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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As it has for years, Dakota County will continue to contract with Regina Medical Center in Hastings for morgue and medical examiner support services. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners agreed to execute its contract with Regina Medical Center for 2012 The county's share of the fixed costs is expected to be $395,121, a .58 percent increase from 2011. Dakota, Carver, Chisago, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston and Scott counties provide a cooperative purchase of morgue and medical examiner support services from Regina Medical Center.
Sunday mornings in my family are basically the definition of chill. Grab a mug full of coffee, sit back, and watch Good Morning America. Usually on Sundays all they talk about is shopping deals, trends and video highlights. So this past Sunday when GMA started talking about how unsportsmanlike conduct is on the rise, my jaw dropped. How could something like this be on the rise? It took me a few seconds to realize that you actually see it all the time. It just depends on whether you do anything about it. Think back to Thanksgiving just last month and you get example No.
A 35-year Dakota County deputy who was about to be deployed to Afghanistan was arrested and charged Dec. 22 in Scott County for allegedly molesting two minor children. Raul Rubio Mascorro, who is employed as a jail deputy at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, has been charged with two felony offenses - first degree criminal sex conduct and criminal sex conduct in the second degree. As of Dec. 23 he remained housed in the Scott County Jail. He has been on military leave from Dakota County. Mascorro is not a licensed peace officer.
With 2011 coming to its inevitable end, publications both printed and digital are dedicating a lot of space to lists of things. The year-end list is a venerated tradition in the publishing business. Some will claim it dates back to Benjamin Franklin, the editor of one of this country's first newspapers, who is believed to have published a list of the 10 best Founding Father sex scandals in the 1931 year-end issue of his Pennsylvania Gazette. Some will argue that fact is entirely fabricated. But that's for history to decide. There are a few reasons to publish these kinds of lists.
There's no shortage of ways to get Minnesota Vikings scores as the touchdowns happen, and major college sports get exhaustive coverage. But Josh Pierce has sporting events on a smaller scale in mind with the business he's trying to launch. Pierce, a 2006 graduate of Farmington High School, wants to build a system that could eventually allow people to get instant updates on every game at every level. Called Scoreburner, the business Pierce is building with his wife and a friend is a little bit like a cross between Facebook and the local sports page.
A 29-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with knocking out the power to a Farmington home, assaulting several people, including his girlfriend, and making threats with a handgun according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office. The incident was reported to Farmington police Dec. 3. According to the complaint, Robert Reichgeld was at the home with his girlfriend, her mother and her sister among others when the confrontation started.
If playing a game at the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves was a thrill for members of the Farmington boys basketball team, the result they got probably wasn't. The Tigers lost to Zimmerman, 68-46, in a game played Dec. 16 at Target Center. It was a downbeat ending to what was otherwise a pretty good week for the Tigers. Nick Varner had 11 points to lead the Tigers against Zimmerman. darren Beenken added nine, McKinley Bassett eight and Tom Sell six. The Tigers opened the week with a loss, but it was a different kind of result.
With the holidays just around the corner, my co-workers and friends are asking lots of questions about what tablet to buy as a Christmas gift. One of the hazards of being a computer geek is small talk tends to turn into help desk talk, but I'm thrilled to be asked about tablets. They're among my favorite gadgets. For the past year I've conducted extensive product testing of tablets at home. Last winter my husband won an iPad. Then in a second stroke of amazing luck, I picked up a brand-new Android tablet, called the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, for $99 at the Apple Valley Goodwill.
In high-school, drama is an everyday occurrence. No one likes it No one wants to hear about it. But it still happens every day. Why can't people live a drama-free life? It wouldn't be so bad, just being nice to people instead of adding drama to the situation and adding stress into everyone's life. There are many reasons drama gets started; someone misunderstands something, and bullying are two that come to mind.
The Farmington School District will collect less in taxes in 2012, but some property owners will still end up paying more. The roughly $19 million property tax levy the Farmington School Board approved Monday is a $622,000 reduction from its 2011 levy.