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Looking back: ADM storage bin catches fire

25 years ago, 1986

Max Sargent, owner of Sargent's Nursery Inc., was inducted into the Minnesota Nurserymen's Association Hall of Fame during the annual state convention. He is immediate past president of the Goodhue County Horticultural Society and in 1984 received the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Distinguished Service Award.

Jeff Schott of Red Wing and owner of Red Wing Recycling in Clay City Industrial Park has received a patent on his new railroad rail breaking machine. The machine requires two people to do the work that previously took eight to 10 people.

Spontaneous combustion is blamed for a fire that erupted in a huge grain storage bin at the ADM Co. soybean processing plant at 118 Main St. The bin was about half full of sunflower seeds, according to the Red Wing Fire Department. Damages are not known yet.

50 years ago, 1961

Employees of the Goodhue County Highway Department will not be given overtime pay but rather time off from work according to a decision reached by the County Board.

A new Anderson Motor Co. showroom and garage for Rambler cars is planned for immediate construction on the corner of Main Street and Pine. The new building for sales and service of Rambler automobiles will have an official address of 1111 Main St.

Larceny and burglary were the two principal offenses bringing boys into Goodhue county juvenile court in 1960. The county had about the same number of total offenses by juveniles during 1960 as the year before. One boy was brought into court on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

100 years ago, 1911

The Frontenac Ice Co. has been busily engaged the past week in cutting and hauling ice to provide for the supply needed during the summer season. The harvesting of ice by the Red Wing Ice Co. had to be abandoned on account of fully 6 inches of water settling on the ice as a result of the heavy thaw.

The Minnesota Scandinavian Relief Association, which has its general offices in Red Wing and was organized in Red Wing in 1879, completed its annual meeting yesterday. It is the only Scandinavian organization of its kind in American. Nearly $2 million have been paid on death claims since its inception.

Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.

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