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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Last summer, teachers in the Farmington School District got new iPads to use in the classroom.
On June 3, Nan Perry, a resident of Farmington, went to pick her son, Sam, up from the airport. Sam, a satellite communications specialist, had just completed a one year tour in Kuwait, and she wanted to welcome him home in a special way. After getting in contact with the board of her townhome association, Perry was given special permission to hang a flag on her garage door.
The Farmington School Board is looking for a few residents who are willing to offer their input on issues related to the district's finances. At a workshop meeting Monday, citizen's finance committee chair Laura Beem announced plans to appoint six or so residents to a committee that will advise the board on the district's budget, debt refinancing and facility issues, among other things. "We might also look at demographic studies.
In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, with the budget still unfinished, Democrats were pushing through one of the worst pieces of legislation I've seen in my time at the state legislature. The bill, which passed by just one vote in spite of strong bipartisan opposition, aims to unionize childcare providers and personal care attendants.
There's been a whole lot of fuss lately about PRISM, which was introduced to the world last week as a government program to mine personal information from the phone calls and online activity of the American people. People are furious. They don't like the idea that, without their knowledge, The Man is digging into information they believed was private. It's understandable. People these days are serious about their privacy. They'll tell you as much on Facebook, or on Twitter.
The Dakota County Sheriff's office is looking for some help identifying two individuals suspected of breaking into Peine Plumbing in Empire Township last week. The two suspects, both men, were captured on a security camera while they were forcing open a rear door. The break-in occurred around 4:30 a.m. June 3, according to Captain Jim Rogers. Deputies believe the men were driving a red Chevy Cobalt. The department put photos of the men on its Facebook page this week and asked residents for their help identifying them.
The Dakota County Sheriff's office is looking for some help identifying two individuals suspected of breaking into Peine Plumbing in Empire Township last week. The two suspects, both men, were captured on a security camera while they were forcing open a rear door. The break-in occurred around 4:30 a.m.
Farmington's Allina Clinic hopes a little community service will help build connections in the city. On Saturday the clinic joined Allina locations across the area to pack tens of thousands of meals for local food shelves. According to company estimates, more than 1,800 volunteers at 40 sites assembled more than 50,000 meal packs. Each pack is designed to feed four people with cans of corn and black beans, tomatoes, chicken, brown rice and recipes on healthy living.
Two teachers from Farmington High School have been selected for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute, which will take place June 10 through the 14. Robin Carlson and Wendy Larson, along with two other educators from other high schools in Minnesota, will travel to Washington D.C.
When the Minnesota Legislature agreed to provide funding for districts that want to offer all-day kindergarten, it removed one barrier to the program in local schools. But there are still plenty of questions to answer before classes start in the fall of 2104. Maybe most important: Where are all the students going to go? Both the Farmington and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school districts have supported the idea of offering all-day kindergarten as an option for all students.