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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Many people use Farmington's Rambling River Center as a hub of their social lives. Farmington resident Deb Horne credits the senior center and its fitness facility for giving her life back. A little more than a year ago, Horne's body was a wreck. Four years of building and then losing the coffee shop she owned in St. Paul had taken its toll. She worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week standing behind the counter in addition to doing the accounting and other work she had to do. She was stressed and her body was showing the signs.
The Dakota Valley Arts Council is looking for artists to submit up to three pieces of artwork for the 2010 Dew Days Spring Art Show. The art show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 and 20 at the Farmington City Hall. Artwork may be picked up after the show. Artists may also submit other artwork to be displayed that will not be judged. Artwork may be submitted to city hall on between 6 and 8 p.m. June 18. There is a fee of $5 per art piece, which may be applied to a 2010-2011 DVAC membership. Judging and awards will be at 8 p.m..
An 18-year-old from Burnsville faces a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct for reportedly having inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old Farmington girl. The girl's mother called police May 20 because she suspected her daughter was having a sexual relationship with Matthew Otto. She said she'd noticed the screen missing from her daughter's window on May 19 and believed Otto had come in through the window sometime after 11 p.m. the previous night. The girl told police she met Otto through a classmate who currently has a restraining order against Otto.
Well graduation is tomorrow. It's taken a long time, but we finally made it. Tomorrow we will hear our peers and other speakers give speeches about our past and future, hoping to inspire us to do good in the world. Then we will all go our different ways just so we can meet up at all the graduation parties again. I've been to several graduation ceremonies for band, and for my sister, but this is the first time I am the graduate. And I think one thing that all of us need to remember the next day after graduation is to stay inspired because it's so easy to loose that.
Have you ever truly experienced senior slide? It's not just a state of mind or an idea. It is a serious condition. You go your whole senior year hearing people talk about it, and you may think you have it, but when you have it for real, you know. How to test yourself: When the teacher asks you to open your text book, do you obey, or do you involuntarily lie your head down on it? The verdict: If you laid your head on your book in attempt to go to sleep, you most likely suffer from this disorder.
According to Farmington police there was one "minor, minor" injury when this car and this school bus collided Thursday afternoon on Eureka Avenue at 195th Street. Police would not discuss details of the crash while it was under investigation but one officer on the scene said the injury was to someone in the car.
While Gracie Norlin was having surgery to remove a tumor from her kidney June 3, her former pre-school classmates were sending their good wishes into the air borne by colorful balloons. Gracie went to the doctor May 28 because she'd been running a fever and strep throat had been running through Riverview Elementary School, where she recently finished kindergarten. A test for strep came back positive, but the examination also turned up evidence of a mass on her left kidney. It turned out to be a Wilms tumor, a rare form of cancer.
The members of Farmington's Hope Lutheran Church will use an afternoon of fun in the park to fuel their drive towards a new church building, but mostly they just want everyone to have a good time. Community Hope in the Park, which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. June 13 at Rambling River Park, will feature free barbecue, a performance by a magician and a raffle for prizes that include Twins and Gophers tickets, a $100 savings bond and Farmington sports apparel.
A 32-year-old Faribault man has been charged with driving drunk and without a license with an 11-year-old child in the car. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped Bruce Don Degroot around 9 p.m. May 30 after noticing him weaving in his lane and driving without a seatbelt on 170th Street West in Castle Rock Township. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office the deputy saw Degoot put his seatbelt on before he pulled over. He also reportedly noticed Degroot reaching behind the front passenger seat.
It seems like only yesterday we Minnesotans were complaining about weather that was unseasonably cold and gloomy. Where, we wondered, was the spring we were promised.