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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If all goes according to plan, a new hotel will open in Farmington next spring. Construction on the new Cobblestone Hotel and Suites could start in the fall, according to John Siebert, vice president of development for Brimark Builders, LLC, the company behind the proposed hotel. Brimark Builders has financing lined up for the project and is now working on putting together an investor group, Siebert said. The 36-room hotel will be built in the Vermillion River Crossings development on Denmark Avenue and County State Aid Highway 50. The rooms will have a mix of double and king sized beds.
Tucked away off a gravel stretch of 170th Street is the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, a gem few know about, but many will want to discover. The 456-acre regional park isn’t open to the public yet, but Dakota County officials promise it will be ready this fall. With its central location in Empire Township, Whitetail Woods promises to provide a multitude of recreation opportunities to residents of Empire, Farmington and Rosemount. The park is being constructed in four phases, according to Josh Kinney, senior project manager with Dakota County’s capital project management division.
The cause of a fire that claimed the life of a Farmington woman has officially been ruled as “undetermined.” On Monday, Farmington fire marshal John Powers said the ruling was...
Gardening is something of an all-or-nothing process. In the early weeks, gardeners sit and wait for seeds to sprout. A couple of weeks later, they don’t know what to do with all of the vegetables coming out of the ground. Kris Akin from the Farmington Food Shelf has a suggestion for what to do with all of that extra produce: donate it. As Farmington becomes more culturally diverse, many families served by the food shelf are looking for fresh greens, vegetables and herbs for their cooking, Akin said.
A Tuesday morning search for a missing 89-year-old woman ended with the woman was found safe and alive three hours later. Evelyn Bistodeau was reported missing from her home on...
50 years ago From the July 2, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Couple will see daughter after 20 years No two people will be more excited than Mr. and Mrs. John Mroz, Farmington, formerly of Czechoslovakia, as they meet their daughter whom they haven’t seen for 20 years and their two grandchildren whom they have never seen, Thursday evening. Their daughter, Mrs. Erna Duchkova and her two children, Erna, 7, and John, 12, of Chlumcay near Pilsen, Czechoslavakia, will arrive at Minneapolis–St. Paul International airport tonight for a 60-day stay. Mr. and Mrs.
June 20 Property damage motor vehicle accident, 20700 block of Chippendale Ave. Fifth degree assault, 19500 block of Municipal Dr. June 21 DWI, 212th Street West and Akin Road Personal injury accident, 18200 block of Pilot Knob Rd. Arson, Sixth Street Arson, Eighth Street June 22 Larceny, Oak Street Burglary, Elm Street Found property, Oak Street Burglary, Oak Street June 23 Fraud, 18000 block of Echo Ter. June 24 Driving after license suspension, 190th Street West and Chippendale Avenue Simple assault, 800 block of Tamarack Tr. June 25 Gun permit, no address not available
I cleaned out our office refrigerator last week. Oddly, it seemed to be somewhat cathartic, given the past couple of weeks. June was kind of a rollercoaster of news, you know? I started the month highlighting the graduation of Christian Life School and Farmington High School seniors. I wrote about fun community events, like camps at Dakota City and the city’s annual farmers market. When I went on a 10-day vacation, all was well and normal in Farmington. My vacation was scheduled so that my first day back was Saturday during Dew Days.
Earlier this year, organizers of Farmington’s new veterans memorial planned to dedicate the memorial at the end of this month. Now, though, the date has delayed to September. The wet weather of late has caused some of the hold up, committee member Leon Orr said, but work is being done when the conditions allow. More of the issue, he said, is getting all of the materials fabricated and ready for installation. “It’s not like going to Menard’s and getting a load of stone.
Last Friday, he was Farmington’s police detective sergeant. On Monday, Lee Hollatz was on the road as a patrol sergeant. After 13 years in investigations, Hollatz has been reassigned to patrol sergeant as part of a general reassignment in positions within the police department. Officers are often reassigned to different tasks so they do not get burned out, Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist said. Lindquist said it is not uncommon for police departments to rotate officer duties from one specialized area to another.