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A group of Farmington Youth Development students took 900 pairs of shoes to a distribution center in Iowa last spring as part of the Soles4Souls shoe collection project. This year, Youth Development hopes to collect more than 1,000 pairs of shoes.

A Farmington project with plenty of sole

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Like many young women, Sydney Bockelman really loves shoes.

Only, the Farmington High School junior loves shoes for a different reason than most.


Bockelman is the chairman of the Soles4Souls drive that will be held as part of the upcoming Games for Change event at FHS. She’s looking for as many pairs of shoes as she can get her hands on.

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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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