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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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.