1919, 100 years ago: The Farmers Equity Warehouse and Produce Company’s sixth annual meeting was held at the Village Hall of Brandon. In spite of stormy weather, the hall was practically filled. Mr. Math Mathison, the vice president, called the meeting to order in the absence of J. J. Wilken, the president, who was in Alexandria on the County Auditing Board, but who came on the afternoon train.
In Forada and vicinity – The dance hall was not very well attended on account of so much sickness in this vicinity.
Owen Jones and Herman attended the auto show in the cities and quite a few from LaGrand attended the ski tournament at Glenwood.
1970, 50 years ago: Alexandria was bypassed for Cambridge in the selection for location of a junior college. Dr. Phillip Helland, chancellor of the Junior College Board, said the only reason Alexandria wasn’t given the nod is because “you already have a post high school facility with your Area Technical School.” Alexandria came within hours of being chosen ahead of the pack, which also included Owatonna, New Ulm and Hutchinson. Located some 40 miles north of the Twin Cities, Cambridge is situated in one of the fastest growing regions in the state and no doubt was one of the deciding factors in the board’s decision.
1995, 25 years ago: An $850,000 state-of-the-art wonder, a Phillips SR-7000 CT (computerized tomography) scanner was installed at the Douglas County Hospital’s radiology department in December 1994. In just over a month, 200-plus patients have already taken the quick ride through the diagnostic machine. A chest scan in the new scanner takes 60 seconds, compared to the 15 or 20 minutes it took in the previous scanner.
Pete’s County Market in Alexandria is adding more than 18,000 sq. ft. to its store and remodeling the interior in order to offer customers improved service and great product variety. Pete’s is serviced by the Minneapolis Division of SUPERVALU INC., based in Hopkins, Minnesota. The division services more than 230 stores located in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota.
Furnishing Douglas County’s new jail and sheriff’s staffing areas will cost more than $102,000. The commissioners approved a bid for beds, tables, chairs, and office furnishing for the sheriff’s portion at the new Douglas County Services Center. The county’s part of the bill will total more than $94,000. The city of Alexandria, because of its shared dispatch area, will pay approximately $8,000 of the final bill.
2010, 10 years ago: Massman Automation Designs, LLC of Villard recently acquired Talon Manufacturing, Inc., which will operate under the new business entity of Talon Massman, LLC.
Geologist and author Scott F. Wolter will present a free lecture about the Kensington Runestone. Wolter is a professional geologist and president of American Petrographic Services who authored the new book The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America, the most recent evidence concerning the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone.
Just for fun – 1995 – 25 years ago: The Douglas County Hospital’s first scanner was purchased in 1984 for a whopping $1.2 million. In one decade, over 20,000 patients were diagnosed with the machine. But last year, the original scanner went kaput – not only mechanically but in its diagnostic usefulness. It was, in a word, outdated. Late last year, the hospital board authorized the purchase of the new scanner with money from the accrued capital fund. Once considered a nifty but unnecessary diagnostic tool, CT scanners have become – literally – life-saving machines.
Sports trivia – 1970 – 50 years ago: In one of the highest scoring games in the Little Eight Conference this year, the Evansville Tigers held off the Kensington Vikings 97-73. Keith Englund, Tiger forward, was the offensive star, plunking in 32 points and pulling down 24 rebounds. Both teams put five players in double figures. Larry Anderson led the Vikes with 18 points.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.