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Observations from the archives, 1988: Dancin' Off Broadway opening soon

1913, 100 years ago: More than 50 dentists and some dentist wives of the West Central District Dental Society made Alexandria their home while they held a convention. They held their meetings in the Commercial Club Rooms. The forenoon session consisted of clinics (demonstrations of actual dentistry), explaining new methods and different features. This part of the program was under the supervision of Dr. E.E. Buell of Alexandria, president of the dental society. In other news, Chas. Lindstrom of Carlos threshed the rye from 12 acres and received 421 bushels, machine measured, or 35 bushels per acre. 104 bushels from four acres winter wheat and 180 bushels of barley from six acres. Similar averages were threshed at the homes of Hilmer Lindquist, Victor Larson and Emil Lundeen.

1963, 50 years ago: Funeral services for A.W. Trumm, age 66, prominent Alexandria businessman, will be held today, Tuesday, August 6, 1963, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Mr. Trumm, who has been associated in ownership capacity with Trumm Drug since November 6, 1951, died at Douglas County Hospital following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, sons, William and John, two sisters, four brothers, and three grandchildren, Sue Ann, Paul and Mark. In 1951, after having lived in Grove City 29 years, A.W. Trumm sold his business and a few months later purchased the former Lewis Drug in Alexandria, with son, William as a partner.

1988, 25 years ago: Jackie Payne, a native of Starbuck, a graduate of St. Cloud State and a former Minnesota Vikings cheerleader, will soon be opening a new dance studio in Alexandria called Dancin' Off Broadway at 203 Lincoln Avenue East. Her dance background includes many years at Kay Marie and Carol's School of Dance in Robbinsdale, where she was an assistant teacher. She will be instructing classes in tap, ballet and jazz starting at age 3, plus adult classes in tap and low-impact aerobics-toning-jazz exercise. In other news, the Alexandria Men's Horseshoe League singles tournament was completed recently at the Legion Park Courts. The top classes with the highest averages for the summer were placed in Class A with Lydon Sletto coming out on top and Harley Anderson placing second. In Class B, Tim Bayerl won first place honors with Marv Feller taking second. Dan Loken was first in Class C, followed by Orville Ackerman in second place.

2003, 10 years ago: A recent $550,000 grant from the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) to Ducks Unlimited appears to clear the way for duck resurgence. Of that money, $450,000 is earmarked for reclamation work on Lake Christina. With the money and help from the LCMR grant, the Christina-Ina-Anka Lake Association, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other donors, the lake should be ready for ducks by next spring. Lake Christina is near Ashby and straddles Douglas, Otter Tail and Grant counties. Given its large size, shallow basin and expansive beds of the duck foods wild celery, chara and sage pondweed, it was once a prime spot for waterfowl.

Just for fun - 1963 - 50 years ago: Mrs. Isaac Christopherson, 82-year-old widow living in Alexandria, has subscribed to the Park Region Echo for 65 consecutive years. Mrs. Christopherson is pictured looking over one of several scrapbooks of Echo clippings she has collected over the years.

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