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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Steve Quist has talked for years about running for office, but when he did he always imagined his campaign taking place in some vaguely defined future election. When his kids were older. When he had more time.
If last year was about making the Prairie Home Carriage Festival work, then this year is about making it grow. For the second year of the festival, which features old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriages, lots of horses and people in period-appropriate clothing, events are expanding from one day to two and there will be a whole lot more going on. This year's festival, scheduled to take place May 1 and 2 at Dakota City Heritage Village, will offer classes in driving carriages, parades and displays.
Most springs, Barry Padelford tills gardens in exchange for beer. This year, he wants to till in service of his country. Padelford, a Farmington resident, is offering his tilling service this May to any military family who could use a little help getting their garden ready for growing season. He calls the effort Tilling for the Troops. "He wanted to do this just to say thank you for serving your country," said Barry's wife, Donna.
Independent School District 192 is trying to get a better picture of why parents who live in the district choose not to send their children to district schools. According to a recently released demographic study the district had 535 resident students enrolled in public schools outside of District 192 in the 2008-09 school year. That includes 91 students who attend classes in Intermediate School District 917. There were 150 local students who were enrolled in non-public schools or who were home schooled. The district conducted a parent listening session Feb.
Superintendent Brad Meeks is staying put in Farmington, at least for now. The Iowa City Community School District announced Tuesday that it will hire Wausau, Wis., superintendent Steve Murley as its next superintendent. Meeks was one of three finalists to receive a second interview for the job, along with Elk River superintendent Mark Bezek. The Iowa City board came away from a 2 1/2-hour closed meeting Sunday without a final decision on its new superintendent, but board president Patty Fields said Monday she was happy with the quality of all three finalists.
Earlier this week Farmington's Faith United Methodist Church sent several of its members on a mission trip to Haiti. On April 30 the church will bring a taste of Haiti to Farmington. The church will will play host to a concert by the Union Brothers Singers, a group of Haitian-born musicians who perform a capella music in English, French and Creole. Money raised at the concert will go to support people in Fermate, Haiti, the singers' hometown. Pastor Kevin Fox said the idea for the concert started with church member Jeff Turner, who has been on several mission trips to Haiti.
The Library of Congress announced last week that it plans to maintain a complete record of every message ever sent on the social networking site Twitter. It's a move that all but guarantees future generations looking back to April of 2010 will have unfettered access to thousands upon thousands of tweets that read, "OMG! The Library of Congress wants to know what I had for breakfast!" This is serious business. The Library of Congress is America's permanent record.
NEW LONDON - A little boy out for an afternoon adventure with his puppy got lost in a wooded area northeast of New London on Monday, triggering a frantic search. After the nearly 2 1/2-hour search Monday, Elijah Jacobson, 4, was found waist-deep in a pond about a quarter of a mile from his rural New London home. His feet were stuck in the mucky bottom of the wetland. He was wet and cold, but otherwise just fine. His puppy, Izzy, never left his side. "It's a good ending.
Hampton made international news in November of 2008 when the city elected Paye Flomo as its new mayor. Flomo is the first native Liberian to be elected to a government office in the U.S., and some have suggested he's the first African-born American to be elected, he said. Flomo's election was hugely popular in his native country. "People were rejoicing in Liberia," he said. His native government is so appreciative of Hampton and the U.S.
Three people were killed in an accident involving an SUV and a semi tractor-trailer Monday afternoon in Vermillion Township. According to witnesses the SUV was ahead of the semi headed southwest on County Road 47 near Goodwin Avenue at 12:20 p.m. The witness told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies the SUV appeared to have slowed to make a wide turn when the semi hit it broadside. After the collision the SUV rolled off the road and into a ditch. One occupant was thrown from the vehicle and all three occupants of the SUV were killed.