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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Sunday was a sad day in my house. There were no tears. It was nothing like that. But there I spent some time recalling good memories as I bid a final farewell to a friend who had been with me for most of this decade. Sunday was the day I had to say good by to a bicycle that had carried me through seven years and more than 15,000 miles. Don't look at me like that. It was emotional. It's not easy to give up something that's supported your rear end through so much, but earlier this year the bike's aluminum frame developed cracks.
A 32-year-old Brooklyn Park Man faces felony criminal sexual conduct charges after he reportedly had sex with an acquaintance while she slept at a Farmington home. Thoeun Nay was reportedly staying with a number of other people at a Farmington home last November when the incident occurred. Another individual who was staying at the house told police he woke in the middle of the night to find Nay, who he knew only as "B-Dog," having sex with the woman as she slept next to him on the living room floor.
Farmington High School students did worse than their peers statewide but better than the national average on this year's ACT test. FHS principal Ben Kusch presented results from the 2010 ACT at a school board meeting last week. The average ACT score at FHS this year was 21.8, compared to 22.9 statewide. FHS also trailed the state average in the percent of students meeting so-called benchmark scores in the subject areas covered by the test.
Two Farmington churches are doing what they can to bring neighbors together, one cool scoop at a time. Ever since the weather turned warm, Light of the World Church and Farmington Lutheran have teamed up for an event they call Ice Cream Summer. All summer long, the churches have encouraged their members to invite neighbors out to enjoy a frosty treat and spend a little time getting to know each other. The idea for Ice Cream Summer started at Light of the World.
Farmington residents appear to be happy with the parks and trails they have, but uninterested in paying more taxes to expand their options. The city's parks system got generally good marks on a resident survey conducted this summer. 74 percent of residents reported using the city's trail system and another 74 percent reported using neighborhood parks.
Dewatering work being done to allow the reconstruction of Walnut Street has been identified as the cause of cloudy water discovered earlier this summer in the Vermillion River. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the city of Farmington a Notice of Violation for nuisance conditions related to the discharge, which caused white clouds to form in an inlet in the Kuchera entrance of Rambling River Park.
The final morning of the Dakota County Fair dawned day and cool, an antidote to the preceding week of storms and humidity. There was almost a touch of chill in the strong breeze as my husband and I walked towards the front gate. Finally the perfect weather for the fair arrived. The first order of the day was food. Egg bake casserole and not-too-strong coffee from the Trinity Lutheran Church diner fit the bill. The long tables were covered with checkered plastic tablecloths. Kids cheerfully dug into stacks of pancakes while adults sipped coffee from foam cups.
Thanks to a two-day trip for meetings called by people higher up than me in the Farmington Independent's parent company, I spent Monday night in a hotel room in the outskirts of Fargo, N.D. Which, as you might guess, meant I had a lot of time to watch television in my room. This was no small thing. I gave up my cable television service last year, in part as a money-saving measure but even more because I realized I was paying more than $50 a month for programming that for the most part consisted of a mixture of confusing reality shows and reruns of Law and Order.
An early-morning argument after a night on the town landed a Farmington man in trouble with the law after he reportedly fired a shot into the air. 38-year-old Andy Klotter faces a felony charge of making terroristic threats as a result of the incident, which happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 13 in front of a Farmington home. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the fight happened as a sober driver was giving a group of people rides home following a night out.
In the world of bargain shopping there are sales, there are coupons and then there's the kind of mysterious retail magic Alison Hequet works every time she walks into a store. Heequet has a grocery budget of $40 a week that she uses to shop for a family of four. But the money goes a lot farther than that. The kitchen of her Farmington townhome is part storage pantry, part neighborhood grocery store. A neighbor looking to borrow a cup of sugar might go home with an entire bag. And maybe some spaghetti sauce to boot.