Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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Capturing a spooked bull is a tricky process, as many well-meaning people found out at the Dakota County Fair last week. When the 1,200 pound bull that escaped from a pen during the Bulls and Barrels event at the grandstand Aug. 7, an estimated 20 to 30 people chased the animal in an effort to get it to stop. Rice Bull Riding Company owner Dave Rice appreciates the attempt to help, but he said the attempts only spooked the bull more.
Farmington artist Patty Smith really didn't think the drawing she entered in the Dakota County Fair was her best work. Apparently, the judges beg to differ. It earned a Grand Champion purple ribbon. Smith, who has been entering her artwork in the Dakota County Fair since 1984, has streams of ribbons she's won at past fairs hanging in her home. Every year, it seems she brings home a few more.
There will be a lot of things to go and see and do around Farmington this weekend. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate...
Farmington High School will have a new activities director soon, but principal Ben Kusch is not sure the new AD will be in place by the beginning of the school year. The activities director position became available in mid-July when Jon Summer took a similar position in the Chaska school district. Summer had been Farmington's activities director for eight years.
A Farmington teen was seriously injured in a head-on collision near New Prague late Monday afternoon. According to an accident report by the Minnesota State Patrol, 18-year-old Justin M. Nelson was eastbound on Highway 19 near New Prague. Nelson's 1995 Honda Accord crossed the center line of the highway near Church Avenue, approximately four miles west of New Prague. Nelson collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by 35-year-old Elizabeth S. Alvarez of Le Sueur. Alverez also received serious injuries, according to the report.
I looked at the calendar Monday morning, and realized it was, in fact, Aug. 12. Yep. It was Aug. 12. And I had exactly nine days to finish up all of the prep work I have to do before the Minnesota State Fair opens and the Minnesota Newspaper Museum opens its doors for what could be our last year. Normally, I'm pretty excited for the beginning of the fair. I've worked out there, in one capacity or another, since 1986. I take vacation for the fair. That's how much I love it.
If a new swimming pool is in Farmington's future, it's pretty likely a levy referendum to pay for that pool will be in Farmington's future, as well. The timing of both is yet to be determined, but Farmington City Council and parks and recreation commission members agree that now is the time to start making those kinds of plans. Farmington's current outdoor pool was topic of discussion during a workshop of the two boards Monday.
A Farmington teen was seriously injured after a head-on collision near New Prague late Monday afternoon. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate your...
A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair Wednesday night. (Editor's note: The video above has some minor swearing. … Archive Material - Subscription required...
The Farmington Police Department is down three squads after a high speed chase through downtown Farmington Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to Rambling River Park early Tuesday afternoon, after an unidentified man called 911 and told dispatch he was in the park's east parking lot, armed with a weapon in his car. According to Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist, the man told dispatchers he had a gun in his trunk and a knife or a sword in his front seat.