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