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20 years ago

From the May 6, 1963 edition of the Farmington Independent and the May 7, 1963 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages

Youth hockey given priority on ice time over Lakeville junior varsity

After two council members voiced concerns about potential costs to taxpayers, the city council voted four to one May 3 to grant part of the Farmington Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) request for prime ice time in the city ice arena....

The association had requested the early evening ice time now used by Lakeville High School. Bruce Peters, FYHA president, said the group wants to conduct tournaments to raise money and will buy 100 more hours of ice for practice time....

All council members said they were in sympathy with the FYHA request. Their primary concern was that granting the request may prompt Lakeville to build an arena. This would reduce Farmington's income the following year, cause a deficit in the arena's operating budget and increase taxes for all residents....

"I have deep concerns when Farmington prioritizes another city over ours," said Council Member Dirk Rotty....

Next fall, FYHA will be given the 7 to 8 p.m. ice time now used by LJV. LJV can then have the 9 p.m. time now used by FYHA or early morning time now used by Rosemount.

School board names new superintendent

The District 196 Board of Education has named John?Haro as the new superintendent of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. He will succeed R.J. Rehwaldt, who is retiring after this school year.

Haro is currently the superintendent of the 21,000-student Fairfield-Suisun School District in California.

The board and Haro reached a tentative agreement by telephone on Saturday, May 2, according to Don Westerhausen, chairperson of the school board.

50 years ago

From the May 2, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

6 huge trucks are stolen from Fischer firm

Six huge orange dump trucks belonging to the Fischer Construction Co., at Rosemount were stolen and driven away from a fenced area at the foot of Montreal Ave., and the Mississippi River, during the past weekend.

Myron Stap, foreman on the job, discovered the theft at 4 a.m. Monday morning when he went to work.

Police found the trucks Monday afternoon, not far from the scene of the theft, some mired in the mud and others jammed into trees, near the river.

The trucks, valued at $48,000 had an estimated damage of from $8,000 to $13,000. The trucks were insured.

Hospital administrator named; bids ready soon

Rueben B. Tangen, 49, present administrator of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Glasgow, Montana, is the new administrator of Farmington's Central Dakota hospital about to be constructed.

Tangen, married, having two adult daughters age 22 and 23, who are no longer at home, will assume his Farmington duties June 15.

Tangen has been administrator of the 60-bed hospital at Glasgow the past year. Prior to that time he was business manager and assistant administrator of the Rice Memorial hospital at Willmar, Minn.

The new local administrator has been in business and hospital work for the past 30 years, working his way up as clerk, accountant, office and credit manager, business manager and assistant administrator.

75 years ago

From the May 6, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Seek 100,000 Stassen votes

Ninety delegates to the County Republican convention assembled at the Farmington High School auditorium Saturday afternoon, adopted a six-point platform, endorsed by Harold E. Stassen for governor and elected delegates to the district and state convention.

The delegates were enthusiastic over the possibilities of a Dakota county boy sitting in the governor's chair on Capitol Hill....

The Farmington High School band, directed by Kenneth Springen, played several numbers while the delegates were assembling. Harris Romerein of Farmington sang vocal selections while the committees were meeting.

Heinen, Karpen seek re-election

Two county office holders filed for re-election this week bringing the number of candidates to a total of 22.

Those filing for re-election are Sheriff Joseph J. Heinen who will complete his first term in office this year, and Superintendent of Schools John P. Karpen, completing his second term this year. Mr. Karpen took office in 1931. He also served as county superintendent of schools from 1915 to 1917 when he resigned to enter the army.

Grasshopper egg survey made in Dakota County

Grasshopper egg surveys, recently made in Dakota and surrounding counties by federal agents, show egg counts to be as high as 400 per square foot in some areas.

W.D. Murray, area supervisor in the grasshopper control work in this area, reports that all conditions at present are favorable for an excellent hatch. He recommended community and county organization and stated the best time to kill the grasshopper is when they are small or before they start moving about too much.

Rosemount News

The county surveyor was in town this week making surveys for putting in a full system of sidewalks in town. The work, which will begin this week, will be done by W.P.A.

The Rechtzigel Motor Co. sold to the following during the past week: Ed Rahn new International Truck, Victor Simonsen Plymouth coupe and Gus Funk a new DeSota coupe.

Steve Delaney began work on a new eight-room house on his farm to take the place of the one destroyed by fire last year.

100 years ago

From the May 2, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Still after good roads

Rosemont has good roads organization which would be hard to beat for any town of its size in the state. They were not only the greatest road boosters all last year and until late in the fall, but as soon as things started going this spring they put their shoulders to the wheel and started at it again. To start a fund each of the merchants subscribed $25.

Good roads buttons were secured and these were sold to clerks, laborers, retired citizens and others at $1.00 each, and now they have over $400 in cash to be expended on roads leading to that place.

Rosemount built several miles of good roads last year and this year they intend to extend these roads a mile or so farther in each direction.

City Dads say let there be light and there is light

The difference in opinion as to the value of street lighting which came up between the city fathers and electric light company has come to an end and in the future when it is needed the street lights will be turned on.

Last year the council paid $81.00 per month for the service. This year it will cost $76.60. The old system of lighting only on evenings in the dark of the moon has been discarded and the service will be used at all times when it is needed.

This is a matter of satisfaction among all concerned and this culmination will be hailed with delight by all.