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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A motorcyclist who hit a moving car Wednesday morning might be a little scraped up, but he should be just fine. Names of the two men involved in the crash were not released at the scene, but preliminary reports indicate that neither driver was seriously injured in the crash. The accident occurred near Blaine Avenue on Highway 50. According to a Dakota County sheriff's deputy, the driver of the Yamaha R1 motorcycle was eastbound behind a smaller, two-door coupe.
It might be hard to plan gardening projects while snow is still on the ground, but if you ask the folks out at the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District, they'll tell you it's not impossible. The SWCD has been offering its free Blue Thumb gardening classes around the county for the past few weeks. One is set for Farmington next week.
After 43 years in the same job, Rosemary Swedin is trying to adjust to taking it easy. She's got her little notebook of things she'd like to do in her retirement years. She's got a nice comfy chair placed in front of a big window that is a perfect spot to sit back and read the newspaper. But getting used to being retired is easier said than done. After 43 years with the city of Farmington, Swedin officially retired Friday, March 25. And now, her possibilities are endless. Swedin started work at the Village of Farmington on Oct. 17, 1967.
Water spilling over the edges of Vermillion River, particularly around Rambling River Park, is just a fact of life in this spring in Farmington. It's certainly nothing that city engineer Kevin Schorzman gets too worked up over. By the middle of last week, a swollen river spilled over the sides and spread water throughout much of central Farmington, as well as parts of Empire Township. By Monday of this week, most of the water levels had dropped and all that was left was soggy ground. That didn't come as much of a surprise to Schorzman.
I've been at five counties, two cities, and had one overseas assignment, and I've had to walk away from all of them for one reason or another," Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky said Tuesday morning. That was the explanation Herlofsky gave for turning in his resignation to Farmington City Council members following a Monday night economic development authority meeting. Just short of his five-year anniversary on May 1, Herlofsky leaves the city of Farmington with no new position lined up.
Farmington survived yet another successful year in 2010, and mayor Todd Larson will share the good news with the community starting March 26. On Monday of this week, Larson taped his annual State of the City address, instead of doing it live before a group of people.
Chances are, if you're out driving around Farmington on any given day, you'll pass at least one police squad car. The officers might pass you by, they might have someone pulled over. They might be responding to a call, or they might just be getting lunch or coffee. But there are a few officers around town who are less visibile than those out on patrol. Take, for instance, detective sergeant Lee Hollatz. He joined the Farmington Police Department in 1995, but has spent much of the past decade in investigations. As sergeant, he oversees the investigations division.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's a question kids are asked when they're little, and they've usually got hundreds of answers. By the time kids are high school seniors, though, that question can be pretty daunting. After all, next year, it's time to grow up. But Farmington High School senior Katrina Costa isn't worried about her future. She knows what she wants to be after high school. She wants to be a nurse.
Coming up on his fifth anniversary, Farmington city administrator will have to wait a couple more weeks for his annual performance evaluation. Herlofsky's anniversary date is May 1, but Farmington City Council members typically do his performance evaluation prior to that date. The evaluation was scheduled for this Monday, but the absence of council member Terry Donnelly at this week's meeting, and his planned absence at the April 4 meeting, meant council had to delay the evaluation until Monday, April 18. Council members are each asked to fill out a review form prior to the evaluation.
One Farmington resident found a bullet hole in their home. The neighbor went to jail for drug possession. Charges of fifth degree drug possession and reckless charge of a firearm are pending against 22-year-old Bounma Xayachack of Farmington, who has been in custody in the Dakota County jail since March 21. According to Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist, a resident living in a townhouse on the southeast section of Farmington called police around 9:30 p.m. Friday night to report they had found bullet holes in a wall and ceiling in their home. Police responded to the home.