Looking back: Train derailed near Castle Rock, 200 escaped unhurt 50 years ago
Michelle Leonard Farmington Independent
life 50 years ago
From the Dec. 26, 1963
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
200 escape as “rocket” is derailed at 70 m.p.h. in -20 weather
Two hundred persons escaped unhurt, only because a miracle prevented Rock Island’s passenger Rocket from being dumped as it was derailed at 70 miles per...
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.