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50 years ago 

From the Sept. 26, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Nelson Center awaits removing three buildings

Development of 1 ½ acres of land in the Rosemount downtown commercial district into a shopping center will begin with the removal of three older buildings, Kenneth Nelson, business and residential developer, announced Monday.

Buildings to be razed are the Bartelt house east of the new post office, a barber shop and the old hotel.

Landowners in the area with whom transactions are being completed are the Gerald McCalls, the Bartelts, the Geraghtys and Gibsons.

Nelson said his shopping center will be on land 235 feet fronting on Highway 3, and 300 feet deep. The center will be erected on the back part (west side) of the commercial area, with the front portion for parking.

He plans the following businesses: grocery, drug, variety, restaurant, bakery, barber shop and offices. Definite announcements will be forthcoming soon.

At present, the Bartelt property will be used as driveway, giving access to the center from the north. However, it may be developed into something else commercial later.

At present, Nelson declared he has 18,000 square feet of commercial businesses ready for signature.

School groups fail to agree; study continues

 A special meeting of the School Citizen’s Committee was called for Tuesday evening by Chairman Robert Pool to reconcile the recommendation of the Finance Committee with the recommendations made earlier by the site, program and building committees.

At a meeting held in August these committees recommended that a new elementary school, complete with those facilities which make a modern elementary school building be constructed on the Schmidtke property east of town. They also recommended the purchase of additional land now for a future high school to be built probably within 8 or 10 years.

The finance committee recommended that additional classrooms be built to the present elementary school building and purchase land for new high school building to be constructed in the near future....

A motion was lost to reconsider the recommendations made in August by site, program and building committees, but all committees agreed to continue its study of other sites, types of building and school programs.

Library in new quarters

The Farmington Library is in its new location, having moved from its old quarter to new accommodations in the rear of the McAndrew building. 

The library, about 4,000 books, were moved on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The Farmington Library is a part of the Dakota Scott Regional library, James Ubel, acting director for that body said....

Mrs. Thelma Pool, Farmington librarian, said Mrs. R.F. Nelson of Farmington deserves the credit for getting the new library quarters. She was the driving force behind the council’s move.

Mrs. Nelson is the treasurer of the regional library board.

Although the new library is equipped with the new metal shelves and desks, equipment is still needed. The library could use a clock, a dictionary stand, a children’s table and chairs and of course books. A worthy project from any service club.

75 years ago

From the Sept. 30, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

 Thieves break in Standard warehouse Thieves stole $100 worth of canned Quaker State Oil goods out of the Standard Oil warehouse at Farmington Tuesday night.

The padlock was broken, also the bulb out of the nearby street light, in front of the Cities Service Oil Co.’s warehouse was broken, thereby allowing the thieves to work in darkness.

Auto wheel tracks showed where the thieves stopped their vehicle and loaded up their loot.

New pastor to succeed Juvland The East and West Lutheran churches of Christiana in Eureka Township have called a new pastor, Rev. A.O. Running of Dallas, Wis., to serve their congregations to succeed the Rev. A.T. Juvland who resigned last November. The latter will enjoy a much needed rest this winter after six years of service.

The Rev. Running comes from a field in Barron County which he has served for 19 years with the greatest of success; he will be installed on Sunday, Nov. 6, when he will come to Dakota County with his wife and two sons.

Rosemount News John Quigley has purchased the Wm. Cadzow residence near the school house and has taken possession.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Emerson, and Mr. and Mrs. Felix O’Rourke attended a church bazaar at Savage Sunday afternoon.

E.B Emerson attended a coal dealers convention at Faribault Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Heinen and son Dick and daughter Mary Lou attended a church dinner at Hastings Sunday.

Gust Polenske was taken to St. Luke’s hospital Tuesday for treatment. His many friends are wishing him a speedy recovery.

The annual Catholic bazaar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The chicken dinner will be served in the Ryan & Corcoran building in the afternoon and the bazaar will be held at Geraghty’s hall. All are invited to attend.

James Cunniff returned from St. Mary’s hospital Tuesday where he had been receiving treatment for a throat infection.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moeller visited friends at Montgomery, Sunday.

J.H. McFadden has had his dwelling turned around to face Elm Street, a new full basement has been made and he is having the house completely modernized. A very good improvement to that part of town.

A young man capitalizing on the sympathy of the public pulled down a neat sum of money Wednesday on the fountain pen racket. A number of them bit, including the writer. It was only a 24c pen for 65c.

100 years ago

From the Sept. 26, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Would buy fairground site

A movement is on foot for the purchase of 20 acres of land at the front of Second Street in the south part of town on the east side of the railroad track to be used as grounds for holding the Dakota County Fair.

Alex Empey who owns the land has agreed to sell this amount of land for that purpose. The plan is to sell 400 shares of stock at $10 per share and use that money in paying for the land and the erection of such buildings as are needed in making a good respectable county fair exhibit.

It is expected that with this amount in agricultural building, horticulture building, woman’s building, officers headquarters, race track and ball park can be built and put in shape by next year....

The Dakota County Fair as it runs today is not what it should be and is not receiving the interest it should.

In the first place it should never be held up in town, much less holding it on the business street. By so doing it makes it too much of a Farmington affair and businessmen of other towns treat it as such, and while they may not knock it they are not a booster and it is lacking the interest it should have....

This need is felt and all realize it, and none more so than the boosters who now have the matter in hand to raise $40,000 with which to buy grounds and put up buildings for our fair.


Hubert Geraghty of St. Paul spent Saturday and Sunday at his home here.

Susan Rademacher of New Market spent a few days visiting her Aunt Mrs. Thomas Downe here.

Leo Farrell who is attending St. Thomas College spent Sunday at his home here.

Quite a number of young folks from here attended the Dakota County Fair.

A.J. Ward just built a new addition to his coal sheds.

Laura Kane spent Friday of last week visiting friends in St. Paul.

William Hagemeister drove to St. Paul Saturday.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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