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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On Monday morning, after half a decade of living in toy-filled rooms, Colleen Warner finally got back control of her home. It was a big day. With the opening of her new Colleenie's Beanies pre-school, Warner moved her five-year-old business out of her Farmington home and into a new space better suited for a growing population of youngsters.
After several years in which avoiding cuts in state funding felt like a victory, school leaders are happy to hear a Governor talk about increased education funding, as new Governor Mark Dayton did last week. Dayton talked about new money for schools as part of his seven-step plan for improving the education system in Minnesota.
After 30 years working for the Federal Aviation Administration, Ron Glaub wasn't quite ready to retire. So, he bought an H&R Block office. After working part time for the company for eight years Glaub started three years ago with an office in St. Peter. He last fall added offices in Farmington and Cannon Falls. With tax season coming up, he's getting ready for some long days helping people prepare their returns.
Dakota County agreed to make a big purchase Tuesday. At its regular meeting this week the Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase of 20 vehicles /equipment for the sheriff, transportation and parks fleets. The approved 2010/2011 Fleet Capital Equipment Program budget includes $1.7 million to purchase vehicles and equipment. Outdated equipment in the departments is replaced in accordance with the Fleet CEP replacement criteria. The criteria for recommended replacement are based on a point replacement criteria system.
Reduced caseloads and reductions in staff have resulted in a restructuring of the Dakota County Attorney's office. The attorney's office will eliminate its Juvenile and Protective Services Division and combine that division's work with the Criminal and Civil Divisions. All criminal prosecutions, including prosecutions of juveniles, will be handled through the office's criminal division.
We live in a society obsessed with coining catchy terms to refer to the things we talk about in our daily lives. Nobody wears jean shorts anymore. They're jorts, a terribly clever combination of the two words that saves literally fractions of seconds every time you say it.
Some people retire and take it easy. Ken and Connie Svoboda are working as hard they ever have. Maybe harder. Earlier this month the couple opened a NAPA Auto Parts store in Farmington. It was the culmination of a longtime dream of owning a business, but it's also meant a lot of long hours. During construction it wasn't unusual for the couple to be at work on their store space from 6 a.m. to midnight. Now that they're open, their son Kyle, a longtime NAPA salesman, is their only employee. It can all be pretty exhausting at times, but neither one of them is complaining.
The same vegetable kids across the country try to hide on their plates at dinnertime could help keep your car securely on Dakota County roads during the coldest days of winter. The county's highway department started experimenting last winter with an ice-melting product made up primarily of beet juice. This year, the county has expanded its use of the vegetable-based product. Marketed under brand names like Ice Bite 55 and Geomelt 55, it is 55 percent beet juice in a salt brine.
One day before the crowds roar at Super Bowl XLV, engines will roar in Farmington. Snowmobilers will take to the trails around town Saturday as part of the city's Super SnoBlast, a first-year event put together by the Farmington Business Association, the Farmington SnoTigers and a number of local businesses. The event will include a snowmobile run, a buffet dinner, live music and karaoke. If everything goes well, organizers hope it will be the first step in a larger event that will become a winter tradition in Farmington. The idea, said Dunn Bros.
An offer to ease the effects of a pay cut Farmington School Board members gave themselves just two weeks ago received a chilly reception Monday. School board members voted 4-2 on Jan. 10 to cut the board chair's salary from $5,250 to $4,500 and board member salaries from $4,200 to $3,600 and to eliminate a $30 supplemental payment for meetings outside of the board's regular twice-monthly meetings.