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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An inmate of the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Steven Lee Dingman, faces a charge of an assault in the fourth degree, following a July 9 incident in a cell block at the jail. According to the criminal complaint, the correctional deputy was helping to restrain Dingman, who apparently had been acting out of control and had been placed in a restraint chair. The deputy said that as he was unlocking Dingman's handcuffs, Dingman grabbed the deputy's right hand and twisted it, causing pain. The deputy said he repeatedly asked Dingman to release him. Dingman eventually released him.
Highway 3 is scheduled to be closed to all traffic from 142nd St. W to 140th Circle beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. It is scheduled to reopen at...
There isn't always a clear sign when it's time to retire. Sometimes, it's just a feeling that now is the right time. Rosemount police lieutenant Jewel Ericson has that feeling now. It's why he's ending a nearly 28-year police career he spent entirely in Rosemount. Ericson grew up with police work in his family. His grandfather was a sheriff in southern Minnesota, and his grandmother was a sheriff's deputy. His grandfather on the other side was a police officer for a short time. "It sparked my interest as a child, and I never lost that interest," he said.
The northbound lanes of Highway 52 near Highway 55 were closed for more than five hours early Friday morning as the Minnesota State Patrol investigated an accident involving a semi...
This week's Pet of the Week is a 10-month-old male shorthair. He was adopted through Last Hope and then returned because a child in the family was allergic to him. He is neutered and has all of his shots. He has been at Farmington Veterinary Clinic for a couple of days, is ready for adoption and is looking for a good home.
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.
When the portable classrooms came to Rosemount High School in the late 1980s, they were a solution to a problem. Eagan High School hadn't yet opened, and RHS was filled to overflowing with students. The portables were a necessity, and at one point they stretched in two rows from the building out to 142nd Street. Now, more than 20 years later, the last of them is gone. It was dismantled Saturday morning while crowds lined up in the parking lot for Rosemount's Leprechaun Days parade. At RHS, that is both good news and bad news.
A gray and rainy Saturday and cooler than normal temperatures all week long couldn't put a damper on Rosemount's Leprechaun Days celebration. Attendance was strong at events throughout the week, and Leprechaun Days committee president Diane Wellman said numbers were particularly strong at events intended for children. Last year's kiddie parade drew just 10 kids, Wellman said. This year's, held in a new location, featured 63 units. Attendance at a kids' dance grew from 120 last year to 180 this year.
By the time you read this, many same sex Minnesota couples could be packing their bags, preparing to embark on a long-awaited honeymoon. Just imagine: sightseeing in San Diego, canoodling in Cancun or sipping Sangria in Spain, reliving the wedding you feared would never be afforded to you. All because our state did the right thing and legalized gay marriage.
July 22 Found property, 160 Street West and Pilot Knob Road Theft, from vehicle, value over $1000, 14400 block of Cameo Ave. Possessing/receiving stolen property, Chippendale Avenue and Dodd Boulevard Found bicycle, 14700 block of Canada Ave. Medical, mental health, 2900 block of 145 St. W. Accident, motor vehicle, property damage, deer, 145 Street East and Courthouse Boulevard Miscellaneous officer welfare check, 15500 block of Dapple Cir. Medical, mental health, 14800 block of Robert Tr. S. July 23