1961: Downtown grocery store demolished in Alexandriahe following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO May 1911 Mr. Fredenburg is tearing down his mill preparatory to moving it to Waubun, 100 miles north of Alexandria…
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
Mr. Fredenburg is tearing down his mill preparatory to moving it to Waubun, 100 miles north of Alexandria… Phil Noonan announced plans to close his creamery in Alexandria. Farmers should continue to bring in their cream, which will be shipped to Paynesville to be made into butter… From May 1 to October 1, yard and garden watering hours will be from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. A curfew will be rung as a signal to turn off the water. Watering violators will be fined $1 an hour and hoses larger than one-half inch are not allowed… The Aaker building and barn on Main and Fifth, scheduled to be torn down, was sold at auction to Ben Shouls and Cleve Olson for $114.75.
50 YEARS AGO
Workmen were busy wrecking one of the city’s oldest commercial buildings. Englund’s Grocery Store on 7th and Broadway had been constructed of wood with a brick shell… Ground has been broken for construction of the new summer theater on the old Park Lane Country Club site on Lake L’Homme Dieu. The $20,000 building will open for its first performance in mid-June… The National Office of Civil Defense has broken ground for a demonstration model family fall-out shelter at the Frances Hartman home east of Alexandria… VFW Commander Alvin Sibell was pictured with Mrs. Wencil Kroupa as they viewed her gift to the club, an original painting of a composite view of familiar Alexandria landmarks... Airman Second Class Glenn Erickson serves as a “traveling minister” at several military installations in England.
25 YEARS AGO
Don Byrne was surprised to learn that Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, now accused of corruption, is the same person with whom he had worked 40 years ago. At that time, Marcos was fired from his job for cheating… To celebrate a $120,000 renovation, Jim and Jo Bjerkness of Alexandria Red Owl are having a “New Owner – New Store” sale… Brian Beck, AVTI graduate and Worthington cop, won the 1985 Pontiac Fiero at the 25th anniversary of the institute… The search for a new police chief to replace George McKay has been narrowed from 51 qualified people down to six… Cinema Showcase (Channel 35) has been removed from the Selective TV line-up.
10 YEARS AGO
The ice officially left Lake L’Homme Dieu on April 26… Todd and Danielle Nelson of Hoffman came up with a great idea: Write an essay in 500 words or less on why you want to own a business in rural Minnesota and you will win their hardware store – lock, stock, nuts and bolts… Forum Communications, owner of the Echo Press, has purchased the Osakis Review. Greta Petrich will become editor, with Shirley Helberg as office manager… Terri Thronson of Evansville was named Douglas County Dairy Princess; the fourth Steve Thronson daughter to be so honored… The Nelson Hall, built in 1912, that once served as the Young People’s branch of the WCTU was bulldozed this week.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.