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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You know that moment when you look out the window and all you see is how sunny, warm, and nice it is? You wish you could just go outside and get your tan on, but of course you can't because you're always in that one class with the crabby teacher who thinks fresh air is bad for your health? Now hit rewind on that for five class hours every day and you would probably understand how every high school student is feeling right now. Once it hits 80 degrees, it's all over and there's no getting our attention back. The feelings of the final school days are some of the best.
It was a stop for an apparent biological emergency that raised a police officer's suspicion last January and ultimately led to a high-speed chase and a crash that sent three people to the hospital, one by helicopter. Jonathan Brockman, the 20-year-old Farmington man who was driving the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe that fled police, was charged this week with criminal vehicular operation, and fleeing a peace officer, both felonies. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office a Farmington police officer was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. Jan.
Just about every weekend during the brief seasons when Minnesota roads are free from ice and snow I go for at least one long bike ride with my dad and my brother. The rides have become a tradition for us, as much a part of the weekend as Sunday brunches or mowing the lawn or watching marathons of So You Think You Can Dance or Boy Meets World. It's possible my weekends are a little different than most people's. But that's not really the point. The point, to the extent there is one, is the bike rides. My dad is usually in charge of the routes for these rides. That's fine.
Farmington residents familiar with the FHS class of 2007 might notice a familiar face when they drive north on Interstate 35 near Elko. For the next few weeks, at least, they might see FHS graduate Jordan Weinand smiling down at them, larger than life, from a billboard advertising St. Cloud State University. Weinand, who graduated from St. Cloud State last month, is on one of a series of billboards celebrating successful Husky alumni. Other billboards in the St.
Last winter I ended up with a new office mate at work. Let me tell you the story of this fateful relationship. Late one night I was alone in my office, working with only the light of my monitor and desk lamp. The radio played softly on the window ledge beside my desk. The snow outside my window glittered in the moonlight. The bare trees threw spiny shadows across the snow banks. I was engrossed in my work, tapping away at the keyboard. Then I heard a clunk. I turned off the radio. I heard another clunk, followed by a scraping. An icy finger traced the length of my spine.
A 40-year-old Farmington man will spend a year and a day in jail for growing and harvesting more than 400 marijuana plants in Elk River Township. David Minh Phan, 40, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank. Phan was indicted along with one other man last October on one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Both men pleaded guilty Jan. 4. According to the United States Attorney's office both men admitted in their plea agreements that they worked together to plant, grow and harvest marijuana on the land in Todd County.
If everything goes according to plan, Farmington residents can expect to see a long line of similar-looking cars hitting the roads around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The cars, ideally 250 or more Dodge Challengers built between 2008 and today, will be part of an attempt to set a world record at this weekend's Mopars in the Park car show. And they'll make up only a small part of the modern and classic muscle cars expected to visit the Dakota County Fairgrounds over the two days of the show.
A plan for a new interchange ramp at the intersection of highways 52 and 47 is causing concern among some businesses in the city. The Hampton City Council approved the plans in April. In agreeing with Mn/DOTs plans, the city is looking into the future, mayor Paye Flomo said. He said the ramps would help direct traffic into the city, which would help local businesses, and that new access points will appeal to developers, which would in turn add to the city's tax base. But not everyone is convinced. "I think it could put us out of business," said Renee Rhoads.
According to Farmington police, Matthew Hartley's April 23 started with breaking into an ex's house and punching her new boyfriend and ended with the 28-year-old in police custody. In between, police say, he fled from a police officer, crashed his Jeep through a fence and called his ex to report he was laying in a ditch and bleeding before ultimately turning himself over to police.
Pat Garofalo worked late into the night Monday, but the Minnesota Representative and the rest of the state's legislators went home with a job still not done. Garofalo still didn't know Tuesday morning when governor Mark Dayton would call the Legislature back for a special session to work out a budget deal, but he doesn't expect an easy solution. "There's a lot of work to do," Garofalo said. "I think right now we're about $1.8 billion apart.