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's population is bigger, older and at least a little bit more diverse than it was 10 years ago according to 2010 Census data released last week. The numbers released last week will help city leaders make decisions about development and marketing over the next decade. The 2010 Census pegged Farmington's population at 21,086, a 70.5 percent increase from the 2000 population of 12,365. According to census numbers Farmington is currently the seventh largest city in Dakota County. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been around Farmington for a while.
The local Grow Farmington effort is yielding some growth of a very literal sort. The city-business partnership aimed at breathing new life into the city's business community has so far involved a lot of theorizing and conceptual thinking, but it's led to at least one concrete project. The group is organizing the return of hanging flower baskets to downtown light poles.
Three concept plans presented last week offer a glimpse at what the future might hold for a more than 400-acre regional park planned for Empire Township. The plans, presented to Dakota County's physical development committee, offer visions of a park with typical amenities like hiking trails, picnic grounds and camping areas, but also with unique features like extensive wetland areas and something called an agboretum that could present opportunities for education on farming and plots for community gardeners. The concept plans, developed with consultant Sanders, Wacker, Bergly Inc., are the la
The Farmington School Board has rejected, at least for now, the idea of making cuts at the top of the district's teaching and learning department. At a special budget workshop Monday night board members expressed support for approximately $1.9 million in budget adjustments, including more than $1.8 million in cuts, for the 2011-12 school year.
About this time next year, the City of Hampton will be getting started with a major road reconstruction project. Construction will cover less than half a mile of the city's downtown streets, but those streets will be rebuilt entirely - with new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, parking, water and sanitary sewer mains and storm sewers.
What does TDN stand for in nutrition? What are the six nutrients important for life? What are the gaits of a horse? These questions - and a whole lot more - were fielded by 4-H youth Saturday, when they put their knowledge to the test for a shot at competing in the State 4-H Project Bowl. The regional competition, one of four held across the state, was held at Hastings High School. Project Bowls put youth in a race to be the first to correctly answer a question about a particular subject area. They compete in teams, with three to six people per team.
There are only a few sporting events events powerful enough to bring people together on a national or even a global scale. The summer Olympics unite us in our love of competition on the world stage. The winter Olympics unite us in wondering whether biathlon really counts as a sport and waiting in for the Olympics that has events the United States can win.
Linda Goers, the Farmington School District's human resources director, has resigned from her position. School board chair Tera Lee said she was informed this week Goers planned to take a position in the St. Paul School District. Goers is senior staff member in the school district to resign in recent weeks. Superintendent Brad Meeks announced his resignation Feb. 28 after reaching an agreement with the school board. He could continue as transition superintendent until Aug. 31 if he does not find another job.
The Farmington School Board is prepared to take its time as it looks for a replacement for departing superintendent Brad Meeks. Board members agreed at a workshop meeting Monday to look for a long-term interim leader and to develop some expectations for the position before hiring a full-time superintendent. Board members would aim to have a new superintendent in place by July of 2012. Meeks, who agreed Feb. 28 to resign from the position he has held since 2003, will stay with the district as a transition superintendent until Aug. 31, 2011 unless he finds another job before that date.
There have been a few small nibbles, but no King-size bites at the vacant Farmington building that for more than 10 years was home to a Burger King restaurant. Josh Huemphner, a broker representing the building's owners, said he's approached as many people and business as he can think of. He has two or three sit-down, casual restaurants that have been "mildly interested," but so far nobody has started talking seriously about leases. There are a few challenges associated with renting the building, including the cost.