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Observations from the archives, 1964: Safecrackers hit Millerville Liquor Store

1914, 100 years ago: Proposals will be received for the construction of cement sidewalks and crossings in the city of Alexandria. Plans and specifications are on file at the office of the city clerk. … Alb. Eastman is to be found at the new blacksmith shop on his farm east of town in Evansville. Anyone desiring repair or general blacksmithing can get their work done promptly and satisfactorily. A phone is in the residence near the shop.

1964, 50 years ago: Sheriff Howard Urness said safecrackers hit the Millerville Liquor Store and stole well over $800 in cash and checks. Entry was made by breaking a back window. The store safe had been punched, the dial driven into the vault, and the door opened. The Millerville safecracking is the first major theft to occur in the county since the Alexandria V.F.W. club safe was cracked more than a year ago. … Cigarette and liquor tax apportionment money received by the county and county municipalities this week indicate that people are smoking less but drinking more. The county received $9,491.10 in cigarette tax money for the first six months of 1964. This money is credited to the county building fund. … The Park Region Publishing Co. will move from its home of the past 44 years. The company has entered into a lease agreement with Paul and Karl John Anderson to occupy the former Kosmoski building at 314 Broadway, next to the Alexandria Armory. The Andersons purchased the building from Mrs. Zyg Kosmoski. All offices, linotype machines and other equipment will be located on the main floor and the newspaper press and paper supplies will be in the basement.

1989, 25 years ago: Anderson Furniture, an Alexandria business for 117 years, has sold the store to Hennen Furniture of St. Cloud. Fourth-generation Andersons have been involved in the operation of the store, which was founded in 1872 by John Anderson. The Andersons maintain ownership of the building. … The Alexandria Area Quality Council, in cooperation with Alexandria Newspapers, Inc., honors Al Patton and Brad Lake, Douglas County Sheriff Department, with its “Quality Plus Award.” … Women in Agriculture is again being offered at Alex Tech for the 1989-90 school year, designed for farm women who wish to be more actively involved in the management/operation of their family farms or who wish to learn skills that will help them find off-the-farm employment. Fifteen full-scholarships are available.

2004, 10 years ago: The Alexandria Planning Commission approved a preliminary plat of the property for a Walmart Supercenter. The new store will be located east of the existing building. At 203,091 square feet, the supercenter is the new “big box size,” said City Planner Mike Weber. … A new sidewalk policy was adopted by the Alexandria City Council, putting City Street Commissioner Truman Hanson in charge of making sure public sidewalks are passable for handicapped pedestrians. Anyone who wants to place an obstruction on a sidewalk, such as a business owner planning a sidewalk sale, must first get permission from the street commissioner.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: The Douglas County Fair Board will inaugurate a Senior Citizens Day at the fair. Any person 65 years or older may register at the grandstand for a free grandstand pass.

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