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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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.
Two young men playing with fire appear to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a shed last week on property owned by the University of Minnesota on property in Empire Township. The Dakota County Attorney's office filed formal charges Thursday against 22-year-old Rosemount resident Joseph Michael Sanem and 21-year-old Apple Valley resident Matthew Thomas Berntsen in connection with the fire. Dakota County sheriff Dave Bellows said good luck and good police work led to the arrests shortly after the fire was reported early on the morning of Jan. 5. Dakota County Sgt.
Gary Dahl said he wanted to get some of his things back, but the Dakota County Sheriff's Office says he went about it the wrong way. Dahl, 31, of Farmington, has been charged with violating a domestic abuse no contact order after he showed up at the bedroom window of an Empire Township home Dec. 20. According to complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Dahl showed up at the woman's window and said he wanted to talk to her and that he needed to get his things. The woman reportedly told Dahl to leave, and that his possessions were in the garage.
With 2011 gone in the wind, we can greet 2012 with new hopes and expectations. New Years Eve was the time to reflect and give the year its pass or fail. No matter how good or bad it ended up being, in the end it wouldn't stop the new year from coming around and washing it all away. A new year brings forth a new beginning and a second chance for everyone. Even if you feel like you don't deserve it, it will be granted to you with the respect that you will do the right thing with it.