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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In the world of veterans organizations, it’s a pretty big deal when a national officer comes into a community for a visit. That’s why the members of Farmington’s Post 7662 VFW Ladies Auxiliary are so busy this week. On Saturday, the local VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host a dinner in honor of Ann Panteleakos, the 2014-15 national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The visit will be among Panteleakos’ first as national president.
One night of vandalism at several Farmington homes has left the residents who live at those homes with hundreds of dollars in damaged property. On July 29, Farmington police received reports of significant property damage from seven residents living on the north end of town. The addresses, police detective sergeant Jim Murphy said, were on both sides of Pilot Knob Road, but within walking distance. Murphy suspects the damage was done by kids.
A new program offered through Farmington Community Education is teaching there’s a little more to being a girl than just a pretty pink color. Designed to teach girls to stand up for themselves and still respect others, the new program, called More than Pink, is on its way to becoming a regular summer offering. Youth development coordinator Marianne Feely and youth program assistant coordinator Katie Johnson first heard about the program at a state community education conference last year.
The number of foreclosures in Farmington and Rosemount by mid-year has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2012, and that’s good news to the folks at Dakota County Community...
When the Dakota County Library in Farmington reopens in a few weeks, visitors may be hard pressed to say what they like best about the new interior. Some may like the larger space. Some may like the individual study rooms. And the kids? Well, there’s a pretty good chance they’ll like the silos in the new kids’ section. The majority of the interior renovation is now complete. Library staff has been gradually stocking shelves with books, audio books and DVDs.
After 28 years on the Farmington Police Department, sergeant Kevin Mincke has taken his retirement. But not without a fight. On Monday, the Farmington City Council agreed to terms of a settlement agreement that restored Mincke’s title as sergeant and awarded him more than $38,000. In exchange, Mincke agreed to retire, effective Tuesday. Council members debated the terms of the settlement agreement in closed session for more than an hour on Monday.
It seems hard work pays off, and the city of Farmington has received that benefit this year. The city of Farmington’s general fund balance survived one of the two worst months of the fiscal year. And that’s a good sign that the city is on its way to regaining financial stability. For the past several years, the general fund’s fund balance has typically slipped into the negative during May and November. In some years, the fund balance was already below zero in April and October. But this year, the fund balance stayed in the positive through all May.
The Friends of the Farmington Library has done most of its preliminary organization. It has elected officers and it has filed for 501c3 status as a nonprofit. Now, it just needs more friends. The Friends group is being reorganized after lack of participation caused it to be dissolved several years ago. But with the Dakota County Library in Farmington being renovated, the Friends group is going through a little renovation of its own. “The library is a place that connects all ages, from the very young to the 101 (year olds) out there,” said Friends of the Library president Jodi Beach.
Kathryn Almquist did pretty well when she took the ACT last year as a junior. But the incoming senior thought maybe she could do a little better, so she took the test again. After school was out. In mid-June. During summer vacation. Apparently the time off did her some good, though, because Almquist’s second run at the ACT — the test that indicates college readiness in the areas of English, math, reading, science and writing — earned her a perfect composite score of 36. Not that her first score was too low.
Richard and Pam Tucker have seen a lot of development spring up around their Embers Avenue home on the northern border of Farmington. But it’s a project in Lakeville that has the Tuckers feeling a little dusty these days. They have lived in their home for nearly 30 years. Theirs was the only house in the area when they first moved in.