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Day in History: New Lourdes High School dedicated

May 16, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Wet fields and cool temperatures are forcing farmers to shift gears and think about planting varieties of crops that mature earlier. Farmers are facing their second wet-cool spring in a row.

• Stewartville should consider tearing out the Lake Florence dam, which was damaged by spring flooding, the Department of Natural Resources says. Tearing it out would save money and restore the lake to a river.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Diann Dankers has been named valedictorian and Rozanna Kehren salutatorian of the 1968 Goodhue High School graduating class.

• Sen. Robert Kennedy scored a decisive Democratic presidential victory in Nebraska, but Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s supporters claim he already has almost enough delegates for the nomination. Republican candidate Richard Nixon got about 70 percent of the vote.

1943 – 75 years ago

• A crowd of 10,000 crowded into Memorial Stadium to see a preview of the 1943 Minnesota Gophers football team. (The Gophers had a 5-4 record in 1943)

• The new Rochester Lourdes High School, opened during the current school year, was dedicated by the Most Rev. Leo Binz, coadjutor bishop and apostolic delegate of the diocese of Winona. The dedication was also attended by Mayor Paul Grassle, and the program included a liturgical ceremony and performance by the Lourdes band.

1918 – 100 years ago

• People of Rochester and other towns in the United States are being asked to eat cottage cheese this week largely as a substitute for meat. The sacrifice will ensure our boys ‘over there’ will receive needed meat.

• A new call has gone out for engineers, gunsmiths, conductors and skilled repairmen by the local draft board.

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Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, addressing the Israeli Knesset, gently urged Mideast leaders to “make the hard choices necessary for peace” and condemned what he called “the false comfort of appeasement.”