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To show how the college has opened doors for them, five past graduates of the Alexandria Technical and Community College, including Jill Stoeck, opened a door on the stage before walking up to the microphone and addressing the luncheon crowd.

Alex Tech looks back - and ahead

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Things were a bit quieter around these parts 50 years ago.

Alexandria's population was only about 6,000.

The city limits ended about where the Douglas County Hospital is located.


And a brand-new concept, a two-year college known as the Alexandria Area Vocational Technical School, began its first year with three programs and 23 students.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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