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Merchants hope to give out 5,000 baby chicks in 1937

1987 — 25 years ago

Lourdes High School will dedicate its new Sisters of St. Francis Science Center. It includes three classrooms, including a glass-enclosed biology room. Each classroom has 24 lab stations.

1962 — 50 years ago

Rochester’s Red Owl store celebrated its 40th anniversary, assisted by Mayor Alex Smetka and Mrs. Theodore Firnschild of Rochester, Mrs. Minnesota of 1962. The Red Owl store, which was the first in the chain, opened May 20, 1922. The store has been in the Miracle Mile shopping center since 1952.

The top five taxpayers in Olmsted County were the Mayo Association, IBM, Kahler Corp., Rochester Dairy and Dayton’s.


Construction of the new Rochester Park Department building at Mayo Park has started. The main part of the building will be 60 by 100 feet with a 30-foot by 50-foot office area. The cost of the building is $60,000.

1937 — 75 years ago

Construction continues on the Oronoco Dam. When it is completed, it will impound an area of water estimated in excess of 179 acres. Width of the dam will be 256 feet, with five 20-foot wide gates. It is expected to be completed in the summer.

Rochester will celebrate Chick Day, and merchants will give out a baby chick with every purchase of $1 or more. More than 5,000 baby chicks are expected to be given away.

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