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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No matter what you call it - National Night Out or Night to Unite - Tuesday, Aug. 6 promises to have plenty of block parties in Farmington and Rosemount. That's the night Farmington holds its annual National Night Out event, and Rosemount holds the annual Night to Unite. The programs are very similar. Both encourage residents to plan neighborhood parties or picnics. Both will bring police and firefighters to your neighborhood for visits. And both are designed to make neighborhoods safer.
Akin Road Elementary School students will be greeted by a new principal when they come back to school this fall. On Monday, the Farmington School Board officially hired Lisa Reichelt as the new principal of Akin Road Elementary School. She replaces Laura Pierce, who was named as District 192's director of Innovation Zone in June.
50 years ago From the July 25, 1963 edition of The Dakota County Tribune Prize winners in Rosemount kiddie parade Prize winners in Rosemount's Kiddie Parade during last Saturday's Crazy day are listed by the American Legion, which conducted the parade, as follows.
It's been nearly three years since the Farmington City Council and School District 192 Board of Education members sat down together to talk, but that changes next week. On Monday, the two government bodies will hold a joint meeting at Farmington City Hall, more or less just to catch up on what is happening within each other's organization. It's the first joint meeting the two groups have had since before either city administrator David McKnight or superintendent Jay Haugen was hired.
Driving between Farmington and Rosemount on on Highway 3, it might look like Empire Township is experiencing a surge in development, but looks can be deceiving, according to township board chairman Terry Holmes. Sure, there are new houses being built in the Providence development east of Highway 3. And several lots are up for sale. But all the activity is right on schedule, albeit, a very slow one. "This whole thing has been coming in over the process of 10 years," Holmes said. "It's moving along, but it's nothing new."
It's summer break for kids. They're out of school. They're free from homework. So do they really want to spend time with their teachers and their principal in the middle of July? Well, apparently, yes. At least, many of the kids from North Trail Elementary School do. In fact, they'll even go so far to see their teachers and principal Dr. Steven Geis, that a few of them got their parents to bring them to Barnes and Noble in Apple Valley Tuesday morning for a read aloud event.
If Jimmy Brown has his way, every parking spot in downtown Farmington will be filled Saturday night. It's certainly possible. Saturday is the Farmington Business Association's sixth annual Block Party and Car Show, and last year's event drew more than 175 cars to downtown Farmington.
Residents of Farmington's Akin Park Estates might have to deal with a little bit of road reconstruction next year, but at least the work will be done sooner rather than later. That's the plan laid out by Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman, who brought an updated 2014-18 street reconstruction plan to the Farmington City Council for discussion Monday night.
I had some pretty incredible friends when I was 9 or 10 years old. I spent hours with them. I learned their secrets, I delighted in their successes. They, on the other hand, helped to make me who I am today. All these years later, they're even helping me write this column. Their names were Betsy, Tacy and Tib. And then there were Nancy, Bess and George, too. And oh, does it bring back good memories to think of them.
50 years ago From the July 18, 1963 edition of The Dakota County Tribune Crazy Day July 20 at Rosemount The annual Crazy Day for Rosemount will be Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. sponsored by the Rosemount Businessmen's Assn. There will be sidewalk bargains, the craziest low prices you have ever seen. They will all be dressed in costume, the craziest you've ever seen and the whole affair will be one big day of fun for young and old alike. The well-known "Grandpa Ken" will be present in the afternoon at Rosemount. Don't miss him.