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Busy hands, happy hearts at First Presbyterian Church in Farmington

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Hands busy trimming and pinning the material before her, 96-year-old Irene Spaniol shared a personal philosophy Tuesday morning.

"I think God gives everyone a talent, and it's up to you to use it," she said.


Spaniol has been using one of her particular talents -- quilting -- for the good of others for more than 50 years. She's part of a long-running group of quilters at Farmington's First Presbyterian Church.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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