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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We all have mental pictures of ourselves that are just a little bit out of touch with reality. It's not that we're deluded. We just have an idealized image of ourselves. Maybe we imagine we're a little bit smarter or better looking than we actually are. By way of example, consider the entire cast of the Jersey Shore. I'm not excluded in this, though I tend to go significantly lighter on the spray tan. For much of the past two years, I've convinced myself that I was still in pretty good physical shape.
Farmington police say a 22-year-old Owatonna man was drunk and had his 2-year-old child in the car with him when he was pulled over Christmas Day in Farmington. Police stopped Ahmed Abdul Stanley around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 25 after receiving a report of a car swerving and nearly hitting another vehicle. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Stanley's speech was slurred and he admitted having a couple of beers. He had an open, partially full bottle of beer with him in the car at the time of the stop.
A surprise story One of my favorite things about my story on Koo Koo Kanga Roo, the band formed by Farmington High School graduate Neil Olstad and one of his friends, is the way it came about. I wasn't working when I learned about the band. I just wanted to see a concert. Olstad's band happened to be the opening act, but I didn't know that until his mom tapped me on the shoulder a couple of minutes after I arrived. There were plenty of other things to love about the story, of course. Like the enthusiasm Olstad has for a project he hopes can grow into something big.
Once the excitement of the holidays dies down, January descends with a heavy dreariness. The biting wind and ever-present threat of frostbite makes me wonder why anyone ever settled in a place where the weather was actively trying to kill them. I keep an emergency blanket in my car that's made out of a lightweight high-heat retention material designed by NASA. I also use a portable seat warmer that plugs into the cigarette lighter. How did the pioneers fight the scourge of winter without NASA blankets and heated seats?
The New Year is coming up pretty quickly, and it only feels like October. Despite the warm weather and the lack of snow, this is still the time of year when people start to make New Year's resolutions and reflect on their Christmas memories. Regardless of how busy people get this time of year, it is important to find time to think about these things, and set some personal goals for the new year. On New Year's Eve, everyone gets together with their loved ones to welcome in the new year.
Kyle Snesrud's been in the fitness business since November of 1993, when he closed on his first Olympus 24 club in Northfield. He opened a club in Farmington in 1999, and one in Rosemount in 2002. He's been around long enough to know this is a busy time of year as people make resolutions to get in better shape.
Signs are up around Farmington to mark the city's snowmobile trails, but so far this winter conditions have been more favorable to bikers and joggers than it has to anyone who needs snow for their recreational activities. The trail system in the Farmington area is maintained by the Farmington Sno-Tigers, a local snowmobile group that installs signs each year and handles the grooming of the trail. The current forecast calls for a little snow Thursday night and Friday morning, but predictions of warmer weather over the weekend might mean snowmobilers will have to wait until well into the new y
Ladies and gentlemen, elves and elvettes, assorted reindeer, I come to you with good news this week. After months of struggle and hardship and brilliantly lit lawn displays, we have won yet another demanding battle in the increasingly difficult war on Christmas. Hold your glittering ornaments high and drink deeply of your egg nog, my friends, because last weekend people across the country gathered to celebrate family and giving and everything the opportunity to secretly return the ugly sweater you got from the aunt you never see. Millions of revelers sat down together and ate big meals.
A 26-year-old Farmington man was killed Christmas Day as he walked on an Interstate 94 entrance ramp in Minneapolis. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Adam Davis was walking in the right lane of the Third Street entrance to northbound I-94 shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday when he was hit and killed by a car. The car, a 2011 Toyota Corrolla, was driven by 48-year-old Abdalla Omar of Blaine. According to the State Patrol, Omar was driving in the right lane of the entrance ramp when he noticed Davis on foot in the lane.
Jan Thatcher Adams has had her share of interesting experiences during her life. She started a free clinic on the University of Minnesota's west bank while she was still a medical student. She performed as a clown on a tour of Russia with Dr. Patch Adams, the physician made famous in a movie starring Robin Williams. She started a charity, and has been recognized for her work in the community. It's an impressive resume, but Adams discovered a while back that if you want to be a published author, it helps to have someone famous in your life.