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The Farmington High School Wind Ensemble helped open the 2012 Patriotic Day celebration by playing the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Farmington community gathers to thank its Veterans


Farmington Veterans of Foreign Wars Sypal-Lundgren Post 7662 commander Ron Ersfeld summed up the 2012 Patriotic Day celebration in three simple words: "pretty jam-packed." And he was right.

More than 1,200 free dinners of pork chops and mashed potatoes were served during the Nov. 1 event, and all 800 seats in the recital hall at Farmington High School were filled.

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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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