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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While there are plenty of students out there who probably do not want to hear it, it's time to start getting ready for the start of a new school year. There is good news in both Farmington and Rosemount as the first day of classes approaches.
Science, having solved the rest of the worlds problems, now appears well on the way to telling us all what sounds we find most annoying. Surprisingly, not a single entry in the top 11 involves the assembled cast of all those Real Housewives shows. The work, according to a recent article from Mental Floss, is being done by British researcher Trevor Cox. Since 2007, he has been conducting an online project to gauge reactions to sounds that pierce eardrums, turn stomachs and generally wig us out.
Enrollment in Farmington Schools is ahead of projections and, maybe more significantly, ahead of where it was last year at this time. As of Aug. 12 the district had 3,396 students enrolled at the elementary level, 20 more than projected; 1,600 enrolled at the middle school level, 44 more than projected; and 1,891 enrolled at Farmington High School, 57 more than projected.
A Rosemount man who led Farmington police on a high-speed pursuit Aug. 6 had told dispatchers he planned to make officers kill him, according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office. Patrick Christopher Armstrong, 28, told police he was in his car and had a gun, a knife and a sword. He said he wanted four squad cars to respond. He also reportedly said he was a large man and would be combative.
A few weeks ago we wrote in this space about the benefits of making cities like Farmington and Rosemount friendlier to bikers. Encouraging people to bike around town rather than hop in the car every time they need to run an errand provides a natural form of exercise, and it allows people to better experience the city where they live. But there's more to making the streets bicycle-friendly than striping bike lanes. It also takes some cooperation between bikers and drivers.
As the fall sports season approaches members of the Farmington High School volleyball team are doing everything they can to prepare for action on the court. But they're also getting ready to do some good outside of the gym. On Aug. 19, the Tiger volleyball players plan to turn FHS into the site of a major community outreach project. The girls hope to pack 20,000 meals that day through Hope for the City, a Minnesota nonprofit that turns uses corporate surplus to provide meals to people in the community and around the world.
A 14-year-old Farmington boy was airlifted to Regions Hospital after being struck by a car on Highway 3 Tuesday afternoon. According to Minnesota State Patrol trooper Mike Gensmer, the 14-year-old...
Evan Gittus was going fast in the wrong direction when a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over June 15 in Empire Township. The deputy stopped Gittus, 20, of Eagan, shortly after 5 a.m. after clocking him going 91 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.
The first parade in which I was an active participant, so far as I can remember, was the Afton Fourth of July parade. This was years ago. My mother and step-father held a party each year, and somewhere along the line it became tradition to name one of the partygoers Miss Lake Kilgore, an honor that shared its name with the trout- and weed-filled pond in our front yard. It was quite prestigious. The winner's main qualification was that she be older than the 1951 Ford that served as her parade ride.
It's easy for a police officer to make a bad first impression. More often than not, when they're interacting with the public it's because something has gone wrong. Because they've made a traffic stop, or because someone has been the victim of a crime. They're often put in positions where they need to be in command of the situation, and at times that comes at the cost of being polite. Get to know most police officers outside of such situations, and you'll find them very different. But most people never get a chance to do that.