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Cpl. Michael Ybarra took an overnight flight to Minnesota, then hid in the basement so he could surprise his daughter, Alyssandra, at her preschool class Friday.

A welcome surprise for Farmington girl

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It took Alyssandra Ybarra a few seconds to spot the special visitor at the back of her classroom last Friday afternoon. When she finally did, a smile spread across her face that likely didn’t go far for the rest of the day. Maybe longer.

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“Daddy!” she said, then ran to embrace the father she hadn’t seen in person for nine months.

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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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