1996 — 25 years ago
- The No. 1 summer hit song, “Macarena,” is a sensation sweeping the country. The catchy Latin dance tune is sung by Los Del Rio.
- New members of the Rochester Fire Department include Ronald Hanson, Kenneth Bee, Adam Dealing, Jean Mulholland and Jason Whitney.
1971 — 50 years ago
- Two Rushford teenagers completed a “bike vacation” of 29 days. Robert Wilson and Myles Peterson bicycled 1,800 miles on their trip to Fort Francis and Thunder Day, Canada. The most trouble the pair encountered was three flat tires.
- Jim Huettl Jr., of Lake City, won the Preston Open Golf Tournament at the Preston Golf Club, with a 27-hole score of 108.
1946 — 75 years ago
- The Rev. George Brown, who retired recently as hospital chaplain of the Calvary Episcopal Church, was honored at the home of Drs. J. de J. Pemberton and M. S. Henderson. Brown came to Rochester in 1930 from Chatfield.
- In the Southeast Minnesota Baseball league race, Zumbrota, behind the sensational two-hit pitching of “Lefty” McKinnis, edged Lake City 1-0 in a game that went 16 innings. The African-American pitcher, a veteran of the Negro leagues, struck out 26 batters.
1921 — 100 years ago
- Some businesses that will also occupy the new Kahler building include a Western Union office, a barbershop, a flower shop, a café, and the most prominent location will be occupied by Weber and Judd Drug Company.
- Women are being urged to answer summons for jury duty with a complete sense of responsibility. The first general call for women for jury service will come in the fall.