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Leonard takes on new leadership role

Michelle Leonard, a member of American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189, Farmington, was elected as president of the Third District of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota for the 2014-15 year. She was installed at the district level during a May 18 ceremony.

Michelle Leonard’s path in the American Legion Auxiliary might have been set years ago.

Leonard, an Independent Town Pages staff writer, hadn’t even held her first meeting as president of Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 when she attended a membership rally in hopes of finding out more about the job. A converstation there led to a job as a district-level PR chair, and that involvement continued to grow until, just a few weeks ago, she was inducted as president of the Auxiliary’s Third District.

She also served three years as president of Farmington’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189.

The Third District covers a wide swath of central and southern Minnesota, including parts of Washington, Dakota, Goodhue, Scott and Nicollet counties.

The job will involve appearances around the state and a visit to the national convention, held this year in Charlotte, N.C.

Leonard is eligible to join the legion through her grandpa Eddie Pumper, who served in World War II.

“This is something I’ve always done as a way to keep Grandpa Eddie alive in my heart,” she said. “I think he’d be proud of me for working with veterans.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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