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Looking back: Armadillo was found in a Castle Rock straw stack in '35

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life Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

25 years ago

From the April 24, 1985

edition of the

Farmington Independent

City superintendent retires after 35 years

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After 35 years as superintendent of General Services for the City of Farmington, Bill Hince plans to put the old adage, "gone fishing" to use. Hince will retire April 30, one day before his 35th anniversary as a city employee, he said.

Hince entertained the idea of retiring last December, he said, but chose to retire around his anniversary date of May 1....

Hince started his service career at age 26, when he applied for a job on the garbage route, he said. This job blossomed into a supervisory position five years later, one he made into a lifetime career.

Hince never planned on working with the city for an extended period of time, he said. He took the job because he enjoyed being outdoors. Although it started out being a one year position, Hince said he liked the position so well he stayed an extra 34 years....

Fire hall bid awarded

The Farmington City gave their OK to the awarding of the fire hall construction contract to Maerten-Brenny, a Minneapolis construction firm, for their bid of $430,496 at the April 15 City Council meeting....

The general contractors will provide the carpentry and concrete work, but will subcontract the rest of the project, Tom Dunwell, project architect said.

Completion of the project, including construction, architect, bonding and contingency costs are estimated at $499,246, (city administrator Larry) Thompson said.

Construction officially began April 22, when ground was broken.

50 years ago

From the April 21, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

David Arneson to open radio T.V. shop here

David Arneson of 809 2nd Street, Farmington, has rented the McHugh Building, in Farmington at 429 3rd St., recently vacated by Elliott's Service. Mr. Arneson will establish a new television and radio shop for sales and service and this location....

The new shop in Farmington will open May 1. Mr. Arneson graduated from Northwestern Television and Electronics Inst., Minneapolis, and has had more than five years experience.

Police chief hit by car

Farmington Police Chief Jake Klotzbeacher escaped with bruises when he was struck by a car as a pedestrian during the rain, April 12 at 5th and Portland, Minneapolis.

Klotzbeacher, a Master Sergeant with the 350th Consolidation Co., psychological warfare department of the Amy Reserve, had on his army uniform. He had just taken roll call at a class at the Star-Tribune, and was crossing 5th when the accident happened at 8:15 p.m.

Klotzbeacher was struck on the right side, spun about 30 feet and was slammed against another car. He sustained a bruised right hand, a bruised arm, and bruised leg. He was not knocked off his feet, but the clipboard he carried was smashed to bits...

Driver Krahl, who said he didn't see the dark uniform in the rain, was not held.

TV teaching proposed for special course

Teaching by television?

It may soon become a reality for specialized courses, if plans materialize.

Rosemount and Farmington public school boards and administration have agreed to go along with next year's foreign language experiment - if the experiment takes place....

According to one estimate, one master teacher in a Spanish course could instruct 23,000 students in the metropolitan area.

Children in fourth, fifth and sixth grades would watch two or three 15-minute broadcasts per week, supplemented by two days a week of classroom work with tape recordings.

The TV portion would be broadcast by KTCA-TV, Channel 2, and would be available to anyone or any school with a TV set.

According to one estimate, if all schools that have shown interest participate, the cost will be approximately $1.30 per student per year for each of the 23,000 students....

This is the first time in history an organized effort is being made in this locality for regular classroom teaching.

75 years ago

From the April 26, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Ant-eating armadillo found in straw stack on Castle Rock farm

An ant-eating armadillo, with its natural coat of armor, was found in a straw stack on the Bowe farm in East Castle Rock recently, and folks in that neighborhood are wondering how the animal located in this section as armadillos are common in the south, but rarely are seen in the north.

Mrs. Maude Megarry, the Tribune's Castle Rock correspondent, explains the armadillo's appearance in Minnesota, as follows: "Perhaps due to the severe dust storms in southern U. S.A. the armadillo decided to move to a good country and "hitch hiked" to Minnesota."

The armadillo is a harmless creature and lies buried in the earth throughout the day, moving about only dark hours. When alarmed it curls itself into a ball, protected on all sides by its hard, bony shell, and rolls away from its enemy.

Their flesh is considered tasty, and they are killed for their armor, which is made into baskets and ornaments. Armadillos are more commonly found in South America.

Parallel curb parking starts

A new system of parking autos on Third Street, was inaugurated here this week when yellow lines were marked on the pavement, indicating that hereafter autos must be parked parallel with the curb instead of the old way.

The new parking system was recommended by the state highway department to provide more room for thru traffic on this arterial highway....

Mayor C. S. Lewis this week suggested that businessmen, who park their cars in front of their places of business all day, should leave their autos in the rear of the lot, thus providing more curb parking space for shoppers and others.

115 years ago

From the April 25, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

The local news

Attention! The W. R. C. will give a patriotic entertainment on Friday evening, May 3d. Admission ten cents. After the program ice cream and cake will be served for ten cents. Everybody come and renew your patriotism that you may be ready for the "Glorious Fourth."

N. Everote takes a very commendable stand in forbidding the killing of small birds on his place. A good many youngsters are not aware of it but there is a law protecting song birds as well as game, and the rigid enforcement of the law is necessary for the welfare of the community. The birds may damage fruit and grain but the damage they do in this line is very slight compared to the good they do in destroying worms and insects which infest the crops.

The bicycle fever has struck town and night policeman has got it bad. It is a contagious disease and it struck that worthy member of the force while he was perambulating the streets the other day. It struck him from the rear and was accompanied by numerous female shrieks and male expostulations. Now Louie wants a wheel so he can run out of danger when he sees a female cyclist coming his way. He says if he fully recovers from the shock he received he will lead a better life and be prepared for an early death should he be attacked in a similar manner in the future. The female cyclists look light and seem to fly on wings but a fellow is forcibly aroused from his musings if they hit him right. The farther off they are the better they look.

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