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Looking back: Work on FAA building started 50 years ago this week

25 years ago

From the August 8, 1985

edition of the

Farmington Independent

FHS junior returns from six month studies in central America

a Farmington high school junior spent the first part of 1985 away from her classmates -? all the way in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Ginya Truitt of Farmington, returned last week from a six month stay through the Ibero-American Cultural Exchange Program (IACEP)....

As in the A.F.S. Program, Ginya lived with a Costa Rica host family....

Though she missed her friends in Farmington she found the people in Costa Rica to be very affectionate.... She was sorry to see the amount of littering in the streets, despite efforts of many street-sweepers to keep the streets clean. She also found trouble making some cultural adjustments to the country -- noticeably, expensive telephone calls for those lasting longer than three minutes.

Ginya also had to become accustomed to wearing a uniform at the Costa Rican school she attended.

50 years ago

From the August 4, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Work starts on FFA

project here, today

The Samuel N. Zarpars, Inc. and Fullerton Construction Co. of Detroit, Michigan, began the work on the new Air Control center this morning (Wednesday) in West Farmington.

The F.A.A. Accepted the above firm's low bid of $1,600,000 for the ACC building to be built in 300 calendar days from July 12.

In last Monday night's special meeting of the local village council, the latter agreed to attend Spruce street west and they granted a "use" privilege to the F.A.A. on the site of construction.

95th county fair

program completed

The Dakota County 95th Annual Fair, held at Farmington will open its gates to the public on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday, August 14th.... Fairgoers will have an opportunity to see a fine display of dairy and beef animals, swine, sheep, rabbits and poultry, agricultural and Home Economics exhibits in the 4-H and open class divisions; also educational exhibits on Forestry, soil conservation, electrification, and many others.

Thursday, August 11th, is Children's Day with Roger's Bros. Carnival giving 10c rides from noon until 6:00 p.m....

The Grandstand Show, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. will feature a pageant on education by the Dakota County 4-H Federation. There will be many entertaining numbers, including vocal, instrumental and tap, and the program will close with a candle lighting ceremony....

Saturday, August 13th, is "Dairy Day". Judging of all open class dairy cattle will start in the morning and continue throughout the day. There will be 4-H and F.F.A. tractor driving contests, and judging of 4-H saddle horses and ponies....

The 4-H Softball Game for championship of Dakota County will be played off in front of the grandstand following the Auction. This should be a humdinger of a game due to the keen competition between the 4-H clubs....

Roger's Bros. Carnival will occupy the Midway during the Fair. Officers and Directors of the Dakota County Agricultural Society extend a hearty welcome to one and all to attend the 95th Annual Dakota County Fair. Come - take your place in the fun! Bring the family ... meet your friends at the fair.

75 years ago

From the August 9, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Electric rates

reduced here

A reduction in the electric rates, which will provide a saving of $2500 a year to its customers in Farmington, is announced by Central West Public Service company. This reduction is effective with the meter readings during August 16-20.

In an interview with Wm. Saltmarsh, local manager for the Central West system, it was learned that there has been some improvement in the company's business this season, compared to similar periods since 1931. And conditions indicate that the worst of the depression period is past. Therefore, the company believes that a lower electric rate, making it possible for every home use and enjoy the full range of electrical conveniences is in keeping with the times and will result eventually in a further improvement in business.

P.W. Sauber buys

liquor store

Sale of the Farmington liquor store was announced this week when the village council transferred the license from Fred McAndrew, operator of the store since February, to Pete W. Sauber of Minneapolis, brother of Matt Sauber of Farmington.

At a meeting of the village council Monday night the liquor license was granted to Mr. Sauber who posted a $3,000 bond for "on" sale, and a $1,000 bond for "off" sale.

Mr. McAndrew has not yet announced his future plans.

Mr. Sauber formerly resided west of Lakeville where he spent 28 years on a farm. He operated a hardware store in Lakeville a year, after which he moved to Minneapolis where he was in the retail hardware and furniture business 29 years. He expects to move to Farmington Sept. 1st.

At the meeting Monday night the council granted the local school permission to organize a school police which will provide more safety for children who cross busy streets going to and from school.

2.2 inches of rain Monday

The heaviest rainfall of the season deluged this section last Monday afternoon when 2.2 inches of rain fell in less than an hour, according to government instruments at the Jerome Akin farm northwest of here. The total of rainfall for July was 3.45 inches.

Gutters overflowed and on South Third Street residents came nearly being flooded out when the storm sewer failed to carry off the water fast enough.

Some damage to crops was reported after the storm, which raged thru a narrow path from the A. J. Loftus farm northeast....

In the path of the storm hay stacks were leveled and tall corn was lodged, however, no serious crop damage was reported.

A bolt of lightning demolished a telephone pole near the Will Curry farm in Eureka Monday morning during an electrical storm. Pieces of the pole were scattered over the field and only the stub of the pole reexamined. The telephone service was disrupted for a short time....

Over at Hans Larson's the hay loader was overturned and twisted.

115 years ago

From the August 8, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Local news

The agent for the Home Insurance Company was here last Friday and adjusted loss of Dr. J. R. Conway on barn and contents recently burned. The full amount of insurance was allowed by the company.

H. H. Judson should be put under bonds to keep the peace. He had a big celebration the other day - a regular Fourth of July celebration. Harris and a good sized jug were the principle participants. It happened this way. Harris saw an ad in his local paper of some powders which, when mixed with the proper proportion of water, was warranted to work and make first-class root-beer. He bought some; mixed it according to directions and set it in the sun. It worked, and when it got worked just right, went off with a report that would have done justice to the Krupp gun displayed at Chicago during the fair. The trouble seems to be Harris did not read that part of the directions which said "place in dark cellar to work.

Eave troughs, a much needed improvement, have been placed on the depot roof the past week.

The Dakota County Agricultural Society holds its annual fair September 16th, 17th and 18th. Good races will characterize this meet.