Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages. 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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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50 years ago From the Nov. 12, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Open house set at Farmington High School This week the American Education Week Open House will be held in conjuction with the Pop Concert at Farmington, Thursday. The program will start at 7:30 in the new gymnasium with a band concert under the direction of Joseph Bolyard.
Farmington High School teacher Maria Capecchi likes to challenge her students. She’s carrying that through to her drama students, too, as they prepare for this weekend’s performance of the musical, Urinetown. The musical features Kate Sorenson in the role of Hope, Grant Uline as Bobby, Kaylin Finstad as Little Sally, Willy Storms as Officer Lockstock, and Cristian Brollier as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Urinetown is set in the future, in a time when there is no more water, Capecchi said. There are no private toilets, and the toilets that are available are owned by Cladwell.
Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman doesn’t know exactly what the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plans are for Highway 3, but he knows there will be some detours along the road come the summer of 2016. On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved its participation in Dakota County’s 2015-19 capital improvement plan. The CIP lays out funding agreements for major road projects in the coming five years. The newest CIP includes a 195th Street reconstruction project scheduled to begin next spring and continue through much of 2015.
A monthly update from Farmington area organizations and clubs. Farmington VFW The Farmington VFW will hold a steak fry dinner to support Boy Scout Troop 119 on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the VFW.
The city of Farmington plans to work with the Farmington Youth Hockey Association to come up with a solution to make the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena break even every year. The Farmington Parks and Recreation Commission has suggested raising user fees for the arena in order to cover increased costs associated with operating the ice arena. But the arena’s biggest user, the Farmington Youth Hockey Association, has asked the city to reconsider, because raising fees could mean FYHA spends as much as $8,000 more in ren
I always wondered what that day would be like. Turns out, that day was a drippy, cool Wednesday, just last week. And that day changes my life. That day, last Wednesday, I was asked to transfer from the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages to the Woodbury Bulletin. Today, Thursday, is my last day here. I start at the Bulletin Friday. I always knew a time would come when I was offered a new job, one that would take me out of Farmington for good. I moved from Farmington almost five years ago. Now, I’ll no longer work here.
It seems that for some Farmington men, serving for others is just a way of life. Take, for example, the U.S. military veterans who are now members of the Farmington Fire Department. Currently, there are seven FFD members who have been, or now are, enlisted in the various branches of the Armed Forces. And there are still more retired firefighters who served both their country and their community. Joe Tullar, a Marine veteran, joined the Farmington Fire Department in 1996, while he was still enlisted. He retired from the Marines in 2010. But Tullar is not alone.
A longtime photographer and newspaper reporter is making headlines one last time this week in Farmington. Eugene Clay, retired editor of the Dakota County Tribune, died Monday, Nov. 10, at the age of 91. Gene Clay was a household name in Farmington for decades.
The healing process is different for every person, as is the type of event that caused the need for healing in the first place. For women who have experienced sexual violence or abuse, simply talking about the event isn’t always enough. Bella Center founder Kathy Seger has developed a holistic healing program she hopes to share with victims of sexual violence or abuse during a workshop later this month at Mount Olivet Retreat Center. The Bella Center offers holistic, creative retreats for women who have experienced sexual violence or abuse.
Walking along a cemetery at night can be creepy. But knowing there are people lurking under a nearby park pavilion, but not being able to see them? Well, that can feel just plain unsafe. That’s why Farmington resident Sarah Nygard went to the Farmington Parks and Recreation Commission last summer — to ask for some lighting in Tamarack Park, located across from Corinthian Cemetery. A resident of the Tamarack townhome development, Nygard liked to walk around her neighborhood in the summer evenings. But there was a point when she started to feel unsafe around the park.