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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Dakota County is planning to once again hold steady its share of residents' property taxes for 2012. The preliminary levy, as set in September, is at $129.4 million. But some taxpayers may already have seen some increases in their property taxes for the next few years, because of what the Minnesota State Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton did this past summer to balance the state's budget. Dakota County's tax rate remains the lowest county tax rate in the state.
Rhonda Rademacher likes chickens. She really, really likes chickens. She used to keep some chickens outside her Castle Rock home, but eventually, let those go. When she picked up a white glass chicken with paint peeling from it at an auction 10 years ago, though, Rademacher stumbled onto a new hobby. It was a white rooster, a figurine-turned-dish of some sort. The rooster's head and upper body were a separate piece from a basket-looking base. Both pieces were elaborately etched. The rooster's comb and waddle at one point had been painted red, the beak painted yellow.
A downtown Farmington convenience store is getting an expansion outside and a facelift inside to bring it in line with the times. The Kwik Trip at the corner of Third and Elm streets is getting an addition that will increase its 3,121-square-foot space by about 50 percent.
Jim Hoey might be getting a reputation as Minnesota's trivia guy. Hoey, a longtime middle school teacher in Farmington, recently released Puck Heaven: Minnesota State Boy's Hockey Tournament Trivia. The book is Hoey's second compilation of trivia, following a book about the Minnesota Twins.
It's that time of year again, when it's going to snow soon. In the middle of November it could very well start snowing tomorrow, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? That all depends on your perspective. If you're like me, and hate the cold, then you probably don't like the snow very much. Snow means cold, and cold is just ... gross! The benefits of the snow for people who don't like cold are few, but they do exist.
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.