1998: Minnesota Zoo celebrates 20 years

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

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1998 – 25 years ago

  • The Minnesota Zoo will celebrate its 20th anniversary with 2,400 animals, birthday cake for everyone, and a parade.

1973 – 50 years ago

  • Rochester Lourdes swept the second annual Minnesota State Independent High School girls track and field meet at Macalester College.
  • Dale Massey’s Mayo High School baseball team won the opening game in the District One tournament. The Spartans scored seven runs in the second inning and beat John Marshall 11-1. Mayo hurler Steve Behnken was the winning pitcher giving up three hits and striking out nine.
  • The 1973 Chevy Impala Custom Couple with V-8, power steering, radio, and white sidewall ties is $3,978 at Clements Chevrolet.

1948 – 75 years ago

  • Commencement exercises of the Plainview High School class of 1948 will be held this evening in the school auditorium. The valedictorian address will be delivered by Robert Stephan.
  • A breed of dogs new to the area are being raised on the Virnig farm near St. Charles. The Samoyede is a Siberian breed of white or crème color. It has a history of herding, hunting, and pulling sleds.

1923 – 100 years ago

  • Gift suggestions for the girl graduates include toilet water perfumes, hosiery, Roma pearls, handkerchiefs, or bathing suits. Graduation gifts are available at C. F. Massey, Co. in Rochester.
  • Frank C. Lowe, a student at Rochester Junior College, has been accepted by the academic board at the Naval Academy.
  • Nine women will serve on the petit and grand juries in the June term of the court.
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