1996 — 25 years ago

  • U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, in his green campaign bus, will be delivering stump speeches in cities across the state. His first stops will be Hinckley and Duluth.
  • Students and their families can wish dance teacher Janet Lang well in her retirement at an open house at the Janet Lang Dance Studio. The event will celebrate Lang’s 37-year teaching career.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • The king and queen to reign over the 1971 Viola Gopher Count will be Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shea. Gopher feet will be counted in the morning, with 25 cents being paid for pocket gophers and 10 cents for striped gophers.
  • Mayo High School will present diplomas to 473 seniors — 209 girls and 264 boys. Two members of the graduating class — Dale Flerke and Marcia Sebold — will address the seniors.

1946 — 75 years ago

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  • The meal of the future, a ready-made dinner, will soon be available. They’re frozen dinners, the latest thing on trans-Atlantic airlines, and now being perfected for use by ordinary people. These frozen dinners will be a boon for bachelors and harried housewives.
  • With prefabricated housing projects increasing, Rochester local carpenters union warned that union carpenters will not work on the assembly of such houses.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • In some parts of the country, the new sport is betting on cockroach races. The area is darkened before the race, a light is then turned on, and the cockroaches, each in a separate lane, are let loose. The races give some observers a thrill, but bug others.
  • From the top of the new Kahler Hotel building, you can view a substantial portion of Olmsted County.