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Observations from the archives, 1989: Rescue drill staged with Scat Hovercraft

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opinion Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

By Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist

1914, 100 years ago: H.C. Woolworth, Douglas County’s agricultural agent, was at Kensington speaking to more than 150 interested farmers about stock, barn ventilation, corn cultivation and alfalfa. The ladies of the village served luncheon. The following week, the farmers of Solem Township voted as follows: “I don’t want a county agent – 54.” “I want a county agent – 3.”

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1964, 50 years ago: Bob Collins, Douglas County civil defense director, reported that some 3,000 Douglas County residents will receive free evaluations regarding “fallout radiation protection” existing in their homes. The civil defense department will distribute home shelter analysis IBM cards as part of a pilot study and residents will provide information such as number of floors in the home, type of wall and roof construction, and how much of the basement is above ground. The card results will then be entered into a computer, providing vital information to each person who is concerned with the protection of himself and his family in the event of a nuclear attack.

1989, 25 years ago: The Douglas County sheriff deputies and members of the Posse staged a rescue drill in the channel between Lakes Mina and Brophy to sharpen their skills using a Scat Hovercraft. The county purchased the $9,800 craft to help the department perform tricky, fall-through-the-ice rescues, something that happens about four times a year, according to Sheriff Terry Eilers … A blizzard brought a flurry of confusion on Township Election Day. William “Rock” Anderson, Douglas County auditor, told township officials that under the state statute, townships can postpone their elections in case of bad weather. However, if the polls open, voters that are unlucky enough to be stranded do not have the option of voting another time.

2004, 10 years ago: After 23 years in the television news business, Mark Vanderwerf is moving on to a sales career with Cullen’s Home Center. Upon his arrival at KSAX in Alexandria, Vanderwerf implemented the sports show and took over anchor duties for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Later, there was a 5 p.m. newscast and a midday show. In addition to reporting, the TV anchor estimates that he trained about 100 reporters, some of whom are now at TV stations in key markets like Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston … AbbeyMoor Medical, located outside of Miltona, is on the verge of changing the practice of urology with The Spanner, a stenting device for men with prostate problems. John Reid and Lloyd Willard began the company in 1996. AbbeyMoor has been conducting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration clinical trial on The Spanner. Once that is complete, and it has been proven effective, The Spanner can be sold in the United States. The device has already been sold in Europe.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Bud Gorham, sportscaster for KCMT-TV in Alexandria, is in Florida filming 12 special reports with the Minnesota Twins from their spring training camp. These reports will be presented on the Our Man in Orlando series to be telecast on Channel 7 … 2004, 10 years ago: Members of the Alexandria Swim Club (ASC) who competed in Rochester included three state champions: John, Chris and Ben Vogeler. They combined for several top finishes. ASC is coached by Mike Wencl and Kelly Peschl.

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

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