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Observations from the archives, 1988: Still no leads on escaped prisoner

1913, 100 years ago: Last week, Anton Lund bought the feed barn, commonly known as the Peterson Feed Barn, opposite Setter and Syvrud automobile garage. He is preparing to care for the trade and invites farmers to his barn when in town. The office has been cleaned and painted, making it convenient for patrons to leave wraps and rest.

1963, 50 years ago: Claire Morrison is the faculty advisor for the lettermen's club at Jefferson High School. During the past three years, his youthful "Rockefellers" have cleared enough to buy popcorn and hotdog machines and bank a substantial sum. In fact, the club's savings the past two years have been so great that it was decided to purchase something for the school, more specifically the athletic department. Ray Bakke, president of the "A" club and one of the most energetic and dependable officers in the organization's history, pushed hard, along with Morrison, to purchase a scoreboard for the football field. And it was done. It has already been installed at the south end of the football field, which runs along the outfield section of Knute Nelson Memorial Field. It was purchased at a cost of more than $1,200. It is operated from a control panel situated in the press or announcer's tower at mid-field on the west side of the gridiron.

1988, 25 years ago: There still are no leads as to the whereabouts of a prisoner who escaped from the Douglas County Jail last week. Three prisoners attempted the escape. One of them never made it out of the building and another was captured later that same night. In the meantime, the area of the jail where those three prisoners were incarcerated has not been used to house prisoners. One of the prisoners had fashioned a tool from the metal end of a pencil to remove a light fixture from the ceiling of his jail cell, and the three crawled through the 18-by-18 inch hole above the suspended ceiling. That should have been the end of their escape, as the cell block they were housed in was built with concrete floor-to-ceiling walls that secured the area, but a hole had been knocked through that wall several months ago when remodeling was done on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center. The main architect for the project didn't accept blame for the breach in security, so Sheriff Eilers has decided to have the hole repaired and then seek payment through civil court action. The escapee still at large was being held at the jail because of failing to appear in court on a number of misdemeanor traffic violations and is not considered dangerous.

2003, 10 years ago: Fifteen distinguished radio and television professionals, including Jim Rohn of Alexandria, are being inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Rohn began his career in 1946 at KSJB AM in Jamestown, ND. He spent 18 years at KCMT Radio-TV in Alexandria and KNMT TV-Radio in Walker.

Just for fun - 1913, 100 years ago: While at Evansville the other day E.G. Nordquist invited the editor of the Echo, Carl A. Wold, out for a ride in his automobile and in due time they were at the home of John Anderson. Mr. Nordquist has during the past few years sold Mr. Anderson a large number of fruit trees and it was of much interest to see the large well-kept orchard, consisting of about four acres. It includes about 100 plum trees, 50 compass cherry and about 500 apple trees.

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