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Farmington firefighter and rescue squad member Mark Arens, right, was named Firefighter of the Year during the fire department’s Jan. 17 annual banquet. Arens is pictured with chief Tim Pietsch.

Firefighter of the Year: He’s not an average guy

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Farmington firefighter Mark Arens says he’s just “an average guy.” But his colleagues on the Farmington Fire Department beg to differ.


To the membership of the Farmington Fire Department, Arens’ commitment to helping others in crisis is far above average, and that’s why Arens has been named Farmington firefighter of the Year for 2013.

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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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