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 Tiger Fun Run was cancelled in 2013, but it is back on the schedule of homecoming events for 2014, thanks to the Farmington Area Education Foundation. The Tiger Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, at Boeckman Middle School. Proceeds from the event will likewise be divided among all of the District 192 schools, vice president Mary Treakle said. The renewed Tiger Fun Run is one of the first projects of the Farmington Area Education Foundation, an organization going through its own rebuilding phase.
It might seem a lofty goal, but Heidi Schmitz wants to help the city of Farmington buy an aerial ladder truck for the community. Schmitz isn’t a firefighter. She’s a special education teacher at Farmington Elementary School. She’s also a runner, and she’s been through enough fundraising runs in her life to know that people tend to get behind a good cause. So she started thinking about that ladder truck, and then she talked to her good friend, Lisa Carey.
Organizers estimate somewhere around 700 residents, supporters and veterans attended the dedication of the new Farmington Veterans Memorial on Sept. 7. This first ceremony was designed as a dedication of the memorial itself. Organizers are now working on a second phase to add a bronze soldier and more pavers with the names of area veterans.
The Rotary Club of Farmington members have another busy week ahead of them, as their biggest fundraiser for the year, Ramble Jam, kicks off Friday evening. In its fourth year in Farmington, Ramble Jam is increasing in popularity with Minnesota country music fans — and for good reason. Ramble Jam planners seem to have gotten just the right artists in, at just the right time. Earlier this week, Ramble Jam organizers reported at least 3,000 pre-show tickets have been sold for Friday’s acts. Friday’s lineup starts with Ramble Jam staple Lost Highway at 6 p.m., followed by Sam Hunt at 8 p.m.
50 years ago From the Sept. 3, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Condemnation begun against Ebeling land The Farmington School Board has begun condemnation proceedings on land owned by E.A. Ebeling, 420 Maple St., Farmington, land which is needed for a new school site. The price of the land will be determined by court procedure. The board also discussed a bond payment schedule with Robert Ehlers of Ehlers-Mann Associates, fiscal agents. Bids for the bonds will be opened at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23, said R.O.
Farmington city administrator David McKnight is meeting or exceeding the expectations of Farmington City Council members, according to a summary of his recent annual performance review. McKnight celebrated his third anniversary with the city of Farmington on Aug. 29. In preparation, Farmington City Council members conducted McKnight’s annual review following their Aug. 18 meeting. Council members evaluated McKnight in the categories of leadership, communication, quality of work, city council/city administrator relationship, organizational culture, and overall rating.
Store will close by the end of September Michelle Leonard Staff writer Normally, the months between homecoming and Christmas are the busiest time of the year for The Fan Club Athletics in downtown Farmington. This year, though, The Fan Club will be closed by the time homecoming rolls around. In August, owner Stacey Schultz announced plans to close the business this fall.
It’s really amazing how much can happen in just a couple of weeks. I left work on Tuesday, Aug. 19, knowing that I was headed for my annual stint at the Minnesota State Fair, and the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. What I didn’t know, two weeks ago, was how fulfilled I would feel after my vacation. Certainly, working at the State Fair or attending convention might not seem like a traditional vacation. But vacations are supposed to be fun, and spent with fun people, right? And you make some incredible memories and bring home lots of photos?
For more than a century, Farmington’s residents have talked about a memorial to honor the community’s veterans. On Sept. 7, the city will officially have a veteran’s memorial. The site at Rambling River Park has already taken on the look of a veteran’s memorial. Maybe it’s the granite flag in the center of the monument. Or it might be the granite benches, or the hundreds of pavers engraved with the names of area veterans. Or, maybe, it’s a combination of all of those things. The only thing left to do to make it a memorial is raise the flag of the United States of America.
Sally Reynolds is doing a little bit of everything in her new role as Farmington School District 192 communications generalist. From the sounds of it, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Reynolds joined ISD 192 on July 1. This is her first full time position since receiving her bachelor of arts degree in writing from Metropolitan State University. That’s not to say she hasn’t had a fair amount of experience in the communications field.