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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Three years ago, Farmington's Warrior to Citizen group started holding an annual luncheon for mothers and grandmothers of deployed military men and women. The idea, since the Farmington area has a larger-than-average percentage of unmarried soldiers, was to bring the women together and give them some resources and an opportunity to talk about what they're going through. The luncheons have been a big success - the first drew 35 to 40 women, and they have grown since - but some of the event's organizers have been looking to branch out.
The Farmington girls soccer team may be better off not knowing much about its opponents. After losing back-to-back games to Prior Lake and Apple Valley, the Tigers took the field Thursday against a less-familiar Rochester John Marshall team and dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 shutout at Tiger Stadium. "I think I can truthfully say that the outcome of the Apple Valley and certainly the Prior Lake game would have been different had we opened like we did against John Marshall," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said.
As our 80-degree weather ceases to heat us we can only become even more aware of the inevitable. It's high time we faced the fact that our three months of happiness and freedom will will soon give way to our nine months of dread and study sessions. Yes, some of the time spent during those nine months may be exciting and beneficial, but it also means our frigid Minnesota winters are also on the horizon. No matter how you put it, school is almost here and we better be ready. For us fall athletes summer gets cut even shorter.
A new addition at Farmington's Trinity Care Center will provide a safe home for seniors living with dementia. Trinity administrator Rich Ludwig expects work to start by mid-September on a secure, 10-bed facility for people living with alzheimer's, Huntington's Disease, traumatic brain injury or other conditions that cause dementia. The 9,000-square-foot unit will be added to the back of the Trinity facility. The memory care facility has been a consideration for several years, but Ludwig said the time is right now. The U.S.
There's an old adage that an infinite number of monkeys working on an infinite number of typewriters would eventually produce all of the works of Shakespeare. They'd ask for an infinite number of laptops, but then they'd probably waste all their time playing solitaire.
A fight that started over a mess made with makeup escalated to one sister choking another Aug. 18 in Farmington. The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged 32-year-old Kristen Michelle Graham with felony domestic assault after she reportedly choked her sister and threw dog bones at the woman's windshield until it broke. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the fight started because Graham's niece made a mess with makeup. Graham said her sister offered to clean the mess, but that she refused and told her sister to leave.
The Farmington School District will use a $400,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to help students who are struggling with math and reading. The money, part of the state's Alternative Delivery of Specialized Education program, will pay for intervention specialists who work with struggling students to keep them out of the district's special education program.
For four Thursday nights in August the parking lot at Celt's Pub took on a very different look. The sensible sedans and pick-up trucks meant for getting people to dinner gave way to shiny hot rods and sleek motorcycles.
Elementary school students in Farmington got ready for next week's first day of school with open houses this week. Schools held open houses Wednesday and Thursday to give students a chance to find their desks, deposit their supplies and get to know their teachers. School starts Sept. 6 in Farmington.
One year after scoring below state averages on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment science test, students in Farmington schools have shown improvement across the board. Students at all levels met or exceeded state science standards at a rate better than students statewide.