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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Dewatering work being done to allow the reconstruction of Walnut Street has been identified as the cause of cloudy water discovered earlier this summer in the Vermillion River. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the city of Farmington a Notice of Violation for nuisance conditions related to the discharge, which caused white clouds to form in an inlet in the Kuchera entrance of Rambling River Park.
The final morning of the Dakota County Fair dawned day and cool, an antidote to the preceding week of storms and humidity. There was almost a touch of chill in the strong breeze as my husband and I walked towards the front gate. Finally the perfect weather for the fair arrived. The first order of the day was food. Egg bake casserole and not-too-strong coffee from the Trinity Lutheran Church diner fit the bill. The long tables were covered with checkered plastic tablecloths. Kids cheerfully dug into stacks of pancakes while adults sipped coffee from foam cups.
Thanks to a two-day trip for meetings called by people higher up than me in the Farmington Independent's parent company, I spent Monday night in a hotel room in the outskirts of Fargo, N.D. Which, as you might guess, meant I had a lot of time to watch television in my room. This was no small thing. I gave up my cable television service last year, in part as a money-saving measure but even more because I realized I was paying more than $50 a month for programming that for the most part consisted of a mixture of confusing reality shows and reruns of Law and Order.
An early-morning argument after a night on the town landed a Farmington man in trouble with the law after he reportedly fired a shot into the air. 38-year-old Andy Klotter faces a felony charge of making terroristic threats as a result of the incident, which happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 13 in front of a Farmington home. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the fight happened as a sober driver was giving a group of people rides home following a night out.
In the world of bargain shopping there are sales, there are coupons and then there's the kind of mysterious retail magic Alison Hequet works every time she walks into a store. Heequet has a grocery budget of $40 a week that she uses to shop for a family of four. But the money goes a lot farther than that. The kitchen of her Farmington townhome is part storage pantry, part neighborhood grocery store. A neighbor looking to borrow a cup of sugar might go home with an entire bag. And maybe some spaghetti sauce to boot.
In a matter of days, District 192 School Board chair Bob Heman went from board candidate to former board member. Heman, who served 11 years on the board in two separate periods, announced plans last week to resign from the board.
Dakota County may soon take sole ownership of the Lake Byllesby Dam and attached hydroelectric power facility located on the shared county border in Cannon Falls. More financial information is expected to presented during the county's 2011 budget talks this fall. For years, Dakota County and Goodhue County have owned the dam with Dakota County possessing 60 percent ownership and Goodhue County 40 percent ownership. The counties have shared the responsibilities, costs and hydropower power revenues associated with maintaining the dam and facility.
Between the two of them, David Hartnett and Kirk Zeaman figure they have everything they need to run a successful coffee shop. Hartnett is the creative one. Zeaman, who has a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota, knows the ins and outs and running a business. Hartnett drinks coffee. Zeaman prefers the other drinks on the menu.
A 34-year-old Farmington woman faces a felony drug charge after Farmington police and agents from the Dakota County Drug Task Force found evidence of drug use in her home. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office police found methamphetamine residue multiple places in the home of Jennifer Ann Glander when they executed a search warrant Sept. 11. According to the complaint police were handcuffing Glander and another man found in the home when Glander reportedly used her foot to wipe off a glass coffee table.
For the second consecutive election District 192 voters will have seven candidates to choose among. In the final week of the district's election filing period Ron Groves Rebecca Keeler and Tera Lee joined Carol Kappes, Melissa Sauser, Brian Treakle and Veronica Walter on the ballot. The filing period ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bob Heman initially filed for re-election but later withdrew and resigned from the board. That leaves Walter as the only incumbent on the ballot. John Kampf, the other candidate up for election this fall, did not file.