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50 years ago

From the March 5, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Lewis McVicker begins TV business here

Lewis McVicker, 719 Centennial Circle, Farmington, is starting a radio and television sales and service shop at 317 Oak Street, located in the Hanson building, just west of Farmington’s city hall.

This is a part-time venture for Mr. McVicker, but there will be a full-time answering system on the telephone. McVicker works varying shifts from Brockway Glass, therefore his hours will be varied. He will probably handle the Admiral line.

McVicker, originally from Pennsylvania, has done this electronic work in his home state. He has a wife and two daughters, Deborah, 8, and Denise, 7.

75 years ago

From the March 10, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rural teachers average $83.66 in this county

Rural school teachers of Dakota County receive an average salary of $83.66 a month, it was learned this week in communication with J.P. Karpen, county superintendent of schools.

Salaries in this county range from $60 to $135 a month, he said.

Of the 80 school teachers in the county, 1 gets $60, 1 gets $65, 9 get $70, 24 get $75, 14 get $80, 1 gets $83, 7 get $85, 9 get $90, 5 get $95, 3 get $100, 3 get $105, 1 gets $110, 1 gets $115, and 1 gets $135, monthly.

Supt. Karpen says the qualifications of teachers have steadily gone up. There are now 42 teachers with Standard certificates which require two years of teacher training. There are 38 teachers with limited certificates, those requiring one year of teacher training.

Joe Boley and Joe Gannon find 2 nearly dead

A ditched auto containing a dead man in the rear seat, and a man and woman suffering from monoxide gas and exposure to cold in the front seat was found near Inver Grove at 11:30 Saturday morning by Joe Bolley and Joe Gannon, employees of the People’s Natural Gas Company, Farmington.

The three in the ditched car, two brothers and a sister, had been there since late Thursday night or early Friday morning. The two in the front seat were so overcome with the gas and cold they could hardly speak or move....

The ditched auto was found at 10:30 Saturday morning as the two local gas employees were traveling over a side road toward the gas company’s border station located northwest of Inver Grove....

When the two local men reached the auto and opened the door they were surprised to find a man and a woman in the front seat and neither could talk, although the woman could utter a few incoherent sentences.

100 years ago

From the March 6, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

State patrol official shot

Friends here were considerably startled Tuesday morning when they learned that Mr. F.A. Whittier had been shot. His prominence in public affairs, the high regard in which he is held, and the personal friendship for him by many in this vicinity who are interested in the incident. All who know him will rejoice, also, that the vicious attack upon his life was unsuccessful and that the wounds he received were not more serious....

Mr. Whittier, as is well known, holds the position of state parole agent at the state penitentiary at Stillwater.

Frequently he has to deal with the very uncertain characters. The main focus of the present case were something like this: A prisoner, Mike Radovac by name and broken parole. Mr. Whittier was passing along the street in St. Paul Monday night when he saw a certain man begin to run….

Radovac rushed into an alley. A Mr. Whittier was upon him when he whipped out a revolver and began to fire....

A scuffle ensued with Mr. Whittier grasping the barrel of the gun. The second shot tore into the finger of his right hand and was thence deflected into the calf of his leg....

It was Radovac, Mr. Whittier knew it must be someone who had reason to run from him.

It is of considerable satisfaction to those who know Mr. Whittier and respect him so highly to learn that he conducted himself so admirably in the face of great danger.

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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