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 served as 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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Anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle along Highway 10 to the Point Douglas Beach knows that ride can be sketchy, if not downright dangerous at times. But that trip will be just a little easier in a year or two, thanks to a new trail planned in Washington County. At its Jan. 13 meeting, Washington County Board adopted a resolution to purchase the final piece of land that will make the Point Douglas Regional Trail a reality.
Tucked away off a gravel stretch of 170th Street is the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, a gem few know about, but many will want to discover. The 456-acre regional park isn’t open to the public yet, but Dakota County officials promise it will be ready this fall. With its central location in Empire Township, Whitetail Woods promises to provide a multitude of recreation opportunities to residents of Empire, Farmington and Rosemount. The park is being constructed in four phases, according to Josh Kinney, senior project manager with Dakota County’s capital project management division.
A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair Wednesday night. DISCLAIMER: The attached video does contain explicit language.
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. The source of the contamination has been identified as a catch basin located on the Landscape Depot property on Fourth Street. According to Farmington police sergeant Kevin Mincke, the basin is still filled with fuel.