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Column - 1958: Willow Creek Grocery store to close

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO January 1908 Effective January 1, 1908, homes where smallpox is known to exist will not be placed under quarantine....

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.

100 YEARS AGO

January 1908

Effective January 1, 1908, homes where smallpox is known to exist will not be placed under quarantine. Instead, a warning sign will be placed on the door... Douglas County school news: Teachers who are unhappy with the new McMasters History Books published by American Book Company may exchange them for the favored Eggleston curriculum for 60 cents a copy. Improvements are being made in several rural schools: District #25 gets a new ventilation system; #68 gets a new chimney; #72 a new pump and Millerville school will get an organ and a flag.

50 YEARS AGO

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January 1958

Webb Oil Company has approved the sale of its property on Broadway just north of Third Avenue as the site for a museum. Construction of the 100' x 50' building will be completed in time for the city's centennial celebration in early June... One of the top news stories of the Park Region Echo for 1957 was the tragic accident in which five members of one family from Pierre, South Dakota were killed on their way to visit relatives in Alexandria. This led the way for the worst traffic accident record in the county's history... Verna's Supper Club, eight miles south of Alexandria, will have a grand reopening following its recent renovation... Construction of the new Knute Nelson Home for the Aged is progressing ahead of schedule... Ira Dick made the announcement that he will close the Willow Creek Grocery on 5th Avenue West. He then will pursue the furniture business... Santa Claus took on the stork persona on Christmas Day, delivering babies to Mrs. Helge Nelson, Mrs. Thomas Tvrdik and Mrs. Remar Neumann.

25 YEARS AGO

January 1983

Space, by Michener, is at the top of the best seller list, according to the Douglas County Library. Mistral's Daughter by Judith Krantz and Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon follow in order. And More by Andy Rooney tops the non-fiction list... Douglas and Dodge are the only two counties in the state that are projected to increase in population by 1990, according to the Minnesota Planning and Development Commission. It is expected that Douglas County will increase by 17 percent in the next eight years... The Year in Perspective: January: Wind chill dips to 100 below zero! April: New DAC center opens! May: Fire destroys part of Garfield Elevator! July: Fire destroys Gene's Barn! August: Local golfers Pate Herzog and Lisa Kluver dominate the Resorters. December: Pearl Plaza burns.

10 YEARS AGO

January 1998

It is late December! It's winter and a tree blooms in Alexandria! A mountain ash seedling in the front yard of the Don Ramey residence is sporting green leaves... The editorial staff of Echo Press has selected the top story of the year to be building growth. This includes the $5 million Alexandria Clinic, $2 million hospital expansion, $1 million development on Third and Nokomis, the new bagel shop on Fillmore and 22nd, and the new Tom Thumb store on Highway 29 South. It also included plans for the expansion of Juno, Inc., Old Geneva Lodge building, a $1 million renovation program for Arrowwood Resort and several housing developments throughout the area.

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    Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.

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