1919, 100 years ago: C. H. Larson’s grocery store and J. Falk’s pool hall at Carlos were entered by burglars at 1:30 a.m. , and by 7 o’clock the same evening, the three alleged burglars were lodged with Sheriff Vickerman in the Douglas County Jail. The burglars helped themselves to a supply of boots, shoes, neckties, shirts and about $10 in cash at Larson’s store and about $7 in cash and 50 cigars of the 15 cent grade at Falk’s pool hall.
1969, 50 years ago: A Kensington Runestone Memorial has been erected in Runestone Park on Hwy 55 at Kensington by the Lion’s Club. The memorial features a full-size replica of the Kensington Stone. The replica is made of Cold Springs granite, and the base is granite left over from the construction of “Our Lady of the Runestone” Catholic church in Kensington.
Bids totaling $946,518 were received by the Alexandria City Council on the proposed massive improvement programs for streets, sanitary and storm sewer and water lines, but little action was taken. The reason for delay in action is the availability of money, and the council decided to check on this before signing any contracts.
Held over at the Sunset Drive-In Theatre: Walt Disney’s “Love Bug” and at the Algon Ballroom in Alexandria – Music by “Jolly Brothers.”
1994, 25 years ago: Hundreds of people, many of them women looking, they said, “for love," came to town for Herman’s much-publicized bachelor fest. The big weekend had its beginnings way back in February when Dan Ellison, an economic development coordinator, lamented at a public meeting how Herman needs two things: economic development and women. Ellison’s lament – fueled by media – swept across the nation like a prairie fire. Women responded from just about everywhere and the 80 or so Herman Bachelors were deluged with offers from far and wide.
The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a second reading of an ordinance that temporarily prohibits any more adult entertainment businesses from setting up shop in the city limits. The council called for the moratorium after residents expressed strong concerns about a new adult entertainment business at 503 North Nokomis which features nude dancing.
2009, 10 years ago: Since the end of June, zebra mussels have been found in one lake on Alexandria’s chain of lakes - Lake L’Homme Dieu. Since that time, mussels have not been found in any other lake in the chain; however, the DNR designated the six lakes connected to L’Homme Dieu as infested waters because specialists believe that these waters are likely to become infested. Lakes in Douglas County that have now been added to the register with the infested waters designation include L’Homme Dieu, Carlos, Darling, Geneva, Victoria, Jessie and Alvin.
Crews will begin installing a traffic signal on Hwy 27 West at the intersection of the westbound I-94 exit and entrance ramps, and County Road 45.
Just for fun 1919 – 100 years ago: In Miltona News: Dances at the Lake Irene pavilion every Saturday night. Come and have a good time.
Sports Trivia 1969 – 50 years ago: Dave Johnson, Stub Burgau, Harlan Selander, Lee Propp and Dale Serum make up the Alexandria Clipper infield. These five have a combined batting average of .323, with Burgau and Serum leading in hitting with a .363 average. The Clippers won the Western Star League title for the third straight year and have begun playoff action.
1994 – 25 years ago: A.J. Kluver, former Alexandria athlete and graduate, now coaching and teaching at Little Falls, collected three hits and drove in three runs to spark the Flensburg Falcons to a 17-7 Victory League play-off against Bowlus. Kluver is the manager of the Falcons.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.