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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Downtown Farmington will glitter and sparkle Saturday. The Farmington Business Association will hold its annual Dazzle Day celebration starting 8 a.m. Dec. 4 with sales at local businesses and culminating at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the community tree. In between, visitors will have a chance to compete in a snow sculpting contest, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy hot cocoa, even visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. "There will be caroling. Christmas music. There will be some free treats," said Clyde Rath, president of the FBA.
There's a whole lot of number crunching going on this week at Farmington City Hall. By the end of the week, city administrator Peter Herlofsky hopes to have a final 2011 budget document ready for the Farmington City Council to look over during the weekend. With any luck, council members will agree with what they see and approve the document so the 2011 budget and tax levy can be finalized by the Dec. 15 deadline. There are several departments working with the final numbers, trying to firm up what will be presented at the next council meeting on Monday.
The Farmington School District will hold a community meeting next week to talk about building improvement projects identified in a recent facility study. The district will hold the meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Boeckman Middle School. The district will present potential projects and finance options. The Farmington School Board held a special meeting Nov. 17 to review recommendations from The Cunningham Group, the architect that conducted the study over the course of six months earlier this year.
A 26-year-old Faribault man who was a passenger in a car stopped earlier this month for missing a license-plate light faces a felony drug charge after police found him in possession of methamphetamine. Timothy Sour was just riding along when police stopped the car around 1 a.m. Nov. 12 in Castle Rock Township. The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants, but when Sour offered to drive the car home deputies gave him field sobriety tests, which he failed according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office. Sheriff's deputies searched the car and found a .22 caliber gun.
As Thanksgiving approaches, thoughts turn to family gatherings and bountiful meals of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries. But there are many in Farmington who will struggle to fill their tables with such big meals.
Farmington School Board member Tim Burke got little satisfaction Monday with a series of motions related to the board's investigation of his conduct. Burke, who board members have alleged at an Oct.
The Farmington School Board has taken another step toward whittling down a list of potential projects at schools around the district. At a special meeting Nov. 17 board members reviewed a list of construction, remodeling and renovation projects picked out as priorities from a larger list compiled by architect The Cunningham Group and presented to the board at a special meeting Oct. 11. The narrowed list includes additions at a few schools to increase available space and remodeling to make better use of the space that is there or to smooth traffic flow outside the buildings.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks is one of four finalists in the running to be superintendent of schools in Grand Island, Neb. Meeks, who has been Farmington's superintendent since 2003, is scheduled to interview for the job next week along with Texas Youth Commission state superintendent Clint Carpenter; Valley Center, Kan., superintendent Scott Springston; and Salina, Kan. superintendent Robert Winter, according to the Grand Island Independent newspaper. Grand Island public relations coordinator Carol Bryant said Meeks is will interview for the job Dec. 1.
The arrival of winter means Farmington residents have to pay attention to where they're parking. Winter parking restrictions in place from Nov. 1 to April 15 prohibit parking on city streets between 2:30 and 5:30 a.m. and any time at least two inches of snow falls. Residents can park on city streets following a heavy snowfall once the streets have been plowed from curb to curb. Anyone who would like to report a parking violation can call 651-280-6700. Residents are also responsible for keeping sidewalks, trails and boulevards passable. Snow and ice must be cleared within 12 hours.
Last week we went from shorts to snow shovels in three days flat. The arrival of the first snow completely changes your mindset. I went from low-fat veggie soft tacos for dinner to cheesy potato casserole. This week there was chili in the crock pot, and I baked a dozen chocolate chip cookies. The onset of winter ushers in a load of heavy foods. Beginning with Thanksgiving we have an entire month and a half of feasts and treats to look forward to. One of the nice things about being a college instructor is I'm no longer in an office during the holiday season.