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

An overlooked treasure

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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 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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