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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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.
Spring is an exciting time for baseball fans, with favorite players rounding into shape in sunnier climates. But this is also a big time of year for gardeners. With the weather warming and growing season fast approaching we took a minute to talk with Dakota County master gardener coordinator Barb Stendahl about the approaching season. Where should people be in their preparation for gardening this spring? Right now is probably a good time to be starting seeds indoors. You can start seeds for some of the annual flowers, for tomatoes, for peppers. A lot of those types of vegetables.
Enrollment in Indepen-dent School District 192 will continue to grow, but not by as much as it once did and not forever, according to a demographic report presented Monday. Consultants from Schoolfinances.com told board members they expect enrollment to grow from 6,433 in the current school year to a peak of 6,957 in the 2018-19 school year before beginning to decline. Other school districts around Farmington have already started to see enrollment declines.
A 42-year-old Farmington man faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he reportedly threatened to shoot his wife during a Jan. 24 argument. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office George Douglas Schmaus got in an argument with his wife the evening of Jan. 24 over what to cook for supper. Schmaus had reportedly been drinking while watching football that night, and the argument escalated to point Schmaus at one point grabbed his son by the throat and shoved him.
A Eureka Township business owner was able to let a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy know about a potential check forgery last summer before it ever happened. The business owner called the sheriff's department June 8 to say he believed a former employee had written a $2,000 check to herself on June 5. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, 50-year-old Ursula Kahle Freseman, the former employee in question, cashed that check June 10.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament kicked off last week with a two-day celebration of sports that over the years has become one of this country's favorite second-tier national holidays. It's got less drunken debauchery than St. Patrick's Day but more mail delivery than Columbus Day. Businesses don't typically give employees time off for the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, which featured 16 games both Thursday and Friday last week, but they might as well.
The Farmington School District has identified more than $300,000 in budget cuts and $87,000 of new revenue to help balance a budget hit by several years of flat funding from the state of Minnesota. Among positions to be cut are a districtwide telephone specialist, an educational assistant at Farmington High School and a special education coordinator. Finance director Jeff Priess told board members he expects a $119,000 budget shortfall if the state does not increase funding this year.
With the major building projects from a 2004 facilities task force all wrapped up, Independent School District 192 will start looking around next month to see what else their buildings might need. A new facilities task force will start meeting in mid-April to explore needs in buildings around the district. The resulting recommendations aren't likely to be as grand as those in the last facilities report.
The District 192 School Board approved an updated policy on board conduct this week without any new rules about board members' use of social media tools. The board reviewed the policy March 8 as part of an ongoing effort to keep district policies up to date. That's when board member Veronica Walter raised the issue of social media and the potential for miscommunication. Walter said this week she only wanted to ensure board members knew where the lines were when using tools like Facebook and Twitter.