This Week in History: Tornado causes damage on South Broadway

Published 10:00 pm Monday, May 20, 2019

Local history

May 23, 1989: Orrie Jirele, a counselor at Albert Lea High School, was awarded the Effective Service to Students Award by Southwest Minnesota School Counselors Association.

May 24, 1989: A tornado caused damage to several recreational vehicles at Zetterhom Motors on South Broadway. Interstate Power Co. repaired damaged utility lines and poles in the area along Sixth and Seventh streets.

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May 24, 1989: Rev. Gilbert Kuyper of Albert Lea was honored as District 241 Citizen of the Year at First Presbyterian Church.

May 26, 1969:  Henry Savelkoul, Albert Lea’s freshman representative from District 9A, completed his first legislative session at the state Capitol. Savelkoul earned praise from Gov. LeVander who said, “Rep. Savelkoul in his first term in the Legislature has demonstrated keen knowledge of state government.”

May 21, 1959: Dr. Niles Shoff, Albert Lea mayor, was pictured in The Evening Tribune handing student Karen Mills a dollar as he purchased the first “Buddy Poppy” sold that year.  Also pictured were Lupe Gasca, Poppy Day chairman; Mrs. Ruby Fredrickson, sales chairman, and Arthur Mills, commander of the VFW post sponsoring the sale.

U.S. history

1868: Ulysses S. Grant was nominated for president by the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

1881: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

1927: Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours.

1945: Actors Humphrey Bogart, 45, and Lauren Bacall, 20, were married at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio (it was his fourth marriage, her first, and would last until Bogart’s death in 1957).

1998: A teen gunman opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students, a day after he killed his parents. (The shooter was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.)

2009: A day after the Senate voted to keep the Guantanamo prison camp open, President Barack Obama made his case for closing the facility, denouncing what he called “fear-mongering” by political opponents; Obama made his case moments before former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address defending the Bush administration’s creation of the camp.

2018: A divided Supreme Court ruled that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, finding that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime.