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25 years ago

From the Feb. 13, 1986

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Residents try to derail new railroad facility

More and more Rosemount residents say they feel they are being railroaded into accepting a proposed auto unloading facility that they say may prevent the city from keeping on its development track.

As the proposal gains ground in its quest for approval by the Rosemount City Council, Rosemount residents become more adamant about fighting the project.

Chicago & North Western Railroad is proposing an auto unloading facility on a 222.56-acre parcel of land north of 145th Street and east of Biscayne Avenue in Rosemount. An average of 14,200 vehicles per month would be loaded from the trains and onto trucks at the site. Those automobiles would then be transported to the surrounding five state area.

Area residents, especially along 145th Street, Biscayne Avenue and Biscayne Way are concerned about the increased amount of traffic, noise, pollution and light the site will produce.... Railroad officials estimate that there will be a total of 276 round-trip truck trips per day. About 70 percent of these trucks will have to travel west down Country Road 42 to eventually reach Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley.

Eigner named state's track Coach of Year

Mary Eigner, head coach of the Rosemount High School girls track and field team, was selected as State Girls' Track Coach of the Year for 1985.

Eigner was one of eight coaches nominated for the honor after having been named Region 1AA Coach of the Year last summer....

Eigner has coached the track and field team at RHS for 10 years. Before that, she coached high school track in Wisconsin.

In 1984 Eigner led the Rosemount Irish to the state Class AA girls' track and field championship. She was Region 1AA Coach of the Year that season, as well.

She also coaches girls' cross country at Rosemount.

Photo printer

donated to AVTI

Photo-tech students at Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute will no longer be in the dark when it comes to producing fast color prints. Thanks to a donation by Key Independent Services (KIS), students will now be able to use a one hour mini-lab in the photographic technology program.

Mary Beth Nolan, instructor said the donation is worth approximately $34,000 and will be a valuable teaching device for her students in color printing....

The printer has now been installed in the teaching lab.

50 years ago

From the Feb. 9, 1961 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Hwy. 52 getting 2nd lane

Now under construction is the second lane of 11.1 miles of highway being constructed from Hampton to the south junction of highway 52 at Pine Bend. Foley Bros. Inc., and E. Markham Construction company of St. Paul were awarded the contract in the amount of $287,376 and the double lane was expected to be completed in 70 working days.... The Empire bridge ... was started October 17 and is expected to be completed by August 1, 1961. The 144 foot span will be 39 feet wide to carry highway 52 northbound over the Vermillion river. The bridge is expected to be completed by Megarry of St. Cloud by August 1, 1961 at a cost of $92,890. Another bridge a mile north of Coates is being built by Megarry construction company of St. Cloud to carry northbound traffic on highway 52 over county state aid highway 1. The bridge was started in October and is expected to be completed about May 14, at a cost of $51,482. The double lane highway will be continued from Hampton to the south county line in the near future.

Rosemount News

Mrs. Chas. Kohls attended a Candle Shower Sunday in honor of her sister-in-law, Mrs. David Jore, at the home of Mrs. Marvin Valento in St. Paul.

A Pool Tournament at the Judkins home has been much enjoyed by neighbor ladies. Winner of the first round was Marilyn Nikel.

Mrs. James Mikrut and Sharon and Mrs. W. Strese, Jeanette and Marlene, attended the Bible Institute at Trinity Lutheran Church in Farmington on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, the 31, several women from Rich Valley attended the card party and luncheon at Lakeville, given by the VFW.

The Pine Bend Hobby Club met at the home of Mrs. Walter Collins on Thursday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Ruhr enjoyed the Sausage Dinner at Hampton on Sunday, and also visited with relatives and friends.

The Couples 500 Club met at the Bert Dittman home on Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Loeding were the prize winners.

Tigers lead by 12, but lose to Rosemount

Farmington's "tough-luck-Tigers" blew another big lead and lost a tight one to Rosemount in the fleeting seconds of their contest Friday evening.

Don Rosen's 8 points in the final stanza was a decisive factor in determining victory for the Irish, while the Tigers scored only eight points and ran up an alarming number of mechanical errors....

Don Rosen's comeback 8 plus 6 in the first half gave him 14 and enough to lead his club while Pat Murphy and Jerry Rechtzigel each added 9.

In the first half the tide of battle swayed back and forth until the first 16 minutes ended and the score rested in a deadlock. Then Farmington picked up a 6 point lead going into the final period but ti proved too small as almost all Tiger leads do and the final score gave the advantage to Rosemount 43-41.

75 years ago

From the Jan. 14, 1936

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Worst Blizzard

The worst blizzard in history howled out of the west Saturday night and Sunday morning, heaped highways and paralyzed train, bus and auto traffic, causing several hundred stalled bus passengers and motorists to seek shelter at Jefferson hotel, rooming houses and private homes as state and county snow plows battled all night long to open roads clogged by mountainous snow banks....

Starting early Saturday afternoon, the storm increased in intensity and by 6:00 o'clock this section was being lashed by a high wind and a dense snow....

Many motorists, stalled along the highways, were frost-bitten while walking to farm houses for shelter. The biting wind and deep snow made walking almost unbearable.

Rosemount men

rescue 12 motorists

The story of the rescue of twelve persons marooned near Rosemount, was revealed Tuesday by Mike Fitzpatrick, Dakota county deputy sheriff, by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Leo Fluegel, with two tons of coal on his truck pulled a number of cars out between 6 and 8 o'clock, but when he went back the last time the road had drifted so he was unable to reach them.

The twelve were passengers in several automobiles and trucks tied up in a drifted section of road a mile and a half south of Rosemount Saturday night.

Fitzpatrick and a rescue party of fifteen started for the group but were turned back by the severity of the storm. Procuring a truck of the Twin City Milk Producers association, the party started again to rescue the marooned travelers, and managed to get within three-quarters a mile of them.

Using a 200-ft. Rope to keep the rescue party together, they walked the rest of the way and saved the twelve persons, of whom three were women.

Those in the rescue party were: Mike Fitzpatrick, Martin Larson, Al Larson, Andrew McDonough, James Doyle, Jr., Frank Doyle, Louis Warweg, Edwin Doyle, Edmond McLafferty, Frank McGovern, Otto Ratzlaff, Charles Ratzlaff, Bud Haynes, Hank Ott and a Storlie young man from Lakeville.

Rosemount News

Ralph Wyborney, section foreman on the Rock Island, is laid up with illness this week. Frank Brown of Northwood, Iowa, has been taking care of the work during Mr. Wyborney's absence

Bob Price of Farmington and Mervyn Westbrook of Rosemount played with the Dyer band in St. Paul Saturday. They got storm-bound and were compelled to remain in the city until the next day.

Kane Bros. Are spreading a little summertime about the neighboring towns the past week. After thawing out frozen pipes about town they took their electric plant to Farmington where they thawed the frozen pipes at a number of homes. They plan on going to Minnesota Lake this week where they plan on thawing the ice out of the city tank. Their plant, which consists of a high power motor and a dynamo, has a capacity of generating 15,000 colts and it takes but a few minutes to take the ice out of a pipe at any length.

115 years ago

From the Feb. 13, 1896

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune


A. Ward and J. Hynes returned from a visit to St. Paul Sunday.

Miss McCann gave a very successful entertainment with the pupils in Dist. 79 Saturday night.

Kate Whalen returned from a visit to St. Paul and Hastings last week.

Agitation of a change in location for school house in Dist. 19 is not a new matter, but just at present there is new interest in it. A better building nearer the center is needed and generally desired. The village council of Rosemount has offered $1000 towards building a new school house on a site selected by the council and satisfactory to the trustees. At a recent joint meeting of these bodies, Supt. McKelvy was present and explained the benefits of a change in plans. No definite action was taken, but many are anxious to have something done.

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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