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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According to Farmington police, Matthew Hartley's April 23 started with breaking into an ex's house and punching her new boyfriend and ended with the 28-year-old in police custody. In between, police say, he fled from a police officer, crashed his Jeep through a fence and called his ex to report he was laying in a ditch and bleeding before ultimately turning himself over to police.
Pat Garofalo worked late into the night Monday, but the Minnesota Representative and the rest of the state's legislators went home with a job still not done. Garofalo still didn't know Tuesday morning when governor Mark Dayton would call the Legislature back for a special session to work out a budget deal, but he doesn't expect an easy solution. "There's a lot of work to do," Garofalo said. "I think right now we're about $1.8 billion apart.
Farmington School District officials hope a revision of the district's wellness policy will create what district nurse Gail Setterstrom called a "culture change" when it comes to healthful eating in Farmington schools. The new policy, discussed by school board members for the first time Monday, is a complete rewrite of the district's policy.
As we start our countdown to the end of the year I can't help but think about what is to come in the fall. School will still be school. Nothing can change that. But things will probably seem to go much longer. We will still have our five class hours every day, but instead of going to advisory its looks like we will go straight to third hour. I have a problem with that. Advisory is like our kickback time. It's those 20 minutes after our first two periods that lets us just chill out. Its our, "Oops I should probably do my homework" time. Or, possibly, "I should study for my next final" time.
If there was a consistent message in a Monday night forum to discuss the search for a new Farmington superintendent, it seemed to be this: Farmington schools are good. Now find someone who can keep them that way. Monday night's meeting was the first of two designed to let district residents give input to search consultant Ken LaCroix. The second is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boeckman Middle School.
ST. PAUL -- The smiles seen on Jan. 4, opening day of the 2011 legislative session, became frowns by Monday as Minnesota's 201 lawmakers headed home with no idea when they will wrap up their primary job: writing a two-year budget. The House adjourned at 11:59 p.m. Monday, 16 minutes after the Senate. While lawmakers will come back next year for a regular session, they will need a special session to pass a budget. Republicans who run the Legislature said they did their part before the Monday night constitutional adjournment date.
Farmington residents will have an opportunity next week to have their say on the qualities they'd like to see in the Farmington School District's next superintendent. Search consultant Ken LaCroix will hold a pair of community forums at 5:30 p.m. May 23 and 6:30 p.m. May 24 at Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.
I own two cuddly dogs. One is quite small and the other a medium size. The smaller one is nearing the end of the circle of life. He has chronic kidney disease. At this point the kidney disease seems to be bothering my husband and me more than the dog. The dog requires frequent trips outside in the middle of the night, which is somewhat inconvenient for us, as neither of us is a vampire. On the other hand, the dog seems to enjoy his midnight romps, taking extra time to sniff the bushes and water the lamppost in front of the house.
A partnership with local Boy Scouts has yielded some very positive results for Trinity Care Center and its residents. In recent years the care center and the adjoining Trinity Terrace senior apartment complex have become the go-to location for several local Scouts looking to complete their Eagle projects. The most recent project involved the construction of six large stone planters on a patio. A group of Scouts worked in the rain on Saturday to complete the project. There were 340 large landscaping stones in the planters, plus 131 capstones.
The beans are back this weekend in Farmington, and they're bringing some fun times with them. The Farmington Business Association will hold the second annual Minnesota Soybean Festival all day Saturday, with some events spilling into Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This year's event will feature food, a parade, games for kids and music from noon until after 11 p.m. Five of the 12 bands on the schedule are returning from last year's event. "We tried to really get a collection of artists from all over the state," said event organizer Vida Raine.