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From the July 30, 1964  edition of the Dakota County Tribune

New vote will decide on addition to present school

In startling fast action, the Farmington School Board this week proposed a bond election for a 14 room annex to the present elementary school and set Aug. 11 as the date for the vote.

On Wednesday, July 22, the board began action to build a 14-room annex plus auxiliary room, library and physical education area addition to the present elementary facilities at an estimated cost of $575,000....

Taking the 3-1 defeat of the $790,000 bond issues as mandate, the board reviewed plans of an annex which were outlined last spring and voted to bring the annex before the people in a bond issue....

A second and separate question will ask the voters to authorize the board to bond the district for an additional $50,000 for the “purchase of school sites for future school purposes.”...

The addition, complete with 14 classrooms, an auxiliary room for such activities as vocal music and band, a physical education area and a large library will be located generally west of the present elementary building.

Rosemount girl 10½ catches 11-pounder

Were you excited we asked 10 ½-year-old Sharon Nusser with her 11-pound northern. “Everybody was excited,” the youngster told a Tribune photographer Monday at her home in Rosemount. Sharon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Nusser. Cletus, who completed work at Brockway plant at 8 a.m. Monday took Sharon, her brother Steve, 8, and Willis Archibald of Rosemount, on a fishing trip down the St. Croix River. Sharon had a sucker minnow on the hook, and they were drifting for walleyes. After the big northern took ahold, the youngster and a landing net was required to get the monster into the boat. It made half a dozen dives away from the boat before it was “played out” enough to be landed.

Rosemount barbershop to be private museum

Old barbershop at Rosemount is waiting to be moved to the Walter Strese farm, west of Rosemount. The barbershop, used by Frank Gibson, was almost continuously used from the turn of the century. It was moved to make way for the Ken-Rose shopping center being built behind it. The VFW in Rosemount had originally wanted the building but refused it at the last minute. Plans were going ahead to burn it when Walter Strese, of Strese Service Station in Rosemount, said he wanted the building to store antiques in. So, the building was moved by Wren company of Minneapolis, to the Strese farm where it will be turned into a private museum. Strese said he plans to keep the building as it originally was and to store his collection of antiques in it.

75 years ago

From the Aug. 4, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Jury probes “oil” wells north of Rosemount

Oil promoters and their methods occupied the attention of the Hennepin County grand jury today as it continued an investigation of unregistered oil royalty and lease sales in Minneapolis....

“Doodlebugs,” or divining rods, and spiritualistic seances used by oil promoters to convince sales prospects of oil deposits were introduced by agents of the state security commission as evidence in the investigation....

The locale near Rosemount in Dakota County contains oil deposits, according to “Doodle-bug” institutions and a spiritual revelation from one ominia vasta at a séance.

The state securities commission, however, said geologists have proved beyond question that there is no oil there and furthermore, none in any marketable quantities elsewhere in Minnesota....

Drilling operations have been conducted from time to time on land west of Rosemount but no “gushers” have yet been reported.

C.S. Lewis appointed state school steward

Here is Chas. S. Lewis, Farmington, at his desk as he took over the position of steward of the Minnesota School and Colony, Faribault. The appointment was announced Thursday of last week by Supt. Dr. E.J. Engberg who said the selection was made by the Minnesota Security Board subject to Dr. Engberg’s approval....

Mr. Lewis will reside at the state school until Sept. 1 when he and Mrs. Lewis will move to Faribault....

Mr. Lewis has been a member of the school board of Dist. 40 many years, much of the time serving as treasurer.

Local talent on fair program

The Dakota County Fair to be held August 18 and 19 will have the support from Commercial clubs and business organizations from practically every city and village in the county….

More livestock entries are being received every day. An exhibit of Angus, Guernsey cattle will be made from the Crosby farm in Ravenna township, Duroc Jersey, Poland China, Chester White, and spotted Poland China swine herds will be shown....

Afternoon performances in front of the grandstand will be free both Friday and Saturday....

Old Settlers’ Day is on Friday and anyone coming this day will have an opportunity to see some of the finest exhibits of livestock, home economics, grain, vegetables, fruit and flowers. Educational exhibits will also be on display — soil erosion, weed control, rural electrification, soil conservation and the prevention of bruising livestock.

The Friday afternoon program will include an amateur contest for anyone over 60 years of age. The old settler’s umbrella court and special acrobatic stunts, a novelty race with old cars dating back as far as 1902.

100 years ago

From the July 31, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

European countries on verge of war

It is feared the long-spoken of great European war has at last commenced in reality. All indications point that way.

As an opening chapter the loss in the conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia the former lost 200 while 800 Serbs bit the dust....

As soon as it is clear that other nations than Austria and Serbia are drawn well into the conflict, probably a proclamation covering the entire situation will be determined upon by state department officials.

The declaration will follow the lines of proclamation issues in 1911 when Italy and Turkey fought over Tripoli. Announcing the purpose of maintaining absolute neutrality, the proclamation will enjoin all American citizens and residents within the United States to obey the laws, rules and principles governing the conduct of neutrals in time of international conflict and warning will be given that persons who misconduct themselves will be subject to strict enforcement of penalties prescribed by American law.

All American citizens who side the jurisdiction of the United States will be warned that they in no way can obtain protection from the Washington government.

American citizens will be informed that they are forbidden to accept a commission from either of the combatants. They may not enlist as a soldier, sailor or marine under the fighting nations or induce another person to enlist to serve abroad. Nor may they equip or arm any vessel for the belligerents, assist in adding to the force of any ship, or set on foot any military expedition against the belligerents.

They came, saw and conquered

Saturday was a big feature day in Farmington. The Jobbers’ Association of St. Paul made it so. The weather was ideal and so was the immense crowd that had gathered from “near and far.”

At 3:20 p.m. or thereabouts, the train pulled in. Alighting from the train of the depot the line was formed with the State Band in the lead and “Old Glory” in the front of the parade proceeded forth to Third Street where with a circle march it ended. The band stationing themselves at the corner of Griebie’s Store. “Jobbers” scattered with our merchants....

The boosting for Farmington was general and we hope from this on will be continued with additional zest.

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