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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Linda Goers, the Farmington School District's human resources director, has resigned from her position. School board chair Tera Lee said she was informed this week Goers planned to take a position in the St. Paul School District. Goers is senior staff member in the school district to resign in recent weeks. Superintendent Brad Meeks announced his resignation Feb. 28 after reaching an agreement with the school board. He could continue as transition superintendent until Aug. 31 if he does not find another job.
The Farmington School Board is prepared to take its time as it looks for a replacement for departing superintendent Brad Meeks. Board members agreed at a workshop meeting Monday to look for a long-term interim leader and to develop some expectations for the position before hiring a full-time superintendent. Board members would aim to have a new superintendent in place by July of 2012. Meeks, who agreed Feb. 28 to resign from the position he has held since 2003, will stay with the district as a transition superintendent until Aug. 31, 2011 unless he finds another job before that date.
There have been a few small nibbles, but no King-size bites at the vacant Farmington building that for more than 10 years was home to a Burger King restaurant. Josh Huemphner, a broker representing the building's owners, said he's approached as many people and business as he can think of. He has two or three sit-down, casual restaurants that have been "mildly interested," but so far nobody has started talking seriously about leases. There are a few challenges associated with renting the building, including the cost.
The Farmington School Board will hold a pair of meetings tonight. The board will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the search process for replacing superintendent Brad Meeks. Meeks is scheduled to stay until Aug. 31 as a transition superintendent unless he gets another job sooner. Meeks has been selected one of three finalists for the superintendent's position in Stillwater.
We are caught in the winter that never ends. Snowstorm after snowstorm pelts us, even as the switch to Daylight Savings Time looms on the horizon. There is a layer of ice next to my front step that is three or four inches thick. I apologized to the cable guy for endangering his life on my front sidewalk yesterday. The ice floe on the sidewalk is impervious to the Ice Melt I bought at Ace Hardware. I poured a bunch of Ice Melt on this morning just because I was thinking about ordering a pizza for dinner tonight.
Lindalee Miller-Nelson spends a lot of time researching her own family's history. Now she's interested in branching out. Miller-Nelson is one of two members of Farmington's Rambling River Center teaming up to launch a new history and ancestry club at the senior center. The club started as a casual comment during one of the center's recent buildings and grounds meetings. Someone wondered out loud what the history of the senior center was.
A Farmington area golf course is on the market. The owners of Southern Hills Golf Course in Empire Township have put the course and two others up for sale. Southern Hills, a 117 acre property, has been listed at $5.4 million. This isn't the first time there has been talk of selling the course. Rumors of the course's sale circulated in 2006 and 2007. The developer of the nearby Providence housing project acknowledged at the time there were discussions about buying the course's land for future development, but the construction market stalled and the sale did not proceed.
People like to complain that the Hollywood movie industry is out of ideas. That it coasts along on a steady stream of sequels and explosions hoping people gradually lose either the will or the ability to read, thus eliminating a wide range of non-picture-based entertainment options. To these people I ask: Have you seen this new movie Beastly? It's a little like Beauty and the Beast, except instead of being a big dog-looking thing the beast has lots of tattoos and stuff. Which is totally different. This recycling thing seems to be picking up speed.
At Trinity Care Center, being perfect feels pretty good. The Farmington nursing home learned recently that it has received a zero-deficiency rating from the Minnesota Department of Health for the second consecutive year.
One week after he reached a deal that brought an unexpected end to his tenure as superintendent, Brad Meeks is a finalist for a job in another district. The Stillwater Area School District announced Monday that Meeks is one of seven finalists for the vacant superintendent's position in that district. Interviews for the job will begin Wednesday of this week. The board hopes to narrow its field to two or three candidates by the end of the week.