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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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.
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.