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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I recently finished brewing my second batch of homemade beer. If I know my brewing history, I believe it was about this time in his career a young Silas P. Budweiser decided to dedicate himself to the production of mediocre beer to be sold to sports fans and guys who like looking at women in skimpy outfits. Also, horses. He started to really get into big horses. I don't actually know if there was a Silas Budweiser, but it sounds right.
After several days in which he was the only official candidate, Jay Haugen is officially Farmington's new superintendent. It took a little convincing to get Haugen, the superintendent in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District, to come to Farmington. But now that he's here the Farmington School District's new superintendent is excited about what is ahead of him. Haugen said during last week's first interview that search consultant Ken LaCroix called him three times to convince him to apply for the Farmington job. He was happy in West St.
In the same week the Farmington School Board made a decision on its new superintendent, former superintendent Brad Meeks finalized the details of his own new job. The Steamboat Springs, Colo. School Board voted unanimously Monday to approve a contract with Meeks as that district's new leader.
It's a new look that would make any television makeover program proud. In the last several weeks, the property behind Farmington's Christian Life Church has gone from overgrown to impeccably groomed. Well, almost impeccably. The roughly eight-acre property, left wild for most of the 33 years the church has owned the land, is taking shape this spring as a new athletic complex. The church's $335,000 project includes a varsity softball field, a varsity baseball field and two regulation soccer fields.
The Farmington School District is down to one candidate for its superintendent position after St. Anthony-New Brighton superintendent Rod Thompson withdrew his name from consideration Friday. Superintendent search consultant Ken LaCroix said Monday Thompson saw the Shakopee School District, where he also interviewed last week, as a better fit. Thompson was selected after last week's interviews as one of three finalists to be brought back for a second interview for the Shakopee job. The Farmington School Board will continue as planned with its lone finalist, West St.
A stretch of the Vermillion River in Empire Township is returning to its natural shape with a little help from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is near the end of a project to add back a series of curves and pools that were cut out of the river more than 70 years ago by farmers looking to maximize their field space. The straight channels were good for farmers, but they were bad for wildlife, in particular the trout that have turned other parts of the river into popular fishing destinations.
The Farmington School Board has two clear favorites as it continues the search for a new superintendent. The board will conduct second interviews June 28 and 29 with West St.Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan superintendent Jay Haugen and St. Anthony-New Brighton superintendent Rod Thompson.
The Farmington School Board has chosen four experienced candidates as finalists for its soon-to-be-vacant superintendent position. All four are currently superintendents, and all have been at the head of a school district for at least seven years. The four candidates, who will interview Wednesday and Thursday this week, are West St.Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan superintendent Jay Haugen, Pequot Lakes superintendent Rick Linnell, Belle Plaine superintendent Kelly Smith and St. Anthony-New Brighton superintendent Rod Thompson. All four districts are smaller than Farmington.
Brad Meeks, on his way out as superintendent of the Farmington School District, appears to have a new job. Steamboat Today has reported that Meeks has been chosen as superintendent of the Steamboat Springs, Colo. School District. The Steamboat School Board approved the decision Monday after interviewing Meeks and three other finalists last week. The decision depends on the ability of Meeks and the board to come to an agreement on a contract. Meeks spent eight years in Farmington before announcing his resignation earlier this year.
When Farmington's USA Tae Kwon Do closed its doors abruptly in late May it created confusion for many of the school's students. But for a handful of the school's current and former instructors, it created an opportunity. Four of those instructors -- Dale Cummings, Christopher Matek, Lyn Jenkins and Roger Wells -- are in the process of opening a new school they hope will fill the gap left by the departure of the school where they spent many years learning and teaching.