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Looking back: A ‘cyclone-gale’ caused much damage to the area 50 years ago

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50 years ago

From the June 4, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

National Bank charter denied

The May 30 issue of Commercial West, a banking magazine, has reported that the application for a bank charter for the Dakota National Bank at Farmington, Minn., has been disapproved in Washington....

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Regarding the local Dakota National charter, we understand the local group has already applied for representation and were again disapproved.

Promoters attempting to establish the national charter here said they learned from the comptroller that it is apparently not the policy of the national banking department to issue a second national bank charter where one already exists in a community the size of Farmington.

The group may meet soon and consider the possibility of applying for a state charter. An application for a state bank charter would require hearings in St. Paul. 

75 years ago

From the June 9, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Barns, silos hit by wind

Striking suddenly Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock, a cyclone-gale ripped up buildings and trees, tore heavy tile and steel roofs and mowed down silos over a hundred-mile area.

Despite heavy damage to property, only one personal injury in this section has been reported. G.L. Dooley, age 52, horse trainer at the Brandtjen Farms, was found unconscious in the creamery....

Property damage at the Brandtjen Farms included a silo roof blown off and steel roofing ripped off the corn cribs.

The barn on the Charles Rechtzigel farm 6 miles northwest of Farmington on Highway 19 was split, one end and side of the 40-by-60 foot building being blown down and half the roof blowing on a brooder house, killing the chicks recently hatched.

Over 90 tiles were torn from the Twin City Milk Producers plant at Farmington. The roof of the Baltes building, recently remodeled, was lifted up and set across the adjoining Sanford building....

Damage in the area south of Farmington included power lines and silos down. Four silos in the Randolph territory were reported down in the neighborhood of the Campbell and J.J. Ceplecha farms. Trees across highways stopped interstate traffic for a short time.

The Peter Breyer silo on the former I.B. Johnson farm 5 miles northwest of Farmington is down, as were two silos on the G.A. Uitdenbogerd farm at Rosemount.

A hayrack at the John Corrigan farm, Rosemount, was loaded with farm machinery. The wind set the rack rolling, but the weight of the machinery kept it on the ground. The rack rolled a quarter of a mile.

Ed Feely re-elected secretary-treasurer 2nd district postmasters

Farmington furnished the entertainment at the annual convention of National Association of Postmasters of the Second District held in New Ulm, Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Postmaster Edward C. Feely of Farmington was re-elected secretary-treasurer of the second district.

Two hundred attended the banquet in Turner’s hall in the evening. Ten from Farmington were present.

100 years ago

From the June 5, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Shows big gain

J.A. Fisk, manager of the Farmington Creamery in an interview with a Tribune reporter shows where that institution has made great gains within the past year. Last Monday they churned 3,266 pounds or nearly 52 tubs of butter against 2,646 pounds a year ago. The weekly shipment made yesterday amounted to 172 tubs. Mr. Fisk says the output this year is running 20 tubs a week stronger than last year and that business all around is better by far than it was a year ago.

$25.00 reward

A reward of $25.00 will be paid to any person for evidence leading to the conviction of any person for the illegal sale of intoxicating liquors within the village of Farmington on and after April 21, 1914.

The Temperance Executive Committee: W.A. Hanscom, pres., J.A. Johnston, vice pres.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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