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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With only one house fire so far in 2011, it seems like the Farmington Fire Department's past fire prevention education efforts have paid off. That's what Farmington fire marshal John Powers likes to think. And he may be on to something too, because the FFD has been teaching fire prevention for the past few years. The 2011 Fire Prevention Week starts Sunday and runs through the week. This year's theme, Powers said, is "Protect Your Family from Fire." "Last year, our theme included a smoke detector campaign.
Usually, disputes at project assessment hearings are related to the proposed assessment amount. That wasn't the case at Monday's Farmington City Council meeting. The city council held an assessment hearing for the Walnut Street reconstruction project that started in 2010 and was completed earlier this year.
Farmington High School seniors Kayli Rudeen and Clark Coffey were crowned as the 2011 Homecoming queen and king during Wednesday's coronation ceremony. The royalty were chosen by a vote of the FHS student body.
In grade school, some teachers place gold stars on children's assignments when the kids do a good job.
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.