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Looking back: Girls from Farmington, Rosemount competed for 1964 Dairy Princess title

50 years ago

From the May 14, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

13 contestants for Dairy Princess title

Dakota County will have 13 contestants in the County Dairy Princess Contest on Thursday, May 14. The contest will be held at the Kon Tiki Club near Lakeville....

Contestants include: Joyce Cummings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cummings of Farmington; sponsored by Hagen Hardware of Farmington....

Judy Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Schultz of Farmington; sponsored by Dakota County Farm Bureau Insurance Company....

Karyn Groth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Groth of Rosemount; sponsored by Carlson Tractor and Equipment Co.

Patricia O’Connor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O’Connor of Farmington; sponsored by First State Bank of Rosemount.

Donna Carroll, daughter of Donal Carroll of Rosemount; sponsored by Fluegel Elevator, Inc....

The queen will be crowned by last year’s Dakota County Dairy Princess, Mary Ann Smith of Farmington. The queen and two attendants will have an opportunity to participate in the regional contest held in conjunction with the Regional Dairy Days on Saturday, June 13, at Stillwater.

Record number of filings reported

There are more filings for school boards in the area than there has been for a long time, and there is opposition in every race. In several places as many as seven candidates are vying for the two or three open school board chairs....

Following is a list of candidates by school district:


Filing for school board are: Harry C. Ross, Farmington, hardware store owner; Dean Empey, (I), Farmington, farmer, self-employed; Eugene (Babe) Kuchera, Farmington, Hansen Beverage employee; and Richard Beyer, (I), Farmington, plant superintendent at Watson Store Planners.

Polling will be in the high school lobby from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Filing for school board are: Dale Beasley, 35, Apple Valley resident, a teacher at Bloomington; George Booth, Sales and Service company employee, Rosemount; H.C. Crow, 56, (I), farmer, Farmington; Jerome Degenaar, 32, personnel manager for North Central Corp., of St. Paul; Leigh Jones, 32, accountant, Burnsville; Joseph Licata, 37, purchasing agent, Apple Valley; and Arthur J. Volkert, 44, (I), farmer Rosemount.

Rosemount has two precincts; residents of Eagan and Inver Grove voting at Northview school and others at the high school auditorium in Rosemount. Hours are from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

New PTA officers at Rosemount

At meetings held recently, officers were elected for the newly-formed PTA for Rosemount Elementary School. Officers elected for the school year 1964-65 are:

President – Mr. Ronald Knoll; Vice President - Mr. Maynard Vogelgesang; Secretary - Mrs. Lee Bestul; Treasurer - Mrs. Donald Schutjer.

Local girls sell poppies Saturday

The girls who will sell poppies in Farmington, Saturday, May 20, under the direction of the American Legion Auxiliary, of which Mrs. P.H. Casey is president ... will manage a house to house canvass and sell in the business district all day; proceeds will go to disabled veterans.

The poppy committee is Mesdames, Fred Curtis, chairman, P.H. Casey, Jess Akin, Mrs. Al Haugh is assisting with the banquet.

The girls are: Deloris Hunter, Margaret Goetzinger, Elizabeth Feely, Mary Lou Flynn, Dixie Wright, Maraget Hansen, Lorraine Stoneberg, Alice Demuth, Carolyn Haugh, Joan Fredrickson; Carol Ellison, Catherine Fillinger, Ann Volden, Kathleen Wright, Shirley Stoneberg, Virginia Kleve; Beverly Curtis, Helen Ahern and Emily Schmidtke.

Quiet school elections Tuesday

The early school elections held Tuesday evening in this community, elected trustees for 3-year terms, without heated contests and few votes were cast. The results were:

Farmington – Mr. C.A. Carlson, E.M. Gerster

Lakeville – Francis Weber, Pete Sauber

Rosemount – H.J. Geraghty, L. O. Bernier

Randolph – Lloyd Peter, William Gergens

These elections were previously held in July, but the 1939 legislature changed the time of these annual elections to May.

75 years ago

From the May 19, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Annual field day, Rosemount, May 24

Hot dogs, buns and Coca-Cola!

All part of a grand picnic next Wednesday, May 24, for about four-hundred and fifty rural school children of the Rosemount territory. But it will be more than that for those in attendance at the Fourth Annual Field Day sponsored by Rosemount High School and the Rosemount Commercial Club.

The accent of the program is on child health. Muscle-play activities of all types, including games, races and various contests emphasizing brain, brawn, coordination are intended to concentrate attention upon development of health, a cardinal principle of well-organized education, which we believe will also result in fostering of better ideals of citizenship.

A song-fest, a parade, and a stunt contest among the twenty-two schools to be represented comprises the morning program.

Following a picnic lunch set to music by the Rosemount School band, the afternoon program of stunts and a contest for all school-aged groups of special exhibition activities begin.

Featured are the diamond-ball games between girls and boys teams of Rosemount and Lakeville, and a track meet, Rosemount High School versus Monroe High School of St. Paul.

100 years ago

From the May 15, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Memorial Day

There is a movement on foot to make the coming Memorial Day services the most elaborate and fitting that have been held in Farmington in years.

For a number of years the patriotic spirit of Western Dakota County has not been what it might have but the air is now permeated with the spirit of paying homage to the heroic dead such as has not been seen before in years.

The proposition is to join with the Post and Relief Corps by asking all to lay aside their work and business and devote the day to honoring the boys who defended the flag in the dark days when our nation was in peril.

It is said there are a dozen or more old time band men living in Farmington and the proposition is to have them meet at the city hall next Monday evening to organize a band to play at the exercises here on Decoration Day.

There are a dozen or fifteen instruments about town and as near as we can learn there is a man for each horn. This is a good cause and an opportune time and we would like to see all the men who are interested in a band for a day, or a year, come to the city hall next Monday evening and help organize.

Over new road

The Tribune man made an auto trip over the newly-made Capital National Highway between Rosemount and St. Paul and we must say we were somewhat disappointed in our anticipation.

In our opinion, the top of the grade is not only too narrow but there is too much gravel. Mr. Allyn, the good roads man of Madison Lake, says there should be a cost of not more than two inches of gravel while there must be fully eight inches on this road.

This gravel was hauled on the road last fall and with winter snows and all the rains we have had this spring, the road is almost impossible. We have heard some talk that they were going to take off about half the gravel and as soon as the coat left on is thoroughly mixed in the clay, it will be put back on.