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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Coffee is great for the morning crowds, but Farmington's Dunn Bros. wants to offer something different for their customers who come out after the sun has gone down. The local coffee shop has applied to the Farmington City Council for licenses to sell beer and wine. The licenses were on the council agenda Tuesday night. The beer license was part of the council's consent agenda, a group of items approved with a single motion. There was a public hearing scheduled to discuss the wine license. Dunn Bros.
The Farmington School District has released an electronic version of the report into the behavior of board member Tim Burke. The PDF document is 628 pages and has been redacted to remove information protected by the data practices act. The school board voted in December to censure Burke after the report compiled by Minnetonka attorney James Martin found Burke had improperly disclosed information from closed meetings, shared information in violation of the data practices act and created an unpleasant working atmosphere for some district employees.
The dark brown liquid sitting in a jar in my spare bedroom looks a lot like beer. Pull out the stopper and it gives off a strong beery aroma in much the same way I imagine Mel Gibson might. And if my diluted, spoon-size sample can be believed it even tastes something like beer. Not good beer, necessarily, but beer. This particular glass bottle of mysterious liquid also has one of my unused jackets wrapped around it. I think there's a reason for that, though I'm not sure right now what it is.
This time last year, Tera Lee was happy serving as a regular volunteer at Farmington Elementary School. But concern about student-teacher ratios propelled her into the center of a summer-long debate over class sizes and led to a successful bid for the Farmington School Board in November. This week, Lee, the top finisher in November's election, took her seat on the board. We talked to her ahead of time to see what was on her mind. You've been involved in the schools for years now, right? Yeah.
For more than 90 years, St. Mathias School in Hampton has held true to its mission of offering a Christian, Catholic education for its students. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, that tradition will end. The school, located next to its namesake church in Hampton, will close. There are 22 students at the school. On Jan. 14, the Rev. John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, made the announcement that St. Mathias, St. Joseph's School in Red Wing and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis would close.
Amber Page doesn't remember much about last Saturday. When you find out one of your best friends has died, everything else starts to feel unimportant. Amanda Lynch, who Page met when they were sixth graders together at Farmington Middle School, was killed early Saturday morning when she lost control of her car on an icy I-494 near Maple Grove. According to reports from the Minnesota State Patrol, Lynch, 25, was northbound on 494 when she went through the median, rolled and was thrown from her car.
I'm an unabashed fan of the dollar store. I relish strange generic items in flimsy packaging. I am thrilled about buying headphones for my Walkman at the dollar store because I go through a pair or two a month. I have a habit of getting the headphone cord caught on stuff while I'm at the gym, like the handle of the treadmill, the seat of the stationary bike or my own elbow. There are cameras everywhere at my gym. In general, the cameras make me feel safe, but they also make me feel forlorn and embarrassed at my inability to coordinate my body movements when using a Walkman.
Today, it seems like everywhere you look there is hatred and cruelty. You take one look in a newspaper or online and you see headlines about all the bad in the world. I understand is near impossible for every single person to get along, but why do we choose to act out in violent ways? The only thing that comes from violence is more violence and because of that we get nowhere. Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center towers were attacked and fell in a matter of hours.
Myrtle Kelly knows what it's like to work hard. She grew up on a farm near Elko with three brothers and a sister. There were cows and pigs and chickens to care for, and everybody had a job to do. There were 30 to 35 cows that needed milking, and there were no milking machines to help do the work. "I didn't enjoy it, but it had to be done," said Kelly, who has lived the past three years at the Trinity Terrace senior apartments in Farmington. "I milked six or seven cows, morning and night." When she wasn't working on the farm, Kelly attended school.
Farmington School District superintendent Brad Meeks did not meet all of the goals the school board set for him last year, but he met enough to earn most of his performance-based bonus. On Monday, school board member Julie McKnight read a summary of Meeks' performance evaluation. Meeks fell short of goals for improving math and reading scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test and met goals on improving RIT scores and updating the district's facilities plan. He also met goals for implementing the district's communication goals.