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Ryan Cunningham, Josh McClure, Jacob Noll and Andrew Benson receive instruction from a state fire marshal's office trainer as they prepare to start their competition last weekend. The trainer was impressed with their performance and commented on the importance of conducting a 360 (walkaround) of the structure, which many posts overlooked. The local Explorers will test their skills again this weekend.

Aspiring firefighters will learn this weekend what the job takes


Since early December, eight students ages 14-18 have been learning what it takes to be a firefighter. This weekend, they'll see if they actually have what it takes.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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