1996 — 25 years ago

  • Spring Valley Community Memorial Hospital will close its 28-bed facility within 90 days. The hospital opened 30 years ago and has 15 employees.
  • Saint Ann Hospice has announced a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million to help add 75 units to its hospice in Winona. The campaign is called Circle of Life.

1971 50 years ago

  • Minnesotans will soon begin to feel the impact of the new 4 percent sales tax, up from the present 3 percent. Higher taxes will kick in on liquor, beer and cigarettes, and exemptions will continue for clothing, groceries and prescription drugs.
  • Tom Berg of Rushford captured first place in a golf tournament held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Berg shot a 38-35-73 to win the tournament.

1946 75 years ago

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  • Navy Day in Rochester was highlighted by the flyover of 10 planes from the naval air reserve base at Wold-Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis. To close the observance, there was a banquet in the VFW Hall in Rochester. Judge Paul Carroll of Minneapolis was the keynote speaker.
  • A five-man board of civilians was appointed to make up the new Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). David Lilienthal was named as chair by President Harry Truman.

1921 100 years ago

  • Cigarette smoking was the topic of discussion at the Men’s Club meeting at the Bethel English Church. The superintendent of Rochester schools declared that he has never seen a cigarette smoker student become class valedictorian. He also said some young boys give up school on account of a heavy cigarette smoking habit.
  • The girls of the X-ray department at Mayo Clinic threw a Halloween party at the residence of one of the girls. Sixteen girls were present, and the affair with costumes was a great success.