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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Clarice Auluck-Wilson grew up in a house filled with music. Both her parents played the piano, and family members gathered regularly to sing. It's just the way things worked. Auluck-Wilson has stayed active in music in the years since. She sang in choirs and performed opera in college. She taught violin lessons. But she knows the kind of atmosphere that helped form her interest in music is harder and harder to come by.
Farmington school officials are continuing to examine class sizes in light of higher-than-expected enrollment. On Thursday, parents and other district residents will have a chance to offer input. The district will hold a pair of public meetings Thursday night. The first will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Farmington Elementary School. The second is scheduled for 7 p.m. at North Trail Elementary. Superintendent Jay Haugen will lead both discussions, answering questions and explaining the decisions the district makes as it tries to balance class sizes at multiple grade levels.
We've long known people are willing to go to great lengths in the name of physical beauty. From corsets so tight they cut off the flow of oxygen to injections that deaden nerves in the name of reduced wrinkles, it seems there are few lines we're not willing to cross in our never-ending pursuit of a spot on People magazine's annual list of the 50 hottest ordinary people whose name nobody actually knows. I can't really judge. I myself bathe nightly in a mixture of whale sweat, baby seal saliva and pomegranate nectar.
United States Senator Al Franken visited Dakota Electric Association Friday afternoon, part of a tour of Dakota County that also included stops in Burnsville, Rosemount and Eagan. The stop at Dakota Electric was part of an ongoing listening tour on the topic of renewable energy. He heard from Dakota Electric CEO Greg Miller about the energy cooperatives efforts in that area, including offering wind-generated power as an option for residents.
A report published this week shows the number of homes sold at sheriffs' sales across the Minnesota continued to increase in the second quarter of 2011 compared to first quarter 2011. The same is true of Dakota County's numbers. According to the report there were 11,257 foreclosures in Minnesota in the first half of 2011, with 52 percent of the sales occurring in the second quarter. That is 14 percent below the number of foreclosures seen in the first half of 2010. For the six-month period ending June 30, sheriff's sales in Dakota County were at 1,630.
Five times since 1997 Lindsay Larson and Lisa Bell have watched as their mother went through treatment for breast cancer. They were by her side as she struggled through chemotherapy and radiation treatment. They celebrated with her when she went into remission and commiserated every time the cancer came back. But they never really felt like they were doing something to help. "Other than being by her side and supporting her, we couldn't do anything to help," Larson said. "We couldn't take the cancer away." The sisters had talked several times over the years about doing the Susan G.
Vacant commercial spaces have been filling up quickly around Farmington in recent months. The construction of a new dental clinic downtown is the most obvious sign of progress, but there are other additions around town as well. Pizza Hut opened a delivery and carry-out location last weekend in a space along Pilot Knob Road formerly occupied by a coffee shop, and a catering business is in the process of moving into a vacant property that was long home to a gas station and convenience store.
Levi P. Dodge Middle School will hold its student schedule and picture day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 for all students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Students and their parents or guardians are invited to pick up student schedules, have school pictures taken, find classrooms and lockers, confirm immunization records, turn in required forms and complete deposits and purchases for various school items. Parents should stop in the office and ask for assistance if they wish coverage for some of these school expenses.
Norman Russell is a little fuzzy on a few of the details of his life. After 86 years, there's a lot to keep track of. Ask him about his life after high school and he'll think for a while, then talk about working in dry cleaning for a couple of years. But details are hard to come by. Other memories, though, come more quickly to mind. Things like growing up on a farm east of Canton, a city about 30 miles from LaCrosse in southeastern Minnesota. "We had cattle. We had pigs. We had chickens," said Russell, who has lived since June in Farmington's Trinity Care Center. "Just an ordinary farm.
An 18-year-old Farmington man has been charged with second degree assault after he reportedly threatened several people with a knife last week at the Farmington municipal pool. Latrell Nathaniel Washington has been charged with assault in the second degree after an incident last week at the Farmington pool. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, around 12:55 p.m. on July 29, Farmington police officers responded to a report of a male with a knife threatening a group of people.