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 cost of renting some facilities at Farmington schools could go up starting in July if the District 192 School Board approves a new fee table Monday. The increase, which would be the first in the district since 2009, would raise fees to use some district facilities by $1 or $2 per hour in each of the next three years. Not all facilities would be affected, and not all of the facilities that would see increased fees will see increases in each of the three years covered in the plan.
Before January, Deborah Hanson and Bonnie Heim were strangers. Now, they're business partners. Things move fast sometimes. When Hanson and Heim met, Hanson was running Vendors Unique Boutique, a collection of independent vendors operating from a mall in Rosemount. She was unhappy with the location, though, and she was looking to move. Heim was a vendor interested in renting a space. The two got along, and as they talked they discovered they had skills that complemented each other. Heim has a long history in bookkeeping and office management. Hanson is good with people.
Farmington School Board members are expected to make at least a preliminary decision Monday about whether to sell a conservation easement for as much as half of a property the district owns in Castle Rock Township. The easement in its biggest form would take up as much as 86 acres and bring the district an estimated $312,000 from Dakota County, which is trying to create a conservation corridor along the Vermillion River. The easement would also likely bring with it some costs, because the district would be expected play a part in restoring habitat in the area.
Were they interested in such things -- and I honestly can't imagine why they would be -- historians might record last weekend as the precise point when this seemingly never-ending winter finally broke my spirit. As the time I finally threw up my arms (metaphorically) and shut myself inside my house and away from the gloomy weather for two straight days (mostly literally). It didn't seem like things would work out quite that way when the weekend started. I had a good time Thursday night at a fundraiser for the Dakota County Technical College Foundation.
Michael Thanghe admitted to police he shouldn't have been driving when he was pulled over March 28. But that might be the least of his problems. Thanghe, 33, of Faribault, has been charged with possession of theft tools and receiving stolen property after he was found with battery cables believed to have been stolen from Marschall Lines bus company in Farmington. A Farmington police officer stopped Thanghe around 9:15 p.m. after becoming suspicious of a car driving through the Farmington Industrial Park.
Change can either be a good thing, or a bad thing. Life teaches you that. If life is throwing you some hard obstacles, it can be hard to decide what to do. For example, if you know you should study for a test but you also want to hang out with your friends. On the other hand, some kinds of change can be not so good. For example, if you made your varsity sports team one year, and got surpassed by another person and moved down to JV the next year, you might be disappointed about that change.
Charitable gambling is going high tech in Farmington. Celts Pub last week joined the growing list of Minnesota locations offering electronic pull tabs in addition to the traditional paper variety. It is one of just a handful of locations in Dakota County to offer the devices, which were approved last year as a way to pay for the state's share of a new Vikings stadium. The Rosemount American Legion started offering e-tabs in December and was the first location in either Farmington or Rosemount to do so. That slow spread has been a point of contention for some.
I've been hearing a lot lately about Bitcoins, which are a kind of Internet-based money that's real in the same way Kate Upton is really my Internet girlfriend. Which is to say, if I try hard enough I might be able to convince a few nerds, but most of the world will just look at me like I'm crazy. OK, that's not entirely true. Bitcoins are real in that they are a thing that exists. There is a finite number of them, and you can spend actual cash to acquire them. There are places where you can spend them.
The Farmington School District's selection as an innovation zone is exciting. Probably. It's hard to say too much about the designation at this point, because nobody seems sure exactly what it means. In theory, it will lead to a loosening of some regulations if it appears the rules will hold the district back. But it's not clear yet just how flexible the Minnesota Department of Education is willing to be. Are we talking a nudge here and a tweak there, or full-on, throw-out-the-rule-book freedom? If we were to guess, the reality will probably be closer to the former than the latter.
Farmington superintendent Jay Haugen has some big ideas about the future of education, and now he has support from the state to help turn them into reality. Along with its partner district in Spring Lake Park, the Farmington School District received Minnesota Department of Education approval last week as the state's first innovation zone, a designation meant to encourage new ways of thinking about helping students learn. Exactly how that will happen is not yet clear, but it appears the department of education will allow the district more flexibility and freedom from some rules and regulation