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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There is a closet at Highview Christiania Church that seems to have taken on magical, even miraculous qualities in recent years. Every time members of the church's quilting group open its doors, it has sprouted new pieces of fabric and other supplies. The quilting group has been around at Highview for as long as any of its current members can remember, but for much of its existence it was a small operation. Members spent their own money to buy what they needed and met a couple of times a year to stitch together the quilts and blankets they donated to charitable organizations.
A couple of weeks ago a friend I haven't seen in a while asked a co-worker to admonish me for having gone too long without writing what she described as a pants-wettingly funny column. I found this comment unsettling for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I've written a column nearly every week for years. And with the exception of one four-week stretch where I attempted to use anthropomorphized fungal infections as an allegory for the oppression of the working class, I've almost always tried to be funny. (While we're on the subject, I'm really sorry for that month.
Coffee is great for the morning crowds, but Farmington's Dunn Bros. wants to offer something different for their customers who come out after the sun has gone down. The local coffee shop has applied to the Farmington City Council for licenses to sell beer and wine. The licenses were on the council agenda Tuesday night. The beer license was part of the council's consent agenda, a group of items approved with a single motion. There was a public hearing scheduled to discuss the wine license. Dunn Bros.
The Farmington School District has released an electronic version of the report into the behavior of board member Tim Burke. The PDF document is 628 pages and has been redacted to remove information protected by the data practices act. The school board voted in December to censure Burke after the report compiled by Minnetonka attorney James Martin found Burke had improperly disclosed information from closed meetings, shared information in violation of the data practices act and created an unpleasant working atmosphere for some district employees.
The dark brown liquid sitting in a jar in my spare bedroom looks a lot like beer. Pull out the stopper and it gives off a strong beery aroma in much the same way I imagine Mel Gibson might. And if my diluted, spoon-size sample can be believed it even tastes something like beer. Not good beer, necessarily, but beer. This particular glass bottle of mysterious liquid also has one of my unused jackets wrapped around it. I think there's a reason for that, though I'm not sure right now what it is.
This time last year, Tera Lee was happy serving as a regular volunteer at Farmington Elementary School. But concern about student-teacher ratios propelled her into the center of a summer-long debate over class sizes and led to a successful bid for the Farmington School Board in November. This week, Lee, the top finisher in November's election, took her seat on the board. We talked to her ahead of time to see what was on her mind. You've been involved in the schools for years now, right? Yeah.
For more than 90 years, St. Mathias School in Hampton has held true to its mission of offering a Christian, Catholic education for its students. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, that tradition will end. The school, located next to its namesake church in Hampton, will close. There are 22 students at the school. On Jan. 14, the Rev. John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, made the announcement that St. Mathias, St. Joseph's School in Red Wing and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis would close.
Amber Page doesn't remember much about last Saturday. When you find out one of your best friends has died, everything else starts to feel unimportant. Amanda Lynch, who Page met when they were sixth graders together at Farmington Middle School, was killed early Saturday morning when she lost control of her car on an icy I-494 near Maple Grove. According to reports from the Minnesota State Patrol, Lynch, 25, was northbound on 494 when she went through the median, rolled and was thrown from her car.
I'm an unabashed fan of the dollar store. I relish strange generic items in flimsy packaging. I am thrilled about buying headphones for my Walkman at the dollar store because I go through a pair or two a month. I have a habit of getting the headphone cord caught on stuff while I'm at the gym, like the handle of the treadmill, the seat of the stationary bike or my own elbow. There are cameras everywhere at my gym. In general, the cameras make me feel safe, but they also make me feel forlorn and embarrassed at my inability to coordinate my body movements when using a Walkman.
Today, it seems like everywhere you look there is hatred and cruelty. You take one look in a newspaper or online and you see headlines about all the bad in the world. I understand is near impossible for every single person to get along, but why do we choose to act out in violent ways? The only thing that comes from violence is more violence and because of that we get nowhere. Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center towers were attacked and fell in a matter of hours.