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Observations from the archives, 1964: New Runestone Eagles Aerie to hold grand opening

1914, 100 years ago: One of the largest classes yet to graduate, 150 eighth-grade pupils, will receive diplomas at the Douglas County graduation on the courthouse lawn. Their class motto is “Push,” which is short, but to the point. In the afternoon the county spelling contest will be held in the high school building. Each school in the county is entitled to their best speller as a representative and there will be both an oral and a written contest.

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1964, 50 years ago: The Juno Tool Corporation, a firm operating in Minneapolis, wants to open a separate plant under a different corporate name in Alexandria and needs a $100,000 building and Alexandria Developers’ participation in an SBA or ARA loan program to finance that building. Stan Donnelly, who owns the Juno firm with his brother, came to town to view Alexandria Developers land between the Soo and Great Northern tracks and discuss financing programs. The company manufactures several hundred custom-molded plastic parts and would move six presses here and employ 25 to start. … Alexandria Police Chief Les Loch warned youngsters that a special motor scooter license is required before a boy or girl can operate one. The driver must take an examination from the driver’s license examiner and be issued the special license before he can drive unescorted by an adult supervisor. Licenses are only applicable for scooters of 5-horsepower motors or less. … The new Runestone Eagles Aerie No. 3063 of Alexandria will hold its grand opening. The new clubrooms are located on Highway 29 North, across the highway from Swoffer’s Café and the Sports Center.

1989, 25 years ago: Built in the mid-1950s, a Northwest Airlines DC-7 jet at the Alexandria Airport is expected to fly again after it is purchased by an Arizona aviation company. The plane will be overhauled on-site and flown to Chandler, Arizona, where it will be renamed the “City of Alexandria” and used worldwide in humanitarian relief missions. … Arson is suspected in an early morning blaze that destroyed a six-lane bowling alley in Kensington and damaged the city’s post office. Kensington Fire Chief Duane Sprouls said he believes the blaze might be related to a recent rash of arson activity in the city.

2004, 10 years ago: The Cardinal adapted bowlers were dominant in the Minnesota State High League (MSHSL) State Adapted Bowling Tournament, earning team titles in the CI and PI Divisions as well as individual titles in PI singles and CI doubles. The team is coached by Carol Feldmann. The adaptive bowling program is in its fourth year. … District 206 will offer a new program this summer called Speed, Weights, Endurance, Agility and Technique or SWEAT for short. Greg Lanners, program coordinator, explained that SWEAT is offered as a complete package of training with two levels: basic, for students entering grades 5-8 and intense, for students entering grades 9-12.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: In the “Cause for Comment” column, it was observed: “The parking planned for the area near the Alexandria Public Library is arousing adverse criticism among many women. We think the mayor and aldermen are getting many, many phone calls.” … and … According to Alexandria Developers president, Julian Newhouse, the Juno Corporation, which is proposing to open a new plant here, “would be a ‘real plum’ for Alexandria.”

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