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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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.
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.
25 years ago From the Feb.