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Looking back: 'Irish Way' opened 145th Street 25 years ago

25 years ago

From the May 9, 1985

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Building chief

recognized before dying at 'his' school

"Thank you. It's been nice working with you, Charles."

This was the note Charles Alstadt, building chief at Rosemount Elementary School, wrote to faculty and staff members at the school in appreciation for their nomination of him to receive an outstanding service recognition award from District 196.

Alstadt was sharing his joy with co-workers at school after he received the recognition award at a special reception May 2....

Alstadt died Monday, May 6 of a massive heart attack. Staff members were enjoying a cup of coffee with him in the afternoon when Alstadt suddenly had difficulty breathing. But, as Superintendent William Force later said at the board meeting May 6, "He was where he wanted to be. He was at his school." Force and the other board members agreed that the district "really did lose a friend."

Alstadt, who lived in Rosemount with his sister Mildred Mullery, had been with District 196 for 19 years, mostly as building chief at Rosemount Elementary. He loved his job and was very humble as he accepted his awards for 19 years of service and for outstanding service last week.

"Irish Way" -- a

celebration of

community spirit

Rosemount celebrated the opening of the "Irish Way" Saturday, May 4, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and block party. The party culminated several years of development along 145th Street, now the Irish Way, beginning in 1979 with a federal grant. The senior high-rise and Marc's restaurant were the first projects to be completed, and $1.2 million worth of street improvements above and below ground finished the most recent stage. By summer, three more buildings will be up at the intersection of Irish Way and Highway 3.

Dist. 196 students win in math contest

District 196 high school students won 42 awards, including the top four, at the 12th annual Mankato State University Mathematics Contest, April 22 at the university.

Twenty-five schools were represented in the contest, and more than 360 students from across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa participated....

Paul Ohmann, also an Apple Valley High School junior, placed second in the contest after correctly answering a tie-breaking question. His score, and that of Rosemount student Kenneth Lawler, was 34. Ohmann won a mathematics encyclopedia, a $125 James A. Andersen scholarship to Mankato State, and a $600 talent scholarship to Mankato State.

Third place finisher Lawler, Rosemount, won a mathematics book, a $100 James A. Andersen scholarship to Mankato State, and a $600 talent scholarship to Mankato State.

Brent Sorenson, Rosemount, placed fourth with a score of 32. He won a $75 James A. Andersen scholarship to Mankato State.

50 years ago

From the May 5, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount FFA state champ dairy judges

Rosemount FFA Chapter won the state diary judging contest at the University of Minnesota annual FFA state conventions, Tuesday. There were 58 teams competing.

Members of the team are John Carroll, Paul Rechtzigel, Richard O'Conner, and the alternate was Merrill Wachter. The advisor was Kenneth Monson.

From here the team goes to the National Dairy Show at Waterloo, Iowa, the first week in October. There they will compete for national honors. John Carroll was the second high individual of all the participants.

Rosemount has

new launderette

Rosemount has a new business. It is a coin operated launderette, which opened for business May 5 this week. It is located in the Kane Bldg., just east of the stop and go signs. It will be open 24 hours each day.

The machines are all top loading, favored by most women. All machines have been factory tested and have shortest wash cycle.

Installations were made by George Zanmiller, J. P. Sauber and Corrigan Electric. See ad.

Rosemount H.S. band gets 4th "A" rating

For the fourth consecutive year the Rosemount High School Band has been awarded an "A" rating at the State Instrumental Contest, held this year at the University of Minnesota April 30. The 47-piece band is directed by Joseph J. Brabec....

Two of Rosemount's seven entries at the state level also received "A" ratings; they are Barbara Day and Stephanie Ruona (clarinet duet), and Kathleen Bolke and Sue Ruona (bassoon and baritone horn duet). Other participants were: Kathleen Bolke (bassoon solo), Richard Day (baritone saxophone solo). Judy Hinrichs and Dagny Waldeland (flute duet), Mary Kaercher (oboe solo), and Sue Ruona (baritone horn solo).

'South Pacific' theme for prom at Rosemount HS

"South Pacific" will change places on the map with Rosemount May 7, for the Junior-Senior Prom.

Under the direction of the prom advisors, Mrs. Quie and Mr. Coder, the junior class executive board, committees have been set: Dianne Kassube, programs and invitations; Rolland Groth, prom and banquet programs; Elaine Koester, decorations; Bob Trog, orchestra; and Norman Bohn, banquet.

Federal Grant for

science rooms

A federal grant of $15,784.00, awarded Rosemount under the National Defense Act, will be used to equip six junior high science rooms, upon the completion of the new grade schools.

The school district will contribute an equivalent amount for the project, according to the Blu N Gold school newspaper.

75 years ago

From the May 10, 1935 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount man escapes uninjured

John Bartelt of the Rosemount Oil Co., escaped uninjured when his oil truck, filled with gasoline, tipped over, Friday, demolishing the cab of the truck.

While endeavoring to steer his truck out of a mud rut, Mr. Bartelt was blinded by smoke, coming from burning weeds along the roadside. The truck jumped the rut and tipped over, just missing the fire. The driver crawled from beneath the demolished cab, with no injuries.

Rosemount honor students named

Supt. H. E. Fried of the Rosemount high school, this week named the senior honor students; they are:

Valedictorian, Helen Geiger, with an average of 94.1.

Salutatorian, Lorraine Schult, with an average of 87.13.

Other members of the class are: George Fischer, Martin Evans, Albin Pederson, Raymond Corrigan, Irene O'Leary, Julia Tousignatt and Louise Trevis.


school notes

Friday, May 3rd, was gala night in Rosemount. The seniors of 1934 and 1935 made their last appearance (not including commencement exercises) before the public in the form of a class play. This side-splitting comedy, "Poor Father," was largely attended. Its success was due largely to the diligent coaching of Miss Monica Backus.

Raymond Corrigan played the part of Wm. Tompkins, a hard-pressed father of three beautiful daughters -- Gladys (Lorraine Schult), Bessie (Louise Trevis), Caroline (Irene O'Leary), and one son, Clifford, (John O'Leary), who was a very faithful student of psychology. Julia Tousignant played the part of the distracted mother Mary Tompkins, who found much hatred in Vivian Laramie (Helen Geiger) an actress. Joseph Ruhr became a typical darky servant after the name George Washington Brown has been bestowed upon him and he had been besmeared with burnt cork. He seemed to have the uncanny ability of knowing just when he wasn't wanted such as during the embrace between Harold Caldwell, the hero, portrayed by Albin Pederson, and Gladys, the heroine.

Sydney Dummel (George Fischer), a wealthy bachelor, added very much humor to the play by his very elastic memory which he often misplaced, causing him much embarrassment. The part of Marie, a new French maid, was wonderfully portrayed by Illida Franzmeier. Sergeant O'Connor of the police was played by Martin Evans.

The following people from the seventh and eighth grades are on the honor roll for the fifth six-weeks' period:

Helen Bartelt, Mary Eva McDonald.

In the eighth grade Robert Toombs, Jim Geraghty and Francis LeMay are honor pupils.

Those on the "A" honor roll for the fifth six weeks' period in the high school are: Anna Holz, Jeanne Bernier, Dorothy Bartelt.

Those on the "B" honor roll are: Marie Fischer, Augusta Trapp, Linda Moll, Rose Marie Ruhr, Hilda Franzmeier, Minnie Groth, Magdaline Mielke.

The junior-senior banquet is to be held at the Castle Royal on Saturday evening, May 11th.

Coates and

Rich Valley

Hugo Mueller put up another brooder house.

Mrs. Otto Boche purchased a new Hoover cleaner.

Ted Volkert is building a new milk house and chicken coop.

Adolf Ohmann and son bought a horse at the So. St. Paul market Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. William Carrol are having their new home southwest of Coates studded.

The St. John's softball team of Rich Valley were defeated by West St. Paul in the first game of the season on the St. John's new grounds by a score of 13 to 8. "Art" Groth hurled for St. John's, the catching being done by Bruder. He was relieved in the last of the 7th inning by "Bill" Ohman. Henry Groth, Eret, H. Ohmann and Pagel tossed for West St. Paul, the receiving being done by H. Ohmann, and Herb Busch. The St. Johns team was held scoreless until the 5th inning when they tallied two runs to bring the score 5 to 2. In the 6th inning they gained four more runs, taking the lead 6 to 5. In the first of the 7th West St. Paul gained eight more runs on errors and hits. In the last of the 7th St. Johns made two more runs and the score was 13 to 8. Art Groth done a very nice job thru the whole game, fanning 12 men. A large crowd came out to see the game.

Ruth Elaine Wachter started to attend school at district 88, on Thursday.

Rosemount news

A. H. Westbrook made a business trip to Farmington Saturday.

Visnovec Bros. attended a card party and dance at Savage Sunday night.

Father Carey attended the clergy conference at St. Thomas college on Monday afternoon.

A new building for storage of tools, tables, chairs, etc., is being erected on the grounds at St. Joseph's parsonage.

Frank McGovern, who was confined to his bed with an ulcer in his ear, is back to work again at the Ryan & Corcoran store.

The McCarthy Well Co. of St. Paul is assembling their deep well machinery at the John Molitor farm and will shortly begin drilling for oil.