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New firefighter Amanda Christensen didn't know she was Farmington's first female firefighter until chief Tim Pietsch told her last week.

History-making hire

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When Amanda Christensen moved to Farmington last summer, she had no idea she was going to make history in her new community. All she knew was that she wanted to be a firefighter.


This week, she accomplished both when she sat down for orientation Monday evening.

Christensen was among the six newest Farmington fire fighters to start orientation this week. She's also the first woman to join the local department's ranks.

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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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