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25 years ago

From the Jan. 28, 1988 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Koch fire blamed on cracked pipe

A 2-inch pipe that cracked because of cold weather was the cause of a fire at Koch Refining Co., in Rosemount Jan. 11, according to Kim Carraway, spokeswoman for the company in Wichita, Kan.

The fire began about 8 p.m. Monday was controlled by a water and extinguished within about five hours, according to Rosemount Fire Chief Robert Turek, Koch firefighting personnel, as well as firefighters from Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights were called in to battle the blaze. There were no injuries and minimal property damage, according to Carraway.

Carraway said that a 2-inch pipe used to recycle oil became contaminated with water. The pipe later froze and cracked during the cold weather of early January.

The crack, she said, was not evident until the pipe released oil during the warmer weather Monday, Jan. 11. When the oil came in contact with some adjacent piping, the systems caused the oil in the pipe to ignite.

Turek said flames were as high as 30 feet.

"It was confined to a small area and we kept the area cool with water to eliminate more problems," Turek said.

Parts of the refinery were shut down to determine the source of the leak; however, operations were brought back up to pre-January processing range by Wednesday, Carraway said.

Council pledges support to establishment of armory

The city council once again voted to pledge its support to the Minnesota Army National Guard (MnARNG) for the possible establishment of an armory in Rosemount.

A similia resolution was passed Nov. 5 1985, according to a letter dated Dec. 24 to Stephan Jilk, city administrator, from Dean Johnson, director of community development. The MnARNG; however, has made a commitment to locate a facility in Inver Grove Heights. Johnson said he had spoken with General John Cox of the MnARNG on Dec. 23 who indicated there could very easily be additional facilities in Dakota County.

According to a memorandum submitted to the council by Jilk, the effort in the past to interest the MnARNG in establishing an armory in Rosemount was being supported by county and state officials.

Now, Independent School District 196 has indicated an interest in a facility in Rosemount because of the lack of adequate gymnasium space and ice at Rosemount High School.

City joins task force

Due to numerous problems involving communication with the University of Minnesota regarding the operation of the Rosemount Research Center, the Rosemount City Council voted to join a task force to discuss relevant issues.

The Dakota County Board approved a resolution Jan. 5 to establish this task force that will consist of representatives from Dakota County, Empire Township, the City of Coates, the City of Rosemount and the University of Minnesota.

Rosemount officials designated to serve on this task force are Mayor Rollan Hoke, Council Member Vernon Napper, City Administrator Stephan Jilk and Community Development Director Dean Johnson.

Airport issue


Council Member Dennis Wippermann urged the council Jan. 5 to publically take a stand against an airport being established in Rosemount.

"I am strongly opposed to it and have received a number of calls from residents expressing similar concerns," he said.

Dean Johnson, director of community development, argued, however, that more facts were needed before the city should speak out against an airport being located in the vicinity . . . .

State Rep. Dennis Ozment concurred with Johnson that resolution was premature.

"As a citizen of Rosemount, not as your state representative, I encourage you not to take a position at this time," he said.

Mayor Rollan Hoke said energies should be channeled into the newly-established task force which will study the potential uses of the 8,000-acre plot of land in Rosemount currently owned by the University of Minnesota.

50 years ago

From the Jan. 24, 1963 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Barn burns at King farm

A barn fire at the Harold King farm, Route 1, Rosemount, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 21, resulted in a total loss of the building and much of its contents.

The fire was thought to have started from a heating device in an old car housed in the barn and efforts of the Rosemount and Lakeville fire departments were primarily directed toward containing the blaze.

King, who works for the State Employment Service, St. Paul, raises ponies on the farm and several of them were removed from the building before the fire gained too much headway.

In addition to the loss of the building, which was about 20 by 40 feet, some furniture and hay were also destroyed.

According to Rosemount Fire Chief John Doyle, "the fire could have been put out but for the hay in the barn made it impossible."

The King farm is located on Cedar Avenue, south of Eaton's Ranch.

Clarence Hansen named manager of gas station

Clarence Hansen of rural Rosemount has been named manager of the Pure Oil station at Cedar Avenue and County Road 7 (old number) in Eagan Township. The station has been closed for several weeks.

Bruce McMurray of Pure's Minneapolis sales office said Mr. Hansen is now completing the company's business management school in Minneapolis and it will be open for business January 26 or earlier. The school opened January 7.

Prior to that time, he was a driver-salesman for Tripp and Fraser Cities Service company on Highway 13, Eagan township, having been in the petroleum industry nine years.

Rosemount leads as Missota in 2nd half

Missota Conference basketball teams head into the second half of the campaign this Friday with Rosemount still maintaining a one game edge over defending co-champion Lakeville for first place.

The Irish also came through the first half unscathed by the scar of defeat, but just in case the hot shooting Hibernians start formulating a trophy acceptance speech it would be well to remember that no team has won the Missota bauble without sporting two defeats and one previous title winner was also undefeated at the halfway point.

If complacency is to set in, this is the week for it to settle about the league leaders as they travel to Burnsville seeking their sixth straight victory. The Braves are still looking for their first success and with their fine rebounding power they could achieve victory, especially if Rosemount is expecting the Braves to play like squaws.

The Irish belted Farmington last week 69-33 with captain Jim O'Brien breaking the three-year-old scoring record when he hit for 32 points as he shot 55 percent from the field and 10 of 11 charity tosses.

Rosemount Girl Scout Dads get award

Rosemount may well be proud of the group of adults who have shown an active interest in the Girl Scout program of the community this past year.

At the annual council meeting and election of the St. Paul Area Council some of these Rosemount people were singled out for honors and awards which were presented to them at the YMCA in St. Paul on Thursday evening, January 17.

The main function of the meeting was to honor the men who have helped in the Girl Scout program in the St. Paul area.

Certificates of appreciation for their interest and support of the Girl Scout program were given to Mr. Clarence Chelberg, who acted as chairman of the recent fund drive in our area, to Mr. Lewis Gayner for his assistance as special gifts chairman for the business groups during the fund drive to Mr. Leonard Kaercher who has served as an advisor for camping situation, and to Mr. Jesse Williams who has been on the camp committee for a number of years in the St. Paul area council.

Also at the meeting, Mrs. H.C. Hanson was awarded her 150-year pin for scout membership and active participation. Mrs. Leonard Kaercher was elected to the St. Paul Council nominating committee. Mr. Kaercher was also made a member of the steering committee which is involved in preparations for a larger area council, which may encompass Minnesota and Wisconsin.

75 years ago

From the Jan. 28, 1938 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount Carnival draws 3,000

Subzero weather failed to stop the throng of persons from far and near who attended Rosemount's rollicking ice carnival Wednesday night of this week.

A colorful parade nearly two miles long, made up of 40 units of marching clubs, drum corps and beautiful floats, was the feature of the event which started off with the coronation of the carnival queen, popular Mildred Alstadt, waitress at Al's Café.

Pointing to the throng that jammed the village square during the parade, Hubert Geraghty, president of the Rosemount Commercial Club, sponsor of the event, said, "We didn't plan on such a big crowd - it's more than we can take care of," he estimated the crowd of 3,000....

The carnival ended with a grand ball at Geraghty's Hall where Ben Acks' orchestra furnished the music. A thousand persons attended the dance alone, sponsors said.

The queen's attendants at the carnival were: Linda Jacobson, Jean Trevis, Dorothy Bartelt, Rose Marie Ruhr, Hazel Harmer, and Lorraine Schult.

Members of Chairman O'Brien's committee included: Al Weiderhold, Carl Genz, Fred Uitdenbogerrd, Louis Bernier, John McFadden, Ralph Toombs, Leo Fleugel and Wm. Hickey.

A natural toboggan slide on the steep hill east of the ice rink was enjoyed by many. Al Weiderhold and Leo Fleugel treated the visitors to numerous thrills and spills - mostly spills.

Names of organizations represented in the parade appear next week.

Coates and Rich Valley

Thomas Fahey Jr., spent the weekend with relatives in Rosemount.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lindemann were Sunday dinner guests at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wachter.

Mrs. E. Volkert, son and daughter, Miss Ora Staph, George and Ted Leder, and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kraft were Tuesday evening visitors at the George Morris home at Rich Valley.

A large number of relatives and friends surprised Adolf Ohmann at his home Monday evening, Jan. 24, the occasion being his birthday anniversary. The evening was spent playing 500. After the card session lunch was served and everyone went home wishing Adolph many happy returns of the day.

A silver tea sponsored by the Ladies Aid of the St. John's Lutheran Church will be held at the St. John's school on Friday evening, Jan. 28. Everyone is invited to attend.

Rosemount News

Wm. Christenson, the new proprietor of the Skelly Service station, was in town Tuesday looking after interests here. He plans on taking the business over Feb. 1.

Moeller's Café has underwent a complete remodeling. An addition has been added to the rear and the partition between the dining room and kitchen has been removed, throwing these two rooms into one to be used as dining room and bar.

The bar has been moved to the north side of the room and serving booths have been put in where the bar formerly was. Increase of business necessitated this improvement.

Father Carey, who has been having a month's serge of pleurisy, is gaining nicely and will soon be about again.

Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Moeller and daughter, Hazel, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Uitdenbogerd and son, Glen, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Polenske, Mr. and Mrs. Wn. Polenske and sons, Elrick and Larson, were entertained at the Violes Lenous home in St. Paul, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goers and son, Donald of St. Paul were entertained at the A.J. Strese home Sunday.