1920, 100 years ago: In La Grand News: The Strandberg family is in quarantine for the second time in less than two months. The case of sickness being smallpox and the Hogen Svee family are also sick with the flu.

Mr. Alfred Ostlund has been working at Garfield where they have been laying a new side track. The work is soon completed.

1970, 50 years ago: Three slide projectors, a film, and stereo-taped music with a narration were used by students in a “multi-media” presentation of the entire American Civil War in 15 minutes. The production was a result of the combined efforts of the Social Studies, Art and Music Departments of Central Junior High School and represented the efforts of 30 students. 300 slides were used in the production, under the supervision of Mr. R. Temple and Mr. J. Bensen.

Preliminary plans for the new First National Bank building in Alexandria were approved by officers and directors. The new facility at 7th & Broadway will be approximately 6,500 sq. ft. on each of the two levels and will provide four drive-up windows, two night deposit drops, parking for more than 40 cars and convenient pedestrian entrances.

1995, 25 years ago: Ron Moritz and Carol Rodriguez have opened a new business called “Yesterday’s” in the old Woolworth’s building on Broadway in downtown Alexandria. Yesterday’s main focus is that of a second hand store but it also has a few new, as well as many antique and unique items. Inventory comes to Yesterday’s by buying one piece or an entire estate.

Everyone has the opportunity to buy fat-free cookies or, in this case, Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bars, during the 1995 Girl Scout cookie sale. These cookies are available only during this year’s sale. Each package costs $2.50.

WCCO-TV, in a unique partnership with St. Cloud State University, has announced the opening of WCCO-TV’s St. Cloud Bureau, located on campus and housed in the Mass Communications Department.

2010, 10 years ago: The Lake Latoka Rest Area on Interstate-94 three miles west of Alexandria was honored by Green View, Inc. and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Excellence in Maintenance – Most Improved Rest Area Award was presented to the seven-member crew who work at maintaining a clean environment at Lake Latoka Rest Area and the Lake Burgen Rest Area. The crew, led by Ed Novotny, includes Herb Hoppe, Lloyd Johnson, Don James, Ken Tvedt, Gary Larson and Bernie Korkowski.

Just for fun – 1970 - 50 years ago: Central Junior High School in Alexandria has been the site of controversy the last couple of days, as the dress code has come under attack from a few of the local parents. The major issue has been whether or not girls may wear slacks to school. The dress code in the student handbook states that they may NOT wear slacks to school. This does not mean that they cannot wear slacks to school and then change them. The reason that more is being aired this year, according to Central Principal John Peterson, is that Jefferson Senior High has completely dropped its dress code. Peterson said last Friday was the first day that the slacks issue became real noticeable, as 25-30 students came to school wearing slacks, where as before, only one or two students would come so attired.

Sports trivia — 2010 – 10 years ago: Alexandria native Mary Jo Perino was recently named the sportscaster of the year for the state of Kentucky by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. She became just the third female to receive the award since its inception in the 1950s. Perino is a 1995 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, studied broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri and did an internship at KSAX-TV in Alexandria that helped propel her to her first full-time position in the media field.

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