1920, 100 years ago: Another meeting to consider plans for a sorghum syrup mill will be held in the high school auditorium. This meeting is for the purpose of organizing and there will be no outside speakers. All are invited to attend whether interested in sorghum or not.

At Kensington Mills, Inc. in Kensington, Minnesota, ask for Sailor Boy Flour. Your grocer always has it and likes to have you state what brand you prefer. Remember, Sailor Boy is home-grown wheat. Stand by the home folks.

1970, 50 years ago: Army Sergeant Daniel J. Cooper, age 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper of Alexandria, has received the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal near Ci Chu, Vietnam. Cooper is a 1967 graduate of Alexandria and received the awards for heroism in action while engaged in military operations against a hostile force in Vietnam.

The Alexandria City Council awarded the bid of Fairway Ford Sales for the purchase of three new police cars. The bid, with the total trade difference, came to $4,690.

Shelin’s Grocery Store in Brandon was hit by vandals. 80 cartons of cigarettes were taken, along with ice cream bars, apples, candy, pop, batteries and a small amount of cash. Last week several batteries were stolen from cars in Garfield and tools were also reported missing.

1995, 25 years ago: Three women from west-central Minnesota will be honored at the Land of Lakes Girl Scout Council’s “1995 Women of Excellence” banquet. Carolyn Petefish and Kathryn LeBrasseur of Alexandria, and Mary Holmberg of Morris were nominated by their peers and will be recognized for their work in three categories: Women Promoting Diversity (Petefish), Women Preparing Young Women Today (Holmberg), and Women Strengthening our Communities for Tomorrow (LeBrasseur).

Douglas County Social Services and Public Health moved into new offices in the old Central School in Alexandria. The new entrance is located off Elm Street near the swimming pool. Several other departments will also be moving from the courthouse into new offices and will all retain the same phone numbers, but mailing addresses may change.

2010, 10 years ago: New improvements to the Viking Plaza Mall are encouraging shoppers to stay awhile. Comfortable chairs, couches and coffee tables have been placed in 10 locations throughout the mall. Free WiFi access is now available from anywhere in the mall and a children’s soft play area was added; a new entrance was added off South Broadway near JCPenney, along with new signs and lighting; new stores are being added and other stores have upgraded their look with remodeling projects. The mall is under new management, Lexington Realty International, and has invested about $1.5 million in the recent improvements.

The Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre was recently awarded a $32,600 grant from the Lake Region Arts Council which serves a nine-county area in west-central Minnesota. The funds will be used to replace the theater’s sound system from analog to digital.

Just for fun – 1920 – 100 years ago: “We’ve got your goat.” The Nonpartisan League emblem is the goat. The League is “the goat that can’t be got.” These goats we have are watch charms and they sell for only $1.00 each. Come to the Echo office and look at them.

Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: Riding high atop an Alexandria fire truck, members of the Alexandria wrestling team and their coaches were met by a crowd of fans in front of Central Junior High School. The boys took third place in the state tournament. Members included Mike Steidl, Al Stark, Dave Sheriff, Marshall Anderson, Student Manager Englund, Coach Dick Greengo and Assistant Coach Charles Krump. It was a Cardinal first – sending four members to the state – winning individual titles – and placing in team points. All were District 22 and Region 6 champions.

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