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 new housing development is coming to Farmington, but not without a few reservations among Farmington City Council members. The development is new, but the location is not. Located west of Cambodia Avenue and south of 210th Street in the eastern section of Farmington, the site was originally platted as the Sunrise Ponds project in 2006.
Great ideas don’t always happen during normal business hours. Just ask Anna Achtenberg, owner of Anna’s Bananas in Farmington. Or ask the kids at Children’s Hospital, for that matter. In just nine days, the four Anna’s Bananas Daycare locations collected nearly 500 Easter baskets for kids receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital. The baskets were delivered Thursday, April 17. It was somewhere around 2:30 a.m., earlier in April, when Achtenberg woke up with the idea of providing Easter baskets for the kids at Children’s. She’s not sure what triggered the idea.
Farmington’s annual Patriotic Day ceremony always honors veterans. This year, though, none of the featured veterans will be able to participate in the program. That’s because the 2014 Patriotic Day ceremony is highlighting veterans from the Civil War. It’s a different spin on the ceremony, which has in recent years featured veterans from World War II, the Korean War and, last year, Vietnam. Veterans of those conflicts were able to attend, but there are no Civil War veterans left to attend this year’s event.
Getting from Farmington to Vermillion or Hastings will be a little trickier in the future, thanks to some changes the Minnesota Department of Transportation is making along Hwy. 52. County State Aid Highway 66 connects Farmington, from Hwy. 3, to CSAH 62 in Vermillion. As part of that route, drivers have to cross the four-lane Hwy. 52. But MnDOT has decided drivers will no longer be able to make a straight connection on CSAH 66 by crossing Hwy. 52. From 2006 to 2010, there were 27 crashes at that intersection.
50 years ago From the April 16, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Queens coming to style show Queens Shirley Borell, Farmington; Amy Marin, Lakeville; Kathy Burch, Burnsville; Karen Quinnell, Randolph; Karyn Groth, Rosemount, and Mary Jane Lewandowski, Northfield, will be royally presented during the style show and will be our honored guests. The Farmington Women’s Club and their committees have been working diligently with the cooperation of the local business owners to bring the ladies, young and old a most enjoyable afternoon. Turtles are collected for experiments here A F
April 4 Disorderly conduct, brawling or fighting, 20600 block of Flagstaff Ave. April 5 Larceny from building, 100 block of Oak St. Theft of motor fuel from retailer, 18500 block of Pilot Knob Rd. Suspicious person, 190th Street West and Dunbury Avenue April 6 Vehicle theft, Chippendale Avenue Found property, 18100 block of Echo Dr. April 7 Larceny from auto, 1300 block of Prairie View Tr. April 9 Check welfare, 600 block of Ninth St. Larceny from auto, Embers Avenue Assist other agency, 200 block of 12th St.
When the severe weather sirens go off — twice — on April 24, there may well not even be a cloud in the sky. But Farmington’s and Rosemount’s police chiefs still want residents to think about taking cover. April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. Each day has a different theme, but the consistent message from the chiefs to the residents is simple: be prepared. “The main message is that we have Severe Weather Week for a reason,” said Rosemount police chief Eric Werner.
Occasionally, it helps to think outside the box. Especially when that box is a school building. That’s what Farmington middle school media arts teacher Kjerstin Tharaldson did with her students last week. They thought about the area outside of their school buildings, and took the classroom outdoors. Lots of teachers take their students outside when it’s nice. But Tharaldson decided that, since her students were already going to be outside, they might as well do something for the good of their community and the environment.
Farmington City Council members understand the Farmington Fire Department’s want of a new ladder truck. They even understand the need. But what they don’t know yet is where to come up with $1.2 million to get one in the near future. Five members of the Farmington Fire Department’s vehicle committee sat down with council members at a workshop Monday, to talk about the department’s desire to add a ladder truck sometime in the next few years. The committee has done its research, assistant chief Jim Schmitz said.
My 5-year-old niece and nephew were pretty jealous when, last weekend, I talked about taking my little dog, Rissa, to the dog park one afternoon. “Um, Michelle?” said Joe, “I would like to go to the park with you.” “Can we both come?” his twin sister, Emma, asked. “Sorry, you guys,” I said. “I’m taking Rissa to a park for dogs, and I don’t have enough room in my back seat for Rissa and both of you.” My reply was followed by a disappointed, “Aww!” in unison. They kind of don’t understand what the dog park thing is all about yet.