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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Last week in this space I wrote about the change of sports seasons as a measure of our progression through the calendar year. It wasn't a bad analogy, but it wasn't perfect. The end of a baseball season might leave some people cold like a Minnesota winter, but it's not likely to force you inside for days at a time while you ponder the darkness outside. Well, at least not now that we know the Twins have clinched their division. There are other ways to measure the passing seasons, of course. The weather is one, but that has its pitfalls.
An apparently lost skunk sent some people running and had a few others trying to herd it out of town when it wandered downtown around 5 p.m. Thursday. According to Farmington police the animal chased a few people into their homes in the downtown area, then headed toward Third Street, where it wandered into at least two businesses. Police said there was nothing they could do about the skunk as long as it was downtown. Officers advised people to stay away and let it find its own way out of town.
Two men face a collection of felony charges in connection with at least one rural Dakota County copper theft. The Dakota County Attorney's office charged 39-year-old Daniel Floyd Seifert and 24-year-old Matthew Steven Kimmes last week after they were found Sept. 8 in the vicinity of burning wire in a rural area near Randolph. Burning copper wire is a common method of stripping the coating before selling the wire. Deputies found both Seifert and Kimmes nearby. Kimmes, who deputies found on foot, told police he was on a nature walk when he saw the smoke and was trying to find the source.
Katie VandenBosch played in three state tournaments as a student at Farmington High School, but her next major competition will be an even bigger stage. VandenBosch, who was a member of adaptive soccer, hockey and softball teams at FHS, will compete next June in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. She won't compete in any of the sports she lettered in as a high school athlete, though.
One person was taken to the hospital following this accident early Tuesday evening on Highway 3. According to a State Trooper on the scene, the red two-door car was southbound around 5 p.m. when the driver slowed to turn left into a driveway. The car was hit from behind by a black sedan and spun into the northbound lane, where it was hit by a pick-up truck. The driver of the red car was taken to Regions Hospital but the trooper said she was alert and answering questions. The other drivers received only scrapes and bruises. There were no passengers in any of the cars.
A federal education jobs bill will mean an additional $1.3 million for hiring in the Farmington School District, but the money doesn't come without some questions attached. The money, part of a nationwide effort to help school districts preserve jobs, is designated for school-level employees, not administration. But because the money is a one-time payment it's hard for the district to make long-term plans for a position.
Cooler weather and shorter days are one sign of the changing seasons. They're fine if you're some kind of meteorology nerd. The kind of person who gets excited about low-pressure fronts and hail sizes.
As the weather turns cooler and winter starts to once again seem like an inevitability, there's at least one group of Farmington residents that couldn't be happier. While many Farmington residents are savoring onset of autumn, the Farmington Sno Tigers will celebrate Sept. 18 in anticipation of winter's first heavy snows. The club will hold its third annual winter expo starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington American Legion. The event will feature displays from area snowmobile dealerships, a swap meet and food, among other things.
With a potentially expensive trial date looming, Independent School District 192 and the architect that designed its new high school have reached a settlement on a nearly two-year-old dispute. The settlement, approved 5-0 Monday by the Farmington School Board, includes more than $4.2 million in payments to the district from DLR Group, $600,000 of which will be paid as charitable donations to the district's construction fund over three years beginning next September.
When the Farmington School Board came calling, Craig Davis figured he might as well lend a hand. Davis, who served on the board from 2002 to 2007, was appointed Sept. 9 to serve the nearly four months left in the term of board chair Bob Heman, who stepped down three weeks ago and withdrew from the Nov. 2 school board election, citing the time commitment the job demanded. Heman announced his decision in a message to board members and was not present Aug.