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 members of Farmington's VeZuVeUz have their route to rock and roll stardom all mapped out. It started with a show at Criss Cross Pizza in North Oaks, continues with a May 22 show at Farmington's Ugly Mug and then moves on to bigger venues like First Avenue and Target Center in Minneapolis. There are a few details to work out still -- the Ugly Mug show is the only one that's actually on the schedule right now -- but they've got time to figure out the finer points of becoming superstars.
When it comes to crossing the road, Farmington's ducklings might want to get a little advice from the chicken. In separate incidents in two parts of town May 5 police, public works employees and Farmington residents rescued 20 ducks from storm sewers along city streets. The the dueling ducks-in-distress calls came in about half an hour apart last Wednesday morning. The first incident happened along Eighth Street near Main.
Bit by bit, Jeff and Stacy Schlichter are watching a dream take shape around them. The Farmington couple is in the process of turning a long-vacant storefront in a Farmington strip mall into Blondie's, the restaurant that will serve as a next step in long food-service careers for both. Stacy Schlichter has worked in food service for more than 20 years, including 15 at Boston Market. Her husband got into the industry at the age of 15 when he started scrubbing pots and pans at St. Olaf University in Northfield.
An incident that started with a fire and included a confrontation between police and a man on a front-end loader has led to felony drug charges against a 63-year-old Farmington man. Police responded the fire report Jan. 24 and found an individual driving heavy equipment in the area of the pole barn that was burning. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office police told the man they could not fight the fire until he stopped the equipment. But the man continued to drive around, flipping and dragging burning items.
From bulky agendas to angry parents, would be members of the District 192 School Board got a sneak peek last month at what they might be getting themselves into. The district's community education department offered two sessions in April to introduce potential candidates to what it means to be a school board member.
I'm not sure if it's the early spring, the fact it's nearly 1 a.m. or the fact I keep hearing stories about Catholic priests in the news lately, but I'm in a bit of a confessional mood this week. Bless me, Farmington, for I have been a bad biker. OK, maybe that's a little bit strong. I haven't been bad. Just inconsistent. I've made bike-related promises I haven't kept. OK, not promises. More like one promise. And it was really more of a pledge.
Steve Quist has talked for years about running for office, but when he did he always imagined his campaign taking place in some vaguely defined future election. When his kids were older. When he had more time.
If last year was about making the Prairie Home Carriage Festival work, then this year is about making it grow. For the second year of the festival, which features old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriages, lots of horses and people in period-appropriate clothing, events are expanding from one day to two and there will be a whole lot more going on. This year's festival, scheduled to take place May 1 and 2 at Dakota City Heritage Village, will offer classes in driving carriages, parades and displays.
Most springs, Barry Padelford tills gardens in exchange for beer. This year, he wants to till in service of his country. Padelford, a Farmington resident, is offering his tilling service this May to any military family who could use a little help getting their garden ready for growing season. He calls the effort Tilling for the Troops. "He wanted to do this just to say thank you for serving your country," said Barry's wife, Donna.
Independent School District 192 is trying to get a better picture of why parents who live in the district choose not to send their children to district schools. According to a recently released demographic study the district had 535 resident students enrolled in public schools outside of District 192 in the 2008-09 school year. That includes 91 students who attend classes in Intermediate School District 917. There were 150 local students who were enrolled in non-public schools or who were home schooled. The district conducted a parent listening session Feb.