1919, 100 years ago: A “Homecoming Festival” has been arranged by the Lutheran churches of Holmes City, Oscar Lake, Trysil, Farwell, Norunga and St. Pauli to honor the young men that have been serving our country at home and abroad. All the boys within this territory are requested to put on their uniforms and come along.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bowers, who sold her home in the south part of town to Arthur Nelson, will occupy her cottage which she built this summer, for the winter months at least.

1969, 50 years ago: A 5% “cost of living” increase in salaries for city employees was approved by the Alexandria City Council. The increase will take effect Jan. 1, 1970. The council also approved the purchase of their new city trucks from Saar Motor Sales and a new ¾ ton pickup from Fairway Ford.

Don C. Hanson, who has practiced law in Alexandria for three years, has been named as Alexandria city attorney by the city council. He is a member of American Legion Post No. 87 and the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Harlan Mouw, of Lilac Lodge Resort, was named president of the Alexandria Resort Association at a meeting of the board.

Lampert Construction, a branch of the Lampert Lumber Company chain, has opened a new office in Alexandria in the Engelen Building at 616 Hawthorne. With Wade Sundin as manager and consultant, the new firm will offer a complete construction service for home and lake cabin remodeling and building of new cabins.

1994, 25 years ago: Alexandria “snow bird” Vincent DiNino will be inducted into the Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor during the Texas vs. Texas A&M football game in November. DiNino taught band and orchestra in District 206 from 1948 to 1955, before moving to Texas. He was director of the Longhorn Band in Austin, Texas from 1955 to 1975, and responsible for the conversion of a 100-piece group into “The Show Band of the Southwest.”

Governor Harold LeVander presented an award for industrial development activity during the past year to the city of Alexandria during the Minnesota Industrial Development Clinic held in Rochester. Mayor Marvin Hansen accepted the award on behalf of the city.

2009, 10 years ago: A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new Alexandria VA Clinic, at 522 22nd Ave. An estimated 3,500 veterans live in Douglas County and surrounding counties. Special guests of the ceremony included family members of Max J. Beilke, whom the new clinic will be named after, once the bill passes both the House and Senate allowing the clinic to bear his name. Beilke, a Vietnam veteran from Alexandria, was the last official American soldier to leave Vietnam. A retired master sergeant of the United States Army, Beilke died on Sept. 11, 2001 when a hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon, where he was working as the deputy chief of the Retirement Services Division.

Just for fun 1969 – 50 years ago: Now showing at the Andria Theatre: “2001: A Space Odyssey”…An epic drama of adventure and exploration!

SPORTS TRIVIA 1969 – 50 years ago: Brandon’s talented backfield rolled up 482 yards on the ground and Tom Ziegelmann scored four times for the second game in a row as the Warriors routed Kensington 50-12 in a Little Eight Conference (LEC) tilt. The Ashby Arrows continued their surge as the dominant power in the LEC to knock the Underwood Rockets out of a first-place tie, winning 46-16. The loss dropped Underwood out of the three-way tie with Ashby and Villard, both 5-1. The Rockets now stand 4-2. Mark Hopkins scored four touchdowns in the opening quarters as the Villard Mallards ripped the Barrett Lakers 52-8 to stay tied for first in the LEC.

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