1994 – 25 years ago
* Elgin-Millville High School will present “Oklahoma” in the high school gymnasium.
* Independent-Republican Gov. Arne Carlson has won one of the biggest gubernatorial landslides in Minnesota history. Other election results included Rod Grams, a conservative freshman congressman, winning over Ann Wynia and failure of an $18 million school building referendum by Rochester voters.
1969 – 50 years ago
* George Gibbs, president of the Rochester chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, was elected to a one-year term as president of the Regional NAACP at a conference in Duluth. Gibbs said his emphasis will be to encourage integration of school curriculum to show contributions of African-Americans in the American society. Gibbs also stated blacks should be involved in decision-making positions in business and government.
1944 – 75 years ago
* A smashing majority at the polls carried the $1,800,000 school bond issue to victory. The vote was 6,534 for the bond and 2,078 against it.
* Plans for a proposed Mayo Memorial building at the University of Minnesota are taking shape. The committee of founders is comprised of state senators and representatives appointed by the two legislative bodies and of private citizens appointed by Governor Edward J. Thye.
* Preparations for Rochester’s observance of Armistice Day are underway while Mayor Paul Grassle urged all citizens to honor the day.
1919 – 100 years ago
* A 500-gallon gasoline tank caught on fire today and burned for several hours in Red Wing before going out. Rochester should take note as our downtown section has several large gasoline storage tanks.
* This past week the Mankato Daily Review merged with the Mankato Free Press. This brings together two of the oldest newspapers in Minnesota.
* District No. 34 is planning to put up a new modern school building. Their present building is too small and the state road is being widened in such a way that it almost undermines the school house.