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 2010 Community Indicators Report shows that while the county growth continues to be slow, Dakota County remains the state's third-most populated county. There are more than 390,000 people living in Dakota County. Representatives of the Dakota County Office of Planning and Analysis, Heidi Weisch and Debra Miller, presented highlights of this year's reports at Tuesday's Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting.
A Hampton father and son, Thomas Herbert Eilen, 56, and Jonathan Peter Eilen, 24, have each been charged with obstructing legal process in connection with their actions at a fire May 23 on their Hampton property. Thomas Eilen has also been charged with assault in the fourth degree after he allegedly struck a Dakota County deputy. According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded May 23 on the report of a tractor trailer fire. Thomas Eilen, owner of the tractor, was contacted by dispatch and arrived at the scene with his son.
During the past six weeks my life has been consumed by accounting concepts. My eight-week accelerated accounting course is consuming my entire free time. Already I've spent thirteen hours on a research paper and I have probably another six or eight hours to go. Every night visions of amortization and depreciation dance in my head. I comfort myself with the thought that when I'm finally done with this paper others can use it as a natural, side-effect free version of Sominex. You know how the announcers on Minnesota Public Radio speak in that slow and monotonous tone?
The soccer World Cup kicked off last week, sending sports fans around the world into frenzies of patriotic pride and leaving millions of Americans wondering where the heck their baseball highlights are. Soccer, of course, is a huge sport in much of the world. According to a recent issue of Time magazine, the most recent World Cup championship game -- in 2006 -- drew 715.1 million viewers.
Amateur scientists, hobbyists and people just looking for an excuse to hike in the woods got a chance to work side by side with research scientists last weekend, and the work they did turned up an impressive range of wildlife on property in Empire Township. In the course of 24 hours the group identified six species of fish, five kinds of amphibians and 15 different mammals including something called a meadow jumping mouse, an adorable little thing with oversized hind legs that is capable of leaping as far as three feet.
The contestants showed off their dance moves, their fashion sense, their talents and their thoughts on the world around them and when they were finished Keri Pietsch had been crowned the newest Miss Farmington. Pietch was one of nine contestants competing for the crown, which comes with a $1,500 scholarship. Kristy Maguire was crowned First Princess and Haley Luhman was crowned Second Princess. In the Little Miss Farmington competition it was Ellie Seyfert who came out on top of the field of 12 hopefuls.
Terri Petter's grand plans for a restaurant and wildlife education center in Empire Township appear to be going the way of the dodo. Petter founded Wolves Woods and Wildlife in 2006 with the goal of teaching people about wild animals of all kinds. Her plan even then was to eventually expand into the building until recently occupied by Oak and Treasures, the Highway 50 furniture store owned by her mother, Eunice.
I realize retailers need to expand their offerings these days to attract larger crowds of shoppers. I've gotten used to walking through stores where diapers are on shelves next to digital cameras. Still, stores still come up with offerings that surprise me. Last weekend I was at Best Buy to shop for a wireless router, though I could just as easily have been there to by a CD, or a dishwasher or a GPS navigator. There were racks filled with video games and shelves stacked with air conditioners.
This was a big year at Farmington High School. The move to a new building, the addition of ninth graders to the building and the move to a new schedule -- with a brand new Zero Hour to start the day -- mean a lot of adjusting for students and staff. But principal Ben Kusch said things ran smoothly pretty much from the start. Now that the Year One at the new building is over, we sat down with Kusch to reflect on the year that just passed. Did things go well this first year? I think things went very well this year. I think it's fair to say it was a year of firsts.
Farmington School Board members got some good news Monday on the growth of students during the school year that just ended. Results of the spring Northwest Education Association test showed good progress for students from the fall administration of the test. The district gives the NWEA gives the test to students in second through ninth grades in the spring and the fall and uses the results to demonstrate how students have learned during the year and to find areas where improvement is needed.