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With a keen eye for color and texture, Jackie Dooley puts together another garden outside the sheep barn at the Dakota County Fair on Monday. Dooley cares for about 40 gardens she has planted on the fairgrounds.

Getting dirty

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It's Monday morning. It's steamy-warm outside. It's one week until the opening day of the Dakota County Fair.

And there's a 5x5-foot patch of black dirt outside the sheep barn at the fairgrounds that needs to be dealt with.

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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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