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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Farmington residents will have an opportunity next week to have their say on the qualities they'd like to see in the Farmington School District's next superintendent. Search consultant Ken LaCroix will hold a pair of community forums at 5:30 p.m. May 23 and 6:30 p.m. May 24 at Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.
I own two cuddly dogs. One is quite small and the other a medium size. The smaller one is nearing the end of the circle of life. He has chronic kidney disease. At this point the kidney disease seems to be bothering my husband and me more than the dog. The dog requires frequent trips outside in the middle of the night, which is somewhat inconvenient for us, as neither of us is a vampire. On the other hand, the dog seems to enjoy his midnight romps, taking extra time to sniff the bushes and water the lamppost in front of the house.
A partnership with local Boy Scouts has yielded some very positive results for Trinity Care Center and its residents. In recent years the care center and the adjoining Trinity Terrace senior apartment complex have become the go-to location for several local Scouts looking to complete their Eagle projects. The most recent project involved the construction of six large stone planters on a patio. A group of Scouts worked in the rain on Saturday to complete the project. There were 340 large landscaping stones in the planters, plus 131 capstones.
The beans are back this weekend in Farmington, and they're bringing some fun times with them. The Farmington Business Association will hold the second annual Minnesota Soybean Festival all day Saturday, with some events spilling into Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This year's event will feature food, a parade, games for kids and music from noon until after 11 p.m. Five of the 12 bands on the schedule are returning from last year's event. "We tried to really get a collection of artists from all over the state," said event organizer Vida Raine.
Jack Olwell knows the scores don't suggest it, but the Farmington High School tennis coach believes he has a better team right now than he had this time a year ago. There's only one senior on the team, and Olwell has several talented young players who in some cases are relatively new to the sport. He sees them improving, even if that improvement hasn't resulted in many wins. "We have added some good athletes who, despite having to pay the necessary dues that come with taking up a new, unfamiliar sport, have been enjoying the game," Olwell said this week.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a robbery that took place the morning of May 13 at Merchant's Bank in Hampton. The robbery of the former Hampton State Bank occurred at approximately at 9:45 a.m., according to Mark Metzler, the media and communications officer for Merchants Bank. "We are thankful that our staff on duty at the time were uninjured.
After 23 years of calling the Farmington School District home, Akin Road Elementary School principal Karen Bergman is moving on. Bergman has accepted a job as principal of Countryside Elementary School in Edina. It's not likely to be an easy transition. Bergman started in Farmington as a fifth grade teacher when Akin Road opened. She moved from there to the district's curriculum office for five years, then took over as principal at Meadowview Elementary School when that school opened. She moved back to ARES four years ago. "This has been my home for so many years," she said.
The Farmington Police Department has 10 car seats to give away. Now it just needs to find people who want to take them. Police departments around the state have an opportunity each year to get free car seats through a state grant. The Costco convertible car seats are intended for low-income families. The idea, said community service officer Rich Girard, is to make sure everybody is able to keep their kids safe in the car.
If there's one thing Americans like, it's lists. From the best movies of all time to venereal diseases contracted by the cast of the Jersey Shore, we've got lists for just about everything. If there's one other thing Americans like, it's making parents feel like they're doing a terrible job raising their children.
Kilts, bagpipes and large men throwing heavy things will be the focus Saturday at the Dakota County Fairgrounds as the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games makes its annual return to Farmington. The one-day event is a celebration of all things Scottish. There will be music, Highland dancing, displays on Scottish history and a whole lot of food. We talked with executive director Liz Michaelson Monday to find out more about what's going on. Tell me a little bit about what's going on. This is your seventh year in Farmington now? Actually, it's our eighth.