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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When Stephanie “Effie” Barnes was crowned second princess for the 2012-13 Farmington Royalty, she knew she would represent her community at many parades and celebrations around the state. But now she’s also representing Farmington in the Minneapolis Aquatennial’s Queen of the Lakes coronation July 18 — an honor that rarely falls on the second princess of any royalty program.
There has been a lot of talk about the Farmington Business Park lately, but very little has happened with the property in more than eight years. But hopefully, that will change soon. At least, that's part of a plan the city of Farmington has to bring new business to the community. The Farmington Business Park was so named back in 2005, when the city annexed nearly 40 acres of property just south of County Road 50 from Castle Rock.
A string of small fires over the past 10 days has Farmington fire marshal John Powers asking for the public's help in identifying the arsonist who is setting them. Since June 30, somone has set three fires in the general area of Rambling River Park, near the Vermillion River, in downtown Farmington. Powers is convinced all three fires were set by the same person.
Farmington firefighters do a lot more than just fight fires. They're pretty visible in the community, and they take pride in that. Over the past year, the 44 members of the Farmington Fire Department logged nearly 325 hours of volunteer time in the community. They attended career days, they went to neighborhoods for National Night Out. They visit schools and host an open house during Fire Prevention Week. And they're almost all at the annual Turkey Bingo Party. They would like to look good while they're out and about,
Farmington firefighters have a long list of things they would like for the department. They believe their needs have gone under-met for a number of years. On Monday, officers of the Farmington Fire Department met with the Farmington City Council to talk over some of their requests. The workshop ran more than two hours long. Firefighters asked council members to consider a commitment to a long-term contribution to the Farmington Fire Relief Association's retirement fund. They asked for an increase in the clothing allowance for firefighters.
Learning new skills can happen anytime for kids -- even during the summer, when they're not in school -- and the lessons don't always come out of books. Take, for example, the students enrolled in the self-defense class offered by Farmington Community Education. The students are in class on every Tuesday throughout the summer. And for some, it's a continuation of skills they started to learn in the past. For others, the class is an introduction to what could become a long-term life skill.
Farmington police calls for June 28-July 4
June 28 Terroristic threats, 300 block of 3 St. Theft, 900 block of 8 St. Larceny, from building, 20600 block of Cypress Dr. Fraud, other, 18000 block of Eldorado Way Harassment, stalking, 100 block of 5 St. June 29 Suicide threat Assault in the fifth degree, 18000 block of Pilot Knob Rd. Property damage, business, 22000 block of Canton Cir. Assault in the fifth degree, inflict or attempt bodily harm, 18000 block of Dulcimer Ct. June 30 Disorderly conduct, 20 block of Elm St.
A little baseball field tucked away along County Road 50 in Castle Rock is getting some new attention this summer. The Castle Rock Country Side Park isn't a big park, and it hasn't been used much the past few years, but it's just the right size for youth baseball games. All it needs is a little tender loving care. This year, the ball field is getting that TLC, thanks to the generosity of a Farmington High School student and Farmington Youth Baseball.
Sometimes you have to invest money to make money. And with that philosophy in mind Monday, the Farmington City Council authorized spending $30,000 to hire a professional marketing company to draw up a marketing plan for the city. Council members acted on a recommendation from the Farmington Economic Development Authority. The goal is simple -- to strengthen the city's commercial and industrial base.