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20 years ago

From the April 9, 1993 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages

Seven candidates are being interviewed for District 196 superintendent

The District 196 Board of Education announced last week that it will interview seven candidates for the superintendent's position.

The seven candidates were narrowed down from the 36 people who applied for the position....

The seven candidates are: John Haro, superintendent of Fairfield-Suisun School District in California; Benjamin Kanninen, superintendent of Superior School District in Wisconsin; Dennis McMahon, superintendent of Brighton Schools in Michigan; Phillip McDaniel, superintendent of Washington Township School District in Indiana; David Metzen, superintendent of South St. Paul School District; Ronald Naso, associate superintendent of Wichita School District in Kansas; and Robert Willis, superintendent of Rock Island School District in Illinois.

50 years ago

From the April 18, 1963

edition of the Dakota County Tribune

School voting in independent districts May 21

The annual elections for the schools in the area will be held on Tuesday, May 21. Each school sets its own polling place or places and the hours during which the polls are open.

At its regular meeting last Tuesday evening, April 9, the Farmington School Board set the polling place for the election in the lobby of the high school building near the first floor north entrance of the building....

The question to be voted upon is to elect two members to the board to succeed R.F. Schulz and Robert Stegmaier. Filings for the offices may be made in the office of the school clerk, A.C. Smith Jr., but not earlier than 30 days nor later than 12 days previous to the election.


School board elections for Rosemount school district will be held on May 21, 1963.

Filing for the offices on the board will open on April 22 and close on May 9 and filing may be done at the district office in the high school between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Members of the board whose terms expire are Don Warkentien and Olaf Waldeland.

Apple Valley to "flood" Rosemount school district

Rosemount School District No. 196 learned this past week that Orrin Thompson's Apple Valley development in Lebanon township will flood some 4,500 youngsters into Rosemount schools. Construction has begun.

Thompson in a letter to the school board said he intends to build 1,875 homes or more by 1967.

Supt. H.C. Hanson said the district which includes Apple Valley has no plans now to locate or build schools there. In other districts where Thompson has built he has donated land for school sites.

Hanson said a $1,700,000 school bond issue, passed in a January referendum, did not include money for elementary schools and was not proposed to cover needs of such a housing development.

75 years ago

From the April 22, 1938

edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Harold E. Stassen files for governor; cites objectives

Harold E. Stassen of South St. Paul filed Monday morning, April 18, for the Republican nomination for governor. Stassen, who is county attorney of Dakota County, was the first candidate to announce his intention to oppose Benson when he spoke in a statewide radio broadcast at a dinner in his honor sponsored by the people of his home county at Hastings last November. In filing he issued a ten-point statement of his objectives for building Minnesota.

Stassen has forged to the front as a candidate for the Republican nomination during the past few months with forceful fighting speeches....

An active campaign is planned, leading to the primary election on June 20. Speaking engagements for Mr. Stassen in every county in the state and a number of additional major radio broadcasts are being arranged.

Al Wiederhold files for clerk

Al Wiederhold, clerk of the District Court, filed Thursday for election of the office which he now holds under appointment by District Judges W.A. Schultz and Charles P. Hall. Mr. Wiederhold was appointed on March 1, 1938 and since that time has been actively engaged in the duties as Clerk of Court, succeeding T.S. Ryan.

Mr. Wiederhold was born in the Village of Vermillion in Dakota County on October 18, 1898. He attended the Hastings Business College at Hastings, and has been employed as assistant cashier at the Vermillion State Bank and as clerk in the general store of J.F. Geraghty and Company of Rosemount. In more recent years he owned and operated Al's Café at Rosemount until 1935 when he sold his restaurant business to enter the employ of the Emergency Crop & Seed Loan Bureau of the Federal Government....

Mr. Wiederhold is also well known through the county as manager of the Rosemount Baseball team for several years and as president of the Dakota County Baseball league.

Several hundred attend bakery party

The Brinkman Bakery served four hundred guests at their 5th birthday party Saturday. Despite the rain, customers from Lakeville, Empire, Rosemount, Castle Rock, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eureka, Northfield and Farmington came to visit this store.

In guessing the weight of the large anniversary cake, L.A. Godby guessed the exact weight of 36 pounds and 12 ounces and he received first prize, which was $3.50 in merchandise.

Mrs. C.I. Wells won 2nd prize, which was a decorated double cherry angel food cake. Jack Turek received 3rd prize, which was an order for a Mother's Day cake.

100 years ago

From the April 18, 1913

edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Electric lights are not shining in Farmington

Notwithstanding the fact that the city council and electric light company are only $1.90 per month between them on price for lighting the streets of Farmington are in darkness and will remain so if they do not compromise on the matter of five cents per light.

Some time ago the council asked the light company to give an all night service on the arc light on Oak Street free, but the company felt they could not afford to do this. The council later asked for a reduction in the rate of 38 incandescent lights, a matter of only $6 per month. The council has raised their offer until there is a difference of only $1.00 per month and it is hoped that one or the other will give in and have the lights on.

Rich Valley News

Did anybody see a couple of stray hounds lately? Art Balley lost two last week. Says he has only one left now. He says he feels kind of lost himself.

Miss Lydia Langefelt of St. Paul spent Sunday at the Thorne home as guest of Miss Myrtle. Of course they had to call on Barley and get their picture took.

Speaking about pictures. Have you seen the collection that Barley has taken. Not so bad now is it? Some are so good you can almost tell what they are supposed to be.

The Misses Celia and Mayme Sandberg and Mr. Ed Merwin visited at the Elston home Sunday. Congratulations Mayme. Sorry he don't live here regular. He'd sure make a dandy first baseman.

Fred Forme of Rich Valley (hunter, trapper and general authority on guns of ancient make) claims he caught only two skunks last week. We'll take your word for it Fred, but we thought that you must have had close to a dozen. Nuf' sed.

The Ladies Aid gave a supper followed by a sale in the hall Friday night realizing about $45. After the "died in the wool" Ladies Aid fans and fanetts had gone home and we got some strings rigged onto Elstone's fiddle and Bailey scared up a chunk of raisin for Alex. Well you couldn't hardly blame the boys. It was the regulation night for the social club to meet and everybody said they had a dandy time.