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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When the severe weather sirens go off — twice — on April 24, there may well not even be a cloud in the sky. But Farmington’s and Rosemount’s police chiefs still want residents to think about taking cover. April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. Each day has a different theme, but the consistent message from the chiefs to the residents is simple: be prepared. “The main message is that we have Severe Weather Week for a reason,” said Rosemount police chief Eric Werner.
Thanks to a new online service, residents in Farmington and Rosemount can track the date, location and type of criminal activity happening in their neighborhoods. Launched earlier this month, RaidsOnline will be available to Dakota County residents in the near future. Farmington’s police department has already launched its participation in the project, and Rosemount’s police department is not far behind. RaidsOnline is an online crime map.
Police have arrested two men in connection with an attempted burglary early April 2 at U-Pull R-Parts in Rosemount. Rosemount police chief Eric Werner said police were called to the business at 2:20 a.m. after the men, ages 19 and 21, set off the business’s security alarm when they entered the fenced-in yard. The suspects had fled by the time Rosemount police responded. A search party of officers from Hastings, Farmington and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department helped in the search.
50 years ago From the Feb. 27, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Two people collide (that’s right); both injured In the past 30 years or so there have...
Residents in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka townships will have a solid base of candidates to choose from during the March 11 township elections. Candidates in all three elections have a history of public service. Eureka Township is the only township with a question on this year’s ballot. Voters in Eureka will be asked to determine whether the clerk/treasurer should be separated out to two separate positions. A yes vote means the position will be separated and two individuals hired to take the positions.
50 years ago From the Feb. 13, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Simonsen sells business to Thelen, Stifter Two Farmington men, Donald Thelen and Ed Stifter, have purchased...
50 years ago From the Feb. 6, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Lyric closing is “temporary” Olson says A “closed” sign hung on the door of the Lyric...
Sunday’s snow, high winds and dropping temperatures have resulted in several road closures in southern Dakota County. According to a dispatcher at the Dakota County Communications Center, Highway 3 north of the 195th Street roundabout and south of County Road 46 was closed by the Minnesota State Patrol just after 1 p.m. due to an accident. That section of Highway 3 remained closed at 5 p.m. The Minnesota Department of Transportation describes conditions on Highway 3 and Highway 52 as hazardous.
50 years ago From the Jan. 23, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune County address system proposal is aired here Dakota County town board members were called together to...
50 years ago From the Jan. 16, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Commercial Club elects officers in Farmington The Farmington Commercial Club elected new officers at its luncheon...