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Michelle's column: Having family far from home can be a challenge


I think I was 18 when my godfather, my uncle David, and his family moved from Rochester to California.

I remember going to a picnic to say goodbye to his family. I remember taking pictures of my sister and my cousin, Molly, who were only a month apart in age. Since my sister started kindergarten the same year I started college, I suppose they must have been 5 or 6 at the time.

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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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