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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Clean-up efforts are under way after strong winds caused a considerable amount of damage to the central part of Farmington Friday morning. Severe weather sirens sounded around 3:30 a.m. Friday. According to Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky, the winds moved from the west to east, knocking down several large trees and damaging several homes in its path. The storm itself came through the area sometime around 4 a.m. The area that received the most damage is near 193rd Street and Pilot Knob Road. Herlofsky said there is "a concerning amount of damage" to the homes there.
Three years ago, Don Storlie sold the business he'd built and run for more than 30 years. He's far from retired, though. These days, Storlie is the guy who is more or less in charge of one of the largest county fairs in Minnesota. Not only is Storlie the president of the Dakota County Agricultural Society - otherwise known as the fair board, since the Ag society oversees the fair -- but this year, he's the manager, too. His dual role started in November, but it's really just the evolution of a love that started years ago. "I've been around the fair all of my life," Storlie said.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the "new" roundabout on Highway 3 was an educational experience for drivers in Rosemount. These days, though, it's become more of a simple fact of life. The roundabout -- which was a joint project among Empire Township, the city of Farmington, Dakota County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation -- will celebrate its two year anniversary in just a couple of months.
25 years ago From the March 28, 1985 edition of the Dakota County Tribune All-Missota hockey players announced The Dakota County Tribune honors the hockey players chosen to the All-Missota Conference tea for the 1984-85 season. Rosemount Chris Berg: Berg, a 5'11", 185 senior center, was co-captain for the Irish. He scored 20 goals and had 13 assists. Berg has been a regular on the Rosemount roster for three seasons. Ty Eigner: Eigner, a junior wing, scored 19 goals and collected 25 assists for the second place Irish.
With $13,000 per person in federal funding on the line, the Minnesota 2010 Census organizers are gearing up for next month's Census distribution. The Census is nothing new -- it's been around since 1790, and is taken every 10 years. But in Minnesota, this year's Census is particularly important. The results determine how much aid the state receives from the federal government, but there are also some political implications. Minnesota stands to lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives if the state doesn't produce the kind of numbers needed to support its current eight members.
After nearly eight hours of confinement, Feely Elevator manager Mark Malecha was rescued from the corn silo where he became trapped before noon Thursday. Malecha was pulled to safety at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, after having spent the day trapped in a 45- 50-foot deep silo at the Farmington elevator. He fell into the silo at approximately 11:20 a.m. Malecha became trapped as a semi truck was being filled with corn this morning. He apparently went into the silo to try to loosen a clog.
50 years ago From the Dec. 29, 1960 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Who will be first 1961 baby? Who will be the first baby of this area in 1961? The Tribune again is offering a $5.00 prize for the first birth reported to us, either day or night.... The baby's picture will appear in the tribune and the parents will receive an enlarged picture free. Rosemount man says U.S. owes him airplane A Rosemount man claims that the federal government owes him an airplane. Charles P.