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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Bit by bit, Jeff and Stacy Schlichter are watching a dream take shape around them. The Farmington couple is in the process of turning a long-vacant storefront in a Farmington strip mall into Blondie's, the restaurant that will serve as a next step in long food-service careers for both. Stacy Schlichter has worked in food service for more than 20 years, including 15 at Boston Market. Her husband got into the industry at the age of 15 when he started scrubbing pots and pans at St. Olaf University in Northfield.
An incident that started with a fire and included a confrontation between police and a man on a front-end loader has led to felony drug charges against a 63-year-old Farmington man. Police responded the fire report Jan. 24 and found an individual driving heavy equipment in the area of the pole barn that was burning. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office police told the man they could not fight the fire until he stopped the equipment. But the man continued to drive around, flipping and dragging burning items.
From bulky agendas to angry parents, would be members of the District 192 School Board got a sneak peek last month at what they might be getting themselves into. The district's community education department offered two sessions in April to introduce potential candidates to what it means to be a school board member.
I'm not sure if it's the early spring, the fact it's nearly 1 a.m. or the fact I keep hearing stories about Catholic priests in the news lately, but I'm in a bit of a confessional mood this week. Bless me, Farmington, for I have been a bad biker. OK, maybe that's a little bit strong. I haven't been bad. Just inconsistent. I've made bike-related promises I haven't kept. OK, not promises. More like one promise. And it was really more of a pledge.
Steve Quist has talked for years about running for office, but when he did he always imagined his campaign taking place in some vaguely defined future election. When his kids were older. When he had more time.
If last year was about making the Prairie Home Carriage Festival work, then this year is about making it grow. For the second year of the festival, which features old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriages, lots of horses and people in period-appropriate clothing, events are expanding from one day to two and there will be a whole lot more going on. This year's festival, scheduled to take place May 1 and 2 at Dakota City Heritage Village, will offer classes in driving carriages, parades and displays.
Most springs, Barry Padelford tills gardens in exchange for beer. This year, he wants to till in service of his country. Padelford, a Farmington resident, is offering his tilling service this May to any military family who could use a little help getting their garden ready for growing season. He calls the effort Tilling for the Troops. "He wanted to do this just to say thank you for serving your country," said Barry's wife, Donna.
Independent School District 192 is trying to get a better picture of why parents who live in the district choose not to send their children to district schools. According to a recently released demographic study the district had 535 resident students enrolled in public schools outside of District 192 in the 2008-09 school year. That includes 91 students who attend classes in Intermediate School District 917. There were 150 local students who were enrolled in non-public schools or who were home schooled. The district conducted a parent listening session Feb.
Superintendent Brad Meeks is staying put in Farmington, at least for now. The Iowa City Community School District announced Tuesday that it will hire Wausau, Wis., superintendent Steve Murley as its next superintendent. Meeks was one of three finalists to receive a second interview for the job, along with Elk River superintendent Mark Bezek. The Iowa City board came away from a 2 1/2-hour closed meeting Sunday without a final decision on its new superintendent, but board president Patty Fields said Monday she was happy with the quality of all three finalists.
Earlier this week Farmington's Faith United Methodist Church sent several of its members on a mission trip to Haiti. On April 30 the church will bring a taste of Haiti to Farmington. The church will will play host to a concert by the Union Brothers Singers, a group of Haitian-born musicians who perform a capella music in English, French and Creole. Money raised at the concert will go to support people in Fermate, Haiti, the singers' hometown. Pastor Kevin Fox said the idea for the concert started with church member Jeff Turner, who has been on several mission trips to Haiti.