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Observations from the archives, 1914: Law and Order League wants prohibition

1914, 100 years ago: The Law and Order League of Douglas County met at the office of the Park Region Echo. C.P. Anderson was elected delegate to the state get-together meeting of temperance forces held in Minneapolis. A motion to instruct Anderson how to vote was made and discussed. Before he accepted the election as a delegate, he informed the league that he thought the county option (counties to vote wet vs. dry) was the issue to work for, and if he went as a delegate he would vote for that. A good-natured discussion ensued. The attendees’ feeling was that [the Law and Order League] stood a possibility of getting county option and not statewide prohibition, and it was better to take half a loaf than none at all. Those standing for statewide prohibition believed it would be just as easy to secure a statewide prohibition as quickly as a county option. Following this discussion, the motion to instruct Anderson how to vote was lost, believing that it was better to let him decide.

1964, 50 years ago: More than 150 gathered at the Alexandria Armory for a public hearing on two highway improvements. First, TH 29 from the intersection of CSAH 4 to 14th Avenue and Broadway in Alexandria, and second, the proposed construction of TH 127, which will provide the village of Osakis with a 9-ton outlet to TH 94. The latter will also provide a direct connection from TH 127 to the Interstate route.

In other news, KCMT-TV’s news director Jon Haaven was elected president of the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Association in the Minnesota Press Club in Minneapolis. Haaven also received, for the second consecutive year, a first place award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association for “general year-round excellence in TV news-casting by a station with fewer than five newsmen.” Haaven has been news director at KCMT since the station went on the air in October of 1958.

1989, 25 years ago: More than 50 high school districts throughout the state are being threatened with a lawsuit from the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union for using team names such as “Indians,” “Warriors” and “Braves.” According to the MCLU, the names “violate the equal protection guarantees of the Constitution, federal and state civil rights acts, and public accommodation laws.” In Parkers Prairie, school officials decided to remove three Indian-related logos of opposing teams from the gym wall. School officials in Brandon, which uses the name Warriors, and Ashby (the Arrows) are also discussing the problem.

2004, 10 years ago: At the February school board meeting, Superintendent Ric Dressen shared that projected expenditures exceed the projected revenues for the upcoming year by $1.2 million. Assistant Superintendent Terry Quist informed the board that the need for a potential addition of 10 classroom spaces would be required to meet the elementary programming needs in the district this fall. Board Chair Bob Berns encouraged the community to learn more, offer ideas and insights on the direction the district should pursue in managing the district’s financings and facility needs. Three public meetings are scheduled.

Just for fun – 2004, 10 years ago: For the first time in its history, the Alexandria girls hockey team won the Section 2AA title, advancing them to the state tournament. Captains Bobbie Palm, Kayla Sherod and Danielle Peterson were pictured after a 4-1 victory over Willmar.

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