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Observations from the archives, 1964: Krazy Day biggest and best ever

1914, 100 years ago: Threshers moving their rigs through the city and who have to drive across the street crossings are requested by the authorities to use planks under the engine wheels. This rule will be strictly enforced. … William Tonn, who is well-known to the people of Alexandria, died at Kellogg, Idaho from the results of injuries received in a mine. He was born in Germany and was 49 years old. For many years he worked in Alexandria for Fred Raiter in the butcher shop.

1964, 50 years ago: James Chan called a meeting of the Alexandria Community Chest to introduce Harvey Tewes, assistant cashier of the First Farmers National Bank in Alexandria, as this year’s campaign manager. … Chamber of Commerce Manager Harvey Hammergren described the fourth annual Krazy Day as “the biggest and the best ever.” Merchants told the Park Region Echo sales representatives that their sales volume was double to four times the total of last year’s Krazy Day. … James Ahlfors, a 16-year-old pitching ace, fired a neat three-hitter against Ashby in the first game of a best two-of-three series for the Western Star League championship at Knute Nelson Memorial Field in Alexandria.

1989, 25 years ago: Somebody could drive home in a 1989 Cavalier Z24 convertible if he or she is the first to ace hole 17 at this year’s Resorters Tournament. The $18,000 vehicle, offered jointly by Steinbring Chevrolet and Alexandria Newspapers, will be on display around the golf course. A Caribbean cruise for two, an $1,100 value (not including airfare), is waiting for the first person to score a hole-in-one on the Par-3 7 hole. … Jeff Bergner, 1984 graduate of Jefferson High School, was recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism. While serving as a firefighter on board USS Constellation on August 2-3, 1988, during a major main machinery room fire that consumed 43 spaces, Petty Officer Bergner demonstrated extreme courage and resolve as a member of the First Firefighting Team, which probed into the main machinery room following a series of explosions that transformed the space into a raging inferno. He was nearing the end of his first four-year hitch when the fire on the Constellation erupted. He has since re-enlisted.

2004, 10 years ago: The city of Alexandria gave zoning approval for two major housing projects that are planned on both sides of Darling Avenue East. The street, one of the few remaining gravel roads in the city, will soon be paved and expanded to a 36-foot-wide street to accommodate the developments. A conditional-use permit was granted to Roger Holtberg to build a 74-unit independent housing development south of Darling Avenue East. He also received zoning approval for another housing project, Arabella Ranch, on the north side of the avenue. … Mary Hillesheim, director of the Douglas County Senior Citizen Program, went before the county board to propose a program that would “increase the participation of retirees in the workplace.” The Senior Friendly Workplace program would be somewhat of a continuation of a pilot program developed in Fergus Falls.

Just for fun – 1989, 25 years ago: Viking Heartland Express, the new bus designed primarily for senior citizens, has arrived. The bus will make its official debut with shuttle trips from the Alexandria Senior Center to Osakis and Evansville for festive celebrations. … 1964, 50 years ago: Now showing at the Andria Theatre is The Unsinkable Molly Brown. It stars Debbie Reynolds

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