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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A Farmington building that has been home to a medical clinic and a preschool will disappear sometime in the next few weeks. Rich Ludwig, administrator at Trinity Care Center and Trinity Terrace, said the building attached to the former Sanford Hospital has become a burden. It's expensive to maintain and there has been little interest from potential tenants. The building is attached to the former hospital, but its heating, cooling and other systems are separate, and the building has deteriorated rapidly since it's been vacant. "It was a really, really tough building," Ludwig said.
There's not a lot of common ground between bank balances and blacksmiths' anvils. Dealing with one is a mostly mental pursuit, the other mostly physical. Kate Aspenwall likes it that way. She's got two jobs to keep herself busy. One exercises her brains, the other her biceps. During the day Aspenwall is a personal banker at Roundbank in Farmington. She likes the job, and she's good at it. But she gets restless sitting at a desk all day. She likes to be up and moving. "I get bored pretty easily," Aspenwall said. That's where Kate's Farrier Service comes in.
Halfway through the filing period, the ballot is starting to shape up for November's District 192 School Board election. It looks like there will be at least one person left out when the votes are counted. As of Aug. 10 four people had filed to run for the three available seats. Veronica Walter, who was chosen in 2008 to fill the term of board member Terry Donnelly, will defend her position on the board.
Farmington parents' frustrations over class-size projections in Farmington schools spilled over to school board members Monday night, and that seemed to ease at least some of the parents' concerns. A vocal group of elementary-school parents has complained since the beginning of the summer about projections that had as many as 31 students in some second-grade classes. Administrators have said all along that high numbers are normal as the district gathers better information about the number of students who will actually come through the door when classes start Sept.
Garden tractors have long been useful tools for hacking away at overgrown lawns, but at this year's Dakota County Fair the normally peaceful landscaping tools are going to unleash a whole new kind of destruction. The lawn tractors and their drivers will be set lose on each other in a miniature-scale demolition derby to be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. The lawn mower derbies are a relatively new phenomenon in Minnesota, but fair board member Chris Wright said they're big in the South.
Hal Brown's first introduction to animal chiropractic was while he was still studying chiropractic therapy for humans. In one class, he watched a video that showed a cowboy in South Dakota adjusting horses. At the time, Brown dismissed the concept as impossible - chiropractic for people was difficult enough, he said. Not to mention, practicing on animals was illegal in the U.S. A show on canine physical therapy inspired Brown, though, and with encouragement from his wife he looked into animal chiropractic again.
The 2010 Great Prairie Dakota Dash 5K run at the Dakota County Fair is planned for 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 at the fairgrounds. It will be the first time that the fair has played host to a fun run, but organizer Todd McIntyre hopes it won't be the last. "We thought the fair would be a nice spot," said McIntrye, the founder of Great Prairie Sports, which is organizing the run. "It's the second largest county fair in the state.
A few weeks ago I said in this space that I planned to write a column about my new bicycle. That didn't happen, though, and now I feel guilty. I can only imagine my legions of fans (six counts as a legion, right?) weeping at home as they imagine the wonders, the absolute joy that column would have contained. By way of consolation I can only say you're probably right. That column would have been glorious. But its time has passed. And now you're stuck with this one. It's just the way things happen sometimes. I didn't conduct this bicycle search by choice.
For good friends Randy Johnson and Jim Hunt, Monday morning was supposed to be spent floating on the St. Croix River and catching walleyes. Instead, the two Farmington men escaped tragedy, then spent the new few hours watching from shore as crews fished their truck and trailer out of the water. At 6 a.m., Hunt picked up Johnson and they traveled to the public boat launch in Hastings, located on the Mississippi River. They got the boat in the water, but it wouldn't start and they eventually drained the battery on the boat.
A heated argument between a husband and wife has ended with felony domestic assault charges against a 32-year-old Farmington man. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Lucas Gordy admitted arguing with his wife July 27 and putting his hands around her neck at one point. The woman told police Gordy choked her to the point it was difficult to breathe. She was feeding the couple's baby at the time. The woman told police Gordy let go when their son screamed.