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Tim Vanderlinde won a close competition for the honor of kissing a pig Saturday at Dew Days. The annual event raised nearly $700 for the Rambling River Center.

Q and A: Kiss the Pig winner puckered up for a good cause

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A member of the Farmington Fire Department and a Dakota Electric employee, Tim Vanderlinde was crowned as the 2011 Kiss the Pig winner Saturday.


It wasn't as bad an experience as he thought it might be, but Vanderlinde's still not sure why he was asked to be a contestant. Once he was named the winner, though, he stepped right up to the challenge and gave the crowd a good laugh at the same time.

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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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