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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Nobody wants to make the tough decisions that come when a loved one dies. But sooner or later, almost everyone will have to. What can make it harder are all the questions that come with death. What do we do now? Cremation or funeral or a combination of both? How much will this cost? What about any outstanding hospital or nursing home bills - who takes care of those? Those first few days after losing a loved one are hard enough, just dealing with the emotional side of the loss.
Taxpayers, the Farmington City Council wants to hear from you. Two weeks after increasing the city's 2012 preliminary tax levy by $992,566, the Farmington City Council has set three open house sessions for residents to come weigh in on the upcoming changes. The open houses will be somewhat informal, in that no presentations will be made at any of the sessions. However, Farmington city staff explain plans for the extra funds, and council members will be there to hear feedback from residents. "It's very imperative that we hear from you.
Farmington School District 192 board members have approved the maximum they could for a proposed levy for taxes payable in 2012. But even that "maximum" is nearly $471,000 less than the current levy. At Monday's regular meeting, school board officials approved a levy certification of $19,167,320.70, which, according to finance director Carl Colmark, represents the maximum amount ISD 192 can receive next year. School officials received the local levy information later than usual this year.
The Farmington School District 192 Board of Education will not pay any part of the $5,182.69 legal fees incurred by board member Tim Burke during last fall's investigation into his alleged misconduct as a board member. Ultimately, Burke was not brought up on any charges as a result of the investigation. However, in defending his own position, he had enlisted the assistance of an attorney. The investigation and lawyer fees totaled more than $20,000 for the school district by the time it was all said and done.
50 years ago From the Sept. 21, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Bob's Café to open soon in Farmington Bob's café at the corner of Third and Spruce streets in downtown Farmington, will open the latter part of September. Robert Martin, proprietor, will make further announcements. The location is in the McHugh Bldg., next to Anna's Beauty shop.
Attention, Farmington - it's almost time to turn up your Tiger Pride. Homecoming 2011 kicks off Oct. 1 and guarantees a week of fun and festivities for students and the community. This year's celebration begins with a Fun Run at 9 a.m.at Tiger Stadium and wraps up with a Homecoming dance for FHS students on Saturday, Oct. 8. In between, there are lots of other events scheduled. Float building begins Sunday at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.
He was only supposed to be here for one year, as a long-term substitute teacher. But 25 years later, Jeff Gottwig is still around. Gottwig celebrated his 25th anniversary as band director at the beginning of the school year. Technically, he's now in his 26th year of teaching at FHS, but that first year was only supposed to be temporary. Back in 1986, Gottwig - fresh out of college following six years in the Army - was looking for his first job. He put out multiple applications, but there were almost no jobs to be had.
Chances are good you'll see quite a few cowboy hats around Farmington the first weekend in October. That comes with the territory when it comes to country music festivals. And Farmington is having a country music festival. It's not the size or scope of a CountryJam or WeFest, but national country music acts are coming to town all the same. Ramble Jam, the festival founded by the Farmington Rotary, will bring six musical acts to the Dakota County fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 1. The festival replaces Rotary's Rocktoberfest, which brought 80s rock music to the fairgrounds the past two years.
Somebody with a sweet tooth and a lock cutter managed to get into the concession stand at Dodge Middle School in recent weeks. On Sept. 2, Farmingotn police officer Gary Tipton was called to the Tiger Clubhouse concession stand near the ball fields at DMS. Tipton found the door to the stand kicked in, causing damage to the door, locks and the door frame, according to an incident report. The reporting party told Tipton she could tell there were candy bars and soda missing, though she did not have an exact amount. On Sept.
Rambling River Park was a busy place last Friday, but not because kids were out there playing on a school day. While there were more than 550 fourth graders at the park, they were actually spending a day learning outdoors. They were at Rambling River Park to participate in the annual Pollution Prevention Day. This year marks the 15th year for the education program, sponsored by the city of Farmington in partnership with Dakota Electric Association, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.