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Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits

1917, 100 years ago: In Spruce Hill news, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt were relieved upon hearing from their two sons, William and Leonard, who joined the Army as volunteers in April. The last they had heard was in July when they were in New York. The letter they just received states that they had arrived safely in France. Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Lien have also heard from their son, Earl, stating that he had arrived safely in France.

Mrs. Van Hoesen has sold her fine residence property in west Alexandria to her brother, C.J. Gunderson. She does not plan to leave Alexandria, only desires a smaller place.

1967, 50 years ago: Johnson Brothers, highway and heavy contractors, brought their equipment into full swing on the installation of the $448,000 storm sewer under construction. A 37-foot deep channel has been carved across the northern end of the airport property and the installation of the 54' sewer pipe is underway.

KCMT Television has announced that Shirlee Grady (Harlin) will be hostess on two additional days of the Welcome Inn Show. The show had been seen three days a week, but now has been extended to Tuesdays and Thursdays. Natalie Johnson and Jon Haaven will still be seen on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday shows.

A.A. "Cap" Paciotti, Adult Education Director, announces a class in "Judo and Unarmed Self-Defense Course for Women." The class will consist of 32 hours of basic self-defense of throws, chokes, strangles, defense against mugging, purse snatchers, knife, club, and pistol attacks, and basic judo with variations of jui-jitser, aikido, and karate. Taught by Joe Geris.

1992, 25 years ago: Workers at Andes Tower Hills ski resort west of Alexandria spent two days erecting 13 towers for a new chair lift. The new lift is over 350 feet longer than the other two lifts at the resort and will hold 61 chairs.

Many Minnesotans are rolling up their sleeves, preparing to travel to Florida to help rebuild in the wake of devastation left by Hurricane Andrew. Vince Knoll, a former Alexandrian and retired 3M employee is spearheading the relief effort with the help of Key Ministries of Glenwood.

A speed zone study is being done along the road between County Road 82 and Willow Drive in Alexandria, to determine a "reasonable and safe" speed limit. The Commissioner of Transportation will authorize the erection of signs along the road designating the speed limit after the study is completed.

2007, 10 years ago: 3M announced plans to expand the existing abrasive manufacturing operations in Alexandria. Construction on the multi-million dollar project will begin in October and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2009.

The Alexandria Area Arts Association is proud to present the first production of the 2007-08 season, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Directed by Merlin Peterson, the lead role of Pseudolus is one of the theater's greatest roles — a tour de force for a clown par excellence. The role of Pseudolus is played by Pete Woit of Alexandria and the production is sponsored by Unicel.

JUST FOR FUN 2007, 10 years ago: The Cozy Café in Cyrus will be featured in a national TV show, Bizarre Foods of Minnesota with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel. A full Norwegian/Scandinavian dinner will be prepared on the premises, including that famous Scandinavian delicacy — lutefisk.

SPORTS TRIVIA 2007, 10 years ago: The Alexandria Lakes Area Chapter of Let's go Fishing with Seniors celebrated its 500th senior guest when Darlene Lindley from Bethany Community boarded the pontoon for an excursion on Lake Victoria.

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