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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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.
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.