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1967: Bon Jos opens in Alexandria

1917, 100 years ago: From Forada and Union Lake News: Letters have been received from some of our soldier boys. Newton Nash says soldier life is great and enjoys it more every day. Newton has been assigned the place of cook just below the chief cook and Oscar Glock is also cooking.

The Alexandria School farm is hereby offered for sale. For terms and particulars apply to A.A. Urness at the First National Bank.

1967, 50 years ago: The Interstate Commerce Commission ordered an investigation of the proposed discontinuance of the Great Northern Railway trains 11 and 14 and the change in service of train 28 between St. Paul and Fargo, N.D. This will mean that the trains will run as usual for at least four months past the October 15 discontinuance date and stops the railroad's proposed action until the investigation can be held by the I.C.C.

Bon Jos, ladies ready to wear store in Alexandria, will have a big 10-day grand opening with prizes valued at over $300. It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Bonrud of Elbow Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jossart of Wheaton. Kerwin Jacobson, formerly of Wheaton, is the active manager of the Alexandria store.

1992, 25 years ago: Interactive TV classes have taken a giant leap. Alexandria's Jefferson High School is now hooked into a network that includes Brandon, Evansville, Osakis, Minnewaska and others. All connect with St. Cloud State University, giving students a jump-start in college by taking advanced courses. Jefferson has a state-of-the-art TV lab, complete with eight 27-inch televisions, sleek individual microphones, teacher camera-control panel, overhead camera for written work, acoustic wall, fax facilities — the works.

There will be indoor and outdoor classrooms at the new junior high school in Alexandria. The outdoor classrooms consist of 32 acres of wetlands teeming with flora and fauna, a virtual ecosystem laboratory in which students can study the myriad of nature. It's all part of the new school's 94-acre site in northeast Alexandria, west of McKay Avenue.

2007, 10 years ago: A bit of history came tumbling down at Mount Carmel Family Camp northeast of Alexandria when the Miller Chapel was demolished. It will be replaced by a new structure costing about $2.1M. Designed by Ringdahl Architects, the new building will be constructed by Innovative Builders.

A ground-breaking for the City Park bathhouse project took place. So far, organizers have raised $43,500 for the project, according to DiAnn Ness, volunteer coordinator. The city contributed another $40,000 but another $40,000 is still needed.

A stained glass window depicting the ascension of Christ has been donated to St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Garfield by Carol and Orrin Foslien Jr. of Garfield. The window is donated in honor and in memory of their parents, Dagmar and Orrin Foslien Sr. and Edith and Basil Robinette.

JUST FOR FUN 1967, 50 years ago: The new electronic computer will be a special feature of the open house at the Alexandria Area Technical School. The units storing information can house such a tremendous quantity of information that any one unit could, for example, record enough facts to provide the basic data of every person in the state of Minnesota. The units are the control center which operates the computer and the printer onto which the information is transmitted. It may be released as punch cards, punch tape or printed in a continuous roll of paper at the incredible speed of 450 lines or 44,000 characters per minute. A two-year computer training course is now being offered at the school.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1992, 25 years ago: Dennis Kalpin, Alexandria Cardinal football coach was one of five men inducted into the Augsburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. Kalpin excelled in football and baseball at Augsburg, beginning his collegiate career in 1957. He was involved in student government, was an honor student, and served as co-captain of the football team.

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