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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A group of Farmington pastors wants to help bring the city closer together. For the past two years pastors from The River Church, Faith United Methodist, Bible Baptist, New Heights Christian Fellowship and Middle Creek Vineyard Church have been gathering under the name Farmington Area Christian Evangelicals. They have made the rounds at Farmington businesses to offer prayers. They have prayed for city leaders and at Farmington schools.
The Farmington School Board made a decision Monday they hope will serve as a clear warning to board member Tim Burke that behavior identified as inappropriate in a report by an outside investigator will not be tolerated. It could even result in legal action. Board members voted 4-2 to censure Burke, disavow his actions and refer information in the thick report to the Dakota County Attorney's office for possible criminal charges. The decision came after attorney Mick Waldspurger summarized a report compiled over the last month by Minnetonka attorney James Martin.
Tucked into a back room at Farmington's Rambling River Center, a group of men is busy reliving their childhood on a scale that was never possible when they were younger. The Rambling River Center, Farmington's senior center, has hosted a model train club for four or five years -- its founding members aren't exactly sure -- but the center's move to a larger space last year means the club finally has some room to spread out. They're taking full advantage. On plywood platforms in a space once occupied by the city's police department club members are building their own miniature world.
The Farmington School Board is scheduled to hear a report tonight on the conduct of board member Tim Burke. The report, which looks into whether Burke violated the board's code of conduct with requests for information from district employees and behavior some board members have described as bullying, is one of several items on the agenda for tonight's board meeting. The district hired Minnetonka attorney James Martin in early November to conduct the investigation. Depending on what the board hears it could censure Burke or even remove him from the board.
Relatives of three family members killed in an auto accident last December will gather Sunday to mark the anniversary of the incident. Alexis Iverson-Ferkuhl, an 8-year-old student at Meadowview Elementary School, was killed in the Dec, 12, 2009, accident along with her aunt, 34-year-old Debra Buhmann, and her grandmother, 71-year-old Shirley Iverson. Family members will hold a vigil at 6:30 p.m.
Every year, Dakota County's office of planning and management compiles a document it calls its Community Indicators Report, a collection of facts and figures that quantifies everything from population growth to the health of the county's waters.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will not go west. Meeks was not chosen Monday to take the top job in the Grand Island, Neb., School District. The Grand Island Independent reported Tuesday morning that Salina, Kan. superintendent Rob Winter will be superintendent in the central Nebraska district, assuming the board and Winter can reach agreement on a contract.
As I write this the weather is a balmy 40 degrees in Farmington. Outside my front window rivulets of water are streaming down from the snow bank on the roof of my van, crisscrossing through the grime on the windshield. The gas-heated fireplace glows cheerily in my living room. The dog is curled up on an old blanket near it, his tail tucked under his nose. I've already completed the holiday shopping.
At the moment, it takes a certain amount of faith to see the dental clinic taking shape in a former bank space on Pilot Knob Road. Tim and Kathy Brooks hope to open the new Smiles for Life clinic before the end of the year, but at the moment it looks more like a demolition site than a dental office. "It's been totally gutted," said Kathy Brooks, who will serve as hygienist while her husband serves as dentist at the new clinic. "The floor's not even in, because they had to reroute all the plumbing." They have confidence, though.
There are many ways to look at a busy highway. You could view it as a source of frustration. As an obstacle to be endured as the price of getting somewhere else. Like the line at a stadium bathroom, or the handsy TSA agent at an airport. You could see it as a marvel of technology, a smooth ribbon of blacktop carrying thousands of gleaming, speeding vehicles that would have seemed like science fiction 50 years ago.