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Observations from the archives, 1964: Park Region Echo column wins big award

1914, 100 years ago: The school board of Independent School District No. 2 will receive bids for carrying the children on the five consolidated routes for the school year commencing September 1, 1914. For information as to routes, call on Secretary A.A. Urness at First National Bank. … Small farm 1-1/4 miles from Nelson Village. The best of soil, fine orchard, all under cultivation, complete set of buildings. Near large creamery at Nelson. Will trade for city property. John H. Nelson, Alexandria.

1964, 50 years ago: Donald J. Kelly’s “Shamrocks and Shillelaghs” column in the Park Region Echo has been judged second best of its kind in the United States. Commenting upon Kelly’s column, the judges complimented, “…his humorous and reasonable treatment of a little bit of everything under the sun.” … The patriotic rally scheduled in Evansville for July 4 will not only provide the national day of observance for independence, but also serve as a partial means of raising funds. The community is attempting to raise $2,500 a year to provide a scholarship for Dr. James Lueders, who will come to Evansville to practice upon completion of his internship in 1966. Dr. Lueders and his wife have two children. … Alexandria’s City Attorney, Morris A. Grover, has been elected president of the Minnesota Association of City and Village Attorneys. … A nine-hole, par 36 golf course is now under construction between Highway 29 and Lake Miltona, two and a half miles from the village of Miltona.

1989, 25 years ago: The fifth annual Vikingland Band Festival will for the first time become an international event as it draws participants from Sandefjord, Norway. The event is the largest summer marching band competition in Minnesota, featuring more than 2,300 marching musicians. … Everette Walters, president of the Lakes Area Humane Society, asked the city council to donate a lot in Industrial Park on which to build an animal shelter. The council urged the humane society to enlist the support of the Douglas County Board and township officials, since the society would benefit the entire county. … The possibility of allowing overnight camping at Douglas County’s Chippewa Park near Brandon was denied in a split 3-2 vote. The Douglas County Board voted against a recommendation of the county park board by deciding not to include camping in a development plan to be submitted to the state. The park board had recommended to allow camping, largely because of the demand that was expressed at two public meetings held in Brandon. Park Director Al Lieffort told the county board that it would not cost the county much more money to include the campgrounds in the development plans.

2004, 10 years ago: A $100,000 project to install new runway lights at the Alexandria airport was approved by the city council. New Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) will be placed on all four runway ends at the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration will cover 95 percent of the cost of the project. … Gene Meier and Cindy Maanum, mortgage loan officers with Bremer, have been named to Bremer’s Platinum Club, which represents an elite group of the top real estate lenders at Bremer who consistently perform at high levels and are committed to exceeding client expectations.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: The fourth season of Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria’s professional air-cooled summer theater, opens with the Broadway comedy, Auntie Mame, the first of 10 plays for the season.

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