Day in History: RCC football team wins state title under Coach Kereakos
1993 – 25 years ago
• Seventeen-year-olds think it is more important to learn computer skills than to read. A survey also found that nine-year-olds are twice as likely to read as are 17-year-olds.
• The Rochester Community College football team beat Fergus Falls 27-12 to win the school’s sixth state championship, the first one since 1980.The team is coached by Steve Kereakos.
1968 – 50 years ago
• The State Welfare Department has ordered a two-month freeze on rates nursing homes charge for welfare patients. The freeze impacts Rochester, Samaritan and Maple Manor. The three homes currently charge $10.50 per day for welfare patients.
• Production employees at Crenlo, Inc. turned down unionization by a vote margin of 283 against union representation to 78 for representation. Crenlo is a metal fabrication manufacturing firm, making components for heavy construction and farm equipment.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Clarence W. Blakely, 76, Rochester printer and publisher for 60 years, died at his home. In 1881, at the age of 14, C. W. Blakely began working in the offices of the Record and Union, a weekly newspaper owned by his father.
• Participation in 50 flight missions in the southwest Pacific area has resulted in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Technical Sergeant Roy Benedict, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Benedict of Eyota.
1918 – 100 years ago
• Citizens are reminded that church service gatherings and public funerals are still not allowed at this time because of the epidemic of influenza.
• There is hope that with the signing of the armistice and cessation of hostilities that the boys of the United States American Army will be coming home to their loved ones soon.
• Telephone service throughout Minnesota and the northwest was crippled today by a strike of operator, repairmen and mechanics employed by the Tri-State Co. of St. Paul and the Northwestern Telephone Co. of Minneapolis.