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50 years ago

From the Nov. 7, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Dress code is adopted at local school

A dress code for the students of Farmington High School has been drawn up by the high school faculty, approved by the school board and made effective on Oct. 28.

Much has been written on the subject of dress codes in recent newspaper and magazine articles.

Concensus of opinion seems to be that there is a very direct correlation between the type of dress and student overall behavior....

These are the Do’s and Don’t of the dress code.

Girls: 1. Expected to wear dresses or skirts with blouses or sweaters. 2. Skirts should be of a reasonable length. 3. Since culottes, slacks, pedal pushers, etc., are sportswear, they are not permitted. 4. Girls should not wear extreme hairdos and should select make-up appropriate for daytime wear. Curlers or clipees are not permitted.

Boys: 1. Boys are expected to have their hair cut regularly. No unusual hairdos are permitted. 2. No blue overall jeans are permitted. The shirts buttoned to within one button from the neck. Shirts tucked in and belts worn with trousers that have loops provided.

3. Cowboy boots, Wellingtons, shoes with cleats, T-shirts without a regular shirt and sweatshirts are not permitted.

75 kiddies in Rosemount Halloween parade

The Rosemount Halloween Parade attracted about 75 Trick-or-Treating youngsters Halloween night in the parking lot of the Rosemount High School, Ron Pankrantz, chairman of the parade said....

Taking first place in the witch division was Marsha McNamara with second and third places going to Renee Sachs and Darlene Beard, respectively.

Johnny Brenberg took first place in the cartoon category with a Felix the Cat costume, and Bobby Brenberg and Thomas Spencer taking second and third.

Carol Englert was the best ghost, in the opinion of the judges. Jimmy Swenson was second place winner and Mary Ellen Kelly third place winner.

In the hobo division, Kenneth Martieau won first place with Wayne Gillespie and Dennis Beard taking second and third place honors.

The most unique costume award went to Irene Linkert with Neil Bohnert and his brother, Mark taking second and third places, respectively.

Race for mayor seen in Rosemount as filings close

Political activity reached a peak Tuesday with elections and the close of filings in the area.

Filings for December elections closed Tuesday, Nov. 5, in most of the villages in the area.

In only a few of the races are incumbents opposed.

The hottest race appears to be in Rosemount where the incumbent mayor, George Ward is opposed by John Balkowitsch....

Farmington and Hampton village clerks report an unopposed slate of incumbents....

An interesting note in Rosemount where it appears most of the political activity will be centering this election, is that H.J. Geraghty, treasurer for more than 20 years did not file for office.

Eldon Stauffer, who filed for the office will run unopposed.

Also in Rosemount the ballot will include a question on leashing dogs. Proposed is a year-round leashing as opposed to the present law of requiring dogs to be leashed from April 1 through Sept. 1.

Following is a list of filers for the various villages:

In Rosemount, for mayor, George Ward, (I), opposed by John Balkowitsch; for treasurer, Eldon Stauffer, unopposed; for trustee, Francis Mullery, (I), unopposed. For justice of the peace, Harold Almquist, (I), unopposed; for constable, Nick Fox, (I), unopposed.

The ballot will include a question of leashing dogs for a full year instead of from April 1 through Sept. 1. Election is Dec. 3.

In Farmington, for mayor: Gerald Gorgos, (I), unopposed; for councilman, Otis Church, (I), unopposed; for justice of the peace; George Kaisersaft, (I), unopposed.

The election will be held De. 3. Otis Church is a high school teacher, Gorgos, an attorney.

75 years ago

From the Nov. 12, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Stassen county lawyer elected Governor!

A Dakota County boy, Harold E. Stassen of South St. Paul, was elected governor of Minnesota Tuesday in one of the most thrilling elections ever staged in the state.

Indications are that his plurality will reach 200,000 it was reported Wednesday night from results in 1,340 precincts out of 3,740....

Mr. Stassen made a great showing in his home county where he garnered 10,762 votes with three precincts still missing. Governor Benson’s vote in the county was 4,570 the result of a big vote in the labor wards of South St. Paul. Gallagher got a total of 853 votes.

When he takes the oath of office Jan. 2, 1939, Mr. Stassen will be 31 years old, the youngest man ever to occupy the office of governor of Minnesota.

More money is allotted for electric lines

On Monday morning word was received by the Dakota County Electric Cooperative from the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington that an allotment of $150,000 had been made to their association.

These funds are to be used for the construction of electric lines in part of Dakota, Rice and Scott counties.

These lines were laid out during the late summer and it will be welcome news to those people along the proposed lines to know that electricity will now soon become available to them....

Lines will be built all over Dakota County but largely in the Hastings, Ravenna and Nininger territories and now is the time for farmers to get underway with the wiring of their buildings as the lines will be constructed first in those sections where the people are ready for it, Mr. Gelder said.

Ryan is in lead

Scattering returns throughout the second congressional district pointed to the re-election of Congressman, Elmer J. Ryan.

The congressman interviewed by telephone at the home of his mother, Mrs. John Ryan, at Rosemount, said the returns Wednesday have this partial result:

Ryan . . . . . . 41,637

O’Hara . . . . . . 34,554

Gaarenstroom . . . . . . 18,464

There were 20,000 ballots yet to be tabulated, part of which were from Dakota County.

100 years ago

From the Nov. 7, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount wedding

One of the prettiest weddings of the season was solemnized at St. Joseph’s church Wednesday morning at ten o’clock when Miss Anna Cummings of Rosemount and Grady Moore of St. Paul were united in marriage with the Rev. Father Cosgrove officiating....

The bride was attired in a beautiful gown of white messaline and wore a tulle veil arranged in cap effect which hung to the hem of her gown. She carried bride’s roses and ferns. Her attendant was her sister, Miss Agnes Cummings of St. Paul who tastefully gowned in old rose messeline and carried yellow chrysantheums. The groom’s attendant was Mr. Thomas Cummings.

After the ceremony a large reception was held at the bride’s home to the many relatives and friends of both parties.

Local News

A number of men at the Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening of this week to consider the advisability of organizing a men’s club. Each man present was given an opportunity to express his views regarding the matter, and they were unanimous in the belief that there is a real need of such an organization and that it was advised to organize at once.

After some discussion regarding the character of the organization best suited to their needs it was voted to elect officers and appoint committees necessary for perfecting the organization and for the carrying forward of it activities.

The following were elected officers of the club: M.E. Richardson, pres.; A.E. Rieta, vice pres.; Arthur Seward, sec.; Earl Watson, treas.

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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