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 served as 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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A 37-year-old Farmington woman who went missing in November has been found dead in Wisconsin. The body of Laura Jean Simonson was found June 5 in a suitcase near Geneva, Wis. Wednesday afternoon, Steven M. Zelich, 52, of West Allis, Wis., was taken into custody in connection with Simonson’s death. On Thursday, the Farmington family of Simonson asked, through Farmington police detective sergeant Lee Hollatz, to be left alone as they deal with Simonson’s death. The family has declined all comment on the incident. Simonson’s body and the body of another woman, Jenny M.
I have never been accused of being graceful. I got up early Monday morning. Got myself all dressed up — skirt, blouse, blazer and my sassy red, patent leather, three-inch heels. It was a big day for me. A couple of weeks ago I was installed as the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota Third District president for the 2014-15 year. Well, a week ago I received an email from the president of the American Legion Auxiliary Dan Patch Unit 643. She asked me to come to their meeting this week and do the installation of officers. I was thrilled.
After 18 years of hosting one of Farmington’s most popular Dew Days events, Missie Kohlbeck herself was chosen to kiss a pig on Saturday. Rambling River Center supervisor for nearly 19 years, Kohlbeck started a new role as recreation supervisor for the city of Farmington earlier this year. Her replacement, Nicole Gorman, naturally was put in charge of this year’s kiss the pig fundraiser event. When Gorman asked Kohlbeck to be one of the contestants, well, it surprised Kohlbeck just a little. “It kind of blindsided me a little bit,” Kohlbeck said Monday. “I just didn’t see it coming.
Though fire investigators have a better idea of what happened in a June 15 fire that left a 69-year-old Farmington woman dead, the exact cause has not yet been determined...
When two car fires happened within minutes, and blocks, of each other last weekend, Farmington firefighters knew something wasn’t quite right. Farmington fire chief Tim Pietsch won’t release the cause of the two fires, but called them both “suspicious at this point.” Firefighters were initially called to the 300 block of Sixth Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. While they were taking care of that fire, another call for a car fire came in two blocks away on the 300 block of Eighth Street.
50 years ago From the June 11, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Council talks private liquor – but not yet The possibility of private liquor licenses in Farmington...
Like the produce available there, the Farmington Farmers Market grows every year. And this year is no exception. The farmers market kicks off its summer run on June 19, during the early phase of Dew Days. This year’s market will feature selections from 19 vendors, three of which are new this year. In addition to produce, the market will offer specialty items like eggs, homemade soaps and lotions, barbecue sauces, homemade sodas and salsas. One of this year’s new vendors, The Herb Man, will bring bedding plants.
Police see good and bad when it comes to the public’s use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook Michelle Leonard Staff writer Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist had...
Summer reading just got a little easier for readers around Farmington. Just before the end of the school year, a new Little Free Library was installed outside the front doors of Riverview Elementary School, compliments of the school’s fifth graders in the Gifted and Talented program. The library is book sharing in its simplest form. It’s a mounted, wooden box with a lid that opens and closes without a lock. The box is stocked with books, and anyone is welcome to take one home to read or place one there for others. Teacher Constance Will received the Little Free Library box in December.
Farmington’s outdoor pool gets to be a pretty busy place during the hot days of summer.