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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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.
The way Shelly Connors sees it, she was born to be a massage therapist. It just took a while before she got around to doing it professionally. Connors has loved giving massages for as long as she can remember. Even when she was a little girl, long before she knew a Swedish massage from a deep-tissue treatment, she loved giving back rubs and neck rubs. She liked helping people feel better. Relieve stress. "I see someone sitting there and I've gotta rub their back," said Connor, who in June opened Sweet Serenity Massage in downtown's Farmington Barber and Beauty.
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.