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25 years ago

From the May 15, 1985

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Council begins action on abandoned house

City Council reacted strongly last week to continued complaints by neighbors about an abandoned house on Spruce Street....

Neighbors have complained about weeds, small trees, garbage junk, foul smells, and rodents living in the house. The garage roof is falling down, and according to reports, a section of the house is in danger of collapsing. A field of wild flowers, including a stunning array of violas and golden dandelions, is growing in the backyard....

According to a memo from Farmington Building Inspector John Manke, the house is full of trash, garbage bags, and rat and mouse droppings. The sewer system appears to have backed up several times, according to the memo, and has caused a terrible stench.

Farmington police, who have been attempting to locate the owner, said as of Monday he had not been found....

According to the City Attorney's office if the owner is not found, notice would have to be posted and published for four consecutive weeks before action could be taken.

50 years ago

From the May 12, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Fire destroys farm house

Fire of unknown cause destroyed a newly-remodeled farm home four miles south of Farmington on the old Jefferson highway. The spectacular, wind-swept fire was on a hill and lighted the countryside like a giant torch.

The eight-room, 75-year-old dwelling was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hallanger, who resided within 100 feet in a house trailer which was not damaged.

Hallanger, exhausted from having motor trouble on a truck trip, slept soundly in the trailer, unaware of the blaze. Farmington firemen, who protected the surrounding buildings, were unaware that Hallanger was in the trailer which was never endangered, as it was on the windward side. Mrs. Hallanger was visiting relatives at the time....

Farmington firemen arrived quickly despite some rough spots on the old Jefferson. They guarded out-buildings which were endangered by the north wind.

Bids asked for air traffic center here

The Federal Aviation Agency has issued an invitation for bids for their Air Route Traffic Control Center Building, for Farmington.

Work is to begin approximately July 5th, 1960, and be completed 300 calendar days from the effective date of notice to proceed. This would mean the structure would be completed in the spring of 1961....

The building, we understand, is to be erected for the U.S. Government. It will not be a privately-owned building, and therefore will not have a "tax base" for schools, city, county, or state taxation, the Tribune was informed....

Award of the contract will be made to a small business concern, according to the notice for bids.

Honor students are named at Farmington school

Paul Thomas was named valedictorian, and Barbara Bell and Nancy Thompson were named the co-salutatorians, this week at the Farmington high school. Principal Leslie Lindell announced.

Thomas is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Thomas. He is a member of National Honor Society participated in student council, speech, class play, school paper, band. Boys State and FFA....

Barbara is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Bell. Her activities include: GAA, Secretary of FHA, FTA, Vice President of Ushers Club, school paper, senior class play, annual staff, student council, National Honor Society, and Girls State. She plans a nurses training course.

75 years ago

From the May 17, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Lay plans for

county picnic

June 16 is to be red letter day for young and old.

Farmers will be hosts to their friends in other walks of life, when the Dakota county community picnic gets under way Wednesday, June 19, supervised by the county Farm Bureau.

E. J. Thye of Northfield, C. G. Kohls of Rosemount, Nic Marschall of Hastings, Elmer Howland of Northfield, Mrs. G. N. Knapp of Stanton, Miss Grace Grisim of Cannon Falls, Nels Storlie of Lakeville, and M. C. Johnson of Farmington, directors of the farm bureau work in Dakota county, met Saturday night, May 4, at the Farm Bureau office in Farmington and laid plans for the big annual event which again will be held at Antlers Park through the cooperation of Mr. O'Rourke, manager of the park.

John Brandt, president of the Land o'Lakes Co-operative Creamery, has consented to give the address of the day....

The detailed program will be announced in a later issue when the following chairmen have their departments completed: Miss Christensen, 4-H club work; Bryan McGroarity, horseshoe tournament; J. P. Karpen, graduation exercises. Prospects of a right good baseball game are bright, with new clubs organized in the county. It is expected that the Farmington high school band, under the expert leadership of R. G. Riggs, will again entertain the picnickers at lunch hour.

This is one of the working days of the summer you should "red letter" and reserve for a time of leisure. Save the day and make plans now to pack a lunch basket, load the family into the car, and spend the day at the community picnic, thoroughly enjoy yourself and renew old acquaintances.

Larson, Johnson

in regional

First entrants for the Region 4 Track meet to be held at Macalaster College on Saturday are headed by Stillwater high school, easily winners in the district 14 track meet two weeks ago, and favored to take the Region 4 title.

From Farmington, Larson and Johnston are the only two members of the track team who have gained entrance into the regional meet. Larson placed third in the javelin throw, and Johnston took second in the 120-yd. high hurdles at the 14th district meet.

Entries for the region meet were reported coming in strong.

All entries from Districts 13, 14 and 16 are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners while from District 15, 1st and 2nd place winners will go directly to the state.

115 years ago

From the May 17, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

The local news

Young & Co. closed their millinery establishment in this village on Saturday last and have gone out of business.

The new saloon fixtures of Hyland & Hyland have arrived and are being put in position. The new firm expect to open their doors for business on Friday.

A solution of the tramp nuisance is in demand. We would suggest gatling guns loaded with soap and salt.

The tax books for the townships of Castle Rock, Empire, Lakeville and Eureka are at the Exchange Bank, Farmington.

Canned corn only 4 cents a can; canned grapes (2 1/2 lb. can) only 13 cents a can; canned tomatoes only 7 cents a can; canned cherries only 13 cents a can, at M. Moes.

The Farmington military band played the Rosemount cornet band in a game of ball on the Rosemount diamond Sunday with a score of 20 to 15 in favor of Farmington. The game was hindered by the rain and ended at the seventh inning.

The musicale to have been given at Music Hall last Friday evening by Mrs. W. H. Cooke and company failed to materialize, owing to the inclemency of the weather. The recital will be given on next Tuesday evening and a splendid program is assured.

The Moonlight Pleasure Club gave a very pleasant dance at Odd Fellows' Hall last Friday evening. The dance was not largely attended owning to the rains. The club will give a grand May Part at Music Hall tomorrow evening and everything is being done to make this a grand affair. Being the last of the season a very large attendance is expected.