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Column - 1983: Expansion plans move ahead for new LEC

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.


May 1908

Geneva Beach Hotel is waiting for a party of 25 vacationers from St. Louis this week... Camp #2064 of Royal Neighbors of America will have a bloomer drill at its next meeting. Sixteen ladies in bloomers will execute fancy drills and vie for honors. Their husbands say they shall not, and the ladies say they will! It is all likely to create some excitement!... A watch led to the identification of the remains of John Moe of Elbow Lake, found buried in the "dead farm" in La Porte, Indiana. He apparently was a victim of Mrs. Gunnes, on whose property 12 bodies have been found. He had withdrawn $1,100 from his bank, went to Indiana and mysteriously disappeared. Two other men from this area who disappeared after closing their accounts prior to leaving for La Porte may also be among the dead.


May 1958

KSTP-TV in St. Paul will give the Alexandria Centennial a boost during their noontime news this week. Archie Viering will play his accordion while Mr. and Mrs. James Clarno dance to the music of The St. Paul Waltz... Fifteen hundred spectators filled the high school gymnasium to watch The Parade of Centennial Costumes. One-hundred-forty-seven models vied for 33 prizes at the event... The Alexandria Cardinals won the District 22 track and field meet, garnering a high total of 43-1/4 points... Corn planting was delayed another week because of cool and wet weather... KCMT-TV will soon be equipped to telecast all programs in color... A four-month search for his great-aunt ended on a successful note for a young Swede after the May 15 issue of the Park Region Echo published her picture. The aunt, 90-year-old Anne Nelson, is the mother of Alexandria shoe repairman Art Nelson.


May 1983

Architects were given the green light to proceed with expansion plans for the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center. Up to $8,000 has been designated for planning and design... Arrowwood is one of 16 Minnesota hotel/motel accommodations to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award... AVTI has been forced to cut $500,000 from its budget because of cutbacks in state aid... Unless six more condominiums are sold within the next couple of months, the planned Senator retirement complex will not be built... Mark Lundeen, Evansville hiker, is making great progress on his 2,600-mile hike on the Pacific Coast trail northward from Mexico to Canada.


May 1998

Will year 2000 spell out 'Doomsday?' Some experts claim that zeros will cause worldwide computer crashes at the end of this century... Dennis Anhalt and Patty Wicken will reign as king and queen for Ole Oppe Fest on Memorial weekend... The city of Alexandria has agreed to accept the petition for annexation of 140 lots in Tabbert's Addition... Trish Conroy reported that the new card system that went into operation last week at the public library is going very smoothly... A part of history was nearly destroyed by a street crew working on 8th and Maple. The sidewalk slab, dated October 16, 1936, bears the footprints and signature of Phil J. Noonan, developer of Noonan Park and Noonan Addition.

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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.