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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A pair of Farmington School Board decisions in coming weeks could lower taxes for district residents while also taking away some control over future tax bills. The changes are possible because of legislation enacted this year in Minnesota that allows school districts to shift the burden of some of its tax levies and to change who decides whether the money is levied at all. The result could be a reduction of $611,430 in the amount District 192 residents pay on the school portion of their tax bills.
The city of Farmington will pay up to $5,000 for half of a market study to determine whether a hotel will work in the city. City council members approved the study Monday in partnership with Cobblestone Hotels, which has shown an interest in building in Farmington. The city first talked with representatives from Cobblestone in June at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference and John Seibert, Cobblestone's vice president of development, met with the city's economic development authority earlier this month.
While there are plenty of students out there who probably do not want to hear it, it's time to start getting ready for the start of a new school year. There is good news in both Farmington and Rosemount as the first day of classes approaches.
Science, having solved the rest of the worlds problems, now appears well on the way to telling us all what sounds we find most annoying. Surprisingly, not a single entry in the top 11 involves the assembled cast of all those Real Housewives shows. The work, according to a recent article from Mental Floss, is being done by British researcher Trevor Cox. Since 2007, he has been conducting an online project to gauge reactions to sounds that pierce eardrums, turn stomachs and generally wig us out.
Enrollment in Farmington Schools is ahead of projections and, maybe more significantly, ahead of where it was last year at this time. As of Aug. 12 the district had 3,396 students enrolled at the elementary level, 20 more than projected; 1,600 enrolled at the middle school level, 44 more than projected; and 1,891 enrolled at Farmington High School, 57 more than projected.
A Rosemount man who led Farmington police on a high-speed pursuit Aug. 6 had told dispatchers he planned to make officers kill him, according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office. Patrick Christopher Armstrong, 28, told police he was in his car and had a gun, a knife and a sword. He said he wanted four squad cars to respond. He also reportedly said he was a large man and would be combative.
A few weeks ago we wrote in this space about the benefits of making cities like Farmington and Rosemount friendlier to bikers. Encouraging people to bike around town rather than hop in the car every time they need to run an errand provides a natural form of exercise, and it allows people to better experience the city where they live. But there's more to making the streets bicycle-friendly than striping bike lanes. It also takes some cooperation between bikers and drivers.
As the fall sports season approaches members of the Farmington High School volleyball team are doing everything they can to prepare for action on the court. But they're also getting ready to do some good outside of the gym. On Aug. 19, the Tiger volleyball players plan to turn FHS into the site of a major community outreach project. The girls hope to pack 20,000 meals that day through Hope for the City, a Minnesota nonprofit that turns uses corporate surplus to provide meals to people in the community and around the world.
A 14-year-old Farmington boy was airlifted to Regions Hospital after being struck by a car on Highway 3 Tuesday afternoon. According to Minnesota State Patrol trooper Mike Gensmer, the 14-year-old...
Evan Gittus was going fast in the wrong direction when a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over June 15 in Empire Township. The deputy stopped Gittus, 20, of Eagan, shortly after 5 a.m. after clocking him going 91 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.