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Column - 1986: Pollard's Mill in Osakis named historic place

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


August 1911

Some time had passed before authorities were notified that a vagrant working on the Veske farm near Millerville had stolen $15, a team of horses and wagon from his employer and was heading west. Because of bad roads, deputies had to pursue by team rather than by auto. The chase went through four counties for two days and two nights. Clay County deputies spotted the wagon just as the culprit abandoned the contraband and escaped across the border into North Dakota... George Swaren sold his 146-acre farm in Alexandria to Otto Stanz for $53 an acre... The Water and Power Board will install a power line to the home and barn of Mayor Von Baumbach on Lake Agnes. Baumbach will pay $100 toward the cost, providing the line be extended around the lake.


August 1961

The Guns of Navarone, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn is playing at the Sunset Outdoor Theater... Jim and Mary Noonan spent a week in Bermuda as winners of a Bermuda House Party, sponsored by American Motors Corporation... Changes in Social Security regulations allow men to have the option to retire at age 62 with lower benefits. (This has been an option for women since 1956.)


August 1986

Pollard's Mill in Osakis was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The three-story brick building was constructed in 1887. By 1916, the mill employed 20 people and its "Oh-sa-kis" flour was well known. In 1926, it became a feed milling facility... The Alexandria Police Department collected $5,900 from the sale of 650 parking meters that once collected coins on the streets of Alexandria... Alexandria City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal for taxi drivers to pick up and deliver liquor to paying customers... DNR and MnDot officials will be present at an informal meeting Tuesday to discuss the effects the rebuilding of State Highway 27 may have on the high water levels of Oscar Lake.


August 2001

The discovery of a new "Runestone" was unveiled in Kensington. Janey Westin, a stone carver and sculptor from Minneapolis, discovered the stone in May. The inscriptions indicate it may be a headstone with AVM (for Ave Maria) and the year 1363. Other letters KSU or KSV could be a short version of a Christian prayer... Lifestyle reporter Tara Bitzan related the emotional story of two World War II veterans, Ray Strand and Veral Stockton, who were reunited after 56 years... The Ultimates, an Alexandria girl group, won first place in the open division of the Pope County Fair. Members are Lauren Larson, Theresa Desauteis, Tony Schreiber and Rachel Mattson. Kim Byrne provided accompaniment.


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