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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The Farmington School Board is scheduled to hear a report tonight on the conduct of board member Tim Burke. The report, which looks into whether Burke violated the board's code of conduct with requests for information from district employees and behavior some board members have described as bullying, is one of several items on the agenda for tonight's board meeting. The district hired Minnetonka attorney James Martin in early November to conduct the investigation. Depending on what the board hears it could censure Burke or even remove him from the board.
Relatives of three family members killed in an auto accident last December will gather Sunday to mark the anniversary of the incident. Alexis Iverson-Ferkuhl, an 8-year-old student at Meadowview Elementary School, was killed in the Dec, 12, 2009, accident along with her aunt, 34-year-old Debra Buhmann, and her grandmother, 71-year-old Shirley Iverson. Family members will hold a vigil at 6:30 p.m.
Every year, Dakota County's office of planning and management compiles a document it calls its Community Indicators Report, a collection of facts and figures that quantifies everything from population growth to the health of the county's waters.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will not go west. Meeks was not chosen Monday to take the top job in the Grand Island, Neb., School District. The Grand Island Independent reported Tuesday morning that Salina, Kan. superintendent Rob Winter will be superintendent in the central Nebraska district, assuming the board and Winter can reach agreement on a contract.
As I write this the weather is a balmy 40 degrees in Farmington. Outside my front window rivulets of water are streaming down from the snow bank on the roof of my van, crisscrossing through the grime on the windshield. The gas-heated fireplace glows cheerily in my living room. The dog is curled up on an old blanket near it, his tail tucked under his nose. I've already completed the holiday shopping.
At the moment, it takes a certain amount of faith to see the dental clinic taking shape in a former bank space on Pilot Knob Road. Tim and Kathy Brooks hope to open the new Smiles for Life clinic before the end of the year, but at the moment it looks more like a demolition site than a dental office. "It's been totally gutted," said Kathy Brooks, who will serve as hygienist while her husband serves as dentist at the new clinic. "The floor's not even in, because they had to reroute all the plumbing." They have confidence, though.
There are many ways to look at a busy highway. You could view it as a source of frustration. As an obstacle to be endured as the price of getting somewhere else. Like the line at a stadium bathroom, or the handsy TSA agent at an airport. You could see it as a marvel of technology, a smooth ribbon of blacktop carrying thousands of gleaming, speeding vehicles that would have seemed like science fiction 50 years ago.
Farmington residents will have to drive a little farther if they want a Whopper. The city's Burger King has closed its doors. Crews were at the downtown Farmington restaurant on Friday to clear out food and equipment that can be used at other restaurants. Bryan Anderson, vice president of operations for Duke and King, the company that owned the Farmington franchise, said Friday morning that employees were notified of the decision over the previous 24 hours. "There's really no good way to do it," Anderson said.
Trinity Care Center residents spent time last month compressing their life stories onto clay tiles. The results will be on display this weekend. The Art of Aging residency program, a collaboration of Trinity, the Dakota County Library and the Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network, sent professional artist Anne Krocak to Trinity during the week of Nov. 8 to work with care center residents on the project.
As a swimmer on the Farmington girls swim and dive team, I've always wanted to do an article solely dedicated to the team and our season. However, this season was significantly different from our previous years. We made the impossible possible and brought our performance level to an all time high. The only thing we still had to keep in mind was that, although we had become somewhat of a dream team, we still had powerhouses to face. Our coaches saw our talent and used it to our advantage from the very beginning. Like with most sports, two-a-days set the tone for the season.