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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Two young men playing with fire appear to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a shed last week on property owned by the University of Minnesota on property in Empire Township. The Dakota County Attorney's office filed formal charges Thursday against 22-year-old Rosemount resident Joseph Michael Sanem and 21-year-old Apple Valley resident Matthew Thomas Berntsen in connection with the fire. Dakota County sheriff Dave Bellows said good luck and good police work led to the arrests shortly after the fire was reported early on the morning of Jan. 5. Dakota County Sgt.
Gary Dahl said he wanted to get some of his things back, but the Dakota County Sheriff's Office says he went about it the wrong way. Dahl, 31, of Farmington, has been charged with violating a domestic abuse no contact order after he showed up at the bedroom window of an Empire Township home Dec. 20. According to complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Dahl showed up at the woman's window and said he wanted to talk to her and that he needed to get his things. The woman reportedly told Dahl to leave, and that his possessions were in the garage.
With 2011 gone in the wind, we can greet 2012 with new hopes and expectations. New Years Eve was the time to reflect and give the year its pass or fail. No matter how good or bad it ended up being, in the end it wouldn't stop the new year from coming around and washing it all away. A new year brings forth a new beginning and a second chance for everyone. Even if you feel like you don't deserve it, it will be granted to you with the respect that you will do the right thing with it.
After 10 years of working in salons, Kasi Tolzman is bringing her business home. Last week the Farmington resident opened House of Hair, a one-chair beauty salon Tolzman says allows her to offer all the services she did before. It just happens to be located in the basement of her home. The decision to go out on her own was several months in the making. Tolzman started thinking about the move a year ago, and about six months ago she decided the time was right.
We all have mental pictures of ourselves that are just a little bit out of touch with reality. It's not that we're deluded. We just have an idealized image of ourselves. Maybe we imagine we're a little bit smarter or better looking than we actually are. By way of example, consider the entire cast of the Jersey Shore. I'm not excluded in this, though I tend to go significantly lighter on the spray tan. For much of the past two years, I've convinced myself that I was still in pretty good physical shape.
Farmington police say a 22-year-old Owatonna man was drunk and had his 2-year-old child in the car with him when he was pulled over Christmas Day in Farmington. Police stopped Ahmed Abdul Stanley around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 25 after receiving a report of a car swerving and nearly hitting another vehicle. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Stanley's speech was slurred and he admitted having a couple of beers. He had an open, partially full bottle of beer with him in the car at the time of the stop.
A surprise story One of my favorite things about my story on Koo Koo Kanga Roo, the band formed by Farmington High School graduate Neil Olstad and one of his friends, is the way it came about. I wasn't working when I learned about the band. I just wanted to see a concert. Olstad's band happened to be the opening act, but I didn't know that until his mom tapped me on the shoulder a couple of minutes after I arrived. There were plenty of other things to love about the story, of course. Like the enthusiasm Olstad has for a project he hopes can grow into something big.
Once the excitement of the holidays dies down, January descends with a heavy dreariness. The biting wind and ever-present threat of frostbite makes me wonder why anyone ever settled in a place where the weather was actively trying to kill them. I keep an emergency blanket in my car that's made out of a lightweight high-heat retention material designed by NASA. I also use a portable seat warmer that plugs into the cigarette lighter. How did the pioneers fight the scourge of winter without NASA blankets and heated seats?
The New Year is coming up pretty quickly, and it only feels like October. Despite the warm weather and the lack of snow, this is still the time of year when people start to make New Year's resolutions and reflect on their Christmas memories. Regardless of how busy people get this time of year, it is important to find time to think about these things, and set some personal goals for the new year. On New Year's Eve, everyone gets together with their loved ones to welcome in the new year.
Kyle Snesrud's been in the fitness business since November of 1993, when he closed on his first Olympus 24 club in Northfield. He opened a club in Farmington in 1999, and one in Rosemount in 2002. He's been around long enough to know this is a busy time of year as people make resolutions to get in better shape.