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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Christine Weymouth expects some difficult conversations will take place over the next several weeks in Independent School District 192. She expects teachers and administrators to take a hard look at why district schools lagged behind state averages nearly across the board in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment science exams. This is the third year for the test, given to students in fifth and eighth grades and in high school.
We all develop attachments. To people. To places. To memories. Even in some cases to cast members from hit MTV reality TV Jersey Shore. Not, you know, in my case. But I've heard. I like to think I don't develop attachments to inanimate objects. There's a certain romance to the idea that I could happily walk away from the material possessions I've accumulated and start over with nothing. Romance, maybe. But not a lot of reality. Because if I'm perfectly honest I like a lot of stuff I've managed to pile up over the years.
Dakota County Drug Task Force agents found cash and marijuana when they executed a search warrant March 19 at a Farmington home. The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged 27-year-old Jeffrey Michael Vankleeck with felony drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, in connection with the discovery. Task force agents and officers from the Farmington police department found the door unlocked when they executed the warrant. In the garage they found $1,800 in cash, marijuana paraphernalia, empty baggies, a scale and two baggies of marijuana.
Research on wind power will be the focus for the immediate future on the University of Minnesota's UMore property, but U of M officials hope to talk about a lot more than that at a July 29 public meeting.
Way back at the beginning -- before all the lessons and recitals, conventions and classes -- dance was all about the outfits for Dana Riste. That was in 1976. Riste had never set foot in Brenda's School of Dance, and the only thing she knew about dance class was that she had a friend who was in in them, her friend got to wear a cute outfit and Riste wanted one. A lot. "I just thought the costumes were great," said Riste. So, she came for the clothes. But Riste stuck around for very different reasons. She discovered the way dance allowed her to express herself, and she kept coming back.
A Farmington couple is recovering in a Sioux Falls hospital this week after a tire blowout caused them to crash their motorcycle July 15 on a South Dakota Highway. According to information posted at caringbridge.com David Herrmann is up and about but his wife, Judith, is on a ventilator following the accident.
Dakota County has lost another $2.8 million in state revenue.
I used to carry an analog Motorola cell phone the size of a brick. I lugged it around for six years, carrying it back and forth between downtown Minneapolis and Farmington, carefully shielding it in a waterproof pouch on rainy days. Although I know I look really cool when I'm sporting a cell phone clipped to my belt, I didn't drag this electronic behemoth around just for fashion. As an IT professional I was on call for work. I've spent six years of my life on call, around half my career so far. For an IT person, that isn't all that bad.
A 42-year-old South St. Paul man charged with criminal sexual conduct was found dead Friday at the Dakota County Jail, apparently having hanged himself. A jail employee found the body of Raymond Ernest Cesmat at 4:23 p.m. Friday during routine rounds. He could not be revived. Cesmat was charged Wednesday of first degree criminal sexual conduct with an individual under 13 years of age. According to the sheriff's department it appears all jail procedures were followed. The sheriff's office, the Dakota County Medical Examiner and the Minnesota Department of Corrections are all investigating.
Plenty of people would be in the mood for a drink after nearly getting hit by a train, but police believe Christopher Brula started his drinking a little earlier than he claims. Brula's snowmobile was on the railroad tracks near 275th Street in Castle Rock Township last February when the train came along. The train's conductor told police he saw someone jump off and run from the scene just before the train hit the snowmobile. When he stopped the train and walked back, he found nobody there. He found Brula, 39, about 25 minutes after the crash as he walked back toward the engine.