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
- 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.