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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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.
Thirty-two percent shooting made it tough for Rosemount to hang with a high-powered Lakeville North team that entered Friday night's game in Lakeville ranked eighth in the state in Class 4A. The Panthers led by just six in the final five minutes, but went on to improve their record to 11-3 with a 68-54 victory. "North is a very talented offensive team, especially from the perimeter. I thought we did a solid job on defense besides a few lapses... They pulled away at the end when we tried to press them," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
Sam Moeller's seventh-place finish led Rosemount to 23rd place out of 65 varsity teams at the Rumble on the Red tournament last weekend at the Fargo Dome. Moeller, ranked sixth in Class 3A at 170 pounds, won five out of seven matches over the two-day tournament. He opened with a first-round bye, and then advanced with two decisions and a technical fall before being bounced to the consolation bracket by eventual 182-pound champion Pretson Lehmann of West Fargo.
One of Brad Stepan's immediate goals when he took over as Rosemount's head boys hockey coach was to improve the team's game-readiness by increasing its level of intensity in practice. Despite the final results, Stepan liked what he saw in last Tuesday's season opener. The Irish, 6-21 a year ago, held a second-period lead before falling 3-2 to 12th-ranked (Class 2A) Wayzata at the Rosemount Community Center. The Trojans have a record of 4-1 and are coming off a 16-10 season. "We saw kids competing every shift last Tuesday and that really excited us.
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.