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Looking back: A peeper was on the loose, scaring Farmington girls 75 years ago

50 years ago

From the June 11, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Council talks private liquor – but not yet

The possibility of private liquor licenses in Farmington rounded out the discussion of the village council Tuesday night, and action was delayed to give the present facilities a chance to prove itself.

The council met to decide upon a permanent liquor store manager and during the discussion brought up the possibility of going to private licenses.

The action was promoted mainly by the “two Taj Mahal liquor stores,” the one in Lakeville and the one being built in Rosemount. Mayor Gerald Gorgos raised the question whether or not the Farmington store could make any money under the “Taj Mahal” circumstances.

Elmer Brosseth, councilman, and Gorgos reported they had been approached about private licenses....

Some question arose whether the town could support a number of private liquor concerns (Brosseth said one could be issued “for every 500 people”) The council decided to try the municipal store for awhile to “see what it can do.”

No permanent liquor store manager was appointed last night but another meeting has been scheduled for June. 15.

Date for school bond vote set

At the regular meeting last night the Farmington School Board set Tuesday, July 21 as the date for an election on the elementary school building bond issue. The proposal will be to bond the school district for $790,000 for the purpose of building a new 18 classroom elementary school building and the purchase of a site for this building and a future high school building.

Tom Hendrix, school architect, showed sketches of the 18 classroom building to be located on the proposed new site on the Feeley propoerty just west of the Air Traffic Control Center. The building itself will contain 13 classrooms, a large library, hot lunch kitchen, a dual physical education and cafeteria room, administrative office space and those other areas which go with a new modern elementary school....

The second proposal included in the same issue is to purchase a $50,000 high school site, also on the Feely property and on a parcel of the Storlie property. This amount is included in the $790,000 question.

75 years ago

From the June 16, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Peeper dons mask, steals 25 quarts of oil

Again the window peeper appears – this time at the V.D. Elliot home where he stole 25 quarts of oil and frightened the “daylights” out of their 11-year-old daughter, Marilyn who was home alone with Eva Bell Louck about 9 o’clock Sunday evening.

The peeper, who appeared while Mr. and Mrs. Elliott were in Northfield, peered in at the east kitchen window. Marilyn and Eva Bell said they saw a long, brawney arm with dirty fingers rap on the window – then a masked face with a crooked nose and an old battered hat, appear at the window. Marilyn let out a blood curdling scream and ran to the Louck home, two blocks away....

“If that rascal shows his face around here again, he won’t peep any more, he’ll end up in the morgue,” said Mr. Elliott as he examined his 30-30 deer rifle.

Jeannette Carlson elected head of state 4-H group

Miss Jeannette Carlson, 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Carlson of Farmington, had the distinct honor of being elected president of the Minnesota 4-H Club Federation, at the annual 4-H Club week, held on the University Farm campus, Wednesday. Over 1500 youngsters were present to take part in activities this week, including the election of officers....

Governor Harold E. Stassen addressed the group and told them that the 4-H boys and girls were “laying the type of foundation we need to overcome our obstacles and make progress in Minnesota, in years to come.”

100 years ago

From the June 12, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

C.B. Whittier for senator

Mr. C.B. Whittier, candidate for the nomination for state sentator from Dakota County is a candidate worthy of the enthusiastic support of every right thinking citizen of the county. The qualifications which recommend him for such an important and honorable office as that of state senator are such as any candidate for public position might well covet....

First Mr. Whittier was born and raised in Minnesota, and has lived the majority part of his life in Dakota County. He, therefore, is conversant with the needs of the state and county....

Mr. Whittier has served his village as a member of official positions with both ability and fidelity – thus meriting wider responsibilities....

And last, and much more important than all else, Mr. Whittier is a man of clear life and unquestioned good character. He is a man of the highest ideas and always a consistent advocate of every thing that promises the people social, economic or moral betterment.

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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