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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Rosemount resident Joe Bennett is serving as Notos, one of four Wind Brothers at this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival. The other three, Woodbury residents Joe Gallagher, Duane tessmer and Scott Oien, are portraying Titan, Euros and Zephyrus. To understand who the Wind Brothers are, one should have the basic St. Paul Winter Carnival family tree down first.
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.
After several Youth In Music Class AAA championship titles, it seems somewhat appropriate that the 2014 performance by the Rosemount High School Irish Marching Band was titled, “The Queen.” The RHS band reclaimed its title — its crown, so to speak — at Saturday’s Youth In Music Marching Band Competition held at Farmington High School’s Tiger Stadium. Considered the state championship for marching band competition, Youth In Music brings some of the state’s top high school bands together for annual competition.
Farmington and Rosemount firefighters got to have a little fun together Saturday. They put on their gear, brought out their trucks and burned a house to the ground. Saturday’s controlled...
City of Farmington executive assistant Cindy Muller is looking for a little bit of help from the community these days. She’d like to round up 80 or so residents who would like to serve as judges for the Nov. 4 general election. And she’d like to have them lined up by next Friday. Muller has a good base of long-time election judges, but she’s always looking to bring new residents on board.
The number of foreclosures in Farmington and Rosemount by mid-year has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2012, and that’s good news to the folks at Dakota County Community Development Agency. The CDA recently released its 2014 mid-year summary and comparison for notices of pendency and sheriff sales. The statistics show a steady decline in both areas throughout Dakota County. According to the CDA’s numbers, for the first half of the year (January through June) Farmington had a total of 46 notices of pendency filed, and 29 sheriff sales this year.
Tucked away off a gravel stretch of 170th Street is the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, a gem few know about, but many will want to discover. The 456-acre regional...
No one likes to think about what would happen if a tornado struck this area. Fortunately, there are people who specialize in thinking those thoughts. On April 23, first responders...
Although the content isn’t exactly new, Dakota City Heritage Village will be host to a new event this weekend. The Origin of Food — Early Farming in Dakota County is...
Getting from Farmington to Vermillion or Hastings will be a little trickier in the future, thanks to some changes the Minnesota Department of Transportation is making along Hwy. 52. County State Aid Highway 66 connects Farmington, from Hwy. 3, to CSAH 62 in Vermillion. As part of that route, drivers have to cross the four-lane Hwy. 52. But MnDOT has decided drivers will no longer be able to make a straight connection on CSAH 66 by crossing Hwy. 52. From 2006 to 2010, there were 27 crashes at that intersection.