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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Two months ago, Tanna Howie wasn't sure what her next step in life was going to be. The 2010 Farmington High School graduate had hoped to attend the Art Institute in Minneapolis this year, but when the finances didn't work out, she was left without a clear direction. So, she waited, she prayed and she hoped to figure out what she was supposed to do with her life. Now, all of a sudden that next step is turning into an intercontinental leap of faith.
A lot of Dakota County land has disappeared under new homes over the past 10 years, but there is still plenty of open space out there for residents to explore. And the amount of land dedicated specifically to outdoor recreation is growing all the time. According to the county's 2010 indicators report, there are 48 square miles of protected open space spread among city and county parks, wildlife refuges, the Minnesota Zoo and land protected under the county's farmland and natural areas preservation efforts.
With most of the final bills in hand, it appears the investigation of Tim Burke will cost the Farmington School District at least $13,370. That total includes bills from two law firms involved in the investigation. Outgoing school board chair Veronica Walter said last week Minnetonka Attorney Jim Martin planned to charge the district $10,000 for his part of the investigation. That is the number attorney Mick Waldspurger, who hired Martin and brought the report to the board, had identified as a likely maximum cost. The total is less than Martin's original bill.
As the 2011 legislative session kicks off this week, Pat Garofalo is getting used to being a whole lot more popular around the capitol. Garofalo, the Farmington Republican who on Tuesday kicked off his fourth term in the state House of Representatives, said people started paying more attention to what he had to say once he was named chair of the state's K-12 education finance committee. "As soon as I was named chairman, suddenly my jokes became funnier, I was better looking and I was much smarter," Garofalo said.
If there are criminal charges filed against Farmington School Board member Tim Burke, they won't come from the Dakota County Attorney's office. The county attorney's office has opted not to charge Burke, who a report compiled as part of a school district investigation alleges may have broken some laws with some of his conduct since he was elected two years ago. Charges could still come from at the city level, but there are still plenty of questions to answer before they do. The school board referred the information to the county attorney following a Dec.
The Farmington School District has postponed a meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday night to discuss a recently completed facilities study and options available to pay for some of the recommended projects. The meeting was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.
I don't watch nearly as much television as I once did, but I still probably watch more than many adults who should reasonably be able to come up with something better to do. There are shows I like, and characters I find entertaining. Dedicating myself to a well-defined regimen of television watching has saved me from a number of less pleasant activities, like reading books, or going outside. Still, there are a few television-related lines I won't cross. I won't watch 2 1/2 Men. I won't get a network logo tattooed on my rear end.
When Jerry Theisen found himself selling pools and spas in an economy that put those kinds of purchases out of range for most people, he figured it was time for a change. So, Theisen looked around for a different line of work. What he found was insurance. This week Theisen took over as owner of Farmington's Farmers Union Insurance Agency. The Farmer's Union agency has been in Farmington for 20 years, but the agency's longtime owner is retiring, and Theisen, who has some background in insurance, saw a good opportunity to make a career change.
A 30-year-old Farmington woman faces drunk driving charges following a February incident in which she failed to move over to make room for a police officer who was making another traffic stop. Lauralee Mae McDonough-Pratt passed the sherif's deputy around 1:12 a.m. Feb. 12. The deputy followed McDonough-Pratt and clocked her at 57 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. She also crossed over the centerline on occasion and drove down the center of the road at one point, according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office. McDonough-Pratt failed field sobriety tests.
A 25-year-old Hampton man faces felony charges of criminal damage to property after he reportedly damaged several cars in the parking lot of a Hampton bar. Dakota County Sheriff's deputies were called to the bar Dec. 18 on a report of a man breaking the windows of several cars. When police arrived there were several cars with broken windows and one that had the hood up and several wires cut or pulled out.