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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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.
ST. PAUL -- The smiles seen on Jan. 4, opening day of the 2011 legislative session, became frowns by Monday as Minnesota's 201 lawmakers headed home with no idea when they will wrap up their primary job: writing a two-year budget. The House adjourned at 11:59 p.m. Monday, 16 minutes after the Senate. While lawmakers will come back next year for a regular session, they will need a special session to pass a budget. Republicans who run the Legislature said they did their part before the Monday night constitutional adjournment date.
Farmington residents will have an opportunity next week to have their say on the qualities they'd like to see in the Farmington School District's next superintendent. Search consultant Ken LaCroix will hold a pair of community forums at 5:30 p.m. May 23 and 6:30 p.m. May 24 at Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.
I own two cuddly dogs. One is quite small and the other a medium size. The smaller one is nearing the end of the circle of life. He has chronic kidney disease. At this point the kidney disease seems to be bothering my husband and me more than the dog. The dog requires frequent trips outside in the middle of the night, which is somewhat inconvenient for us, as neither of us is a vampire. On the other hand, the dog seems to enjoy his midnight romps, taking extra time to sniff the bushes and water the lamppost in front of the house.
A partnership with local Boy Scouts has yielded some very positive results for Trinity Care Center and its residents. In recent years the care center and the adjoining Trinity Terrace senior apartment complex have become the go-to location for several local Scouts looking to complete their Eagle projects. The most recent project involved the construction of six large stone planters on a patio. A group of Scouts worked in the rain on Saturday to complete the project. There were 340 large landscaping stones in the planters, plus 131 capstones.
The beans are back this weekend in Farmington, and they're bringing some fun times with them. The Farmington Business Association will hold the second annual Minnesota Soybean Festival all day Saturday, with some events spilling into Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This year's event will feature food, a parade, games for kids and music from noon until after 11 p.m. Five of the 12 bands on the schedule are returning from last year's event. "We tried to really get a collection of artists from all over the state," said event organizer Vida Raine.
Jack Olwell knows the scores don't suggest it, but the Farmington High School tennis coach believes he has a better team right now than he had this time a year ago. There's only one senior on the team, and Olwell has several talented young players who in some cases are relatively new to the sport. He sees them improving, even if that improvement hasn't resulted in many wins. "We have added some good athletes who, despite having to pay the necessary dues that come with taking up a new, unfamiliar sport, have been enjoying the game," Olwell said this week.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a robbery that took place the morning of May 13 at Merchant's Bank in Hampton. The robbery of the former Hampton State Bank occurred at approximately at 9:45 a.m., according to Mark Metzler, the media and communications officer for Merchants Bank. "We are thankful that our staff on duty at the time were uninjured.
After 23 years of calling the Farmington School District home, Akin Road Elementary School principal Karen Bergman is moving on. Bergman has accepted a job as principal of Countryside Elementary School in Edina. It's not likely to be an easy transition. Bergman started in Farmington as a fifth grade teacher when Akin Road opened. She moved from there to the district's curriculum office for five years, then took over as principal at Meadowview Elementary School when that school opened. She moved back to ARES four years ago. "This has been my home for so many years," she said.