1995 — 25 years ago

  • The Federal Medical Center will open its gates to the public for tours in celebration of its 10 anniversary in Rochester. FMC employs close to 500 people and is one of six medical facilities in the Bureau of Prisons. Norman Carlson, former director of the Bureau of Prisons, will speak at a re-dedication ceremony. (Norman A. Carlson, the director of the Bureau of Prisons from 1970-87, died Aug. 9 at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix. Carlson attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.)

1970 — 50 years ago

  • The Rochester public schools will be hiring 57 teacher aides this year. All positions are federally funded, and they will receive a starting wage of $2 per hour. The Rochester Independent School District will employ a professional staff of 965 for the 1970-71 school year.
  • The Branding Iron Supper Club, just north of Preston, will open its doors this week. Richard Chaffee will operate the restaurant and cocktail lounge. Large windows have been installed to give customers a beautiful view of the village of Preston.
  • The Rochester American Legion color guard was on hand to present the flag prior to the opening of the film “Patton,” now showing at the Cinema 21.

1945 — 75 years ago

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  • Chief of Police Harry Tompkins issued a warning today to all drivers in Rochester that violations of traffic stop signs are going to be dealt with in no uncertain terms. People will be stopped, brought into court, and will pay a $10 fine.
  • A class of graduate nurses to receive training in the advanced psychiatric nursing course will complete their studies this week. They will leave for various hospitals across the United States to assume positions in psychiatric nursing.

1920 — 100 years ago

  • Strict enforcement of Minnesota’s prohibition laws will force doctors to give up their stock of liquor used in prescriptions. State law now prohibits doctors from having any liquor on hand except for grain alcohol.
  • Rochester’s school census this year, just completed, shows an increase of 423 children in the school population. At the present time, there are 2,240 children of school age in Rochester.