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50 years ago

From the Oct. 3, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Chlorine water purifier new in Farmington

The village of Farmington installed a new chlorinator for their wells, Friday, Sept. 27, because the old one was worn out, F.J. Henneberry, head of the village water department said.

A chlorinator is a device to regulate the amount of chlorine gas bubbled through water to purify it by killing any organism which might be in it.

Farmington doesn’t have any real problem, Henneberry said. Friday night at the well site under the tower the water is chlorinated mainly to kill the bacteria which speed up rusting of the pipes....

Henneberry explained that the bacteria not only speed the rusting process, but also can cause an odor in the water.

Another reason for the chlorination is that the wells are left unattended at times. If something should get into the water, he explained, the chlorine would kill it. It is a safety precaution….

The new regulator worth about $900, services all the water which the three village pumps bring in to the tower storage tanks.

Phillips station grand opening soon

Grand opening of Phillip’s 66 service station in Rosemount will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a clown there, August Ratzlaff, the new leasor of the station said, with free lollipops and balloons for the kids. During the opening, Ratzlaff’s 66 as it will be known is offering a free box of Fanny Farmer candy for a fill of gasoline and a chance to win Minnesota Gopher football tickets. The station is operated by August and his son, Donald Ratzlaff. They will do most minor auto repairs and have a new twist for car starting this winter. For cars that won’t start or can’t be started, a new “car start” will avoid having to push them into the station for a battery charging.

Homecoming plans complete at Farmington

Final plans for the 1963 Homecoming on October 11 are underway at Farmington High School. The student council has been working out the details for the festivities. The Farmington Tigers will play Rosemount to cap the 1963 homecoming here.

The homecoming festivities will also include a parade before the game on Friday, a dance after the game in the high school gym, welcoming the alumni and a bonfire and pep fest will be an activity exclusively for the high school....

The members of the various homecoming committees of the student council are: parade, Karen Johnson, Judy McKay, Pat Borell, Linda Curry, Kathleen Ricardo Bonnick, Dale Ekegren, Dale Pettis, Ronald Louis, Jim Bell, Kerry Sharp and Gregg Fischer; decorations, Dale Ekegren, Dale Pettis, Pat Borell, Shirley Sievers, Linda Curry and Karen Johnson; dance, Judy McKay, Shirely Sievers.

Work begins on Rosemount’s new high school

The following successful bidders were awarded contracts by the Rosemount School Board at a special meeting on Aug. 29, 1963: Adolphson and Peterson, general contractors; Midwest Mechanical Contractor; and Hoffman Electric Co., electrical contractor.

These bids which totaled $1,501,303 were for the new Senior High School. The classroom portion of the building is to be completed by Sept. 1, 1964, according

to the bidders.

Concrete footings are now being poured and foundation work is progressing rapidly.

The new school is located immediately north of the present high school and is accessible from State Highway No. 3. Citizens are invited to view the project on Sundays.

A $1.7 million bond issue passed in January is financing this construction project.

Here’s Rosemount royalty

The royalty is Steve Christenson, Trudie Gustafson, Peter King, Jill Natwick, Steve Atwood, Queen Karyn Groth, Gordy Bohn, Mary Kay Freeburg, Richard King, Gail Franklin and Don Crow.

75 years ago

From the Oct. 7, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Hastings man buys Farmington Café last week

Mr. and Mrs. Vince Rotty of Hastings purchased the Farmington Café from Mr. and Mrs. Mike Klotz last week, the building being included in the deal. Mr. Rotty and Mrs. Klotz are brother and sister.

Mrs. Klotz has been in the restaurant business for 10 years in Farmington, and she feels the need of a well-earned rest. With the exception of helping her brother at intervals she will be at home in the Klotz residence on the west side. The new proprietors will continue business in the same way and they promise the same efficient service on bountiful food, as heretofore. A little late, Mr. Rotty says he will do some interior decorating.

The Rotty family came Monday and took possession. They have four children, Ralph, 18; Celestine, 14; Gordon, 7; Cletus, 5. The former three are enrolled in the Farmington school. The community extends a sincere welcome.

Permanent ice rink in making

A permanent ice skating rink is being constructed on the east side of the local school house this week, sponsored by the school district. The work is being done by W.P.A.

After the land, the school property was surveyed, the ground was leveled and banked on four sides.

The rink will be in two parts. One side for hockey will be 150 ft. x 100 ft., the other side for pleasure skating will be 158 ft. x 100 ft. The rink will be ready as soon as weather permits.

A warming house probably will be added later.

Rosemount News

Miss Dorothy Corrigan after attending summer school at the University of Minnesota has returned to St. Mary’s Hospital, Minneapolis, to resume her position as instructor in nursing.

Charley Rechtzigel recently sold 47 hogs averaging 212 pounds which topped the market at $8.75. It would be useless to remark that Charley knows how to raise hogs.

John Sowieji, Jack Trevis and Emil Sowieji took in the duck hunting at Spring Lake, Saturday. Mr. Soweiji told the reporter he never saw so many ducks in his life and that the gunfire was a continual roar. They got the limit.

Mary Kathryn McDonald, who has been confined to her bed at St. Mary’s hospital with pneumonia, was able to return home Monday.

The trade paper issued by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richardson for some time has suspended publication and gone to Arkansas, Wis., to take charge of a farm owned by the former’s mother, Mrs. Wyborney of Rosemount.

Ed McDonald’s crew of carpenters began work on M.F. Ryan’s new modern home to be built opposite the place he recently sold to Ralph Toombs.

B.E. Parker of Minneapolis has purchased the Skelly Service station at the north end of town and already taken possession. In addition to selling Skelly products, he has added a lunch counter and will serve the public.

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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