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New York writer Carolyn Quinn has been researching Farmington's history as part of the background for her book, "Mama Rose: Gypsy Rose Lee's Indomitable Stage Mother." Through her research Quinn found a link between Farmington and the legendary burlesque entertainer's family.

New York writer is researching Farmington for forthcoming book

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When New York City writer Carolyn Quinn releases her book, "Mama Rose: Gypsy Rose Lee's Indomitable Stage Mother," Farmington will be part of the tale.


It turns out, Farmington has a tie to the burlesque entertainer, Gypsy Rose Lee. Her mother, Rose Thompson Horvick, once fled from a fire in a Farmington candy store.

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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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