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Day in History: Austin advances to state basketball tournament in 1941

1991 – 25 years ago

• Rochester's Mayor Chuck Hazama was inducted into the Rochester Racquetball Hall of Fame at a city racquetball awards ceremony. Hazama was the first chairman of the International Rules Committee that established a uniform set of rules to be enforced nationally.

• Lori Sibbers led the way for the Rochester Swim Club at the recent USS Minnesota state swimming championships. Sibbers won the senior women's 50-yard freestyle in state record time.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Norma Boots of Wabasha has been named as the delegate from Wabasha High School to attend Girls State this summer.


• The area continues to dig out from one of the heaviest March snows in history. Some area schools are still closed and power continues to be restored. For the first time in its history in Rochester IBM closed because of the high number of employees that could not get to work.

1941 – 75 years ago

• Austin High School beat Rochester in the Region 1 finals 32-27 to advance to the Minnesota State High School League basketball tournament at the Minneapolis auditorium next week. They will be matched up against Red Wing in the quarterfinals (Austin would lose 45-29 and Buhl would win the championship with a 31-29 win over Red Wing).

• Approximately 300 junior high school students visited the Olmsted County Historical Society museum last week. Boys were interested in the firearms and civil war artifacts and girls found the early sewing machines, furniture and gowns interesting.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Employees of the Western Grain & Elevator Co. discovered a lady's skirt, a jacket and a hand mirror in the hay shed. An effort is being made to solve the mystery. The skirt, made of blue serge cloth, was partially hidden behind a hay bale.

• Kasson is now assured of a new $20,000 hotel. A lot has been secured and a building committee of five of the stockholders will be named to secure plans and get bids on construction. It will be located on the site of the old Walker hotel.

From news services


Ten years ago:Thousands of people across the country protested legislation cracking down on immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. In Selmer, Tennessee, Mary Winkler was charged with shooting to death her minister-husband, Matthew Winkler, in the parsonage of their church. (Mary Winkler, who said she'd been abused by her husband, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and received a three-year prison sentence, but was granted probation for most of it.)

Five years ago:The Census Bureau released its first set of national-level findings from the 2010 count on race and migration, showing that Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the previous decade, exceeding estimates in most states as they crossed a new census milestone: 50 million, or 1 in 6 Americans. A private funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery for Elizabeth Taylor (the service began 15 minutes behind schedule in accordance with the actress' wish to be late for her own funeral).

One year ago:President Barack Obama received Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, where Obama agreed to slow the U.S military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay would not jeopardize his commitment to end America's longest war before leaving office.

Today's birthdays:Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 97. Actor William Smith is 83. Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 77. Actor R. Lee Ermey is 72. Movie director Curtis Hanson is 71. Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is 69. Rock musician Lee Oskar is 68. Singer Nick Lowe is 67. Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 65. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 65. Comedian Louie Anderson is 63. Actress Donna Pescow is 62. Actor Robert Carradine is 62. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is 60. Actress Kelly LeBrock is 56. Rhythm-and-blues DJ Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry (Ghostown DJs) is 55. TV personality Star Jones is 54. Country-rock musician Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is 52. Actor Peter Jacobson is 51. Rock singer-musician Sharon Corr (The Corrs) is 46. Actress Lauren Bowles is 46. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 46. Rapper Maceo (AKA P.A. Pasemaster Mase) is 46. Actress Megyn Price is 45. Actor Jim Parsons is 43. Christian rock musician Chad Butler (Switchfoot) is 42. Actress Alyson Hannigan is 42. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 40. Actress Olivia Burnette is 39. Actress Jessica Chastain is 39. Actor Amir Arison is 38. Actress Lake Bell is 37. Rock musician Benj Gershman (O.A.R.) is 36. Neo-soul musician Jesse Phillips (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 36. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is 26.

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