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 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.
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners did Tuesday what it said it would do. It kept the county levy the same as this year -- $129.4 million. The levy is the amount taxpayers will pay to support county programs and services. In addition to setting the 2012 levy, commissioners also set the 2012 budget at $305.5 million. That's about $200,000 more than county administrator Brandt Richardson recommended in November.
When Jeff and Stacy Schlichter built Blondie's Tavern a year and a half ago, they did the best they could to predict the kind of restaurant Farmington residents would want. But they also left a little room to modify their floorplan, just in case. Now that flexibility is paying off. The couple recently completed a renovation that knocks out a conference room and adds space to their bar area. Jeff Schlichter said this week it became clear over the summer that there was a lot more demand for the bar than there was for a conference room.
British singer Adele has become something of a sensation over the past year. Her big voice, well crafted songs have won her fans all over the world. And while her music isn't exactly my style, I can see the appeal. Some of her songs were even co-written by Twin Cities performer Dan Wilson. Though he didn't have a hand in the hit Someone Like You, which a co-worker recently pointed out is about going to an ex-boyfriend's house to let him know she's over him and that she's going to prove it by finding a new man who is just like him.
There aren't a lot of people around Farmington who can remember a Castle Rock Bank without Dan Nicolai, but there was one. Nicolai came to the 95-year-old bank in 1956, and he's stuck around ever since. In that time, he's made it a point to get involved in the community, most recently with a $2,500 donation to Farmington's five elementary schools. He's made a similar donation every year for the past decade. We talked with Dan this week about his history in Farmington and about the importance of getting involved. How'd you get started at Castle Rock Bank? Quite by accident.
It appears the Farmington School District's German language program has the support it needs to stick around even as enrollment declines. School board members will not take any action until at least Jan. 23, but all five board members present at Monday's regular meeting spoke in support of the program while discussing a proposal that would have phased the language out entirely by the 2016-17 school year. This is the second time in recent years there has been a proposal to eliminate German in Farmington schools.
Jeannette Schauer grew up in the country, but the search for work turned her into a city girl pretty quickly. Schauer was born to a farm family in Enderlin, North Dakota. The third of six children, she was a self-described daddy's girl who loved driving the horses and the tractors as the family worked the fields. She attended a country school where she had just four other students in her class. "I did a lot of farm work," Schauer said.
Like many Minnesotans, I am a proud and grateful grandparent. Whether I am hunting and fishing with my grandkids or playing games and helping them with homework when Vicky and I visit, we cherish the memories with all four family blessings. It seems like just yesterday when they, nestled on my lap, were bursting with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm on Christmas to tear off the gift wrapping and unveil the surprises that awaited them. But in no time at all, the annual opening of Legos, Tonka trucks and Barbie dolls has given way to the sights and sounds of the latest electronic gadgets.
A few days ago, my mom told me to look outside at the snow. As I walked to the window and stared out at the endless pillowy blanket of fluff, it came to me that this is the best and worst time of my year. Yes, it's the season with all the holidays and food, but it's also the season where you find yourself wondering why you even live here. Lets be honest, Minnesota has about three good months of weather before things start to get icy, literally. In Minnesota I guess it's hard to have a Christmas without snow. Without it, it isn't really Christmas at all.
A traffic stop for speeding and driving with a revoked license has led to drug and other charges against a 44-year-old Hampton Township man. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped Howard Nora July 5 for speeding and driving with a revoked license. During the stop, the deputy found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, as well as a baggie with 1.88 grams of the drug. Nora now faces a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance. If convicted he could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.