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.
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.