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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In the world of bargain shopping there are sales, there are coupons and then there's the kind of mysterious retail magic Alison Hequet works every time she walks into a store. Heequet has a grocery budget of $40 a week that she uses to shop for a family of four. But the money goes a lot farther than that. The kitchen of her Farmington townhome is part storage pantry, part neighborhood grocery store. A neighbor looking to borrow a cup of sugar might go home with an entire bag. And maybe some spaghetti sauce to boot.
In a matter of days, District 192 School Board chair Bob Heman went from board candidate to former board member. Heman, who served 11 years on the board in two separate periods, announced plans last week to resign from the board.
Dakota County may soon take sole ownership of the Lake Byllesby Dam and attached hydroelectric power facility located on the shared county border in Cannon Falls. More financial information is expected to presented during the county's 2011 budget talks this fall. For years, Dakota County and Goodhue County have owned the dam with Dakota County possessing 60 percent ownership and Goodhue County 40 percent ownership. The counties have shared the responsibilities, costs and hydropower power revenues associated with maintaining the dam and facility.
Between the two of them, David Hartnett and Kirk Zeaman figure they have everything they need to run a successful coffee shop. Hartnett is the creative one. Zeaman, who has a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota, knows the ins and outs and running a business. Hartnett drinks coffee. Zeaman prefers the other drinks on the menu.
A 34-year-old Farmington woman faces a felony drug charge after Farmington police and agents from the Dakota County Drug Task Force found evidence of drug use in her home. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office police found methamphetamine residue multiple places in the home of Jennifer Ann Glander when they executed a search warrant Sept. 11. According to the complaint police were handcuffing Glander and another man found in the home when Glander reportedly used her foot to wipe off a glass coffee table.
For the second consecutive election District 192 voters will have seven candidates to choose among. In the final week of the district's election filing period Ron Groves Rebecca Keeler and Tera Lee joined Carol Kappes, Melissa Sauser, Brian Treakle and Veronica Walter on the ballot. The filing period ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bob Heman initially filed for re-election but later withdrew and resigned from the board. That leaves Walter as the only incumbent on the ballot. John Kampf, the other candidate up for election this fall, did not file.
The Farmington School District and eight Farmington schools have made adequate yearly progress toward meeting national No Child Left Behind goals. The Minnesota Department of Education released AYP information last week. This is the second consecutive year the district has made AYP after failing to meet that goal from 2006 through 2009. The AYP designation is based in large part on the performance of students on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading and math tests given in the spring.
By the time warning sirens sounded Friday morning in Farmington the most serious damage had already been done. According to Dakota Communication Center interim director Diane Lind, warning sirens were activated in Farmington at 3:46 a.m. Aug. 13. But by that time, many residents in the neighborhoods hit hardest by that morning's tornado were already outside examining homes that had been damaged, garages that in some cases had been demolished and trees that had been uprooted or snapped in two. The DCC, Dakota County's central dispatch center, is in charge of activating sirens countywide.
For much of last week's run of the Dakota County Fair, it seemed like Mother Nature was determined to keep people at home. If it wasn't 95 degrees and so humid even stepping outside seemed like a chore, there were storm clouds and lightning to make people think twice about taking a trip to the fair. But when the weather cooperated, this year's fair appears to have been success. Don Storlie, president of the Dakota County Agricultural Society and manager of this year's fair, said workers did the best they could dealing with situations that were sometimes challenging.
The Dakota County Fair is a remarkable event. It's one of the rare opportunities in this world to indulge guilt-free in massive quantities of artery-clogging food, ogle livestock and cheer as strangers ram headlong into each other in an event that is the daydreams of any driver trapped in rush-hour traffic sprung to violent life. Really, what else do you need? The fair is also instructive. If you're paying attention, you can learn a lot, and not just about what a Holstein looks like or what it feels like to feel your arteries actively close off.