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Day in History: Gov. Rolvaag looks at polluted Mississippi River

1989 – 25 years ago

• John Perkins, of Rochester, president of Gold Cross Ambulance, has been elected chairman of the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Task Force for 1989-90.

• Robert James, who grew up in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School, has been appointed director of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta.

• Brother Louis DeThomasis, president of St. Mary's College in Winona, received a Leavey Award for excellence in private enterprise education. The award was based on part because of his development of the course, "Faith, Finance and Society."

1964 – 50 years ago


• The city's new 175-acre Eastwood Park, located along the south side of U.S. 14, was dedicated with city and state officials participating. The name Eastwood Park was chosen from many names submitted by the public.

• Yesterday marked the first day of a new medical plan for 108 elderly Olmsted County residents. The 108, all of whom had been receiving Old Age Assistance, were transferred to the new state-federal Medical Assistance Plan.

• Gov. Karl Rolvaag took a first-hand look at pollution on the Mississippi River to Red Wing on a boat trip. This portion of the river has been singled out as one of the worst areas of pollution in the state.

1939 – 75 years ago

• Most corn in the area is beyond the traditional "knee high by July Fourth" stage and a large part of the crop promises to be mature before frost.

• Delegates from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post attending the state convention in Virginia will be Leon B. Hair, Frank Everett, George White and John Lawler.

• Two former fellows in the Mayo Foundation have been appointed consultants in the Mayo Clinic. They are Dr. G.F. Kowallis and Dr. C.A. Good.

From news services


Ten years ago: Elijah Brown, 21, described by police as a disgruntled employee, went on a shooting rampage inside a ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Kansas City, Kansas, killing five co-workers before taking his own life.

Five years ago:Thousands of U.S. Marines poured into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles. The 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency chose Yukiya Amano of Japan as its next head. Federal marshals took possession of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million Manhattan penthouse, forcing Madoff's wife, Ruth, to move elsewhere.

One year ago: The Obama administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants. Olympic track star Suzy Favor Hamilton's name was removed from the Big Ten female athlete of the year award following revelations she had worked as a prostitute.

Today's birthdays: Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 85. Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 84. Actor Robert Ito is 83. Actress Polly Holliday is 77. Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 77. Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 75. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is 72. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 67. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 67. Actor Saul Rubinek is 66. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 65. Rock musician Gene Taylor is 62. Actress-model Jerry Hall is 58. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 53. Country singer Guy Penrod is 51. Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 49. Actress Yancy Butler is 44. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 38. Actor Owain Yeoman is 36. Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 35. Singer Michelle Branch is 31. Actress Vanessa Lee Chester is 30. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 30. Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is 29. Actress Lindsay Lohan is 28.

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