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Observations From the Archives: 1992: Sen. Paul Wellstone featured at town meetings

1917, 100 years ago: In Millerville News: Builder John Abel is again in the field with his men busy at work. They will next build a barn for Walter Wilken. ... The Johnson girls, living northeast of Union Lake, had the good luck in the state ditch to spear a fish that was 42 inches long and weighed 22 pounds. ... A rumor last fall that Ralph Archer had a new car did not materialize until now. He has a brand new Ford.

1967, 50 years ago: The Runestone Museum, almost doubled in size, carpeted and rearranged, will be reopened in a week-long celebration. The remodeling began in the fall of 1966 when an addition to the north side of the existing building was started to give more display space and allow rearrangement of the many exhibits that were literally hanging from the rafters. The entry has been moved to the east side of the building to make it more accessible to the street parking. ... Bruce Nelson and Steve Rolfsrud have been selected to the American Legion Boys State. ... Fred and Sue Theiss, who purchased the Sports Center in Alexandria from Lewis Tegland, and later acquired Swoffer's Café from Mrs. Leona Swoffer, have incorporated both businesses under the name "The Chateau."

1992, 25 years ago: A town meeting entitled "Energy and the Environment," featuring Sen. Paul Wellstone, will kick off Earth Day 1992 in Alexandria. ... Stuart Hendrickson, an 18-year veteran in bank management, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Viking Savings Association in Alexandria, according to M.M. "Bud" Peterson, board chairman. ... Target Stores will open its Alexandria facility in July. The local outlet is part of a nationwide, 47 store, 5.5 million square foot expansion planned for Target in 1992. Alexandria's new 85,000 square foot store will employ approximately 150 full and part time workers and contribute more than $300,000 to the local economy through services of local business.

2007, 10 years ago: Noonan Sports Specialists is opening a new strength and conditioning facility, located at 503 Hawthorne in downtown Alexandria (the former Garden Center building). It is the first expansion of the nine-year-old company, Noonan Strength Systems, based in Fargo-Moorhead. ... Natalie Heckert of Alexandria has just returned from her audition before a panel of Chicago judges as part of "Oprah's Search for the Next Big Idea." Heckert's portable personal gym was one of the main attractions based on the product's creative nature, demonstrated value and broad appeal. ... The Alexandria city assessor report shows that the market value of all property within the city increased from $772 million in 2005 to nearly $895 million in 2006, a 16 percent increase.

Just for fun — 1967, 50 years ago: An old Alexandria landmark, the Berglund building, located at the rear of 118 Lincoln Ave. East, was removed from the scene by workmen in preparation for the construction of a second drive-up teller banking facility installation that will be made by the First Farmers National Bank. ... Showing at the Sunset Drive-In Theatre is Sean Connery as James Bond in "Goldfinger" and "Dr. No."

Sports Trivia — 1992, 25 years ago: Charlie McDonald, a former Alexandria athlete and graduate, joined a distinguished list of baseball coaches when he was inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. McDonald was a three-sport athlete during high school and attended Concordia College in Moorhead where he served as captain of the Cobber baseball and football teams his senior year.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.