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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About this time next year, the City of Hampton will be getting started with a major road reconstruction project. Construction will cover less than half a mile of the city's downtown streets, but those streets will be rebuilt entirely - with new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, parking, water and sanitary sewer mains and storm sewers.
What does TDN stand for in nutrition? What are the six nutrients important for life? What are the gaits of a horse? These questions - and a whole lot more - were fielded by 4-H youth Saturday, when they put their knowledge to the test for a shot at competing in the State 4-H Project Bowl. The regional competition, one of four held across the state, was held at Hastings High School. Project Bowls put youth in a race to be the first to correctly answer a question about a particular subject area. They compete in teams, with three to six people per team.
There are only a few sporting events events powerful enough to bring people together on a national or even a global scale. The summer Olympics unite us in our love of competition on the world stage. The winter Olympics unite us in wondering whether biathlon really counts as a sport and waiting in for the Olympics that has events the United States can win.
Linda Goers, the Farmington School District's human resources director, has resigned from her position. School board chair Tera Lee said she was informed this week Goers planned to take a position in the St. Paul School District. Goers is senior staff member in the school district to resign in recent weeks. Superintendent Brad Meeks announced his resignation Feb. 28 after reaching an agreement with the school board. He could continue as transition superintendent until Aug. 31 if he does not find another job.
The Farmington School Board is prepared to take its time as it looks for a replacement for departing superintendent Brad Meeks. Board members agreed at a workshop meeting Monday to look for a long-term interim leader and to develop some expectations for the position before hiring a full-time superintendent. Board members would aim to have a new superintendent in place by July of 2012. Meeks, who agreed Feb. 28 to resign from the position he has held since 2003, will stay with the district as a transition superintendent until Aug. 31, 2011 unless he finds another job before that date.
There have been a few small nibbles, but no King-size bites at the vacant Farmington building that for more than 10 years was home to a Burger King restaurant. Josh Huemphner, a broker representing the building's owners, said he's approached as many people and business as he can think of. He has two or three sit-down, casual restaurants that have been "mildly interested," but so far nobody has started talking seriously about leases. There are a few challenges associated with renting the building, including the cost.
The Farmington School Board will hold a pair of meetings tonight. The board will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the search process for replacing superintendent Brad Meeks. Meeks is scheduled to stay until Aug. 31 as a transition superintendent unless he gets another job sooner. Meeks has been selected one of three finalists for the superintendent's position in Stillwater.
We are caught in the winter that never ends. Snowstorm after snowstorm pelts us, even as the switch to Daylight Savings Time looms on the horizon. There is a layer of ice next to my front step that is three or four inches thick. I apologized to the cable guy for endangering his life on my front sidewalk yesterday. The ice floe on the sidewalk is impervious to the Ice Melt I bought at Ace Hardware. I poured a bunch of Ice Melt on this morning just because I was thinking about ordering a pizza for dinner tonight.
Lindalee Miller-Nelson spends a lot of time researching her own family's history. Now she's interested in branching out. Miller-Nelson is one of two members of Farmington's Rambling River Center teaming up to launch a new history and ancestry club at the senior center. The club started as a casual comment during one of the center's recent buildings and grounds meetings. Someone wondered out loud what the history of the senior center was.
A Farmington area golf course is on the market. The owners of Southern Hills Golf Course in Empire Township have put the course and two others up for sale. Southern Hills, a 117 acre property, has been listed at $5.4 million. This isn't the first time there has been talk of selling the course. Rumors of the course's sale circulated in 2006 and 2007. The developer of the nearby Providence housing project acknowledged at the time there were discussions about buying the course's land for future development, but the construction market stalled and the sale did not proceed.