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Day in History: Rochester jobless rate at 2.5 percent in 1988

1988 — 25 years ago

The Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training reported a 2.5 percent jobless rate in the Rochester area, a rate well below the state's overall mark of 3.8 percent and the nation's 5.3 percent.

The fourth annual Jaycees Circus begins with two shows a day at the Mayo Civic Center Arena. Each show promises two hours of thrills and chills.

Michael Barone, music director of Minnesota Public Radio, will help launch the 25th year of noon day recitals at Christ United Methodist in Rochester.

1963 — 50 years ago


Ground was broken for the Elim Baptist Church at the corner of 18th Avenue and 38th Street Northwest in Rolling Greens. The church was organized in late 1961 and will continue to meet in the Bandel School until the new building is completed.

The upper two stories of the former Rochester Hotel will be utilized as a dormitory for women students at Rochester Junior College beginning next fall.

Fire swept through the Sweet Shop Cafe and Martz Furniture Co. store in LeRoy causing up to $100,000 in damage.

1938 — 75 years ago

A low bid of $44,291 for repaving Broadway Street in Rochester with reinforced concrete was received by the state Highway Department. Work will begin in ten days.

Wykoff High School will hold commencement exercises tonight. Superintendent E.

R. Anderson and William Kidd, president of the board of education will present diplomas to 10 graduates.

Three armed robbers held up two brothers who operate the Spring Valley Pool Hall. The robbers took a car and fled with more than $100 in stolen loot.

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