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50 years ago

From the April 25, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Albert Sayers tops state in speech event

On Saturday, April 20, Albert Sayers, a Farmington High School senior, continued his excellent work in high school speech activities by winning the non-original oratory division of the 1962 Minnesota State Speech Festival....

Sayers' oration, titled "We Are Not Ashamed," received an "A" rating by all three judges.

This is the first time in four years a unanimous choice has been awarded in this area.

Three escape after police chase in stolen car

A routine check of the fairgrounds by police officer Gary Day about 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, April 17, turned into an 80 m.p.h. chase and recovery of a stolen auto within the village limits of Farmington.

When the occupants of the car in question observed the Farmington police squad car in the fairgrounds, they made a high speed U turn, left the fairgrounds and headed north on Third Street. At the corner of Third and Maple Streets, the driver attempted to make a high speed turn West on Maple, lost control of the car, and collided with a tree, near the former Emond hospital, now a house.

About 150 feet of the tire marks were left on the Third Street pavement by the fleeing automobile before it hit the tree. Three youth occupying the car left the lights on and motor running and escaped on foot....

A partial description of the three youth was obtained by the police and Chief Jake Klotzbeacher was called to the scene of the accident and dusted the car for fingerprints.

75 years ago

From the April 29, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

April rainfall highest

The best rainfall of any April since 1903 is the record set by this month with several days to go.

The 1.45 inches of rain the past week, added to the previously reported measurement of 2.50 inches, brings the April rainfall total to 3.95 inches. Thumbing through his records today Jerome Akin, official weather reporter here, finds that the last time this April record was broken was back in 1903 when 4.03 inches of rain fell -- but we may beat that record before the month ends....

Starting at 5:10 Wednesday afternoon of this week the section experienced a heavy down pour of rain which lasted half an hour.

When he handed in the card this morning, Jerome said .06 of an inch fell this morning. Overcast skies indicated more rain would fall today.

E.V. Johnson, farmer residing north of Rosemount, was in town Wednesday and stated that before the April rainfall he dug post holes but found no moisture in the soil. Since the April rains the moisture has penetrated to a depth of three feet, he said.

Mrs. G.F. Walter files for House

Mrs. G.F. Walter of Farmington filed Monday for the office of State Representative from Dakota county.

Having been a resident of this county many years, Mrs. Walter has become intensively interested in the government of Dakota county, and with a sincere desire to improve present conditions, she has entered as a candidate for this office.

Mrs. Walter, who was a teacher before her marriage to Dr. G.F. Walter, practicing physician at Farmington, is the mother of two grown children. She has served Farmington League of Women Voters, two years as president of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary, and is at present the vice president of the Dakota County Federation of Women's Clubs.

Should she be elected to the office of state representative, Mrs. Walter pledges her best efforts and her entire time.

100 years ago

From the April 25, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Bert Lintner dies in Minneapolis hospital

The funeral of Bert Lintner was held Tuesday afternoon.

Bert, as he was familiarly known, was injured by an accident in the railway yards some days ago and was immediately rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis where he made a brave fight for life through the days and nights which followed. But his injuries were too great. He had been seriously hurt internally and medical skill and a courageous spirit could not prevail against the injury....

The details of the accident may never be known completely. It seems a flying switch was being made with Bert on the rear of the car to be detached that the lever used for uncoupling failed to work at the proper moment, that the engine put on the air brakes causing a sudden stop which threw Mr. Lintner down between the car he was on and the car in his rear. As he fell his heavy oil cloth caught upon the low hanging rod of the car, it being an old style car, and thus caught but with his body resting also upon the rail he was dragged for some 50 feet downward....

No one seems to be at fault in the accident but it is a matter of deep regret that so many, such deplorable accidents should occur at Farmington.

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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