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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I was never supposed to be here. Not this job. Definitely not this long. I didn’t grow up dreaming of reporting the news. I never took a journalism class. I...
People who know Rachael Cochrane like to joke that if the zombie apocalypse ever comes, they’re heading to her house because she’s basically self-sustaining. They’re probably not far off. Between the large garden plot, the coop full of chickens and the recently added hive of bees, Cochrane has just about everything you need to survive if the dead ever start walking the earth. To complete the pioneer-woman vibe, Cochrane taps trees in her yard for maple syrup and grinds her own wheat for baking.
Farmington School District superintendent Jay Haugen will take an extended leave in June and July to spend more time with his wife, the district announced last week. Janet Haugen was diagnosed with cancer 2 ½ years ago. She recently discontinued her treatment and has entered hospice. Haugen’s leave began June 20 and will continue through July 22. While he is gone, educational programs director Barb Duffrin will serve as superintendent with help from the rest of the cabinet.
Anika Rychner knows there are seniors in Farmington and Rosemount who are struggling to get by. There are hundreds of seniors in Farmington and in Rosemount living near or below the poverty line. Rychner, director of self-sufficiency for 360 Communities, knows there is help available for them, too. The challenge has been getting seniors to take advantage.
When Tim Giles took over the development now known as the New Sunrise Addition, there were few signs of life. There were nine occupied houses, and a lot of weedy lots. Started 10 years ago as Sunrise Ponds at the height of the local housing boom, the project had stalled and gone into foreclosure. Giles, a longtime developer in Farmington, bought it a few years ago from the bank and started making changes. He increased the lot sizes and did away with plans for an alley running behind the houses. That allowed him to push the homes farther back into the lots.
Dew Days events are underway in downtown Farmington and a few other locations around town. We'll add to our photo gallery throughout the day Saturday. For a full schedule of events check out this story .
I’m getting soft in my old age. Or maybe it’s my advancing middle age. Does that sound better? It probably does. I’m getting soft in my advancing middle age. I’m also getting soft in my middle. The two might be related. The unsettling reality of the situation is hitting me in several ways. It’s increasingly clear I can no longer hope to ride my bike once a week and to come home from that long weekend ride ready to do anything more productive than collapse onto the couch. But, I mean, collapse onto the couch in the most vital and active way possible.
A Farmington man has been charged with domestic assault after reports he got into a fight with his girlfriend early on the morning of May 29. According to a complaint...
One week before Dew Days activity really starts to heat up, Darla Donnelly is feeling pretty cool. The quirks of the calendar mean this year’s community celebration is earlier than usual, but Donnelly was ready to go. “I think it’s going really well,” she said last week. “The Flavors (of Farmington) is bigger than ever. We’ve got more different restaurants.”
Teachers in the Farmington School District will get a 2.15 percent raise in each year of a new contract approved Monday by the Farmington School Board. Human resources director MaryAnn Thomas said the total package including benefits is a 7.6 percent increase over the two years of the deal. It will cost the district an additional $1.5 million in its first year and $1.6 million in its second year. The deal is retroactive to July 1, 2015, when the last contract expired. “It’s a contract we are happy to bring forward to you,” Thomas said Monday.