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‘Guardian angel’ has made a big difference this year at North Trail Elementary

North Trail Elementary School has had a guardian angel this year, the kind that makes umbrellas and winter coats and student snacks appear as if by magic.

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Students get a new voice on Farmington school board

Farmington students will have a whole new voice in the way their school district runs starting next fall. The Farmington School Board on Monday reached a consensus on a plan to add two student members to the board. The position will be open to high school juniors and seniors and will be filled by an application process.

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Hairhouse Studio owners have come to enjoy running their own business

For a little more than a year now, Liz Parenteau and her husband, Joel, have owned Hairhouse Studio in Farmington. They bought the former Sports Cuts Salon in March of last year and transformed it from a sports-themed barber shop to something that better fit their interests.

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Farmington Marine met President Obama at an event paying tribute to fallen officers

Farmington High School graduate Ashton DeFusco had a close encounter with President Barack Obama at a recent event in Washington, D.C.

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Girls golf: Swenson leads Tigers with a 33

The Farmington girls golf team held on to seventh in the final Missota Conference standings with a seventh-place finish Monday at Chaska Town Course.

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Fun and games and capes and ice cream in Farmington

Sarah Carrero believes single moms are heroes, which is the short explanation for why there will be a few dozen women and children running through Farmington in costume Saturday.

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Garofalo and Clausen supported same-sex marriage; Wills and Thompson opposed

For Rep. Pat Garofalo, last week’s vote on same-sex marriage came down to a matter of practicality. He figured the legislation had the votes it needed to pass, so he tried to get something he believed his constituents wanted.

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Column: What’s your bid?

A few weeks ago in this space I wrote about a survey that found Minnesota was one of the country’s hot spots for finding a sugar daddy. Now it seems Twin Cities residents are signing up in droves at whatsyourprice.com, a dating website that promises to remove the complications from matchmaking by allowing users to bid actual cash for a date with people they find attractive.

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Girls golf: Swenson led Farmington girls at last two meets

For the Farmington girls golf team, just getting on the course this spring has been something of a victory. The Tigers have competed in just three meets so far in a season filled with cancellations and adjusted schedules, and while they have not yet been in contention for any titles, coach Jon Stock is happy with what he has seen.

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Boys golf: Holmstrom shoots 73 to lead Tigers

For Erik Holmstrom, boring was a good thing May 7. Holmstrom shot a 73 at Southern Hills to lead a Tiger team that finished fifth behind Lakeville South, Eagan, Lakevile North and Red Wing.

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Column: The great outdoors

I remember one winter several years ago local news outlets ran stories about break-ins at ice houses on Minnesota lakes. I’m pretty sure I felt sorry for the victims.

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Column: Comic overload

I read a lot of comic books growing up. I wasn’t a collector, at least not in the sense that I put on white linen gloves to slide the books, still unread and perfect, into plastic bags to be stored in a humidity-controlled vault.

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Column: A bunch of dopes on bikes

The Tour de France got under way earlier this month in Belgium, a geographical anomaly I can only assume has something to do with a massive failure on the part of everybody’s global positioning systems. I realize most Americans don’t care much about a bunch of guys in tights half a world away, but if you want to claim to be a serious cyclist in this country you have to at least pretend to know what’s going on.

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Column: The great cooling debate

There was a great battle waged last weekend. OK, battle is probably too strong a word. So is skirmish, now that I think about it. I’d say kerfuffle, but that sound a little pretentious.

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Nathan's column: Taking shelter from the storm

The popular saying about weather in Minnesota is that if you don't like what you've got, you just have to wait 15 minutes for something different to come along. I suspect this is actually a saying most places, weather being what it is. You're no more likely to get a sudden rainstorm in Stillwater, Minn. than you are in Stillwater, Okla. There probably will just be more antiques to get wet.

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Column: A week of good music

I have attended more than my share of gigantic concerts lately. It’s been, like, my share and half the share of some other guy who doesn’t really go to that many live shows.

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Column: A word of advice

It has become something of a tradition, this attempt I make each year to impart a little wisdom to another class of graduating seniors. I don’t do it because there is an overwhelming demand. Far from it. I don’t believe anyone has ever actually asked for my advice on the best way to tackle life post-high school.

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Column: Spicing up the grocery experience

I’ve never been a big fan of grocery stores. I go there because that's where the food is, and because I don't much care to hunt my own game, and because without them I would quickly run out of ice cream sandwiches, but it's never an experience I actually look forward to.

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Column: Progress you can drink

I like progress. Progress means I can watch television on a large, flat, high-definition screen instead of a Buick-sized console that weighs 600 pounds and has a black-and-white screen the size of a goldfish bowl.

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Column: Passing time at Target Field

A couple of weeks ago I made my first trip to Target Field for a Twins game. I gather I was about two years too late to catch anything resembling a quality home team, but, hey, the tickets were free. And while it’s not easy to tell from the photo I took, they were in fact in the stadium.

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