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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Wichita has offered to change its name. Duluth is offering up the names of its first-born children. All Dakota County has to offer is eager partners, cooperative governments and a tech-savvy population that could mean good business. Bill Coleman believes that's enough to make Dakota County the "only obvious choice" for a high-speed fiber optic data network that Internet giant Google has offered to build free of charge somewhere in the United States. Coleman is executive director of Dakota Future, a countywide group formed in 2008 to promote economic development countywide.
Sigrid Iversen is excited to put theory into practice. Iversen, a Lakeville resident who teaches government classes at Eagan High School, was endorsed Saturday as the District 36B DFL candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Iversen and District 36 DFL chair Toby Nichols said the endorsement was a matter of serendipity. Iversen had been thinking for a while about ways to get more involved in the political process and Nichols was looking for a candidate for House.
Declining enrollment at all grade levels means Farmington eighth graders will not get a chance to take German next year. The District 192 School Board voted 3-2 Monday to approve a 1/3 reduction in German teacher Cheryl Wason's hours. That means no German I classes next year at Robert Boeckman or Levi Dodge Middle Schools.
The St. Cloud Times has reported that Christine Weymouth, assistant superintendent in Independent School District 192, is one of five finalists for the superintendent's position in the Becker School District. Weymouth has been Farmington's assistant superintendent since the position was created in July of 2008. Before that she was principal at Farmington Middle School West. The five finalists were named Monday.
Three Farmington fire fighters received slight burns March 5 while attacking a garage fire on the 6900 block of 200th St. Names of the injured fire fighters were not released, but Farmington fire marshal John Powers said the burns were not severe. Two were treated at the scene. The other had burns on his arm and hand. He was taken to Burnsville Ridges, where he was treated and released. The fire was one of the most impressive blazes Powers has seen in a while, he said. The call came in at about 3:45 p.m. Friday.
A 25-year-old Lakeville man faces felony domestic assault charges after a Feb. 20 fight in which he reportedly dragged his mother around a gravel parking area and punched and choked his father. The Dakota County Sheriff's Department responded Feb. 20 to a report of an assault in progress at a Eureka Township home. They spoke with the parents of Curtis Lee Johnson, who said their son had grabbed his mother by the clothing and dragged her around a parking area outside their home, then kicked the car repeatedly when she locked herself inside and he couldn't get at her.
A Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy got a few clues Michael Swinarski might not have been fit to drive when she came upon him last December. His car was in the west ditch along Highway 52. His eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol. And according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office he misspelled his middle name. The deputy came across Swinarski, a 25-year-old Red Wing resident, shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 13.
Sometime early March 27 Jordan Dibb will step out of his apartment near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. He'll say good bye to friends and family, take one last look at his apartment building and start walking east. It'll be a while before he comes back. He'll take Hennepin Avenue through downtown and follow Franklin across the river. He'll walk through St. Paul, then turn south. He'll pass through St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove and he'll cross the river into Wisconsin at Prescott.
David Thompson knows good things can happen if you're just willing to ask. The Lakeville resident launched a 12-year career in radio by being persistent with station managers and being willing to work for free. And now he has a shot at becoming a Minnesota Senator because he was willing to ask Republicans in Senate District 36 to support him. Thompson, who currently owns his own law firm in Lakeville, received the District 36 GOP endorsement at the district convention Saturday. He got 62 percent of the vote on the second ballot.
A new location and a fresh infusion of volunteer help has organizers excited about the future of the food shelf in Farmington. After 28 years at Faith United Methodist Church the food shelf will move in early May to an empty classroom at the former Farmington Kindergarten Center. The new space is three times the size of the current food shelf, and its location in a school district building means volunteers will be able to staff it during regular hours rather than opening only for appointments. The change started with a pair of Farmington residents looking for a way to get involved.