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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25 years ago From the June 5, 1985 edition of the Farmington Independent Farmington class of '85 graduates Graduating seniors took part last Friday night in a solemn ceremony that was punctuated by roars of applause, solemn speeches, and a vaudeville-like class speech. Some 122 seniors participated in the commencement exercises of the 102nd graduating class of Farmington High. A nearly packed gymnasium heard remarks from Superintendent Robert Boeckman, musical selections from the Band and Senior Choir members, and a ruminative address by former Governor Albert H.
Fingers were flying May 27 at the Farmington VFW. Seated at long rows of tables in the club's back room, five women were busy wrapping the wire stems of VFW and American Legion poppies around evergreen branches. They spent hours creating the wreaths, decorations that many will never notice. They do it out of a sense of duty. They do it because they like getting together with women they might not otherwise see all that often.
Police officers from Farmington and Rosemount and deputies from the Dakota County Sheriff's office will team up June 2 to crack down on people who don't follow the rules around railroad tracks. The three departments will cooperate in a saturation effort aimed at people who drive around railroad stop arms or trespass along the tracks.
Kids and teens can make a splash and make waves at their Dakota County Library this summer. Reading, prizes, and almost 300 free programs and special events await summer readers at their Dakota County Library this summer from June 14 through Aug. 14. Beginning June 14, kids age 12 and younger can sign up for the Make A Splash: Read Summer Reading Program at any Dakota County library or the Bookmobile. Kids who sign up will be given a form to keep track of the time they read or are read to. The library awards prizes to participants after five, 10 and 20 hours of reading.
The Dakota Valley Arts Council is looking for artists to submit up to three pieces of artwork for the 2010 Dew Days Spring Art Show. The art show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 and 20 at the Farmington City Hall. Artwork may be picked up after the show. Artists may also submit other artwork to be displayed that will not be judged. Artwork may be submitted to city hall on between 6 and 8 p.m. June 18. There is a fee of $5 per art piece, which may be applied to a 2010-2011 DVAC membership. Judging and awards will be at 8 p.m..
It is rare for an incumbent judge to face a challenger, let alone two. But this particular judge's seat in the 1st District, which covers Dakota, Goodhue LeSueur, McCloud, Scott and Sibley counties, and is currently held by Timothy Bakely, already has three candidates for the position as of Tuesday. There will be a primary election in August. Blakely, who was publicly reprimanded by the Supreme Court last year for his conduct while serving on the bench, has filed for another term.
Last weekend's Military Family Day featured lots of things for military families to see and do. That included an opportunity to crawl around in a Blackhawk helicopter. That helicopter had a crew of four men flying it. Two of the pilots, Scott Carolan and Scott Roberts, are residents of Farmington. Both of them hold the title of Chief Warrant Officer 3, or CW3, in the Charlie Company 2-211. The two are part of the Minnesota Army National Guard's Medevac unit, which is an air ambulance.
Aside from a burst of rain that drove away crowds and washed out one of two music stages, Saturday's first-year Minnesota Soybean Festival went pretty much as expected. Festival organizer Vida Raine said crowds Saturday were good early on, but heavy rains sent most people home in the late morning. The crowds were slow to return, but by the time the late-night bands took the stage there were people dancing in the street.
Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist wasn't ready to entirely give up patrol work when he took the department's top job, so events like Monday's kickoff to a wave of increased seatbelt enforcement efforts are right up his alley. Lindquist joined chiefs from around Dakota County for a so-called alumni day of enforcement Monday afternoon. He patrolled along Highway 3 to spread the word about Minnesota's seatbelt laws. This is the second year for the event.
On the same day Meadowview Elementary School students planted a garden in memory of former classmate Alexis Iverson-Ferkul, the Dundas teenager who caused the Dec. 12 accident that killed her and two of her family members pleaded guilty in Dakota County Court. The teenager, a student at Farmington's Christian Life School who was 17 at the time of the accident, pleaded guilty May 20 to careless driving, a misdemeanor, in juvenile court.