1996 — 25 years ago

  • The Olympic torch relay passed through Rochester, with various local runners carrying the torch in heavy rain this afternoon. The torch will arrive in Winona by train at 1:16 p.m.
  • The Lewiston-Altura School District will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new addition. In a December referendum, district voters approved a $3.8 million bond issue.
  • Ryan Hahler, Joshua Larson, Ann Pawelski and Jane Sloan were named Rochester Community College’s Outstanding Students for 1996.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • The Lourdes High School girls track team tied with Austin Pacelli for the state track title in the first Minnesota State Independent School track and field championship for girls.
  • Michael Bernatz is valedictorian and Linda Mitchell salutatorian of the 1971 Chatfield High School graduating class.
  • More Little League baseball teams use aluminum bats, which appear to be more economical, because they don’t break. Officials of the bat manufacturer Hillerich & Bradsby are convinced that wooden bats are not about to go out of style.

1946 — 75 years ago

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  • A new idea in veteran rehabilitation is outdoor recreation. At the Minneapolis VA hospital, several different recreational programs are being established to assist the ailing veterans.
  • A new international airport in Bemidji has been dedicated, with 5,000 people attending the ceremonies. During the day, 150 military and civilian planes landed at the new airport.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • Rochester motorists are beginning to utilize the advantage of artificial arms for signaling purposes. Truckers find this particularly useful, as they need both hands on the steering wheel when turning.
  • At the E. A. Knowlton store in Rochester, one barrel of 150 lemon snaps is 35 cents, Rio coffee is 12 cents a pound, and a pint of Vermont pure maple syrup is 39 cents.