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 is 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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50 years ago From the Sept. 14, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Skogmo close here; national tea store enlarges Nearly all of the dry goods was sold out of the Skogmo store in Farmington and the owner G.J. Reihsen closed it Saturday afternoon. This was done to make room for an enlarged National Tea store, located next door; this building is also owned by Reihsen.
Yet another year of omelet breakfasts at the Farmington American Legion started up last Sunday. By coincidence, it happened that our first breakfast of the year was scheduled on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. I'll be honest -- for being president of the local American Legion Auxiliary unit, the whole concept of the 9/11 anniversary hadn't really sunk in. I'd just come back from spending two weeks running the Minnesota Newspaper Museum out at the State Fair.
Stroll into Farmington City Hall these days, and you might feel like you're actually out at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. After all, many of the buildings from Dakota City are lined up in the lobby. That's thanks to local artist Beve Preece, president of the Dakota Valley Arts Council in Farmington. Preece has been working on her own version of the historic buildings at the fairgrounds, and she's sharing them with the community. She talked about her work last week. You did those (paintings) during the fair, didn't you? How many are there? A dozen. Twelve.
The theme of this year's event was Kids Can Make aa Difference. Classes of students from all five elementary schools in ISD 192 participated in the event. Eleven different stations were set up around the park. Classes of students moved from station to station throughout the day. Some of the presenters provided hands-on activities for the students, while others, like the Minnesota Zoo, brought exhibits to share. The event is sponsored by the city of Farmingotn, Dakota Electric Associatoin, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Blythe, Tilly, Bud and Reggie are new to Riverview Elementary School this fall, but they're already pretty popular. At least, the kids think they're pretty cool. Ask some of the adults around the school, and there might be a different opinion. Blythe is a female leopard gecko. Tilly is a blue-tongued skink. Bud's a miniature Russian tortoise. And the new guy? Reggie? Well, he's a bull python. They all hang out together in a new life science lab at Riverview Elementary School. It's kind of a pet project, so to speak, of third grade teacher Cinda Current.
The Farmington Liquor Store on Pilot Knob Road is smaller than it used to be, but the savings to the city will definitely be bigger in the long run. If you head to the Pilot Knob liquor store these days, you might notice it's a little smaller - about 2,026 square feet smaller, to be exact - but that doesn't mean there is any less selection. The city of Farmington recently shrunk its Pilot Knob location with one goal in mind - saving money. The city leases the site, and the lease is up in December.
On Tuesday, the Farmington City Council voted 3-2 to approve a $992,566 increase to the preliminary levy for 2012. Council member Julie May called the preliminary numbers "too aggressive." Council member Christy Jo Fogarty called them a "short-term pain for long-term stability." Now it will be up to the residents to share what they think about the increase. The city of Farmington was required to approve a preliminary levy by Sept. 15.
Looking for something to do over the long Labor Day weekend? How about rounding up all the old household chemicals from under your sinks and in your garage? It might not be glamorous or exciting or even fun, but getting rid of old household cleaners, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, paint cans and so on is a job that, sooner or later, every homeowner has to do. Fortunately, Dakota County residents can get rid of all that stuff in early September. The city of Farmington's Central Maintenance Facility will be the host site for a household hazardous waste drop-off event from 9 a.m.
When former city administrator Peter Herlofsky stepped down from his position May 31, Farmington's city engineer Kevin Schorzman started doing double duty - he kept up with his department's needs, but he took on the role of interim city administrator, as well. Schorzman is in the final days of that role now. Farmington's new city administrator, David McKnight, moves into city hall for his first day on Monday, which means Schorzman can go back to just being the city engineer. Schorzman talked earlier this week about his three months as administrator earlier this week.
Farmington High School athletes are taking a test this week, and the school year hasn't even started yet. They're taking a new test, called ImPACT -- Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing - and it's one school officials hope will help students in the long run. FHS athletics director Jon Summer said the school is among the first schools in the state to implement this type of testing, but he wouldn't be surprised if more schools follow suit. New legislation regarding concussion management was passed this year in hopes of addressing head trauma issues many athletes face.