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 trucking company faces felony charges after allegedly writing more than $46,000 worth of bad checks. Farmington police received a report March 29 from a former employee of Dragon Creek Carriers who said two checks the company wrote to him were dishonored. According to a complaint issued last week by the Dakota County Attorney's office, Dragon Creek's bank account was $4,172 in the hole at the time the check was written. According to police Dragon Creek's account was open from March of 2009 through April of 2010.
The University of Minnesota has named the Al and Beth Bester family of Hampton Dakota County's 2010 Farm Family of the Year. The Besters were recognized locally Tuesday, July 13, at the Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting. Al was raised on a farm in Rosemount that was originally bought by his grandfather in 1919. Throughout his childhood, he helped his father on the farm. In 1988, after studying at Dakota County Technical College, Al married Beth and they bought their current farm in Hampton.
The walls of Laura Mitchell's new preschool are a sunny yellow. The shelves have colorful labels identifying spots for glue sticks and finger paints. The rest of the room, well, that's kind of a work in progress. There are shelves that need assembling, toys that need organizing and an outdoor play area that looks a little lonely with just one small item for kids to play with. Mitchell is in the process of building Rising Stars Preschool in a space at 115 Elm Street.
Up until about 9 p.m. Monday I had a pretty good idea what this column was going to be about. I was going to write about being unusually tall. And about buying a new bike. And about the challenges that arise when those two things come together. It was going to be funny and observant and, had circumstances allowed, it would have included a brief but tasteful nude scene. But if there's one thing I've learned in the nearly 13 years I've been doing this job, it's that things don't always go the way you planned.
Downtown Farmington drew rave reviews for the last big party it held this summer. Now downtown business owners want Farmington residents to come back. Call it a re-Dew, but on a smaller scale. On Saturday the Farmington Downtown Business Association will host its second annual Downtown Day. The four-hour event, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., will include a classic car cruise-in, music by Standing Room Only, one of the bands that played at last month's Dew Days, and a number of other attractions.
A new system should give Independent School District 192 some better options when it comes time to get in touch with large numbers of parents in a short time. District communication specialist Aaron Tinklenberg said a new mass-notification tool, called SchoolConnects, is more powerful and more flexible than the aging Phone Master system it will replace.
There was a moment on July 4 when Jordan Dibb wondered if maybe he'd walked as much as he needed to walk. It was cool. It was rainy. And, well, technically once he'd passed the city limits he'd met his goal of walking from Minneapolis to Miami. Did it really matter if he didn't finish things out on the steps of city hall?
An observant parent who had a bad feeling about another patron at the Robert Trail Library last month led Rosemount police to a 38-year-old man with a camera filled with surreptitiously taken photos of young girls. Police first had contact with Dean Kenneth Lindo June 12 after receiving a report of a suspicious individual. When police arrived at the library they were given a camera and a cell phone taken from an individual later identified as Lindo.
The call started with concern for a driver's well-being and ended with a 28-year-old Farmington man facing drug-possession charges. Farmington police found Michael Alan Wilson in his car at the corner of Fourth and Willow streets around 9 a.m. June 27 after receiving a call from someone concerned about the man's welfare. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office police tried to talk to Wilson, then yelled at him but couldn't get his attention until they touched his arm.
For most of the past two decades Tony Weng has helped his cousins run a successful restaurant. Now he and a few family members figure it's time to do the same for themselves. For 18 years Weng worked at Peking Garden, a St. Paul restaurant owned by his cousins. He's been a waiter. He's been a manager. He's handled just about every part of the operation. So when a friend told Weng he was looking to sell Farmington's New Moon Buffet, he saw his chance. He knew the restaurant business. He knew the Farmington area didn't have a lot of options for Chinese food.