1996 — 25 years ago

  • First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Southeastern Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District to campaign for DFL candidate Mary Rieder.
  • John Wade, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, has been named chairman of the 1997 Rochesterfest.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • A University of California nutritionist says the American diet is a “national disaster.”
  • Curtis Taylor, superintendent of the Rochester Parks and Recreation Department, has been elected as the new president of the Gamehaven Boy Scout Council.
  • Paul Doxsee has become the first local dog trainer to win Dog World Magazine’s special obedience award for handlers.

1946 — 75 years ago

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  • Approximately 450,000 schoolchildren will return to their classrooms in schools, which remained closed for two additional weeks to combat the spread of polio. The schools are opening with the full support of Dr. Frank J. Hill, city health director.
  • The first Rosalind Russell picture in a year is “Sister Kenny,” the story of a nurse, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, from Down Under who has spent her life fighting against polio and old-fashioned methods of treating it. Insiders say it is a great picture and the best performance of her career. (Russell was nominated for an Oscar as best actress and won a Golden Globe award for her performance.)

1921 — 100 years ago

  • An unidentified man who shot and killed the vice president of a bank in Dodge Center during a robbery attempt has been captured and is in the Owatonna jail.
  • A deluge of rain and hail accompanied by a high wind swept through the city. The storm sewers were unable to carry off the water, and many of the streets were flooded.
  • Two gypsy women, who were conducting fortunetelling at the county fair, were arrested. Two men complained to the police that the women had them hold a $5 bill in their hands, and the bills mysteriously disappeared.