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 budget Minnesota legislators approved last week included more money for the state's school districts, but a change to the schedule on on which that money is paid could create some challenges in the Farmington School District.
When the opening ceremony of Farmington's Relay for Life kicks off Friday night at Boeckman Middle School, Tony Schneider will be in the crowd. He'll be there to hear a friend talk about his wife, Tamara. The woman he calls the light of his life. The woman who in December lost a two-year battle with cancer. As he listens, Schneider won't think much about his wife's death. He'll think about her life. About the way she tried to help others even as the strength was draining from her body. "She did a lot," he said.
Cancer survivors, cancer patients and the people who love them will hit the track at Boeckman Middle School next Friday for Farmington's second annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event started last year as a replacement for the city's long-running Ramble and Amble, a similar but shorter fundraiser. For 12 hours, walkers will circle the track at BMS. As they do, they will spend time thinking about loved ones they've lost, or about friends who are fighting the disease.
It's been uncomfortably hot this week in Minnesota. You probably knew that already, seeing as if you're reading this you probably live here and you probably have skin and you also probably have the ability to sweat in social situations where it is less than acceptable to suddenly sprout rapidly expanding damp spots on your clothing. How hot has it been? I'm glad I imagined you asked. It's so hot I broke into a sweat Monday afternoon just driving my car, which does not currently have air conditioning.
Just how big the evergreen tree was, Janet Stein couldn't tell for sure. What she did see, though, was her mischievous son, Adam, climbing it. It was Monday night and the Stein family household just south of New Trier had filled up with Adam's friends and with the Steins' family. Adam had died tragically early Sunday and everyone gathered to keep the Steins company and to talk about Adam. It was then Janet saw the video of Adam, on an annual snowmobiling trip to Wyoming, scaling that tree. As he advanced up the tree branch by branch, he was encouraged by his friends to keep going.
The heat of summer arrived in a steamy blast. After a frigid winter and snowy spring, summer arrived unexpectedly. Or as unexpectedly, I suppose, as a season might arrive. I haven't taken a summer vacation since 2008, other than visiting family for a weekend, here and there. Last year I worked around 70 hours a week the whole summer, and for fun I took an accelerated accounting class. The year before that I was on mandatory overtime the entire summer. At the demands of various managers I've cancelled summer vacations to Florida and Washington, D.C.
Minnesota's three top budget negotiators walked from the governor's office Thursday evening to announce a state budget deal frowning like their best friend just died. In a way, each had lost a political friend: Democratic Gov.
The Farmington School Board will add back at least some of the pay it cut earlier this year. Board members voted 5-1 Monday night to amend the district's policy on board member reimbursement. The change will restore a $30-per-meeting stipend cut at the board's organizational meeting in January. Board members did not reverse cuts to salary also made at the January meeting. The policy proposed Monday would have raised the board chair's salary from $4,500 to $5,250 and board members' salaries from $3,600 to $4,200.
The crowd was small at the Farmington School Board's first public listening session, but there was no shortage of conversation. Board members Julie Singewald, Melissa Sauser and Brian Treakle met for about an hour Monday night with the three district residents who showed up for the informal discussion period. The conversation covered ground ranging from the district's use of consultants to the state's open meeting law to how Farmington schools can best prepare students for life after high school.