1919, 100 years ago: Mr. Thiessen, of the Thiessen Pickle Factory, says that on account of getting started late and on account of damage to cucumber crops by cutworms, the Alexandria factory will not be built this year, but all cucumbers raised will be bought anyhow, and next year Mr. Thiessen expects to build a factory in Alexandria.

Boy Wanted! 18 years of age or over. One who is not afraid of work. Must be a live wire all the time. This is a good chance for the right party. If you think this is "YOU" stop in tomorrow morning at The "Spot Cash" Eagle.

1969, 50 years ago: Ground will be broken on the corner of 6th and Fillmore in Alexandria by Trumm Drug for the construction of a new building. Site of the store will be the home of Dr. Boyd, erected in 1917. The new building, according to brothers Jack and Bill Trumm, will be about three times the size of the present Trumm Drug and will have its own parking lot, accommodating 24-26 cars.

Final plans for a 60-bed addition have been approved by the Knute Nelson Memorial Home Board of Directors. Each resident room will be single occupancy with a private bathroom.

A unique experiment in computer-assisted education is developing at the Alexandria Area Technical School Computer Center. During the past two years, mathematics classes at Jefferson have been learning the Fortran computer language and have used the computer at the area technical school with the permission of Vernon Maack and his staff.

1994, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Highway Department applied "Soapstock" to a half-mile stretch of County Road 87, just south of Interstate 94. If it works for dust control, this soybean byproduct may be used in the future instead of liquid calcium chloride.

A project to build a beach and bath house at the Lake Henry swimming beach is closer to reality with a recent $500 contribution from First Bank Alexandria. The money will be included in the amount given to Douglas County to assist with the costs of the Agnes-Henry-Winona Clean Lakes Study.

2009, 10 years ago: A local resident found a zebra mussel attached to a coffee can in the northeast corner of Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources biologists confirmed it was a zebra mussel and surveyed the lake, finding another one attached to a brick.

As of July 1, a child who is both younger than age 8, and shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat that meets federal safety standards. The fine for not abiding by the law is $50.

Gate City Bank's Alexandria office will celebrate its grand opening at 1630 Broadway.

Just for fun 1969 - 50 years ago: Because of the cost, outstate secondary students have very little chance to learn about computers or to use them. Therefore, Superintendent Art Haftdal invited area superintendents to discuss the need for a joint effort in expanding vocational education courses at the secondary level. At this meeting Mrs. Viola Halverson discussed the idea of bringing computer-assisted instruction to their students through the use of the computer center at Alexandria. Several schools agreed to the project and are sending teachers to a summer program under the direction of Mrs. Halvorson, learning Fortran programming, and are working on curriculum materials.

Sports Trivia 2009 - 10 years ago: The Osakis Silverstreaks girl's softball team won its second straight Prairie Conference championship, finishing its season with a 19-4 overall record and a perfect 12-0 conference play. The team is coached by John Stigman.

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