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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Last week the Internet connection went AWOL at my house. Thank you, Qwest, for accidentally cutting a fiber optic line. I had to leave a voicemail for a director at work explaining why I couldn't log into the company system to run a report. I felt like a kid sheepishly telling the teacher my dog ate my homework. Thankfully the Farmington Independent ran a story on the Internet outage, so now I have a piece of paper to back up my excuse.
The Dakota County Sheriff's office has arrested a 30-year-old Minneapolis man in connection with a pair of robberies that took place early Tuesday morning along Highway 52. Sheriff's deputies arrested Abdirahman Hassan Samatar in Minneapolis on Wednesday with help from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minneapolis Police Department. The first robbery took place at 5:52 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Pump. The suspect told the clerk he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
More attorneys have weighed in on the First Judicial District election, with the vast majority throwing their support behind Larry Clark. According to a press release from the Dakota County Bar Association, the organization conducted a plebiscite among its 168 members. Of the 98 who responded, association members supported Larry Clark over incumbent Timothy Blakely 85-7. The polling represents the second known plebiscite issued in the race.
For years there has been no food service operation at the Dakota County Government Center campus in Hastings. But that could soon change, thanks to a recently approved joint powers agreements between Dakota County and Intermediate School District 917. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved that agreement at its regular meeting this week.
Farmington police are investigating claims from two former students at Christian Life School that they were touched inappropriately by a teacher when they attended the school. Police received a report from one student Oct. 11 that the teacher, who currently teaches fifth and sixth grade, had inappropriate contact with her. Police heard from the second student, also female, after news of the investigation was made public.
Last week's column titled "A week filled with traditions" offered a student perspective of the traditions of homecoming. I commend Ms. Seitzinger for her thoughtful articulation of her insights in regards to events that occur outside of the school environment and are perceived as regular and/or characteristic occurrences during homecoming week. However, phone calls from concerned parents and/or community members that are latest victim of vandalism (as that is what the actions described in last week's article are) would suggest that the adults and parents in the community do care.
A 62-year-old Lakeville man was killed and his wife was seriously injured in an accident Saturday afternoon on Cedar Avenue south of Lakeville. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's department Ricky Dean Ball and his wife, Nancy, were riding separate motorcycles southbound on Cedar Avenue, south of 230th Street, when a northbound car trying to turn into a private driveway pulled into their path.
The Farmington School District wants to be your new health club. The district's community education department announced plans Monday to launch Tiger Health Hub, a fitness program that will give the public access to facilities like the fitness center, gym and walking track at Farmington High School and the pool at Levi Dodge Middle School. "We have a lot of fine buildings in the district that we try to make available to the public as much as possible," superintendent Brad Meeks said Monday. Meeks said district employees heard a lot of questions as they gave tours of the new high school abou
Part of the banquet room at Farmington's Rambling River Center was lined with tables on Monday morning, each loaded with a growing collection of towels, board games books and other items donated in anticipation of next weekend's garage sale. There was more to come, but, well, was no room just yet. The seniors still needed the room for line dancing. This is a busy month at Rambling River Center, the city's senior center. The garage sale will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 16. There will be a waffle breakfast Oct. 24.
The topic of money came up in several forms at last week's Farmington School Board candidate forum. Five of the seven candidates in this fall's election answered questions about being fiscally responsible, whether they would support bringing an operating levy to voters and whether the district has too many administrators, among other questions. Ron Groves and Rebecca Keeler did not attend the Oct.