1919, 100 years ago: Douglas County has been urged to organize the Douglas County Public Health Association under the direction of the Minnesota Public Health Association, so as to make use of available funds for the Child’s Welfare Clinics and other county health work which the County Health Association may decide upon.
Work on the new First National Bank building is nearing completion.
1969, 50 years ago: Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean, the third and fourth humans to trod the moon, steered their lunar ferry, Intrepid, to a perfect landing just 20 feet from the edge of their target center. Just 600 feet away rests an unmanned Surveyor spacecraft that soft-landed on the slope 2½ years ago. The two American astronauts raised the nation’s flag and explored the moon’s powdery surface for about four hours.
State Hwy 29, from the City Park corner to the Carlos corner will receive an overlay coat of bituminous surfacing. The commissioners approved a bid of $75,443.20 for this work.
The Alexandria Telephone Company announced that new directories are being distributed. Changes in the directory include new city and area maps in the green civic section of the directory. The Alexandria directory is one of the few in the county to have a separate civic section.
The final stretch of Interstate Highway 90 will open, a 38-mile segment from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Tomah, Wisconsin. That completes a four-lane divided freeway from La Crescent, Minnesota to New York City. A motorist traveling east starts paying tolls in Illinois.
1994, 25 years ago: It will cost about $1.4 million to redo the north part of the Central School building into the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center – a cost that includes the jail section and the law enforcement sections. Add to that, the cost of the old jail renovation project and the total comes close to $2 million. Another new requirement that caused an increase in the cost of the project came from the state building code authorities. When the jail was first built, in 1978, it was not mandated that you provide a sprinkler system. Today, all institutional occupancies must be sprinkled. In addition, the project includes remodeling the existing garage area for use as an inmate recreation room.
2009, 10 years ago: Voters in West Central Area Schools District, which includes the Kensington area in Douglas County, rejected a “revoke and renew” referendum. The final result was 571 “no” votes to 497 “yes” votes. The measure would have revoked the district’s existing referendum of $950 per pupil, which is set to expire in 2011, and replaced it with a new funding authorization of $1,250, which would have applied for the next 10 years. It would have generated additional revenue of $250,000 per year.
Just for fun – 1969 - 50 years ago: A giant crane-lift apparatus employed for the construction of the super-structure of the 13-story high-rise apartment complex now being built in Alexandria will hoist the framework of the building, one story at a time, where workmen then complete construction.
Sports Trivia – 1969 – 50 years ago: Alexandria, the West Central Conference co-champions, landed five senior gridders on the 1969 All-Conference football squad. Norty Blanchard, Mike Steidl, Ralph Erickson, Judd Froemming and Alan Stark, were named. Alexandria and Willmar finished the loop season with 6-0-1 records.
2009 – 10 years ago: Top-seeded Moorhead didn’t have a chance as the Cardinal volleyball team, seeded third in Section 8AAA tourney, went into the championship match at Fergus Falls. Having previously lost to the Spuds twice this season in conference play, the Cards swept top-seeded Moorhead to earn their 11th state tournament berth.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.