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1994: Lehman takes second in Master's

1919, 100 years ago: The new mayor of Alexandria, in taking over the reins of government, has re-appointed Jerry Callaghan chief of police at a salary of $70 a month. Mayor Leach appointed James Watters as patrolman to take the place of Wm. Downs, the former patrolman under the Syvrud administration. Ralph Thornton was appointed city attorney in place of Constant Larson.

The Park Region State Bank, which will be the name of the new farmer-owned bank at Alexandria, is expected to be ready to do business after May 1.

1969, 50 years ago: Preliminary plans and specifications for the installation of 60 new street lights in Alexandria were approved by the city council. The highway from Nokomis east for four blocks will have 24 of the lights and the highway north of the Soo overpass to the city water treatment plant will have the other 36. Estimated cost is about $8,400.

Vic's Barbershop, next to the Andria Theatre, has been in its present location for 19 years, and is now doubling its present size. Vic Weiland, owner, has hired Daniel J. Olsen of Minneapolis, a master licensed barber.

A television set valued at about $150 was stolen from the Lakes Motor Hotel in Alexandria. According to Police Chief George McKay, a man registered at about 11 o'clock, paid his rent, and was missing by 7 a.m. the next day, as was the TV set.

1994, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Board gave its seal of approval to a new and improved Douglas County Library. By the end of 1995, the library will not only have a new, larger facility, but also a modern, up-to-date computer automation system. Patricia Conroy, library director, said the computer system will be used for cataloging, for checkout and for interlibrary loan.

The county board also gave support, without economic funding, to convert an abandoned rail bed to a multi-season recreational area. This motion would allow the Douglas County Area Trail Association and the Central Lakes Bicycle Club to apply for Federal Enhancement Funds. These funds could then be used to convert an 8- to 10-mile stretch of the old Burlington Northern railroad in Douglas County to a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians in the summer and by snowmobilers in the winter.

2009, 10 years ago: A $1.6 million project to expand a scientific research facility at Douglas Machine, Inc. may receive tax help from the city of Alexandria as the city council reviewed its preliminary application for tax increment financing. The company plans to build a new 26,000-square-foot facility to expand Douglas Scientific and other core manufacturing functions.

Tastefully Simple and The Alexandria Blizzard coordinated an effort to send four buses and nearly 200 volunteers from the Alexandria area to help the Fargo-Moorhead and other flood-threatened communities in northwestern Minnesota. The Alexandria Technical College also helped, sending four School District 206 buses filled with more than 200 students.

Just for fun — 1969 — 50 years ago: Children's Easter Special — Beautiful and Lifelike — 5 X 7 Natural Color Portrait only $2.98. Groups: Add $1 for each person over age 1. This is a deluxe studio color portrait — retouched, spotted and lacquer-sprayed. Ages through 12 years. No appointments necessary. Vernon Studios, Inc. — Alexandria.

Sports Trivia 1994 — 25 years ago: Tom Lehman, a 1975 graduate of Jefferson High School, wound up in second place when he played in his second Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Lehman missed an eagle putt attempt on the 15th hole during the final round of play, finishing two strokes behind the champion, Jose-Maria Olazabal. Last year Lehman placed third.

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