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Looking back: Farmington residents enjoyed county picnic activities in 1938

50 years ago

From the June 6, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Council hires "cop," extends liquor hours

Farmington's city council hired a new patrolman, extended the liquor store hours, heard a delegation on the Sunnyside improvements, and purchased a chloride spreader at Monday night's meeting.

Hired as the new policeman to replace Gary Day is Eugene Schwasinger, formerly of Kenyon, who has had nine years as a military policeman, and who has been employed at the Stillwater penitentiary as a prison guard.

The vote was unanimous and the starting salary is $350 per month. The appointment is effective June 1.

Considerable time was devoted to the extending of the municipal liquor store hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. Lakeville is one of the municipal stores with a 1 a.m. closing, the council noted. The local dispensary opens at 8 a.m. daily.

75 years ago

From the June 10, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

County picnic attracts 6,000

Good weather favored the annual Dakota County picnic held on June 5 at Antler's Park, Lakeville, and brought enjoyment to approximately 6,000 persons who attended. . . .

John Hagney, Farmington, was the winner of the contest for those having lived the longest on the same farm. . . .

Dick Cook of Farmington led the freckled faced boys and was awarded a prize of $1 by the Hennessy Lumber Company, Rosemount. . . .

Following this contest, B.R. Bixby, Argonne Farms, was the winner in the contest for men having the longest mustache. Mr. Bixby was given a straw fork by the Rechtzigel Motor Company of Rosemount.

100 years ago

From the June 6, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Commencement exercises

Twelve graduates of F.H.S. having as their motto, "Finished Yet Just Begun" held their commencement exercises in the music hall Thursday evening, May 29. They are William Brown, Patrick Cahill, Edward Feely, Florence Fredrickson, Amanda Hoffman, Joe Hartwig, Stella Lewis, Alfred Methner, Ray Records, Lena Sacks, Francis Scanlon and Chester Whittier.

The Misses Stella Lewis and Amanda Hoffman gave essays and William Brown, Alfred Methner and Chester Whittier delivered Orations. Edward Feely sang a solo and Joe Hartwig played a mandolin solo, "Mendelscohnic Spring Song."

The class prophesy was told by Florence Fredrickson, Rae Records, Lena Sacks, Patrick Cahill and Francis Scanlon.

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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