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Observations from the archives, 2004: High school rodeo is a growing sport

1914, 100 years ago: The largest and most successful convention of the District 19 Women’s Christian Temperance Union was held in Nelson. Mrs. E.E. Lobeck was re-elected president and Mrs. Carl Wold was re-elected secretary. … The Brandon Good Road Club is to have an automobile tour starting at Anton Hauglie’s place, Town of Moe, en route to Barrett where they will stop for three hours to have dinner, thence return by way of Elbow Lake and Evansville. Two cornet bands will be along the route to furnish music.

1964, 50 years ago: Dedication of the new Hoffman Nursing Home was held. Built at a cost of $300,000, the facility is one of several built and planned for the State of Minnesota by Assembly Homes of Glenwood. It contains 26 rooms for residents, a barber and beauty shop, canteen, chapel area and doctor’s room. … At a special meeting, the Alexandria City Council abandoned the plan to install sidewalks on 12th Avenue to Lincoln School. Twelfth Avenue residents, represented by an attorney, protested that 12th was not the logical avenue to install sidewalk because a survey indicated school children traffic was heavier on other avenues leading to the school. … Ladies who acted as judges of the records of the 4-H Clubs for the past year include Mrs. Ferdinand Johnson, Mrs. Lloyd Hokanson, Mrs. Julian Loken, Mrs. Clarence Sperling, Mrs. Dale Benson, Mrs. Donald Lindquist and Mrs. Archie Zelphamer.

1989, 25 years ago: Low water on Lake Mary, poison ivy patches on Lake Lobster, and wetlands on farm property were issues raised by people at a Douglas County Comprehensive Water Plan meeting. Purpose of the meeting was to hear public concerns about water-related issues so that the committee can improve upon a draft of a five-year water plan for the county. … The Alexandria Technical Institute is now the Alexandria Technical College. The State Legislature enacted the change during its last session to recognize that technical schools are currently offering courses as demanding as those offered at colleges. … Twenty 4-H members from Minnesota will be the first 4-H group in the nation to be involved in a cultural exchange with the Soviet Union. Harlan Rosendahl, Douglas County Extension agent, will serve as a chaperone.

2004, 10 years ago: Rural Cellular Corporation (RCC), which has been doing business as Cellular 2000 and Unicel in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, will operate in the Midwest exclusively as Unicel. There has been no change in ownership for RCC. As Unicel, the company will continue to expand and improve its network coverage and provide the latest technology, from downloadable polyphonic ring tones and picture mail, to real-time news, weather and sports. … The Minnesota Chapter of the National High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) will entertain crowds at the Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival. The high school rodeo is a growing sport locally. … Four separate accidents in three different counties within a two-day period involved five vehicles and 22 people. Seventeen were sent to the hospital.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: The home of G. Robert Herberger on the shore of Lake L’Homme Dieu is one of the homes included on the second annual Tour of Homes to be conducted by the Theatre Go-ers for the benefit of Theatre L’Homme Dieu. The home was at one time the Hugh Prather summer home. The Herbergers’ houseboat “Arizona Queen” will also be shown.

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