20 years ago
From the June 3 1993 edition of the Farmington Independent and the June 4, 1993 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages
RHS Top 10
Rosemount High School's graduation is next Friday, June 11. The top 10 students of the class are: Kara Schutt, Trisha Burgess, Victoria Kaping, Sophie Quitschau, Angie Thoreson, Michael Sontag, Grant Nelson, Jeff Bry, Victor Lai and Bryan Dahmes... Salutatorian (is) Grant Nelson, Valedictorian (is) Bryan Dahmes.
Top 10 percent of the (FHS) Class of 1993
Salutatorian Leo Gerten, Valedictorian Joe Ellyn Kruger. Jeff Jolley, Sonja Stanek, Heidi Wilson, Kim Volovsek, Michael Turay, Brandon Huebsch, Ben Krippner, Tim Nelson, Dave Isenmann, Kathryn Hastings, Theresa Martin, Michael Strunk, and Shannon Walz.
Empire hires attorney to fight annexation
"We will fight all of them."
That comment by Floyd Henry, town clerk, summarizes the reaction of Empire Township to recent annexation proposals by Farmington and Rosemount.
"We have hired the same attorney who fought this annexation before," Henry said. The attorney is Peter Schmitz of Northfield....
A public information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 16 at the Empire Town Hall. All township landowners are being notified. Henry said that the board wants to hear the wishes of the township residents.
50 years ago
From the May 30, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Centennial noted at "Valley" cemetery
The Castle Rock Valley cemetery, southeast of Farmington, celebrated its centennial with memorial services Sunday afternoon, May 26. The occasion was also the 50th anniversary of the civil war monument located in the cemetery and dedicated May 30, 1913....
The beginning of the cemetery 100 years ago was at an annual Castle Rock township meeting, April 7, 1863. At that time a committee was appointed to select a site for a public cemetery. At a special meeting held June 9, the committee reported that they had selected six acres in the northeast corner of the southeast quarter of Section 21, Castle Rock, which could be purchased for $5 per acre.
The report was accepted and a surveyor was employed to lay out the grounds. This was the beginning of Castle Rock Valley cemetery. Previous to this, bodies were buried on farms or in other cemeteries and then removed and re-interred in the newly-formed cemetery in 1863. . . .
The following list of service men buried in this cemetery, who were honored with flags and flowers last Sunday, are all Civil War veterans, except two, Alfred Day Sr., (War of 1812) and Clarence Kraft (World War I): Phil Wittier, Hezekiah Bush, Alfred Day, Sr., Sam Harnden, Henry Sanders, Henry Hamann, Charles Rowell, Barney Stevens, Peter Pflaum, Thomas Best, Captain Leonard Aldrich, John Teachout, Alonzo Aldrich, Cyrus Van Vliet, William Parker, Benjamin Hoff, George S. Perry, Thomas Nasey, Alfred Day Jr., E.J. Chapel, Levi Day, Harlow Van Vliet, Clarence Kraft.
Liquor store gets "eviction" at Rosemount
The Rosemount city council was served with an eviction notice telling them their municipal liquor store must leave the present building within 30 days.
Asking for the eviction, or for a satisfactory signed lease agreement, is Matt Huerta, Rosemount, who recently purchased the liquor store building, and the former John's furniture store building adjacent to it....
He declares the place has operated for many years without a lease, and that it is only good business to have one. Besides, he says, the council is behind on their rent, and owes $500 for two months....
Clerk Eugene Duff indicated the former rent before Huerta purchased the building was $137.50 per month. The council believed it was adequate for what they were getting, and that it was only good business to be careful how much rent paid out.
The new proposal was $250 per month, or $200 per month with a year's lease agreement.
Duff said the council had verbally agreed with Huerta for the $200 per month lease agreement, and so advised him in a letter, which Huerta said he never received, but which Duff has copies. . . .
Duff denies the village is back on its rent, claiming a check is sent every month.
The council apparently can't understand why all the entanglement, especially when both parties at one time agreed on the $200-per-month lease arrangement. They've sent Huerta a lease, and he's rejected it and mailed a new one back to them.
75 years ago
From the June 3, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Richard Arlen, movie star, made honorary captain of Farmington school patrol
Richard Arlen, popular movie star, was made an honorary captain of the Farmington school patrol this week. The photo shows the famous star and 15 members of the local school patrol standing in front of the home of Mr. Arlen's parents in St. Paul, Monday morning.
The event was arranged by George Kaisersatt, state highway patrolman, a personal friend of the movie actor.
Mr. Arlen, who was spending a week with his parents at St. Paul, had planned to come to Farmington Tuesday and inspect the patrol, but a long distance telephone call summoned him to Hollywood to a start a new picture. Before leaving by plane, the actor met the boys at his parents' home and posed for a Tribune photographer. He shook hands with each boy and told them of the school patrol in Los Angeles.
Tom Furlong is erecting a temporary dwelling on his farm to take the place of the one destroyed by fire some time ago....
H. W. Christensen has sold his service station to M. C. Hamilton of Menominee, Wis., who took possession Wednesday. Mr. Christensen has gone into the electrical business at Kenyon. Mr. Hamilton is moving his family here and will occupy the rooms at the station. . . .
The Ladies Aid of the Rosemount M. E. church will meet at the home of Mrs. Leo Fluegel on Wednesday, June 8, at 2 p. m. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. . . .
Louis Geronmie is having the buildings on his farm repainted.
All talking film at Rosemount
An all talking film, "Hidden Treasurers" will be shown at Geraghty's Hall in Rosemount, Friday at 8:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the Hennessy Lumber Co., Keystone Steele & Wire Co., dealers.
100 years ago
From the May 30, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
The question is up
The question to be decided on Saturday evening by the voters of School Dist. No. 80 is, Will School Dist. No 40 have a new modern school building or not?
The need of it is apparent to all. The expense of it need not scare anybody into voting against it, you will only look into the proposition...
Another matter that should be considered is our state aid. If we had the requirements, our state aid could be increased sufficient to equal half of our interest. We are running our school at the present time at that much of a loss....
The question of site is not involved at all in this election. If you want a change of site, that will have to be brought up later....
You all know the need of a new building. If you don't get in this time, we will have to try again.
Clean up notice
To the owners of property and those renting and occupying resident property in the village of Farmington, Dakota County, state of Minnesota, you are hereby notified to remove all ash and manure piles, rid stove pipes, tin cans, broken bottles and other rubbish that would naturally disfigure the beauty of our village or impair the sanitary condition thereof, also put your privies in a sanitary condition on or before the 15th day of May A. D. 1913
H.N. Rogers M.D.
Chairman of Board of Health