastings. That has not changed. The facility only houses male inmates.
Farmington School Board members are giving themselves a little extra time to talk things over. Board members gave support Monday to a plan to transform one of their monthly meetings from a business meeting to a work session. The change will give board members a chance to discuss items without necessarily making a decision about them. "We can start to have some of the deeper conversations on all of the new things we're doing in the district," board chair Tera Lee said Monday. The board has used the work session format before.