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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Summer officially started the third week of June, but the cold, rainy days make it feel like a soggy spring. Aside from that one single 103-degree day, summer has yet to materialize. On the 103-degree day the air-conditioning went out at work. That afternoon I permanently damaged a Jones New York blazer with sweat stains. I was trying hard to adhere to my employer's professional dress code, but between the sweat spots and the makeup melting off of my face, I looked like I'd spent the afternoon in the dumpster by the loading dock.
Josiah Hakala played tennis at Farmington High School, and his love of competition didn't end with the final match of his senior year. He kept playing after high school, but there seemed to be something missing. None of the matches he played really meant anything. He was playing for fun, not playing to win. So, he did something about it. Currently in its third year, Hakala's Farmington Area Tennis League attracts 48 players for singles play Monday and Thursday nights on the courts at Boeckman Middle School.
Akin Road Elementary School's new principal shouldn't have any trouble finding her way around the school when she takes over next month. The district hired Gideon Pond Elementary School principal Laura Pierce this week to replace ARES principal Karen Bergman, who is leaving this week to take a job as a principal in Edina. Pierce is a Farmington resident and her own children attended ARES. "She knows people in the community," said assistant principal Christine Weymouth, who led the hiring process. Weymouth knew Pierce a little bit because her children went through Farmington Middle School W
I recently finished brewing my second batch of homemade beer. If I know my brewing history, I believe it was about this time in his career a young Silas P. Budweiser decided to dedicate himself to the production of mediocre beer to be sold to sports fans and guys who like looking at women in skimpy outfits. Also, horses. He started to really get into big horses. I don't actually know if there was a Silas Budweiser, but it sounds right.
After several days in which he was the only official candidate, Jay Haugen is officially Farmington's new superintendent. It took a little convincing to get Haugen, the superintendent in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District, to come to Farmington. But now that he's here the Farmington School District's new superintendent is excited about what is ahead of him. Haugen said during last week's first interview that search consultant Ken LaCroix called him three times to convince him to apply for the Farmington job. He was happy in West St.
In the same week the Farmington School Board made a decision on its new superintendent, former superintendent Brad Meeks finalized the details of his own new job. The Steamboat Springs, Colo. School Board voted unanimously Monday to approve a contract with Meeks as that district's new leader.
It's a new look that would make any television makeover program proud. In the last several weeks, the property behind Farmington's Christian Life Church has gone from overgrown to impeccably groomed. Well, almost impeccably. The roughly eight-acre property, left wild for most of the 33 years the church has owned the land, is taking shape this spring as a new athletic complex. The church's $335,000 project includes a varsity softball field, a varsity baseball field and two regulation soccer fields.
The Farmington School District is down to one candidate for its superintendent position after St. Anthony-New Brighton superintendent Rod Thompson withdrew his name from consideration Friday. Superintendent search consultant Ken LaCroix said Monday Thompson saw the Shakopee School District, where he also interviewed last week, as a better fit. Thompson was selected after last week's interviews as one of three finalists to be brought back for a second interview for the Shakopee job. The Farmington School Board will continue as planned with its lone finalist, West St.
A stretch of the Vermillion River in Empire Township is returning to its natural shape with a little help from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is near the end of a project to add back a series of curves and pools that were cut out of the river more than 70 years ago by farmers looking to maximize their field space. The straight channels were good for farmers, but they were bad for wildlife, in particular the trout that have turned other parts of the river into popular fishing destinations.
The Farmington School Board has two clear favorites as it continues the search for a new superintendent. The board will conduct second interviews June 28 and 29 with West St.Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan superintendent Jay Haugen and St. Anthony-New Brighton superintendent Rod Thompson.