1919, 100 years ago: One of the finest window displays that we have ever seen outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul is the one in the Sixth Avenue window in Alexandria of the Broms Tire Company. It is a wild hunting scene, with real grass of the autumn color, trees with the golden leaves of fall, and even a lone woods flower standing out in the tall grass. A hunting tent surrounded by rifles and ammunition decorated one corner and a duck pond with real water and genuine “live” ducks were at the other end.
1969, 50 years ago: Minnesota’s newest daily newspaper, the Alexandria Daily News, began publication on Sept. 15, 1969 with a 14-page edition. Ray Wallentine, president of the publishing corporation and managing editor, said the Daily News is starting with a 6,800 paid circulation. The Daily News is a continuation of the Park Region Echo, a weekly newspaper published in Alexandria for more than half a century.
The adult school in Alexandria is again offering Stenoscript, the easy-to-learn shorthand system written with “ABC’s”. No symbols to learn. A student can reach a speed of 80 words a minute in one course. Fee is $15 which includes the book and all materials.
Over 200 World War I veterans from all over the country are expected to attend the nationwide reunion of WWI veterans to be held at Garden Center in Alexandria. The event is sponsored by the Runestone Barracks, No. 2719 of Alexandria.
1994, 25 years ago: A huge concrete culvert has replaced the old Nokomis Street Bridge north of 3rd Avenue in Alexandria. The culvert will be used to accommodate foot and bike traffic and the new road above is slated to be completed by mid-October.
Trading cards featuring players from the Minnesota Vikings are available – free – at the Alexandria Police Department. A program sponsored by Gatorade in cooperation with the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association is designed to develop relationships between young people and law enforcement as participating agencies distribute 2.1 million cards over a 10-week period.
Jim Krassas and Linda Akensen of Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors in Alexandria were named among the top 10 sales associates in Minnesota through the second quarter, 1994. The local office is at 625 Broadway.
2009, 10 years ago: A brand new school year began at a brand new school – Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria – as principal Scott Eckert greeted about 510 students who are enrolled in the K-6th grade. The school also houses Community Education, Early Childhood Education and the district offices.
The old Star Fish Market in Alexandria was demolished, which will make Wally Tischer’s Squeeky Clean Car Wash much more visible along North Nokomis Street.
In an event organized by local Army recruiters in honor of Patriot Day, about 16 veterans had the chance to go fishing and sightseeing on Lake L’Homme Dieu. Two pontoons from the “Let’s Go Fishing” group were used for the first-time event.
Just for fun 1994 – 25 years ago: Tickets for the musical, Oklahoma, are on sale at the Alexandria Area Arts Association Community Theatre. Directed by Michael Shiller with 29 cast members, including three young people, the production is produced by Bill Glade, who is also cast as the peddler, Ali Hakim.
Also in 1994: The Alexandria Senior Center is observing its 10th anniversary, kicking off its celebration with KXRA as “Open Line” broadcasts its radio show live from the center.
SPORTS TRIVIA 1994 – 25 years ago: Kris (Elton) Montplaisir, former Alexandria athlete and graduate, won her fourth Scottsdale City Golf Championship. Montplaisir, a former Resorters Tournament champion and an annual title contender, carded a 69 the first round which was played at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Desert Course and had a 79 the second day at the TPC Stadium Course.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.