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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The fast and the furious it wasn't. When a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped 21-year-old Hastings resident Wyatt Jon Hostutler Nov. 1 in Empire Township, there wasn't much risk of a high-speed chase. Hostutler was on a moped, and according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office he wasn't wearing protective eyewear and didn't have a rear license plate. When the deputy stopped Hostutler on County Road 66 he discovered Hostutler did not have a valid driver's license or even have a key for the moped.
A 52-year-old Farmington man faces felony drug possession charges after police found marijuana seeds in paraphernalia in his bedroom and marijuana plants in an outbuilding in his yard. Police found the drugs Aug. 31 while at Keith Doan's home on another call. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Doan told Dakota County Drug Task Force officers he harvested the plants Aug.
Now that summer is fading into the rear view mirror, I am finally getting around to organizing my photos from summer vacation. As I scrolled through the images on my computer, I stumbled across a photo of a half-eaten egg sandwich swaddled in a paper wrapper. Why did I take a snapshot of an egg sandwich? I scratched my head. They are my favorite breakfast food, but I'm not obsessed enough to add a picture of one to my scrapbook. Then I clicked onto the next image, and that solved the mystery. The snapshot featured a clutch of tiny doughnut holes next to a massive foam cup of coffee.
The Farmington American Legion knows it has a home until at least the end of the year. After that? Things are a little less certain. The Legion, which declared bankruptcy last month after announcing it was looking for a buyer for its club building on Eighth Street, has reached an agreement with its bank that will keep the building open through at least the end of December.
There's movement at the corner of Ravenna Trail and Glendale Road, and there's some big equipment at the center of the activity. But the excavator, bulldozer and skid steer aren't there to prepare the land for new development. They're there to play. Randy Stenger of Farmington is the owner of the new business, named Extreme Sandbox. The concept is to give adults with no construction experience an opportunity to try their hand at operating heavy equipment. "Our motto is, 'let the kid in you play,' and that really speaks volumes," Stenger said.
Life takes you funny places sometimes. Every once in a while you look up and wonder about the decisions that led you to where you are. Why are you do you live where you live? Why do you work the job you work? Why are you sitting in a casino theater surrounded by teenage girls screaming for an American Idol winner and a country star who looks like he might have shaved for the first time right before the show? It's like I imagine Adam Sandler must have felt the first time he dressed as a woman for his new movie, Jack and Jill. In Sandler's case, I assume there was a bet involved.
Farmington residents should see a reduction in their property tax bills once the Farmington School District completes the refinancing of more than $20 million in construction bonds. The bonds, used for the construction of an elementary school, had an original interest rate between 4 and 5 percent. But finance director Carl Colmark said a similar sale today will have an interest rate of about 2.2 percent. That difference will save the district between $280,000 and $290,000 per year for the 11 years remaining on the life of the bonds.
It was one of the biggest night's ever for the Farmington Fire Department's annual turkey Bingo fundraiser. A crowd estimated at more than 1,800 filled Fire Station No. 1 Saturday night for a few hours of Bingo, prize drawings and other fun. The department estimates this year's event brought in about $14,000, significantly more than any previous FFD turkey Bingo event. The fire department uses its turkey Bingo fundraiser to cover expenses not in its budget.
Apryll Powell might be a good choice if you need someone to get your piano ready to play a pretty tune. Just don't ask her to sit down at the keyboard once she's done. Powell, a Farmington resident, has made her living for the past seven years tuning pianos and getting them back in working order when something has broken. But like many people who took piano lessons when they were kids, the ability to read music and play a song has long ago disappeared.
October was a bad month for cars and deer on Dakota County roads. Of the 57 accidents involving deer this year in the county, 14 took place last month. That's slightly less than a quarter of the year's total in one 31-day stretch. Last year there were 59 car-deer accidents all year on Dakota County roads, and sheriff Dave Bellows said the accidents tend to be more common toward the end of the year. "The fall, especially from about late September, October, November tend to be high total months," Bellows said. "The deer are in rut, so we seem to have more accidents.