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50 years ago

From the Jan. 23, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

County address system proposal is aired here

Dakota County town board members were called together to outline for them a proposed change in street and road naming here which would give everyone in the county a numbered address.

The meeting was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hoagie’s Restaurant in Farmington.

Ray Rother, Hampton, is chairman of the move which is much needed by fire departments, police agencies, the postal department and other public and private service groups.

The tentative plan is to start a numbering system from the state capitol in St. Paul, giving streets and roads running east and west numbers corresponding to the number of miles they are from the capitol....

The system would be of great help to fire departments for instance, because every location would have a number (the number of miles it is from the capitol), and a letter or alphabetized name designation – 2200 Apple.

Rosemount $1.5 million school 1/3 done

The new Rosemount High School is about one-third completed, Superintendent H.C. Hanson estimated Friday.

The 1.5 million dollar building under construction by Adolphson and Peterson, is slowly taking shape, half a mile north of the present site.

The north side is completed, the shop area is up, as is the boiler room, and workers are laying brick on the main unit A.

The new building will have 28 teaching stations. It will be a complete, modern, high school building, designed for future students who pour in from developments such as Apple Valley.

The present building will become a junior high school. The new structure will see an expanded shop, expanded business department, and an art program as facilities in addition to those now enjoyed at Rosemount, Hanson said.

90 Flying Formers meet in Farmington

The Minnesota Flying Farmers met for their regular meeting at a luncheon at Hoagie’s restaurant in Farmington Thursday, Jan. 16.

Orval Downing, Burnsville, Minn., said about 70 members and their guests attended the meeting.

About 60 flew in to South Port airport in Rosemount and were taken to the meeting by local members.

After the luncheon, the group toured the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in Farmington.

NSP to build district office in Farmington

Northern States Power Company will build a combination district headquarters office and service center in Farmington this spring, J.J. Carroll, manager of NSP’s Faribault division, reported today.

The building which will be electrically heated, will be erected on the northeast corner of Oak and Second streets, opposite the depot. It will be a single story concrete block structure with a front of antique brick veneer on the Oak Street side....

NSP’s new building will be 32 by 52 feet with portions of the space being used for an office and a shop. The rear of the building will consist of a double garage with overhead doors facing Second Street.

75 years ago

From the Jan. 27, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Thief gets $64 from Langfords

Someone entered the Langford Electric Company office here Monday night and stole $64.26 from the cash drawer while Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Peterson, employees of the company, were asleep in the apartment upstairs....

Mrs. Peterson, bookkeeper and daughter of F.T. Langford, owner of the company, said their dog usually sleeps in the store but Monday night he stayed in their apartment upstairs. Sometime during the night she said she heard the dog whine but thought nothing of it. . . .

Deputy Sheriff P.J. Walsh and Nightwatchman Paul Alich were notified and the former called the state crime bureau and summoned Officer Herman Vall, who arrived soon and took fingerprints. Chief Alich said he tried the front door during the night but it was locked.

When informed that a transient locksmith had made an extra key for the front door of the Langford store, Mr. Vall said it is a dangerous practice to have strangers make keys for doors.

Storm sewer to relieve floods

The Red Wing Sewer Pipe company through Lampert Yards, Farmington, was awarded the contract to furnish 15-inch pipe which will be used in the construction of an additional storm sewer from the Fred McAndrews residence north to Walnut street, a project designed to relieve the flood condition of the street during heavy rains and spring thaws.

The Red Wing first bid of 75 cents a foot for No. 2 double strength pipes was the only one submitted.

In the past the 12-inch pipe has been found inadequate to relieve the flood on the pavement on south Third Street. Motorists found it necessary to plow through water up to the running board. The new 15-inch pipe and the old 12-inch pipe will run parallel north to Walnut Stret where they will empty into the 18-inch pipe which, it is said, has adequate fall to take care of the additional sewer. . . .

After the Third Street project has been completed to start work on the water and sewer project on South Second Street where 900 feet will be laid from the F.R. Blake residence south to the Ed Selk residence, a distance of about 900 feet.

Trips on store mat; Coates farm woman is injured

Mrs. Hugo Miller, Coates farm woman, who suffered facial injuries when she tripped on a wire mat while leaving the Golden Rule in St. Paul Tuesday of last week, was able to leave West Side General Hospital Friday.

Mrs. Miller did some shopping at the Golden Rule and as she was leaving the place when her foot tripped over the wire mat, one part of which was turned up.

Accompanied by a nurse at the store, she was taken to West Side hospital where she was treated for an injured nose, bruises on the forehead and swollen eyes.

Rosemount News

Old and new time dance at K.C. Hall, Farmington, Friday, Feb. 3, music by Rhythm Queens Orchestra. Circle two steps and Scottish. Admission 25 cents before 9:30. Everybody invited.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Emerson attended the lumberman’s convention at Leamington Hall, Minneapolis, Thursday. Mr. Emerson listened to the lecture while Mrs. Emerson played bridge with the lumberman’s wives. Mr. Emerson also attended the banquet given by the Lambert yards and All-Heat Coal Co., held at the Town Hall and Country Club....

Bennie Baker has sold his Skelly Service Station to Joseph Eckert and son Donald, the transfer taking place last Saturday. They will be assisted by Vernon Rumrich for the time being, Mr. Baker has gone back to Herman.

Will Hagemeister is having the attic of his butcher shop re-enforced with rock wool. The material is being blown in by a machine which makes the attic warmer and a saver of fuel.

100 years ago

From the Jan. 23, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Town turned over to railroad men Wednesday night

Wednesday night was railroad men’s night and the town was turned over to them as theirs and their many guests who came from the Twin Cities, LaCrosse, Montevideo, Austin and other points to enjoy themselves in dancing, it being the third annual ball given by the local railway men.

The greater part of Wednesday was taken up in preparing the hall and getting everything ready for the big event. Steve Brophy and Tim O’Connor were the chief designers and by the aid of the other railway men the hall presented an appearance appropriate to the occasion....

Herb Thompson, Geo. Hastings and Steve Brophy were in charge of the arrangement and Dr. Casey, and Tom Conlin had charge of the introduction. The music is said to be the best ever in town. The cloak room was handled by Harold Gray without a single mixup.

At midnight supper was served by the Sodality girls of St. Michaels Church at the City Hall, the street between the two halls being lit up by fusses, lights which are used in the train service.

The hall was filled with distinguished railroad men and their wives

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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