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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A 24-year-old man died after leading police on a high speed chase from Farmington to Red Wing early Sunday morning. According to a press release issued by police chief Brian Lindquist, Farmington officers attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle near 220th Street and Canton Court at approximately 4:08 a.m. The driver, identified as Cody J. Swanson, did not stop. Instead, Swanson led officers on a high-speed chase east on County State Aid Highway 50. Police followed the suspect through Hampton and Miesville.
A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair Wednesday night. DISCLAIMER: The attached video does contain explicit language.