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Observations from the archives, 1988: Alexandria Big Band returns to ballroom

By Rachel Barduson, Echo Press Columnist

1913, 100 years ago: A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Kolstad at 4:13 Monday morning, October 13, 1913 (we all know him as Karl “Bud” Kolstad!). In other news, last week, Carl Paulson who has been living on the Lewis Evens place on Lake Cowdry, moved into the Robert Moade farm in Ida, which he has bought. Mr. Paulson also has a large farm in Canada and has been there during this fall attending to fall work there. He will make his Ida farm his future home.

1963, 50 years ago: Mr. H.B. Wussaw announced the sale of his store, The Herberger Company, of Alexandria, after 31 years of business. He is well known locally as a leading merchant and through his past community and civic associations. G.R. “Bob” Herberger, equally well-known locally and throughout the area, purchased the store from Mr. Wussaw through his company, with headquarters in St. Cloud. The company operates seven other retail department stores. The group of eight Herberger stores are located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. The Bob Herbergers winter in Scottsdale, Arizona and summer on Lake L’Homme Dieu, near Alexandria. The Herberger name dates back to the late George Herberger, who started retailing in Osakis in the 1880s.

1988, 25 years ago: Construction has started on a 16’ by 61’ addition on the south side of the Alexandria Golf Club’s Pro Shop. Earlier this summer, the AGC general membership approved a Board of Director’s recommendation that John Basten’s Pro Shop be expanded and renovated. The addition will bring the total square footage to nearly 3,300 square feet. In other news, the Alexandria Big Band will return to the Glenwood Lakeside Ballroom later this month, according to band leader Bill Riggs. The band began in the early 1960s and its musicians are from a variety of professions that include a doctor, lawyer, minister, teachers, banker, dentist, retired military and businessmen.

2003, 10 years ago: The National Guard unit in Alexandria has been deployed. Soldiers left for Fort Stewart, Georgia, before they take on six-month peace-keeping duties in Kosovo. It’s the first time since the Korean War in the 1950s that the entire unit has been mobilized for an overseas assignment. Larry Shellito of Alexandria, a major general with the Minnesota National Guard, is also the commander of the 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division, of which the local unit is a part. Fifty soldiers from the Alexandria area departed as well-wishers crowded Broadway Street in Alexandria in support. After almost three months in training, the troops will spend six months in Kosovo. Kosovo is a southern province in the region of Serbia and Montenegro.

Just for fun – 50 years ago, 1963: The retail sales committee of the Chamber of Commerce voted to keep Friday night store hours throughout the year in 1964, established the store hour nights for the Christmas shopping season and discussed post-Christmas sales promotions. The decision to keep stores open Friday nights until 9 p.m. throughout the year marks a departure from precedence. In former years, stores were not kept open Friday nights during that period from the close of Christmas shopping season until the opening of the Easter shopping season. Commencing in January, stores will remain open until 9 p.m. every Friday night throughout the year. • • •   

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