Column - 1999: Alexandria Township to keep its fire protectionThe following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
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.
100 YEARS AGO
State geologist Professor N.H. Winchell of the Minnesota Historical Society has declared the Elbow Lake “runestone” to be a fossil sponge of the order “lachaditis,” which lived millions of years ago in the Lower Silurian geologic age. The inscription consists of two concentric circles, the larger being about nine inches in diameter with a number of radial marks between them, arranged like figures on a clock. The Kensington Runestone, which has been translated into English and is of great scientific value, is the property of Hjalmer Holland, who first exploited it as genuine and obtained possession of it from the farmer who found it. It is at the society until further steps are taken to secure its permanent exhibition in St. Paul.
50 YEARS AGO
The controversial diagonal parking will continue on Broadway until State Highway Commissioner Zimmerman hands down another directive… Forty Jaycees delivered 120 food boxes to the needy. The organization had received $500 in cash, 55 turkeys and numerous cases of canned goods. Money left over will be used to aid the unfortunate throughout the year… Jim Noonan has no intention of quitting his used car business despite the possibility of city condemnation of his business property for a city parking lot… Former Alexandria Congregational Church pastor Gary Bousman has published a book, The Human Side of the Ministry, a collection of experiences during his first pastorate… Marjorie Starner of Hoffman, Mark Formo of Carlos and Lynne Swanson of Minneapolis were delivered on Christmas Day at Alexandria hospitals.
25 YEARS AGO
Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, children and grandchildren at the Lawrence and Marie Dero home of Lake Miltona played Trivial Pursuit. After eight years of separation, all 12 children and their families were home for the holidays… Anderson Trucking, Inc. of St. Cloud presented the AVTI truck driving program with a 1975 International truck… Great-great-grandmother Mary Thoennes of Parkers Prairie was the oldest and little Jason Klimek the youngest in a five-generation picture of the Klimek family… Jim Lehman will remain on the PGA tour after successfully completing the six qualifying rounds at Mission Hills… Members of Dave Anderson’s Boy Scout Troup 416 were shown wrapping the toys they had collected and repaired for the needy.
10 YEARS AGO
Remember all the hoopla on the brink of 2000? Headlines read: It’s 3 days to 2000 – Is the County Y-2 OK? Are You Ready? Authorities do not expect major problems. They have plans in place, just in case… Patients at Central Lakes Chiropractic received adjustments in exchange for stuffed toys that will be donated to the Douglas County Emergency Unit… Barbara Runquist attended ceremonies in Washington, D.C. to accept an award for the “high performance” of Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Association… Sylvia Klimek’s recipe for “Sparkling Egg Nog” won the Land O’ Lakes recipe contest and is featured in their new American Heritage Cookbook… Lindsey Hartmann received the Minnesota State Heisman award for excellence in academics, community development and athletics… A compromise has finally been reached that will keep the fire protection for Alexandria Township after annexation.