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 school begins this week we can only hope to accomplish or even exceed the expectations of last year, both academically and, for many, athletically. We push ourselves even more because we must move forward or get left behind. We will be learning more difficult subjects and will need to study harder, longer and more efficiently. For athletes, it's running faster, practicing longer and pushing ourselves to the edge. It's so we will make the grade and make ourselves, as well as our families, proud.
There has been a great flurry of activity around Farmington in recent weeks as people made a mad dash to squeeze the last bit of sun-soaked goodness out of the waning days of summer vacation. They swam and played and took trips, all knowing the specter of buying school supplies loomed all too close. Knowing that soon enough they would find themselves trying to remember the names of people they hadn't thought of in three months and wondering just how they would handle all of the homework that would soon fill their nights. And that was just the teachers.
Ask Albert Roberts about his life and he starts at the beginning. "It all started 1926," he said, settling into a chair in his room at Trinity Care Center. "January 29." It wasn't an auspicious beginning. His father was expecting an Alberta, not an Albert. "He wanted a girl, so he tried again and got my brother," Roberts said. "Then he finally got my sister." Roberts grew up in Springfield and attended school through eighth grade. That's when his parents made it clear he could either learn a trade or strike out on his own. So, Roberts became an electrician.
The first day of school creates a mix of emotion for students across the country, a jumble of excitement and anxiety for new experiences and disappointment in the end of summer vacation. The feelings are much the same for the teachers who welcomed those students into their classrooms on Tuesday. Jennifer Snobeck is one of those teachers. Snobeck is in her first year teaching math in at Farmington High School, but she's plenty familiar with the back-to-school feelings teachers experience this time of year.
A new labyrinth at Farmington's Episcopal Church of the Advent invites community members to walk a twisting, turning path as a form of meditation, prayer and self-reflection. The road to getting the paving-stone path built had plenty of twists of its own. The labyrinth, conceived as an outreach project for the 60-member church, has taken more than five years to reach its current state. There have been discussions about the proper placement of the labyrinth, and about funding.
Dakota County is still putting together its plan for the future of the Vermillion River corridor, but a draft released recently makes one thing clear: The county doesn't plan to do anything alone. The first of the guiding principles listed in the 101-page draft plan states that protecting the Vermillion is "everybody's responsibility today and for tomorrow's generations." So, while the county plans to do what it can with new rules for development and has money to make some projects possible, it also will count on participation from land owners who are willing to play a part. The county's d
Class sizes were the topic of a lot of debate over the summer in Farmington, but when the students hit the desks Tuesday things looked much the same as they have on any other recent opening day. The district added second grade teachers at North Trail, Farmington and Meadowview elementary schools in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's first day of school and added staff at Akin Road and Riverview elementaries that those schools will use to address specific needs.
Dakota County librarians have to know a little bit about a lot of subjects, but we're about to find out just how well they know their LOLs from their TTYLs. Starting Sept. 7, Dakota County libraries will accept questions from the public via text message. The new system joins a growing list of technology-enabled methods for getting questions answered.
There is a giant puzzle, not quite finished, on a table in the offices of Marshall Lines. It is a fitting analogy for what life is like these days at the company, which provides bus service for the Farmington School District. With just a week to go before the start of school, the company is putting the finishing touches on the routes that will get students to school and home for the next nine months. This is the 11th year Tom Severson has been in charge of making sure everything comes together in Farmington.
Dakota County drivers got a lesson this week in the importance of giving police officers their space on the side of the road. On Tuesday, police officers from around the county gathered along Highway 52 for a day of enforcement to remind motorists of state laws that require drivers to slow down and move over a lane when they pass an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road. Aug.