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50 years ago

From the Oct. 31, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Toys for Tots collection set for Rosemount

The American Legion Post No. 65 is sponsoring a Toys for Tots collection on the next two Saturdays, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9, 1963.

The collection will be made with the help of the Boy Scouts.

On Saturday morning, Nov. 2, 1963, toys will be collected on all streets south of Ash....

It is required that the people gather together broken and discarded toys for the Legion and Boy Scouts to pick up, so they can be delivered to the Marine Detachment at Wold Chamberlain field in time to be repaired and painted, and distributed to needy children at Christmas time....

Mr. Dennis Nivala is the American Legion committee chairman and has asked that the scouts and legionnaires meet at the fire department at 8:30 a.m. on the two Saturdays before the collections.

Traffic control center to hold an open house

Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center in Farmington is holding an open house as its part in the fifth anniversary celebration of the Federal Aviation Agency.

The open house will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the $2½ million building located on Division Street in Farmington.

This is the first time the center has held an open house to give the public a chance to get the $2 ½ million worth of equipment at the center in operation insuring the safety of all aircraft enroute on instrument flight plans in a 300-square mile area.

In more simple terms, the men and machines attempt to keep two airplanes from occupying the same space the same time.

The 185 traffic control men and 45 maintenance men process about 1,000 aircraft a day in an area from the Montana border to the Michigan peninsula.

Rosemount plans for little red stocking set

Mrs. Orin Spencer, chairman for the 1963 Little Red Stocking Appeal for Rosemount, announced today that the drive will begin next Friday, Nov. 1.

Assisting her as area captains, will be: Mmes. D. Coder, C. Dobmeier, J. Doyle, H. Fishburn, L. Dinkel, L. Getting, K. Fairbanks, J. Smith, D. Nivala, R. Jeppesen, L. Fluegel, J. Clark, J. Kehoe, V. Oyer, J. Fluegel, H. Palm, E. Olson and L. Bestul.

“Funds raised in our annual Neighbor to Neighbor campaign,” Mrs. Spencer emphasized “will be used to expand the programs and services provided by the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota to hundreds of homeless children, prospective adoptive parents, and unwed mothers.”

Rosemount is one of 500 Minnesota communities conducting the Little Red Stocking Appeal.

75 years ago

From the Nov. 4, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Vote forecast Tuesday

Nearly 16,000 ballots will be cast in Tuesday’s general election, it was estimated today by County Auditor N.H. Marschall....

With interest running high in the state, district and county election, the record of 1936 may be broken next Tuesday....

Twenty-seven names are on the county ballot, including three candidates for Congress.

County auditor N.H. Marschall and Surveyor Paul R. McLagan are the only candidates without opposition....

Harold Stassen, Dakota County attorney, who is running for governor on the Republican ticket, is expected to attract a large number of county voters to the polls, likewise Elmer Ryan, former Rosemount boy, who is running for re-election to Congress on the Democratic ticket. The second district, which Mr. Ryan represents comprises 14 counties extending from South St. Paul to Farimount.

Stassen parade is four miles long

The county parade for Harold E. Stassen, Republican candidate for governor, which passed through all the towns in Dakota County and finally ended at the high school auditorium in Hastings, was between three and four miles long, last Saturday afternoon and evening. It is estimated that 50 cars from Farmington took part in the parade.

Stassen was given one of the biggest ovations ever accorded a candidate from this county, when he arose to give the main address for the homecoming rally; the address was also broadcast over a statewide hookup.

The county attorney thrilled his audience and drew repeated applause as he summarized his platform and the points he had made in his keynote address when he spoke to a county banquet gathering in his honor in the same place, Nov. 17, 1937.

Worker pinned under tractor

Pinned under a caterpillar tractor while working at a gravel pit six miles northeast of Rosemount, Frank Turek, 19-year-old Hampton boy, is lying in Community Hospital suffering from injuries to his chest and diaphragm, the extent of which are not yet known.

The accident occurred at 9:45 Sunday morning at the J. Heimel gravel pit from which material was being hauled for five miles of Capital highway in Rosemount and Inver Grove townships....

Darwin Henderson was operating the tractor which hauled the gravel-laden tumble bug over the trap where the material was dumped and then conveyed onto trucks. When a large stone failed to go through the trap onto the conveyer, Frank crawled into the trap and threw out the stones. The accident took place when he was in this trap.

The lad eventually was crawling out of the trap when the right caterpillar wheel pinned his body on the edge of the opening....

Darwin backed up the machine and aided by Paul Alich, who was working on the job, carried the injured worker into a car and rushed him to Dr. M.A. Flores at Rosemount. Although Frank’s condition was serious, he did not lose consciousness.

After receiving first aid treatment at Dr. Flores’ office, the boy was brought to Community Hospital in Farmington where his condition is improving.

100 years ago

From the Oct. 31, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Dedicate church

The Catholic people have sold their old church to the Danish Lutheran people and the structure is now undergoing a remodeling and put in shape for dedication Nov. 7. The charge also owns a church ediface at Christiania and it has been the custom of members living in town here to attend services at that place.

This was unhandy in the fact that those living in town had no teams or conveyance of their own and as all the Christiania members had teams and it was decided to buy or build in Farmington....

St. John’s Danish Evangelical Lutheran congregation will commence its church work in Farmington by a series of meetings beginning with a dedication service on Sunday the 9th of November at 10 o’clock in the morning.

The Rev. H.W. Bondo of Luck, Wis., president of the Minnesota District of the Danish Lutheran Church, will deliver the intimation sermon and the Rev. G.B. Christiansen R.D. of Audubon, Iowa, president of the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will perform the dedication.

A near accident

Ed Hanson came within an ace of being caught on the Spruce Street crossing just south of the depot one day last week. A northbound freight was standing on the passing track and shut off the view and Ed did not see the train until it was upon him.

As soon as he saw what was about to happen, he threw up the lines and the horses being spirited, jumped forward and the engine, which was the afternoon Rock Island running 30 minutes behind time, just grazed the hind wheel. This makes the second team that has come within an ace of being caught on this crossing within the past year.

The crossing and the one on Elm just north of the depot are hazardous affairs and should be protected by a flagman at each place....

We are of the opinion that the railway would raise no objection if the village council would pass an ordinance forbidding the operation of trains on these crossings without flagmen.


A bright-looking, 12 pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Ward of Rosemount Wednesday.

Frank Hyland visited his wife at St. John’s hospital in St. Paul Sunday.

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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