1919, 100 years ago: County Superintendent, Mrs. Eva Wold, returned from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she attended a convention called by the Department of Interior…Special prices on gasoline in cars until better accommodations can be furnished at Klein’s tank, beside the Alexandria Boat Works…The violin concert given by Mr. Bergh at the high school auditorium was not very well attended but those who did enjoyed some very good music. Mr. Bergh made his violin talk and told the story of Ole Olson, a Swedish boy, from the time he enlisted in the Army until he came home again after the armistice was signed.
1969, 50 years ago: Fred Foslien, chairman of the Chamber’s Post Office Commission, received word from Congressman Odin Langen that the Post Office Department had approved the Methodist Church site, as the location for Alexandria’s new Post Office, located on the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and Fillmore Street, involving one parcel of land and an alley…The popular Big Stage Band composed of musicians from this area, will furnish the music for the annual Halloween Ball , sponsored by the Lake Region Sports, Inc., at the Algon Ballroom. The Big Stage Band was started by Glenn Flint and Richard Temple and their services are much in demand…A change in store hours was announced by Alexandria’s three major supermarkets, Olson’s, Pete’s SuperValu and Jerry’s Jack and Jill will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. According to a spokesperson for the three stores, the new hours are necessary because of the ever-increasing cost of operation.
1994, 25 years ago: Mary Hillesheim was presented the 1994 award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Aging at the Fall Aging Conference held in Minneapolis. Her achievements in Douglas County include the implementation of the Viking Heartland Express and establishing the Senior Companion Program, as well as coordinating many direct service projects of the County Committee on Aging. This award has been presented annually since 1988 by the Minneapolis Association of Senior Citizen Program Coordinators…Alexandria Technical College President Frank Starke made a stunning announcement when he told colleagues that he’s accepted a new job as president of Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. It’s a job that Starke hadn’t applied for, but Dunwoody officials asked him if he’d consider it. For two months he mulled over the offer and has now decided to take on the new challenge.
2009, 10 years ago: Families who enjoyed the sixth annual Foli-Ole Fest at Anderson Florist and Greenhouses dropped off a total of 960 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf, along with contributing cash. Activities included games, a petting zoo, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, cookie judging and more…After 28 years, Douglas County Librarian, Trish Conroy is retiring.
Just for fun – 1969 - 50 years ago: Tom Pennar, post office employee in Alexandria for the past 34 years, packed his last load of mail for his regular morning trip, delivering mail on his route. His retirement brings to a close 67 years of service in the Alexandria post office department by the Pennar family. Tom’s grandfather started with the service in 1902 and his father started in 1910.
SPORTS TRIVIA 1969 – 50 years ago: Theo Hamm Brewing Co. will not exercise its option to purchase radio and television broadcasting rights to Minnesota Twins baseball games in 1970, a company official announced. The beer manufacturer had sponsored Twins radio and TV broadcasts ever since the team moved here from Washington, D.C. in 1961.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.