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 air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and getting from place to place by bicycle is starting to look like an appealing option. For drivers and bikers alike, that means once again getting used to sharing the road. It's a process Farmington police sergeant Jim Constantineau compares to remembering how a car handles on slick roads after the first heavy snowfall of winter. "The bicycles need to be wary of the cars and the cars need to be wary of the bicycles," Constantineau said.
By this point, all of you probably know the important details of the Minnesota Twins first game at their shiny new discount store-branded sports field. You could hardly help it. It doesn't matter if you're a baseball fan or even if you're conscious and coherent.
The gun wasn't real, but as far as Farmington police were concerned the threats were. Police arrested 19-year-old Lakeville resident James Patrick Thompson April 4 after Thompson reportedly showed up at a Farmington gathering with what appeared to be a handgun and made threats. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Thompson never pointed the gun at anyone. Police stopped a car in which Thompson was a passenger a short distance from where he reportedly made the threat.
Last weekend Apple released a device that has created a bit of a divide among the public at large.
If everything goes according to plan, Terri Petter's dream will become a reality this summer. Four years ago Petter started building Wolves Woods and Wildlife, a nonprofit organization that uses animals to teach lessons about nature and the environment. Back then she talked about turning Oak and Treasures, the furniture store owned by her mother, Eunice, into a nature center. Now, she's close to making that happen, along with a restaurant called The Habitat, where people can eat while they watch wild animals frolic outside the windows.
Erik Boerboon told police he just wanted his money back, but the way he went about getting it has landed him in trouble with the law. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Boerboon, 25, of Prior Lake, threatened a Farmington woman and her daughters with a stun gun and pounded on the windows of their locked car as they took refuge inside March 28. The woman told police she and Boerboon had argued because he accused her of stealing from him. She said he yelled and swore and knocked glass vase off of a table at her home.
According to the official Facebook page of I Walk for Love, the group Jordan Dibb formed for his fundraising walk from Minneapolis to Miami, as of Friday night the Farmington High School graduate had taken 530,900 steps and walked 287 miles in 13 days. He's still got a long way to go and a lot of money to raise to hit his goal of $100,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. But he took some time on the second of his weekly rest days -- in Madison, Wis. -- to check in and let us know how things are going. The trip has been great so far! I had no idea I'd meet so many great people on this trip!
Ruby Schumacher has always liked to keep busy. Schumacher grew up on a farm near Alexandrea, one of six children. She liked roller skating and dancing. Her father played the accordion, and she would travel with him when he performed with his band. "I liked polkas and waltzes and two-steps. All of those dances," said Schumacher, who moved to Farmington's Trinity Care Center nursing home in January of 2009. It was at a dance where she met the man who would become her husband. By the time she was 14 or 15 Schumacher was working at Anderson Funeral Home near Alexandria.
When he was arrested March 27 Sean O'Gorman had good things to say about the driving skills of his arresting officer. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Dakota County Sheriff's deputies arrested the 26-year-old Rochester man after a nine-mile chase that reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. The chase started around 3:15 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy saw O'Gorman speeding through Hampton Township. O'Gorman turned onto Highway 52, then turned hard onto Goodwin Ave. The deputy turned on his siren then and O'Gorman sped away.
Earlier this week a journalist friend of mine shared a link to a column that attempted to identify the 10 least trusted professions around. He slotted journalists at number nine, nestled between celebrities at No. 8 and police officers at No. 10. This particular column doesn't seem to have a foundation any stronger than one man's opinion of what feels about right, but it could be a sign of a serious problem. This is a problem.