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Looking back: Girl Scouts receive thanks you notes from Jacqueline Kennedy

50 years ago

From the Aug. 6, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Crazy Daze at Rosemount Aug. 8

Saturday, Aug. 8, promises to be a crazy day in Rosemount.

The Businessmen, Junior Chamber of Commerce and American Legion Post 65 are pooling their efforts to make this a day of fun for young and old.

The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with sidewalk sales, the likes you have never seen before. Crazy sales at crazy prices. The early birds will get the best worms, so plan to come early.

A carnival for young and old will begin at 10 a.m. A fish pond, dart throw, baseball throw, basketball toss, nail driving, and games of skill and strength and other forms of entertainment will be available. You may want to try your hand at demolishing a car with a sledge hammer. The car, in running condition, is being donated by Phil’s Body Shop and will not be in running condition by evening we are sure....

Later on in the afternoon a parade of horses, buggies, surries and old cars will pass in review. Walt Strese is in charge of the event and invites one and all with old cars or horses and buggies to join the parade. If interested, contact Walt at Strese Pure Oil Company....

The kiddie carnival turkey barbeque and the adult and teen dances are sponsored by the Jaycees. The proceeds of these events will be used in the chapter’s efforts to promote community development in the Rosemount area.

All of the activities, with the expection of the crazy sidewalk sales, will be located in the new shopping center parking area. The sponsoring organizations wish to express their appreciation to Ken Nelson for making this area available.

99th Dakota County free fair opens August 12

The fair program and main events have been completed for the 99th annual Dakota County Free Fair to be held at Farmington starting Aug. 12, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 16....

The Independent Softball League will start the playoff games Wednesday evening and end up with the championship game at 5 p.m. on Saturday. These games are played on the inside area of the race track. League teams playing in the tournament will be from Hampton, Lakeville, Rosemount, Eidswold, Burnsville, Farmington and Northfield....

Judging of 4-H poultry, 4-H beef, 4-H sheep, open class sheep, and open class exhibits in all divisions in the horticultural building will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and continue throughout the day. 4-H dog judging and the K-9 Variety Squad dog show, featuring square dancing dogs and other specialties will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the arena of the new sheep barn....

The 4-H style show and review is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in front of the grandstand. Immediately following the style show will be the coronation of the new Soil Conservation queen and a grand display of fireworks at 10 p.m.

Rosemount girls receive thank you from Mrs. Kennedy

Susan Duff, Nora Fairbrother, Marilyn Williams, Eileen Stelter, Mary Balkowitsch and Diane Strese, senior Girl Scouts Troop 123 of Rosemount, each received a thank you note from Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.

The girls under the direction of Mrs. Lewis Gayner, had volunteered as guides at the Kennedy Memorial Library exhibition at Kauffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus on July 7.

Each received a separate white letter, edged in black with a stamp signature of Jacqueline Kennedy in the right-hand corner, instead of the usual stamp. The note said “Mrs. Kennedy is most grateful for your willingness to help the John F. Kennedy Library exhibit and sends you her deepest thanks.”

The girls also received a thank you from Daniel Paskewitz, president of Union Board of Governors at the University.

75 years ago

From the Aug. 11, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

New director of athletics named

Evard Serbin of Bessemer, Mich., has been appointed athletic director of the Farmington High School, it was announced today.

Upon the appointment of Mr. Harlowe Johnson as high school principal a vacancy was created in the coaching department at the local school. When Mr. Robertson, the present coach, heard of this vacancy he requested that the board of education provide him with more time to devote to his industrial training department and his physical education classes. Therefore, he asked that a new head coach be appointed. He offered to assist with all athletics.

Home talent county fair next week

Families from the cities, villages and farms are making plans to attend the Dakota County Fair to be held at the county fairgrounds, Farmington next week, Aug. 17, 18 and 19. The fair this year will feature the kind of program the people from all over the county have demanded....

The commercial clubs and business organizations from Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville, Rosemount, West St. Paul and So. St. Paul will have special exhibits. High class livestock, crops, women’s exhibits and 4-H. Home Economics and Agricultural exhibits will all compete for honors on Friday which is judging day....

Special entertainment including baseball, diamondball, trap shooting with special prizes offered for the best marksman games of skill, roller skating, pony rides and games of skill operated by people within the county.

The antique display will include old coins, close to 1,000 years old, old dishes, spinning wheels, furniture, guns, Indian relics, etc. Attendants will be in charge at all times.

As a special feature for Friday afternoon at 1:30, Mrs. Wm. Miller of Randolph, 75 years of age, will demonstrate how to spin.

Rosemount has new dentist

Rosemount will have a new dentist this week. He is Dr. P.J. Lamb, who is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lamb will have brand new offices in the Geraghty building at Rosemount and completely new equipment, including an x-ray service.

Work of installation is being done day and evenings in order that the new dentist may open his offices Saturday of this week. He comes highly recommended in his profession.

100 years ago

From the Aug. 7, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Farmers’ Clubs on the boost

The Dakota County Improvement Club under the direction of R.C. Pollack has made arrangements for a big agricultural campaign in Dakota County. The campaign is the first of its kind ever conducted in Minnesota and the prospects for a great campaign are very encouraging....

On the first day the meeting will be held under the auspices of the Greenvale Farmers’ Club, East Castle Rock Farmers’ Club and at night in Northfield on Friday the 14th at the Empire Farmers’ Club, Lakeville farmers and at night in Farmington. Then on Saturday a big meeting will be held at Rosemount.

This campaign is for the purpose of encouraging and improving the agricultural conditions of Dakota County, and in order that we may make the same a success some of the best agriculturists available have been secured....

Alex Empey is putting one over on the previous record this year by having a single field of 160 acres of corn. A crop never looked more promising, and to take care of it he is building a crib 80 feet long with a capacity of 4,000 bushels.

Farmington, by a strong demand for residence properties, continues to grow while the country about, through the fertility of its soil, the farmers are prosperous.