Observations from the archives, 1964: Twelve beef loins stolen from Steakhouse
1914, 100 years ago: Notice is hereby given that proposals for the hauling of 12 children from District No. 22, to the school house of District No. 50, Alexandria Township, will be received by the board. Description of the route may be seen at the home of the clerk. … In Evansville it was reported that the Civic League decided to request people to cooperate with them in keeping cattle off the streets. In some instances, parties have been picketing cows on the street, causing annoyance.
1964, 50 years ago: The second major robbery to occur in the county within the week took place at Carl’s Fireside Steakhouse on Highway 52 East, near Alexandria. Sometime between 1:30 and 8 a.m. on Saturday, the rear door was forced open and 12 beef loins, averaging 50 pounds each, were taken from the meat cooler. The loins were apparently hauled out in gunny sacks and the meat was valued at more than $500. The thieves missed boxed tenderloins and Steakhouse owner Carl Hintzen was able to open for business in the evening. … The Douglas County unit of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) has posted members at several highway check points to discourage livestock shippers from passing through the county. The NFO livestock holding action initiated by the NFO in 23 states is aimed at raising prices to the farmer-producer for cattle and hogs.
1989, 25 years ago: In an effort to reduce truck traffic in downtown Alexandria, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has approved a second freeway interchange for the city. It will be built just west of Alexandria where Highway 27 West crosses over Interstate 94. … A total of 46,502 people paid to enter the gates of the fairgrounds during this year’s Douglas County Fair, which is 4,000 more than last year and 2,000 more than the all-time high in 1987. … Dick Lusk, Alexandria, president of Lusk Broadcasting (owners of KIKV-FM) announced an agreement has been signed for the sale of the 100,000 watt radio station. Pending FCC approval and transfer, OMNI Broadcasting, a Minnesota company owned by Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, will take over ownership in late November. The total sale package, as reported to the FCC, is in the $1M area. Lusk, who maintains ownership of the KIKV building, plans to stay in the area. KIKV operates at 100.7 on the FM dial.
2004, 10 years ago: The white barn behind Juettner Motors, the last barn within the Alexandria city limits, was torn down to make way for a new building that will house offices and more garage space. … Cliff and Laurel Meier of Long Prairie have owned the Long Drive-In Theater since 1985. The theater, which has been in operation since 1956, is one of only six still in operation in the state.
Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Dean of the local harness racers, Jim LeRoy of Alexandria was shown with his racehorse, Little Cap, grandson of LeRoy’s famous Kitty Kat. LeRoy started harness racing in 1927 and has raced virtually every year since. LeRoy and Little Cap head a big list of entries in the first harness horse racing to be held at the Douglas County Fair in 12 years. … Ribbon cutting was held at the new Alexandria Ben Franklin store, where Hakes once stood. Owner Carl Watrud is pictured along with his daughter, Judy, who will manage the store, and Mayor Marvin Hanson.
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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.