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 Thanksgiving approaches, thoughts turn to family gatherings and bountiful meals of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries. But there are many in Farmington who will struggle to fill their tables with such big meals.
Farmington School Board member Tim Burke got little satisfaction Monday with a series of motions related to the board's investigation of his conduct. Burke, who board members have alleged at an Oct.
The Farmington School Board has taken another step toward whittling down a list of potential projects at schools around the district. At a special meeting Nov. 17 board members reviewed a list of construction, remodeling and renovation projects picked out as priorities from a larger list compiled by architect The Cunningham Group and presented to the board at a special meeting Oct. 11. The narrowed list includes additions at a few schools to increase available space and remodeling to make better use of the space that is there or to smooth traffic flow outside the buildings.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks is one of four finalists in the running to be superintendent of schools in Grand Island, Neb. Meeks, who has been Farmington's superintendent since 2003, is scheduled to interview for the job next week along with Texas Youth Commission state superintendent Clint Carpenter; Valley Center, Kan., superintendent Scott Springston; and Salina, Kan. superintendent Robert Winter, according to the Grand Island Independent newspaper. Grand Island public relations coordinator Carol Bryant said Meeks is will interview for the job Dec. 1.
The arrival of winter means Farmington residents have to pay attention to where they're parking. Winter parking restrictions in place from Nov. 1 to April 15 prohibit parking on city streets between 2:30 and 5:30 a.m. and any time at least two inches of snow falls. Residents can park on city streets following a heavy snowfall once the streets have been plowed from curb to curb. Anyone who would like to report a parking violation can call 651-280-6700. Residents are also responsible for keeping sidewalks, trails and boulevards passable. Snow and ice must be cleared within 12 hours.
Last week we went from shorts to snow shovels in three days flat. The arrival of the first snow completely changes your mindset. I went from low-fat veggie soft tacos for dinner to cheesy potato casserole. This week there was chili in the crock pot, and I baked a dozen chocolate chip cookies. The onset of winter ushers in a load of heavy foods. Beginning with Thanksgiving we have an entire month and a half of feasts and treats to look forward to. One of the nice things about being a college instructor is I'm no longer in an office during the holiday season.
The concept of building a bridge between people is easy to comprehend. It's a relationship with meaning. With work, things flourish and become stronger. Feelings grow because of common interests and the interests we have are the main reasons for us to start those relationships. Whether it's at work, with friends or with the person you are falling for. Without meaning or reasoning for something, there's no point to it. If you want to be friends with someone because you think they're popular, there's not much there for a friendship.
There was a whole lot of grumbling late last week about the arrival of the season's first snowfall. Even as Minnesotans enjoyed what appear to have been the final days of a glorious fall, we shivered with dread in anticipation of the snowstorm that eventually dumped as much as a foot of heavy, sticky, apparently soul-crushing snow on parts of the metropolitan area. I get the complaining, I guess.
The future of the Vermillion River corridor is starting to take shape. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a plan Nov. 2 that sets some goals for improving water quality, restoring natural habitat and increasing access to the river for recreation. Now, the county is looking for residents and cities who are interested in helping make things happen. The corridor plan has been in the works for year, and land conservation manager Al Singer is happy to have an opportunity to move forward."It does feel good, although plans are just one step in the phase," Singer said.
The Farmington School District is making progress with its investigation into the conduct of board member Tim Burke. District attorney Mick Waldspurger has chosen Minnetonka lawyer James Martin to conduct the investigation. According to his online biography Martin worked for five years as director of human resources in the St.