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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For more than 20 years Farmington's Ramble and Amble has been a successful fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. But the Ramble is about to become a Relay. Later this month the American Cancer Society will hold its first Farmington Relay for Life. The Ramble and Amble, which asked participants to spend a few hours walking laps around the paths at Dakota City Heritage Village, brought in $32,000 last year. But for Julie Fernandes, the event never seemed big enough. Fernandes, whose mother died of cancer 15 years ago, lives in Farmington.
In the end, District 192 School Board members offered thanks but no changes to parents who had raised concerns about projected class sizes. The school board voted 5-1 Monday to approve a preliminary budget unchanged from the one they were set to vote on in May.
As of July 1, Dakota County will have a new commercial automobile insurance company: Travelers Insurance. The current insurance carrier, One Beacon Insurance, already had already notice of non-renewal prior to expiration of the current policy. The nonrenewal was based on an unfavorable loss history and a lack of supporting lines of insurance (crime or property). Dakota County will pay Travelers Insurance a yearly premium of $169,098, a 4.6 percent increase compared to the last policy year.
The Farmington School District is not trying to sell you any books. According to the district there have been reports recently of of college-age students going door-to-door in Farmington neighborhoods suggesting a list of books they claim are recommended by Farmington teachers. But the district announced Monday it is not affiliated with any door-to-door sales of educational materials. The solicitation attempts have been reported to the Farmington Police Department.
The fifth project application round for the Farmland and Natural Areas Program moved closer to completion this week. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the spending of $2,798,938 of FNAP funds to acquire permanent easements on 12 properties. The properties total 1,325 acres. The agricultural easements include properties owned by Lewellyn and Bernadette Stoffel, 178 acres, Vermillion; Dolores Gergen, 199 acres, Hampton; Jerold and Karen Otte, 139 acres, Hampton; and Marian Frandrup and Arthur Frandrup Estates, 120 acres, Hampton.
From time to time I like to write about riding my bike. It's possible you've noticed. Usually when I do this it's to talk about the difficulty of some upcoming ride I have foolishly planned. This is a common tactic in sporting activities. It's like the football coach who talks up an inferior opponent to keep his team from becoming complacent. For example: "We definitely can't look past next weekend's game against the Gophers.
The 2010 Community Indicators Report shows that while the county growth continues to be slow, Dakota County remains the state's third-most populated county. There are more than 390,000 people living in Dakota County. Representatives of the Dakota County Office of Planning and Analysis, Heidi Weisch and Debra Miller, presented highlights of this year's reports at Tuesday's Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting.
A Hampton father and son, Thomas Herbert Eilen, 56, and Jonathan Peter Eilen, 24, have each been charged with obstructing legal process in connection with their actions at a fire May 23 on their Hampton property. Thomas Eilen has also been charged with assault in the fourth degree after he allegedly struck a Dakota County deputy. According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded May 23 on the report of a tractor trailer fire. Thomas Eilen, owner of the tractor, was contacted by dispatch and arrived at the scene with his son.
During the past six weeks my life has been consumed by accounting concepts. My eight-week accelerated accounting course is consuming my entire free time. Already I've spent thirteen hours on a research paper and I have probably another six or eight hours to go. Every night visions of amortization and depreciation dance in my head. I comfort myself with the thought that when I'm finally done with this paper others can use it as a natural, side-effect free version of Sominex. You know how the announcers on Minnesota Public Radio speak in that slow and monotonous tone?
The soccer World Cup kicked off last week, sending sports fans around the world into frenzies of patriotic pride and leaving millions of Americans wondering where the heck their baseball highlights are. Soccer, of course, is a huge sport in much of the world. According to a recent issue of Time magazine, the most recent World Cup championship game -- in 2006 -- drew 715.1 million viewers.