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20 years ago

From the March 25, 1993

edition of the

Farmington Independent

and the March 26 1993

edition of the

Rosemount Town Pages

Whittle up and running at FHS

Whittle Communications has finished installing the television sets and other necessary equipment but the initial program, discussed prior to the installment, will not be in full swing until next fall....

And now that it is installed, (FHS principal Tom)Rolloff hopes to utilize the program and its features as much as possible until next fall.

A listing of the programs aired on the Educator's Channel and the Classroom Channel are available for all teachers. The programs are automatically taped and teachers can use them as they see fit, Rolloff explained....

Next fall, the program will be in full swing, as students view the news broadcast on a daily basis. Rolloff hopes to pre-test the students in September and then post-test them again at the end of the first semester....

In addition to viewing the Channel One program. teachers will continue to use the programs from the Educator's Channel and the Classroom Channel. The equipment will be utilized in other ways as well. One example would be Rolloff's wish to have television sets in the hallways and commons area on which he can post announcements.

Ten people file for school board elections

A total of 10 people filed for two open seats on the District 196 Board of Education.

Filings closed Tuesday for the two open seats currently held by Neil Charpentier and Bob Schutte. The 10 candidates, in the order that they filed are:

Neil Charpentier, Eagan; Judy Lindsay,Rosemount; Mary Hamann-Roland, Apple Valley; Howard J. Brewer, Apple Valley; Steve Horner, Apple Valley; Paul Carlyon, Eagan; Kevin Sampers, Eagan; Colleen Coogan, Eagan; Carol J. Lowell, Burnsville; and Mark Hailer, Rosemount.

Bob Schutte did not file for reelection.

50 years ago

From the March 28, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Tigers prepare for baseball

With temperatures reaching the mid 70's this past week, thoughts have turned to baseball at Farmington High School....

Six lettermen return from last year's team. The squad at this time finds letterman Bruce Bernu behind the plate, with Mill Melchert providing reserve strength.

Returning at first base will be Larry Christensen. Letterman Jim Garvey is back at second with the shortstop job unfilled at the present time. Bob Reihsen, Dennis Pilger and Tom Cook are expected to battle it out for this position.

Returning at third base is two-year letterman Steve Empey. The only returning outfielder is Mike Garvey. Other candidates for the outfield are Edwards Sievers, Bill Frame, and Bill Briesacher.

The mound duties will be assumed by David Hoglund, Kerry Sharp, Lloyd Roberts and David Hennan. Other boys making a bid to join this year's team are Randy Julian, Joe Clay, Wendell Johnson and Mike Loesch.

Irish to vie for track team

According to information received from Rosemount track coach Harold Burkard, the 1963 Rosemount track team is well on its way to being formed.

The initial team will consist of the following students with the events in which they will participate.

Marc Anderson, 100 yard dash, broad jump, 880 relay; Nick LaPointe, 100 yard dash, pole vault, 880 relay; Pete LaPointe, 220 yard dash, 880 relay, broad jump; Bob Schacherer, pole vault, 440; John Mullery, 100 yard dash, 220 yard dash, 880 relay; John Trog, 440, mile relay; Marc Mueller, 880 relay, mile relay; Dick Koehnen, mile run, mile relay; Steve Christensen, discus; Don Schmidt, shot put; and Dave Ray, mile run.

Commercial zoning for new shop center

In action taken by the Rosemount council in a special meeting on March 12 approximately 12 acres were zoned commercial in Section 30 west of Rosemount for the expected erection of a new shopping center.

The land which had formerly been classed as agricultural is now in a classification which would allow the construction of multiple dwellings and apartment buildings, retail shops and stores, theatres, a variety of offices and shops, self-service laundries and various other facilities upon the granting of special permits by the council.

The re-zoning was requested by John J. Young for the specific purpose of constructing the shopping center which, it is understood, will not be built all at once but will expand gradually.

75 years ago

From the April 1, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Local persons are pictured in utility periodical

The Public Utility Pioneer, a magazine with a national circulation, carries in its March issue photos of J.L. Madison and Mrs. C.H. Engelhard of Farmington, and of Mrs. E.H. Knodt of Rosemount.

The article, written by L.E.J. Mabbott and Early Zick of the Northern States Power company is entitled, "Importance of Personal Contacts in Building Rural Load."...

Mrs. Knodt wrote the best letter on "Electricity, Your Tireless Servant," the contest being held throughout the district. She is pictured operating electrical appliances in her farm kitchen.

Mrs. Engelhard is shown doing the family washing by electricity.

Mr. Madison, superintendent of the Farmington district, is photographed beside her car preparatory to taking a swing around his wide territory.

Triplets and two sets of twins born this week

Walter Strese near Rosemount reports something unusual at his farm this week. Seven lambs are born to three ewes.

On Sunday triplets were born, all good sized, excellent specimens; Tuesday, two sets of twin lambs arrived all healthy.

Can you beat it?

100 years ago

From the March 28, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Spruce Street to lengthen two blocks

The prettiest and what promises to be the best residential street in Farmington today is Spruce. Beginning at the state road on the east it traverses pictorial Farmington westward far into the Feely addition....

On it we have a number of our best homes and churches now built and under course of construction. The new Presbyterian church completed a year or so ago is located on this street while a block east and on the opposite side of the street is the site for St. Michael's new church....

No less than half a dozen of Farmington's best homes have been built on this street during the past year and a number are planned for this year. On either side the entire length of this street may be found a forest of overhanging maple and elm trees....

To the corner of James Duff's residence the grade has been established and made and from there west to Feely Ave., thence north past Oak to Elm these streets will be opened and graded this year. Both Oak and Elm were graded in the Feely addition last year, which at a small cost Elm could be extended on west and connect with Lakeville road at the crossing thus avoiding damages crossing the railroad at two places.


Ann Helman of Minneapolis spent Sunday and Monday visiting at the Henry Hagemiester home.

Bertha Heinen of St. Paul is visiting at her home here.

Francis Gibson returned to St. Thomas College Monday after a week's vacation.

Frank and Harry Scott spent Thursday with friends in St. Paul.