1996 — 25 years ago

  • Sam Stillings, of Owatonna, has joined Melanie Toftum, of Bemidji, on a Wheaties box cover. They were recently named Minnesota Special Olympics Athletes of the Year. They will appear on cereal boxes in supermarkets beginning this month.
  • The first female deputies assumed their duties in the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department. Tracy Bussel and Valerie Coe were sworn in this past week.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • The Voyageurs National Park bill won overwhelming approval in the Minnesota House, and passage is expected in the Senate. The park will encompass 139,000 acres and be the nation’s 36th national park. The park is on the Kabetogama Peninsula, east of International Falls.
  • According to parents, some of the biggest concerns for their elementary school-aged children are drugs, responsibility, creativity, respect for others, and self-image. These issues were discussed at the Golden Hill PTA meeting.

1946 — 75 years ago

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  • Rochester pounded Mankato 10-1 in Southern Minnesota Baseball league action, behind the pitching of Frank Pugsley.
  • Resorters along the North Shore, Gunflints Trail, and all northern Minnesota areas are poised to handle the largest May 15 business surge in history. All fishing, except black bass, opens on that date.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • The University of Minnesota state entomologist is warning that grasshoppers are hatching in large numbers in various parts of the state. A special meeting of state county agents will be held regarding procedures and methods to poison the grasshoppers.
  • Mrs. Henry Helmholz delivered the closing address to an appreciative audience of the Health Conference of the YWCA. “Health is the most valuable thing in the world, a thing without which, all other possessions lose their value," she said.