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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The city of Farmington is expanding its social network, 140 characters at a time. On June 16 the city posted its first message on Twitter, an invitation to Farmington residents to check out the Dew Days celebration. That message largely fell on deaf ears -- as of Monday the city had just 11 followers on the site, which allows users to post brief text updates, and it had even fewer then. But human resources director Brenda Wendlandt hopes Twitter will become an effective tool for getting the city's messages out to residents. Twitter is the city's second attempt at social networking.
When your job is business development, a bad economy is not your friend. But for most of the past five years that's been life for Tina Hansmeier, Farmington's economic development specialist since joining the city full-time in 2005. It's her job to market Farmington to potential new business tenants, and to serve as a kind of one-stop shop for both existing businesses and businesses looking to relocate or open for the first time. The business environment appears to be picking up a bit, though. There are several new projects in the works.
Like a scene out of CSI -- minus the flashy computer graphics -- the Farmington police have used a few drops of blood and a DNA database to find the man suspected of breaking into a truck last year. The break-in occurred June 24, 2009. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office someone broke the window of a truck parked in the driveway of a Farmington home. The thief took items including golf clubs, a GPS unit, two cordless drills and a belt sander.
Two Farmington churches will come together under the summer sun on Sunday morning. One will stick around outside for the rest of the summer. Light of the World Lutheran Church pastor Deb Stehlin said the idea to join Farmington Lutheran Church for a Fourth of July grew out of casual conversation between two pastors. "We just threw it out as an idea," Stehlin said.
Editor's note: Jordan Dibb left Minneapolis March 27 with plans to walk 1,800 miles to Miami to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti. He expects to finish his walk July 4 but last weekend he checked in with us one last time from the road With about a week left my emotions are all on the fritz. It's the best/worst case of a love/hate relationship I've ever experienced. Every morning I wake up and start walking and can't believe that I have been given this opportunity to do such an awesome thing.
There's a lot less of Linda Karline than there used to be, and she gives a lot of the credit to two years of weekly meetings with a group of friends. Karline is the current leader of the Farmington chapter of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, a group that meets every Wednesday at Celts in Farmington to weigh in, talk about nutrition and provide the kind of motivation each of them needs to keep eating right and keep the pounds coming off. Karline, who estimates she's lost about 40 pounds since she joined the group two years ago, said TOPS provides the support and common-sense advice that helps memb
For more than 20 years Farmington's Ramble and Amble has been a successful fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. But the Ramble is about to become a Relay. Later this month the American Cancer Society will hold its first Farmington Relay for Life. The Ramble and Amble, which asked participants to spend a few hours walking laps around the paths at Dakota City Heritage Village, brought in $32,000 last year. But for Julie Fernandes, the event never seemed big enough. Fernandes, whose mother died of cancer 15 years ago, lives in Farmington.
In the end, District 192 School Board members offered thanks but no changes to parents who had raised concerns about projected class sizes. The school board voted 5-1 Monday to approve a preliminary budget unchanged from the one they were set to vote on in May.
As of July 1, Dakota County will have a new commercial automobile insurance company: Travelers Insurance. The current insurance carrier, One Beacon Insurance, already had already notice of non-renewal prior to expiration of the current policy. The nonrenewal was based on an unfavorable loss history and a lack of supporting lines of insurance (crime or property). Dakota County will pay Travelers Insurance a yearly premium of $169,098, a 4.6 percent increase compared to the last policy year.
The Farmington School District is not trying to sell you any books. According to the district there have been reports recently of of college-age students going door-to-door in Farmington neighborhoods suggesting a list of books they claim are recommended by Farmington teachers. But the district announced Monday it is not affiliated with any door-to-door sales of educational materials. The solicitation attempts have been reported to the Farmington Police Department.