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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A 32-year-old Faribault man has been charged with driving drunk and without a license with an 11-year-old child in the car. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped Bruce Don Degroot around 9 p.m. May 30 after noticing him weaving in his lane and driving without a seatbelt on 170th Street West in Castle Rock Township. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office the deputy saw Degoot put his seatbelt on before he pulled over. He also reportedly noticed Degroot reaching behind the front passenger seat.
It seems like only yesterday we Minnesotans were complaining about weather that was unseasonably cold and gloomy. Where, we wondered, was the spring we were promised.
The day of the Soybean Festival dawned grey and heavy. The thick air warned of thunderstorms. The night before, oblivious to the impending weather, I made plans for a full outdoor Saturday. I intended to hit the Soybean Festival, then meet friends for the Scottish Festival at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. On Saturday morning I pulled a brush through my tangled hair in front of the bathroom mirror. I kept an ear on the radio for weather news. I tugged once more with the brush and then the storm broke. Outside my window the leaden sky burst in a spectacular way.
Traffic was slowed on Flagstaff Avenue but it does not appear there were any life-threatening injuries in a collision between a car and a motorcycle early Monday evening. According to Farmington police the motorcycle was southbound on Flagstaff around 5:20 p.m. when an eastbound car pulled out from 200th Street. The motorcycle hit the front right quarter panel of the car the rider was thrown through the air. It does not appear the driver of the car came to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Nash Bridges, the Green Hornet, the Dukes of Hazzard and Christine, the nightmarish vehicle dreamed up by Stephen King are coming to Farmington this weekend. Well, the shows' and movies' cars are anyways. The Mopars cars (a type of car built with parts created by the Chrysler Group) that were featured in each movie or TV show will all be gathered at the Dakota County fairgrounds during the 26th annual Mopars in the Park car show June 5 and 6. Mopars in the Park is put on by Midwest Mopars, a non-profit car enthusiast club that's turned a small Mopar gathering into a national event.
25 years ago From the June 5, 1985 edition of the Farmington Independent Farmington class of '85 graduates Graduating seniors took part last Friday night in a solemn ceremony that was punctuated by roars of applause, solemn speeches, and a vaudeville-like class speech. Some 122 seniors participated in the commencement exercises of the 102nd graduating class of Farmington High. A nearly packed gymnasium heard remarks from Superintendent Robert Boeckman, musical selections from the Band and Senior Choir members, and a ruminative address by former Governor Albert H.
Fingers were flying May 27 at the Farmington VFW. Seated at long rows of tables in the club's back room, five women were busy wrapping the wire stems of VFW and American Legion poppies around evergreen branches. They spent hours creating the wreaths, decorations that many will never notice. They do it out of a sense of duty. They do it because they like getting together with women they might not otherwise see all that often.
Police officers from Farmington and Rosemount and deputies from the Dakota County Sheriff's office will team up June 2 to crack down on people who don't follow the rules around railroad tracks. The three departments will cooperate in a saturation effort aimed at people who drive around railroad stop arms or trespass along the tracks.
Kids and teens can make a splash and make waves at their Dakota County Library this summer. Reading, prizes, and almost 300 free programs and special events await summer readers at their Dakota County Library this summer from June 14 through Aug. 14. Beginning June 14, kids age 12 and younger can sign up for the Make A Splash: Read Summer Reading Program at any Dakota County library or the Bookmobile. Kids who sign up will be given a form to keep track of the time they read or are read to. The library awards prizes to participants after five, 10 and 20 hours of reading.
The Dakota Valley Arts Council is looking for artists to submit up to three pieces of artwork for the 2010 Dew Days Spring Art Show. The art show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 and 20 at the Farmington City Hall. Artwork may be picked up after the show. Artists may also submit other artwork to be displayed that will not be judged. Artwork may be submitted to city hall on between 6 and 8 p.m. June 18. There is a fee of $5 per art piece, which may be applied to a 2010-2011 DVAC membership. Judging and awards will be at 8 p.m..