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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I think I was 18 when my godfather, my uncle David, and his family moved from Rochester to California. I remember going to a picnic to say goodbye to his family. I remember taking pictures of my sister and my cousin, Molly, who were only a month apart in age. Since my sister started kindergarten the same year I started college, I suppose they must have been 5 or 6 at the time. David and his family never came back to Minnesota to live, although they have come for visits several times over the years.
It was a little warm and stuffy on June 6, but that was just fine for the staff at the Farmington outdoor pool. Warm and stuffy is good when pool season starts. Just after noon on Friday, the first swimmers jumped into the outdoor pool, officially kicking off the pool’s 44th season in Farmington. This year’s season includes a few special events, parks and recreation director Randy Distad said. The School’s Out for Summer event will be held June 19. The Swim and Jam event is set for July 17, and the Back to School Bash is scheduled for Aug. 14.
With a proposed 6.6 percent net tax levy increase on the books for 2015, Farmington City Council members have officially started their budgeting process. At a Monday workshop, council members got the first look at the proposed general fund and debt service fund budgets and tax levies for 2015. The early numbers present a budget of $3 million in revenues, and $11.5 in expenditures, according to the draft provided by Farmington finance director Robin Hanson. The city has little control over some of those expenditures, Hanson said.
Dakota City Heritage Village is opening the doors to many of its buildings for three events this summer. The events are called Family and Friends Fun Days, and they are meant to be a time for folks to just stop by the village and check things out. “They’re for anybody who wants to come out and experience life in the 1900s,” said education director Alisa Peterson. Visitors will also be able to stop in and see several of the buildings.
More than 400 students participated in the 131st Commencement exercises at Farmington High School on June 6. The FHS Class of 2014 was the first to have an outdoor ceremony at the current high school.
50 years ago From the June 4, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune National Bank charter denied The May 30 issue of Commercial West, a banking magazine, has reported that the application for a bank charter for the Dakota National Bank at Farmington, Minn., has been disapproved in Washington.... Regarding the local Dakota National charter, we understand the local group has already applied for representation and were again disapproved. Promoters attempting to establish the national charter here said they learned from the comptroller that it is apparently not the policy of the nationa
As spring sports seasons come to an end, Farmington High School is also wrapping up its participation in the Missota Conference. With that in mind, Tiger Fan Club is putting out a request for new members. Tiger Fan Club is an organization that exists to support Farmington athletics and the community. As FHS moves to the bigger South Suburban Conference, current members are looking for new folks to step up and help with the transition. Tiger Fan Club has helped generations of Farmington student athletes.
School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean all Dakota County kids want to stop learning about history. There are plenty of kids who will gladly put down their iPads and turn off their smartphones, just so they can learn how to not use technology every day. Dakota City Heritage Village’s two summer camps, Apprentice Camp and Teen Volunteer Camp, are filling up quickly. The Apprentice Camps will be held June 23-26, and July 21-24.
Farmington finance director Robin Hanson is not ready to make any projections when it comes to the 2015 budget and levy. But give it a month or two, and she’ll have a much better handle on both. The Farmington City Council will meet with Hanson and city staff on Monday to start the 2015 budget process. Hanson is working with city staff this week, to develop a list of priorities for each department.
The Dakota County Library in Farmington is usually a pretty busy place during the summer, and that likely won’t change this year, even though the library building itself is still under construction. The library has been set up on the second floor of Farmington City Hall since the beginning of the year, while construction crews work on a renovation to the library building across the street. Renovation work is expected to continue through June and July, said Dakota County Library senior cluster manager Lee Schubert.