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Ken Kuchera was Farmington's fire chief for more than 20 years.

Longtime fire chief Ken Kuchera dies

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Farmington's firefighters have a lot of planning to do this week. Come Friday, Station 1 will likely be flooded with people, as the department and the community say goodbye to a friend and colleague.


Longtime Farmington fire chief Ken Kuchera died Sunday, June 6, following a lengthy battle against colon cancer. He was 63.

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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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