1920, 100 years ago: Cream at the Holmes City Creamery will be taken in only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from sunrise until 3 p.m. That will give the farmer who wants to bring the sweet cream in before the sun gets hot, a chance to do so, and come back home in time to go to work in the field. It was decided to grade the cream and pay a margin of 5 cents more per pound of fat for sweet cream than for sour and always pay 5 cents at least above New York’s extras for the sweet cream.
1970, 50 years ago: The Alexandria City Council voted to adopt an ordinance which would increase the salary of the council and the mayor, increasing the mayor’s salary to $1,350 annually while each council member would be paid $1,000 annually. This will not take effect until 1971.
The Alexandria Telephone Company has agreed to an affiliation with United Utilities Incorporated of Kansas City, Missouri. The principal reason for the merger is the great amount of assistance the United Company can contribute through their administrative, financial and engineering departments in meeting the unprecedented growth and changes taking place in the Alexandria area.
1995, 25 years ago: A new contract with the state of Minnesota will allow Douglas County to house minimum security prisoners for a fee of $50 a day. Sheriff Bill Ingebrigtsen said that this will be the first of several prisoner board revenue contracts he anticipates bringing to the County Board of Commissioners.
Twin Cities Passenger Service, which provides service between central Minnesota and the Twin Cities International Airport, has begun a new airport shuttle service between Wadena and Long Prairie and the Twin Cities. The company is owned by Fred Bursch and began business in 1981 with service from Alexandria. It now carries over 6,000 passengers each year.
Eighth grade Discovery Middle School English teacher Chris Kragenbring was named Minnesota’s Middle Level Educator of the Year. The award was student initiated, and because of that, “The award means the world to me,” Kragenbring said, adding that middle level students need to be exposed to a variety of topics. Discovery’s “Exploration Program” from which students learn art, technology, drama and one of three languages, “plants seeds for the future,” she said.
2010, 10 years ago: Community leaders gathered to recognize ITW Heartland of Alexandria as a Distinguished Economic Development Partner of the Douglas County region. ITW was selected from the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission’s board of directors because of the organization’s commitment to supporting the economic and community growth of west-central Minnesota. Since its founding in 1976 as a small fabrication shop, ITW Heartland has been committed to reliable and consistent partnering with customers and vendors to produce complex components and full machines, along with supporting services, for customers around the world.
Just for fun – 1970 – 50 years ago: The Alexandria Telephone Company had its beginnings in Holmes City, in 1902, where a minister, Rev. Rudolph Vollquist, and a number of men in that community met and formed what was then known as the Inter-Urban Telephone Exchange Company. Those men envisioned a county-wide telephone system and at one time the Villages of Evansville, Brandon, Holmes City, Alexandria, Kensington, Farwell, Lowry, Nelson, Belle River, Carlos and Parkers Prairie were interconnected by telephone lines.
Sports trivia – 2010 – 10 years ago: Panther Pride was flying high as the Parkers Prairie girls’ basketball team made its first-ever appearance in the Minnesota State Girls Basketball tournament. The Panthers' 54-50 win over Southwest Minnesota Christian was followed by a 61-52 loss to eventual state champion Barnum. The team wrapped up its best season in the program’s history with a third place finish in the Class A tournament, with a win over Northern Frazee 72-62.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.