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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Dakota County agreed to make a big purchase Tuesday. At its regular meeting this week the Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase of 20 vehicles /equipment for the sheriff, transportation and parks fleets. The approved 2010/2011 Fleet Capital Equipment Program budget includes $1.7 million to purchase vehicles and equipment. Outdated equipment in the departments is replaced in accordance with the Fleet CEP replacement criteria. The criteria for recommended replacement are based on a point replacement criteria system.
Reduced caseloads and reductions in staff have resulted in a restructuring of the Dakota County Attorney's office. The attorney's office will eliminate its Juvenile and Protective Services Division and combine that division's work with the Criminal and Civil Divisions. All criminal prosecutions, including prosecutions of juveniles, will be handled through the office's criminal division.
We live in a society obsessed with coining catchy terms to refer to the things we talk about in our daily lives. Nobody wears jean shorts anymore. They're jorts, a terribly clever combination of the two words that saves literally fractions of seconds every time you say it.
Some people retire and take it easy. Ken and Connie Svoboda are working as hard they ever have. Maybe harder. Earlier this month the couple opened a NAPA Auto Parts store in Farmington. It was the culmination of a longtime dream of owning a business, but it's also meant a lot of long hours. During construction it wasn't unusual for the couple to be at work on their store space from 6 a.m. to midnight. Now that they're open, their son Kyle, a longtime NAPA salesman, is their only employee. It can all be pretty exhausting at times, but neither one of them is complaining.
The same vegetable kids across the country try to hide on their plates at dinnertime could help keep your car securely on Dakota County roads during the coldest days of winter. The county's highway department started experimenting last winter with an ice-melting product made up primarily of beet juice. This year, the county has expanded its use of the vegetable-based product. Marketed under brand names like Ice Bite 55 and Geomelt 55, it is 55 percent beet juice in a salt brine.
One day before the crowds roar at Super Bowl XLV, engines will roar in Farmington. Snowmobilers will take to the trails around town Saturday as part of the city's Super SnoBlast, a first-year event put together by the Farmington Business Association, the Farmington SnoTigers and a number of local businesses. The event will include a snowmobile run, a buffet dinner, live music and karaoke. If everything goes well, organizers hope it will be the first step in a larger event that will become a winter tradition in Farmington. The idea, said Dunn Bros.
An offer to ease the effects of a pay cut Farmington School Board members gave themselves just two weeks ago received a chilly reception Monday. School board members voted 4-2 on Jan. 10 to cut the board chair's salary from $5,250 to $4,500 and board member salaries from $4,200 to $3,600 and to eliminate a $30 supplemental payment for meetings outside of the board's regular twice-monthly meetings.
At Farmington's Light of the World Lutheran Church, putting your faith in God means trusting He will provide. Even when it comes to paying the bills. That approach has earned the three-year-old church a spot in a study being conducted by Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Light of the World is one of nine churches nationwide selected to take part in the two-year, $1.6 million study of churches identified as part of Luther's Vibrant Stewardship Congregation Project. The church was chosen from among 75 that applied, said Chick Lane, director for the center of stewardship leaders at Luther.
When you think of after school activities you usually think of sports or some type of club. Either way you put it, its something to do after school to enjoy. Sports help build teamwork and show you how to get along with other people. Clubs focus on a common interest among people and educate on other things. However, what if there was something that was both of these?
In Farmington, January reigns as the bleakest month. The extreme cold and rush hour snowstorms punish even the heartiest among us. In the midst of this bleakness several of my friends and former colleagues were laid off this week. The economists keep predicting an economic turnaround, but it seems as far away as 70-degree days. The only silver lining to the economic cloud for informational technology professionals is layoffs are an expected part of the field. Instead of just getting fired, we are right-sized or down-sized.