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1915: Toyland opens in Knowlton store

1990 – 25 years ago

A Mayo Clinic researcher has found that using computer-enhanced X-rays might prove an important tool in detecting coronary artery disease in people younger than 60. Dr. Jerome Breen said a technique called ultrafast computed tomography could be highly accurate in detecting coronary artery disease.

The Janet Lang Studio has opened a third studio at 1760 E. Frontage Road NW in addition to the original facilities in the Hillcrest Shopping Center.

1965 – 50 years ago

The Rochester Male Chorus braved chilly temperatures and strong winds to perform at the Christmas lighting ceremony at Northbrook Shopping Center. About 200 people gathered to take part in the outdoor celebration. The chorus also used the opportunity to promote their new record album, which will help with travel costs for the group's performance at the Cotton Bowl in January.


Crenlo Inc. will build a 16,000-square-foot addition to its plant at 1600 Fourth Ave. NW, making it the firm's eighth expansion in 14 years. The new building, to be constructed between the two wings of the plant, should be completed in two months. Crenlo currently employs more than 350 people.

1940 – 75 years ago

A recount is underway at the Mantorville courthouse for the post of state representative from Dodge County. The recount was demanded by former representative G.H. Dalen, who finished eight votes behind incumbent Andy Weidendorf in preliminary results. Officials say early figures in the recount show both candidates picking up votes.

Julius J. Reiter, five-time mayor of Rochester and co-founder of the Farmer-Labor party, died at the age of 71. Reiter, who also owned a grocery store and the Queen City restaurant, began his political career on the city council in 1899.

1915 – 100 years ago

John Bernard, a blacksmith in the village of Potsdam, went to Winona where he will serve on the federal jury which is in session.

Two large canvas signs on a rope network are conspicuously displayed on two sides of the Horton Building. The signs announce to the Christmas shopper that Toyland is in the immediate vicinity, namely the Knowlton Store.

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Ten years ago:Eight-term Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty to graft and tearfully resigned; the California Republican had admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors in exchange for government business and other favors. (Cunningham later was sentenced to eight years, four months in prison; his term was cut by more than a year for good behavior.) A corruption scandal brought down the minority government of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, the same day a 10-day U.N. Climate Control Conference opened in Montreal.

Five years ago:European Union nations meeting in Brussels agreed to give $89.4 billion in bailout loans to Ireland to help it weather the cost of its massive banking crisis. WikiLeaks began disclosing over 250,000 private cables written by U.S. diplomats, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional U.S. pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. Actor Leslie Nielsen died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 84. Samuel T. Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb, died in Los Angeles at age 89. Roger Federer won his fifth season-ending title by beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

One year ago:French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea, where thousands of residents turned out to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola. Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in the name of Islam against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey for a visit aimed at improving interfaith ties. A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin, Texas, and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze before he died during a confrontation with police.

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