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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Life around the 600 block of First Street in Farmington should get a lot quieter now that all of the individuals involved with a series of burglaries and thefts late last year and earlier this year are now charged for their crimes. Last week, the Dakota County Attorney’s office filed felony burglary charges against Dennis Bryant Greenwood, owner of the home allegedly at the center of months of criminal activity. It was the third time Greenwood has been charged this year. Greenwood’s charges stem from a Jan.
Farmington High School theater director Maria Capecchi is always willing to challenge her student actors. This summer’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is proof of that. In the past, Farmington Community Education has offered a summer theater production to younger students, but the FHS program has never had the opportunity to do a summer performance. That changed this year. FHS and community education have partnered to offer “The Crucible,” a drama that centers around the Salem Witch Trials.
July 11 Property damage, 4700 block of 187th St. W. Property damage, 18600 block of Dylan Dr. Burglary, Fourth Street Property damage hit and run accident, Catalina Way Larceny, from yards, Edmunton Ave. Larceny, from yards, 18500 block of Pilot Knob Rd. Vandalism, 4700 block of 187th St. W. Order of protection violation, 20600 block of Brennan Path July 12 Domestic abuse; violate order of protection, Centennial Dr. Sudden deaths and bodies found, 19800 block of Devrie Path July 13 Curfew violation, 5100 block of 187th St. W. Liquor, possession by person under 21, 195th St. W.
I have this pair of earrings, and a matching brooch, that I have worn with pride for the past five years. The set was given to me by Farmington resident George Flynn. The pin and earrings are rhinestone clustered, and bear the emblem of the American Legion Auxiliary in the middle. The set belonged to George’s mother, who was a charter member of American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189, Farmington. I wore the earrings Saturday morning, but I couldn’t wear the brooch.
The volunteers of Dakota City Heritage Village are taking their show on the road. Or up the road, depending on how one looks at it. About a dozen local volunteers will spend their afternoon, in period costumes, at the Cafesjian’s Carousel at Como Park in St. Paul. The carousel opened to the public in 1914, which means this summer marks its 100th anniversary. Dakota City volunteers have been asked to talk to Como Park visitors about the way things were when the carousel was first constructed. Back then, most transportation to the big city of St.
There is a little work left to be done, but the new playground equipment at Fair Hills Park looks inviting all the same. The new equipment was installed the first week in July, according to Farmington parks and recreation director Randy Distad. The city still needs to pour a concrete border around it, but there are piles of shavings waiting to be spread once the work is done. The sand volleyball pit has been removed, Distad said, but there are plans to construct a small picnic shelter in the park in 2016.
Ever wondered what it might take to become one of Farmington’s city or school leaders? A workshop later this month can help answer some of those questions. Farmington Community Education is partnering with the city of Farmington to offer a workshop to anyone thinking of running for local office, be it city council or school board. This workshop isn’t new, ISD 192 community education director Heidi Cunningham said.
Farmington police are cracking down on poor, distracted and aggressive driving. Patrol officers have been told to focus on what police chief Brian Lindquist calls “the basics” of driving a...
Finding a parking space in downtown Farmington might be a little tricky Saturday night. But that’s kind of the point. Most of the spaces will be taken up by classic...
A Farmington man who faces felony charges for setting a truck on fire is also a suspect in four thefts and burglaries that happened last week. Glenn Adam Smith, 23, was charged earlier this week with one count of arson in the third degree and one count of felony theft after allegedly setting fire to a truck on Brennan Path in Farmington on July 9. According to Farmington police detective sergeant Jim Murphy, police were called to the home on Brennan Path after the resident saw someone digging in his truck. He went outside to confront the man in the truck, and the man fled.