1993 – 25 years ago

• Austin kidney dialysis patients can be treated closer to home now that Mayo Clinic has opened a dialysis unit in St. Olaf Hospital. The Mayo/Austin Medical Community Dialysis Center opened with six dialysis treatment stations, a laboratory and kidney dialysis support equipment.

• The Mississippi River reopened to commercial navigation today. Record summer flooding closed locks and dams in the St. Louis area for weeks, so towboats and barges above that area had to stay in the Upper Mississippi.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Rochester Jaycees firmly supported stricter gun control legislation at their meeting. They drafted a set of recommendations to be sent to Minnesota senators prior to Congressional voting on gun control. In other action the Jaycees honored David Senjem as Jaycee of the Month.

• Joan Mondale, the wife of Minnesota’s junior senator, gave a talk at the Wabasha County DFL Women’s Club meeting. Mrs. Mondale is the former Joan Adams of St. Paul and is a graduate of Macalester College.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester Fire Department has responded to six false alarms this week. The fireman promised a “rough going” for the culprit or culprits responsible for turning in these false alarms in the middle of the night.

• Minnesota governor Edward J. Thye will speak at the Fillmore County Fair in Preston this Saturday.

• Dr. Carle McKaig of Pine Island was elected president of the Southern Minnesota Medical association at the annual meeting in Austin.

1918 – 100 years ago

• A patriotic rally meeting under the auspices of the Women’s Auxiliary Committee of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety will be held at the armory today.

• Philip Yarrow, general superintendent of the Chicago dry federation is to deliver several addresses in Olmsted County. He is one of the most noted speakers on the saloon question in America. For 10 years he has been fighting vice and the liquor traffic in Chicago.

From news services

Ten years ago: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Two foreign journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan, were kidnapped near Mogadishu, Somalia; both were freed after 15 months in captivity. At the Beijing Olympics, the United States won gold in the women’s and men’s 1,600-meter relay track events. The U.S. women’s basketball team beat Australia 92-65 to win a fourth straight gold medal. Angel Matos of Cuba and his coach were banned for life after the taekwondo athlete kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Five years ago: A military jury convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that claimed 13 lives; the Army psychiatrist was later sentenced to death. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier who’d massacred 16 Afghan civilians, was sentenced at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to life in prison with no chance of parole. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, agreed to resign in return for the city’s help defending him against claims he’d groped, kissed and made lewd comments to women. (Filner later pleaded guilty to a felony for manhandling a woman at a fundraising event and two misdemeanor battery charges; he served three months of house arrest.)

One year ago: City workers in Charlottesville, Virginia, draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally. A federal judge again blocked a set of voter ID requirements in Texas, rejecting a weakened version that had been backed by the Trump administration. (An appeals court later allowed the law to stay in effect; it allows voters without any acceptable photo ID to cast a ballot as long as they sign an affidavit.)

Today’s birthdays: Actress Vera Miles is 88. Actress Barbara Eden is 87. Political satirist Mark Russell is 86. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 84. Actor Richard Sanders is 78. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 76. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 74. Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 73. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 71. Actor David Robb is 71. Singer Linda Thompson is 71. Actress Shelley Long is 69. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 69. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 69. Queen Noor of Jordan is 67. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 67. Actor Skipp Sudduth is 62. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Mike Boddicker is 61. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 57. Country musician Ira Dean (Trick Pony) is 49. Actor Jay Mohr is 48. Actor Ray Park is 44. Actor Scott Caan is 42. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 41. Figure skater Nicole Bobek is 41. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 40. Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant is 40. Actress Joanne Froggatt is 38. Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner is 37. Neo-soul musician Andy Wild (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats) is 37. Actress Annie Ilonzeh is 35. Dance musician Sky Blu is 32. Actress Kimberly Matula is 30. NBA player Jeremy Lin is 30.

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