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Looking Back: Farmington Bakery celebrated its fifth anniversary in 1938

20 years ago

From the April 8, 1993

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Should city limit growth?

"There is not enough staff or resources to accomplish everyone's goals, so it is paramount that the city establish and prioritize goals and objectives with time lines," Larry?Thompson, city administrator, told the council at its April 5 meeting."The council could ask, 'what can you do with the staff you have?' We have been adding 50 or 60 homes a year, sometimes 70. That will change to 200." Thompson said that department heads are doing special projects at home, on evenings and weekends, because of their work load.

Dirk Rotty, council member, suggested that the council could consider setting a maximum inventory of platted lots. "We have to say that if we add a 500-lot subdivision, we need to add employees," he said....

Department heads were asked to prioritize their capital improvement projects and bring the lists to a special workshop meeting May 10, when growth issues will be discussed.

50 years ago

From the April 11, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Addition will be made to industry here

A 14,000-square foot addition will be built on the existing Fredrick-Willys plant in Farmington as soon as weather permits, according to Don Kulstad, Farmington Industrial Development, Incorporated.

Low bidder in a field of four was Tilges Realty for the construction of the 100 by 140 foot addition on the east end of the building. The new portion will be the same general construction as the original building and work is expected to start as soon as weather permits with completion scheduled for next fall.

Kulstad pointed out that the building is being done by the Industrial Development group with the cooperation of the First National Bank of Farmington and the Small Business Administration.

75 years ago

From the April 15, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Fair Board in annual meeting

Four new directors and two new officers were elected at the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Dakota County Agricultural Society Friday night in the K. of C. hall.

H.L. Stevens was elected president, succeeding John Haverland, and A.H. Ehlers was elected secretary in place of Fred Grove, both of whom had resigned. Other officers re-elected on the board were John Turek, vice president and Jos. N. Baltes, treasurer....

It was voted to hold the 73rd annual fair in August starting about the 18th, Mr. Stevens said.

Farmington Bakery to fete fifth year

The Farmington Bakery, established by Clarence and Chester Brinkman in the spring of 1933, will celebrate its 5th anniversary, by holding a public party on Saturday, April 16. There will be a free lunch and prizes will be given. See the ad in this issue for complete details.

The Brinkman brothers, both experienced bakers, came from St. Cloud. Having begun the trade with their father, they finished this course at school. Clarence went to School of Baking, Denver, Colo., and Chester went to Dunwoody, Minneapolis.

Since coming here five years ago, the proprietors have continually added new equipment and have kept their front and back shop among the neatest and most up-to-date bakeries in the state.

100 years ago

From the April 11, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Turn school campus into

It has been suggested that the public school building be condemned and the grounds turned into a public park. This proposition may meet with opposition from some on the grounds that we have only recently finished paying $17,000 for the old one. That's good. The old building has done us good service -- perhaps to the value of twice $17,000....

With Farmington pushing out to all sides we find our park sites gradually disappearing and in another few years, we'll find that all the possibility of getting a park anywhere near a central location is gone.

The present site as the location for a school is a failure. It is too close to the noise of our busy street on one side and close proximity to the busiest tracks of the I. & M. and Puget Sound lines on the other, making it not only noisy but dangerous as well.

As a public park it could not be beat. It is handy to the business center, is on the new proposed Capitol-National highway and ideal in every respect.

300 chickens this spring

Mrs. J.J. Berres informs The Tribune poultry editor that she has over 300 chicks hatched out this spring. These chicks, when they grow up to be big ones, Mrs. Berres will charm, hypnotize or do something else to them to make them lay and next winter they will be her layers.

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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