1920, 100 years ago: Because of illness, news is rather scarce in Forada and vicinity. If anyone is looking for a certain kind of sickness, just come out around our town and we believe they can find it.

Several cases of the flu have been reported in Brandon. Members of the Tilleskjor family in that city have been ill with the flu but are on the road to recovery.

1970, 50 years ago: In a special meeting, township chairmen from Ida, Alexandria, LaGrand, Hudson and Carlos joined with Alexandria Mayor Marvin Hansen in agreeing to work together to obtain the necessary plans for a sanitary sewer district around the lakes area. Township officials have agreed to pay part of the planning costs which will total some $15,000. The meeting at the Viking Motel came on the heels of a letter from the State Pollution Control Agency warning the city to resolve the matter of forming a sanitary sewer district or face possible legal action.

Arrowwood Lodge has announced renewed construction plans for the $10 million resort convention center at Alexandria. At the same time, the firm rescheduled its grand opening for April 1, 1971, nearly one year later than originally planned.

1995, 25 years ago: Four homes, one near Forada, one in Evansville and two in Alexandria, were destroyed by fire last weekend and Monday.

A new bank officially entered Alexandria with the unveiling of the Norwest sign at the former Community State Bank of Alexandria. Norwest has 124 banking stores in Minnesota, including St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Willmar.

The First American Bank of Alexandria officially opened the door to its new south office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a ribbon that contained $500 worth of twenty dollar bills that were donated to the Douglas County Food Shelf. The new south office, at 2210 Highway 29 S. (near K-Mart), is a full-service bank offering all the products and services of the main office.

2010, 10 years ago: Ecumen’s Bethany Home in Alexandria has received approval from the Minnesota Department of Health to close 21 beds in its long-term care and rehabilitation center. This will allow Bethany to reach its goal of providing all customers a private room. Bethany will keep two of its 90 rooms as double rooms for the occasional circumstance in which residents prefer having a roommate.

Geologist and author Scott Wolter talked about his research that supports the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone at “A Night at the Museum” Runestone Museum fundraiser. His research explores the role that the Cistercian Templars may have had in carving the stone about 130 years before Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering America.

Just for fun – 1995 25 years ago: In the Echo-Press Editorial: “It is almost impossible to grasp the fact that Kathryn LeBrasseur is actually going to retire in March. LaBrasseur, Douglas County’s senior citizen and personnel director for the past 16 years, is such a pillar of strength that it is hard to imagine a person who could fill her shoes. She is one of those rare bedrock types who are so thoroughly involved, so expert and so indispensable that we tend to take them for granted. And when they retire, we notice a sudden glaring loss.”

Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: The Alexandria Cardinal Wrestling team piled up 84 points to capture its second straight District 22 championship. Parkers Prairie nosed out Sauk Centre for second place with 62 team points.

Also in 1970 – 50 years ago: The Alexandria Area Tech Norsemen won the first annual Minnesota Vo-Tech basketball championship at Moorhead by downing Staples 73-54 and Willmar 77-59.

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