Looking Back: FAA installed a bright display radar 50 years agoTwo teens walked from Farmington to Rochester 50 years ago this week. Check out Looking Back to see what else happened in Farmington's history.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
20 years ago
From the March 4, 1993 edition of the Farmington Independent
Gramentz finishes sixth at state competition
Tiger gymnast Lynn Gramentz finished sixth on floor exercise in her fourth consecutive state Class A gymnastics competition on Saturday.
She narrowly missed being in the top five medal winners for the event with her score of 9.30....
Gramentz took first in the floor competition in 1991 with a 9.70, which gave her the state record....
Lynn will be graduating from FHS this year and will be looking to compete on the gymnastics and track teams at Winona State University next year.
50 years ago
From the March 7, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Walk 62 miles to Rochester
A 62-milie, 15 1/2 hour “vigah” hike for two Farmington 17-year-old seniors didn’t bother them too much Saturday.
Mike Sly and Bob Reihsen began to wonder why they were doing it about three-fourths of the way....
The boys agreed it was the mental problems, more than the physical ones.?The 62-mile grind took from five a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday. They hitch-hiked home Sunday....
They had dinner at Zumbrota, and before their arrival at Rochester, they were talking to themselves.
They planned the hike for about two weeks. Many friends said they’d never do it.
Bright-display radar installed
Television-type, bright-display radar, costing an estimated quarter-million dollars, is being installed in the Farmington Air Traffic Control center.
With the sky becoming really crowded, the job of keeping the planes from colliding is more important than ever.
Now, with the new bright-green “blips,” and air traffic lanes, it’s like watching a television program, with the spots -- representing airplanes -- clearly defined against a dark green field.
75 years ago
From the March 11, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Denzer, Walsh, Casserly file
Herbert C. Denzer, prominent farmer residing a mile north of Farmington, started in the footsteps of his father Monday by entering county politics. He filed for the office of county treasurer.,,,
Another Farmington man tossed his hat in the county political arena Tuesday when Pat Walsh, local police chief six years, filed for the office of sheriff. Chief Walsh is the first candidate to file for that office....
Eugene Casserly of Hastings filed for clerk of district court this week.
Light vote at town elections
Township elections Tuesday for the most part were quiet, as many candidates had no opposition ... Complete returns are as follows:
Supervisor, 3 years: F. J.?Damann, 50 votes; Will May, 60 votes; Clerk, 2 years: J. B. Stevens; Justice, 2 years: Stanley Billey; Constable, 2 years: Nick May.
113 votes were cast and no money was appropriated.
Supervisor, 3 years: Matthew Hagney; Clerk, 2 years: Joseph A. Weisbrich.
$500.00 was appropriated to the general fund.
24 votes were cast.
Supervisor, 3 years: T. L. Corrigan; Clerk, 2 years: H. J. Mongan; Justice, 2 years: M. J. Mullery; Justice, 1 year: Joe Conzemius; Constable, Emil Boche.
$1,000 was voted for general revenue and $500 for snow removal.
200 votes were cast.
Supervisor, 3 years: Noel T. Holt; Clerk, 2 years, S. O. Thompson; Constable, E. Thompson.
$1,000 was appropriated for road and bridge fund aid and $500 for general purposes.
45 votes were cast.
100 years ago
From the March 7, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Women may vote
The assertion that the temperance question was defeated in a recent election in one of our western “sufferage: states by the votes of the women, most of whom it is claimed voted in favor of saloons, caused such a jar to the apostles of the good cause as to set them all “a guessing.”
Frankly we do not believe that the women of the country at large are in sympathy with the liquor interest and especially do we believe this to be true here....
Of course their votes would be merely an expression of opinion and would have no legal bearing upon the result as decided by the legal electors of the village. But as an expression of opinion from the mothers and wives it would be a moral factor not to be disregarded by the council in its further action.