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Day in History: Owatonna will change from Indian nickname

November 26, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge got stuck in a partly raised position and Park Point residents were stranded for nearly five hours. A loaded thousand-foot freighter had to stop and back up.

• The Owatonna School Board voted to change its Indian nickname and mascot. The “Owatonna Indians” mascot was an Indian face with a feather headdress. The board hopes to have a new nickname by next fall.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Rochester State Junior College will present ‘Tender Trap.’ This will be the first play to be performed on the new RSJC campus. Some cast members include Eddie Priewert, Melissa Reed and Michael Cady. The play is directed by Walter Gislason.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Marine Corps recruiters announced that there are openings for a limited number of 17-year-olds to enlist in the Marine Corps.

• The Treasury Department wants those pennies in children’s banks and all other available copper coins. A shortage in the coins has developed and the Federal Reserve Bank urges that all available pennies be exchanged at banks for larger coins.

• A total of 23 football letters were awarded to members of the Rochester High School grid machine at the Thanksgiving student assembly program. Coach Bob McNish’s boys had a successful season with a three win and two loss season in conference play.

1918 – 100 years ago

• It will not be too long before members of the old Co. D., of the Rochester national guard, will be back home again. They were sent from here to Camp Cody for several months of training before being sent over there to fight.

• Thanksgiving services will be held at the Douglas Union Evangelical church and immediately after the service their famous dinners will be served for 50 cents a plate. The menu includes baked chicken, dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, baked beans, pumpkin pie, cake and coffee.

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