Looking backKnutson ended 13 years as Rosemount mayor 25 years ago
25 years ago
From the Dec. 31, 1987 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Mayor adjourns 13 years
As Leland Knutson’s final days as mayor of Rosemount draw to a close, he prepares to end a chapter of his life that has been both “enjoyable” for him and “educational.”
In fact, he said “it’ll be a little tough leaving.”
Knutson’s ambivalence is understandable.
Reflecting on 13 good years from the perspective of an impending retirement is bound to produce a little nostalgia....
Knutson, you see, “retired” almost two years ago from Montgomery Wards.
A few months later, he was back in charge. This time as co-owner of a small commercial, industrial and residential fence contracting business, Dakota Fence, in Rosemount....
He plans to continue serving on Rosemount’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, a position he has held since its inception in 1979.
The HRA, he said, meets once per month and advises the city council on community redevelopment potential....
The time has come, however, for Knutson to relinquish his title to his successor, and for Rosemount to accept the guidance of another.
Rosemount may be ready, but is Knutson?
50 years ago
From the Dec 27, 1962 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Rosemount bond finances are explained
$10.00 for each $100 of total real and personal property taxes paid in 1962. This is the amount expected to be the annual share of the average taxpayer on a District-wide basis of the proposed, $1,700,000 Rosemount School District building program.
In terms of mills, the average annual levy is expected to be approximately 22 mills.
This is based upson the present assessed valuation of over $4,100,000.
As the valuation of the District increases, the mill rate will correspondingly decrease. The $4,100,000 present valuation is almost three times the District’s assessed valuation in 1950.
If the District continues to grow as it has during the past 10 years, by 1972 the valuation of the District is expected to be nearly $11,000,000....
A member of the Rosemount Board of Education has observed that actually the tax dollar spent to provide new school facilities for the children of the District are 80 cents on the dollar. This is because local taxes are deductible from income taxes.
Construction of high school need emphasized
On Jan. 8, 1963, voters in the Rosemount school district will go to the polls to determine whether or not to pass on a $1,700,000 bond issue for the purpose of constructing a new high school.
The decision to call for such a bond issue was reached by the school board after examination of the growth in school enrollment, and implications of problems in the future based on evidence supplied by the school census….
If the bond issue is approved, the present high school building will be converted to a junior high school with provisions for the addition of an adequate lunch room.
In addition, the proposed new high school will be constructed about 2,000 feet northwest of the present Rosemount schools with facilities for 600 senior high school students.
Facilities to be provided in the proposed new reinforced concrete construction will be classrooms for the instruction of English literature, composition and speech, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, American and world history, geography and social studies.
Students planning a career in business may obtain instruction in typewriting, bookkeeping, stenography and shorthand, and business machines and methods.
Also included in the plans is a central library. The library reading room will seat 60 students and provide shelving for approximately 7,000 reference and other books.
Attendance records improve at Rosemount School
Joseph Brabee, director of attendance at Rosemount High School, announced in the Blu “N Gold high school paper, that attendance records have improved and tardiness has decreased since 1959.
Total persistent tardiness has decreased, despite the fact there appears to be more 10 o’clock scholars in each group as students get older.
For example, 19 percent of freshmen have been tardy, the sophomores have only 18 percent, while juniors and seniors have 20 and 33 percent, respectively.
In 1959-60 the average yearly attendance was 93.9 percent for 258 students in grades 9 through 12. In 1960-61 attendance averaged 93.9 percent with 268 students enrolled. Last year an increased average of 94.8 percent was achieved by 306 students.
75 years ago
From the Dec.31, 1937 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Coates and Rich Valley
A large number of relatives and friends surprised Mrs. E. Volkert last Sunday evening, the occasion being her birthday. Bunco was played at nine tables. Lunch was served buffet style, after which all departed wishing Mrs. Volkert many happy birthdays....
We had our Christmas program Dec. 21, Tuesday night.
It consisted of the following: Messages for Santa Claus, Thomas Fahey, Joseph Fox, Lucille Fox and Delphia Mueller; A Christmas Lullaby, singer Louis Blackwell; Little Mothers, Deliphia, Lucille Joseph; Christmas Eve at Mulligans play by the whole school; Christmas at Skerter’s corner playlet; Sing a Song of Christmas, song by Henry Fox and Thomas Fahey; Girls Wreath Drill; recitation of The Wrong Gift by Joseph Fox; One More Please play by the whole school; Christmas at Skerter’s corner playlet; Sing a Song of Christmas song by Henry Fox and Thomas Fahey; Girls Wreath Drill, recitation; The Wrong Gift by Joseph Fox; One More Please play; Square Dance quadrill by the school with caller Ethel Mueller; violin play by Mr. A. Ohmann; song “Santa Claus Land,” by all.
We wish to thank all those who helped with the stage and tree, etc. The program which lasted over an hour was enjoyed by all. Our vacation started Friday, Dec. 24, and lasts a week.
A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gens on Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. William Polenske and sons, Elmer and Harold, Mr. and Mrs. Violes Lenoux and daughter , Mr. and Mrs. Jim Yeaman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lenoux and Eric Larson were entertained at the Gust Polenske home Christmas day.
Mr. and Mrs. Fosston Beaudette and son, Gordon, spent Sunday at the Judge home in Hastings.
Father Klein of St. Paul was a guest of Father Carey on Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Uitenbogerd entertained at dinner Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Uitenbogerd and son, Morris, Mr. and Mrs. J. Deeg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fluegel and son, Al Cremm and Grace Harris.
100 years ago
From the Dec. 27, 1912 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
A wolf hunt
Now that the year’s work is closing, the fall shopping finished and Christmas buying is a thing of the past. The earth is mantled in her coat of snow.
Why not all men folks join in a big wolf hunt and rid the country of a few of these pests to the wool growers.
The timber north of Crystal Lake and northwest of Rosemount is said to be fairly alive with wolves, and for that reason, farmers in the vicinity have found sheep raising unprofitable.
The time is said to be full of wolf tracks, and this together is the fact that a bounty of 415 is offered on every wolf’s head. It seems that the proposition ought to appeal to many.
The Scotts, J.B. Farrell Charley Kohls and other nimrods in that part of the country could get out a crowd to meet crowds from other parts, arrangements to be made to come to a common center. We would like to hear from some of the fellows on this subject.
Geo. Michaels was a passenger to the city Saturday.