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Eliminating the economic development specialist position was not an easy decision for Farmington city administrator David McKnight, but it was a necessary one.


On Monday, McKnight gave economic development specialist Tina Hansmeier the news that her position has been eliminated and her last day with the city will be Monday, Feb. 13. The cut was due to a projected $370,000 budget shortfall in 2013.

"I have a budget hole to fill. That is the reason for this, period," he said.

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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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