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Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Paul Skoglund used accident reconstruction information to teach kids about the everyday value of math.

Dodge Middle School students get a crash course on the value of math


It's something teachers hear over and over: "What am I ever going to use this for?"

Dodge Middle School seventh grade accelerated math teacher Julie Hove has heard that question more than once. Students don't always understand why they need the skills they learn in school. But Hove knows that for some, the things they learn in her class will be put to good use in the future.

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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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