1920, 100 years ago: Nineteen ladies registered for a 16-week class for Home Nursing and Care of the Sick in the high school auditorium. The work is especially designed to help out in case of sickness in the home and students will get a great deal of valuable information.
The Broken Heart Social at P.A. Peterson’s home was well attended in spite of the storm. A splendid time was reported.
1970, 50 years ago: Students from the Alexandria Area Vocational Technical School toured the Data Processing department of Lutheran Brotherhood, a Minneapolis-based fraternal insurance society. The students toured the downtown Minneapolis building and were shown a computer readout from the IBM Model 360-50 in data processing.
Alexandria Mayor Marvin Hansen received notice that the city must resolve its sewage disposal problem by February 15 or be faced with legal action by the office of the Attorney General. Some two months have elapsed since the city received a letter emphasizing the need for resolving the matter of forming a sanitary district and progress toward upgrading the city’s waste treatment works to conform with the agency’s intrastate effluent standards.
Plans for creating a truck by-pass in Alexandria were discussed at a special meeting of the Area Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee. Two projects were covered: One was the problem of how to eliminate the trucks on Broadway through the city and the other concerned the possibility of getting an interstate exit on the Gene’s Barn Road (Co. Hwy No. 17). This would provide interstate 94 services to Villard, Nelson and Carlos.
1995, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Public Library is about to launch a fundraising drive to raise $91,000 to buy items considered vital at its new location. The library will be moved into the Government Services Center (refurbished Central School building), sometime next summer. According to library director Trish Conroy, the new library location will be 15,200 square feet, with room for future expansion.
The Runestone Electric Association of Alexandria has provided underwriting to fund Friday night broadcasting costs on Pioneer Public Television (KWCM, Channel 10 of Appleton). Programs include The McNeil Lehrer Newshour, Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week, Market to Market, the McLaughlin Group and Almanac.
After 16 years of service to area seniors, Kathryn LeBrasseur said that she’s finally ready to retire. On March 31, LeBrasseur will retire from her position as County Senior Citizen director. This past year, she started work on a multi-county public transit program, was involved in the expansion of the Lifetime Learning Institute, and participated in the SCAMS! “Protecting Yourself in Your Home” presentations, and helped with a “Hang Onto Your Hard-Earned Savings” skit.
2010, 10 years ago: Nearly 2,500 anglers took to the ice during the Ice Fishing Challenge on Lake L’Homme Dieu. The Sertomans, along with the Viking Sportsmen Club, host the tournament each year – this year was the 10th annual.
Just for fun – 1970 – 50 years ago: New at Herberger’s: Carousel creates a new you with “Care-Free” – the quick witted little stretch wig that always keeps you ahead of fashion. Easy wash and wear Dynel mod-acrylic looks and acts better than your own hair. Choose from 12 colors (including frosts) to create a totally new you. $25 including carrying case.
Sports trivia – 1995 – 25 years ago: Jason Alstead, former Alexandria three-sport standout, signed a contract as a replacement player for the Philadelphia Phillies. Alstead, barring a settlement of the Major League strike, will report to the Phillies spring training camp in Clearwater, Florida.
2010 – 10 years ago: A 78-38 win for the Alexandria girls’ basketball team may seem like just another day at the office for the fourth-ranked Cardinals, but this one helped their head coach reach a milestone in the process. Wendy Kohler reached 400 wins for her career with Alexandria’s home win over Detroit Lakes.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.