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 first hints of autumn are showing in Farmington. The breeze is crisp. A few of the trees are dipped in gold or crimson. In the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost wrote, "Nature's first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold." The fall sunrises are first tinged with gold, then the sky grows blue as the light changes. The first hue of autumn is gold, in the sunrise and the leaves. Then slowly the colors of crimson and orange take hold. Finally everything dwindles to the muted brown of late November. Last weekend I attended wedding in a country church up north.
Nearly one year after she moved to Farmington, Shidor owner Michelle Overby is doing better than she ever could have hoped. Business is booming at the secondhand store, which funds a nonprofit organization that helps single parents buy homes. And even in a difficult economy Overbey has been getting more donations than she can handle. Now, the business is growing. Overbey is making plans to open her second store in downtown Farmington.
Everyone has their own escape, something they can do to find peace and to stay calm in this crazy world we live in. For some it's little things like walking your dog, talking to your best friend, or even doing homework. Others find different, more intense ways to find their peaceful state of mind. Some of those things aren't just a major problem in schools, but in everyday life. Drugs affect everyone, not just the person using. Accor-ding to Kerby Anderson's Teen Drug Abuse, on average, young people first use alcohol at the age of 12 and first use drugs at age of 14.
Little by little, reality is catching up to the picture in Sherri Warner's mind. Warner and her husband, Tim, are spending this week putting the finishing touches on Studio 305. The downtown business, located at 305 Third St., will offer interior and garden decorating items as well as food and gifts. Warner hopes to open Sept. 25. Warner started working in earnest on the shop in March, but the idea has been in her head a lot longer than that.
Last week in this space I wrote about the change of sports seasons as a measure of our progression through the calendar year. It wasn't a bad analogy, but it wasn't perfect. The end of a baseball season might leave some people cold like a Minnesota winter, but it's not likely to force you inside for days at a time while you ponder the darkness outside. Well, at least not now that we know the Twins have clinched their division. There are other ways to measure the passing seasons, of course. The weather is one, but that has its pitfalls.
An apparently lost skunk sent some people running and had a few others trying to herd it out of town when it wandered downtown around 5 p.m. Thursday. According to Farmington police the animal chased a few people into their homes in the downtown area, then headed toward Third Street, where it wandered into at least two businesses. Police said there was nothing they could do about the skunk as long as it was downtown. Officers advised people to stay away and let it find its own way out of town.
Two men face a collection of felony charges in connection with at least one rural Dakota County copper theft. The Dakota County Attorney's office charged 39-year-old Daniel Floyd Seifert and 24-year-old Matthew Steven Kimmes last week after they were found Sept. 8 in the vicinity of burning wire in a rural area near Randolph. Burning copper wire is a common method of stripping the coating before selling the wire. Deputies found both Seifert and Kimmes nearby. Kimmes, who deputies found on foot, told police he was on a nature walk when he saw the smoke and was trying to find the source.
Katie VandenBosch played in three state tournaments as a student at Farmington High School, but her next major competition will be an even bigger stage. VandenBosch, who was a member of adaptive soccer, hockey and softball teams at FHS, will compete next June in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. She won't compete in any of the sports she lettered in as a high school athlete, though.
One person was taken to the hospital following this accident early Tuesday evening on Highway 3. According to a State Trooper on the scene, the red two-door car was southbound around 5 p.m. when the driver slowed to turn left into a driveway. The car was hit from behind by a black sedan and spun into the northbound lane, where it was hit by a pick-up truck. The driver of the red car was taken to Regions Hospital but the trooper said she was alert and answering questions. The other drivers received only scrapes and bruises. There were no passengers in any of the cars.
A federal education jobs bill will mean an additional $1.3 million for hiring in the Farmington School District, but the money doesn't come without some questions attached. The money, part of a nationwide effort to help school districts preserve jobs, is designated for school-level employees, not administration. But because the money is a one-time payment it's hard for the district to make long-term plans for a position.