1997: Grand opening for the beautiful carousel at Lark Toys

Highlights of events in 1997, 1972, 1947 and 1922.

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1997 – 25 years ago

  • The new carousel at Lark Toys will have a grand opening in Kellogg. The carousel is unlike any other carousel in the world. Each carousel animal is hand-carved from Minnesota basswood with exquisite detail. The carousel cost about $250,000 to build.

1972 – 50 years ago

  • Rochester John Marshall’s Rod Raver went 6 feet, 6 ½ inches in the high jump as the Rockets won the 1972 Big Nine Conference track championship.
  • The Mayo High School concert choir members travel to Milwaukee, Wisc., for a concert and touring trip. The group will depart by train from Winona.
  • Ground will be broken to construct the new $200,000 Faith United Methodist Church in northeast Spring Valley.

1947 – 75 years ago

  • Plans are being finalized for the 50th reunion of the Winona State Teachers College graduating class of 1897 at the Hotel Winona.
  • Amelia Earhart, the famed aviator who was lost on a round-the-world flight in 1937, was taken prisoner by the Japanese, in the opinion of her mother, Amy Earhart.
  • The Minnesota Gopher baseball team beat Nebraska in Lincoln 14-7. Centerfielder and lead-off batter Bud Grant led the Gophers with three hits.

1922 – 100 years ago

  • Fire starting in a garage destroyed ten businesses in Albert Lea’s central business block. The damage is estimated at half a million dollars.
  • Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Crewe, Mrs. Max Hargesheimer, and Harriet Williams motored to Northfield to attend the St. Olaf choir performance.
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