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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How do you celebrate Labor Day, exactly? Maybe you celebrate by taking a break from your usual laborious schedule at the office, at school or wherever you spend your working hours. You might take in a parade, have a picnic or just spend some quiet time at home. I have always viewed Memorial Day and Labor Day merely as the two bookends to the series of novels which would comprise my summer. Even though the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox herald the official start and end of summer, Memorial Day and Labor Day served as my practical start and end to summer.
With a 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 lawsuit. The settlement, approved 5-0 Monday by the Farmington School Board, includes more than $4.2 million in payments to the district from DLR Archtects and Engineers, $600,000 of which will be paid as charitable donations to the district's construction fund over three years beginning next September.
Voters may have backed a Goodhue County judge in the August primary election, but a poll of Minnesota lawyers shows overwhelming support for his opponent. According to a poll conducted by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Larry Clark leads incumbent Timothy Blakely 72 to 28 percent in the race for First District Court judge. Forty-six lawyers in the judicial district were polled, with 33 voting for Clark and 13 backing Blakely. The poll runs in stark contrast to primary results, where Blakely won comfortably.
A missing headlight earlier this year has led to more serious charges against a 38-year-old Farmington man. Farmington police stopped Michael Lyle Stucky on July 6 after noticing his missing driver's-side headlight.
A 28-year-old Lakeville woman faces two felony theft charges and a felony charge of receiving stolen property for reportedly stealing prescription medication and jewelry from the home of a Farmington woman for whom she provided in-home care. The patient's husband began to get suspicious in March of this year that the personal care worker, Kristin Michelle Poppa, was stealing his wife's medication. He told police he took some of his wife's extra Vicodin out of its regular bottle and hid it. Then, he tracked the number of pills in the hidden bottle.
As school begins this week we can only hope to accomplish or even exceed the expectations of last year, both academically and, for many, athletically. We push ourselves even more because we must move forward or get left behind. We will be learning more difficult subjects and will need to study harder, longer and more efficiently. For athletes, it's running faster, practicing longer and pushing ourselves to the edge. It's so we will make the grade and make ourselves, as well as our families, proud.
There has been a great flurry of activity around Farmington in recent weeks as people made a mad dash to squeeze the last bit of sun-soaked goodness out of the waning days of summer vacation. They swam and played and took trips, all knowing the specter of buying school supplies loomed all too close. Knowing that soon enough they would find themselves trying to remember the names of people they hadn't thought of in three months and wondering just how they would handle all of the homework that would soon fill their nights. And that was just the teachers.
Ask Albert Roberts about his life and he starts at the beginning. "It all started 1926," he said, settling into a chair in his room at Trinity Care Center. "January 29." It wasn't an auspicious beginning. His father was expecting an Alberta, not an Albert. "He wanted a girl, so he tried again and got my brother," Roberts said. "Then he finally got my sister." Roberts grew up in Springfield and attended school through eighth grade. That's when his parents made it clear he could either learn a trade or strike out on his own. So, Roberts became an electrician.
The first day of school creates a mix of emotion for students across the country, a jumble of excitement and anxiety for new experiences and disappointment in the end of summer vacation. The feelings are much the same for the teachers who welcomed those students into their classrooms on Tuesday. Jennifer Snobeck is one of those teachers. Snobeck is in her first year teaching math in at Farmington High School, but she's plenty familiar with the back-to-school feelings teachers experience this time of year.
A new labyrinth at Farmington's Episcopal Church of the Advent invites community members to walk a twisting, turning path as a form of meditation, prayer and self-reflection. The road to getting the paving-stone path built had plenty of twists of its own. The labyrinth, conceived as an outreach project for the 60-member church, has taken more than five years to reach its current state. There have been discussions about the proper placement of the labyrinth, and about funding.