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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If anyone knows why a business opens in Farmington, it's the men and women who run those businesses. That's why city planner Lee Smick turned to a group of them for help in building a plan to attract new business. Called the Business Attraction Team, the group had eight members, including representatives from area businesses, School District 192 superintendent Jay Haugen, and Smick. Between April 11 and June 6, the team met five times to drum up a list of workable goals that will hopefully help bring new business to town.
Paying for Farmington city utilities will be just a little easier this fall. On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a new contract with its provider, Paymentus, which will allow residents to make online and telephone payments for the city's water, storm water, sewer, street light and solid waste utilities. The new options come as a result of both customer and council requests, city finance director Robin Hanson said.
Being well known in Farmington comes with being in business in Farmington. And sometimes, kissing a pig comes with being well known in Farmington. Just ask Phylicia Schindler, manager of Pizza Man in downtown Farmington. She's worked there for about eight years, and this year, she was asked to be a contestant in the esteemed Kiss the Pig contest, a fundraiser for the Rambling River Center. The contest raised $1,131.15 for the center.
There I was, Sunday afternoon, on my hands and knees, pulling up handfuls of weeds and millions of little whirly-gig maple tree seeds (and I'm not exaggerating) that had accumulated in my garden over the past couple of weeks. And I was wondering just where the past six weeks have gone. See, I think I'm coming out of my busy, busy, busy springtime haze. It started later than usual this year, but the last month was definitely a hazy time for me once again. And I'm really looking forward to settling down for a few weeks.
20 years ago From the June 11, 1993 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages Lady Tigers bow in section final The Lady Tigers' dream of playing in the 1993 Class A state softball tournament evaporated last Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn Center as St.?Bernard's righthander Julie Weyandt held them hitless in a 9-1 Bulldog victory in the Section 4A title game.... The Lady Tigers finished their season with a fine 16-8 record.... To get to the title game, the Lady Tigers had to defeat Blake, a team which had two easy wins over the locals during the regular season.
Farmington City Council member Christy Jo Fogarty has been a community leader for more than a decade. But she's been in a leadership role at the state level for a number of years, as well. In May, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Fogarty's reappointment to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. It's a post many in Farmington do not know she holds, though she's been on the board since she was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2009. Back in 2009, Fogarty was a candidate for a vacancy on the Metropolitan Council.
Paint sometimes chips. Shingles fall off. It happens, and that's OK with Farmington city officials. But what isn't OK is a home exterior that has become an eyesore. That's the initial direction the Farmington City Council and planning commission gave assistant city planner Tony Wippler during a joint workshop Monday.
Farmington police are looking for help in locating a teenager who apparently scammed local residents by claiming to raise money for a school fundraiser. According to a police report filed by officer Brianna Dirks, two different residents contacted Boeckman Middle School last week and asked about cookies they had ordered from a juvenile male approximately six weeks ago. The residents called BMS because they had not received the cookies they had ordered.
Farmington Dew Days chairperson Darla Donnelly knows that saying the 2013 celebration will have "something for everyone" might be cliché. But she'll say it anyway. "There really is something for everyone," Donnelly said last week. "We have a lot of family events, a lot of longtime favorites are coming back and we're trying a few new things, too." If you can't find something to do this week, it's not for lack of planning on the part of the Dew Days committee.
The Castle Rock Valley Cemetery lies nestled away on a hill, surrounded by a grove of trees which, in turn, is surrounded by acres and acres of fields. It's a quiet place, where people go to mourn, or to celebrate a life. To cherish memories, and to simply spend time visiting the graves of loved ones. Cemeteries don't typically draw a lot of attention, but Castle Rock's is special.