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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Editor's note: Jordan Dibb left Minneapolis March 27 with plans to walk 1,800 miles to Miami to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti. He expects to finish his walk July 4 but last weekend he checked in with us one last time from the road With about a week left my emotions are all on the fritz. It's the best/worst case of a love/hate relationship I've ever experienced. Every morning I wake up and start walking and can't believe that I have been given this opportunity to do such an awesome thing.
There's a lot less of Linda Karline than there used to be, and she gives a lot of the credit to two years of weekly meetings with a group of friends. Karline is the current leader of the Farmington chapter of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, a group that meets every Wednesday at Celts in Farmington to weigh in, talk about nutrition and provide the kind of motivation each of them needs to keep eating right and keep the pounds coming off. Karline, who estimates she's lost about 40 pounds since she joined the group two years ago, said TOPS provides the support and common-sense advice that helps memb
For more than 20 years Farmington's Ramble and Amble has been a successful fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. But the Ramble is about to become a Relay. Later this month the American Cancer Society will hold its first Farmington Relay for Life. The Ramble and Amble, which asked participants to spend a few hours walking laps around the paths at Dakota City Heritage Village, brought in $32,000 last year. But for Julie Fernandes, the event never seemed big enough. Fernandes, whose mother died of cancer 15 years ago, lives in Farmington.
In the end, District 192 School Board members offered thanks but no changes to parents who had raised concerns about projected class sizes. The school board voted 5-1 Monday to approve a preliminary budget unchanged from the one they were set to vote on in May.
As of July 1, Dakota County will have a new commercial automobile insurance company: Travelers Insurance. The current insurance carrier, One Beacon Insurance, already had already notice of non-renewal prior to expiration of the current policy. The nonrenewal was based on an unfavorable loss history and a lack of supporting lines of insurance (crime or property). Dakota County will pay Travelers Insurance a yearly premium of $169,098, a 4.6 percent increase compared to the last policy year.
The Farmington School District is not trying to sell you any books. According to the district there have been reports recently of of college-age students going door-to-door in Farmington neighborhoods suggesting a list of books they claim are recommended by Farmington teachers. But the district announced Monday it is not affiliated with any door-to-door sales of educational materials. The solicitation attempts have been reported to the Farmington Police Department.
The fifth project application round for the Farmland and Natural Areas Program moved closer to completion this week. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the spending of $2,798,938 of FNAP funds to acquire permanent easements on 12 properties. The properties total 1,325 acres. The agricultural easements include properties owned by Lewellyn and Bernadette Stoffel, 178 acres, Vermillion; Dolores Gergen, 199 acres, Hampton; Jerold and Karen Otte, 139 acres, Hampton; and Marian Frandrup and Arthur Frandrup Estates, 120 acres, Hampton.
From time to time I like to write about riding my bike. It's possible you've noticed. Usually when I do this it's to talk about the difficulty of some upcoming ride I have foolishly planned. This is a common tactic in sporting activities. It's like the football coach who talks up an inferior opponent to keep his team from becoming complacent. For example: "We definitely can't look past next weekend's game against the Gophers.
The 2010 Community Indicators Report shows that while the county growth continues to be slow, Dakota County remains the state's third-most populated county. There are more than 390,000 people living in Dakota County. Representatives of the Dakota County Office of Planning and Analysis, Heidi Weisch and Debra Miller, presented highlights of this year's reports at Tuesday's Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting.
A Hampton father and son, Thomas Herbert Eilen, 56, and Jonathan Peter Eilen, 24, have each been charged with obstructing legal process in connection with their actions at a fire May 23 on their Hampton property. Thomas Eilen has also been charged with assault in the fourth degree after he allegedly struck a Dakota County deputy. According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded May 23 on the report of a tractor trailer fire. Thomas Eilen, owner of the tractor, was contacted by dispatch and arrived at the scene with his son.