1996 — 25 years ago

  • The new Austin Public Library has opened its doors to the public. Grand opening festivities are set for June 30.
  • Most of the University of Minnesota men’s head coaches will be in Rochester for the annual Roger Hagberg Memorial Day activities. Jim Wacker, Doug Woog, Clem Haskins and John Anderson will all be in the city for the fundraising event, which benefits the University of Minnesota’s athletic department.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • The 1853 Forestville store will soon open again as a museum in Forestville State Park. Closed since 1910, much of the original stock is still intact.
  • Two city firms are working on the site excavation for the estimated $4.5 million, two-story Dayton’s Department Store at Apache Mall.

1946 — 75 years ago

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  • A film on the 1945 World Series was shown at a meeting of the local American Legion post. James Pofahl, manager of the Rochester Aces, spoke on the Junior Legion baseball program.
  • Veterans of World War II, to the number of 45,637 at the end of last month, were seeking employment through the 37 field offices of the U.S. Employment Service in Minnesota.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • Babe Ruth, the Yankees home-run king, recently hit a ball 470 feet from home plate at the Polo grounds in New York, a drive never before equaled in baseball history. The previous day, Ruth had slugged a ball 460 feet.
  • Dr. C. H. Mayo and 15 guests, members of his medical class of 1888, Northwestern University, arrived from Chicago to be present at the reunion being held in Rochester. The reunion will include clinics, scientific topics, and dinner at Mayowood.