Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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Anybody who has been around Rosemount for any number of years knows Appleside Orchard closed years ago. But that doesn't necessarily mean there aren't apples - hundreds of delicious apples - still for sale at the same location. These days, Empire Township resident Aaron Brand is spending most of his days picking, cleaning or selling apples at the Appleside location and various farmer's markets around the area.
Early on in her career, LaDonna Boyd was asked to promote the use of electricity. The more kilowatt usage, the better. Oh, how times change. Forty one years later, Boyd is in her last week of work at Dakota Electric Association in Farmington. She's been with DEA since 1968, when she left her job with Northern States Power and came to Dakota County Electric Cooperative. Somehow, she just never left. Boyd was hired by NSP while she was still in college. She was hired as a home economist. It was her job to go out and teach people about the many benefits of electricity.
Rosemount hockey coach Scott Macho knew early last week when he looked at the upcoming schedule that his team might be in for some difficult games against some talented opponents. Still, he was holding out hope that the scores wouldn't get as out of hand as they did. The Irish ended up allowing 31 goals in the course of three losses in eight days against the top three teams in the South Suburban Conference standings. After an 8-1 loss at 12th-ranked Burnsville last Saturday, the Irish were handed a 13-1 setback by No. 15 Lakeville South and a 10-2 decision by No.
Things will be a lot different around the University of Minnesota's Extension office Dakota County in next week, because two familiar faces will be gone. Extension regional director Jayne Hager Dee and Extension educator Mary Duncomb both retire next week. Hager Dee's last day is Monday. Duncomb will leave her position two days later. Hager Dee came to Dakota County in 1998, hired initially as the county extension director.
An early morning fire on the University of Minnesota's UMore Park property has been ruled an arson by the Dakota County Sheriff's department. Called in just after 2 a.m. Thursday, the blaze leveled a pole barn off of Lone Rock Trail on the University-owned property. Rosemount Fire was first at the scene, but the rural location necessitated the assistance of Farmington, Hastings and Randolph's fire departments, Rosemount fire chief Scott Aker said. The three assisting departments brought water tenders to the scene, keeping a constant flow of water for about five hours.
An early morning fire on the University of Minnesota's UMore Park property is under investigation by the Dakota County Sheriff's Department. Called in just after 2 a.m. Thursday, the blaze leveled a pole barn off of Lone Rock Trail on the University-owned property. Rosemount Fire was first at the scene, but the rural location necessitated the assistance of Farmington, Hastings and Randolph's fire departments, Rosemount fire chief Scott Aker said. The three assisting departments brought water tenders to the scene, keeping a constant flow of water for about five hours.
Winless Burnsville used its best offensive performance of the season to forge a 5-5 tie with Rosemount Saturday at the Rosemount Community Center. The Blaze, who entered with a record of 0-6-1, hadn't scored more than two goals in any of their first seven games before taking on Rosemount.
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.