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2009: Stricter seatbelt law takes effect

1919, 100 years ago: The Park Region State Bank has purchased the building on Main Street next door south of the Howard Movie Theatre in Alexandria. The building is at present occupied and used as a confectionery. It was formerly the Farmers National Bank before that institution built its new bank on the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue. The building contains a vault and will be ready for occupancy by the new farmer-owned bank by July 1. The price paid by the farmers for this building is $9,100.

For the next 10 days, Brown Bros. & Chapin will sell $70 cultivators at $55. All new and up to date.

1969, 50 years ago: The Alexandria American Legion Post 86 presented to the Alexandria Police Department a new Motorola Handi-Talkie, with charger, for use of the department. The new unit, with a range of about 10 miles and on the same wavelength as the police, sheriff and fire department equipment, cost about $600.

A total of 317 years of volunteer service is the record of the 30-member Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department, which will host the 94th annual State Firemen's Convention in Alexandria. Fire Chief Edwin Engstrom and Asst. Chief Robert Jensen top the list, with 27 years each.

A change in mail deliveries for local patrons took effect, as the regional post office department ordered the establishment of an additional rural route. Because city carrier routes were so over-burdened, a change was made in taking deliveries from city mounted routes and placed on the newly established Rural Route 5.

1994, 25 years ago: The cost of replacing a bullet-proof vest will no longer have to come out of a deputy's clothing allowance. In a vote of 3-2, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners decided to pay for two-thirds of the cost of buying new soft-armor, bullet-proof vests for 19 of the county's on-the-street officers. The State of Minnesota pays for the remaining one-third of the cost.

Twenty-five men from District 206's maintenance department began moving equipment from the old Central school building to the new Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. The county is gearing up to take possession of Central Junior High School, which will become the Douglas County Services Center.

2009, 10 years ago: Douglas County Public Works is settling into its new location at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria. The 50,000-square-foot facility is directly south of the fairgrounds and offers much more surrounding space than the old site along Third Avenue.

On June 9, Minnesota's primary seat belt law goes into effect, which means that law enforcement officers can pull you over for no other reason than not buckling up.

For the 2009 season, Theatre L'Homme Dieu has forged a new alliance, inviting professional theaters from around the state of Minnesota to grace the lakeside stage with their comedies and musicals. TLHD presents "A Taste of Minnesota," in which four professional theaters will mount five productions.

Just for fun 1994 — 25 years ago: At Central School's "out with the old, in with the new" move to Discovery Middle School: "In all, equipment from about 25-30 classrooms will be moved, not counting gymnasium equipment and special supplies from specialized classrooms. In the media center alone, close to 500 boxes of packed books await the haulers."

Sports Trivia 2009 — 10 years ago: The Minnewaska girls' golf team won its fourth straight state title in two classes, and along the way shattered the record they set last year for the lowest team score in state tournament history with their 610 last Wednesday and Thursday. The title was their second straight Class AA championship after winning two Class A titles in 2006 and 2007.

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

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