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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Need something to warm you up on these cold winter days? Just think about how much fun you'll have on the warm summer nights in June, especially during the 2011 Farmington Dew Days celebration. Scheduled to take place from June 15 through June 19, the upcoming city celebration promises to be everything last year's event was and more, according to co-chairperson Darla Donnelly. Yes, that means everything will be held in downtown Farmington. "It's all downtown. Period. It's all downtown," Donnelly said. Well, there will be a couple of exceptions.
When Dan Jordan started his new job earlier this month, he had some big shoes to fill. He inherited a full calendar, too. Jordan started his new post as volunteer service coordinator at the Minnesota Veterans Home-Hastings on Jan. 3, replacing Roy Bressler, who held the position for more than 20 years. Bressler is well known among veterans groups in the area - he was the one to set up all of the fundraising events that went on at the vet's home and scheduled activities for the residents there. He was the contact person. He was the volunteer coordinator. And then he retired.
Watching a puppet show is always good for a few chuckles. But actually conducting a puppet show? As bunch of first graders over at Farmington Elementary will attest - that's way cooler. Over the course of a week, the FES students in Maureen Hudak's first grade class learned a thing or two about puppeteering from artist in residence Margaret McCleary. McCleary introduced the whole idea of puppets to the classroom. They talked about what puppets could be made from, they talked about what could be used for building a stage.
Muddled math might be to blame, but two women will appear in court Feb. 3 to face charges for selling alcohol to a minor in Farmington. The women both failed an alcohol compliance check conducted on Aug. 2, 2010, in the city of Farmington.
A couple of weeks ago, I made a pledge to myself to declutter my life. More specifically, my home. You might think I would just be able to settle down and sort out stuff, toss the stuff I don't use so much anymore. But I come from a long line of packrats. Throwing away treasures isn't something I'm accustomed to. It's funny how your home fills up over time. When I moved into my place nine years ago, I had hand-me-down furniture from my parents. Most of my plates and glasses were garage sale purchases.
Christian Life School seventh grader Abby Haenni has no doubt patriotism is alive and well in the United States. She's even written a pretty convincing essay stating as much. That essay of hers was so compelling, she convinced three judges in Farmington as well as judges for the Second District of the Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Affairs Patriot's Pen. A couple of weekends ago, Haenni was chosen to represent the Second District in the state Patriot's Pen contest.
In addition to naming its Firefighter of the Year, the Farmington Fire Department released its year-end statistics last week. Did you know ... Overall calls were down in 2009-10 The Farmington Fire Department responded to 257 calls from Dec. 16, 2009 through Dec. 15, 2010, which represents a 20 percent decrease in the number of calls from the same period, 2008-09. The majority of those calls were false alarms, though that number was down from 116 in 2009 to 89 in 2010.
Five years ago, a guy new in town decided to apply to become a volunteer on the Farmington Fire Department. At the department's annual meeting last Friday night, that guy -- Jason Greiner -- was named Firefighter of the Year. Greiner and his family moved to town in 2005. He's a fire lieutenant at Station 2, but he's taken on several additional duties just because he enjoys the job. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed. "Jason is a go-getter," fire chief Tim Pietsch said. "We're much better off having him at the fire hall than not.
It's that time of year again, when township residents start to think about who they want to represent them on their local board of supervisors. Elections for township officials will be held Tuesday, March 8. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Castle Rock In Castle Rock, the position held by Pete Schaffer is up for election. By early Tuesday, Schaffer and Mike Rademacher had both filed for the three-year term. There are no additional questions on the ballot.
Not everyone who puts in the time for the city of Farmington gets to be in the spotlight. There are no fewer than 20 Farmington residents who have faithfully given their time to making the city of Farmington a better place to be.