Day in History: Fire department becomes stuck in snow drifts
1992 – 25 years ago
• The Apache Mall Garden Court area on the west end of the shopping center will get a $650,000 makeover when the corridors are widened and multiple skylights will be added.
• Minnesota state and local taxes were ranked eighth-highest in the nation in 1991 according to a new Minnesota Taxpayer Association ranking.
1967 – 50 years ago
• Construction of the $285,000 addition to Bamber Valley School in suburban southwest Rochester is well underway and completed scheduled for August 15 in time for the fall term.
• Meridyth Claypool, John Marshall senior, was named the Student of the Month by the West Rochester Kiwanis Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and is ranked first in her class.
1942 – 75 years ago
• Butter, fresh pork, and a wide variety of fruits again have been placed on the food stamp list for February. The list is as follows: Butter, fresh pork, fresh grapefruit, apples, pears, oranges, corn meal, shell eggs, hominy grits, and enriched wheat flour.
• In preparation for national defense every boy and girl over 14 should know how to operate and care for an automobile. All women should study first aid and all children should be trained to evacuate buildings.
1917 – 100 years ago
• The Rochester Fire Department could not reach a house fire near the Bear Creek Bridge. The hook and ladder rig and the engine from the RFD got stuck in snow drifts on the way. As a last resort a team was hitched to the engine but even that could not get the engine through the drifts. The home was a total loss.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Larson bill providing for submission to the people of a constitutional amendment prohibiting the sale of liquor within the state and its transportation from other states. The Larson bill would become effective on January 20, 1920 if approved by the people in the election of November 1918.
From news services
Ten years ago:The departing top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that improving security in Baghdad would take fewer than half as many extra troops as President George W. Bush had chosen to commit. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched anniversary celebrations for Iran's Islamic Revolution with a defiant promise to push ahead with the country's controversial nuclear program. Pulitzer Prize-winning opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti died in Monaco at age 95.
Five years ago:Facebook, the Internet social network, announced plans to go public with a stock offering. A Southern California woman who filed a small-claims action against Honda won her lawsuit when a judge ruled that the automaker had misled her about the potential fuel economy of her hybrid car. (However, another judge overturned the nearly $10,000 small claims judgment in May 2012.) In Port Said, Egypt, 74 people were killed after soccer fans rushed the field following an upset victory by the home team over Egypt's top club. Don Cornelius, 74, creator of "Soul Train," died in Los Angeles of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee died in Tampa, Florida, at age 90.
One year ago:Texas Sen. Ted Cruz swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; among Democrats, Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter enthusiasm to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton. The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which was linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that posed a public health threat to other parts of the world.
Today's birthdays:Actor Stuart Whitman is 89. Folk singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 83. Singer Don Everly is 80. Actor Garrett Morris is 80. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 80. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 78. TV personality-singer Joy Philbin is 76. Comedian-actor-director Terry Jones is 75. Political commentator Fred Barnes is 74. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is 73. Opera singer Carol Neblett is 71. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 67. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 66. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy is 63. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 61. Actor Linus Roache is 53. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 52. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 52. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 52. Lisa Marie Presley is 49. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 49. Actor Brian Krause is 48. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 48. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 48. Actor Michael C. Hall is 46. Rock musician Ron Welty is 46. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 42. Roots rocker Jason Isbell is 38. Country singer Julie Roberts is 38. Actor Jarrett Lennon is 35. Rock singer-musician Andrew VanWyngarden is 34. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 31. Actress-singer Heather Morris is 30. Actress and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey is 30. Rock singer Harry Styles (One Direction) is 23.