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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Not everyone gets a nickname from the former President of the United States, but Ken Hendrickson did last week. Ken - or Kenny, as folks may remember him - is a wounded Navy Seabee veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In June of 2006, Pfc. 1st Class Hendrickson was riding in a Humvee as a gunner in a convoy security team when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Iraq's Al Anbar region. The force of the explosion catapulted him about 35 feet in the air and approximately 100 yards down the road. Two teammates were killed in the explosion, a fourth member sustained shoulder injuries.
Take a stroll through Dakota City Heritage Village during the Dakota County Fair in August, and you'll see plenty of people dressed somewhat ... oddly. They'll be the women in the long, heavy clothing, the men sporting suspenders and top hats. All volunteers, it's those folks -- dressed in period-appropriate costumes -- who help bring Dakota City to life every year. Finding enough volunteers can be daunting task, according to Dakota City Heritage Village board of directors vice president Mary Hendricks.
For Empire Township Aaron Brand, the arrival of spring means the arrival of farmer's market season. It's a busy time for Brand, who sells eggs, raspberries and other items at multiple markets in the area. But he seems to enjoy himself. Brand, a Rosemount High School graduate, took time recently to talk to the Town Pages about this busy time of year. Tell me a little bit about your family farm. What are you growing out here? We do corn, soybeans and alfalfa mainly. Sometimes we'll do a small grain but we haven't done that in a couple years. Mainly corn and soybeans and alfalfa.
It's sometimes hard to help other people when no one really knows you're out there. But Ann Quigley is hoping to change that soon. Quigley knows well what it's like to have a husband who is deployed and be the one left behind with small children. She's been there. Back in 2003, her husband, Trevor Quigley, was gone. She was working with Dakota County's 4-H program. It was hard to juggle everything. Eventually, she left her position with 4-H - a big step since Quigley had grown up in the Dakota County 4-H program. But the time had come for her to move on, so she did.
50 years ago From the Feb. 16, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Special salute for FFA week Rosemount businessmen are sponsoring a special salute to the Rosemount Future Farmers of America Chapter, which was so successful this year in winning second place in the national dairy cattle judging contest, at Waterloo, Iowa, October 10-14, 1960. They also won the state championship May 3 of last year. A three column ad, sponsored by the merchants, calls attention to the fact National FFA week is February 18-25.... Governor Elmer L.
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25 years ago From the February 6, 1986 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Rosemount unit top new DU chapter The Rosemount Committee of Ducks Unlimited has been named top new DU Chapter in 1985, DU regional director Bill Allen announced. The chapter earned the recognition with money raised during its 1985 events. The group's fall banquet alone netted nearly $14,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of duck and goose habitat. RHS one-act play advances The Rosemount High School one-act play placed second in sub-region competition Jan. 30.
50 years ago From the January 19, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Father of 15 rents garage in Coates village Carl Falkenberg, of Holcombe, Wisconsin, whose family includes 15 children has rented the Coates Station garage from Bud Peterson of Coates, taking possession, Wednesday, January 11. Peterson operates the tavern and lunch room. According to an ad, the garage does general auto repair and service work, in addition to selling gasoline and oil, Hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the gas pumps are open until 1 a.m.
50 years ago From the January 12, 1961 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Deere Day at Rosemount Deere Day at Rosemount will be Wednesday, January 18 with Corcoran Hardware & Implement Co., being hosts to everyone. Shows at 9:30 and 1:15 p.m., in fire hall; lunch in the store at 12 noon. 40 building permits, village of Rosemount The village of Rosemount has realized quite a building boom during the year 1960, according to Eugene J. Duff, village clerk, who issues the building permits.
One of the nice things about living in a rural community is the lack of crime. Right? Well, yes and no. There might not be the big, dramatic crime that makes headlines, but there still is a fair amount of incidents that happen in Dakota County's townships and smaller cities. That's why the Dakota County Sheriff's Department is starting a new outreach program called Block Club meetings. "This is a way for us to help the citizens and for them to help us," said Sgt. Jim Gabriel, who is organizing the Block Club meetings.