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1968: Alexandria native caught up in Miami hijacking

1918, 100 years ago: Edwin, the 14-year-old son of William Waschter, who lives two miles southwest of Alexandria, had the misfortune to break his arm in three places while cranking a Ford car. The spark was evidently too far advanced and the engi...

1918, 100 years ago: Edwin, the 14-year-old son of William Waschter, who lives two miles southwest of Alexandria, had the misfortune to break his arm in three places while cranking a Ford car. The spark was evidently too far advanced and the engine backfired with the above mentioned result. Dr. Haskell was called and set the arm after an X-ray diagnosis. The boy will be unable to use his arm for about two months.

1968, 50 years ago: A local girl, Barbara Schlosser, was one of seven crew members who with passengers, was forced at gunpoint to fly to Havana, Cuba. The Northwest Airlines jet was hijacked by a man, about 35 (and later identified from photographs supplied by the FBI in Chicago), as the plane was about to land in Miami. The man took Schlosser and another stewardess to the cockpit with him as he forced the captain to turn the plane to Havana. The crew was held for nine hours at the Havana airport by Cuban authorities before being released. Miss Schlosser has six years experience as a stewardess and plans to remain on the job.

The Alexandria Area Vocational Technical School is now the third largest in the state, after Minneapolis and St. Paul, but larger than Duluth. The Alexandria school had a 1967-68 enrollment of 657 students.

1993, 25 years ago: Workmen began laying a foundation at the site of the new Alexandria Fire Hall at Third and Fillmore. Although the wet summer has delayed the project for about three weeks, there have been no other glitches in construction. The Alexandria architects are Reed Becker and Paul Ringdahl of Widseth, Smith & Nolting.

A plan to build a roller skating rink in south Alexandria was derailed by the city council with a 5-0 vote. The council said that rezoning the property from "industrial business" to "regional business" would be inconsistent with the surrounding area, particularly the industrial nature of the 3M operation. The $500,000 roller rink would have been built along 22nd Avenue, east of the Big Gallon store across from the 3M plant.

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2008, 10 years ago: Due to a donation from the Alexandria Golden K, the Alexandria Head Start program was able to build a sandbox at an outdoor play area, and purchase toys for use in the sandbox. The sandbox will be used by children in all six of the Alexandria Head Start classrooms, as well as children in Early Childhood Family Education.

The entire Midway Mall complex at 30th Avenue and Highway 29 in south Alexandria, will receive an extreme makeover as existing steel siding and stone surfaces will be replaced with stucco and brick. In addition to the building exterior remodel, the parking lot will also have landscaped islands with trees and other greenery added.

Just for fun 1968 - 50 years ago: The Soil and Conservation District and the Douglas County Extension Service will offer air tours beginning at the Alexandria Municipal Airport. The route of the tours will cover approximately 40 miles in 30 minutes with the ticket price set at $3.50 per person. A six-passenger plane and several four-passenger planes will be furnished by the Chandler Flying Service of Alexandria.

Sports Trivia 1993 - 25 years ago: David Hartman was hired as the new student activities director for School District 206. Hartman will replace Dale Serum, who is retiring. Hartman holds a doctorate in athletic administration and physical education and most recently served as assistant to the director of men's athletics at Mankato State University. Hartman was one of over 50 who applied for the District 206 activities director position.

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

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