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Looking Back: New site for Farmington school voted down by lack of interest 100 years ago

Pretty Peggy Van Dyke of Farmington was crowned American Dairy Association Region VII Dairy Princess 50 years ago. Check out Looking Back to see what else happened this week in Farmington's history.

50 years ago

From the June 27, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Region dairy princess named

Pretty Peggy Van Dyke, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Van Dyke of Farmington, was chosen American Dairy Association Region VII Dairy Princess from a field of 14 dairy farm girls at dairy day held at Har Mar Mall shopping center June 8.

Miss Van Dyke will represent Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest at state fair time....

Miss Van Dyke received her crown from Marilyn Scroggins of Anoka, outgoing Region VII Dairy Princess, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Carla Rae Larson, Minneota, assisted with the coronation.

75 years ago

From the July 1, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Clyde Rembold’s pedigreed dog is sensation

A 6-month-old pedigreed German Dachschund puppy, raised by Clyde Rembold of Farmington, has been selected as the mascot of the Little German Band and Elks Club of Bismark, N.D.

Sent from here last Monday, the dog created quite a sensation when it arrived in Bismark where it was greeted at the depot by 500 kiddies and grownups. A parade through Bismark streets followed the dog’s arrival.

The mascot was guest of honor Wednesday morning at the Little German Band’s daily broadcast from KFYR. He will be trained to open the program with a friendly “woof” which will mean “good morning!”

Grasshoppers are numerous

Grasshoppers are becoming more numerous in all parts of Dakota County, was revealed by a survey made by the insect control committees in the townships and by the number of cells for poison bait.

Over six hundred bags of poison bait have been mixed at the central mixing station at Castle Rock and distributed to sites including Feely’s Elevator, Farmington; Fluegel’s Elevator, Rosemount; Gores Store, Coates; and Castle Rock....

Most of the farmers report that the grasshoppers are still quite small and have not left their hatching grounds. This is the ideal time to spread poison bait, reports H.L. Lawrenz, county agent, for it requires less bait and a greater percentage of the hoppers will be killed if poisoned before they migrate.

A county appropriation has been made to cover the cost of the bags used for the minor expenses connected with the mixing of the bait. W.P.A. labor has been supplied for mixing the material and county and state highway departments have cooperated in hauling the mixed bait to the distributing centers, making it possible for the farmers to get the material free of charge.

100 years ago

From the June 27, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Alas what have we done about the site

The special election held last Monday to determine the sentiment regarding the removal of the school site to a cleaner and less noisy location resulted in a vote of 232 to 49 in favor of the change, and still the proposed much desired and much needed change cannot be made because some 200 voters failed to vote. The law says the site can only be changed by a majority vote of all electors who have resided in the district for at least one year, and as there are over five hundred of these it was necessary for the change to secure not less than 250 votes....

However all hope has not been abandoned. The situation, as it now stands demands that the school board build the new $40,000 upon the old site, and by authority of law it may tear down the old building and rent halls, rooms, etc., for school purposes or close the school entirely and pay teachers salaried just the same or condemn the north half of the block in which the school now stands and sell the several houses thereon for nothing or it can do several other things which would be legally right but morally wrong.” This burg has had several hundreds of dollars worth of experience in discovering things which were “legally right but morally wrong” and it’s too expensive an amusement to be indulged in at the taxpayers’ expense.


Upon petition of several freeholders. The question of moving the schoolhouse will again be submitted to the electors of the district. This election will be held at the schoolhouse July 8 and the polls will be open from 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon until 9:00 o’clock at night. This is done upon the suggestions of state officials because many people complained of the short time of the last election. Fuller particulars next week.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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