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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If everything goes according to plan, Terri Petter's dream will become a reality this summer. Four years ago Petter started building Wolves Woods and Wildlife, a nonprofit organization that uses animals to teach lessons about nature and the environment. Back then she talked about turning Oak and Treasures, the furniture store owned by her mother, Eunice, into a nature center. Now, she's close to making that happen, along with a restaurant called The Habitat, where people can eat while they watch wild animals frolic outside the windows.
Erik Boerboon told police he just wanted his money back, but the way he went about getting it has landed him in trouble with the law. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Boerboon, 25, of Prior Lake, threatened a Farmington woman and her daughters with a stun gun and pounded on the windows of their locked car as they took refuge inside March 28. The woman told police she and Boerboon had argued because he accused her of stealing from him. She said he yelled and swore and knocked glass vase off of a table at her home.
According to the official Facebook page of I Walk for Love, the group Jordan Dibb formed for his fundraising walk from Minneapolis to Miami, as of Friday night the Farmington High School graduate had taken 530,900 steps and walked 287 miles in 13 days. He's still got a long way to go and a lot of money to raise to hit his goal of $100,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. But he took some time on the second of his weekly rest days -- in Madison, Wis. -- to check in and let us know how things are going. The trip has been great so far! I had no idea I'd meet so many great people on this trip!
Ruby Schumacher has always liked to keep busy. Schumacher grew up on a farm near Alexandrea, one of six children. She liked roller skating and dancing. Her father played the accordion, and she would travel with him when he performed with his band. "I liked polkas and waltzes and two-steps. All of those dances," said Schumacher, who moved to Farmington's Trinity Care Center nursing home in January of 2009. It was at a dance where she met the man who would become her husband. By the time she was 14 or 15 Schumacher was working at Anderson Funeral Home near Alexandria.
When he was arrested March 27 Sean O'Gorman had good things to say about the driving skills of his arresting officer. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Dakota County Sheriff's deputies arrested the 26-year-old Rochester man after a nine-mile chase that reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. The chase started around 3:15 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy saw O'Gorman speeding through Hampton Township. O'Gorman turned onto Highway 52, then turned hard onto Goodwin Ave. The deputy turned on his siren then and O'Gorman sped away.
Earlier this week a journalist friend of mine shared a link to a column that attempted to identify the 10 least trusted professions around. He slotted journalists at number nine, nestled between celebrities at No. 8 and police officers at No. 10. This particular column doesn't seem to have a foundation any stronger than one man's opinion of what feels about right, but it could be a sign of a serious problem. This is a problem.
Don Gudmundson, the longtime Dakota County Sheriff who retired from the county in February, is in the running to become the interim sheriff in Steele County. Gudmundson announced last summer he would not seek re-election in the fall of 2010. Then, in February, he announced he would leave his post in Dakota County 10 months early due to personal reasons.
A 51-year-old Farmington man charged with possession of a controlled substance said the methamphetamine police found in his car belonged to some kids he'd caught drinking there. Farmington police searched Gary Dale Johnson's car on Oct. 21 and found a baggie with what they believed to be a controlled substance. They stopped the search then to get a narcotics search warrant.
Sometime after the prayer offered for his benefit and before he took the first step of the longest walk of his life Jordan Dibb teared up. Maybe he was thinking of the support people had shown him since he announced plans to walk 1,800 miles from Minneapolis to Miami, or about the size of the task in front of him. Maybe he'd just realized how much his feet were going to hurt by the time he was done.
Back in his earliest days as a business owner in 1977 Jeff Thelen would wait each morning for the trucks to pull out of the garage at his father's plumbing business so he could roll his woodworking equipment out into the space they'd just vacated. He'd work most of the day, then, around 3 p.m., roll everything back out of the way, sweep up the sawdust and call it a day. It was, he said, "a major pain in the butt." But it was a start. And for a kid just a couple of years out of high school it wasn't bad.