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Observations from the archives, 1964: Student council holds Midwinter Carnival

Rachel Barduson - Echo Press columnist

1914, 100 years ago: Owing to some cases of scarlet fever in the school, the school board ordered an inspection by the board of health on Monday. In the evening of the same day, the board decided unanimously to close the school, except the high school, the balance of the week, and the second grade at the high school building for two weeks. This room has been exposed quite extensively. Dr. Haskell, reporting for the board of health, said there were only two cases so far. He recommended that it would be just as safe to keep the schools running, in which case the conditions could be watched with greater care and effect. During the day there had been a great deal of excitement through the town and several wild reports concerning the seriousness of the situation. This was really nothing more than a scare, but the conditions made it difficult for the school to decide what to do.

1964 – 50 years ago: This weekend could well be the biggest of the season for sports fans in the Alexandria area as the Jefferson High School Student Council unfolds another Mid-Winter Carnival. In addition to the holding of the traditional dance and coronation ceremonies for its prince and princess, sports events will include a wrestling match, a basketball game and a hockey game, all in Alexandria. Royalty candidates include Lenny Johnson, Paul Donley, Don Geris, Vicki Steffen, Jean Power and Darlene Zurn.

1989, 25 years ago: Work on the new elementary school, which is located just north of Alexandria off County Road 42, is progressing to everyone’s satisfaction. Despite having to change the order in which certain aspects of the building were constructed, the project is considered on track. Workers are currently putting heat and air conditioning ducts in the building and plumbers and electricians are scheduled to soon begin threading their supplies through the metal studs that make up walls inside the structure. Masonry workers are laying brick on the exterior of the building, but their work is mostly hidden under heavy plastic erected to hold heat around the curing concrete. Every two weeks a meeting is held with principal contractors and school officials to evaluate the building schedule to make sure everything is going smoothly. Fortunately, said District Grounds Supervisor Jim Fredericks, there have been no major change orders or problems that have arisen.

2004, 10 years ago: Blake Strouth scored 30 points to lead Alexandria to a 64-50 Central Lakes Conference win over St. Cloud Apollo in the Jefferson gym. Dan Einerson followed with 15 points for the Cards. Coach John Holsten’s Big Red cagers took good care of the ball, turning the ball over just six times. The Card defense forced 16 turnovers on the Eagles.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Third District Congressman Clark MacGregor (R), speaking at the Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards dinner, called for the United States to raise a “new, dynamic and exciting banner of ideas” to lead the free world in the cold war for men’s minds throughout the globe. “I think it’s wonderful that we spearheaded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” MacGregor said, “and I think it’s wonderful that we led in the formation of SEATO and wonderful that we helped form the Organization of American States to protect the Western Hemisphere. But we haven’t had a single new idea in five years, and the free world needs one now.”

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.