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Mike Slavik of Hastings is the new Dakota County commissioner for District 1. He replaces Joe Harris, who served this area for more than 30 years.

New era begins in Dakota County

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When Mike Slavik was first elected to the Hastings City Council in 2006, his parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, that political science degree he'd earned at St. John's University was going to be used.


Well, now Slavik is using that degree full time. He was sworn last week in as the new Dakota County Commissioner for District 1.

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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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