This Week in History: Fire causes $20,000 in damage to Albert Lea building

Published 8:03 pm Monday, November 18, 2019


Nov. 20, 1989: Albert Lea firefighters were dispatched to extinguish a fire on the 1000 block of South Broadway Avenue. A storage building behind South Town Liquor sustained $20,000 in damage in the blaze.

Nov. 19, 1989: The Northwood jail, a Worth County landmark, was demolished. The structure, located north of the historic Worth County Courthouse, was built in 1894.

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Nov. 21, 1979: Albert Lea Mayor O.H. Hagen, surrounded by students at Alpha School, signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 28 to be Developmental Achievement Center Day.

Nov. 25, 1969: Mr. and Mrs. James Osmonson of Austin received several medals awarded posthumously to their son, Stephen D. Johnson, who was killed in action in Vietnam. Johnson was also promoted posthumously to the rank of sergeant. He was killed in action June 3, 1969, when his aircraft was hit by heavy ground-fire, causing the helicopter to crash.



2018: The Trump administration dropped its effort to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House, but said he could have his credentials pulled again if he didn’t follow guidelines governing the behavior of journalists.

2017: Charles Manson, 83, died in a California hospital after nearly a half-century in prison.

2009: President Barack Obama wrapped up his weeklong Asia trip in South Korea, where he said the United States had begun talking with allies about fresh punishment against Iran for defying efforts to halt its nuclear weapons pursuits.

1997: Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to the world’s first set of surviving septuplets, four boys and three girls.

1985: President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.

1919: The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor, 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

1863: President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.