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2009: Temps shoot up 69 degrees, cause flooding

1919, 100 years ago: The First National Bank of Alexandria has bought Raiter's Meat Market, which is next to the bank and really a part of the same building. This will give the bank twice as much room as formerly. Mr. Raiter will move his meat market to the People's Store building about May 1.

Jos. Gorghuber has installed some fine tables and buffet seats at the Quality Bakery and is now serving regular meals alongside his other business. Mr. Gorghuber gives everybody a square deal and deserves the success he is making.

1969, 50 years ago: Approximately 3,000 people attended the 33rd annual meeting of the Runestone Electric Association in Alexandria. General Manager Joseph O. Perino stated that the association had exceeded the $1 million mark in revenue for the first time in its history.

Following the discontinuance of night mail pickup at the Great Northern Depot months ago, no mail goes out of Alexandria after about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Under a new ruling, direct pouches of mail will be authorized from Alexandria to St. Cloud and St. Paul via Great Northern Train 8, leaving Alexandria at 3:17 a.m. This allows for mail to be received each day up to 10:30 p.m.

1994, 25 years ago: After one of the liveliest debates in years, the Alexandria City Council approved a "watered down" version of a smoking ban. The ban, approved on a 3-2 vote, allows city department heads to identify smoke-designated areas within their own buildings. They are also authorized to allow smoking in certain city vehicles, such as police cars and street maintenance vehicles.

The new, $1.9 million Alexandria Fire Hall should be open for action by mid-April, according to Pat Ellingson, fire chief. It will have room for 12 trucks, compared to the eight-truck capacity of the old Broadway fire hall site. The new hall is located at the corner of Fillmore Street and Third Avenue East.

Douglas County has budgeted nearly $174,000 this year for township roads — a 4 percent increase over last year. Funds are to be used for construction, reconstruction and gravel maintenance.

2009, 10 years ago: The first shovels were turned for the new Veteran's Affairs outpatient clinic at 610 22nd Ave. E., southeast of Nyberg Surveying in Alexandria. The 9,915-square-foot clinic will be staffed with more than 16 VA staff members.

A sudden 69-degree shift in temperatures created flooding problems in Douglas County. Temps shot up from 17 below zero on March 12 to a high of 52 on March 16. Because the ground and culverts were still frozen, all the rapidly melting snow had nowhere to go but across yards, streets and boulevards.

Just for fun — 1969 — 50 years ago: From Erc Aga's Potpourri column: "One shiny new Bellanca comes rolling off the line every 16 hours at our growing aircraft plant. The newest models...the Turbo-Viking is now selling for $35,410 and they can't make them fast enough."

Sports Trivia 1994 — 25 years ago: Dave Retzlaff, the Cyrus native who has enjoyed a good deal of success as head coach of the Fergus Falls Community College Spartan basketball team, was named Minnesota Community College Coach of the Year after his team won the state title recently. It was the sixth time he has received the honor and he is the only coach to win the honor more than once since the MCCC initiated the award in 1977.

2009 — 10 years ago: The Lattimer Rink of Alexandria finished second in the third annual Runestone Spiel at the Runestone Community Center. Lattimer team members are Lars Nelson, Curt Blair, Andy Siira and Jason Lattimer. The Beta Rink of St. Paul took the championship and 12 teams took part in the event hosted by the Vikingland Curling Club.

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

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