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I've been in Farmington for a long time already. A really long time.

Come June, I'll have been covering the Farmington community for no less than 19 years.


When I started, I was hired by the Lakeville Life & Times, which had a section dedicated to Farmington. Eventually the L & T was sold, and we merged with the Thisweek/Dakota County Tribune family. I continued to cover Farmington there for the next 18 months, until I was hired by the Independent.

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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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