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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As I write this the weather is a balmy 40 degrees in Farmington. Outside my front window rivulets of water are streaming down from the snow bank on the roof of my van, crisscrossing through the grime on the windshield. The gas-heated fireplace glows cheerily in my living room. The dog is curled up on an old blanket near it, his tail tucked under his nose. I've already completed the holiday shopping.
At the moment, it takes a certain amount of faith to see the dental clinic taking shape in a former bank space on Pilot Knob Road. Tim and Kathy Brooks hope to open the new Smiles for Life clinic before the end of the year, but at the moment it looks more like a demolition site than a dental office. "It's been totally gutted," said Kathy Brooks, who will serve as hygienist while her husband serves as dentist at the new clinic. "The floor's not even in, because they had to reroute all the plumbing." They have confidence, though.
There are many ways to look at a busy highway. You could view it as a source of frustration. As an obstacle to be endured as the price of getting somewhere else. Like the line at a stadium bathroom, or the handsy TSA agent at an airport. You could see it as a marvel of technology, a smooth ribbon of blacktop carrying thousands of gleaming, speeding vehicles that would have seemed like science fiction 50 years ago.
Farmington residents will have to drive a little farther if they want a Whopper. The city's Burger King has closed its doors. Crews were at the downtown Farmington restaurant on Friday to clear out food and equipment that can be used at other restaurants. Bryan Anderson, vice president of operations for Duke and King, the company that owned the Farmington franchise, said Friday morning that employees were notified of the decision over the previous 24 hours. "There's really no good way to do it," Anderson said.
Trinity Care Center residents spent time last month compressing their life stories onto clay tiles. The results will be on display this weekend. The Art of Aging residency program, a collaboration of Trinity, the Dakota County Library and the Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network, sent professional artist Anne Krocak to Trinity during the week of Nov. 8 to work with care center residents on the project.
As a swimmer on the Farmington girls swim and dive team, I've always wanted to do an article solely dedicated to the team and our season. However, this season was significantly different from our previous years. We made the impossible possible and brought our performance level to an all time high. The only thing we still had to keep in mind was that, although we had become somewhat of a dream team, we still had powerhouses to face. Our coaches saw our talent and used it to our advantage from the very beginning. Like with most sports, two-a-days set the tone for the season.
Downtown Farmington will glitter and sparkle Saturday. The Farmington Business Association will hold its annual Dazzle Day celebration starting 8 a.m. Dec. 4 with sales at local businesses and culminating at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the community tree. In between, visitors will have a chance to compete in a snow sculpting contest, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy hot cocoa, even visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. "There will be caroling. Christmas music. There will be some free treats," said Clyde Rath, president of the FBA.
There's a whole lot of number crunching going on this week at Farmington City Hall. By the end of the week, city administrator Peter Herlofsky hopes to have a final 2011 budget document ready for the Farmington City Council to look over during the weekend. With any luck, council members will agree with what they see and approve the document so the 2011 budget and tax levy can be finalized by the Dec. 15 deadline. There are several departments working with the final numbers, trying to firm up what will be presented at the next council meeting on Monday.
The Farmington School District will hold a community meeting next week to talk about building improvement projects identified in a recent facility study. The district will hold the meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Boeckman Middle School. The district will present potential projects and finance options. The Farmington School Board held a special meeting Nov. 17 to review recommendations from The Cunningham Group, the architect that conducted the study over the course of six months earlier this year.
A 26-year-old Faribault man who was a passenger in a car stopped earlier this month for missing a license-plate light faces a felony drug charge after police found him in possession of methamphetamine. Timothy Sour was just riding along when police stopped the car around 1 a.m. Nov. 12 in Castle Rock Township. The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants, but when Sour offered to drive the car home deputies gave him field sobriety tests, which he failed according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office. Sheriff's deputies searched the car and found a .22 caliber gun.