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Looking back: Farmington High School graduated 46 back in '38

50 years ago

From the May 23, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Newcomers victorious in some school districts

Contests in most of the area school elections brought out a heavier number of voters than normal Tuesday.

In more than half of the districts covered, one newcomer defeated an incumbent, another indication of keen interest in the makeup of the school boards....


Farmington voters returned both incumbents to their posts on the Farmington School Board in Tuesday's election.

Robert Stegmaier, a farmer, was the biggest vote-getter with 364. The new three-year term will be his fifth.

Close behind in the vote count was R.F. Schulz, a Mobil Oil bulk dealer, with 330 votes. He will return for his fourth three-year term on the board. Schulz has been serving as chairman of the board this past term.

Council allows grocery beer permits again

The village council Monday night reversed their stand on off-sale beer licenses for grocery stores Monday night, among other routine business.

By unanimous vote, they declared they would grant off sale licenses to local grocers who asked for them.

The only grocery present was Ron Thelen, of Thelen's Grocery, at the south edge of Farmington. Thelen has asked for a license....

(Wally's Red Owl at Town's Edge) is not in Farmington village. That application for off-sale beer is up to the town board of Empire. Empire had denied the Red Owl beer application because Farmington denied beer permits for their grocery stores. Wally Petricka said Tuesday night he had not made a final decision on whether he would reapply for an off-sale beer license.

75 years ago

From the May 27, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

County picnic plans finished

Farmers and businessmen of Dakota County will have their annual get-to-gather Sunday, June 5, at Antlers Park. The Farm Bureau picnic this year will be held on Sunday afternoon to enable more businessmen and more farmers to attend. . . .

Band music will be furnished during and after the dinner hour. After the people have finished their picnic dinners, special prizes will be awarded to the largest family, family coming greatest distance to picnic, oldest Dakota County resident, tallest person, most freckled, boy and girl with reddest hair, most bald-headed man, man with longest beard, and fattest person....

Recreation consisting of games, races and special appearances contests will be in charge of Stanley Minnick and other members of the District Recreation Administration. This recreation will be for young and old with special prizes offered to the winners in the various contests....

The beautiful and spacious picnic grounds with a large number of tables and shade trees, at Antlers Park, Lakeville, along Lake Marion, provide an excellent place for everyone to eat his picnic dinner and enjoy the music, speakers and entertainment.

4 schools to graduate next week

The Farmington High School will graduate 43 seniors, Friday evening, June 3, at the high school auditorium.

Edward Flynn, assistant to the chief counsel of the Great Northern Railway, will give the commencement address....

Class Roll: Leonard Allaman, LeRoy Batson, Margaret Bowe, Patricia Bowe, John Carlson, Orville Christensen, Helen Cook, James E. Cook, J. Kenneth Devney, Ferdinand Erickson, Francis Finnegan, Mary Foley, Clarence Gelder, Norma Haas, Esther Hansen, Rhoda Hauge, Marcella Jackson, Harriet Johnson, Lorene Kohls, Aileen Latimer, Alois Loesch, Irene Lomas, Roger Lundgren, Marcellus Mandt, Ann Martin, Ray Ostlie, Edward Pederson, Thomas Peterson, Laurence Pilcher, John Prazniak, Richard Rosenow, Ione Ruh, Audrey Sauber, Dorothy Schmitz, Alois Schneider, Aurelia Schneider, Ruth Simonsen, Helen Sowieja, Helen Tingley, James Walsh, Claire Warweg, Betty Weichselbaum, Marie Weisbrich

100 years ago

From the May 26, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Cornerstone layed

Last Sunday was a gala day for the Catholic people of Farmington and their friends, it being the day on which the cornerstone was laid in the new St. Michael's church. The threatening appearance of the early part of the day, no doubt caused a number from a distance to remain away, nevertheless a large concourse of people were present for the occasion.

A large tent loaned by the county agricultural society was erected upon the grounds of Postmaster Judson and here a thousand persons were treated to an elaborate dinner and supper, in charge of the members of the altar society, assisted by the young ladies sociality....

During the time occupied by the serving of the meals, the crowd was growing larger as the time for the ceremony of the day approached at prompt 3 o'clock the procession left the new parish house and marched to the new church.

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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