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Don Gamer served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He continued his service to the community when he moved to Farmington.

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Farmington Navy veteran Don Gamer gave of himself when his country called on him during the Vietnam War. These days, he gives of himself when his community calls on him. 


Gamer was just 17 years old when he entered the Navy in 1954 — his parents had to sign a waiver allowing him to enter because he wasn’t an adult yet. He was barely done with boot camp when he boarded the USS Phillipine SeaCVA-43 at the end of the Korean Conflict.

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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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