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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Thomas Maloney has covered a lot of ground -- and flown through a lot of air, not all of it friendly -- in the course of his life. Maloney grew up in Wymore, Neb. He went to school there through high school, but when he graduated his father took him to Kansas City, Mo., to attend the Missouri Aviation Institute. He learned to work on airplanes, and when he graduated he moved to Wichita, where he spent two years building Cessnas. From there he moved to San Diego, where he spent another two years building BB-55 battleships for the Navy. Maloney quit that job when he got his draft notice.
Farmington held a gathering at noon May 5 in recognition of National Day of Prayer. There was a flag ceremony, music and prayers government, church, military, family, education, media and business.
Do you know what side of the road to travel on when you're out for a bicycle ride? Do you know how to make sure your helmet fits properly? Do you know how to signal to vehicles on the road that you're going to turn or stop while on a bicycle? Does you child? The Dakota County 4-H Program wants to make sure youth across the county know how to stay safe while riding their bikes.
At lunchtime Thursday, a group of Farmington residents will gather at Rambling River Park to offer up prayers. The annual National Day of Prayer event is an opportunity to create unity among people of all religions, and to celebrate community. We talked with Ann Manthey, one of the event's coordinators, to find out what people can expect if they show up. To start with, why don't you tell me a little bit about National Day of Prayer? Way back in 1775, that was the first call to prayer with the Continental Congress asking the colonies to pray.
The consultant who will lead the search for a new superintendent in the Farmington School District has recommended fast action as the school board works to replace the departing Brad Meeks. Board members voted unanimously Monday to hire Kenneth LaCroix to lead its search process. The board also heard from The ADM Group. LaCroix spent 22 years as a superintendent. He has been education for 41 years.
Leroy Van Brunt owes his beard to what he calls the fastest growing shooting sport in the world. Van Brunt, who sells insurance from an office in Farmington, started growing his beard about six years ago when he got involved in something called cowboy action shooting, a competition that's one part target shooting, one part reenactment and one part shootout at the OK Corral. Participants dress in Old West-style clothing and fire period-appropriate pistols, shotguns and rifles, either originals or replicas, at steel targets. The rifle Van Brunt shoots is 138 years old.
It's hard for an American to fully understand the magnitude of the wedding that will take place this week in England. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I mean. I don't know if other weddings are legally allowed to take place this week in the British Isles. We have our celebrity weddings, of course. But those usually just involve some ambitious paparazzi trying to get pictures of guests arriving and official wedding photos sold to People or Us Weekly.
The Farmington School Board approved a preliminary 2011-12 budget Monday night that includes $1.25 million in budget adjustments. The adjustments are largely the same as those finance director Jeff Priess has presented before, plus the addition of four position cuts added by the board in March. Those positions were among cuts recommended by accounting firm Baker, Tilley Virchow, Krause. The preliminary budget approved Monday also removes a proposal to increase class sizes by one student.
Plenty of new college graduates find themselves entering an unfamiliar world, but for Jeremy Johnson the adjustment has been a little more extreme. Johnson, a 2006 graduate of Christian Life School who graduated in December from Northwestern College, is currently serving as a public relations intern for Yuwa, a non-governmental organization working with girls in the rural state of Jharkhand, India. Home these days is a village where most people live in mud huts. Electricity is sporadic, but nearly everyone has a satellite dish.
A long-vacant downtown property could have a new occupant by October if things go according to plan. The Farmington Economic Development Authority voted Monday to sell the property long known as the McVicker lot to Dr. Linden Dungy. Dungy, who since 2005 has operated Immanuel Dental in downtown Farmington, plans to build a 3,000-square-foot dental clinic on the property, located on the 300 block of Third St. For Dungy, the move was necessary to accommodate a growing practice. "We need to move," he said. "We need to expand here.