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1968: Alexandria top choice for junior college

1918, 100 years ago: The Rose City Creamery paid its patrons 65 cents a pound for September butterfat.

Frank Lindgren of Spruce Hill shipped a cow with the Farmers Shipping Association of Miltona, which netted him the sum of $103.77.

Lost: Two $10 bills somewhere in Alexandria. Finder please leave at the Eagle Clothing Store, and receive a reward of $2.

1968, 50 years ago: Alexandria was one of six sites recommended for new junior colleges by the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Julian Newhouse, head of the Alexandria committee, said there is a long way to go as the recommendation goes to the 1969 state legislature. However, with Alexandria rated as fifth on the list, it would seem that prospects to have a junior college here before 1974 are good.

The Alexandria Telephone Company took its bumps last week when someone ripped out, and took with them, phones from six of the company's pay booths in the city and two or three around the city limits. Value of the phones is placed at about $12 each.

The recently re-organized Alexandria Travelingmen's Association (ATA) invite all area salesmen and their wives or girlfriends to attend a "get-acquainted" party at the Colonial Club. There will be a $1 charge of hors d'oeuvres and the evening is planned on a "Dutch treat" basis. The ATA will meet monthly at Garden Center at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served.

1993, 25 years ago: The Minnesota Department of Transportation will install "No Turn on Red" signs for both north/south and east/west directions on 5th and Broadway (Highway 29) in Alexandria. Signs are being installed to make it safer for visually impaired pedestrians to cross the busy intersections and give them better access to downtown businesses.

Douglas County Attorney Ann Carrott is the new president-elect for the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

After nearly 70 years of selling fine furs in Alexandria, Barthelemy's Furriers is about to close. Current owners Tom Gleason and his wife, Paulette Barthelemy, plan to close because the business has fallen 80 percent in the past three years.

2008, 10 years ago: For the third straight year, license fees are going up for local lodging and dining establishments. Douglas County commissioners approved the 2009 environmental health fee schedule, a roughly 10 percent increase over 2008. Paid by area restaurants and hotels in exchange for food and beverage — or lodging-service — licenses, the fees fund Douglas and Pope counties' environmental health department, which enforces Minnesota health code standards by performing inspections of local hospitality establishments.

According to Mike Shelden, Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, it's becoming more common to see eagles, whose nests can be 10 feet across and 20 feet deep, in and around Douglas County.

Just for fun 2008 — 10 years ago: According to a bald eagle survey conducted by the DNR in 2005, there were 872 active nests in Minnesota. That is up 28 percent from the 681 nests reported in 2000, when the survey was last conducted. The bald eagle was put on the federal endangered species list in 1972. The bald eagle was subsequently delisted on Aug. 9, 2007. Bald eagles and their nests are still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Sports Trivia 1993 — 25 years ago: More than 100 dancers will tap their way onto the stage, as Dancin' Off Broadway performs its first Christmas tour. The tour will stop in five towns, Osakis, Sauk Centre, Hoffman, Alexandria's Jefferson High School and the Minnewaska Area High School. Tickets for each performance are $2.50 and proceeds of all sold will go to Jingle Bells, sponsored by the Alexandria Jaycees.

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