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.
- Member for
- 4 years 8 months
Two escaped a plane crash 50 years ago
50 years ago From the Aug. 29, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Shopping center permit issued at Rosemount At the second of two special meetings last week, the Rosemount Village Council Thursday voted unanimously to issue a permit to Jack Young Enterprises for the construction of a shopping center at the west edge of the village. The center is to include two 23-unit, brick-faced apartment buildings, two service stations, 70,000 square feet of shops and one restaurant with inside and outside eating facilities.
50 years ago From the Aug. 22, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Plan contest for naming of new hospital In a director's meeting Tuesday night, the new Central Dakota Hospital board decided to run a contest in the Dakota County Tribune to select the best name to be given the new hospital now being built at Farmington.
A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair Wednesday night. (Editor's note: The video above has some minor swearing. It's nothing loud or particularly offensive, but we thought you should know.) The bull, named Red 43, escaped from his pen, then broke through the gates and ran through the fairgrounds.
50 years ago From the July 18, 1963 edition of The Dakota County Tribune Crazy Day July 20 at Rosemount The annual Crazy Day for Rosemount will be Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. sponsored by the Rosemount Businessmen's Assn. There will be sidewalk bargains, the craziest low prices you have ever seen. They will all be dressed in costume, the craziest you've ever seen and the whole affair will be one big day of fun for young and old alike. The well-known "Grandpa Ken" will be present in the afternoon at Rosemount. Don't miss him.
Sooner or later, everyone needs a little help. That's true even for some of the people you call for help in times of emergency. With that in mind, a number of Farmington and Rosemount emergency personnel participated in the Frontline Supervisor Class offered by the Dakota County Domestic Preparedness Committee. Held Saturday at the Dakota Communications Center in Rosemount, the class was designed to educate police, firefighters and EMS personnel from around the county on what services are available to them in the case of an emergency. The training session was held in two parts.
Farmington and Rosemount police have entered into a joint project with other Dakota County law enforcement agencies to take old prescription pills out of the house, and possibly out of the hands of people who could abuse them. Set up as a joint powers agreement with Dakota County, the new household pharmaceutical disposal program encourages residents to bring their unused prescription drugs to a secure location for disposal. A specially-designed disposal receptacle has been placed at the Farmington police department. Rosemount police were scheduled to add a box this week.
DNA evidence can be a powerful tool for investigators who are looking to solve crimes, and technology advances in recent years are helping just as much, if not more. Late last year, Rosemount police were able to solve a three-year-old burglary, based on DNA found on a popsicle package. Back in the late summer of 2009, Rosemount police received the report of a burglary. It was a first degree burglary, which meant the individuals involved had entered an occupied residence.
Farmington, Rosemount police are developing sophisticated crime scene teams Michelle Leonard Staff writer They might not have all the impressive gadgets, computer programs or immediate matches you might see on the popular television series CSI or NCIS, but when it comes to crime scene investigations, the police departments in Farmington and Rosemount can still get results. Local police departments have spent a good deal of time training officers to develop specialized skills that help document a crime scene, run tests and hopefully find the evidence necessary to solve crimes in their own c
Abby Nelson's clutch balance beam performance Friday night against Lakeville North had Rosemount head coach Jason Passeri searching for superlatives. After four teammates fell during the event, Nelson closed out the Irish's turn on the beam by scoring a 9.45 to take first place. That finish lifted the Irish to 6-0 in the South Suburban Conference after a narrow 141.05-140.8 victory over Lakeville North.