1919, 100 years ago: In Brandon News: Mr. Carl Augdahl took out a Moline 8-foot binder the other day and it is rambling along, heat or no heat, taking the place of his horses. It is interesting to see how easy the whole outfit operates by one man from the binder seat. You should make it a point to see this outfit at work when Carl cuts his flax. This is one of the Moline tractors sold last fall by C.J. Newhouse.
1969, 50 years ago: A 12,000 square-foot storage building for 1,500 snowmobiles is being completed by the North Central Sno-Jet company, a subsidiary of Alexandria Boat Works. An administration building to provide 6,000 square feet for offices, parts, accessories and racing team headquarters will also be constructed. Alexandria Boat Works is the largest distributors of Sno-Jet snowmobiles in the United States.
Thirty-three students will begin classes for the first time in the new Avionics building at the airport. The building was erected by the carpentry classes of the technical school, under the direction of Melvin Nerdahl. Next fall 100 students are expected to begin the avionics classes.
Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria will double in size in the near future, with bids already in on about $750,000 worth of construction and furnishings. The new addition will be chiefly to the east of the present building at 204 – 12th Avenue East, and will provide 101 rooms for residents, as compared with the present 40.
1994, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Hospital is due for a new mammography unit and a new CT (computerized tomography) scanner unit. The two items together could cost up to $1 million. The current CT unit was purchased about 10 years ago, used to “see” inside the human body and help diagnose problems – especially brain ailments or injuries – without the need for invasive procedures.
Starting this week, all fluorescent light bulbs in Minnesota are banned from household trash. Instead, fluorescents of all shapes and sizes, including compact, are to be recycled. The ban is authorized by a 1993 state law designed to decrease the amount of mercury in the solid waste stream.
2009, 10 years ago: An estimated 900 people helped raise close to $2,000 during the “Battle of the Bats” charity softball game between the Douglas County Law Enforcement team and the Alexandria Fire Department team. Proceeds from the game will be given to Alexandria Area Special Olympics and The Windmill Project. The firefighters walked away with a 15-7 win; however, Fire Chief Shane Schmidt, who hit the only home run of the game (an “in-the-park” home run), said the charities are the real winners.
Just for fun 1969 – 50 years ago: The big DC-7, which was given to the Alexandria Technical School by Northwest Airlines, is powered in its electrical system, so all instruments can function. Students will work on the plane, as well as on two Navy rescue Beechcraft planes. One of these planes may be made flyable, so advanced students can observe in-flight operation of all control systems.
Sports Trivia 1994 – 25 years ago: Arlo Kluver of Alexandria recorded the seventh ace of his career at the Alexandria Golf Club as he used an 8-iron to put the ball in the cup on the par-3, 150-yard No. 7 hole. Kluver was golfing alone at the time but his ace was witnessed by golfers on the eighth tee box.
1994 – 25 years ago: Carlos State Park is featuring a special children’s program, the Hidden Lake Trail, which starts at the beach and follows the lake to the group camp, then encircles Hidden Lake and returns to the beach. The trail is the oldest part of the park with an old growth maple-basswood forest.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.