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 same vegetable kids across the country try to hide on their plates at dinnertime could help keep your car securely on Dakota County roads during the coldest days of winter. The county's highway department started experimenting last winter with an ice-melting product made up primarily of beet juice. This year, the county has expanded its use of the vegetable-based product. Marketed under brand names like Ice Bite 55 and Geomelt 55, it is 55 percent beet juice in a salt brine.
One day before the crowds roar at Super Bowl XLV, engines will roar in Farmington. Snowmobilers will take to the trails around town Saturday as part of the city's Super SnoBlast, a first-year event put together by the Farmington Business Association, the Farmington SnoTigers and a number of local businesses. The event will include a snowmobile run, a buffet dinner, live music and karaoke. If everything goes well, organizers hope it will be the first step in a larger event that will become a winter tradition in Farmington. The idea, said Dunn Bros.
An offer to ease the effects of a pay cut Farmington School Board members gave themselves just two weeks ago received a chilly reception Monday. School board members voted 4-2 on Jan. 10 to cut the board chair's salary from $5,250 to $4,500 and board member salaries from $4,200 to $3,600 and to eliminate a $30 supplemental payment for meetings outside of the board's regular twice-monthly meetings.
At Farmington's Light of the World Lutheran Church, putting your faith in God means trusting He will provide. Even when it comes to paying the bills. That approach has earned the three-year-old church a spot in a study being conducted by Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Light of the World is one of nine churches nationwide selected to take part in the two-year, $1.6 million study of churches identified as part of Luther's Vibrant Stewardship Congregation Project. The church was chosen from among 75 that applied, said Chick Lane, director for the center of stewardship leaders at Luther.
When you think of after school activities you usually think of sports or some type of club. Either way you put it, its something to do after school to enjoy. Sports help build teamwork and show you how to get along with other people. Clubs focus on a common interest among people and educate on other things. However, what if there was something that was both of these?
In Farmington, January reigns as the bleakest month. The extreme cold and rush hour snowstorms punish even the heartiest among us. In the midst of this bleakness several of my friends and former colleagues were laid off this week. The economists keep predicting an economic turnaround, but it seems as far away as 70-degree days. The only silver lining to the economic cloud for informational technology professionals is layoffs are an expected part of the field. Instead of just getting fired, we are right-sized or down-sized.
Children's Castle Theater started in Farmington as a project of a group of college students, and over the years it has been maintained in large part by people not a lot older than the kids who filled out the theater's casts. With college students' busy lives, though, that has sometimes made it difficult to keep a steady production schedule. Now, a group of longtime actors, directors and stage managers hope to change that.
The Farmington School Board is moving forward with a five-year plan to improve technology resources in district schools. The plan, which received board approval Monday night, includes improvements such as ceiling-mounted projectors in district classrooms, wireless networks in schools and a number of computer upgrades among other things.
Depending on your point of view, Farmington School board member Tim Burke is either a bully with an agenda or a servant of the people running into a brick wall as he tries to make the school district's operations more transparent. Those are the images that come through in a more than 600-page document compiled as part of an investigation of Burke's behavior on the board. The school board voted Dec. 16 to censure Burke as a result of the investigation and to forward the report to the county attorney for possible criminal charges.
The budget and facilities issues will be on the agenda when the Farmington School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The agenda for tonight's meeting at Boeckman Middle School includes presentation of a grant aimed at creating safer biking and walking routes to school; budget recommendations; and a report on plans for making facility improvements at district schools.