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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Back in my early days with this newspaper I occasionally wrote movie reviews. I did it mostly because I saw a lot of movies at the time, and putting reviews in the paper seemed to somehow justify all of the time I spent sitting in dark rooms watching mediocre stories about comic book characters. Also, there were a lot fewer people looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn't sending anything offensive out to our subscribers.
When the Farmington School Board launched an investigation into the behavior of board member Tim Burke last year, Burke argued that while he might sometimes have been unpleasant to deal with, he never did anything illegal.
The name of Farmington's new ice cream shop originated as a 10-year-old's knock-knock joke, but the people behind the business are plenty serious about their plans. Sam Bontrager and Sue Reische see their new Cow Interrupted, scheduled to open Friday in downtown Farmington, as the first step in a process that will eventually include more offerings, more locations and more unique flavors. For now, though, they're keeping things simple.
When the Dakota County Gun Club held its first shooting event for kids five years ago, three people showed up. Two were the grandchildren of one of the event's planners. The third had never shot a gun before. But that third kid became a regular. He attended just about every youth shooting event the club held until he got too old to participate. Eventually, plenty of other young shooters joined him. These days the gun club's twice-monthly summer youth shoots draw 100 or more kids who want to try their hands at shooting rifles, shotguns and bows.
If you don't meet Farmington's new superintendent in the next year, it won't be because he didn't make an effort. When Jay Haugen took over five years ago as superintendent in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District ago he made a pledge to meet 2,000 people in his first year on the job. Now that he's coming to Farmington, Haugen is making similar plans.
Summer officially started the third week of June, but the cold, rainy days make it feel like a soggy spring. Aside from that one single 103-degree day, summer has yet to materialize. On the 103-degree day the air-conditioning went out at work. That afternoon I permanently damaged a Jones New York blazer with sweat stains. I was trying hard to adhere to my employer's professional dress code, but between the sweat spots and the makeup melting off of my face, I looked like I'd spent the afternoon in the dumpster by the loading dock.
Josiah Hakala played tennis at Farmington High School, and his love of competition didn't end with the final match of his senior year. He kept playing after high school, but there seemed to be something missing. None of the matches he played really meant anything. He was playing for fun, not playing to win. So, he did something about it. Currently in its third year, Hakala's Farmington Area Tennis League attracts 48 players for singles play Monday and Thursday nights on the courts at Boeckman Middle School.
Akin Road Elementary School's new principal shouldn't have any trouble finding her way around the school when she takes over next month. The district hired Gideon Pond Elementary School principal Laura Pierce this week to replace ARES principal Karen Bergman, who is leaving this week to take a job as a principal in Edina. Pierce is a Farmington resident and her own children attended ARES. "She knows people in the community," said assistant principal Christine Weymouth, who led the hiring process. Weymouth knew Pierce a little bit because her children went through Farmington Middle School W
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.