Day in History: Elgin voters approve bond to replace school

December 23, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Voters in Wanamingo are at the polls today to vote for the second time in six weeks to decide whether to join Kenyon and Wanamingo into one school district.

(The measure for consolidation passed 494 to 228)

• Southeastern Minnesota was the recipient of a few inches of snow to guarantee a white Christmas.

1968 – 50 years ago

• A Little Brother project will be initiated by the John Marshall Key Club, an all boys service club sponsored by the Rochester Kiwanis. The club will begin working with underprivileged and fatherless boys. Members hope to meet with the boys twice a week.

• Additional funds have been added to the Rochester State Junior College Martin Luther King Award fund through the sales of student and faculty directories. The award will be given annually to minority students who could not otherwise finance their college education.

• Voters in the Elgin School District approved an $855,000 bond issue for a new elementary school to replace one lost to fire in September 1967.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Some families are celebrating as many servicemen are arrived home on Yule furloughs. Petty Officer Ralph Ranfranz is home and has been serving on a destroyer since June 1942. He said his ship saw action in the Sicilian invasion.

• Auto mechanics are needed immediately to fill essential jobs with the war department at Omaha and Fort Crook, Neb. Some positions pay 90 cents per hour and the work week is 48 hours.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Dr. Fred Smith, captain of the medical corps of the 3rd Battalion, told members of Calvary Episcopal Church about methods successfully used against the influenza epidemic in the Moose Lake fire district. He paid tribute to members of the Red Cross and the medical corps who worked tirelessly to help the large destitute population formed after terrible fires.

• More than 60 young men are participating in tournaments at the YMCA. Tournaments are being held in boys’ billards, pool and bowling. Watch fobs and tie clasps are being awarded to winners.

From news services

Ten years ago: Five Muslim immigrants accused of scheming to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were convicted of conspiracy in Camden, N.J. (Four were later sentenced to life in prison; one received a 33-year sentence.) Toyota projected its first operating loss in 70 years due to the global economic slowdown. The president of Guinea, Lansana Conte, died nearly a quarter of a century after seizing power in a coup; he was believed to be in his 70s.

Five years ago: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oligarch who’d crossed President Vladimir Putin and ended up in jail for 10 years, told a press conference in Berlin that he planned to devote his life to securing the release of the country’s political prisoners. President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family temporarily skipped the beach in Hawaii to attend the Oregon State-Akron game at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. (Oregon State, coached by first lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, lost to Akron, 83-71.)

One year ago: The wildfire that had burned its way through communities and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in California; it had scorched 273,400 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes. IPhone owners from several states sued Apple for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries would last longer. President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang said was capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Hector Elizondo is 82. Country singer Red Steagall is 80. Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 75. Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Carlton is 74. Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is 73. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 70. Rock singer-musician Michael Bacon is 70. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 70. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 67. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 65. Rapper Luther “Luke” Campbell is 58. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 58. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 56. Actress Lauralee Bell is 50. Country singer Lori McKenna is 50. Actress Dina Meyer is 50. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is 48. Actress Heather Donahue is 45. Actor Chris Carmack is 38. Actor Harry Ford is 36. Actor Greg Finley is 34. Actor Logan Huffman is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks is 29. Pop singer Meghan Trainor is 25.

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