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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Unlike the elusive Tooth Fairy who no one ever really sees, the Easter Bunny will not only be around for pictures this weekend, he’ll be bringing along some candy. The Easter Bunny is a featured guest at the Farmington Business Association’s annual Easter Carnival, which will take place Saturday at Meadowview Elementary School. The Easter Carnival has become a staple of the Easter weekend in Farmington.
Let’s talk for a second about prom, shall we? Prom season is right around the corner in Farmington and Rosemount. At most it’s around the corner and, like, halfway down the block. But it’s close. By at least one report, area malls are teeming with teen girls and their mothers presumably looking for the perfect dress. Or maybe shoes. Or, I don’t know. Hair stuff? Is that a thing teen girls look for at the mall? Whatever they’re looking for, I imagine malls are mildly terrifying places right now.
When Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Hannan was deployed to Afghanistan last fall, his 10-year-old son, Gavin, was upset. It was the third time in Gavin’s life his father had been deployed, and he felt guilty about having fun without his dad. But Gavin might have had himself a pretty good time Tuesday morning, when he met Gov. Mark Dayton as part of a Month of the Military Child program at the Minnesota State Capitol. Gavin, his mom, Gayle, and his 3-year-old sister, Reagan, were invited to the capitol rotunda as part of the fourth annual Purple Up! Day event. The Purple Up!
The corner of Denmark Avenue and CR. 50 will soon look much different. Great River Energy, which provides energy for Dakota Electric Association, is planning to build a 60-panel solar energy system on the southeast corner of Denmark and CR 50. The location was formerly used for a DEA substation, but has not been utilized since the substation was removed in 2006. The project came before the Farmington Planning Commission at its April 8 meeting.
Spring has finally sprung, and that’s got lots of gardeners thinking ahead in hopes of bringing a little color to their flower beds and container gardens. The warmer weather has members of the Farmington Business Association thinking those thoughts as well. Every year, the FBA provides extra-large flower pot arrangements for the street corners in downtown Farmington, as well as along English Avenue on the north end of town.
Farmington’s Urban Chicken Ordinance has been on the books just over one year, and now one resident would like to see it tweaked, just a bit. On Monday, Melissa Hall approached the Farmington City Council and asked if they would consider an amendment to the current ordinance, which was approved in March, 2013. Commonly known as the chicken ordinance, the current ordinance allows residents on lots 10,000 square feet or larger to build a chicken coop and chicken run and house up to three chickens on their property. The problem for Hall, though, is that her family’s home sits on a 9,876-square
Thanks to a new online service, residents in Farmington and Rosemount can track the date, location and type of criminal activity happening in their neighborhoods. Launched earlier this month, RaidsOnline will be available to Dakota County residents in the near future. Farmington’s police department has already launched its participation in the project, and Rosemount’s police department is not far behind. RaidsOnline is an online crime map.
Farmington’s Valmont Industries was one of five companies to receive grant funding in the first round of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Minnesota Job Creation Fund allocations. The Minnesota Job Creation Fund is a $24 million program that was approved by Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature last spring to encourage economic development. Valmont’s award of $129,000 was part of an overall $2.27 million distributed between the qualifying companies. The fund is set up as a pay-for-performance program.
A monthly update from Farmington area organizations and clubs. Trinity Care Center Trinity Care Center’s Annual Indoor Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Free of cost. Visitors can participate in an egg hunt, dye their own egg, face paint, decorate their own cookies, pluck a duck, and visit the Easter Bunny. The event is open to the public. Farmington Days The annual Farmington Dew Days celebration is just two months away and we are making more plans for it every week. We are planning a series of events geared for middle school-aged teens this year.
50 years ago From the April 2, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune MacPhee-Lange in Farmington, to hold open house, Sunday The MacPhee-Lange Funeral Home, Farmington, in advertisements in this week’s Tribune, extends an invitation to everyone to visit the newly-redecorated facilities of the home.... Jerry Lange, a newcomer to Farmington, and a mortician at the home, will be there to welcome visitors. Farm-Hardware store to open in Town’s Edge A farm supply and hardware store, which yet has no name, will open about May 1, at Town’s Edge Shopping Center, Farmington, is wa