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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While Gracie Norlin was having surgery to remove a tumor from her kidney June 3, her former pre-school classmates were sending their good wishes into the air borne by colorful balloons. Gracie went to the doctor May 28 because she'd been running a fever and strep throat had been running through Riverview Elementary School, where she recently finished kindergarten. A test for strep came back positive, but the examination also turned up evidence of a mass on her left kidney. It turned out to be a Wilms tumor, a rare form of cancer.
The members of Farmington's Hope Lutheran Church will use an afternoon of fun in the park to fuel their drive towards a new church building, but mostly they just want everyone to have a good time. Community Hope in the Park, which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. June 13 at Rambling River Park, will feature free barbecue, a performance by a magician and a raffle for prizes that include Twins and Gophers tickets, a $100 savings bond and Farmington sports apparel.
A 32-year-old Faribault man has been charged with driving drunk and without a license with an 11-year-old child in the car. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped Bruce Don Degroot around 9 p.m. May 30 after noticing him weaving in his lane and driving without a seatbelt on 170th Street West in Castle Rock Township. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office the deputy saw Degoot put his seatbelt on before he pulled over. He also reportedly noticed Degroot reaching behind the front passenger seat.
It seems like only yesterday we Minnesotans were complaining about weather that was unseasonably cold and gloomy. Where, we wondered, was the spring we were promised.
The day of the Soybean Festival dawned grey and heavy. The thick air warned of thunderstorms. The night before, oblivious to the impending weather, I made plans for a full outdoor Saturday. I intended to hit the Soybean Festival, then meet friends for the Scottish Festival at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. On Saturday morning I pulled a brush through my tangled hair in front of the bathroom mirror. I kept an ear on the radio for weather news. I tugged once more with the brush and then the storm broke. Outside my window the leaden sky burst in a spectacular way.
Traffic was slowed on Flagstaff Avenue but it does not appear there were any life-threatening injuries in a collision between a car and a motorcycle early Monday evening. According to Farmington police the motorcycle was southbound on Flagstaff around 5:20 p.m. when an eastbound car pulled out from 200th Street. The motorcycle hit the front right quarter panel of the car the rider was thrown through the air. It does not appear the driver of the car came to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Nash Bridges, the Green Hornet, the Dukes of Hazzard and Christine, the nightmarish vehicle dreamed up by Stephen King are coming to Farmington this weekend. Well, the shows' and movies' cars are anyways. The Mopars cars (a type of car built with parts created by the Chrysler Group) that were featured in each movie or TV show will all be gathered at the Dakota County fairgrounds during the 26th annual Mopars in the Park car show June 5 and 6. Mopars in the Park is put on by Midwest Mopars, a non-profit car enthusiast club that's turned a small Mopar gathering into a national event.
25 years ago From the June 5, 1985 edition of the Farmington Independent Farmington class of '85 graduates Graduating seniors took part last Friday night in a solemn ceremony that was punctuated by roars of applause, solemn speeches, and a vaudeville-like class speech. Some 122 seniors participated in the commencement exercises of the 102nd graduating class of Farmington High. A nearly packed gymnasium heard remarks from Superintendent Robert Boeckman, musical selections from the Band and Senior Choir members, and a ruminative address by former Governor Albert H.
Fingers were flying May 27 at the Farmington VFW. Seated at long rows of tables in the club's back room, five women were busy wrapping the wire stems of VFW and American Legion poppies around evergreen branches. They spent hours creating the wreaths, decorations that many will never notice. They do it out of a sense of duty. They do it because they like getting together with women they might not otherwise see all that often.
Police officers from Farmington and Rosemount and deputies from the Dakota County Sheriff's office will team up June 2 to crack down on people who don't follow the rules around railroad tracks. The three departments will cooperate in a saturation effort aimed at people who drive around railroad stop arms or trespass along the tracks.