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Farmington resident Peter Christenson was in Haiti during the Jan. 12 earthquake. It took a couple of days, but he was able to get home to his wife, Kelsey, and their boys, Jon and Jack, safely.

A front row seat to a national disaster

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When Farmington chef Peter Christenson boarded his plane Jan. 9, he thought he was going to do some mission work and help install a bread oven at an orphanage. What he didn't realize was that he'd soon get a first-hand look at the devastation that follows an earthquake.


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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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