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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This is a big time of year in the flower business. Valentine's Day means business -- lots of it. And for florists like Vida Raine, co-owner of Farmington's Buds and Bytes, that means long days and sore muscles. We talked with Vida last week to find out what things are like on one of the most hectic days of the year for petal pushers. Is it safe to assume that this is the biggest time of year for you? This is not the biggest floral holiday.
The Farmington School Board has a light agenda on Valentine's Day. When it meets at 6:30 tonight at Boeckman Middle School the board will vote on the sale of general obligation aid anticipation certificates the district could use to pay its bills while waiting for delayed state funding. The state of Minnesota delayed some of its payments to school districts to help balance its own budgets. The districts will get the money eventually, but the bond sale will allow it to have cash on hand in the meantime.
Although the Super Bowl was almost a week ago, most of us are still talking about it in some way, shape or form. Whether you cared about football was irrelevant because either way you probably ended up watching, either for the actual game or the commercials. No matter how you spent that night, it either tears apart the room or brings it together. The Super Bowl is the biggest football game and the television broadcast of the year, enough said. Living in Minnesota for most of my life I can't bring myself to cheer for the Packers for any reason, especially in the Super Bowl.
Through 103 years, a Great Depression and at least six wars, music has been a nearly constant presence in Ernest Johnson's life. Johnson, who will celebrate his 104th birthday May 6, was born in 1907 in Murdock, a tiny town about 120 miles west of the Twin Cities on Highway 12. He grew up with six brothers. Johnson started playing the banjo and ukelele in 1923, and as long as he was physically able, he continued to play. "I always liked music," said Johnson, who lives these days at Trinity Care Center in Farmington. "I was in all the music groups in high school.
I found Nathan Hansen's recent Independent column on the "mom cave" concept intriguing. I also found the article in that edition about beet juice being used as ice melt fascinating, but I digress. In case you didn't get a chance to read Nathan's article, mom caves are mini-sanctuaries where women go to nurture themselves. Unlike man caves, there are no pool tables, neon beer signs or paintings of pheasants. Instead there are bookshelves, alpaca throws, framed photos and scented candles. I might have been onto this whole cave trend before I even knew it.
Another edition of the Super Bowl has come and gone, which means millions of Americans can get back to normal behavior like not caring about large men running into each other and leaving the room whenever commercials come on. It also means that for the foreseeable future Minnesotans will be unable to escape a legion of smug Packer fans. Offices statewide were no doubt flooded Monday by giddy sports fans dressed in green and gold and suffering the effects of the kind of hangover only brought on by a night of overindulging in cheap beer and processed meat products.
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.