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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For Rep. Pat Garofalo, last week's vote on same-sex marriage came down to a matter of practicality. He figured the legislation had the votes it needed to pass, so he tried to get something he believed his constituents wanted. Garofalo and the rest of the Minnesota House voted 75-59 last week to remove a state law that bans same-sex marriage. Senators followed suit Monday afternoon with a 37-30 vote. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday, clearing the way for gays to marry starting Aug.
Minneapolis, it seems, is a popular place for people who want to mix money up in their dating lives. A few weeks ago in this space I wrote about a survey that found Minnesota was one of the country's hot spots for finding a sugar daddy.
For the Farmington girls golf team, just getting on the course this spring has been something of a victory. The Tigers have competed in just three meets so far in a season filled with cancellations and adjusted schedules, and while they have not yet been in contention for any titles, coach Jon Stock is happy with what he has seen. "This has been a terrible spring season as far as the weather is concerned," Stock said.
For Erik Holmstrom, boring was a good thing May 7. Holmstrom shot a 73 at Southern Hills to lead a Tiger team that finished fifth behind Lakeville South, Eagan, Lakevile North and Red Wing. Jake Jensen shot an 80 for the Tigers, Nate Anderson had an 84 and Jake Trippel had an 85. "We had a couple strong outings today that will hopefully be platforms to build on for our boys to take to the next conference invite," coach Jon Holmes said. "Holmstrom took second place today.... His round is best described as boring, which is always a good thing in golf.
Mail carriers in Farmington and Rosemount hope to do a little more heavy lifting than usual on Saturday, and more picking up than they do in a typical day. Saturday is the 21st edition of the national letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In addition to dropping off mail, carriers will spend their day picking up food donations left by residents. Residents should get paper grocery bags and more information about the drive in their mail this week. Farmington mail carrier Shane Hoff said the idea behind the food drive makes a lot of sense.
The second night Phil and Tony Marvets owned their new Farmington restaurant there was a fight at the bar. It was a big enough disturbance that Phil had to sit down with police and review security video of the incident. And it was exactly the kind of thing the brothers hope to discourage as they try to transform the business, a former American Legion and, briefly, a sports bar called Tailgaters. They want their business, which last week transitioned officially into a Carbone's, to be a place families can come and have a good time.
It's been two months now since we combined the two newspapers we produce in this office. That's 10 issues and counting of combined Farmington and Rosemount news, and one comment we have heard multiple times from our readers. "There's too much Rosemount news," the Farmington readers complain on one day. "There's too much in there about Farmington," the group from Rosemount says the next. It's like those old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials, only without the part where everyone realizes two great things can be even better together. This all tells me a couple of important things.
Farmington's municipal pool is nearing the end of its lifespan, but it doesn't appear that will mean an end to outdoor swimming in the city. Last week, the city's parks and recreation advisory commission started the process of planning the future of Farmington's pool. And while firm decisions are still a ways off, it appears there is support for keeping the city in the pool business. Farmington's current municipal pool has been around for more than 40 years, a decade or so beyond the usual lifespan of such a facility.
It is a testament to the popularity of kilts and bagpipes, perhaps, that the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games will return to the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Organizers know things could very easily have gone a different way. As the economy struggled in recent years, many similar events have disappeared from Minnesota's cultural calendar. "We hear stories about so many festivals, especially those that reflect European ethnicity, that have folded their tents and gone away," said Liz Michaelson, one of the event's organizers.
If things work out the way Satya Balroop would like them to, Farmington may soon be a center of Hindu culture in Minnesota. Balroop is the treasurer of a group called Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir, which has been in the city for nearly a year now, housed in a building that for many years was home to Farmington Lutheran Church. The group has been slow to make its presence known. There was too much other work to do, fixing the building's roof and getting it ready for the public. There is still work left to do, but as the weather gets warmer Balroop hopes to make the building more welcoming.