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1993: Kalpin inducted into third Hall of Fame

1918, 100 years ago: In Garfield, threshing has been going on steadily, showing a heavy yield and a good quality of grain. The businessmen of Garfield are patriotically lending a helping hand in the harvest fields wherever needed and consequently there is an epidemic of blistered hands and sore muscles.

1968, 50 years ago: A tornado, which struck the Milford Nelson farm south of Evansville, flattened the barn and did considerable damage to other buildings. The Nelsons were in the barn, milking, when the storm approached and were barely able to get outside and crawl under a tractor. Ten milk cows were killed when the barn collapsed and one died of injuries the next day. Two young cattle were also killed.

Seventeen rural school districts in Douglas County will open for the 1968-69 year. There will be an approximate enrollment in these 17 schools of 775 children. Four of these maintain grades 1-8 and 13 maintain 1 to 6. Thirty-four teachers and two music teachers will be employed.

Forty new teachers will take up their duties in Alexandria schools, according to Arthur Hafdal, superintendent. Twenty-six of these teachers will take their new positions at the Area Technical School, due mostly to the expansion of the school.

1993, 25 years ago: Authorities revealed that they have arrested 68 people over the past 18 months on felony drug charges as part of an undercover sting operation in the Alexandria/Douglas County area. Drugs with an estimated street value of nearly $200,000 were confiscated during the sting. Authorities also seized $24,000 in cash, 28 personal cars or pickups and one motorcycle used by the alleged drug dealers in the commission of crimes.

A steer, weighing 1,000 pounds or more, broke loose from its handler at the Douglas County Fair, twice, leaving the young 4-H'er with rope burns on his fingers. Some sources say the animal may have become spooked by loud noises from kids banging off "caps" nearby. Pursuers, including Douglas County Sheriff Bill Ingebrigtsen and Chief Deputy Virgil Kielmeyer, were able to stop the steer before it reached the busy Midway area. The second scare ended with the steer being hauled away in a truck

2008, 10 years ago: Senior-living and care provider Knute Nelson announced its plans to build a new 40-acre campus in Alexandria, on a site directly across from the new potential high school located on Pioneer Road. The first phase of the multi-phased project will feature a 131-unit senior housing complex offering independent living residences, general and advanced assisted living facilities and Alzheimer's/memory care assisted living.

Construction has begun on Douglas County Hospital's new $31 million, four-floor, 100,000 square-foot expansion. The state-of-the-art facility, which will be built onto the southeast side of the hospital, will feature a new orthopedic clinic, maternity ward and 34 private patient rooms.

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors welcomed aboard its 1,000th guest, Mavis Salt, for an excursion of Lake Latoka.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: Action to eliminate one-cent parking was taken by the Alexandria City Council. It is planned to make all of the present one-hour meters 5 cents for one-half hour and 10 cents for one hour. The present 5 cents for one-hour meters will stay as they are except that pennies will be of no value.

Sports Trivia 2008 — 10 years ago: The beginning of a new era in Alexandria football started on August 11 when Mike Empting ran his first practice as the Cardinals head coach. Empting was named the successor to Denny Kalpin earlier this year after Kalpin retired after 17 seasons. Empting served as Kalpin's assistant coach under Kalpin for 11 of those years.

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