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Observations from the archives, 1964: Sixth Avenue to be widened, improved

1914, 100 years ago: The Farmer’s and Teacher’s Institute met in Alexandria with Miss Belle Angus speaking on the importance of spelling, its bearing on other subjects, the need of teaching spelling and requiring pupils to learn quickly. Miss Amelia Jasperson led a demonstration in Third Grade Language by having 15 of her pupils use irregular verbs through grammatical constructions involving the child’s own experiences in games, plays and stories.

1964, 50 years ago: Robert H. Pappenfus has been appointed special municipal judge for the city of Alexandria by Governor Karl L. Rolvaag … Paul Lauthen, sophomore center, scored 16 points for Brandon in a loss to Osakis during Southwest Sub-District action in Alexandria. Osakis later topped Evansville to take the tourney championship, giving Coach Jack Toftey and his Silverstreaks the right to meet Melrose in District 22 action … The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to have Sixth Avenue widened and improved from Broadway to Oak Street. Oak lies one block east of the Soo Line tracks. City Engineer Harold Hall has estimated the cost at $80,000. The project will be paid for with Municipal-State Aid funds and no affected property

owners will be assessed for the improvements.

1989, 25 years ago: The so-called “Living Will” bill passed by the state Legislature will protect life as well as allow life to end, according to Representative Clair Nelson of District 11B. The bill, once Governor Perpich signs it, will go into effect August 1. Nelson said he has heard from many pro-life people who oppose the bill because they believe it is a first step toward wholesale euthanasia or that it doesn’t respect life. Nelson strongly disagrees … Ashby Supt. Ray Dahlen reported that the Ashby School Board tabled taking any new action when the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union threatened 54 districts, including Ashby, for using Indian nicknames. He wrote a letter to the union pointing out that the school does not use any Indian symbols, dress or images to promote its sports teams and Ashby will continue to use the name Arrows. The school mascot is a bird. School officials have not received word back from the MCLU … Brandon Supt. Ray Farwell said that if a majority of the schools with Indian nicknames decided to change, Brandon would not hold out. If a pairing agreement is reached with Evansville, the Warriors name will most likely be dropped. The Chargers name has been accepted by the student body already.

2004, 10 years ago: CentrePoint Energy Minnegasco reports that its March billing price for residential customers is 75 cents per therm, a decrease of 29 percent over this time last year, when the billing price hit a near-record high of $1.06 … Included in Pioneer Public Television’s program line-up are two new local productions highlighting rural life. Alexandria segments airing on the pilot for Prairie Sportsmen will be Alexandria Outfitters taking viewers on a guided fishing trip and Chef Curt Anderson of Arrowwood providing the secrets of preparing walleye.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Judith Shea of Brandon, daughter of the Leo Sheas, is engaged to James F. Korkowski, son of the Aloys Korkowskis of Millerville. James is currently stationed with the U.S. Army Motorpool in Heidelberg, Germany. Miss Shea is employed as a secretary with Univac, St. Paul.

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