Column - 1987: KSAX Channel 42 named 'Citizen of the Year'SEPTEMBER 1962 The Alexandria public schools opened their doors to 2,773 students this week, eclipsing last year’s number by 76.
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
Some Do’s and Don’ts of Milking a Cow: Don’t begin to milk a cow with a wet tail until you’ve dried it. Don’t tie it too short. Don’t crack the seat of your stool on your cow’s back if her tail gets in your eye. Don’t fodder the cows until the milking is finished or you’ll have lots of dust in the milk… The new automated Alexandria potato warehouse takes potatoes from the wagon, sorts out the dirt and small potatoes, sends them up an elevator and into sacks on the third floor… Civil War 50 Years Ago: President Lincoln ordered the dismissal of 12 officers of the 71st Ohio Regiment for advising their troops to surrender in Clarksville, Tennessee to the enemy.
50 YEARS AGO
The Alexandria public schools opened their doors to 2,773 students this week, eclipsing last year’s number by 76… Cynthia Almeida of Pakistan, a guest of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Heegard for the weekend, was one of 61 students from 29 foreign countries taking orientation courses at the U of M before going on to the colleges they will attend this coming year… Theatre L’Homme Dieu will close its successful season with The Importance of Being Earnest. This is the last event before the election so now is the time to laugh. The latter can sometimes be fatal. (Note: Those last words are a direct quote from a column by Jim Perdue.)
25 YEARS AGO
The Pope-Douglas Solid Waste incinerator burns about 440 tons of garbage a week. It reduces about 90 percent of its volume down to ash. Metal and other items that will not burn are taken to a landfill… Tom Juul’s business “just happened” after he and his dad worked to restore his first boat, a 1949 Chris Craft. He went to California to learn the craft, and returned home to open up Alexandria Classic Boats… The tower for KSAX Channel 42 has been installed and signals will be going out by mid-September. The station was awarded “Citizen of the Year” honors for arranging and paying for all expenses for the Dottie West show at this year’s county fair… The sign for the new K-Mart Store has been installed and store employees are getting ready for the November 19 opening.
10 YEARS AGO
Basil, the rescue cat owned by Jennifer and Robert Wegner, will appear on the July 23 page of the 2003 365 Cats Page-a-Day Calendar that features cats from all over the world… A new Zamboni and a new scoreboard were donated to Runestone Recreation Center through a 10-year contract agreement with Pepsi Beverage Company… Korean War veterans Arnold Abbas and Glen Coykendall of Osakis each received the Republic of Korean Wars Service Medal. The medals and a letter from the Korean president were given by the Korean government in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the conflict… The corn maze is now open at the County Pleasure Farm, north of Alexandria. It is open until sunset or bring your flashlight to enjoy it in the dark.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.