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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A leaky roof is forcing Farmington's New Heights Christian Fellowship out of its home. The church opened its doors in 2004 in the former Farmington Lutheran Church building on Walnut Street, but in recent weeks a for-sale sign has shown up on the church's lawn.
Celeste Ask woke up feeling sick on June 6, but she couldn't get in to see the doctor until the following day. So the Farmington woman decided to go to work. She wasn't there long, though. A few hours into her day she went to her boss and said she didn't feel well. Then she went back to her desk and collapsed out of her chair. Ask had suffered a massive stroke. The right side of her body was paralyzed, and at first doctors weren't sure just how well she would recover.
Peter Roufs had long dreamed of opening his own business. So when he lost his job earlier this year, he figured it was the perfect time to make that dream a reality. The only question he had to answer was, what kind of business did he want to open? Roufs' first thought was a restaurant. Though he'd worked most recently as circulation manager for the StarTribune, he had more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant business. He liked the work and he was good at it, but the more research he did the clearer it became the cost of entry was higher than he could manage. So, he kept looking.
There is a beautiful piano at the front of the worship space of St. Michael's Catholic church. Gleaming black, it has been there to accompany countless services. But for Eric Larson, it never felt quite right. Larson, who took over as the church's music director a year and a half ago, grew up in churches with pipe organs. In his mind, the sound of an organ goes with worship like wafers go with wine. He started advocating for the addition almost immediately. There was support, but no clear direction. Then, earlier this year, Larson made a search on the online classified site craigslist.
Social hub. Educational resource. Fitness center. Exactly what purpose Farmington's Rambling River Center serves for the city's senior population can vary greatly depending whom you ask. For some it's a place to meet old friends and make new ones. For others, it's a place to get needed food with events like a monthly Senior Food For Health distribution or day-old bread.
The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up another crowded, cholesterol-laden run on Monday with one last crowd pushing through the gates to take in clucking chickens, braying asses and oversized pigs. They also probably checked out some of the animals. I have been asked several times in the last couple of weeks whether I'd been to the fair yet.
A case of alcohol-fueled jealousy appears to be the cause of a domestic assault reported to police Aug. 27. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Bennie Uranus Stafford, 49, of Farmington, had been drinking that day and was drunk by 1 p.m., when his girlfriend came home from three months of treatment. Stafford reportedly accused the woman of "fooling around" with someone in treatment and began hitting her. When police arrived the woman had swelling around her nose and blood on her mouth and lips.
Three years ago, Farmington's Warrior to Citizen group started holding an annual luncheon for mothers and grandmothers of deployed military men and women. The idea, since the Farmington area has a larger-than-average percentage of unmarried soldiers, was to bring the women together and give them some resources and an opportunity to talk about what they're going through. The luncheons have been a big success - the first drew 35 to 40 women, and they have grown since - but some of the event's organizers have been looking to branch out.
The Farmington girls soccer team may be better off not knowing much about its opponents. After losing back-to-back games to Prior Lake and Apple Valley, the Tigers took the field Thursday against a less-familiar Rochester John Marshall team and dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 shutout at Tiger Stadium. "I think I can truthfully say that the outcome of the Apple Valley and certainly the Prior Lake game would have been different had we opened like we did against John Marshall," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said.
As our 80-degree weather ceases to heat us we can only become even more aware of the inevitable. It's high time we faced the fact that our three months of happiness and freedom will will soon give way to our nine months of dread and study sessions. Yes, some of the time spent during those nine months may be exciting and beneficial, but it also means our frigid Minnesota winters are also on the horizon. No matter how you put it, school is almost here and we better be ready. For us fall athletes summer gets cut even shorter.