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Visitors walk on a trail to Empire Lake during a recent tour of the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Empire Township, Minn. (Michelle Leonard/Forum News Service)

Regional park to open this fall in southeastern Minnesota

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FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A gem that few people know about, but many will want to discover, is about to be revealed south of the Twin Cities.


The new Whitetail Woods Regional Park isn’t open to the public yet, but Dakota County officials promise the 456-acre park will be ready this fall. Located in Empire Township, Whitetail Woods promises to provide a multitude of recreational opportunities.

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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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