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Day in History: Radio stations present Sunset Valley Barn Dance

1991 – 25 years ago

• The Rochester Fire Department responded to 240 fires in 1990, including 83 in buildings and 80 in cars. There were fires in 58 homes, five stores and offices and two manufacturing plants. Overall, the department responded to 971 calls.

• Chad Penning, a senior for Pine Island, threw a two-hitter to lead Pine Island to a 7-1 victory over Caledonia in the Region 1A finals to advance to the state tournament for the first time.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Catherine Hingeveld of Spring Valley is the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess. She was crowned in coronation ceremonies at Mabel High School.


• "There is much in your tomorrow which spells turmoil, but still this is a time to look ahead with hope and confidence," Dr. Wesley Ewert told the 1966 class of Rochester John Marshall at Baccalaureate services in the high school auditorium that was attended by 2,000 people, including the 715 class members.

1941 – 75 years ago

• The U.S. Army will send a representative to Kasson to buy horses. Kasson is the only southern Minnesota stop for the government buyers.

• KROC and KSTP radio will present the Sunset Valley Barn Dance in the air-conditioned Mayo Civic Auditorium on June 7. Forty stage and screen stars will be there including Dave Stone, formerly with "The Grand Ol' Opry." There will be three dance bands, and admission is 35 cents.

1916 – 100 years ago

• More than 500 people from Plainview and that vicinity went on a rail and river excursion. The excursionists boarded the Northwestern and went as far as Winona by railroad, where they transferred and took the G.W. Hill steamer down the Mississippi river to LaCrosse. It was a fun day for all.

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