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The environmental service contractor Beterman Brownie, Inc. was called in to "vacuum" diesel from the Vermillion River as part of Wednesday's cleanup efforts. The company returned to Farmington on Thursday to continue the work.

Likely source of Vermillion River diesel leak was not supposed to be there

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Farmington planning director Lee Smick isn't sure when, or how, the property at the corner of Willow and Fourth streets went from storage to salvage. One thing is certain -- salvage yards like the one that sprung up at that location are not allowed within city limits.


The property came to Smick's attention last week after a catch basin filled with diesel fuel leaked into the Vermillion River

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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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