Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
- Member for
- 2 years 4 months
Cancer survivors, cancer patients and the people who love them will hit the track at Boeckman Middle School next Friday for Farmington's second annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event started last year as a replacement for the city's long-running Ramble and Amble, a similar but shorter fundraiser. For 12 hours, walkers will circle the track at BMS. As they do, they will spend time thinking about loved ones they've lost, or about friends who are fighting the disease.
It's been uncomfortably hot this week in Minnesota. You probably knew that already, seeing as if you're reading this you probably live here and you probably have skin and you also probably have the ability to sweat in social situations where it is less than acceptable to suddenly sprout rapidly expanding damp spots on your clothing. How hot has it been? I'm glad I imagined you asked. It's so hot I broke into a sweat Monday afternoon just driving my car, which does not currently have air conditioning.
Just how big the evergreen tree was, Janet Stein couldn't tell for sure. What she did see, though, was her mischievous son, Adam, climbing it. It was Monday night and the Stein family household just south of New Trier had filled up with Adam's friends and with the Steins' family. Adam had died tragically early Sunday and everyone gathered to keep the Steins company and to talk about Adam. It was then Janet saw the video of Adam, on an annual snowmobiling trip to Wyoming, scaling that tree. As he advanced up the tree branch by branch, he was encouraged by his friends to keep going.
The heat of summer arrived in a steamy blast. After a frigid winter and snowy spring, summer arrived unexpectedly. Or as unexpectedly, I suppose, as a season might arrive. I haven't taken a summer vacation since 2008, other than visiting family for a weekend, here and there. Last year I worked around 70 hours a week the whole summer, and for fun I took an accelerated accounting class. The year before that I was on mandatory overtime the entire summer. At the demands of various managers I've cancelled summer vacations to Florida and Washington, D.C.
Minnesota's three top budget negotiators walked from the governor's office Thursday evening to announce a state budget deal frowning like their best friend just died. In a way, each had lost a political friend: Democratic Gov.
The Farmington School Board will add back at least some of the pay it cut earlier this year. Board members voted 5-1 Monday night to amend the district's policy on board member reimbursement. The change will restore a $30-per-meeting stipend cut at the board's organizational meeting in January. Board members did not reverse cuts to salary also made at the January meeting. The policy proposed Monday would have raised the board chair's salary from $4,500 to $5,250 and board members' salaries from $3,600 to $4,200.
The crowd was small at the Farmington School Board's first public listening session, but there was no shortage of conversation. Board members Julie Singewald, Melissa Sauser and Brian Treakle met for about an hour Monday night with the three district residents who showed up for the informal discussion period. The conversation covered ground ranging from the district's use of consultants to the state's open meeting law to how Farmington schools can best prepare students for life after high school.
With one quick vote and three signatures, the Farmington School District officially has a new superintendent. Board members voted unanimously Monday to approve a three-year deal that will pay Jay Haugen $180,000 in the first year -- prorated to $172,500 because he is starting two weeks after the deal's official start -- $184,500 in the second year and $189,000 in the third year.
Back in my early days with this newspaper I occasionally wrote movie reviews. I did it mostly because I saw a lot of movies at the time, and putting reviews in the paper seemed to somehow justify all of the time I spent sitting in dark rooms watching mediocre stories about comic book characters. Also, there were a lot fewer people looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn't sending anything offensive out to our subscribers.