1971: Rochester boxer wins before a big crowd

Pat O'Connor knocked out opponent Jak Nagiok in the third round.

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1996 — 25 years ago

  • Tiger Woods won an unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Amateur championship in North Plains, Ore. (His first professional tournament victory was in 1996 at the Las Vegas Invitational.)

1971 — 50 years ago

  • A Spring Grove dairyman, Paul Solum, has been named a winner in the 1971 Mr. Dairyman Contest, sponsored by Kent Feeds.
  • Pat O'Connor, of Rochester, knocked down opponent Jak Nagiok in the second round and knocked him out in the third. A crowd of 2,087 in the Minneapolis Auditorium paid to see O’Connor win his 22nd consecutive bout without a loss.

1946 — 75 years ago

  • A squad of 120 football players will report to Bernie Bierman, University of Minnesota coach, Monday morning for the opening of twice-daily practices. Some of the players include Vern Gagne, Bud Grant, and possibly Jim Malosky, who was trying to decide whether he should play for Minnesota or Michigan. (Malosky did play for the Golden Gophers).

1921 — 100 years ago

  • Average salaries for teachers in the Rochester public schools will be increased by $10 per year. The average teacher’s salary is $125.00 per month.
  • Three local boys were injured when a dynamite cap they were playing with exploded.
  • A one-ring, one-tent wagon circus put on two shows in the pavilion at Oronoco. The shows were preceded by a parade featuring an elephant, pony, tiger, puma, four doves, a monkey, and plenty of clowns.

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