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Looking back: RHS graduate was a candidate for the teacher's spot on space shuttle in 1985

25 years ago

From the June 27, 1985 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Williams places

second in Jr. Miss finals

"Welcome home Lona, you did a good job!"

Signs such as those filled Lona Williams' front yard and welcomed her back to her Rosemount home after placing second in the national Junior Miss competition in Mobile, Ala.

Williams said she was happy to be back home with her family and friends after two weeks of smiling, rehearsing and preparing for live national television. But, as she said while relaxing at home June 25, she wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Williams, 18-year-old daughter of Les and Lori Williams of Rosemount, represented Minnesota in the 28th annual Junior Miss finals which were televised Friday, June 21.

RHS graduate launches Capitol visit

Linda Radford Preston is a teacher and an optimist who will find out July 4 whether she is also an astronaut.

The 1972 graduate of Rosemount High School, now a teacher in Park City, Utah, is one of that state's two nominees to be the first teacher-astronaut aboard the space shuttle. She is the daughter of Dan and the late Phyllis Radford. Her husband, Randy, is also an RHS graduate....

Preston, 31, was on her way to Washington, via Rosemount, last week. There, she was scheduled to join the other 113 potential teacher-astronauts in a flurry of receptions, final judging and perhaps most unnerving of all, a White House reception. She had to call the executive mansion last week to give her RSVP.

President Reagan will announce NASA's choice of 10 astronauts July 4, with the first teacher, also the first civilian astronaut, to fly next January.

National honors give to two Dist. 196 schools

Two District 196 schools were given top honors June 20 by being named model schools in the United States based on scores in performance evaluations.

Rosemount High School and Valley Middle School were two of eight secondary schools in Minnesota and two of 212 public schools nationwide to receive the honors....

Three factors which make Rosemount High School a good school according to (Principal Tom) Wilson are the quality of teachers, parental interest and participation, and quality programs, both academic and cocurricular.

50 years ago

From the June 23, 1960 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Work begins, Brockway plant at Rosemount

Foley Brothers, Inc., have been awarded a contract for the construction of the Brockway Glass plant at Rosemount.

Stan Triplett, project engineer, who resides at Rosemount, indicated that work started June 15th and will be completed in 240 calendar days.

He said the firm will move heavy equipment to the site which is the Elliot farm north of Rosemount, and they will work two shifts.

They are presently doing layout work, and preparing fill for construction of railroad siding on the Milwaukee railroad.

One of the first projects will be the excavating for the basement of the large building.

Carnival still not

certain for county fair

The Dakota County fair board is preparing the grounds for the Shrine Club Horse show, July 3 and 4, and the Dakota County Fair, August 10-14, according to E. W. Ahlberg, fair manager.

Buildings are being re-roofed, new steel safeway bleachers are being installed, and the grounds are being put into shape....

By next week the fair board hopes to have definite information on a carnival for next week. The carnivals in the state are having a dispute with the state board of electricity, and the carnival association previously announced cancellation of carnival appearances in Minnesota....

Whether the Rogers Brothers Carnival would appear here for the fair was not certain at this writing....

Henry Fox is the new president of the fair board, replacing the retiring William Carroll.

75 officials have roast beef dinner at Rosemount

Seventy five town board members, firemen, sheriff's officers, and school officials were treated to a roast beef dinner Tuesday night at the Rosemount fire hall, in a biannual social gathering.

Sponsors for the occasion, who furnished the eats at their own expense, and also did the cooking, were John and Al Wiederhold, Leo Fluegel, Ed Doyle and Carl Kurtz.

75 years ago

From the June 28, 1935 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune


recommends E. J. Ryan's Milk Bill

President Roosevelt, on Tuesday, June 19th, recommended to the Bureau of the Budget that $200,000.00 be appropriated to extend the Federal Trade Commission's investigation of the distribution and sale of milk and dairy products. This action was in line with H.J.R. 250 introduced on April 18th by Congressman Elmer J. Ryan after he had conferred with the President on the dairy association.

The President based his recommendation upon a report made to him after a conference, held here last Saturday, which was attended by the three members of the Federal Trade Commission.

Oil drillers reach depth of 815 feet

The oil well driller at Rosemount has reached a depth of 815 feet in gray sand rock and shale, with changing formation.

Promoters of the oil drilling say they have found little quantities of oil in sand.

Over 500 persons visited the scene of drilling operations Sunday and nearly crowded drillers out of their fence, it was reported here today.

Rosemount news

Quite a few from town took in the Christy Obrecht tent show in Farmington this week.

Raymond Nianfeldt has his car repaired, and is figuring on leaving for his farm in Carlton county on Saturday.

On June 22, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sieckert (nee Myrtle Barlage) became the proud parents of a seven and one-half pound baby boy. Congratulations!

Misses Helen Bartelt and Alice Tompkins returned Saturday from the 4-H camp at Old Frontenac, Minn., after a 3-day camping. They say they enjoyed the camp and trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gilman were in Monticello, Buffalo and Big Lake and they say while we had our heavy rainstorm here, they passed through heavy dirt and dust storms, and had to use their lights in order to see where they were going.

James Doyle has repainted and overhauled his 1902 Brush roadster, the oldest car in running condition in Dakota county. The car has wooden axels, front and rear. It also has the much-talked about knee action springs and no clutch is necessary for shifting gears. Quite an old-timer, and yet so new.

Coates and

Rich Valley

Louis Brduer is on the sick list.

Miss Minnie Groth enjoyed a ride on the Capitol on Tuesday.

Misses Hilda and Ethel Franzmeier and Linda Moll, Lloyd Eucker, Harold and Winifred Horrisberger, Hugo Groth, Oscal Moll and Edmund Haber were among those from this vicinity who attended the mystery excursion sponsored by the Twin City Walther League Sunday.