Column – 1984: Brian Roers was first Leap Year Baby of the YearThe following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
100 YEARS AGO
The inauguration of President William Taft is regarded as one of the best there has ever been. Parade viewers saw the greatest collection of military personnel ever assembled in one place at one time. There were 1,000 West Point cadets, 2,000 men of the Cuban Army of Purification, 5,000 sailors of Sperry’s Fleet, regular Army men, National Guardsmen and representatives of 100 clubs and political associations… C.F. Olson and Mr. Haatvedt were cutting ice when Charlie spotted a fish that he thought he would like to have. He reached for the covering of his dinner pail, went to the edge of the hole a little too far, and slipped in. The timely assistance by his partner saved his life.
50 YEARS AGO
A new phase in the parish education program at First Lutheran Church was begun Sunday with the opening of the new church school building. Some 500 young people enjoyed the “moving in” day of the 3 year olds through senior high… An invention that should be a boon to winter fishermen was shown. The battery-powered ice auger can auger a fish hole 10 inches in diameter and more than three feet down in three minutes or less… Alexandria’s National Guard Unit was mustered out as “Company K” and mustered in to a new role as “Company A, 2nd Battle Group, 136th Infantry.” The company lists 94 guardsmen on its roster and will soon have five more men, as reported by Captain Dean Melton.
25 YEARS AGO
Mark Baker and Dennis Dalman were recognized for excellence in the field of investigative reporting. Their series of stories on the proposed restructuring of the Douglas County Hospital took second-place honors in weekly newspapers. Baker also won two individual reporting awards… Pamela Kluver has been selected as an entrant in the Miss Minnesota contest… Steve Ekdahl delivered 2,400 cases of Coors beer in the first shipment of the sudsy brew to the Alexandria area… Brian Roger Roers of Brandon was the first Leap Year Baby of the Year, arriving at 2:11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29. At 5:42 p.m. the same day, Matthew Zunker of Miltona arrived on the scene… Dee Poole and Jane Vogel were awarded first place trophies for personal sales of Aubrey Creations Jewelry in the state for 1983.
10 YEARS AGO
Governor Jesse Ventura, in an interview with Echo Press reporter John Sundvor, said he doesn’t want to leave the Capitol when the Legislature is in session because he worries about the “mischief” that might be done in his absence… The Senate Agricultural and Rural Development committee voted unanimously to legalize the production of industrial hemp… A task force has been named to look into the issues of a new high school building project and the sale of Jefferson High School to Alexandria Technical College… Representative Collin Peterson is considering a bid as a contender for Rod Grams’ Senate seat in the 2000 election… Lakes and Home Magazine will launch its first issue this month… Alexandria Bantam Hockey Team skated its way to win the Regional Bantam “A” Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 win over Bemidji.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.