Citizens organized to drive drunkenness out of Farmington 100 years agoAir Force received reports of sonic boom damage from area residents 50 years ago this week. See what else made headlines in Farmington's past.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
25 years ago
From the March 25, 1987 edition of the Farmington Independent
District 192 awards new school contracts
Without much fanfare, the District 192 Board of Education spent several million dollars Monday night on a new elementary school in northwest Farmington.
Bids for general, electrical, mechanical, and several other contracts were presented to the school board by the building’s architect, Bill Snyder.
Several contracts had nearly a dozen bidders....
When it was over, the following major contracts were awarded:
General construction – Shaw-Lundquist, $2,630,960; mechanical construction – Holm Bros., $1,180,800; electrical construction – Bloomington Electric, $532,075; kitchen equipment - $11,868; and carpeting – Kjellberg Carpet, $119,858.
Smaller contracts were awarded for power-operated gymnasium backstops, folding doors, and gymnasium partitions. Three items were tabled, while the possibility of placing bleachers in the gymnasium was rejected.
50 years ago
From the March 22, 1962 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Not legal to “postpone” a town meeting
S.O. Steen, Eureka town clerk, who reported that Eureka’s town meeting had been postponed because of the weather last week, said he now had discovered through advice from the attorney general that is NOT legal to postpone a town meeting.
Therefore, the township has published in this issue, a legal setting forth a special town meeting to be held April 3, 1962.
The township will elect a clerk and supervisor. The present clerk is S.O. Steen, and the incumbent supervisor is Noel T. Holt.
Polls will open at 1 p.m., and the business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Sonic boom claims are fantastic Air Force says
Reports of sonic boom damage, caused from the high-speed Hustler bombers, are continuing to be received by the Air Force.
Locally, Robert Stegmaier said, one sonic boom – a real rattler – turned off his ventilating fans in his barn. It also cracked plaster in the Stegmaier house.
In the Twin Cities, the damage claims have been fantastic, according to Air Force reports. Claims have come in for cracked toilet bowls and blown out T.V. tubes. In Wisconsin a farmer claimed his barn roof collapsed because of a sonic boom.
These teeth-rattling booms have caused a great deal of fright, especially to children and old folks in all areas.
Teacher pay discussion show progress
Negotiations between teacher salary committees and school boards have shown progress at Farmington, have been completed at Lakeville, and appear to be settled at Rosemount with more discussion a possibility.
The Farmington Education Association salary committee met with the Farmington School Board last Tuesday evening to further study the salary negotiations between the two groups....
The school board acted to raise the base of beginning teachers from $4,600 to $4,700 and leave the annual raise at 5% of the base. This would set maximums for four-year trained people at $7,520 and maximums for MA teachers at $7,990. The total cost increase would be about $14,000. The teachers’ salary committee studied the school board’s actions and rejected it.
Tuesday the teachers committee met with the board and presented a second proposal leaving the minimum salary for four-year trained people at 4,600, but raising the annual increase to 6% of the base. This schedule would raise maximums for four-year trained people to $7,912 and MA degree people to $8,464. This schedule would add about $19,500 to the present salary budget..
Farmington H.S. gets “superior”
Three Farmington High School students received superior ratings at the District 14 Speech contest held at Hastings on Saturday, March 17. They were: Albert Sayers, superior in non-original oratory, Valerie Field in storytelling and Shirlee Borell in serious interpretations.
Others from Farmington High School participating in the district contest were: Kathleen Corrigan, Barbara Thomas, Barbara Tobias, Donovan Klotzbeacher, Loretta Weisbrich, Diane Empey, Patty Iverson, Maxine Mandigo, Cathy McDonald and Karen Tutewohl. The contestants were accompanied by Miss Lohse, Miss Helkenn and Mr. Dennis Johnson, local speech coaches.
75 years ago
From the March 26, 1937 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Barger named on All-State cage team
Farmington High School’s first bid for the state basketball crown faded out in the opening round Thursday when Thief River Falls upset the Tigers, 26 to 17. Apparently nervous from stage fright, the Tigers suffered an off-day and played far below their usual superior brand of ball....
The sting of defeat was removed Saturday night when it was announced at the finals that John Barger, Tiger ace, was named on the all-state basketball team, being placed at forward, and recognized as the best all around player at the tournament. John had a total of 305 points to his credit during the year... In the closing moments of the state tournament, John was awarded a gold belt buckle, and Tom Feely, in the absence of Capt. Danielson, received a bronze medal for the Tigers.
Belated snow ties up traffic
A belated snowstorm Wednesday tied up train and motor traffic and sent this section a white Easter. It was the worst snowstorm of the year and came after state highway plows had been checked in and snow fence had been removed preparatory for spring planting.
Jerome Akin, government weather reporter, measured an eight-inch snow fall Wednesday night which, when reduced to moisture made .64 of an inch of precipitation. The March blizzard came on the heels of a drizzling rain which froze to the pavement and made driving hazardous Tuesday night....
Motorists were stalled on both main highways. A portly traveling salesman, marooned here Wednesday, said he had traveled for 25 years and had never seen anything like it....
The post office received no mail after the morning trains Wednesday. The two local rural carriers braved the storm but Emmons Betzold, substituting for Nick Heinen, was forced to turn back after driving six miles. Ogden Morian was unable to reach town for his Cedar-Dodd farm and Jess McClintock did the pinch-hitting. He got as far as the Hazel farm three miles north of town and had to come back.
100 years ago
From the March 22, 1912 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Farmington citizens organize to drive out drunkenness
The writer interviewed, Mayor Elect E.J. Chapel, with a view to learning of his future plans upon taking his seat as president of the village board. Mr. Chapel is a high license man and will recommend that the sale of intoxicating liquors be raised from $800 to $1,200 and that all screens be removed from the front of saloon windows and bars. All drunks must be taken care of by the man who makes the “jag” and not allowed to get on the street.
We understand that a number of our citizens have appointed themselves as a committee to have all drunks arrested and locked up.
Should our honorable mayor and this committee carry out their plans Farmington will be pretty free from drunks, the ensuing year.