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Looking back: Plans for new school years were announced 50, 75 years ago this week

50 years ago

From the Aug. 20, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

County declared a drought area

A.T. Schaffer, chairman of the Dakota County ASC, announced Monday that Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman has declared Dakota county a drought area.

This means that with permission from the ASC officer – farmers may graze or harvest from conservation reserve acreage under the reserve program, and acreage a under the 1964 feed grain program and wheat diversion program....

When asked about emergency loans, Mr. Schaffer indicated that the FHA would handle emergency loans, and that was NOT a part of the ASC function. The FHA office is in Faribault, and no announcement has been made regarding possibility of loans.

The county’s drought committee is made up of the chairman of the county committee, Al Schaffer, also Clarence Quie, county agent; Fred Tripp, soil conservation officer, and Ed Miller, FHA supervisor from Faribault.

Attendance at fair 64,585

E.W. Ahlberg, manager of the Dakota County Fair, said Wednesday morning the official attendance this year was 64,585 which is considerably above last year.

“It’s been a highly successful fair,” Ahlberg declared.

For the first time, he has started a file on space rentals for the 1965 — next year’s big Centennial exposition — before the 1964 fair was completed. He was surprised at the advance demand for space rental. 

Area man is hold-up victim; $12,000 lost

The largest robbery in the city of Bloomington occurred when an employee of Walsh’s Food Market at 7810 Portland Ave., was robbed of an estimated $12,000 after leaving a Bloomington bank.

The employee, Arthur Lehman, who lives on Cedar Avenue in Rosemount, was on the way to the food market from the Northwestern National Bank with three cloth bags of cash.

When he stopped the car at a traffic signal at 79th Street and Penn Ave., South, a man jumped into the car and ordered him to follow another car to a ballpark in Richfield.

There he was ordered to lie on the floor in the back of the second vehicle. He was then driven to north Minneapolis where he was ordered out near a railroad yard.

Lehman described the first bandit as about 21, wearing a black suit and black derby. The other bandit was about 35, and wore a short-sleeved shirt, dark slacks and wrap-around sunglasses.

Armed man found slumped on wheel

About 6:30 a.m. last Wednesday morning, Chief of Police Jake Klotzbeacher received a call that a man was slumped over the wheel of his automobile with the motor running and lights on....

Klotzbeacher drove to the scene and found the man slumped over the wheel, sleeping or unconscious, a .22 Smith and Wesson automatic pistol holstered on his hip.

Two clips of ammunition lay on the dashboard. Klotzbeacher drew his own weapon and covering the supposedly sleeping figure, reached across him and disarmed him....

Klotzbeacher said he could not smell alcohol on the man so he took him to the hospital for a check. Klotzbeacher thought perhaps the man had been doped by carbon monoxide from the running vehicle.

After a considerable wait, the chief rudely attempted to awaken the man and finally succeeded.

Over a cup of coffee the man explained he was a sporting goods salesman and was a hard man to wake up once he went to sleep.

75 years ago

From the Aug. 25, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Community schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 5


The school year 1939-40 is rapidly drawing near. The first event of the year at Farmington being the high school registrations which will be held in the superintendent’s office on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 and 31 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

The special departments especially represent the practical educational work. Special departments are provided in Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Agriculture, Commercial, Music and Speech....

The board of education has spared no expense in providing for the people of this area a very modern school. Most supplies and all textbooks are furnished free of charge.


The Rosemount Public Schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1939. Another grade teacher has been added to the faculty; Miss Joanne B. Berkner who will teach grades three and four.

Indications are that the enrollment for Rosemount High School will show an increase over last year.

Rosemount News

Mrs. P.E. Kemp and son Dan are here from Wyoming, Minn., the latter receiving treatment from Dr. Flores for throat infection.

Wilfred Schwanze had the misfortune to lose a horse from the heat while working on the corn binder. This isn’t all. One of his teams got scared and ran away. In making a short turn they broke the wagon in two, ran out on the highway and collided with an auto, injuring both horses.

And over at Otto Wacher’s they had a mixup when he drove one of his teams into a hornet’s nest and the team got away and ran into a barbwire fence, cutting one of the horses up pretty badly. It might have been worse had not his son, Theodore, come to his rescue.

The highway running east from the Kirchner corner north of town to the Capital is being straightened and widened which will meet with the approval of all the farmers living along that road.

Congressman Elmer Ryan is moving his household goods from Rosemount to St. Paul where he and his bride will make their future home.

Jas. Schneider resigns council 

Local citizens will regret to learn that James Schneider has resigned from his position on the village council due to ill health.

Councilman Schneider has had a physical checkup at Rochester and doctors have advised him to take things easier.

The council has appointed Fred R. Griebie to complete Mr. Schneider’s term.

Mr. Schneider was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Tuesday evening and will remain there for several days.

100 years ago

From the Aug. 21, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

The Chautauqua at Farmington 

The Farmington Chautauqua was opened Monday afternoon in a very able manner by James Sloane Corkey in his lecture, “America As An Irishman Sees It.”

Mr. Corkey has a very original, pleasing manner and his personality is both magnetic and sincere. Although he showed us and made us realize we were living in the greatest country of the age, “The land of the free and the home of the brave.”...

Right here we would like to ask if it is only carelessness that causes our audience to remain seated while our National anthem is being played?

We responded to “The Star Spangled Banner,” then why not to America?”

In this time, as no other, when so much of the world is plunged in the horrors of unnecessary slaughter, the least tribute we can play to our own great nation is to show our loving respect and appreciation by standing to our feet when our National hymns are played.

Let it be known

The ladies of the W.C.T. U. wish to extend to all the citizens of Farmington an invitation to contribute toward the purchase of a Drinking Fountain to be placed on our streets. Small sums will be as heartily received as larger amounts.

Let the children also assist. Receiving boxes will be left at the business places in town. Be sure and place your donation in an envelope with your name thereon. A collection of the proceeds will be taken on September 1, so be sure and make your contribution on or before that date.

Drinking Fountain Committee, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.