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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Farmington residents familiar with the FHS class of 2007 might notice a familiar face when they drive north on Interstate 35 near Elko. For the next few weeks, at least, they might see FHS graduate Jordan Weinand smiling down at them, larger than life, from a billboard advertising St. Cloud State University. Weinand, who graduated from St. Cloud State last month, is on one of a series of billboards celebrating successful Husky alumni. Other billboards in the St.
Last winter I ended up with a new office mate at work. Let me tell you the story of this fateful relationship. Late one night I was alone in my office, working with only the light of my monitor and desk lamp. The radio played softly on the window ledge beside my desk. The snow outside my window glittered in the moonlight. The bare trees threw spiny shadows across the snow banks. I was engrossed in my work, tapping away at the keyboard. Then I heard a clunk. I turned off the radio. I heard another clunk, followed by a scraping. An icy finger traced the length of my spine.
A 40-year-old Farmington man will spend a year and a day in jail for growing and harvesting more than 400 marijuana plants in Elk River Township. David Minh Phan, 40, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank. Phan was indicted along with one other man last October on one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Both men pleaded guilty Jan. 4. According to the United States Attorney's office both men admitted in their plea agreements that they worked together to plant, grow and harvest marijuana on the land in Todd County.
If everything goes according to plan, Farmington residents can expect to see a long line of similar-looking cars hitting the roads around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The cars, ideally 250 or more Dodge Challengers built between 2008 and today, will be part of an attempt to set a world record at this weekend's Mopars in the Park car show. And they'll make up only a small part of the modern and classic muscle cars expected to visit the Dakota County Fairgrounds over the two days of the show.
A plan for a new interchange ramp at the intersection of highways 52 and 47 is causing concern among some businesses in the city. The Hampton City Council approved the plans in April. In agreeing with Mn/DOTs plans, the city is looking into the future, mayor Paye Flomo said. He said the ramps would help direct traffic into the city, which would help local businesses, and that new access points will appeal to developers, which would in turn add to the city's tax base. But not everyone is convinced. "I think it could put us out of business," said Renee Rhoads.
According to Farmington police, Matthew Hartley's April 23 started with breaking into an ex's house and punching her new boyfriend and ended with the 28-year-old in police custody. In between, police say, he fled from a police officer, crashed his Jeep through a fence and called his ex to report he was laying in a ditch and bleeding before ultimately turning himself over to police.
Pat Garofalo worked late into the night Monday, but the Minnesota Representative and the rest of the state's legislators went home with a job still not done. Garofalo still didn't know Tuesday morning when governor Mark Dayton would call the Legislature back for a special session to work out a budget deal, but he doesn't expect an easy solution. "There's a lot of work to do," Garofalo said. "I think right now we're about $1.8 billion apart.
Farmington School District officials hope a revision of the district's wellness policy will create what district nurse Gail Setterstrom called a "culture change" when it comes to healthful eating in Farmington schools. The new policy, discussed by school board members for the first time Monday, is a complete rewrite of the district's policy.
As we start our countdown to the end of the year I can't help but think about what is to come in the fall. School will still be school. Nothing can change that. But things will probably seem to go much longer. We will still have our five class hours every day, but instead of going to advisory its looks like we will go straight to third hour. I have a problem with that. Advisory is like our kickback time. It's those 20 minutes after our first two periods that lets us just chill out. Its our, "Oops I should probably do my homework" time. Or, possibly, "I should study for my next final" time.
If there was a consistent message in a Monday night forum to discuss the search for a new Farmington superintendent, it seemed to be this: Farmington schools are good. Now find someone who can keep them that way. Monday night's meeting was the first of two designed to let district residents give input to search consultant Ken LaCroix. The second is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boeckman Middle School.