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Looking back: Photography gallery fire destroyed two businesses in 1895

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

10 years ago

From the April 13, 2000

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Two males found

comatose after GHB

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overdoses

Before last week, Farmington Police Chief Dan Siebenaler knew nothing about gammahydroxibutyrate, a drug most commonly associated with dance clubs and date rape. By Wednesday evening, though, police had the drug and, along with the Dakota County Narcotics Task Force, arrested the man who they believe distributed the drug.

Police responded to the first of the overdose calls shortly before 3:30 p.m. on April 5. A second was called in 25 minutes later.... In both cases the individuals ... were comatose by the time paramedics arrived. Both were taken by ambulance to Fairview Ridges Hospital....

(P)olice and the narcotics task force were able to get a search warrant for a room at the Rest Well Motel. They executed the warrant Wednesday nigh and arrested a 19-year-old male. In their search of the room, police found six, 500 ml bottles -- about 175 doses -- of GHB.

50 years ago

From the April 14, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Missota league

constitution is adopted

The Missota Conference adopted their constitution at a special meeting held April 6 at the Burnsville High School, Chairman Metcalf reported this week. Along with the basic constitution, the group also adopted procedures to be followed by the six member schools.

The new conference consists of Burnsville, Farmington, Inver Grove-Pine Bend, Lakeville, Prior Lake, and Rosemount. The established admission charge to all conference events is 75c for adults and 25c for students, beginning in the fall of 1960.

In its final action, the Executive Committee appointed Frank Nayman of Rosemount, to serve as Publicity Director of the Missota Conference. Other details concerning conference operation will be explained from time to time through your local school.

School elections, May 17; filing begins April 18

Election of two school board members each for the Farmington Rosemount, Lakeville, Burnsville and Randolph schools will be held, Tuesday, May 17. The filing time begins April 18 and closes May 5.

Rose Beyer gets Arion Award at band concert

All who attended, were very proud, of the Farmington High School Band, last Thursday evening at their annual band concert; for their excellent performance.

The Senior High Band played 8 selections, two of which they had received an A-rating, at the District Contest last Tuesday. Although only 32 in number they make up in talent; as the District rating proves....

The Arion Award, sponsored by the Music Parents Club, which is given to the most outstanding Senior each year was awarded to Rose Beyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beyer, for her achievements in music. The presentation was made by R. C. McDermott, President of the music Parents Club.

75 years ago

From the April 19, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Fire department

re-elects officers

At the annual meeting of the Farmington volunteer Fire department held in city hall Thursday night of last week, the officers were re-elected as follows:

Chief, T. J. Feely.

Assistant chief, Dan McConaghie,

Secretary, R. G. Shirley.

Treasurer, Fred McConaghie.

A lunch prepared by George Stagg was enjoyed by the hungry "smokeaters."

Class of '35 honor

students named

Honor students of class of 1935 of Farmington high school were announced this week by Supt. O. E. Domian.

Helen Nash, daughter of Rev. A. church, was awarded highest honors, valedictorian, with an average of 93.66.

Marlys Whittier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Whittier, whose average was 93.50, is named salutatorian.

Other students whose averages were above ninety are: Mary Snyder 92.23; Stella McDonald 91.23; Mary Claire Searle 91.00; Russell Larson, 90.84. There are 49 members in this year's graduating class.

Castle Rock Valley Cemetery association organized here

The Castle Rock Valley Cemetery association was organized at a meeting held at the home of Mrs. H. L. Stevens in Farmington, last week.

The following trustees were elected: H. L. Stevens, Loren Rowell, A. Childs, Mrs. J. M. Popham and Mrs. Henry Lundgren. The trustees then elected the following officers:

President, H. L. Stevens.

Vice-president, Loren Rowell.

Secretary, A. H. Ehlers.

Treasurer, Mrs. I. W. Cook.

115 years ago

From the April 18, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Saturday morning blaze.

The wild clangor of the firebells aroused our citizens at 3:30 o'clock Saturday morning and they were not slow in responding to the call. Fire had started in the photograph gallery of O. C. Burdick and before the department was on the grounds the whole structure was a mass of flames and the adjoining building owned by A. J. Irving and occupied by the undertaking rooms of Craft & Co., was also ablaze. As soon as a stream could be secured everything possible was done to save the building, but too great a hold had been gained and the department did well in protecting surrounding property. Both structures were entirely consumed as well as all of the contents of the Burdick gallery. Most of the contents of the Irving building were saved through the efforts of citizens. How the fire originated is a mystery, though it is supposed to have been from chemical explosion as a considerable amount of chemicals such as are used in photography were in the gallery.

High school budget

One of the senior boys was asked to teach in Miss Janes' room Monday afternoon. His knees began to shake and he declined, saying that he was afraid they would throw him out. We are surprised at such valor on the part of a senior boy.

Every seat is occupied in the first primary room, there being fifty-two.

The question for debate to-morrow is a political one and we wish to see a large number of visitors present.

May Fluke has resigned her position as a member of the High School Board of Editors, and Bert Cable has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

Local news

There are some buildings in this village which are in a dangerous condition as far as the walls are concerned. Last Thursday a considerable number of brick fell from the walls of the Peters livery stable, which had become unsound, to the ground, and we could but wonder what the result would be had one of our village aldermen been under those bricks. It strikes us a building inspector is in demand, and one at a salary would be a small matter compared to a suit for damages from some party disabled by falling walls. The village officers should take every precaution to protect pedestrians.

The Rebekah lodge have been surprising their several members the past week. On Saturday evening a considerable number of the membership walked in on Frank Hathaway and gave him a gentle reminder that it was the 90th anniversary of his birth. On Monday evening they visited the residence of Wm. Cook and made merry until a late hour.

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