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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We are caught in the winter that never ends. Snowstorm after snowstorm pelts us, even as the switch to Daylight Savings Time looms on the horizon. There is a layer of ice next to my front step that is three or four inches thick. I apologized to the cable guy for endangering his life on my front sidewalk yesterday. The ice floe on the sidewalk is impervious to the Ice Melt I bought at Ace Hardware. I poured a bunch of Ice Melt on this morning just because I was thinking about ordering a pizza for dinner tonight.
Lindalee Miller-Nelson spends a lot of time researching her own family's history. Now she's interested in branching out. Miller-Nelson is one of two members of Farmington's Rambling River Center teaming up to launch a new history and ancestry club at the senior center. The club started as a casual comment during one of the center's recent buildings and grounds meetings. Someone wondered out loud what the history of the senior center was.
A Farmington area golf course is on the market. The owners of Southern Hills Golf Course in Empire Township have put the course and two others up for sale. Southern Hills, a 117 acre property, has been listed at $5.4 million. This isn't the first time there has been talk of selling the course. Rumors of the course's sale circulated in 2006 and 2007. The developer of the nearby Providence housing project acknowledged at the time there were discussions about buying the course's land for future development, but the construction market stalled and the sale did not proceed.
People like to complain that the Hollywood movie industry is out of ideas. That it coasts along on a steady stream of sequels and explosions hoping people gradually lose either the will or the ability to read, thus eliminating a wide range of non-picture-based entertainment options. To these people I ask: Have you seen this new movie Beastly? It's a little like Beauty and the Beast, except instead of being a big dog-looking thing the beast has lots of tattoos and stuff. Which is totally different. This recycling thing seems to be picking up speed.
At Trinity Care Center, being perfect feels pretty good. The Farmington nursing home learned recently that it has received a zero-deficiency rating from the Minnesota Department of Health for the second consecutive year.
One week after he reached a deal that brought an unexpected end to his tenure as superintendent, Brad Meeks is a finalist for a job in another district. The Stillwater Area School District announced Monday that Meeks is one of seven finalists for the vacant superintendent's position in that district. Interviews for the job will begin Wednesday of this week. The board hopes to narrow its field to two or three candidates by the end of the week.
Brad Meeks, who resigned unexpectedly last week of superintendent of Farmington's Schools, is one of seven finalists for the vacant superintendent's position in the Stillwater Area School District. The Stillwater School Board announced its finalists following a Monday night meeting. Interviews for the job will begin Wednesday of this week. The board hopes to narrow its field to two or three candidates by the end of the week.
Farmington teachers on the fence about retiring this year might have gotten a healthy nudge Monday when the District 192 School Board approved a retirement incentive that would pay eligible teachers $20,000 if they step away. The retirement incentive is part of the district's efforts to make cuts to its budget for next year. By replacing older, higher-paid teachers with younger teachers the district can save money on salaries.
Prevention and intervention are two key words when discussing reducing juvenile crime. For Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, the two words have led to action and programs. Backstrom is a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national organization committed to informing policy makers and the public about the importance of youth-crime prevention and early intervention efforts. "I believe the most effective thing we can do to reduce crime in America is to invest our time, resources and energy in our nation's children," he said.
A 30-year-old Rochester woman faces charges of criminal vehicular operation, child endangerment and driving while impaired after she reportedly drove drunk with her five children in the vehicle Feb. 28 and crashed her car on Highway 52 near Hampton. Four of the children suffered minor injuries. The accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. as Kyra Larae Lindsey was southbound on Highway 52. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Lindsey crashed into a guard rail, suffering "severe damage" to the front and back ends.