1919, 100 years ago: Thomas Peterson, leader of the Carlos band, was an Echo caller last week. He reports that nearly $100 was taken in at the concert given by the new band, in spite of the cold weather. Much credit is due Mr. Peterson for his patience in training these boys as most of them are very young and a great deal of patience is necessary to result in such music as those boys gave.

1969, 50 years ago: A new modern, complete photo service offering one-day photo finishing has opened. The new firm, Foto Fast, is located at 521 Hawthorne Ave. in Alexandria. Owners are Charles Schneider and L. G. Fitzgerald.

Members of School District No. 466, located on the East Lake Ida Road, will vote on a proposal to dissolve the school district by July 1, 1970 at a special meeting.

Mrs. Edith Kelly, deputy registrar for Douglas County, reports she has received word from Joseph L. Donovan, secretary of state, that renewal application cards for 1970 motor vehicle and mobile home registrations are being mailed.

”Seasoned” burglars hit Alexandria early Sunday, peeled a safe at Garden Center, and made off with more than $1,100. According to the Alexandria Police, entrance was made to the bowling alley building by the rear door. The burglars demolished the office safe with a metal-cutting instrument which allowed the thieves to literally pry the door apart.

1994, 25 years ago: Theatre L’Homme fans came through during a recent grass roots fund-drive. Thanks to them, the longtime bond between the Alexandria community and the St. Cloud State University Theatre Department remains intact. In less than two weeks, a campaign to raise $13,000 surpassed its goal and $20,000 was raised according to Claudia Bursch, president of the theater’s board of directors.

Michael Johnson of Johnson Chiropractic and Sports Clinic in Alexandria has completed all the requirements to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. In order to obtain this degree, he had to complete a minimum of 100 hours of post-graduated education specifically related to sports injuries and pass a written examination prepared by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

2009, 10 years ago: Voters in Brandon approved two school referendum measures. Question 1 on the ballot passed by a two-to-one margin – 238 yes votes to 95 no – authorizing the district to renew its existing referendum of $500 per pupil for six more years. That referendum, which generated $136,947 for the district in 2008-09, had been scheduled to expire this year. The results were much closer for Question 2, which calls for additional funding of $200 per pupil, or about $55,000 per year for six years. The measure squeaked through with 174 yes votes to 157 no votes, a margin of 5%.

The Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, which includes Douglas County Public Health, Douglas County Public Works, Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, North Ambulance, Alexandria Technical College and community leaders, purchased a radar speed trailer. Radar speed trailers display vehicle speed as motorists approach. The purpose is to slow cars down by alerting motorists how fast they are driving.

Just for fun – 1969 - 50 years ago: Perry’s Hi-Way Furniture in Alexandria is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a store-wide sale, reducing “everything in the store for the biggest bargains ever!” “Good Luck Specials” include a studio lounge – sleeps two – plastic cover, regular $89.50 for $59.95; sofa – modern styling – reg. $199 for $99; floor lamp with tray – reg. 59.95 for $39.95; and solid state Panasonic desk radio – reg. $19.95 for $12.95

Sports Trivia – 1994 – 25 years ago: Dave Kjos, Harold and Jim Meissner, Jack Appel and Steve Knutson officiated the Class C championship game in the Fargodome between Browerville and Swanville. The five will be working a semifinal game next week in the Metrodome.

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