1919, 100 years ago: Miss Mary L. Lee began her work as Red Cross nurse in the Alexandria schools. The work is under the direction of the Red Cross and the funds are supplied by the Alexandria branch of the chapter. Miss Lee is a graduate of St. Barnabas hospital, Minneapolis. She has served two years in war work and spent 15 months in France.
Store for rent: Good for any business. Best location and a good building. Inquire at the Candy Kitchen.
1970, 50 years ago: Kensington School Superintendent E.C. Rostedt said classes for all grades in Kensington have resumed following the New Year’s Day fire that destroyed the old school building. Plans call for moving the elementary students to the church basements of the Mission Covenant and First Lutheran churches in Kensington and utilizing the vacated space in the newer, untouched elementary portion of the school for senior high students. The village hall may also be available in another few weeks. The new elementary portion of the school complex suffered considerable smoke damage but otherwise fared very well.
Charles Munyon, general manager of Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling near Alexandria, told the Press this week that negotiations for financing the multi-million dollar full-scale construction project are still underway. Meanwhile, the Arrowwood office in Minneapolis continues to sell and book conventions for the new facility which will probably miss its original opening date of June 1. When completed, Arrowwood will be able to handle two 500-attendee conventions at the same time.
1995, 25 years ago: Sears Merchandise Group is seeking entrepreneurs to open a retail dealer store in Alexandria. The dealer store will offer customers appliances, electronics and lawn and garden equipment while providing a profitable business opportunity for an independent owner.
Township leaders urged Alexandria City Council members this week to meet with them and talk about annexation and planning issues. An overflow crowd of 1,000 township residents had attended the Dec. 13, 1994 meeting, hoping to hear the council discuss the results of a comprehensive plan at that time, and to express strong objection to any plans the city may have to annex the three townships of Carlos, Alexandria and La Grande.
2010, 10 years ago: A new “linear accelerator” used to treat cancer patients arrived at CentraCare Radiation Oncology at the Douglas County Hospital. The machine costs $2.2 million and weighs 23,000 pounds. The Varian IX Linear Accelerator ensures patients receive accurate delivery of high radiation doses to cancerous tumors while minimizing doses and preserving nearby healthy tissues and organs with fewer side effects for patients, according to CentraCare.
The Alexandria City Council approved a permit application form that will allow people to use golf carts on certain streets in the city limits. The annual permit fee is $50 per vehicle and $25 per operator.
Just for fun – 1995 - 25 years ago: At 80, Erc Aga says he’s planned to quit writing the column he’s written for three decades, but that resolve quickly melts, as he says, “Whenever Nora (his wife) and I go grocery shopping, someone steps over to me and says, ‘Erc, I just love your column! Don’t you ever quit writing!’" Aga’s fans are lovingly loyal. One Evansville woman has a collection of every single column Aga ever wrote, all 1,700 of them. In periodic reader surveys, the Erc Aga column is consistently at the top of the “most eagerly read” category. Aga writes with an old Smith Corona typewriter.
Sports trivia – 1970 – 50 years ago: Alexandria’s Tom Lehman, coming off his best season on the Professional Golf Association Tour ever, begins the 1995 season in the Mercedes Championship scheduled to be played Carlsbad, California.
1995 - 25 years ago: Tom (Hollywood) Anderson of Andes Tower Hills Ski Area, reports a record skier count for the month of December 1994. A total of 18,513 downhill and cross country skiers went through the gate. The old record of 16,773 was established in 1993.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.