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Mature oak trees like this one are part of a valuable ecosystem that is disappearing around Minnesota.

An overlooked treasure


It's pretty hard not to notice the large, shady trees along Akin Road.

They've been there for what seems like forever, so no one really pays too much attention to them, right?

Wrong. Two Farmington church congregations do, and their efforts to save what turns out to be an endangered habitat were acknowledged by the city of Farmington Monday night.

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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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