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Looking back: Work on air control center began here 50 years ago

10 years ago

From the July 6, 2000

edition of the

Farmington Independent

New superintendent set to take over July 10

Before last week, Greg Ohl's best memory of Farmington dated to 1993. He was in his first year as the superintendent in Holdingford, a city about 20 miles northwest of St. Cloud, and he made the drive south to watch his son play his first game with the Holdingford High School football team....

On June 26, he was chosen by the board.... Ohl will officially take over on July 10. For Ohl, the move from Foley, Minn., where he has been superintendent since 1995, will be part of a natural progression that he traces back as far as childhood.

600 more acres

now available for


The future is coming faster than expected in Farmington, and a number of developers are eager to get in on the action. Just when -- or whether -- they will be able to do so, though, has not been decided.

On June 27 the Farmington Planning Commission began discussions of how the city will distribute more than 600 acres of Metropolitan Urban Service Area land designation.

50 years ago

From the June 30, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Air Control Center work starts July 12

At noon today (Wednesday) the Tribune was informed that the FAA accepted the low bid of $1,600,000 for the Air Control Center to be built at Farmington.

The low bidder was Samuel N. Zarpas, Inc., and Fullerton Construction Co. of Detroit, Michigan.

Construction will begin at Farmington July 12, 1960 and will be competed in 300 calendar days.


in service here

The new ambulance service in Farmington began operating last Friday, under the ownership of Leonard Franke, who will also be one of the drivers.

The ambulance is housed in the fire hall here and the telephone number is 5651, Farmington, day or night: toll charges will be paid by the ambulance owner for surrounding towns....

Volunteer drivers to date are: B. Z. Wood, Bob Schneider, Ronald Larson, Jake Klotzbeacher, Roger Grundman, Ronnie and Donald Thelen, Russell Royce, Claude Siebenaler, Babe Kuchera, Don Johnson, Richard Pietsch, Jack Sauber, Charles Malecha, Rodney Boyd, Vern Herberg.

New house

hit by lightning

The new house occupied by the Harlowe Johnson family on Seventh street, was struck by lightning at 10:20 a.m. Thursday during the downpour.

The bolt hit the peak of the roof in the center, and took out the wooden shingles in a spot 1 1/2-feet square. Fire was started in three places on the inside of the roof, in the "crawl space," but it burned itself out.

Mrs. Johnson and three children were home at the time. Tom, 17, saw a "ball of fire" and Dick, 10, heard a sizzling noise, and saw a light bulb blow out in the bathroom. Bob, 15, also heard the strike.

Rogers Bros. to be at fair here in August

The Rogers Bros. carnival will be at the Dakota County Fair here, August 10 through 14, according to their contract, it was announced this week.

Manager Ernest Ahlberg was assured by a telephone conversation with Earl Rogers, that their shows would set up on the local fairgrounds here and furnish the regular equipment for rides and the midway attractions.

75 years ago

From the July 5, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Carriers, truck men

meet here

The winter roads conference held at Jefferson Hotel Saturday evening was attended by about 30 interested in keeping the roads open for winter travel. County Treasurer Albert Sayers was present and gave some valuable points. A committee of four was named to draft resolutions. The names of the committemen are as follows: J. H. McFadden; Alvin Houston, Delbert Cates and Archie Pedersen. The following resolutions were adopted:

We, the rural letter carriers and truck drivers of Dakota county in meeting assembled at Farmington, June 29th, 1935, do hereby respectfully submit the following resolutions:

1. Resolved, that we suggest to the county board that an adequate snow removal fund be appropriated annually, and that said fund be accumulative from year to year, so that in years of light snowfall the surplus of the fund will carry over ....

2. Resolved, that we recommend an adequate amount of snow fence, as the first essential for winter road snowfall.

3. Resolved, that we urge the Dakota county to purchase and maintain a minimum of four trucks ... with plows and wings.

Poundmaster named

Friday afternoon of last week Edward Garvey, Jr., accepted the office of dog catcher for the village.

With a dog registry under one arm and a bundle of determination under the other, Edward started down the street to collect the dog taxes from May, 1935 to May 1936.

Dog license fees are: Male, $1.00; female, $3.00. The catcher gets 50c each for collection.

Last year's dog registry shows there were 24 licensed dogs in Farmington.

115 years ago

From the July 4, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

The Local News

All crops are very good, but the crop of gypsies has been more plentiful than ever this past week.

A.J. Irving is packing his goods preparatory to vacating the house on Spruce street which he has recently sold to Mrs. W. D. Peters.

F.W. Burton is slowly recovering from a severe attack of the initiatory degree of the Foresters. He is now ready to embrace the Oriental or anything else.

The Farmington base ball team met with another inglorious defeat last Thursday afternoon, when the Dundas team played them on the home grounds. A score of 20 to 4 in favor of Dundas.

State Boiler Inspector J.B. Sutton and District Inspector Bloomfield were in this village Friday enroute to the scene of the boiler explosion at Keating's Crossing, and in connection with their report took the fusible plus, pop-valve and steam gauge from the boiler to the cities.

T.J. Lockwood, who recently completed his apprenticeship with Needham Bros., in this village, has purchased a foundry of P.B. Lamoreaux, at Owatonna, taking possession last Monday. Mr. Lockwood is a steady young man, attentive to duty, a good workman, and his success is assured in his new field of labor.

At about three o'clock yesterday morning fire was discovered in the barn belonging to and occupied as trotting stables by Dr. J.R. Conway. Before the department arrived at the scene the entire structure was a mass of flames and the barn and all of its contents, including the noble pacing stallion, Paylode 2:30, and Grover, by Paylode, were destroyed. Every effort was made by the Doctor and N. Sword to rescue the horses at least, but they soon became frantic and nothing could be done with them. The loss is something over $2,000, with insurance of $900 on the barn and contents. The fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin and though a certain party is suspected by the police, yet the proof is not conclusive at the present time. Every effort will be made to apprehend the offender. Paylode was entered in the free-for-all trot or pace at Lakeville today.