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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Farmington police have a new tool at their disposal that offers protection for the residents, and for the police officers who serve them. It’s been just shy of three weeks...
Farmington High School students have chosen the Top 10 candidates for 2014 homecoming king and queen. The candidates were announced Monday, Sept. 22. Students will choose their homecoming king and queen later this week. Coronation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., in the Farmington High School Recital Hall. For more information about next week's homecoming celebration, check out the Sept. 25 issue of the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages, on stands Wednesday, and online here, at farmingtonindependent.com, later this week.
Meadowview Elementary School has kicked off a new character development program, and it’s one staff hope will have a PAWS-ative effect on students. The PAWS program stands for Positive attitude, Act responsibly, Work and play safely, and Show respect. Those attributes are the fundamentals teachers and staff will work on teaching students throughout the school year, MVES counselor Jackie Brand said. A group of teachers has been working on the PAWS concepts over the past few months, Brand said.
In years past, I’ve gone on at length about my gardens. I love gardening, but this year my personal circumstances left me with no space — or time — to cultivate a full garden. That was unfortunate last spring, as I had a whole lot of seeds left from last year, and I really wanted to get my hands into some dirt. I found a compromise. I went back to my collection of large containers and started my container garden again. I found tomato and pepper seedlings from a grower at the St.
A new Code of Conduct policy has been approved for Farmington’s Rambling River Center, but that’s not to say the city’s senior members are causing any problems at the center. The code of conduct was approved by the Farmington City Council at its meeting Monday. It is a two-page policy that Farmington parks and recreation director Randy Distad said is designed to encourage members to be respectful of one another. The idea of a code of conduct was raised by Rambling River Center advisor Nicole Gorman, who told Distad such a policy is not uncommon in centers like Farmington’s.
If the word “muck” dredges up visions of sloppy, wet mud, it probably should.
City of Farmington executive assistant Cindy Muller is looking for a little bit of help from the community these days. She’d like to round up 80 or so residents who would like to serve as judges for the Nov. 4 general election. And she’d like to have them lined up by next Friday. Muller has a good base of long-time election judges, but she’s always looking to bring new residents on board.
No one is particularly sure why, but it seems that when the city of Farmington started its recycling program in the mid-1990s, multifamily lots — mostly apartments, but some townhomes as well — were not charged for the service. But 20 years later, that could change. At a Monday workshop, Farmington City Council members gave city staff direction to contact owners of the city’s multifamily properties and let them know they will now be charged for recycling. For years, 24 properties, including a combined 541 homes, have not been charged for recycling services.
Farmington residents will likely see some increase in the city portion of their property taxes in the coming year if the city council backs the 2015 preliminary budget and tax levy set during the Sept. 2 meeting. Council members worked on the 2015 budget and tax levy for more than four months. Last week, it was presented for approval. Preliminary numbers have to be sent to Dakota County by Sept. 15. The upcoming year’s budgeted general fund expenditures are set at $11,412,204.
RVES knocks out third grade walls to try new Michelle Leonard Staff writer It was Monday. It was just after noon. Kids were sprawled on the floor, they were huddled together in clusters of two. A couple sat at desks, but most chose to sit at tables or find some floor space. And they were all rolling dice. This year, the look of learning is much different for third graders at Riverview Elementary School. The idea of a class really isn’t the same, particularly because all 120 third graders spend most of their days together in what is now known as the Learning Studio.