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Looking back: Televised council meetings started 10 years ago

10 years ago

From the July 13, 2000

edition of the

Farmington Independent

City government

meetings set for TV

Money has been received. Employees have been hired. Equipment is in place. Give the stars of the show a few more weeks to get used to the idea of being on camera, and nearly three years after the idea was first raised by city council members, Farmington city government will be ready to go live on public access cable.

When the subject of cable-casting was first raised by council members as a way of improving citizen access to government, money was the primary obstacle. The city didn't have the funds that they needed to buy equipment and set it up in the council chambers, and they didn't have the resources to hire someone to oversee the operation....

Those dollars became available through a partnership with Rosemount and Apple valley that earned the three cities a 2000 Governor's Partnership Award....

For the next few weeks, planning commission and city council meetings will be taped but not broadcast. Council members and commissioners will be given tapes so they can evaluate the way they come across on camera....

Once broadcasting begins in August, city council and planning commission meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 16.

50 years ago

From the July 7, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

95th Dakota County Fair Aug. 10-14

All possible is being done by Manager E. A. Ahlberg and his corps of officers to make the 95th annual Dakota County Fair the biggest and best fair in history. Dates for the exposition are August 10-14 and the place is the Farmington fairgrounds.

The premium books will soon be out and the grounds and buildings are being prepared by Custodian John Steffens and his crew, who are cleaning and repairing all buildings....

Highlights of the fair will be exhibits galore, the 4-H grandstand show, regional Ayrshire show, 4-H auction, soft ball championship game, professional grandstand show, parade, horse racing and Western horse show and many events too numerous to mention.

Local school bids to be opened August 11

The school board of Farmington Schools met in a special session last Friday evening and accepted final plans and specifications for the high school addition. The plans, drawn by Hubert Swanson's architectural firm, were presented in detail by members of the firm at the meeting.

The date set for opening of bids for the building and equipment was 2:00 p.m., August 11, 1960.

The plans call for the construction of an addition to the high school building. It will include a new library, science rooms, home economics, shop, vocational agriculture, instrumental music, boys shower and locker space and area for the commercial department in addition to some remodeling in the present building.

Captain Monroe new Nike base commander

Captain Robert W. Monroe became the commanding officer of (the Nike Missile Base in Castle Rock) township on Wednesday, June 29. Lt. John Wenzel, who has been commanding officer, has been transferred to the staff of the NIKE base at New Richmond, Wis.

Captain Monroe, his wife and three children resident in Minneapolis. A native of Minneapolis, Captain Monroe was reared in Rochester.

75 years ago

From the July 12, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Better housing group named

A Farmington Better Housing Program committee was organized here this week by W. R. Steele, executive assistant to Fred Schilplin, state director of the Federal Housing administration.

The local committee was appointed as follows:

Chairman: C. B. Whittier; Advisory: Glen Rich, R. W. Nordquist, James Schneider and Edward C. Feely; Finance: Floyd Johnson....

A women's committee will be chosen at the first meeting of the committee.

Board considers new equipment

Snow removal, lower interest rates on county warrants, relief appropriations and the expense budget for 1936 were items under consideration by the Dakota county board in Hastings this week....

Representatives from 29 towns and villages from the county met with the county board Wednesday and requested the county to continue the snow removal program. It was the consensus opinion of delegates that all town roads, county aid roads and gas tax roads should be kept free of snow.

The board is considering the proposition of selling their two new outfits of two tons or larger. Two trucks, 5 to 7 tons each, equipped with plows would cost $8,000 each. The trucks could be used to separate from the plows for other work.

School election Tuesday evening

The annual meeting and election of officers of District No. 40, Farmington, will be held at the school house next Tuesday evening.

D. C. Michel and A. E. Denzer, directors, have filed for re-election.

Balloting will take place between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00.

Fred Griebie will

erect new home

Fred Griebie this week began the erection of a new early American type six-room house which will be completed in October. It is being built on East Spruce street, a corner lot, facing south, purchased by Mr. Griebie from Mrs. P. H. Mackey.

Nick Tillges of Farmington is the contractor and Ira Ives doing the excavating for the basement.

115 years ago

From the June 11, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

The Local News

We see that A. Hartwig has a notice in the post office "new potatoes for sale". It would seem that they must be very small potatoes to have to advertise them in the post office. We did not think that of Hartwig.

The Standard Oil Co. has been busy the past week in erecting an oil house on the railroad lands south of Empey & Woodard's elevator. The structure will consist of two iron tanks on stone foundations, covered by an iron house and surrounded by a high fence with lock gate.

During the warm weather this summer, Beeman & Smith will only spend Saturdays in their law office here unless special business demands otherwise.

A pleasant little picnic on the Fourth at the residence of Mrs. L. P. Dodge was enjoyed by J. Watson Smith and wife and C. D. Welch and wife, of St. Paul, and Eshue Warden, of Waltham, Mass.

W. A. Gray has taken to trading horses. On Tuesday last he traded with C. VanGuilder and gave a bonus of $15 to complete the deal. His son was commissioned to exchange the horses and on taking the animal to the appointed place was told that the trade was not completed. Of course his blood was up (he takes after his dad) so he talked VanGuilder into a trade and gave his watch to boot. On the quite the watch was deposited with the "chief justice" but an awful mad young man was after a horse trader about that time.