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Observations from the archives, 2004: Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in Alexandria

1914, 100 years ago: There are now 18 single lights to use on the streets in Parkers Prairie. These new lights are in addition to the four clusters at the four principal business corners. … Strenuous efforts are being made to secure the use of prison convicts for road building. … Carl A. Wold, editor of the Park Region Echo, is a candidate for Representative to the state Legislature from Douglas County. … “A Boon to the Farm Housewife:” The new Perfection Wick Blue Flame Cook Stove, does exactly the same work of the coal range without the terrible exhausting heat and the dirt and trouble. It burns clean, convenient, economical oil.

1964, 50 years ago: Woolworth’s advertised great gifts for mom: Lady Regal hairdryer in luxurious hat box, $9.95, gift-boxed head scarfs for 79 cents and Norbee Swiss watches, $6.77. … Two incumbents, Don Krueger and Jim Boyd, will run unopposed for the Alexandria School Board. Election judges will be Innis LeRoy, Mabel Johnson and Vera Hollingsworth. … School board candidates in Brandon include Cliff Lund, Verlyn Heider, L.E. Kassube and Florian Roers. … Marine Pvt. Wm. B. Osterberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leanor A. Osterberg, completed recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.

1989, 25 years ago: Currently there are 22 prisoners in the Douglas County Jail, which was built for an optimum capacity of 16 prisoners. The jail is so short of space that three prisoners are boarded out to the Otter Tail County Jail, according to Douglas County Sheriff Terry Eilers. … Jayme Olson of Ashby broke his own high jump record in the Wahpeton Invitational. Olson cleared the 6-4 mark to better his own record by two inches. Olson is a sophomore. … Jim Rylander of Ashby was presented with “The Coot of the Year” award at the annual Coots Unlimited Banquet.

2004, 10 years ago: A four-fifths scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was set up at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. The traveling tribute, which costs nearly $9,000, was brought to the city by the local Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 235. It will be open 24 hours a day, May 14-16. … Because rural areas west of Alexandria continue to grow, the Runestone Electric Association (REA) is upgrading its power lines. Crews are shown working on the line between County Road 82 west to County Road 40 along the Barrett Road (County Road 8). … The first phase of a two-year, $7 million project to reconstruct Third Avenue from Broadway Street to McKay Avenue will get under way, resulting in a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane in each direction and dual left turns at Broadway and Nokomis.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Grand march at the Junior-Senior Prom in Alexandria pictured Sue Gorham, K.B. Tegland, Sandy Tvrdik, Jim Kiehne, Mary Nodland, David Hegg, Jane Youngquist and Jim Overly. Tegland is president of the junior class and Kiehne is president of the senior class. … 2004, 10 years ago: Many spectators watched the demolition of the Empress Theatre marquee in Osakis. One concern was whether the facing wall of the A.J.’s Restaurant building would stay intact. Zacher Construction of Alexandria said the project went well, adding that the townspeople were the ones who were really nervous.

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