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1945: Rochester Civic Auditorium a mecca for skaters

On this day in 1945, the Rochester Figure Skating Club has sponsored a skating school every summer for the past five years.

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1995 25 years ago

  • Dr. Steven L. Fetzer has died after being struck by lightning while golfing. He had a positive impact on many, and is still missed by family and his many friends.
  • Dave Stead, head of the Minnesota State High School League, stated that the basketball coaches have voted to play the state basketball tournaments at Williams Arena starting in 1997.
  • Kent Hrbek, who grew up in Bloomington, and a former Minnesota Twins first baseman, had his No. 14 retired during a ceremony before a big crowd at the Metrodome.

1970 50 years ago

  • The head of the Minnesota Educational Association reported that a money scarcity and a teacher surplus are formidable dilemmas right now in education. The MEA currently has 40,000 professional educator members.
  • Minnesota farmers are heading for an all-time-record corn harvest if weather conditions hold up for the rest of the season. The corn crop is estimated at 377 million bushels.

1945 75 years ago

  • Currently, Rochester’s $450,000 Rochester Civic auditorium memorial, given by Dr. Charles H. Mayo and Mayo Properties Association, is centrally located in the hub of Rochester’s extracurricular activities. The building includes an arena with 6,000 seats, a theater with 1,500 seats, two large halls, and various committee and dressing rooms. The Rochester Figure Skating Club has sponsored a skating school every summer for the past five years, and the arena has become a mecca for skaters throughout the 48 states.

1920 — 100 years ago

  • Thieves broke into the Galesville Creamery and took 300 pounds of butter. The Winona police were called, but they were already spread thin. This unusual theft could cut into the profit margarine.
  • While sitting on a crosspiece projecting from scaffolding on the eighth floor of the new Olmsted Hotel being built, the worker fell seven stories when the cross piece gave away. He emerged with no serious injuries.


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Highlights of news reported in 1998, 1973, 1948 and 1923.
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