1920, 100 years ago: Reuter Brothers, Carlos, Minn. advertised – Macaroni, 7 cents a package – 1 lot of Apron Gingham, per yard, 22 cents – Potato Bags! Potato Bags! – Just bought 50,000 bags. Anybody interested, come in and see us. Bring in your eggs! We pay cash or trade.

1970, 50 years ago: Army Specialist Five James G. Tenhoff, Osakis, received the Bronze Star Medal during recent ceremonies near Qui Nhon, Vietnam. Spec. 5 Tenhoff earned the award for outstanding service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam while assigned as a clerk in the Adjutant General Section of the command’s headquarters.

Evansville Mayor Morley Paulson broke ground for the new Evansville Community Center. The community had overwhelmingly passed a $125,000 bond issue as they voted 216 to 24 for the new community center which will feature a full-size gym-auditorium, which can be divided for use by two gym classes and excellent locker room facilities. Other features include a kindergarten room and a senior citizens room which can be divided by a folding wall and office space to be used by the village. Approval of the bond issue means that the School District 208 will have to purchase all equipment, provide for outside lighting, a parking lot, and landscaping in addition to a cash contribution of a little over $60,000.

1995, 25 years ago: The Douglas County Commissioners approved nearly $77,000 for communications equipment for the sheriff’s dispatch area in the new Douglas County Services Center. Director of Information Systems Tom Reddick and Sheriff Bill Ingebrigtsen brought the bids for the new dispatch console control equipment and the board voted 4-1 to accept a low bid from Motorola Company. The new equipment is necessary, Ingebrigtsen explained, because the existing equipment was installed in 1978, is outdated, and might not “survive the move” over to the new law enforcement center. The equipment currently used will remain in the courthouse as a backup dispatch should anything happen to the new equipment.

Rolf’s Rockhaus, a classic rock and roll specialty show, will be on the air over KXRA-FM four nights a week. A weekly show that started in 1987, the expansion was announced following an agreement between the station and Wolfgang Gerdes, the Alexandria man who created and who will continue to host the program Monday–Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

2010, 10 years ago: The Minnesota and Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors reported that the current median home price in the Alexandria market area for the first quarter 2010 is $122,500, up 28.9% from the same period a year ago.

For the 60th anniversary of the Notteroy Skolekorps (School Corps) Band from Norway, the students were promised a trip abroad. After researching places online through the marching.com website, the location was selected – Alexandria, Minnesota and the Vikingland Band Festival. The marching band from Norway includes 105 members ranging in age from 10-19 and won the National Championship of Norway for street marching in both 2007 and 2009.

Just for fun – 1995 - 25 years ago: The new Douglas County Law Enforcement Center is located at 7th Avenue West, just a block west of Broadway. The entrance is the old Central School entrance across the street from the Congregational Church. When people come in with a problem or concern the dispatcher will direct them either to the right (the sheriff’s department) or to the left (the police department). The large Plexiglas window, incidentally, is located where the old Central trophy case used to be.

Sports trivia 2010 – 10 years ago: A familiar name will don an Alexandria Beetles jersey this summer – at least for a little while. Former Cardinal and current Southwest Minnesota State University infielder Cody Curry was recently added to the roster after signing a temporary contract with the local Northwoods League team.

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