1995 — 25 years ago

  • Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett was struck in the face by a pitch in the final game of the season at the Metrodome, suffering a broken jaw. (This was Puckett’s last at-bat in professional baseball. The following spring, he was diagnosed with glaucoma and retired.)
  • Byron won its own eight-team volleyball invitational tournament, defeating Goodhue 15-7, 15-4 in the championship match. Sophomore Ann Von Arx led Byron with 26 kills and 13 blocks.

1970 — 50 years ago

  • The first known shipment of “unleaded” automobile gasoline to Southeast Minnesota arrived at the Standard Oil terminal in Spring Valley. The lead in gasoline presented health concerns and added to air pollution. Under federal pressure and the Clean Air Act, lead in gasoline is being phased out.
  • Classrooms and offices at Kellogg Junior High School were emptied for 45 minutes after a telephone caller said a bomb had been hidden in the ventilation system. About 1,000 students and faculty members waited outside while the building was checked. No bomb was found.

1945 — 75 years ago

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  • Rochester will be host to the District 3 (Region 1) basketball tournament early in March. The Mayo Civic facilities, such as seating capacity, in addition to the central location, were factors in the choice.
  • A 7-year-old boy was discharged from the Worrall hospital after receiving treatment for six days. The boy lost his right eye when struck by a BB shot that necessitated the removal of his eye. Surgeons said this is the seventh case in recent years in which a boy lost his eyesight due to a BB gun.

1920 — 100 years ago

  • Recent census counts show Chatfield with a population of 1,382, Harmony 719, Preston 1,227, Rushford 1,142, and Spring Valley at 1,871.
  • Native American servicemen who are living on various Minnesota reservations have been informed by the department headquarters of the American Legion that they are eligible for membership in the Legion.