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Day in History: Northeast Rochester gets new ZIP code

1990 – 25 years ago

• Behind the pitching of Megan McCarthy, St. Charles captured its first District Three softball championship with a 2-1 win over Chatfield.

• A study of Rochester growth patterns and expectations for continued growth has prompted the Rochester Postal Service to announce the addition of another ZIP code to serve the city. Rochester Postmaster Mike Benson said the northeast quadrant will be served by the ZIP code 55906 beginning July 1.

• Soo Line Railroad Co. will eliminate its two staff positions in Red Wing on May 31; however the Amtrak passenger line, which uses the Soo Line Depot, will continue to stop in Red Wing.

1965 – 50 years ago


• Area students Carolyn Helgen, Lynn Johnson and Sandra Scobie were three cum laude graduates of Rochester Junior College at the second annual honors convocation in Central School Auditorium.

• Dedication ceremonies for the Root River Canoe Trails will be held at Parsley Bridge at Chatfield overlooking the headwaters of the 75-mile waterway that will lead canoeists deep through the Minnesota Memorial Hardwood Forest reserves. The program will include the Chatfield High School band and remarks by Bernie Lusk, Gordon Yeager and Earl Bunke, president of the Root River Canoe Association.

• Groundbreaking for the Madonna Tower residence for senior citizens was held. Several principal participants were there, including Rochester Mayor Alex Smekta.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Hertz Rent-A-Car is on 13 Second St. SE. A Chevrolet is 10 cents per mile and a Buick is 12 cents per mile. Gas and oil are included in the rates.

• For the first time in its history, the Rochester Dairy company received more than 200,000 pounds of milk from producers in a single day.

• A.H. Clemens of Rochester was elected president of the Third Judicial District Bar association at the annual meeting at Winona.

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Ten years ago:President George W. Bush received Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House; Bush called Abbas a courageous democratic reformer and bolstered his standing at home with $50 million in assistance. Investigators confirmed five cases in which military personnel mishandled the Qurans of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, but said they had found no "credible evidence" that a holy book was flushed in a toilet. Actor Eddie Albert died in Los Angeles at age 99. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Ruth Laredo, 67, died in New York.

Five years ago: BP launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud, a maneuver known as a "top kill" which proved unsuccessful. TV personality Art Linkletter died in Los Angeles at age 97. Lee DeWyze was crowned the winner of "American Idol" over Crystal Bowersox.

One year ago: Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and in terrorist attacks during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem as he wrapped up his Mideast pilgrimage. Egypt began holding a three-day presidential election (former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi emerged the landslide winner).

Today's birthdays: Actor Alec McCowen is 90. Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 76. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 70. Singer Stevie Nicks is 67. Actress Pam Grier is 66. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 66. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 66. Actress Margaret Colin is 58. Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins is 56. Actor Doug Hutchison is 55. Actress Genie Francis is 53. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 53. Singer-actor Lenny Kravitz is 51. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 49. Distance runner Zola Budd is 49. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 47. Actor Joseph Fiennes (FYNZ) is 45. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 44. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 44. Contemporary Christian musician Nathan Cochran is 37. Actress Elisabeth Harnois is 36. Actor Hrach Titizian is 36.

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