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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For a quarter century, Last Hope has been making matches between lonely animals and families who can love them. It's a service founder Bev Orr knows is needed more now than it was when she launched the organization in 1985. As families struggle with finances and lose their homes, more and more have had to give up beloved family pets. Orr has always had a soft spot in her heart for animals.
A reduction in property values around the Farmington School District should mean lower taxes next year for district residents. The District 192 School Board on Monday approved a preliminary tax levy of $19,632,920. That's down from $20,902,219 million last year. According to finance director Jeff Priess, the reduction is due primarily to the fact the state is picking up a bigger portion of the costs. The shift is the result of an approximately 6 percent reduction in property values districtwide. The change does not affect all district funds, but it has some big impacts in certain areas.
A former Rice County inmate, now incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, has been charged with conspiracy to murder Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County District Judge Rex Stacey. The Rice County Attorney's office on Wednesday charged John Stephen Woodward, 47, with two counts of conspiracy to commit premeditated first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. According to the complaint, investigators learned that Woodward hired and agreed to pay money to another inmate to murder Backstrom and Stacey, who pr
Money in various forms is on the agenda for the Farmington School Board when it meets Sept. 27. The board will vote on a contract for principals at the meeting. It will also approve a preliminary levy. The preliminary levy sets a maximum amount the district can collect in taxes next year.
The first hints of autumn are showing in Farmington. The breeze is crisp. A few of the trees are dipped in gold or crimson. In the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost wrote, "Nature's first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold." The fall sunrises are first tinged with gold, then the sky grows blue as the light changes. The first hue of autumn is gold, in the sunrise and the leaves. Then slowly the colors of crimson and orange take hold. Finally everything dwindles to the muted brown of late November. Last weekend I attended wedding in a country church up north.
Nearly one year after she moved to Farmington, Shidor owner Michelle Overby is doing better than she ever could have hoped. Business is booming at the secondhand store, which funds a nonprofit organization that helps single parents buy homes. And even in a difficult economy Overbey has been getting more donations than she can handle. Now, the business is growing. Overbey is making plans to open her second store in downtown Farmington.
Everyone has their own escape, something they can do to find peace and to stay calm in this crazy world we live in. For some it's little things like walking your dog, talking to your best friend, or even doing homework. Others find different, more intense ways to find their peaceful state of mind. Some of those things aren't just a major problem in schools, but in everyday life. Drugs affect everyone, not just the person using. Accor-ding to Kerby Anderson's Teen Drug Abuse, on average, young people first use alcohol at the age of 12 and first use drugs at age of 14.
Little by little, reality is catching up to the picture in Sherri Warner's mind. Warner and her husband, Tim, are spending this week putting the finishing touches on Studio 305. The downtown business, located at 305 Third St., will offer interior and garden decorating items as well as food and gifts. Warner hopes to open Sept. 25. Warner started working in earnest on the shop in March, but the idea has been in her head a lot longer than that.
Last week in this space I wrote about the change of sports seasons as a measure of our progression through the calendar year. It wasn't a bad analogy, but it wasn't perfect. The end of a baseball season might leave some people cold like a Minnesota winter, but it's not likely to force you inside for days at a time while you ponder the darkness outside. Well, at least not now that we know the Twins have clinched their division. There are other ways to measure the passing seasons, of course. The weather is one, but that has its pitfalls.
An apparently lost skunk sent some people running and had a few others trying to herd it out of town when it wandered downtown around 5 p.m. Thursday. According to Farmington police the animal chased a few people into their homes in the downtown area, then headed toward Third Street, where it wandered into at least two businesses. Police said there was nothing they could do about the skunk as long as it was downtown. Officers advised people to stay away and let it find its own way out of town.