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20 years ago

From the March 25, 1993

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Whittle up and running at FHS

Whittle Communications has finished installing the television sets and other necessary equipment but the initial program, discussed prior to the installment, will not be in full swing until next fall....

And now that it is installed, (FHS principal Tom) Rolloff hopes to utilize the program and its features as much as possible until next fall.

A listing of the programs aired on the Educator's Channel and the Classroom Channel are available for all teachers. The programs are automatically taped and teachers can use them as they see fit, Rolloff explained....

Next fall, the program will be in full swing, as students view the news broadcast on a daily basis. Rolloff hopes to pre-test the students in September and then post-test them again at the end of the first semester....

In addition to viewing the Channel One program. teachers will continue to use the programs from the Educator's Channel and the Classroom?Channel. The equipment will be utilized in other ways as well. One example would be Rolloff's wish to have television sets in the hallways and commons area on which he can post announcements.

50 years ago

From the March 28, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Tigers prepare for baseball

With temperatures reaching the mid 70's this past week, thoughts have turned to baseball at Farmington High School....

Six lettermen return from last year's team. The squad at this time finds letterman Bruce Bernu behind the plate, with Mill Melchert providing reserve strength.

Returning at first base will be Larry Christensen. Letterman Jim Garvey is back at second with the shortstop job unfilled at the present time. Bob Reihsen, Dennis Pilger and Tom Cook are expected to battle it out for this position.

Returning at third base is two-year letterman Steve Empey. The only returning outfielder is Mike Garvey. Other candidates for the outfield are Edwards Sievers, Bill Frame, and Bill Briesacher.

The mound duties will be assumed by David Hoglund, Kerry Sharp, Lloyd Roberts and David Hennan. Other boys making a bid to join this year's team are Randy Julian, Joe Clay, Wendell Johnson and Mike Loesch.

75 years ago

From the April 1, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Local persons are pictured in utility periodical

The Public Utility Pioneer, a magazine with a national circulation, carries in its March issue photos of J.L. Madison and Mrs. C.H. Engelhard of Farmington, and of Mrs. E.H. Knodt of Rosemount.

The article, written by L.E.J. Mabbott and Early Zick of the Northern States Power company is entitled, "Importance of Personal Contacts in Building Rural Load."...

Mrs. Knodt wrote the best letter on "Electricity, Your Tireless Servant," the contest being held throughout the district. She is pictured operating electrical appliances in her farm kitchen.

Mrs. Engelhard is shown doing the family washing by electricity.

Mr. Madison, superintendent of the Farmington district, is photographed beside her car preparatory to taking a swing around his wide territory.

100 years ago

From the March 28, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Spruce Street to lengthen two blocks

The prettiest and what promises to be the best residential street in Farmington today is Spruce. Beginning at the state road on the east it traverses pictorial Farmington westward far into the Feely addition....

On it we have a number of our best homes and churches now built and under course of construction. The new Presbyterian church completed a year or so ago is located on this street while a block east and on the opposite side of the street is the site for St. Michael's new church....

No less than half a dozen of Farmington's best homes have been built on this street during the past year and a number are planned for this year. On either side the entire length of this street may be found a forest of overhanging maple and elm trees....

To the corner of James Duff's residence the grade has been established and made and from there west to Feely Ave., thence north past Oak to Elm these streets will be opened and graded this year. Both Oak and Elm were graded in the Feely addition last year, which at a small cost Elm could be extended on west and connect with Lakeville road at the crossing thus avoiding damages crossing the railroad at two places.

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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