1995 – 25 years ago
State officials confirmed that at least two local people contracted Legionnaires’ Disease in a suspected outbreak of the disease that has made at least 28 Mankato residents ill and killed one man.
Mickey’s Diner, a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day a year St. Paul institution for decades, temporarily closed to protest drug, crime and alleged city inaction in its downtown site.
1970 – 50 years ago
The top three songs this week are “Make it With You” by Bread, “War” by Edwin Starr, and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” by The Carpenters.
1945 – 75 years ago
Reports have been received that more than 60% of Hiroshima has been destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped on Aug. 6 and the dead number in the thousands. Russia has declared war on Japan. America and its allies are hoping the bombing will force the Japanese to surrender.
Flags in Superior and Poplar, Wis., were at half-staff and businesses in Superior were closed for the funeral Maj. Richard Bong, America’s greatest war ace. Bong was killed during a test flight of a jet-propelled plane two days ago. There was an all-out military tribute for Bong.
1920 – 100 years ago
Rattlesnakes are becoming more numerous in the area, according to a farmer near Elba. He and his farmhands killed six of the reptiles while loading hay this past week.
More than 312,000 automobiles are licensed in Minnesota. The state is considering raising the license fee of $2 per vehicle. (In 2018 Minnesota had nearly 2 million vehicles registered in the state.)