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Looking back: Stassen caravan was scheduled to travel through Farmington, Rosemount in ‘38

50 years ago

From the Oct. 24, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Village’s filing and election dates are set

Clerks from the various villages in this area reported the filing and election dates for their constituencies, as well as the offices to be filled in the coming elections....

In Farmington, the election is set for Dec. 3, with filing dates Oct. 22 through Nov. 5, Ken Gerten, village clerk said.

Filings are handled by Gerten and the filing fee is $2.

Offices to be filled at the election are: mayor, the incumbent is Gerald Gorgos; councilman, Otis Church is the incumbent and justice of the peace, George Kaisersatt is the incumbent.

In Rosemount, the election is set for Tuesday, Dec. 10, Eugene Duff, village clerk said. He could not be reached for filing dates and offices to be filled at the election, however.

Rosemount school asks new $1.4 million issue

The Rosemount school district finds that it is necessary to float another bond issue this time for $1,485,000 to take care of the present and near future population expansion in the school district, according to Supt. H.C. Hanson.

This issue will be voted upon in the two Rosemount school district precincts on Nov. 26, 1963 from 1 to 9 p.m.

The specific bond is for 14 classrooms to be added to the present Rosemount Elementary school; for a complete 26 classroom elementary school in the western part of the district; for two new school sites, one for the construction of an elementary school and the other for the construction of a combination elementary-junior high school building; all in the western part of the district....

This forthcoming bond issue is in no way connected to the bond issue of $1,700,000 which was passed last January to take care of the new senior high school building now being constructed in Rosemount.

New c.o. installed at Nike Base

A new commanding officer was installed at the Nike Base in Dakota County, Friday, Oct. 18.

Captain Joseph Veytia, 35, took over command from Captain Joseph Mayer who will be going overseas after a short stay in the United States for training.

Captain Veytia is living in Northfield with his wife Josephine and their four children....

Before coming here, Captain Veytia spent 48 weeks at Fort Bliss taking training in Nike maintenance.

The base is known as Battery B of the 3rd Missile Battalion, 68th Artillery, Minneapolis – St. Paul Air Defense.

It maintains a 24-hour alert to protest the area from air attack.

75 years ago

From the Oct. 28, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Stassen caravan to jam county seat

A spectacular demonstration designed to show the people of the state what Dakota County thinks of Harold Stassen, candidate for governor, will be staged through the county Saturday afternoon, winding up with a radio rally in Hastings, the county seat....

Starting at South St. Paul at 4:30, the parade will go through West St. Paul, Rosemount, Lakeville, Farmington, Hampton and end at Hastings at 7:45 p.m. when our county’s candidate will broadcast over a seven-station hookup.

At a meeting called here Friday night in city hall, plans were made to send a big delegation from this end of the county….

Local persons who spoke at the meeting included C.B. Whittier, C.S. Lewis, Mrs. G.F. Walter, John McBrien, Mrs. Milton Schonning, Chas. Kohls and Mike Kadas....

The Farmington High School band will play at the local village square from 6:30 until the arrival of the parade here, it was announced today.

The Rosemount 40-piece school band will greet the Stassen party when it reaches Rosemount Saturday afternoon.

Stick-up pair flee with $12

Two swarthy complexioned bandits held up the Community Oil company station, formerly Direct Service, bound and gagged Leonard Wall, night attendant, and escaped with $12.64 at 1:50 Saturday morning. They are being sought by county and state authorities.

Coming from the north, two men dressed in work clothes, drove up to the station in a 1937 Plymouth coach, parking it on the north side of the office....

In a couple of minutes the men came out of the restroom with their hands in their pockets. Suddenly they branished pistols and said: “This is a stick-up; we want your dough.”...

Thinking they had a fairly large sum of money in the wallet, the two ended their search and planned their get-away.

They ordered Leonard to sit in the restroom while one of the bandits tied the attendant’s hands behind him and tied his legs, using clothes line cord. Using a piece of grease rag they found at the station, they gagged the attendant....

Leonard worked himself loose from the cords in a jiffy and was able to see the car disappear in the darkness. As the car had no tail light and snow was falling, he was unable to get the license number.

He aroused Francis Ingerson, oil station proprietor, nearby. Mr. Ingerson notified acting Police Chief M.J. Deegan and Deputy Sheriff Mike Fitzpatrick. In a moment the news was broadcast over a shortwave station, but the men made good their escape. Mr. Ingerson is covered by insurance....

Later investigation reveals the two men stole the auto at Wells Thursday night of last week and robbed a filling station the same night near New Ulm. Saturday night they robbed a station at Grand Rapids, using the same method as adopted here.

Rosemount News

Miss Agnes Widerhold of Lakeville is the new waitress at Al’s Café.

Mrs. Ralph Toombs and son David were passengers for St. Paul, Wednesday morning.

Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Groth of Castle Rock were guests at the John Bartelt home Monday.

Someone took one of Adolph Hagemeister’s horses for a wild duck and shot it in the head. The horse is in very bad condition and may die. They fellow who can’t tell the difference between a wild duck and a horse should have several guns.

The Dakota County Council of the Parent Teachers Associations will meet at Mendota School Nov. 3, at 8 o’clock. All parents and teachers are invited to be present.

100 years ago

From the Oct. 24, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Tribune: Big industrial edition

The Tribune is planning on issuing an industrial edition for the holidays to be out about Dec. 5, in which it will circulate in the neighborhood of 300 copies of 20 pages or more.

If sufficient support can be secured from Lakeville, Rosemount and Castle Rock, we shall have the matter cover the territory west of the Great Northern railway. Half tones of farm scenes, landscapes, streets, residences, business houses and public buildings of this part of the country, besides the portraits of business, professional men and farmers and prominent citizens will appear. The object of this edition will be to tell what western Dakota county is, how it is growing and the possibilities of its future....

Hundreds of copies of this edition should be bought by real estate men, industrial boosters and every other person who owns a dollar’s worth of property in this territory or invested in anyway in it....

All that is needed is telling the story of this territory and that there is room for hundreds more. Farmington is a diamond in the rough, however, the jewel of old Dakota, and she needs so many things....


Mrs. Annie Hyland and grandson visited Mrs. Frank Hyland at St. Paul Sunday and Monday.

John Kelley was a St. Paul visitor Sunday.

T.E. Devitt of St. Paul attended the sale of J.B. Farrell’s Monday.

The new buildings of J.J. and J. O. Ryan are going up quite rapidly.

Genieve Gibson and Margaret Heinen spent Sunday and Monday visiting friends in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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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