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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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.
Two people died and one other was injured July 27 when a car driven by a 21-year-old St. Paul woman was broadsided on Highway 52 in Hampton. According to the Minnesota State Patrol the woman, Lui Thein of St. Paul, was turning eastbound onto 280th Street and did not yield to a northbound car driven by a 23-year-old Rochester woman. Both vehicles went into the ditch.
A Farmington family is finding somewhere else to live after an early morning fire destroyed much of their home Monday. Three people were at home in the Hartzell residence on the 5500 block of Lower 182nd Street when the fire started late Sunday, Mike Hartzell said. His wife heard something outside and thought she smelled smoke. "She looked out and saw the garage was on fire," Hartzell said.
City councils and school boards have a lot in common. They are the organizations most responsible for the day-to-day well being of a city’s residents. Their decisions affect the quality of the roads you drive on, the education your children receive and, at least on a local level, the taxes you pay.