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Feely Elevator Mark Malecha is lowered to the ground after being pulled from a corn silo around 7:40 p.m. Thursday night.

Special operations team is there when you need them

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It's not every day local fire and rescue personnel come across a man buried in corn or a hazardous Mercury spill, but when they do, they know there's help to be had in the Dakota County Special Operations Team.

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The DCSOT played a big role in the Feb. 4 rescue of Feely Elevator manager Mark Malecha. They assisted at the 35W bridge collapse in 2007, and, in 2004, cleaned up a mercury spill in Rosemount.

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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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