1996 — 25 years ago
- Rochester School Board members approved the sale of $37.8 million in bonds to fund a new high school construction project and purchase new classroom technology.
- Colorado State junior Matt Smoldt, once of Rochester Mayo High, won the decathlon in the Kansas Relays.
- The Mayo Foundation has given the United Way of Olmsted County $35,000 to develop programs to revitalize the neighborhood around St. Marys Hospital.
1971 — 50 years ago
- Several dozen members of the Izaak Walton League turned out to plant 1,000 trees for Arbor Day.
- Barbara Kvitten, a senior at Kenyon High School, was chosen as the Goodhue County Dairy Princess.
1946 — 75 years ago
- The Rochester Board of Education voted to raise teachers' minimum salary holding a bachelor's degree from $1,800 to $2,000 a year.
- The Eyota High School baseball team won a 7-4 decision over Elgin in a conference game. Johnny Ahmann was pitching and held Elgin to two hits.
- Fifteen war veterans from the Rochester area are enrolled in the agriculture night school under the GI Bill sponsorship.
1921 — 100 years ago
- The yearly warning to chicken owners has been issued by the Rochester Police Department. Citizens are reminded that it’s against city regulations to let them run at large. In other words, if you own chickens, they should not be crossing the road.
- Rochester policewoman Mrs. E. Edwards traveled to Red Wing to give a presentation on the work she does. Red Wing is considering hiring a policewoman to look after the young folks of the community.