Column - 2003: Girl Scout Camp to be soldHAPPY NEW YEAR I am the New Year. I come to you pure and unstained, fresh from the Hand of God.
By: Marge VanGorp, Alexandria Echo Press
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I am the New Year.
I come to you pure and unstained, fresh from the Hand of God.
Each day, a precious pearl to you is given, that you may string upon the Silver Thread of Life.
Once strung, it can never be unthreaded, but stays an undying record of your faith and skill.
Each golden minute, a link that you must weld into the chain of hours, that is no stronger than its weakest link.
Into your hands is given all the wealth and power to make your life just what you will…
I give to you, free and unstained, 12 glorious months of soothing rain and sunshine golden;
Of days for work and rest, the nights for peaceful slumber.
All that I have, I give with love unspoken.
All that I ask – You keep the faith unbroken.
(Taken from The Beacon, a newsletter of the Ascension Lutheran Church, Emerado, North Dakota in 1965.)
50 YEARS AGO
Jon Haaven holds a number of basketball records he set at the University of North Dakota: most points scored in a conference game: 40; most points scored in one NCC season: 314; most field goals in one NCC season: 114; most points scored in a 24-game-season established at UND: 208… Bids for construction contracts of nursing care facilities at Bethany Home are being accepted. The expansion includes nursing-care beds, nursing station, medical examination and treatment rooms… Dynasonics, an electronic company from New York that manufactures electric cleaning machines, shows interest in relocating here… Nine-year-old Peter Dziuk was shown peering out the window, wishing it would snow so he could use his new Christmas skis.
25 YEARS AGO
Kelli Krogstad, an 8th-grader, earned second place in the Junior “Make it Yourself With Wool” contest at the annual Shepherd’s Holiday held at Arrowwood… Bjorn Pedersen, who has been involved in the banking business for 16 years, was ordained in the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the American Lutheran Church… Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson is scheduled to attend a pancake breakfast in Osakis on January 8… Renae Hustad of the Carlos Happy Helpers 4-H Club won the championship in the Beginner A Division at the 4-H Regional Dog Show in Wadena. She is the first Douglas County 4-H member to compete in the state event… District 206 School Board voted unanimously to purchase seven new buses for $255,894, plus trade-in.
10 YEARS AGO
Lakes Girl Scout Council voted to sell Smokey Timbers Girl Scout Camp. The property that had been donated to the Scouts in 1958 now includes a log cabin, five picnic areas, a screened-in shelter and a boat house… Four-year-old Nora Carlson, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Loucks, enjoyed her first skating experience with her uncles at Noonan Park… Mary Jo Perino recently moved to Lexington, Kentucky to become a sports reporter. She covers minor league baseball, hockey and indoor football games. Her Friday night sport show will also include the Bengals and Reds in Cincinnati, as well as high school football and basketball in Kentucky… Diann Drew was named Young Careerist of the Year by the Alexandria BPW.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.