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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There was bright sun coming in through the windows of Barb Ackerman's office on Tuesday morning. It's about the only sun Ackerman gets to see these days. This is tax season, and Ackerman is an accountant. For her, the time from the start of the new year through April 15 is a blur of long days, tax forms and receipts. It can be exhausting, but Ackerman, who opened her own accounting office in 1983 likes the work and the people she works with.
A large-scale search for an armed robbery suspect put residents in one Farmington-area neighborhood on edge last week but ultimately was successful. Farmington police joined officers from several other departments late Feb. 3 in the search for a man suspected in an armed robbery earlier in the day in Apple Valley. Squad cars, K-9 units and a helicopter spent about 40 minutes patrolling the area around the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and 170th Street looking for 26-year-old Davis Powell, who Apple Valley police sergeant Mike Dyer said Feb.
City council and school board members seem to have some affection for the city's Schmitz-Maki Arena, but beyond that there's still not a very clear idea of what the future might hold for indoor ice in Farmington. The two government boards heard recommendations Feb. 3 from a task force assembled to consider future ice arena needs in the city. The four options task force members presented ranged from doing nothing to building a new, two-sheet ice arena elsewhere in the city.
If a rapidly tightening waistband isn't enough motivation to lose a few pounds, maybe the opportunity to do some good will be. America's Fitness Center plans to use the next six weeks to whip several of its members into shape and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, all at the same time. Club owner Kyle Snesrud got the idea for the Weight Loss for Epilepsy program after the young son of one of his club managers was diagnosed.
Daniel Benson is a volunteer firefighter. Garrett Zimmel is a 7-year-old boy. Talk about a match made in heaven. For a little more than a year now, Benson and Zimmel have made a pretty good pair. They go to Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Twins games. They just hang out.
The woods off of Station Trail are quiet on a Tuesday morning. With fresh snow blanketing roads and clinging to branches, signs of recent activity are obvious. On the road, at least, they're rare. Only a few tire tracks cut through several inches of fresh powder, and if you drive far enough there's not even that. The road disappears beneath a frosty blanket. That could change soon, though. Bit by bit and detail by detail Dakota County's newest regional park is taking shape.
There will be some difficult decisions to make when the Minnesota Legislature kicks off its 2010 session Feb. 4. But at least one local legislator wonders if there will be enough people willing to make them. With an estimated $1.2 billion budget deficit staring them in the face as they return to the capitol this week legislators figure to spend a lot of time talking finances. Balancing the budget is likely to require some unpopular decisions, but with five state Representatives and three state Senators on the ballot for the November gubernatorial election Farmington Rep.
Farmington police joined officers from several other departments Wednesday night in a successful search for a man suspected in an armed robbery earlier in the day in Apple Valley. Squad cars, K-9 units and a helicopter patrolled the area around the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and 170th Street looking for 26-year-old Davis Powell, who Apple Valley police sergeant Mike Dyer said Wednesday used a gun to rob a Carmike Theater in around 2:50 p.m. in Apple Valley. Dyer said police tracked Powell to the area around Pilot Knob and 170th, where he rents a townhome.
He might not have gotten exactly what he was looking for, but a Dakota County Drug Task Force agent's Oct. 26 surveillance has led to felony drug charges against a 29-year-old Lakeville man. The task force agent was conducting surveillance on a Farmington home when he saw a man he recognized as Eric Daniel Kline get into a car and drive away. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office the task force officer knew Kline's driver's license had been revoked. A Farmington police officer stopped Kline's car and asked for Kline's license.
A Faribault man's attempts to avoid paying for license tabs has landed him in trouble for a number of violations. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped 35-year-old Taras Sharif Walker last March in Castle Rock Township after checking his license plate and discovering it belonged on a maroon Plymouth Voyager, not the gold Plymouth Neon Walker was driving.