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Farmington's new superintendent chose two familiar faces for his first hires in his new school district. The Farmington School Board voted unanimously Monday to approve contracts for Carl Colmark as finance director and MaryAnn Thomas as human resources director. Both worked with new superintendent Jay Haugen in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District he left to come to Farmington. Haugen had said he was reluctant to raid his former district to fill the two big vacancies in his new cabinet.
Property owners in Dakota County have another opportunity to permanently protect land and water through the Farmland and Natural Areas Program. The application process for the 2012 term is open. Those interested in participating in the voluntary program must submit an initial application to the County by Aug. 30. Eligible property owners will meet with county staff and be asked to complete a final application. Dakota County works with interested property owners to permanently protect the land for future generations to farm or future residents to enjoy.
Well done, Dakota County. The National Association of Counties has presented three 2011 Achievement Awards to Dakota County in recognition of outstanding programs.
Hadler Family Chiropractic will make going back to school a little easier for some local families with its annual school supply drive. The clinic will hold its drive from Aug. 8-19. New patients who bring a minimum of five school supply items will receive a complimentary first visit. That initial visit includes: consultation with the doctor, state-of-the-art nerve system scan, postural and structural evaluation and a complete report of findings. For more information call Hadler Family Chiropractic at 651-460-6560 or check the clinic's website at www.hadlerfamilychiro.com .
Happy Harry is not so happy after Deangelo James Washington, 44, of Northfield failed to pay for a purchase in December of 2009. According to a complaint filed last week with the Dakota County attorney's office, after writing a check for more than $1,000 and repeatedly failing to fully repay the Happy Harry's location Washington has been charged with issuance of a dishonored check. If convicted, Washington could face up to five years in jail and pay fines of $10,000.
Matthew Alann Kaiser, 23, of Farmington has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree after the Farmington Police Department received a tip that a 14-year-old girl was living with him. According to a complaint filed last week with the Dakota County attorney's office, when police arrived at Kaiser's apartment on July 19, they could see a girl matching the description of the 14-year-old sitting in the bed in the one bedroom apartment.
A 51-year-old Farmington man faces assault charges after Farmington police officers answered a call on July 8, on the report of a fight. Kurt Thomas Orndorff, 51, of Farmington is being charged with assault in the third degree after allegedly choking and hitting another bargoer in the face with a beer bottle. According to a complaint filed last week with the Dakota County attorney's office, the victim reported, that after a misunderstanding, Orndorff grabbed him by the neck and choked him until he threw a punch to defend himself. The bartender asked Orndorff to leave.
Walk into Al Cooper's house and it quickly becomes clear where his passion lies. A wooden sculpture of a bald eagle decorates his front walk, and inside pictures of eagles hang on nearly every wall. Eagles are a big part of Cooper's life. For the past 30 years he has volunteered much of his spare time to work with the birds, first at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and currently at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. He travels the 60-odd miles south as often as he can to help at the center, giving presentations.
The 2011 edition of the Tour de France came to an end Sunday as 167 men in stretchy shorts pedaled their expensive bicycles onto the streets of Paris for a few ceremonial laps, the presentation of trophies and celebratory drug testing kits. You think it's a coincidence the leader's jersey is yellow? There were far fewer riders at the finish than there were when the Tour started in early June. A lot can happen in 2,100 miles of biking. Several riders broke bones in crashes. A few suffered concussions.
Looking at his calendar Friday, new Farmington superintendent Jay Haugen counted 27 meetings in his first week on the job. He spent time getting to know his employees and setting up his office. He met one on one with staff members when he could. He learned the system for approving leaves and got familiar with the district's technology. He also got familiar with the district's hiring procedures. That will be important, because one of Haugen's first big jobs will be to hire directors for the district's human resources and finance departments.