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Looking back: Farmington’s ‘Wet’ vs. ‘Dry’ votes sent to be recounted 100 years ago

50 years ago

From the April 16, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Queens coming to style show

Queens Shirley Borell, Farmington; Amy Marin, Lakeville; Kathy Burch, Burnsville; Karen Quinnell, Randolph; Karyn Groth, Rosemount, and Mary Jane Lewandowski, Northfield, will be royally presented during the style show and will be our honored guests.

The Farmington Women’s Club and their committees have been working diligently with the cooperation of the local business owners to bring the ladies, young and old a most enjoyable afternoon.

Turtles are collected for experiments here

A Faribault man and his son visited Hansen’s Creek at County 31 Saturday, collecting turtles.

These turtles, they told Ardell Hansen, would be turned over to another party, and eventually sold to the University of Minnesota for experimental purposes.

They used boots and two long poles and fished out several large snappers, also some mud turtles and a high-humped variety. They had a sackful in about an hour.

The University uses just about everything for experimental purposes they told Hansen.

12 students in speech fest

On Saturday, April 11, twelve Farmington High School students participated in a speech festival at White Bear Lake High School. The contest was designed for junior high students and sophomores in their first year of competition. Blue, red and white ribbons were awarded.

Students winning blue ribbons were Kristein Jensen and Kathy Weflen.

Dale Ekegren, Sharon Briesacher, Shirely Sievers and Pat Iverson received red ribbons while Everlyn Wolkow, Mary Gergen, Sharon Grandbois, and Audrey Pechacke received white ribbons. Mr. David and Mr. Randall accompanied the students.

75 years ago

From the April 21, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Removing old pumping house equipment here

Wm. Reschke, local machinist, who was the highest bidder for the water department’s pumping equipment at the city hall, has nearly completed the task of removing the material from the pumping pit to his garage at the north end of Fourth Street.

The equipment was rendered useless to the village when the new and modern pumping plant was installed a while back. The old equipment purchased by Mr. Reschke consists of a three-cylinder pump, electric motor and a gasoline engine.

He sold the electric motor in St. Paul, and will salvage parts that will not be junked.

There is some talk of providing a rest room, library and council chamber on the east side of the city hall, but nothing definite has been decided.

100 years ago

From the April 17, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Ballots are recounted

The proceedings brought by the Rev. W. A. Hanscom of this place ordering a recount of the ballots cast at the recent village election came up for rehearing before Judge Johnson at Hastings yesterday.

Nearly one hundred witnesses and spectators from Farmington were present. A number of witnesses were called for both sides.

The drys established every point sought for while the wets did nothing much else than fall down at every point they tried to bring out.

The so called illegal voting by the drys was tried out in court to the satisfaction of all. One fact was made clearly plain and that was that the veto had either been most beautifully lied to or they are poor hands at handling legal matters.

After the examination of witnesses, the judges ordered the ballots recounted....

As to whether or not saloons will at once cease to do business in Farmington this evening, there is little doubt in our mind — or for that matter in anyone’s mind who heard the trial and an order closing all saloons in Farmington is momentarily expected.

Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may be — mighty thirsty.

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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