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This Week in History: Archaeological dig begins in state park


July 11, 1990: Kathy Bolin, a resource specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, and Jerry Katzenmeyer, Helmer-Myre State Park director, were pictured in the Tribune as they began an archaeological dig in the park. Bolin was part of the team excavating New York Point in Helmer-Myre Park.

July 12, 1970: Albert Lea artist Lloyd Herfindahl received the Medal of Honor, bestowed by an international committee of critics for his contribution to the field of art. The award was made in recognition of Herfindahl’s artistic ability and his work to help develop the International Art Guild.

July 7, 1970: Bridge Avenue was closed to traffic from the fairgrounds to Hammer Road as construction to widen and add concrete paving was begun. The project was financed by the city of Albert Lea and Freeborn County.



2018: James Alex Fields Jr. pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges in a car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017; a 32-year-old woman died and dozens were injured. (Fields later pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crime charges under a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.)

2015: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley relegated the Confederate flag to the state’s “relic room” after the legislature passed a measure removing the flag from the grounds of the Statehouse in the wake of the slaughter of nine African-Americans at a church Bible study.

2011: A jury in Orlando, Florida, found Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

2004: A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration had relied on to justify going to war.

1981: President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

July 6, 1942: Anne Frank, her parents and sister entered a “secret annex” in an Amsterdam building where they were later joined by four other people; they hid from Nazi occupiers for two years before being discovered and arrested.

1925: Jury selection took place in Dayton, Tennessee, in the trial of John T. Scopes, charged with violating the law by teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. (Scopes was convicted and fined, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality.)

July 7, 1865: Four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Payne), David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the federal government.

July 11, 1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Hamilton died the next day.)

July 9, 1776: The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.