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Observations from the archives, 1989: Lodging tax may be imposed in county

1914, 100 years ago: The deal whereby Brown Brothers of Osakis become the owners of the C.A. Strandberg Implement business was completed. Harry R. Chapin will be the local manager. Mr. Standberg sold on account of failing health … Mrs. William Moses passed her 72nd milestone. Although she may be considered old in alertness of mind and body, she is still young. She has been one of the most faithful workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church here and the societies in connection with it. She was secretary of the first organization of the local W.C.T. U.

1964, 50 years ago: LeRoy Meyer of Garden Center reports that 12 teams from this area will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the 1964 WIBC Championship tournament, the largest women’s bowling tourney ever scheduled. The tourney has more than 25,000 women competing for a share of the largest prize fund ever, $248,924. There will be teams from 48 states, Bermuda, Canada and Puerto Rico … A Swedish-trained archeologist working with the Carnegie Institute has launched a scientific study of “all the evidence that Scandinavian voyagers may have beaten Columbus to North America by hundreds of years.” Archeologists in Norway are turning up new evidence and the crown prince of Norway may lend his own prestige, saying, “The study will likely provide the best answer yet to the question of whether the Kensington Runestone is a genuine record of a Viking party’s visit to central Minnesota in 1362, or a Scandinavian practical joke.”

1989, 25 years ago: In an effort to bolster its marketing fund, the Alexandria Lakes Area Resort and Visitors Bureau may impose a 3 percent lodging tax on resorts and motels in Douglas County. Before it goes into effect, the tax would have to be approved by the 11 township boards in the county and the city councils of Alexandria and Osakis. Chamber of Commerce Manager Joe Egge said the ALARVB wants to pursue a more aggressive marketing campaign to compete with other areas of the state and draw more people into the community. The tax would affect 85 area resorts and motels and could generate more than $150,000 locally … Number 29 arrived at the Alexandria Fire Department from Wisconsin where it was custom-built. The $86,000 tanker truck holds up to 1,600 gallons of water and can pump 60 gallons per minute. Fire Chief, Dan Ness said the tanker was purchased with rural fire-fighting in mind, designed specifically for use outside city limits, although it can be used anywhere.

2004, 10 years ago: Douglas County Hospital’s radiology department can now provide a new screening test called cardiac scoring, which measures the presence and amount of calcium in coronary arteries through a CT scan … The Minnesota Blizzard closed out their inaugural season with a 20-28-7 record in the West Division of the North American Hockey League … After nearly 25 years of detailing news stories for this column, from 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago, Mavis Salt is putting down her ink pen and retiring.

Just for fun – 1989, 25 years ago: Alexandria girls’ basketball coach Wendy DeVorek will coach, and Cardinal senior standout Shannon Monahan will play, in the Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball games. The Metro vs. Outstate games will be played at St. Cloud State University and Augsburg College. Monahan was also named recipient of the Class AA girl Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) Award.

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