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Looking back: Medical clinic construction started 50 years ago

50 years ago

From the Nov. 14, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Medical clinic now being built in Farmington

Construction of the Farmington River’s Edge Medical Clinic was started Tuesday, Dr. A.H. Field said.

The new clinic is being built at Highway 50 and the Vermillion River at the western edge of town. Dean L. Witcher, who is building the new hospital, is building the clinic.

The structure when completed will house four medical doctors and a dentist.

The one story building will have two examination rooms and one consultation room for each doctor....

The building will be fully equipped, including a laboratory and X-ray room.

The expected completion date has been set for spring of 1964, Dr. Field said.

Cage practice is underway at Farmington

Basketball practice started for all boys interested in it on Nov. 11....

The varsity will again compete in the Missota Conference which is made up of Farmington, Rosemount, Simely, Burnsville, Prior Lake and Lakeville....

About 88 boys are expected to participate in basketball this year. This turnout is larger than ever before. On the varsity level, returning lettermen are as follow: 12th grade – Robert Vincent F, Kindem, Norman Morrison G, William Frame G, Dennis Dahmes G, 11th Grade – Steve Kindem.

Other boys expected to see action this coming year are Darwin Schauer, Larry Christenson, Wayne Dahmes, Don Thompson, Lloyd Roberts, Clifford Thom, Dennis Pilger and William Briesacher.

Farmington’s opening game is with Cannon Falls at Farmington on Nov. 26....

75 years ago

From the Nov. 18, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Honored as Indian princess

Marjorie Birdsall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Birdsall, sophomore of Mankato Teachers College, was honored as the Indian princess of the college’s homecoming. Nominated in the primaries, Miss Birdsall, whose home is at Farmington, was elected princess last Tuesday.

Four other candidates nominated were designated as the four Indian maidens to escort the princess during the celebration.

Miss Birdsall was interviewed over station K.Y.S.M. Saturday night.

Auto deaths in county growing

Dakota County didn’t fare so well in regard to traffic deaths the first nine months of this year.

According to figures just released by the Minnesota Safety Council, there were 18 traffic deaths in this county during that period compared to 12 for 1937.

For counties having 20,000 or more population, this county has the poorest record, being at the bottom of 33 counties....

Heavy traffic through Dakota County accounts for the numerous traffic deaths here, it is believed.

100 years ago

From the Nov. 14, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Our county fair needs a home

For some time past there has been floating around within our commodious ears a rumor to the effect that the owners and promotors of the Dakota County Fair would have to provide for it a permanent home with adequate grounds for exhibits, under penalty of losing the state apportion for premium money. Also it has been said that a certain city in the county is quietly marking an effort to grab the fair franchise away from us and is cuddling within her bosom the delusive hope that Farmington will be “asleep at the switch” and let the fair go by default. Hence these few words.

For nearly half a century the Dakota County Fair has been held each year when others would not have it, when it was ridiculed and when it was an expense; we nursed it and promoted it, hustled for it and put up good hard money to keep it alive and then when it has reached full maturity with appropriation from the state, some other town wants to rob us of our progeny....

Next Monday evening at the Commercial Club rooms, there is to be held a general meeting to talk over ways and means for providing a permanent home for our local arrangements which renders it necessary and we are threatened with an alleged tragedy by the pecuniary powers that be up at St. Paul.

For many years we had the use of the old fairgrounds where Austin Gibbons now lives, but it became necessary to vacate the site and we moved downtown and took on the type of street fair which was then raging throughout the land....

At present the accommodations for exhibits and concessions are poor. Once we had empty store rooms and vacant lots in abundance. New store room is at a premium and there is not a vacant lot to be had within a half mile of the depot. All on account of this dodgasted business prosperity which has developed in our midst....

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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