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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The city of Farmington is facing a potential lawsuit, brought on by former city planner, Lee Smick. Smick was fired from her position as city planner in February, after 17 years with the city of Farmington. According to Farmington city attorney Joel Jamnik, the city of Farmington received a notice of claim from Smick’s attorney on July 31. The matter has been in mediation for several weeks. However, Jamnik said, the city has not yet received a formal claim. “We are actively engaged in a dispute with a former employee,” Jamnik said. The Farmington City Council closed its meeting Monday to
Students at Dodge Middle School are getting a chance to explore their creative side — and their techie side — this year, thanks to the school’s computer and anime clubs. The clubs are more or less one and the same, but students have several things they can do or try if they choose to participate, advisor Chris Elwell said. “It’s pretty eclectic,” Elwell said. “I haven’t ever done this as a structured cycle of activity. I have always let the kids come up with their own interests and go from there.” Kids have a few options if they join the clubs.
Back on Aug. 1, I made a then-startling observation after looking at my calendar: I didn’t have a day off — a day to stay at home and do whatever I wanted to do — until Sept. 14. Granted, August is pretty much a blur. I was busy here at work. I was busy getting my volunteers lined up for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum. And then I had to plan and pack for my weeklong trip to Charlotte, N.C., for the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention. I got through August and the state fair. I got into September. Along came Sept. 14, but no rest for this girl.
Kids grow fast. Really fast. And now that cooler weather is right around the corner, some parents may be wondering what to do with those jackets their kids have outgrown. North Trail Elementary School family support worker Char Anderson has a solution: donate those coats to the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program. Gently used, clean coats of all sizes will be accepted for the annual Coats for Kids collection from Oct. 5-17. The coats should be in good condition — buttons sewed on and zippers fixed — and ready to wear. Coats for Kids is a long-running program of the Salvation Army.
The Dakota County Library in Farmington gets to be pretty busy on Thursday mornings these days. Every Thursday morning, the students from Farmington’s new Gateway Academy visit the library. It’s a collaboration to bring students into a public library and teach them how to use it. “They’re trying to create a real-world experience for students,” library manager Barbara Svoboda said. “They come to visit us, and we’re slowly getting them to figure out how to use the library without our help. It’s good for both of us.” Students come over in three groups.
Farmington and Rosemount firefighters participated in a joint controlled burn over the weekend Michelle Leonard Staff writer Farmington and Rosemount firefighters got to have a little fun together Saturday. They...
It’s a series of circumstances that brings the statewide Youth In Music Band Championships to Farmington High School’s Tiger Stadium. But area folks who enjoy marching bands and field shows probably won’t argue with the location. Scheduled for Oct. 11, the tenth annual Youth In Music Band Competition will feature 14 competition bands, two guest exhibition bands and an exhibition performance by the FHS Tiger Marching Band. Since its inception, Youth In Music has been held at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
50 years ago From the Sept. 24, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune New Sanford Hospital opens this Friday, 4,500 view new facilities An estimated 4,500 persons attended the dedication and open house at the new Sanford Memorial Hospital Sunday despite overcast skies and a morning downpour.... The new facility is a 45-bed hospital which will open officially Friday, Sept. 25, Farmington. Ambulance Service has volunteered to move the patients free of charge. The estimated cost of the Sanford Hospital building is $511,650, according to Dean L.
After four years of hard work, planning and promotion, Ramble Jam seems to have gained a following as a favorite of country music fans. That is based on the 4,000 or so people that came to Farmington on Friday night, just to be a part of the 2014 country music festival. Planners of Ramble Jam, members of the Rotary Club of Farmington know this year’s festival went well. They know the event has gained not only popularity, but a firm footing as a Twin Cities-based country music event.
The first quarter honor roll for Dodge Middle School has been released.