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1969: Alexandria Creamery dissolves

1919, 100 years ago: A one-day Farmers Institute is scheduled for Alexandria, to be held at the high school auditorium. Due to the large demand for institutes, it was impossible to secure more than one day at this time, hence it is important that everyone attend promptly. John Bower, of Lakeland, will speak on livestock problems and Mr. Eastman, coming from North Dakota, will speak on farm management and crop rotation.

In Geneva Grove news: Henry Newman has been a fortunate man to sell 10 acres of his farm to John Youngner for $100 an acre. Youngner takes possession immediately.

1969, 50 years ago: The Alexandria Creamery Association, after 34 years of operation in the city, voted to dissolve the association, by a vote of 62-2. The present building will be sold to the City of Alexandria for $40,000 and the lot will be used as a portion of a new planned parking lot. The decision to dissolve was motivated by the cost of rebuilding a building and the availability of milk marketing plants.

A proposal for street, curbing, sewer and storm sewer improvements in Alexandria, for a total of $935,430, was approved by the city council. The project includes 29 projects in the city, with the largest one, $358,000, for sewer in the Victoria Heights area.

1994, 25 years ago: Volunteers bound for Russia loaded up nearly a ton of medical supplies at the home of Lynndene and Robert Way in Alexandria. The Ways are co-pastors of House of Prayer Ministries, which is undertaking the mercy mission to Ulyanovsk, an impoverished city east of Moscow.

In January, the Douglas County Hospital earned $28,158 in revenue after expenses — an amount slightly under what was anticipated in the monthly budget. The inpatient census for the month averaged 47.5 patients, compared to a budgeted census of 44.9 patients. The average length of stay for patients was 4.6 days.

Alexandria's Vikingland Band Festival has been named one of the Top 25 Annual Group Tour Festivals and Events for 1994-95 by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. The Festival has been able to maintain its position on the list every year since it was first selected in 1987.

2009, 10 years ago: The Alexandria City Council called for bids to expand Alexandria Light and Power's (ALP) water treatment plant and to make renovations to the facility. Total cost of the project is $4.95 million. Built in 1996, the plant has been running up against its capacity in the peak summer demand periods, according to Scott Deitz, ALP operations manager. By going ahead with the project, the city will have adequate water capacity until 2025, Deitz said.

Plans to build a new community-based outpatient clinic for veterans in Alexandria is marching ahead. The clinic will be at 515 22nd Ave. E. in Alexandria, southeast of Nyberg Surveying, and will provide primary care to an estimated 3,500 veterans in central Minnesota.

Just for fun 1969 — 50 years ago: An art exhibit is shown each month in the front hall of Central School in Alexandria. Jewett Benson, junior high art instructor, is the promoter of the exhibit, which comes from Rourke Galleries in New York. Of the nine pictures currently in the Central exhibit, a serigraph by Andy Warhol showing poses of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is valued at $200.

Sports Trivia 1994 — 25 years ago: Coach John Noga's Parkers Prairie girls had an 11-game winning streak snapped when they lost to Minnewaska in the Sub-Section 6A-2 Tournament in Alexandria. The Panther girls finished another successful season with a 16-6 record into the third place game.

1969 - 50 years ago: KCMT-TV, Channel 7, Alexandria and KNMT-TV, Walker, will televise the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament when the top eight basketball teams in the state will vie for the title of state champion.

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