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Firefighters place absorbent booms across the river to prevent fuel from spreading farther downstream. (Rivertown Newspaper Group photo by Michelle Leonard)

Farmington spill dumps diesel fuel into the Vermillion River

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Farmington firefighters are working to clear diesel fuel out of the Vermillion River after receiving a report of a diesel spill around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.


Farmington fire marshal John Powers was not sure how long the diesel had been seeping into the river, but firefighters tracing the fuel's path reported it had traveled past the Highway 3 bridge by 11 a.m.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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