Day in History: Smekta will not seek re-election in 1969

January 17, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• Rochester’s KTTC-TV will double its newscasts by adding a week-day half-hour news shows at 6:30 a.m. and noon. Randy Winter will anchor both newscasts.

• The Holiday Inn in Burnsville is offering Knott’s Camp Snoopy packages for $69.50 per night. This includes a free Woodstock pass and free transportation to Knott’s Camp Snoopy in the Mall of America.

1969 – 50 years ago

• The Rochester City Council approved urban renewal, leaving its final fate to city voters, and announced it could finance the city’s $3.2 million cost share without resorting to a tax levy. The plans included redevelopment plans for 22 blocks of downtown.

• Mayor Alex Smekta — who has held the office longer than anyone in Rochester’s 111-year-history — today announced he will not seek re-election. Smekta has held the post for nearly 11 years.

1944 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester High School swimming team scored a 35-31 win over the Gate City (Winona) splashers in a dual meet in Winona.

• Byron won a close one, 29 to 27 in high school basketball in double-overtime. The score was tied at 27-all at the end of regular time and the first overtime. Prescher of Byron pumped in a basket during the “sudden death” second overtime to give Byron the win.

• A new buttermilk drying plant in St. Charles has been assured, according to an announcement by Mayor F. M. Gerry. The plant will be operated by the Owatonna Processing Co.

1919 – 100 years ago

• Representative O. E. Hammer has been named to committees on appropriations, game and fish, state hospitals, temperance, universities and state schools.

• The Misses Gertrude and Genevieve Lawler entertained last evening at a bridge party, gentlemen being present to play the game as well as women. Those present had a delightful time.

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