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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 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. 
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