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Observations from the archives, 1988: Treischel hired as first female over-the-road deputy

1913, 100 years ago: The Alexandria High School exhibits at the State Fair ranked first among schools of the state. It was reported first to have ranked third but the excellency of the canning and sewing exhibits brought it up to first place. Douglas County schools as a whole ranked fifth in the state in penmanship. For "booklet work," prizes were awarded to Anna Lederman and Lynn Hounsell — Insects; Webster Myers and Wallace Larson — Horses; Agnes Peffer — Strawberries; and Joseph Korkowski - Sheep.

1963, 50 years ago: The Alexandria City Council passed a resolution described by one city official as "the greatest decision made for Alexandria in 50 years." The "historic" decision was a resolution accepting preliminary plans of the State Highway Department for extensive improvement and the re-routing of part of Highway 29, leading into Alexandria from the south. Councilman Ed Flanigan made the motion to adopt the resolution and the vote was unanimous in favor. The project will create a high-speed, four-lane expressway from the access point of Interstate 94 to South Broadway in Alexandria. The contemplated Highway 29 expressway joins the interstate highway at a point about two and a half miles south of Alexandria. Work will begin in the fourth quarter of 1966 and is expected to take two to three years to complete.

1988, 25 years ago: For the first time ever, Douglas County has hired a female over-the-road deputy. Jackie Treischel, a 21-year-old Alexandria native who graduated from the Alexandria Technical Institute's Law Enforcement Program last spring, has been hired as a full-time deputy. Assigned badge #214, Treischel will patrol the county in her squad car and have all the responsibility and authority of her male counterparts. A second major change in the department is the promotion of road deputy Jeff Callaghan to the position of chief deputy, second in command to Sheriff Terry Eilers. All over-the-road deputies, jailer dispatchers, and other officer personnel will report directly to Callaghan, who in turn will report to the sheriff. Callaghan, at 32, is a 10-year veteran of law enforcement. Another change is the hiring of Steve Sibell as the new jail administrator.

2003, 10 years ago: A commission that is charged with restructuring the VA medical system is reviewing a proposal to add a primary care clinic in Alexandria. "Alexandria is an attractive location because it has a stable population of veterans. There are about 3,700 veterans in Douglas County," said Ray Kallstrom, director of the county's Veteran Services. Kallstrom expects that an Alexandria clinic would be able to treat as many as 1,900 patients each year and would use VA employees to provide medical care. One of the major obstacles is funding. The St. Cloud VA Medical Center would have to sponsor the clinic, so an Alexandria clinic is contingent on St. Cloud's financial disposition. "Everything would have to be approved by Congress, so it takes a while to get through the system," Kallstrom said.

Just for fun — 1963, 50 years ago: Evansville's small but speedy Tigers raced past Villard on their way to a 68-0 triumph in the 1963 Little Eight conference opener. Coach Stan Kaess' gridders in the scoring: Duffy Evavold, four touchdowns; Steve Bock and Larry Carlson scored two each; Jim Standish and Doug Alvstad one each. Scott Nelson added two points when he nailed a Villard ball carrier in the end zone for a safety while Bob Hospodar and Alvstad each added two conversions and Bock and Rick Frykman one each.

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