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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A 42-year-old Farmington man faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he reportedly threatened to shoot his wife during a Jan. 24 argument. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office George Douglas Schmaus got in an argument with his wife the evening of Jan. 24 over what to cook for supper. Schmaus had reportedly been drinking while watching football that night, and the argument escalated to point Schmaus at one point grabbed his son by the throat and shoved him.
A Eureka Township business owner was able to let a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy know about a potential check forgery last summer before it ever happened. The business owner called the sheriff's department June 8 to say he believed a former employee had written a $2,000 check to herself on June 5. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, 50-year-old Ursula Kahle Freseman, the former employee in question, cashed that check June 10.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament kicked off last week with a two-day celebration of sports that over the years has become one of this country's favorite second-tier national holidays. It's got less drunken debauchery than St. Patrick's Day but more mail delivery than Columbus Day. Businesses don't typically give employees time off for the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, which featured 16 games both Thursday and Friday last week, but they might as well.
The Farmington School District has identified more than $300,000 in budget cuts and $87,000 of new revenue to help balance a budget hit by several years of flat funding from the state of Minnesota. Among positions to be cut are a districtwide telephone specialist, an educational assistant at Farmington High School and a special education coordinator. Finance director Jeff Priess told board members he expects a $119,000 budget shortfall if the state does not increase funding this year.
With the major building projects from a 2004 facilities task force all wrapped up, Independent School District 192 will start looking around next month to see what else their buildings might need. A new facilities task force will start meeting in mid-April to explore needs in buildings around the district. The resulting recommendations aren't likely to be as grand as those in the last facilities report.
The District 192 School Board approved an updated policy on board conduct this week without any new rules about board members' use of social media tools. The board reviewed the policy March 8 as part of an ongoing effort to keep district policies up to date. That's when board member Veronica Walter raised the issue of social media and the potential for miscommunication. Walter said this week she only wanted to ensure board members knew where the lines were when using tools like Facebook and Twitter.
The quarters will be a little closer and there won't be any eggs to hunt, but some intervention by downtown businesses will keep Farmington's Easter carnival up and running this year. CEEF, the Castle Rock, Empire, Eureka and Farmington community group that has held the carnival in recent years and an egg hunt long before that, announced earlier this year that it didn't have enough volunteers to hold the event. That's when Farmington's Downtown Business Association stepped in. Amy Nielsen, owner of downtown's Grand Hall Studio, brought the carnival to the DBA looking for help.
Farmington School Board members want to know if tweeting is best left to the birds. Veronica Walter raised the issue of board members using social media services like Twitter and Facebook during a March 8 discussion of a board conduct policy. She said the topic of social media has come up a lot lately in conversations she's had with school board members both in Farmington and in other districts. Walter and other board members are concerned about knowing just what the rules are with an increasingly popular method of communication.
Under normal circumstances I would never presume to offer advice to women on how to live their day-to-day lives. Like all men -- with the possible exception of Elton John and Dr.
This is a busy time of year for Jim Bell. Bell is Dakota County's highway maintenance manager. That means he's the guy in charge of potholes. And with the frequent freezes and thaws that come with the transition from winter to spring, business has been good. When you've got some 450 miles of county roads to care for, that's a lot of holes to fill. Bell has had crews running nearly nonstop in the last few months to keep up with the cratered moonscape those paved roads become this time of year.