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Looking Back: Electric lights were dim in Farmington 100 years ago

50 years ago

From the April 18, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

School voting in independent districts May 21

The annual elections for the schools in the area will be held on Tuesday, May 21. Each school sets its own polling place or places and the hours during which the polls are open.

At its regular meeting last Tuesday evening, April 9, the Farmington School Board set the polling place for the election in the lobby of the high school building near the first floor north entrance of the building....

The question to be voted upon is to elect two members to the board to succeed R.F. Schulz and Robert Stegmaier. Filings for the offices may be made in the office of the school clerk, A.C. Smith Jr., but not earlier than 30 days nor later than 12 days previous to the election.

75 years ago

From the April 22, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Harold E. Stassen files for governor; cites objectives

Harold E. Stassen of South St. Paul filed Monday morning, April 18, for the Republican nomination for governor. Stassen, who is county attorney of Dakota County, was the first candidate to announce his intention to oppose Benson when he spoke in a statewide radio broadcast at a dinner in his honor sponsored by the people of his home county at Hastings last November. In filing he issued a ten-point statement of his objectives for building Minnesota.

Stassen has forged to the front as a candidate for the Republican nomination during the past few months with forceful fighting speeches....

An active campaign is planned, leading to the primary election on June 20. Speaking engagements for Mr. Stassen in every county in the state and a number of additional major radio broadcasts are being arranged.

Several hundred attend bakery party

The Brinkman Bakery served four hundred guests at their 5th birthday party Saturday. Despite the rain, customers from Lakeville, Empire, Rosemount, Castle Rock, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eureka, Northfield and Farmington came to visit this store.

In guessing the weight of the large anniversary cake, L.A. Godby guessed the exact weight of 36 pounds and 12 ounces and he received first prize, which was $3.50 in merchandise.

Mrs. C.I. Wells won 2nd prize, which was a decorated double cherry angel food cake. Jack Turek received 3rd prize, which was an order for a Mother's Day cake.

100 years ago

From the April 18, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Electric lights are not shining in Farmington

Notwithstanding the fact that the city council and electric light company are only $1.90 per month between them on price for lighting the streets of Farmington are in darkness and will remain so if they do not compromise on the matter of five cents per light.

Some time ago the council asked the light company to give an all night service on the arc light on Oak Street free, but the company felt they could not afford to do this. The council later asked for a reduction in the rate of 38 incandescent lights, a matter of only $6 per month. The council has raised their offer until there is a difference of only $1.00 per month and it is hoped that one or the other will give in and have the lights on.

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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