Ever hear about the boy who cried, "Wolf!"? Well, what about the boy who cried, "Virus!"? Is the kid a fool? Will we listen? Should we care? We won't know. When horror strikes (it could be as early as next fall), nobody's going to listen, nobody's going to pay attention. That's the trouble: too many warnings land on deaf ears. A lot of people are angry, scoffing that we have been scared half to death by a virus that doesn't seem so bad after all. Well, don't hold your breath quite yet. This current so-called "swine flu" is to be taken seriously. The disease experts are not kidding.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO May 1909 Ed Thompson has closed his meat market, leaving Alexandria with only one such market to serve the residents... The Oriental Limited Train on the Great Northern is now lighted by electricity produced from a generator in the baggage car and run by steam from the locomotive... The temperatures had warmed to 67 degrees by noon before an afternoon windstorm blew in and caused it to drop down to 14 degrees by nightfall...
How would you feel if, while being forcibly drowned, the people doing it kept telling you they are using only "enhanced interrogation techniques?" That phrase is the innocuous "substitute" for torture, as used by members of the Bush Administration. For years, they kept telling us that prisoners were not being tortured. When documentation of incidents of "torture" was released, Bush functionaries claimed they never lied about it, including Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. But, in a way, they weren't lying.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 The Alexandria Fire Department ordered 65 uniforms of blue wool pants with double-breasted, square-cut coat and nickel buttons at a cost of $10 to $15 each. Partial payment will be withdrawn from department funds, the remainder from its members... The Minnesota State Legislature approved $2,250,000 for the construction of a state prison.
It took a Scottish woman to teach the world never to judge a book - or a singer - by its cover. Most of us will probably forget that timely lesson, but Susan Boyle's magnificent performance on the TV show Britain's Got Talent rightfully brought the entire world to its feet. Last week, the CNN channel was on while I was reading a book. All of a sudden I heard the name "Simon Cowell" and stopped reading to hear an update about "American Idol." Looking up, I saw this frumpy-looking woman who looked like she was about to sing. I winced.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 The city council has agreed to the following fixed rates set forth by the Board of Public Works: $75 for each lamp, $18 per street light, $44 for water hydrant, $100 for street sprinkling and $50 for trough service... So great was the demand for a liquor license in Parkers Prairie, that it was sold to the highest bidder, Nels P. Nelson of Henning. He will pay an annual fee of approximately $8.75 for each day his saloon is open...
Right-wing extremism is on the rise, according to the Department of Homeland Security. About 200 of such extremists, we're told, are soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan. How do the folks at Homeland Security know that? And why would service overseas cause anyone to turn into a right-wing extremist? Still, it's a spooky thought. After all, it was right-wing extremist Timothy McVeigh, back from the war in Kuwait, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing scores of innocent people. We shouldn't criticize only right-wing extremists.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 A gentleman who was at the Rose Creamery when the cream came in said the creamery will "make" that town. He was surprised by the number of new barns in Spruce Hill Township and the amount of cream that was coming in... Mr. Sessions has purchased several lots on Lake Darling from L.J. Brown and offers the use of them for a public park providing he get some assistance in clearing up the grounds...
Don't ever watch a movie with a stickler. Sticklers are as bad as the know-it-alls - the ones who sit behind you in a movie theater and blurt out everything that's about to happen because they'd seen the picture before. Sticklers are people who watch movies only for "wrong" details, scenes that don't quite jibe or plot turns that make no sense. Sticklers are very observant people. But they can be very obnoxious. Years ago, I was watching a movie on TV. A friend popped over and started watching. I could tell he was watching it in stickler fashion because he was kind of glaring at the TV.
Editor's note: In Marge Van Gorp's column last Wednesday, April 1, the last section of items listed under 1999 was actually a continuation from 1984. The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 A. P. Hanson purchased the Aiton property next to the new post office and plans to construct a two-story building for his furniture and undertaking goods.