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Day in History: Students reject Wasioja as name for new school

1990 – 25 years ago

• Pat Dunn, a veteran of 31 years of wrestling officiating has retired. Dunn has been one of the most respected officials in the state and has been a fixture at the Region One tournament. He also has worked at the Minnesota high school state wrestling tournament on a number of occasions.

• The main bar and dining room of the clubhouse at Willow Creek Golf Course in southwest Rochester was heavily damaged by fire and smoke. About a dozen banquets will have to be moved or cancelled because of the fire.

• Students who will attend the new Dodge Center-Claremont-West Concord school system have organized to veto the early selection of "Wasioja" as the name for the new school.

1965 – 50 years ago


• Gov. Karl Rolvaag presented the Nathan Hale Essay Award to Richard Andersen of Rochester at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Andersen is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Andersen of Plummer Lane.

• Lyle' cage team romped past LeRoy 74-54 in high school basketball to win the Southland Conference title. Coach Allen Andreotti's team has a record of 16-1 so far this year.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Small pox vaccinations have been given to 558 grade school students this past week according to the public health nurse, Miss Charlotte Hanson.

• Medico-military lessons learned in the Great War were presented by Captain C.G. Blitch at a meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Reserve Officers association in the Mayo Foundation House. Lieutenant R.E. Weismann spoke on epidemiology and there was a discussion on military sanitation.

• At Mac's Grocery in Rochester pork chops are 15 cents a pound, apples are 5 pounds for 25 cents and rutabagas are 5 pounds for 9 cents.

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