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1969: City slowly introduces right turn on red

1919, 100 years ago: The first meeting of farmers to organize a farmer-owned bank in Lowry was held.

Elsie Weatherwax, the Echo bookkeeper, went to her home in Carlos Township last week to nurse a very stubborn cold for a while.

C.J. Newhouse, the hustling manager of the Farmers Equity of Brandon, was in Alexandria on Moline business.

Frank Schlosser, the champion fisher of Carlos, caught a 17½ pound pickerel last week.

1969, 50 years ago: Legislation passed by the 1965 state legislature makes it legal for motorists to turn right on a red signal, after stopping, when permitted by signage. Since this is a relatively new concept in the upper Midwest, the highway department has been approaching this on an experimental basis. Signs permitting a right turn on a red traffic light, following a stop, will be installed within the next ten days at three intersections in Alexandria.

A new bank building is to be constructed at Eighth Avenue and Broadway in Alexandria by the Alexandria State Bank, according to Martin Haar, president. The present bank building has been sold to Bob's Clothes Shop, Inc., in Alexandria. Bob, Bob Jr., and Jim Chan have announced plans to turn the building into one of Minnesota's largest and most complete men's stores.

John T. Fulbright, president of Watercraft Sales Inc., at Rockford, Michigan, and John C. Movold, president of the Alexandria Boat Works, Inc., have signed an agreement to transfer the Sno-Jet snowmobile distributor franchise for eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin from Watercraft Sales, Inc., to Alexandria Boat Works. This means that Alexandria Boat Works will serve as the Sno-Jet distributor for all of Minnesota (except Roseau and Kittson counties), Wisconsin and Iowa, effective April 1, 1969.

1994, 25 years ago: It's official. The Douglas County Library will be moving to the Central Services complex (currently Central Junior High School) in 1995.

Sara Carlson of Alexandria was appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota State Board of Technical Colleges. She will represent the 7th Congressional District on the board until January 1998. Carlson is a special education teacher at the Runestone Learning Center, an alternative school for students 16 and older in Alexandria.

2009, 10 years ago: As a result of Fargo-Moorhead floodwaters, the Galeon in Osakis received 11 new "temporary" residents; Bethany Home in Alexandria received 10 and Knute Nelson, 18. All of the temporary houseguests came from Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead as a precautionary move to keep residents safe and worry-free.

Construction of the $20.9 million building project of Woodland Elementary School is ahead of schedule and under budget. Located on County Road 46, one-half mile south of the intersection of McKay and Sixth avenues, the District 206 School will be ready to open in the fall.

Just for fun — 1969 - 50 years ago: Sno-Jet began in Thetford Mines, Quebec in 1964, producing 1,000 machines that first year. In 1966, production jumped to 4,000 units, with sales expanding into New England. 1967 saw machines being sold in New York, Michigan and Wisconsin; production reaching 9,500. The current 1968-69 season saw Sno-Jet almost triple last year's figures, producing 25,000 "blue ones," while expanding westward.

Also in 1969: Over 4,000 people attended the Palm Sunday open house at Anderson Florists in Alexandria, with 20 prizes given away.

Sports Trivia 2009 — 10 years ago: Alexandria dance team coach Christine Reilly received a prestigious honor when she was inducted into the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams (MADT) Coaches Hall of Fame. Reilly has guided the Cardinal dancers for five years and the program has grown each of those years, from five athletes in 2004 to 18 this past year. Reilly coached at Anoka for seven years before arriving in Alexandria.

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