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Column - 1961: Two men charged with robbery at Pete's

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


October 1911

High winds, coupled with corrosion inside, caused the steel flagstaff on Main and 7th to telescope and drop down about half way into the inside rim. The 125-foot pole was built in 1904 in honor of Captain George Freudenreich... Farm boys and girls older than 15 are eligible to attend the annual high school summer short course, providing they can read and write and have money for books, room and board. There is no tuition for the classes that include agriculture, farm bookkeeping, civil government, English, shop work, cooking and sewing... Ladies: Save all your hair combings to send to Madam De Leo in Minneapolis. For $1.50, she will weave them into a switch, a pompadour roll, puff or into curls.


October 1961

Two White Bear Lake men were charged with first degree grand larceny in connection with the safe-cracking robbery of $2,831 at Pete's Super Valu... David Rubinoff's violin concert attracted 1,200 listeners. Proceeds went to the Jefferson High School music fund to promote their stringed instrument program... Francis Asbury Tarkenton, rookie quarterback for the Vikings, is labeled by NFL coaches as "maybe the best rookie QB to come into our league in the last 10 years"... Final inspection was made of the new addition to Knute Nelson memorial home. The addition will allow accommodation for 17 patients to bring the capacity to 59 residents... Under a new ordinance, all dogs within the Alexandria city limits must be penned, leashed or under voice/signal control at all times.


October 1986

Knute Nelson memorial home, built in 1872, was separated into halves in preparation for its move to a new location on Nokomis Street where it will become the home of the Douglas County Historical Society... Douglas County Hospital reached an agreement with Lakeview Foundation to take over the Hazelden Chemical Dependency program... Working in teams of three or four, marketing and sales management students at AVTI are volunteering their time and talents to help farmers with farm chores, yard clean-up, and household work... St. Mary's School children are ready for the annual Work-a-thon, in which they help those in need with fall yard work... John Engebretson, Jefferson High School senior, was selected for McDonald's All-American Marching Band, scheduled to play in the Macy's Thanksgiving, Christmas in Chicago, Fiesta and Rose Bowl parades.


October 2001

Jefferson High School seniors Andres Paulson and Jared Miller were nominated to contend in Wendy's High School Heisman Program that honors students who best exemplify a supreme "scholar-citizen-athlete"... The only "FMS 200"device in North America was unveiled at Alexandria Technical College. The state-of-the-art machine will be used to teach students about new technology that is available to manufacturers... AAAA's fall musical, Annie Get Your Gun, features three generations from the same family: Bonnie Haaven, her daughter, Jennifer Maloney and Lexi, daughter of Maloney... Donna Rae Pugh, medalist in four events in this summer's Vikingland Games, was honorary pacer at the annual Central Lakes Trail 5K Run/Walk... About 900 people watched as the Harlem Globetrotters took on the local "Old Hoopsters." Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts for 9/11 victims.


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