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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If there's one thing Americans like, it's lists. From the best movies of all time to venereal diseases contracted by the cast of the Jersey Shore, we've got lists for just about everything. If there's one other thing Americans like, it's making parents feel like they're doing a terrible job raising their children.
Kilts, bagpipes and large men throwing heavy things will be the focus Saturday at the Dakota County Fairgrounds as the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games makes its annual return to Farmington. The one-day event is a celebration of all things Scottish. There will be music, Highland dancing, displays on Scottish history and a whole lot of food. We talked with executive director Liz Michaelson Monday to find out more about what's going on. Tell me a little bit about what's going on. This is your seventh year in Farmington now? Actually, it's our eighth.
As Farmington School Board members spent time Monday talking about what they like about their district and what qualities they want in the next person they choose to lead it, they got a simple piece of advice from the man they hired to lead the search: Accentuate the positive. Search consultant Ken LaCroix told board members that for all the good things going on in the district right now -- from solid finances to progress on test scores -- many people, including some potential superintendent candidates, have a negative perception because of recent quarrels among board members. "You need some
Athletes have their signing days, straight-A students their academic awards. But Farmington High School seniors who have enlisted in the military have rarely received much in the way of recognition for their commitment. That's changing this year, at least at in Farmington. On May 25, the Farmington American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Warrior to Citizen organizations will team up for an event that to pay tribute to members of the class of 2011 who have agreed to enter any branch of the armed forces or reserves.
Farmington School Board members kicked off the search for a new superintendent Monday night by setting a timeline for and a salary range and sketching out a description of the person they hope to hire. Board members met with consultant Ken LaCroix monday night for their first formal discussion of the search to find a new leader. The schedule they agreed on would have board members and a district/resident advisory panel conducting first interviews June 22-23 and board members making a final selection by the end of that month.
Thomas Maloney has covered a lot of ground -- and flown through a lot of air, not all of it friendly -- in the course of his life. Maloney grew up in Wymore, Neb. He went to school there through high school, but when he graduated his father took him to Kansas City, Mo., to attend the Missouri Aviation Institute. He learned to work on airplanes, and when he graduated he moved to Wichita, where he spent two years building Cessnas. From there he moved to San Diego, where he spent another two years building BB-55 battleships for the Navy. Maloney quit that job when he got his draft notice.
Farmington held a gathering at noon May 5 in recognition of National Day of Prayer. There was a flag ceremony, music and prayers government, church, military, family, education, media and business.
Do you know what side of the road to travel on when you're out for a bicycle ride? Do you know how to make sure your helmet fits properly? Do you know how to signal to vehicles on the road that you're going to turn or stop while on a bicycle? Does you child? The Dakota County 4-H Program wants to make sure youth across the county know how to stay safe while riding their bikes.
At lunchtime Thursday, a group of Farmington residents will gather at Rambling River Park to offer up prayers. The annual National Day of Prayer event is an opportunity to create unity among people of all religions, and to celebrate community. We talked with Ann Manthey, one of the event's coordinators, to find out what people can expect if they show up. To start with, why don't you tell me a little bit about National Day of Prayer? Way back in 1775, that was the first call to prayer with the Continental Congress asking the colonies to pray.
The consultant who will lead the search for a new superintendent in the Farmington School District has recommended fast action as the school board works to replace the departing Brad Meeks. Board members voted unanimously Monday to hire Kenneth LaCroix to lead its search process. The board also heard from The ADM Group. LaCroix spent 22 years as a superintendent. He has been education for 41 years.