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Farmington Yellow Ribbon program hits a milestone


It was a warm, early summer evening back in 2008. A smattering of 50 or so people sat scattered around the cafetorium at Meadowview Elementary School. They were there to hear about a new concept called “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.”

That’s what it was back then — only a concept. It was an idea for a network to support military men and women and their families. And Farmington mom of a soldier Annette Kuyper was right in the middle of it.

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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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