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20 years ago

From the June 11, 1993 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages

Duck holds off construction of local plumbing business

The construction of a new showroom for Matthew Daniels Plumbing in Rosemount has been put on hold for a couple of weeks.

The delay hasn't been caused directly by the rain and stormy weather, however, although that definitely had a hand in it.

No, the delay has been caused by a Mallard duck who is sitting on her eggs, waiting for them to hatch, smack dab in the middle of some dirt that needs to be excavated.

And the duck isn't the only one waiting for those eggs to hatch -- owner Dan Huntington ... has been keeping an eye on the duck since before Memorial Day, hoping to catch a glimpse of some new ducklings....

The duck is actually camouflaged quite well among some very tall, thick grass and weeds....

Huntington called the DNR for advice.

The DNR told him that ordinarily the eggs would have been hatched by Memorial Day, but because of the cool, damp weather things must be running a little behind....

Huntington had two options, the DNR told him. The first was to put construction on hold until the eggs hatched.... Or, Huntington could legally move the duck and her nest a foot a day. Any more than that, and the duck would be liable to leave her nest and then Huntington would have to bring in a heating lamp and hatch the eggs artificially.

50 years ago

From the June 6, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Council hires "cop," extends liquor hours

Farmington's city council hired a new patrolman, extended the liquor store hours, heard a delegation on the Sunnyside improvements, and purchased a chloride spreader at Monday night's meeting.

Hired as the new policeman to replace Gary Day is Eugene Schwasinger, formerly of Kenyon, who has had nine years as a military policeman, and who has been employed at the Stillwater penitentiary as a prison guard.

The vote was unanimous and the starting salary is $350 per month. The appointment is effective June 1.

Considerable time was devoted to the extending of the municipal liquor store hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. Lakeville is one of the municipal stores with a 1 a.m. closing, the council noted. The local dispensary opens at 8 a.m. daily.

Merchants at Rosemount ask new liquor store

Rosemount's village council was presented with a resolution by the Rosemount Businessmen's Association Tuesday night at the council meeting.

The resolution declares the present liquor store inadequate and that it should be relocated in the present commercial area, and not in the new proposed shopping center.

The Rosemount council was served with an eviction note last week by Matt Huerta, new owner of the present building. Huerta wants them evicted or to sign a lease.

Pilot escapes in Pine Bend crash

A Minneapolis welding shop operator was lucky to be alive today after his single-engine, two-place light plane crashed in a swamp at the bottom of a steep hill on the Marvin Sachwitz farm, two miles north of the Pine Bend refinery, and just west of Highway 52-56, Sunday afternoon.

He was William Fox of 6288 Lakeland, Minneapolis, who escaped with a cut above the left eye, requiring three stitches, a cut lip, and was partially unconscious for a short time.

He was taken to Memorial Hospital, Hastings, by a friend, William Ohmann, proprietor of the Pine Bend Motel.

The plane was a total wreck. It is a miracle Fox survived....

Fox apparently wanted to visit Ohmann, at the Pine Bend motel where he stayed about three months recently. It was apparently a surprise visit, with Ohmann not expecting Fox to land in the alfalfa field. . . .

After a short visit, Fox attempted a takeoff, through more hilly country over rough field, in tall grass. He made two takeoff attempts, the first taking out the fence in the soil-bank land. The second going through the hole in the fence, up a hill, but not making enough speed to become fully airborne. The plane veered off to the right and crashed into the swamp about 150 feet from the crest of the hill....

Exactly how the wreckage was to be removed was not determined at this writing.

County picnic attracts 6,000

Good weather favored the annual Dakota County picnic held on June 5 at Antler's Park, Lakeville, and brought enjoyment to approximately 6,000 persons who attended. . . .

John Hagney, Farmington, was the winner of the contest for those having lived the longest on the same farm. . . .

Dick Cook of Farmington led the freckled faced boys and was awarded a prize of $1 by the Hennessy Lumber Company, Rosemount. . . .

Following this contest, B.R. Bixby, Argonne Farms, was the winner in the contest for men having the longest mustache. Mr. Bixby was given a straw fork by the Rechtzigel Motor Company of Rosemount.

75 years ago

From the June 10, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Mystery auto flees Rosemount fire

A mystery auto that sped from the scene of the warehouse fire at Leo Fluegel's Rosemount Milling company late Tuesday night strengthened the belief that the fire was the work of a firebug or was accidentally set by thieves who were trying to rob the place. The damage is estimated at $6,000 with $2,000 insurance.

The fire destroyed a 30x80 ft. feed warehouse and coal sheds and only for the effective work of the Rosemount Fire department the nearby elevator would have been consumed. Fortunately, a light west wind aided the firemen in their heroic efforts in confining the flames to the warehouse and coal sheds. . . .

The first inkling of skul-dugery came to H.L. Weihn, second trick operator at the nearby Rosemount railway station, when he heard a northbound auto roar past the rear of the depot and thinking someone had stolen his auto, he procured a flashlight and investigated; however, he found his car intact but was attracted by a light on the west side of the Fluegel warehouse. Investigating, he found the west side of the building in flames....

Meanwhile, Joe Cunniff and Bud Hayes, who were talking in front of the Cunniff residence, saw a Model A Ford with no lights, racing down the street from the direction of the elevator. The car nearly overturned as it turned east to go across the railroad tracks....

The fire had considerable headway before it was discovered. The Rosemount fire department, using two hose lines, confined their attention to saving the elevator located 30 feet north of the burning coal sheds. Once the elevator roof caught fire, the firemen frequently sprayed the side of the building, likewise the second feed warehouse which stands 18 feet south of the burning warehouse. Just south of the second warehouse are three gasoline bulk tanks which loomed as a threatening hazard. . . .

100 years ago

From the June 6, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Commencement exercises

Twelve graduates of F.H.S. having as their motto, "Finished Yet Just Begun" held their commencement exercises in the music hall Thursday evening, May 29. They are William Brown, Patrick Cahill, Edward Feely, Florence Fredrickson, Amanda Hoffman, Joe Hartwig, Stella Lewis, Alfred Methner, Ray Records, Lena Sacks, Francis Scanlon and Chester Whittier.

The Misses Stella Lewis and Amanda Hoffman gave essays and William Brown, Alfred Methner and Chester Whittier delivered Orations. Edward Feely sang a solo and Joe Hartwig played a mandolin solo, "Mendelscohnic Spring Song."

The class prophesy was told by Florence Fredrickson, Rae Records, Lena Sacks, Patrick Cahill and Francis Scanlon.