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Farmington's Fire Explorers are, from left to right in the front row, Tyler Stone, Sara Borntrager, Hailey Franks, Jennefer Elfering and Alexandra Sitzman. In back are Kyle Ellefson, Lt. Drew Hanson, Lt. Justine Perron and Robin Ellis. Not pictured: Kyle Kratz.

Farmington fire explorers second in state skills competition

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Farmington Fire Explorer Post 9470 advisor Christopher Matek is pretty proud of the young men and women in the local Explorer post. Last Friday, they took second place in a statewide skills test at the Minnesota State Fair.


That's significantly better than the group did last year, when Post 9470 -- then in its first year as an Explorer program -- came in second to last.

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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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