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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Keri Pietsch has been busy since last June. As Miss Farmington, she has been Farmington's official representative at events around the state. She has attended pageants, ridden in parades and done a whole lot of smiling and waving. For her trouble she got a tiara, a $1,500 scholarship and 12 months of experiences she will remember for the rest of her life. That's coming to an end, though.
A 43-year-old Greenfield man faces felony burglary charges after reportedly kicking in the door of a Hampton motel room and threatening the room's occupant with a framing hammer. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Kurt Christian Hubbs forced his way into the motel room along with a second individual Feb. 6. He reportedly wanted to confront the room's occupant, identified only by initials, as part of a dispute over an ex who had stayed with the individual after breaking up with Hubbs.
If you want to know where to find the best fish fry around, or a good shop for antiques or an excellent breakfast spot, there are four women in Farmington who could probably offer some good guidance. Referred to by staff at the city's Rambling River Center as the On the Go Girls, Mary Christensen, Kay Bennett, Sharon Kinard and Leona Tussing like to get out and explore, and they like to do it together. "We just like to go," Bennett said. Some of the women have known each other for years. Kinard and Christensen are sisters, and Tussing is Kinard's neighbor.
Carey and Jessica Tri spent three days in the Dominican Republic over Memorial Day weekend, but their trip wasn't about sandy beaches or fruity drinks. The hotel wasn't very good. The food left their stomachs upset for a few days after they came home. And they can't wait to go back. This wasn't a vacation, at least in the traditional sense. If anything, the couple, co-owners of River's Edge Dental in Farmington, might have worked even harder than they do when they're at home.
You know that moment when you look out the window and all you see is how sunny, warm, and nice it is? You wish you could just go outside and get your tan on, but of course you can't because you're always in that one class with the crabby teacher who thinks fresh air is bad for your health? Now hit rewind on that for five class hours every day and you would probably understand how every high school student is feeling right now. Once it hits 80 degrees, it's all over and there's no getting our attention back. The feelings of the final school days are some of the best.
It was a stop for an apparent biological emergency that raised a police officer's suspicion last January and ultimately led to a high-speed chase and a crash that sent three people to the hospital, one by helicopter. Jonathan Brockman, the 20-year-old Farmington man who was driving the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe that fled police, was charged this week with criminal vehicular operation, and fleeing a peace officer, both felonies. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office a Farmington police officer was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. Jan.
Just about every weekend during the brief seasons when Minnesota roads are free from ice and snow I go for at least one long bike ride with my dad and my brother. The rides have become a tradition for us, as much a part of the weekend as Sunday brunches or mowing the lawn or watching marathons of So You Think You Can Dance or Boy Meets World. It's possible my weekends are a little different than most people's. But that's not really the point. The point, to the extent there is one, is the bike rides. My dad is usually in charge of the routes for these rides. That's fine.
Farmington residents familiar with the FHS class of 2007 might notice a familiar face when they drive north on Interstate 35 near Elko. For the next few weeks, at least, they might see FHS graduate Jordan Weinand smiling down at them, larger than life, from a billboard advertising St. Cloud State University. Weinand, who graduated from St. Cloud State last month, is on one of a series of billboards celebrating successful Husky alumni. Other billboards in the St.
Last winter I ended up with a new office mate at work. Let me tell you the story of this fateful relationship. Late one night I was alone in my office, working with only the light of my monitor and desk lamp. The radio played softly on the window ledge beside my desk. The snow outside my window glittered in the moonlight. The bare trees threw spiny shadows across the snow banks. I was engrossed in my work, tapping away at the keyboard. Then I heard a clunk. I turned off the radio. I heard another clunk, followed by a scraping. An icy finger traced the length of my spine.
A 40-year-old Farmington man will spend a year and a day in jail for growing and harvesting more than 400 marijuana plants in Elk River Township. David Minh Phan, 40, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank. Phan was indicted along with one other man last October on one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Both men pleaded guilty Jan. 4. According to the United States Attorney's office both men admitted in their plea agreements that they worked together to plant, grow and harvest marijuana on the land in Todd County.