50 years ago

From the Feb. 4, 1963

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edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Clinic question is hurdle for hospital board

Whether or not to promote construction of a medical-dental clinic on the hospital site appears the only major problem connected with the construction program of the new Central Dakota Hospital building at the east edge of Farmington.

A fair-sized crowd of less than 100 attended the hospital progress meeting held Wednesday evening of last week in the high school auditorium.

Everything is on schedule in the construction program of the $1,200,000 hospital of which the government has underwritten 45 percent.

The medical clinic which would NOT be constructed with pledged hospital money, would be a private enterprise, financed by the medical and dental personnel involved....

However, some residents feel establishment of a clinic on the grounds, might tend to be monopolistic, that is, given unfair advantage to established doctors over those who might want to move here. Hospital authorities, faced with a decision soon, have indicated if the clinic were built on the ground, "the door would no doubt be left open for other doctors."

No decision has been made. The board was open for suggestions, according to Board Member H.M. Johnson, who led the unbiased, impartial discussion.

Local council takes stand on annexation

Several important items of business occupied the major portion of the regular meeting held by Farmington village officials on Feb. 4, 1963.

Mayor Gorgos stated that Farmington would be willing to negotiate with Lakeville Township and would be willing to entertain any proposal that Lakeville might make relative to their annexation to the village of Farmington.

At the present time, the council's thinking is restricted to, perhaps, this area east of Cedar Avenue.

It is the unanimous feeling and sentiment of the council that the village would in no way annex any portion of Lakeville Township, unless the residents of the township would be willing to become a part of Farmington village and would make such a request.

An application was received from Bob Martin, Farmington, for a permit to establish a taxi service in the village. Village attorney McBrien was instructed to check on local ordinances in other communities pertinent to the operation of such a service. He was also to investigate state requirements as to insurance, operation and performance if such existed. The decision was tabled until the information could be obtained.

Dog tie-up ordinance is being enforced

It is again called to the notice of dog owners within the Farmington village limits that a village ordinance, effective as of January 15, 1963, requires all dogs to be tied or on leash under the owner's control.

There are still many violators of this ordinance, according to Chief Klotzbeacher.

The penalty for violation of this ordinance, it is pointed out, may be a fine up to $100 or 90 days in the county jail. The village ruling will be rigidly enforced by the Farmington police department.

Jaycees may be organized here soon

The possibility of organizing a Junior Chamber of Commerce in Farmington will be aired at an open meeting which has been scheduled for tonight, February 7 at 8 p.m. at Hoagie's Town's Edge Restaurant.

According to Bob Pool, the meeting was set at the request of many of the area's young men who have expressed an interest in forming a Junior Chamber unit here.

At the briefing meeting, Jaycees from St. Paul and Rosemount will explain various phases of their own operations, the community and membership benefits resulting from Junior Chamber operations and Junior Chamber chapter and membership requirements. A question and answer period will close the session, which is expected to last an hour and a half.

75 years ago

From the Feb. 11, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Dan McConaghie re-named chief

Dan McConaghie was re-elected chief of the Farmington firefighters at the annual meeting and banquet held Thursday evening in Eakens Café where a sumptuous supper was served.

Other officers were re-elected as follows: first assistant chief, John Turek; second assistant chief, Jess Akin; engineers of trucks, Francis Schroeder and Elmer Brosseth; foreman, Ernest Schmidtke; secretary, Leonard Twidt; treasurer, Fred McConaghie.

R.G. Shirley, chairman of a committee composed of T.J. Feely, Dan McConaghie and Elmer Brosseth, reported a used water pump had been purchased and would be installed on the Ford truck to replace the chemical apparatus. This will enable the company to hook onto any water supply.

Roosevelt Ball nets sum of $64

The Roosevelt Ball held at Farmington last Friday drew a fine crowd in spite of rather unfavorable weather conditions. I wish to thank Al Wiederhold and the Rosemount community for their excellent support and all members of the local committee for their cooperation.

Net proceeds of the ball were $64.00 and a draft for this amount has already been mailed to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Rosary Society elects officers

The Rosary Society of St. Michael's Church elected officers for the coming year Sunday at the annual meeting.

Mrs. Mae Ackerman was re-elected president; Mrs. Joe Sauser, vice president; Mrs. Wm. Gannon, secretary; Mary McGrath, treasurer.

100 years ago

From the Feb. 7, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Looks like theft

Miss Elizabeth Ratzloff, one of the local operators at the Star Telephone Co.'s exchange, lost a pocketbook containing $10 in cash on the sidewalk not long ago and up to this time neither the money nor the purse have been returned.

The fact that the purse was lost on a walk free from snow and had her name and address plainly written under the lap shows that there is one person in Farmington who is not honest, as it did not lay there long after being dropped. Ten dollars makes a nice find and the person who found it can buy a number of useful articles with it.

But it is not an honest way of getting money. Miss Ratzloff put in a good many hours and answered a good many calls to earn it, but she can better afford to lose it and will feel better over losing it than the one who has found it and failed to return it to the rightful owner.

The one who has failed to return the purse has not only committed a moral wrong but wronged the one who lost it and in the eyes of one who weighs these wrongs in a scale more accurate than the one made by Jones who "pays the freight." To find a thing and know its owner and not return it is the same as theft. Don't be a thief. It will be a long time before you will forget it.