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Observations from the Archives: 1967: Corn silk bandit robs Holmes City co-op

1917, 100 years ago: The Luther League of the Swedish Lutheran Church enjoyed a "wiener roast" at the Anderson cottage on Lake Darling, the evening being in the nature of a farewell to the young men of the society who have been called into the army. The "soldier boys" present were Edward Peterson, Arvid Lundstrom and Clarence Johnson.

Nick Carlson has opened a tailor shop over Miller's Furnishing Store. Ladies and gentlemen's tailoring given best of attention.

Wanted: A man for plowing. Willing to pay $40.00 per month — Edward Roth, Alexandria, R-2.

1967, 50 years ago: Loss of mail revenue through removal of railway post office cars from Great Northern trains by the Post Office Department, and continuing deficits from passenger operations, have led the railway to propose reduction of services between the Twin Cities and Fargo, N.D., Great Northern announced. This will also discontinue operation of the two present Red River passenger trains, Nos. 11 and 14, now operated between St. Paul-Minneapolis and Fargo.

A lone bandit robbed the Co-op Store in Holmes City. A man with corn silk draped over the lower half of his face entered the store at 8 p.m. and was armed with a pump-type shotgun and demanded Miss Andrin Nicholas, 19-year-old, to hand over all the cash on hand. She gave the man $227 and he fled south in a light-colored car. Douglas County Sheriff Howard Urness stated that his office had no leads as to the identity of the corn-silk bandit.

1992, 25 years ago: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) extended funding to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Douglas County (HRA) for the existing Rental Certificate program. This contract extension will make over $538,000 available for rental assistance to low-income renters over the next six years.

Lowell Peterson, the president of First Bank of Alexandria, took a maiden flight in his home-made airplane, a 500-pound two-seater with retractable wings known as a KitFox. It took Peterson 2 ½ years to build. A Federal Flight Administration official paid a visit to give the plane a thorough visual audit and then gave it his blessing.

2007, 10 years ago: St. Mary's education center will be featured in American School and University magazine's 2007 Architectural Portfolio, an annual publication honoring education design excellence. Submitted by Widseth Smith Nolting Associates, Inc., St. Mary's is among only 36 renovation/remodeling projects to be profiled.

Glen and Kaye Zebarth from Brandon have been recognized by the University of Minnesota as a 2007 Farm Family. The Zebarths raise elk, an animal native to our state. They began small with 10 cows and two bulls and have increased their herd size to 320 animals. They also have additional acres of cropland and raise soybeans and alfalfa.

JUST FOR FUN 1967, 50 years ago: Twenty Alexandria merchants are saluting the football Cardinals. Each week the person picking the points closest in the score of both teams playing will be the winner of $5. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by a drawing.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1967, 50 years ago: From Dave Harris' Sport Shorts column: "The 1967 version of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, the 44th, came to an end after 11 days, and it was deemed a most successful venture by the Lake Region Sports, Inc. Congratulations are a must to the tournament co-chairs Russ Rolandson and LeRoy Meyer. Big congratulations also to Dale Serum, recreation director, manager of the Alexandria Clippers and a big factor in bringing the tournament to Alexandria. A tremendous job also by Dean Melton and his crew working on the playing field. They kept the field in excellent shape throughout the tournament."

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