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Observations from the archives, 2003: JHS Marching Band heads to Florida

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opinion Alexandria, 56308

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

Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist

1913, 100 years ago: A lively meeting was held at Nelson to vote on the question of bonding the consolidated district for funds with which to build a new school house. The excitement was quite strong and there was a large voter turnout. The result was 87 in favor of bonds and 135 against bonds. The campaign generated considerable feeling and words were passed between some of the persons, not at all complimentary to each other. It is reported there are many who feel hurt and that there are many sore spots as a result of the meeting.

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1963, 50 years ago: The most successful Jingle Bells Christmas benefit show in the 14-year history of the event was staged at Central School Friday night before KXRA Radio microphones and KCMT-TV television cameras. At the last count, the amount pledged to the fund topped the $2,500 mark; surpassing any other year in cash donations. Encouraged by masters of ceremonies Chuck Bundy, Jerry Van Kempen and Ken Schneider, listeners and viewers from as far distant as 100 miles phoned in offers of contributions. The talented cast included veteran tenor Maynard Nordquist of Hoffman, who has appeared on every Jingle Bells show; KCMT-TV manager Glen Flint, who proved a big hit with his Sugar Blues trumpet solo; and Sharon Carnes, Miss Minnesota, among many others. Chairman of the program this year was Francis Herzog Jr., and his co-chairman was Mike Perry.

1988, 25 years ago: Douglas County Planning and Zoning Administrator Dennis Nagle was praised by the county board for the time and effort he has put into two local landmark projects: the solid-waste incinerator and the curbside recycling program. Board members thanked Nagle for the time he spent developing and working out the glitches in the solid-waste-related projects, noting that much of Nagle’s time was above and beyond his regular job. In other news, Charles and Marcia Bolin of Brandon, of the Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District, received an award for Outstanding Conservation Cooperators at the 52nd annual Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) convention in Minneapolis. Outstanding cooperators are local farmers and landowners who are recognized for their contributions to soil and water conservation.

2003, 10 years ago: Cindy Storhaug, a third-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria, has taught for a total of 22 years. She recently received National Board Certification, the teaching profession’s highest honor. To date, she is the only teacher in Alexandria School District 206 to receive such a high achievement. In other news, members of the Jefferson High School (JHS) Marching Band boarded a bus for Florida on December 26. Their marching itinerary included performances in two major parades in Orlando, Disney’s SpectroMagic Parade and the Capital One/Florida Citrus Bowl Parade, the latter of which will be nationally televised and aired locally on KSAX- TV on January 1. Todd Blaser, band director and Greg DeGier, assistant director, were joined by assistants and parent chaperones. The 145 students who represented JHS and the Alexandria community started raising funds three years ago.

Just for fun – 1963, 50 years ago: Bob Peterson reported in his Along the Sidelines column that Jim Perdue, local archery enthusiast, got his deer via the bow and arrow route at Camp Ripley this year and that ended three years of “ribbing” from his friends.

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

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