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Observations from the archives, 2003: City prohibits erotic dancing establishments

Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist

1913, 100 years ago: Matis Clarck of Belle River was in Alexandria Monday to present a report on the bridge across the Long Prairie River near the Craig farm. The bridge ought to be condemned but he desired the commissioners to investigate the condition themselves and decide what was best to do with it. He said it is very unsafe at present and there must be some repairs made upon it. O’Brien and Severson will investigate the matter and report to the commissioners at the meeting in January.

1963, 50 years ago: Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy notified the village of Garfield that a federal grant has been awarded to that community for a utility project. A $17,760 grant has been authorized to help Garfield finance a sewage lift station and force mains and stabilization ponds. These are to be built on the northeast side of the village. Total cost of the project is estimated at $62,200. The grant was made through the Department of Health, Education and Welfare under terms of the Water Pollution Control Act, it was reported. In other news, The Runestone Museum is now closed for the winter, Harold Hammergren announced. It is impractical to keep the museum heated during the winter months, when traffic through it is so sparse, and it has been the practice to close from December to about May 1 of each year.

1988, 25 years ago: Christine Dahlheimer of rural Alexandria was named “Young Farm Wife of the Year” by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The 24-year-old Dahlheimer helps her husband Joel run a 74-cow, 300-acre dairy farm east of the city, near Gene’s Barn Road (County Road 17). Christine and Joel, active members of the American Dairy Association and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, have been members of the Farm Bureau for a year. In other news, the Alexandria City Council made it official, voting unanimously to start the proceedings necessary to bring the Westwood residential area into the city. State law provides that a city can annex an area by ordinance if the area to be annexed is less than 40 acres or is bordered at least 60 percent by city limits. The so-called “Westwood-Westview” area actually contains 59 acres. The council has decided to annex the Westwood area (36 acres) first, with the possible annexation of the Westview area (23 acres) to come later.

2003, 10 years ago: The Alexandria City Council recently adopted an interim ordinance that prohibits any erotic dancing establishments from opening in the city for the next six months. The city will use that time to review its current codes. City Attorney John Lervick, who recommended the action, noted that the city isn’t aware of any strip clubs that are planning to open here. He described the interim ordinance as a “precautionary move to make sure the city ordinances pass constitutional muster.” The city adopted several ordinances regulating adult entertainment uses in 1994 and 1995 after a strip club opened on North Nokomis Street. That club closed down in February of 1995 after the owner failed to pay the lease.

Just for fun – 1963, 50 years ago: From the “Between Classes” column (about Jefferson High School) written by Connie Bundy and Sara Stone: “Five girls were chosen to lead the school as the new B-team cheerleaders. They are Lynn Bundy, Linda Lundberg, Carol Engstrom, Kathy Kobs and Barb Paciotti.”

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