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1994: Evansville voters reject school pairing

1919, 100 years ago: Mrs. Eva Emerson Wold, widow of Hon. Mr. Carl E. Wold, former editor of the Park Region Echo, was appointed Douglas County Superintendent of Schools. She will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Geo. Susens, who is to take a position with the Jacobson's in the Farmers National Bank of Alexandria.

Hallgren, one of the progressive farmers on Route 3, Alexandria, is fast earning the title of Seed Corn King of Douglas County. He has been in the seed corn business for seven years and is an expert in that line, raising the same kind of corn and gradually improving it. Mr. Hallgren now feels that his corn is better adapted for Douglas County's climate and soil than any other corn on the market.

1969, 50 years ago: The Alexandria Telephone Company will convert its long distance lines to the new Direct Distance Dialing System. This marks the completion of a $250,000 project, including building, addition, equipment and installations, according to H. James Boyd, secretary-treasurer of the local independent company. Alexandria (763), Lake (846), and Nelson (832) telephone subscribers will be able to dial directly to all places in the United States.

B.P.W. members from all over the state will be arriving in Alexandria for the Minnesota Business and Professional Women's Clubs' state convention to be held at the Alexandria Motor Hotel.

1994, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Friends of the Library donated funds for the purchase of a CD-ROM drive. It is now installed on the MacIntosh computer. CD-ROM means you can only use what is on the compact disc and not write to it. On the drive is the Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia, with 26 volumes including 32,000 articles, 15,000 images, maps and graphs, 5,000 charts and diagrams, a world atlas, and the Merriam-Webster Intermediate Dictionary.

Workers from CP Rail Systems worked to install railroad crossing arms on the Soo Line tracks on County Road 123, behind the Alexandria Technical College apartments. The crossing is the site of a car-train collision that killed a pizza-delivery worker.

Evansville voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to pair the high schools in Evansville and Brandon. The pairing survey was conducted during school board elections. The proposal was defeated by a ratio of 3-to-1, with 233 residents voting "no" and 77 voting "yes."

2009, 10 years ago: The diesel mechanics program at Alexandria Area Technical College was awarded $36,000 from the Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Program. Funds from the grant provide financial assistance to students in the form of scholarships, summer work experiences at Ziegler/Cat facilities, AAS degree student internships, and employment opportunities upon graduation.

The future of hernia repair worldwide may be within a revolutionary device invented by Dr. Roderick B. Brown of Glenwood. After 10 years of persistence while designing and refining his invention, Dr. Brown contracted with Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. (MMDI), based in Plymouth, to engineer, manufacture and market the Rebound HRD (hernia repair device).

Just for fun — 1969 - 50 years ago: From Erc Aga's Potpourri: "The Greyhound Bus Company extended thanks to our diesel mechanics students at the Area Technical School. It seems one of its buses had brake problems in Alexandria. The driver called for help and was referred to the school which promptly sent a couple of diesel mechanic students to see if they could repair it. These lads were able to do the job and send the driver and his passengers on their way in no time."

Sports Trivia 1969 — 50 years ago: The "Aquateens," a synchronized swimming group composed of both junior and senior Alexandria high school girls, will perform a special program at the Central pool. The group, under the direction of Mrs. Bill Trumm, will perform swimming numbers to music from "Camelot" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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