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50 years ago

From the July 18, 1963 edition of The Dakota County Tribune

Crazy Day July 20 at Rosemount

The annual Crazy Day for Rosemount will be Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. sponsored by the Rosemount Businessmen's Assn.

There will be sidewalk bargains, the craziest low prices you have ever seen. They will all be dressed in costume, the craziest you've ever seen and the whole affair will be one big day of fun for young and old alike.

The well-known "Grandpa Ken" will be present in the afternoon at Rosemount. Don't miss him.

Following the kiddie parade, a big feature at 3 p.m., prizes will be given out. . . .

This is the one day of the year when Rosemount really celebrates and this years plans prove that it will be the best ever.

The Rosemount Yacees are sponsoring their second annual dance under the stars on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.

This year, two dance floors will be operating in the parking lot of the American Legionin Rosemount, one for adults and one for teenagers.

The drawings for the annual trip up north will take place at about 11 p.m. Three additional prizes have been added which include an electric hairdryer, a clock radio and a Brazier set.

Music will be furnished by Gary's Little Band with the first one and a half hours aimed at the younger set with modern and rock'n'roll music.

Ridiculous Days planners add greased pigs

Farmington merchants will be out to prove they've completely lost their marbles at this year's annual Ridiculous Days, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 with the addition of a "greased pig amble" Friday night after the stores have closed.

Odds in the chase will have to go to the pigs with the potential chasers - both merchants and customers - all tuckered out from a day of trying to keep up with bargain buying in all the town's stores.

Three chases are planned, one for women, one for men and one for youngsters. The porker in each case, grease and all, will become the property of the person who can hang onto it.

Sale stands will be set up on the sidewalks and in the streets ready for a dam-busting business beginning at 8 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. that night and continuing right on through Saturday's business hours - or as long as the merchandise lasts. . . .

There will be more than 30 prizes with values up to $15 given away during the two Ridiculous Days. . . .

Another feature of the two-day event will be music, both ridiculous and pleasant, to serenade shoppers and soften their sales resistance as they peruse the street bargains.

Headline event of Ridiculous Days again will be the Kiddie Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday for youngsters up to 12 years of age. Participants, who by this time should have their floats and costumes, decided on and already started, must be at the Gil Farm Service Center by 9:30 a.m. to be included in the judging. . . .

75 years ago

From the July 22, 1938 edition of The Dakota County Tribune

Denzer, Michel re-elected to school board

D.C. Michel and H.C. Denzer were unanimously returned to the board of education at school district number 40, Tuesday evening at the annual election.

Fifty-two ballots were cast, Mr. Denzer and Mr. Michel each receiving 52 votes.

Local patrolmen in escort for Crown Prince

State Patrolmen George Kaisersatt and Delmar Sievers of this community were two of nine state patrolmen selected as a special escort for Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and the crown princess of Sweden who were given a royal welcome in Minneapolis over the weekend.

Over 50,000 persons heard the next king of Sweden at the state fairgrounds, Sunday.

Other state patrolmen honored by taking part in the special escort included Capt. Frank Corcoran, St. Paul, formerly of Rosemount. . . .

After the patrolmen completed their work, the crown prince presented each one with a gold stick pin commemorating his father's 80th birthday. These pins, it is said, were presented only one other time and that was at the royal birthday party in Stockholm.

The local boys say the crown prince is a mighty fine fellow and as common as an old shoe.

Rosemount News

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Varney of White Bear (nee Grace Stresse), Sunday, July 17, at Bethesda hospital, St. Paul.

Mrs. John Gieger of near Rosemount met with a rather unusual accident, Wednesday afternoon. She stepped from her porch to chase chickens and the next thing she knew, she was lying close to a steel fence post. Looking around she saw flesh on the fence and she discovered that her leg was severely cut and torn. It was some time before she was able to summon help from her husband who was working at a nearby farm. Mr. Gieger rushed her to the doctor, who dressed her injuries. Though in a very painful condition, Mrs. Gieger is thought to be recovering slowly, her friends hope she may soon be out again.

Master Jimmie Ryan, son of Congressman Elmer Ryan, who has been at Glencoe, Minn., came Sunday to make his home with his grandmother, Mrs. Agnes Ryan.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bartelt and daughter Helen motored to Winnebago to visit Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Helvig Sunday, returning Monday morning. Mr. Helvig has been quite ill. He is much improved now.

Under the sponsorship of the Rosemount Commercial Club, the Rosemount School band will march in the Hook 'em Cow picnic parade Sunday at Farmington. Rosemount band members will meet at the school house Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Transportation will be furnished to Farmington.

100 years ago

From the July 18, 1913 edition of The Dakota County Tribune

West-side addition

Feely's addition a Westside fine residence district, lying between First Street and Feely Ave. is having a new impetus this summer at the hands of new investors and home builders. Streets have been graded. Sidewalks placed and several pine homes built. The exploration has not been pushed because the promoters believe that by being careful to sell lots to none except persons who are likely to build first-class residences and to build them about 25 feet back from the sidewalk and about two and half feet above the sidewalk grade, their district will soon become a show spot and form its nucleus for a rapid growth in the near future.

While the west side has many beauties that have always induced the small boy to meander over that way to Vermillion several times a day during the summer, that part of the village has been best known to the westsiders only. The railroad tracks at Second Street, extending across the village from north to south have been a natural barrier that worked a separation from the east side of the village with the results that until the recent development was taken up by new investors, the beauty of the vicinity has not been generally recognized. . . .

This new addition is exceptionally close to the business center of the village and also to the depot. Another feature that is going to help the west side is the high location and the good drainage.


Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Geraghty and family of St. Paul spent Sunday visiting at the Farrell home. . . .

The Royal Neighbors gave their picnic of their anniversary last Thursday at Antlers Park. All reported a lovely time.

Joe Heinen, Archie Demares, Geo. McDonough, Pete Heinen and Geo. Dorosey were Antlers Park visitors Sunday evening.

Birdie Heinen spent from Friday until Wednesday visiting friends in St. Paul.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Hogan a boy. Congratulations.

William Hagemeister was a St. Paul visitor Thursday.

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 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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